Blue Hawaii (Comedy, Musical)
Elvis Presley’s beloved 1961 classic “Blue Hawaii” arrives on both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray for the first time ever Tuesday, November 15, as part of the collectible Paramount Presents line.
Ex-G.I. Chadwick “Chad” Gates (Presley) is coming home to Hawaii. Though his mother (Angela Lansbury) expects him to take over the family business, Chad would rather wear an aloha shirt than a white collar. When he goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend’s agency, it isn’t long before a group of amorous gals fights for his attention.
Viewers can finally enjoy this rollicking Technicolor musical in ultra-crisp 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR-10. Fully restored from the original 35mm camera negative, “Blue Hawaii” looks more spectacular than ever with every colorful costume and vivid Hawaiian background brought to life. The first of three films that Presley shot in Hawaii, “Blue Hawaii” celebrated the brand-new exotic state and features the massive hit song “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” which was certified platinum.
For the restoration, the original negative was scanned in 4K/16bit, however, the opening title sequence was very grainy because it originally used duped film. That sequence was completely rebuilt using the original film elements from the Paramount library. Brand new text overlays were created for a truly spectacular opening sequence befitting this delightful film.
The Paramount Presents “Blue Hawaii” release includes the film on both a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc and Blu-ray disc as well as access to a digital copy. Additionally, the Blu-ray disc includes the film’s original theatrical trailer, a commentary track by historian James L. Neibaur and a “Blue Hawaii” Photo Scrapbook containing hi-res images from the Paramount archives, including behind-the-scenes shots.
Earth Girls Are Easy (Comedy, Musical, Romance)
“Earth Girls Are Easy” has finally landed on Blu-ray from Lionsgate. The next release in the acclaimed Vestron Video Collector’s Series, a line of classic and unique genre films remastered and packed with extras, the movie features a critically acclaimed cast, including Academy Award winner Geena Davis (“Thelma & Louise,” “The Fly”), Academy Award nominee Jeff Goldblum (“Jurassic Park,” “The Fly”) and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Jim Carrey (“Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “The Truman Show”).
Directed by Julien Temple, “Earth Girls Are Easy” follows the misadventures of three furry aliens — played by Goldblum, Carrey and Damon Wayans — whose spaceship crash-lands into a pool owned by Valerie (Davis), a valley-girl manicurist. Befriended by Valerie and given human makeovers, the extraterrestrial trio embarks on a wild weekend filled with partying, police pursuits and, yes, interplanetary love.
“Earth Girls Are Easy” is available on Blu-ray for the suggested retail price of $17.99 and comes loaded with special features, including an audio commentary track with actress and co-writer Julie Brown. Other special features include four interviews (“The Musical Man,” “Candy Time!,” “Views of the Valley” and “Aliens in L.A.”), behind-the-scenes footage, a vintage interview with actor Charles Rocket, a vintage premiere night promo, deleted scenes and outtakes, theatrical trailers, TV spots, radio spots, a still gallery, a storyboard gallery and the featurette “Earth Girls Karaoke!”
Gigi & Nate (Drama, Family)
Love finds a helping hand when “Gigi & Nate” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, November 15, from Lionsgate.
Directed by Nick Hamm (“Driven,” “The Journey”), “Gigi & Nate” is an inspiring story about how hope and companionship can come in all different sizes. Nate (Charlie Rowe, “Angelyne”) suffers a near-fatal illness and is left a quadriplegic just weeks before departing for college. As he tries to adjust to his new life challenges, his mother (Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, “Pollock”) helps him bring home an unlikely service animal, Gigi — a curious and intelligent capuchin monkey. Nate and Gigi form an unbreakable bond, but when it’s threatened by a group trying to outlaw capuchins, Nate’s family rallies behind him to help him regain what he needs most: hope.
Inspired by actual events, “Gigi & Nate” will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 on Blu-ray and $19.98 on DVD. Special features include a photo gallery and the film’s theatrical trailer.
Hansan: Rising Dragon (Action, Drama, History)
Writer-director Kim Han-min creates a prequel to his breakout hit “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” — the most-watched film in Korean cinema history — with the epic war drama “Hansan: Rising Dragon,” sailing onto Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, November 15, from Well Go USA Entertainment.
“Hansan: Rising Dragon” depicts the historical Battle of Hansando. In 1592, Admiral Yi and his fleet face off against the might of the invading Japanese navy and its formidable warships. As the Korean forces fall into crisis, the admiral resorts to using his secret weapon — the dragon head ships known as geobukseon — in order to change the tide of this epic battle at sea.
Loaded with spectacular CGI and VFX action effects, “Hansan: Rising Dragon” stars Park Hae-il (“Decision to Leave,” “War of the Arrows”), Byun Yo-Han (“The Book of Fish”) and Ahn Sung-ki (“The Divine Fury,” “The Hunt”). Bonus content includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes — “Character Highlights” and “Secrets of Makeup” — a staff commentary, the film’s trailer and an optional English dub.
Jerry & Marge Go Large (Biography, Comedy, Drama)
The fun, feel-good comedy “Jerry & Marge Go Large” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, November 15, from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film is also now available on Digital and currently streaming on Paramount+.
Inspired by a remarkable true story, “Jerry & Marge Go Large” follows retiree Jerry Selbee (Bryan Cranston) who discovers a mathematical loophole in the Massachusetts lottery. He and his wife Marge (Annette Bening) go on an exciting multi-million-dollar winning spree with the goal to revive their small Michigan town. But when a selfish college student cheats the system, Jerry must find a way to make the game fair for all.
Mia Goth reprises her iconic villain in “Pearl,” arriving on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, November 15, from A24 and Lionsgate.
Filmmaker Ti West (“X,” “The House of the Devil”) returns with another chapter from the twisted world of “X” in this astonishing follow-up to the year’s most acclaimed horror film. Trapped on her family’s isolated farm, Pearl must tend to her ailing father under the bitter and overbearing watch of her devout mother. Lusting for a glamorous life like she’s seen in the movies, Pearl’s ambitions, temptations and repressions all collide in the stunning, Technicolor-inspired origin story of “X’s” iconic villain.
Co-written by West and Goth in her feature film writing debut, “Pearl” will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 on Blu-ray and $29.96 on DVD. Special features include the film’s theatrical and teaser trailers and the featurettes “Time After Time” and “Coming Out of Her Shell: The Creation of ‘Pearl.’” Consumers can also buy an exclusive Blu-ray package at Walmart featuring new artwork.
Three Thousand Years of Longing (Drama, Fantasy, Romance)
Academy Award-winning director George Miller’s (“Happy Feet,” the “Mad Max” franchise) “Three Thousand Years of Longing” releases on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, November 15, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Directed by Miller from a screenplay by Miller and Augusta Gore, the film is based on the short story “The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye” by A.S. Byatt. It stars Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton and is produced by Miller and Doug Mitchell.
Dr Alithea Binnie (Swinton) is an academic, a creature of reason. While in Istanbul, she encounters a Djinn (Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. At first, she doubts him, but eventually she makes a wish — one that surprises them both!
The “Three Thousand Years of Longing” 4K UHD Blu-ray disc features the film in 4K with HDR. The Blu-ray disc features the film in hi-definition and the DVD features the film in standard definition.
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: Seasons Seven and Eight (Comedy, Drama, Family)
On Tuesday, November 15, Seasons Seven and Eight of “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” come home on Digital platforms and as multi-DVD sets from MPI.
For a record-breaking 14 seasons and 435 episodes, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” aired on ABC-TV from 1952 through 1966, becoming one of the most cherished cultural touchstones of the 20th century. The gentle humor of the prolific and popular sitcom was brought to the screen by the real-life Nelson family: Ozzie and wife Harriet with their sons, David and Rick, all portraying themselves in a trend-setting blend of fact-meets-fiction comedy decades before “Seinfeld” and other semi-reality-based shows.
“The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” humorously chronicled the daily lives of the Nelson family as David and Ricky grew up before millions of weekly viewers. For the very first time, in association with the Nelson family, the entire series has been digitally restored with complete episodes from the original film negatives and audio reels for superior picture and sound quality. Both Season Seven and Eight feature rare adventures not seen on television in decades and retail for $29.98 each.
“The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: The Complete Season Seven” contains 36 full, fun-filled episodes on four discs. Lyle Talbot and Mary Jane Croft appear as Ozzie and Harriet’s best friends Joe and Clara Randolph, along with classic television and film guest stars Frank Cady, Tuesday Weld, Alan Hale Jr., Stanley Livingston, Joi Lansing, James Stacy, Ray Teal, Hal Smith and other familiar faces.
“The Complete Season Eight” contains 32 episodes on three discs. Lyle Talbot and Mary Jane Croft once again appear as Ozzie and Harriet’s best friends Joe and Clara Randolph, along with classic television and film guest stars Frank Cady, Tuesday Weld, Joe Flynn, Barry Livingston, Donna Douglas, Richard Deacon, Howard McNear and Jackie Coogan.
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