Three classic comedies starring such Hollywood heavyweights as Marlon Brando, Jack Lemmon, Tony Randall and David Niven will be released Dec. 14 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc under the Kino Lorber Studio Classics Line.
Bedtime Story is a 1964 comedy about two cunning conmen in which Brando shares top billing with Niven and Shirley Jones. Brando portrays the caddish Freddy Benson, who enjoys setting up elaborate ruses to seduce women. The suave Lawrence Jameson (Niven) likes to pose as a prince to swindle the wealthy. When the two men meet, each perceives the other as an interloper and a threat. Upon the arrival of vacationing soap heiress Janet Walker (Jones), the two sweet-talking scoundrels compete to trick her out of both her clothes and her fortune.
The film will be issued on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc from a new 2K master. Bonus features include a new audio commentary from film historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson and newly restored theatrical trailers and teasers.
Two other comedies will be issued on Blu-ray Disc only.
The Brass Bottle is a 1964 comedy in which Randall portrays a modern man who accidentally acquires the friendship of a long-out-of-circulation genie. The film also stars Barbara Eden and Burl Ives and inspired the hit TV series that made Eden an icon, “I Dream of Jeannie.”
And Mass Appeal is a 1984 comedy-drama starring Lemmon as Father Tim Farley, a complacent priest in a wealthy suburban parish who drives a Mercedes and cracks jokes from the pulpit. When idealistic Mark Dolson (Željko Ivanek), a radical seminarian, accuses him of “song and dance theology,” the result is a head-on clash that teaches each man the true meaning of faith.