February 15, 2023

THE POOP SCOOP: A Few Anniversaries & a Really Big Bus

😸THE MALTESE FALCON, COOL HAND LUKE and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE Arrive on 4K Ultra HD April 4 from Warner Bros
As part of the year-long centennial celebration for the 100th anniversary of Warner Bros. Studio, three classic and beloved films from the Warner Bros. library – The Maltese Falcon, Cool Hand Luke, and Rebel Without a Cause - will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD Disc and Digital this April. The Maltese Falcon was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Sydney Greenstreet) and Best Adapted Screenplay (John Huston). Considered one of the greatest films of all time, it was one of the first 25 films selected by the Library of Congress to be included in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Cool Hand Luke was nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Actor (Paul Newman), Best Supporting Actor (George Kennedy) and Best Screenplay – Based on Material from Another Medium (Don Pearce and Frank Pierson) and Best Original Music Score (Lalo Schifrin) and won for Best Support Supporting Actor. In 1990, Rebel Without a Cause was added to the Library of Congress's National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant." The Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc will include each feature film in 4K with HDR and a Digital version of the feature film.

😺FLASHDANCE Celebrates 40th Anniversary with 4K Ultra HD Debut on April 11 from Paramount.
Director Adrian Lyne’s electrifying classic FLASHDANCE celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.  To celebrate the milestone, Paramount Home Entertainment will release the film for the first time ever on 4K Ultra HD on April 11, 2023. Newly remastered and approved by Lyne, FLASHDANCE looks and sounds incredible on 4K Ultra HD.  The new release also includes the remastered film on Blu-ray, as well as access to a Digital copy of the film and legacy bonus content. Originally released on April 15, 1983, FLASHDANCE was a massive hit—becoming the third highest-grossing film of the year in the U.S.—as well as a pop culture sensation.  The film was nominated for four Academy Awards and Irene Cara won for her iconic song “Flashdance…What a Feeling.”   Filled with music, drama, and, of course, dance, FLASHDANCE remains an influential and wildly entertaining cultural touchstone.

🚍THE BIG BUS Coming to Blu-ray with a 4K Restoration on April 25 from Kino Lorber.
A wonderful spoof of disaster films, The Big Bus is about the world's first nuclear-powered bus—a 75-ton monster on 32 enormous wheels—and its maiden journey from New York to Denver. Jockeying the world's greatest bus, of course, is the world's greatest bus driver (Joseph Bologna, Cops and Robbers). His co-pilot (John Beck, Sleeper) is given to sudden blackouts and has a penchant for driving on the shoulders of the road. A pair of evil-doers (including José Ferrer, Cyrano de Bergerac) vow to destroy the bus at the outset, thus providing hilarious suspense. Guess who will die (laughing) among the all-star cast also featuring Stockard Channing, René Auberjonois, Ned Beatty, Ruth Gordon, Harold Gould, Larry Hagman, Sally Kellerman, Richard Mulligan, Lynn Redgrave, Rene Auberjonois, Bob Dishy, Stuart Margolin and Howard Hesseman. Wonderfully directed by John Frawley (Kid Blue, The Muppet Movie).

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