Two movies starring Alan Alda of television’s “M*A*S*H” fame will be released on Blu-ray Disc on Dec. 14 under the Kino Lorber Studio Classics banner.
Both find the veteran actor starring opposite iconic female actresses.
The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979) has Alda co-star with Meryl Streep and Barbara Harris in an acclaimed drama about a senator with presidential ambitions — and the price he has to pay. Alda, who also wrote the screenplay, portrays the title character, a decent, hardworking senator whose job in Washington keeps him away from his wife (Harris) and family. Matters become even more complicated when he begins to develop a relationship with a civil rights activist (Streep). Directed by Jerry Schatzberg and produced by Martin Bregman, the film also features Rip Torn, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Kimbrough and Carrie Nye.
The Four Seasons (1981) has Alda sharing top billing with Carol Burnett, about three 40-something couples whose camaraderie is forever changed when one friend leaves his wife for a much younger woman. The lines are drawn when they are forced to take sides regarding the new couple. Alda also wrote and directed the romantic comedy, whose cast also includes Len Cariou, Sandy Dennis, Rita Moreno, Jack Weston and Bess Armstrong.
Kino Lorber’s Blu-ray Disc releases of both films feature new audio commentary tracks by entertainment journalist and author Bryan Reesman, along with the original theatrical trailers.