Monday, September 13, 2021

Paramount Home Entertainment Prepares "Paramount Presents" Blu-ray Edition Of Milos Forman's Ragtime: 40th Anniversary Edition For Release On Nov. 16

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Paramount Home Entertainment has set the street date for its next “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray release … and it is a stunner.

Arriving on Nov. 16 is director Milos Forman’s 1981 film adaptation of the E.L. Doctorow novel, Ragtime: 40th Anniversary Edition.

This is a new 4K film restoration of, not only the theatrical cut, but of the newly discovered “Director’s Cut” (from an unearthed workprint), which features approximately 20 additional minutes (ordered cut by producer Dino De Laurentiis).   This meant the complete deletion of the Emma Goldman character played by Mariclare Costello (Let's Scare Jessica to Death, Ordinary People) from the film.

Forman, speaking about the film, actually opined that the shorter version seemed longer because of the continuity issues.

Ragtime: 40th Anniversary Edition will be a two-disc set, with one disc showcasing the original theatrical cut (which includes Digital Copy), while the second disc features the “Director’s Cut.”

Bonus features include deleted and extended scenes, the newly-prepared featurette titled “Ragtime Revisited” and vintage commentary with director Milos Forman and executive producer Michael Hausman.


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