Lionsgate will release the musical romance Dirty Dancing on 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray plus digital combo pack Aug. 23 for its 35th anniversary.
The release will feature new art of star Jennifer Grey (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Red Dawn, TV’s “Red Oaks”) and Patrick Swayze (Point Break, Ghost, Road House).
While spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Grey) falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor Johnny Castle (Swayze) in this 1987 feature that has inspired multiple films, a stage version, and reality dance competitions.
Special features on 4K Ultra HD include audio commentary with writer-co-producer Eleanor Bergstein; audio commentary with choreographer Kenny Ortega, actress Miranda Garrison, cinematographer Jeff Jur, costume designer Hilary Rosenfeld and production designer David Chapman; an “Establishing Shot” featurette with Jeff Jur; and the theatrical trailer.
Special features on Blu-ray include interviews with Swayze; outtakes; deleted, alternate and extended scenes; cast interviews with Grey, Swayze, Bergstein and more; two filmmaker commentaries; and music videos.
May 4 saw the release of a couple of retail-exclusive Steelbook editions.
Best Buy offered a Steelbook of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Speed, from Disney-owned 20th Century Studios. The price was $27.99, $3 more than the wide release version of the title.
Target didn’t offer a Speed exclusive, though a number of stores in the Southern California area neglected to stock the title on the new-release shelf. The stores had copies available, they were just left in the back room.
On the other hand, Target did offer an exclusive Steelbook Blu-ray edition of 1987’s Dirty Dancing, for $16.99. It came a week after Best Buy’s Steelbook exclusive of the 4K Blu-ray edition.
Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures perfectly timed the Blu-ray release of Nomadland for April 27, two days after the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony at which the film won the Oscar for Best Picture.
However, copies of the film were nowhere to be found at major retail shelves on the day of its release. Target, Walmart and Best Buy all relegated the Nomadland Blu-ray to their online store. It received worse treatment at Amazon, which didn’t even list it until the day it came out, and even then only as available from third-party marketplace sellers (meaning Amazon isn’t selling it directly — likely another casualty of the e-commerce behemoth’s long-running disputes with Disney over physical media availability).
Best Buy at least paired the Nomadland Blu-ray with a deal to get a month of Internet TV service Philo for $1, a savings of $19 off the regular $20 monthly fee. The Blu-ray itself costs $22.99, bringing the total deal to $23.99.
The only other notable exclusive for the week also came at Best Buy, which offered a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook of 1987’s Dirty Dancing for $19.99.
Lionsgate is planning a reboot of the 1987 box office hit DirtyDancing that will star the original’s Jennifer Grey, who is also executive producing. The movie will be directed by Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50).
Speaking on the company’s Aug. 6 fiscal call, CEO Jon Feltheimer announced the remake along with plans for back-to-back productions of John Wick 4 and 5, starring Keanu Reeves.
“[Dirty Dancing] will be exactly the kind of romantic, nostalgic movie that the franchise’s fans have been waiting for,” Feltheimer said, adding Dirty Dancing is the best-selling library title across all distribution channels, including home entertainment, in Lionsgate’s history.
The movie catapulted Grey to stardom playing a shy teenager who befriends a bad boy dance instructor (played the late Patrick Swayze) while with her family in the Catskills Mountains in upstate N.Y.
The movie grossed $214 million at the global box office, including $63.8 million domestically. A loose prequel, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, was released in 2004, grossing $14 million at the box office. ABC aired a musical remake in 2017.