Warner Bros. Home Entertainment was at it again this week
with more announcements of film vault treasures making their long-awaited march
to DVD, plus details about the DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack push for director
Anne Fletcher’s action-comedy, Hot Pursuit.
First the new comedy theatrical release of Hot
Pursuit, starring Reese Witherspoon as Rose Cooper, a San Antonio
police officer with a penchant for screwing everything up. The street date is Aug. 11, which yields a
swift-to-market 95 days. Ticket sales
were descent at $32.3 million.
Her latest misfire, the tasing of the mayor’s son for
calling “shotgun,” has put her dangerously close to being on the street. However, redemption is at hand as she is
given one last opportunity to show that she is up to the job. It is simple enough, just help detective
Jackson (Richard T. Jones) bring in cooperating mob informants Felipe and
Daniella Riva (Sofía Vergara).
Aaaaahhh, that went well!!
OK, in all fairness it wasn’t her fault, but everything went south and poor
Rose finds herself on the run with the ditzy Daniella … with double-crossing
cops the least of her problems!
Reese Witherspoon, fresh from a much-deserved Best Actress
Oscar nomination for Wild (she was robbed), seems to be
all over the board with her film choices of late. While Hot Pursuit is funny and enjoyable enough,
it really doesn’t advance her film career.
In any case, bonus nuggets include the featurette titled
“The Womance,” with two additional featurettes — “Say What?” and “Action Like A
Lady” — plus an alternate ending being exclusive to the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
On the TV series front, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
announced this past week that both DVD and Blu-ray editions of The
Following: The Third and Final Season has been given an Oct. 13 street
All 15 episodes from the final season of this Kevin Bacon
thriller will be presented as a four-disc DVD collection or as a three-disc
Blu-ray set. Bonus features include four
featurettes — “When Heroes Lie,” “Evil
Has Many Faces,” “Ryan and Romance” and “The Art of the Crime Scene” — a gag
reel, deleted scenes and video from the 2014 New York Comic-Con Panel.
On the film vault release front, July 21 is the street date
for four-disc, 12-film collection showcasing the films of Big Band-era
singer-turned-actor Dick Foran.
Foran Western Collection
, the 12 films in the mix are: Moonlight
on the Prairie
(1935 with Sheila Bromley), and four of his Westerns
from his very busy film work year of 1936 — Song of the Saddle
(released just weeks after his appearance in The Petrified Forest
Boze Hertzlinger), Treachery Rides the Range
(also-starring Paula Stone), Trailin'
(reteamed with Paula Stone just four months later) and California
(Thanksgiving of 1936 with Linda Perry).
From 1937, another very busy year for Dick Foran, we have Guns
of the Pecos
(opposite Land Beyond the Law
(Linda Perry returns), The Cherokee Strip
(Jane Bryan and
Helen Valkis (aka: Joan Valerie) are his co-stars), Blazing Sixes
with Helen Valkis), Empty Holsters
(with newcomer Patricia Walthall), The
Devil's Saddle Legion
(Anne Nagel returns) and lastly, Prairie
(with Ellen Clancy (aka: Janet Shaw)).
On July 28, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has added three
new Wallace Beery films — all co-starring Marjorie Main — to its DVD release
schedule. These are: Barnacle
Bill (1941, Virginia Weidler) Bad Bascomb (1946, Margaret O'Brien)
Jack (1949, Richard Conte, Edward Arnold and Vanessa Brown).
And finally — for this week — Warner Bros. used the
Comic-Con venue to tease a re-mastered, extended edition of the 1999 film
release of The Iron Giant, which will be seen in theatres this fall thanks
to a partnership with Fathom Events, with the studio offering the updated
version of the film via digital outlets following the Sept. 30 and Oct. 4
“We can’t wait to bring this family favorite back to its
home on the big screen,” said Fathom Events CEO John Rubey. “The
Iron Giant is meant to be seen and heard in movie theatres and this is
a great chance for fans new and old to enjoy this classic, re-mastered with new