‘Flashdance’ and ‘Up, Down, Fragile’ Receive 4K Home Entertainment Releases

FLASHDANCE 40TH ANNIVERSARY. (DVD Artwork). ©Paramount Home Entertainment.


Flashdance (Drama, Music, Romance)

Director Adrian Lyne’s electrifying classic “Flashdance” celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. On Tuesday, April 11, Paramount Home Entertainment will release the film for the first time ever on 4K Ultra HD to celebrate the milestone.

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.

Jennifer Beals stars as Alex, a fiercely determined 18-year-old with one all-consuming dream to study at the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance. Working during the day as a welder and at night as an exotic dancer, she bravely pursues her dream and undertakes an unforgettable journey that reveals the power of her convictions.

Newly remastered and approved by Lyne, “Flashdance” looks and sounds incredible on 4K Ultra HD. The release also includes the remastered film on Blu-ray as well as access to a Digital copy of the film and legacy bonus content. Extras include the film’s theatrical trailer, “The Look of ‘Flashdance,’” “Releasing the ‘Flashdance’ Phenomenon” and “Filmmaker Focus: Director Adrian Lyne Discusses ‘Flashdance.’”

Up, Down, Fragile (Comedy, Drama, Musical, Mystery)

New Wave master and former Cahiers du Cinema editor-in-chief Jacques Rivette’s 1995 film “Up, Down, Fragile” comes to Blu-ray on Tuesday, April 11, with a new 4K restoration from Cohen Film Collection.

Inspired by the backstage Hollywood musicals of the 1930s, “Up, Down, Fragile” recounts the adventures of three young women (Nathalie Richard, Marianne Denicourt and Laurence Côte) in Paris, each at a turning point in her life. The film also features a musical number (or two)!

“Up, Down, Fragile” is presented in French with English subtitles. Bonus features on the Blu-ray include the re-release trailer and an audio commentary track by Richard Peña, director emeritus of the New York Film Festival and professor of film and media studies at Columbia University.