Chevy Chase Comedies ‘Fletch,’ ‘Fletch Lives’ to be Reissued on Blu-ray Disc April 16

The 1985 Chevy Chase comedy Fletch and its 1989 sequel, Fletch Lives, will each be released on Blu-ray Disc on April 16 by Kino Lorber.

The original Fletch finds Chase starring as Los Angeles Times reporter Irwin M. “Fletch” Fletcher, who while investigating a drug ring is approached by a rich businessman (played by Tim Matheson) who wants Fletch to kill him in exchange for a large sum of money. The millionaire claims he has a terminal cancer prognosis and suicide would invalidate his life insurance policy, which benefits his wife. Fletch, a master of disguises, senses a scam after discovering the man is not really sick, but when he investigates his own life is suddenly in danger.

Fletch was directed by Michael Ritchie from a screenplay by Andrew Bergman and also stars Joe Don Baker, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Richard Libertini, M. Emmet Walsh, George Wendt, George Wyner, Kenneth Mars, Geena Davis and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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The Blu-ray Disc features the film from a new HD master from a 2K scan of the 35mm Interpositive. It features a new commentary by entertainment journalists and authors Bryan Reesman and Max Evry, as well as several previously released extras, including a making-of documentary, a look at Fletch’s various disguises, and a 1985 interview with Chase by Reba Merrill. 

Fletch Lives finds the chameleon-like reporter venturing to Belle Isle, a sprawling 80-acre Louisiana plantation that he inherits from his aunt. Trouble begins when a lovely attorney mysteriously turns up dead, a neighborly lawyer (Hal Holbrook) warns him to leave town, and a ravishing real estate agent (Julianne Phillips)comes calling with a persistent offer he may not be able to refuse. 

Fletch Lives was directed by Michael Ritchie and written by Leon Capetanos. The cast also includes Julianne Phillips, R. Lee Ermey, Richard Libertini, Randall “Tex” Cobb, Cleavon Little, George Wyner, Geoffrey Lewis, Richard Belzer and Phil Hartman.

The Blu-ray Disc of Fletch Lives also features the film from a new HD master from a 2K scan of the 35mm Interpositive and comes with a new commentary by Reesman and Evry. Bonus content again includes such previously issued extras as a making-of documentary and other featurettes.

JustWatch: New Disney+ Series ‘Star Wars: Andor,’ ‘Confess, Fletch’ Movie Top Weekly Streaming

The new Disney+ original series “Star Wars: Andor” topped all episodic streamed programming for the week ended Sept. 25, according to new data from JustWatch, the Berlin-based guide that tracks SVOD streaming habits of 20 million users per month across 59 markets, including the United States.

“Andor,” a prequel to the “Star Wars” spin-off movie Rogue One, follows thief-turned-Rebel spy Cassian Andor during the five years leading up to the events of the film.

The show topped NBC’s relaunch of “Quantum Leap” that streams the next day on Peacock, and the new Netflix series “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.”

Paramount Pictures’ Jon Hamm crime comedy Confess, Fletch topped all feature films available on transactional VOD. The movie will begin streaming on Showtime Anytime Oct. 28. The film topped director Ti West’s X and Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick — the top-grossing theatrical release in 2022.

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