Last week Mill Creek Entertainment revealed its first priced-to-collect Blu-ray selection for the month of May with the announcement for the double-disc collection titled John Travolta: 4-in-1 Drama Collection on May 1, which includes Perfect (with Jamie Lee-Curtis), Basic, A Love Song for Bobby Long and Lonely Hearts.
Now, with Grease celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, the timing for this package for Travolta films is spot-on. And speaking of Travolta, what comes to mind when you think of John Travolta from the 1970s? Tick tock, tick tock … Disco; Saturday Night Fever; John Travolta the King of Disco of course!
And so it appears that Mill Creek Entertainment is thinking along the same lines with their latest priced-to-own Blu-ray announcement this week … the 40th Anniversary celebration on May 1 of director Robert Klane’s summer of 1978 smash, Thank God It's Friday, starring the “Queen of Disco,” Donna Summer.
The film had a long-and-winding pre-production history, going through a series of titles — Discotheque, Disco, After Dark, etc. — before it finally went into production during the summer months of 1977 in West Hollywood as Thank God It's Friday. Test screenings followed and it finally opened theatrically in May of 1978 … as they say, “The Rest is History.”
Donna Summer, a singing sensation with “Last Dance” (Oscar-winner for Best Song), a super soundtrack from the period that includes Lionel Richie and The Commodores with “Too Hot ta Trot” and “Easy,” Donna Summers delivering five numbers and more … sizzling! And yes, that’s Debra Winger before Urban Cowboy and An Officer and a Gentleman … and yes, that’s Jeff Goldblum before The Big Chill!!!
Also on May 1 from Mill Creek Entertainment is the double-disc DVD, 11-film collection titled Deadly Beyond: 11 Movie Collection. Priced at just $14.98 (and that’s before discounts at retail), collectors can lay their hands on Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (with Molly Ringwald), Krull, The Hearse (Trish Van Devere), My Mom’s a Werewolf (starring Susan Blakely) and Warriors of the Wasteland. Plus there are six more films … Lurkers, Slipstream, Mutant, Alien Contamination, Pulse and Eternal Evil.