September 21, 2018
Shout! Factory is releasing a new “Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray Disc of Dragnet, the 1987 buddy-cop comedy starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks, on Oct. 30.
The “Shout! Select Blu-ray” features a new 4K UHD scan and several bonus features, including a new interview with co-star Alexandra Paul (the “Virgin” Connie Swail) and audio commentary from pop culture historian Russell Dyball.
Consumers who buy the film directly from shoutfactor.com will receive a free 18-inch by 24-inch poster with new artwork.
The Dragnet movie is a spoof of the vintage radio and TV crime drama series starring Jack Webb as the straight-talking, flat-topped Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Joe Friday and various partners.
In the film version, which grossed $57.4 million domestically, Aykroyd plays Friday’s nephew and namesake while Hanks portrays his new partner, the wise-cracking Pep Streebek. A series of misadventures ensues as the pair tries to rescue a kidnapped girl from an underground pagan cult, interspersed with comedy as Friday consistently wrecks his police car. Ultimately he is given a Yugo, which he deadpans as “a tribute to Serbo-Croatian technology.”