Meg Ryan Rom-Com ‘What Happens Later’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 19 From Decal and Distribution Solutions

Distribution Solutions will bow Decal Releasing’s romantic comedy What Happens Later on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 19.

In the film, ex-lovers reunite when they both become stranded in an airport overnight. They find themselves drawn together to revisit their past to discuss what could have been and what may happen in the future.

Directed and co-written by Meg Ryan, the film stars Ryan (When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle) and David Duchovney (“The X-Files” TV series, “Californication TV series, and “Aquarius” TV series) and is based on the play Shooting Star by Steven Dietz.

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Meg Ryan Thriller ‘In the Cut’ Due on Blu-ray May 16 in 20th Anniversary Uncut Director’s Edition

The 2003 mystery thriller In the Cut will be released on Blu-ray Disc in a 20th anniversary uncut director’s edition May 16 by Mill Creek Entertainment.

Based on the national best-selling novel by Susanna Moore, the film follows Frannie Avery (Meg Ryan), a reserved English professor, who becomes obsessed after seeing more than she should of an impassioned couple in the underbelly of lower Manhattan. After the young woman turns up dead, Frannie is questioned by a homicide detective (Mark Ruffalo) who draws her into a liberating but disturbing erotic encounter. As the body count rises, familiar suspects begin to emerge. 

In the Cut is directed by Oscar winner Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog, The Piano), who has garnered 169 award wins and 103 nominations including a Primetime Emmy for “Top of the Lake,” plus taking home 2022 BAFTA, Directors Guild of America (DGA), Film Independent Spirit, Critics Choice and Golden Globe Awards and more for The Power of the Dog

In addition to Ryan (Top Gun, You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally) and Ruffalo (“The Avengers” franchise, Shutter Island, Netflix’s The Adam Project), the film stars Oscar nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (Netflix series “Atypical,” Apple TV+ series “Lisey’s Story,” Single White Female, The Hateful 8) and Golden Globe winner Kevin Bacon (Footloose, Showtime series “City on the Hill,” X-Men: First Class). 

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The film is produced by Nicole Kidman, whose production credits include Hulu’s “Nine Perfect Strangers,” HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and AppleTV+ series “Roar,” and Laurie Parker, known for My Own Private Idaho and Drugstore Cowboy

Top Gun

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Paramount;
Action;
$14.99 Blu-ray, $22.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG.’
Stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, Rick Rossovich, James Tolkan, Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan.

The new Blu-ray editions of 1986’s Top Gun were clearly timed to coincide with what would have been the theatrical release of the film’s long-awaited sequel. However, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic shutting down theaters, Top Gun: Maverick was pushed back six months to Dec. 23.

The new Blu-ray does include a trailer for the new film, plus a new six-minute “The Legacy of Top Gun” featurette in which Tom Cruise and some of the filmmakers behind the sequel discuss the impact of the director Tony Scott’s original, which has become an iconic depiction of fighter aircraft combat action. The film still holds up well (despite some cheesy over-the-top machismo that is part of its charm).

Of course, the other thing the film is well known for is its beach volleyball scene that has fueled the film’s reputation as a homoerotic fantasy. The volleyball scene has become so intrinsically associated with the film that a recent board game based on the film lets players either try their hand at the airplane combat of the famed Top Gun dogfighting school, or simulate the volleyball game.

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The bright, vivid image of the new Blu-ray transfer shows off every detail, to the point where it’s impossible not to notice how almost everyone is sweating profusely in practically every scene (it must be hot on those airplanes and carriers). The disc also brings out the film’s legendary soundtrack in a 5.1 mix that perfectly services the action.

The other extra listed as new for this edition is the five-part half-hour retrospective “On Your Six: Thirty Years of Top Gun.” It’s filled with great stories about the production ( such as Scott getting a Navy captain to turn an aircraft carrier around in order to get the perfect lighting from the sun). It was obviously filmed a few years ago, since this year is the 34th anniversary of the film, and Cruise talks about having just read an early draft of the sequel screenplay (the same sequel that is now finished and waiting to hit theaters).

The Blu-ray also includes all the bonus material from previous releases, including a commentary with the filmmakers and naval experts; storyboards; vintage interviews; four music videos (which have not aged particularly well); an earlier behind-the-scenes featurette from the 2008 Blu-ray; and an interesting look at the real Top Gun school, also from 2008.

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FandangoNow Launches Movie ‘Flashbacks’ Promo

Video-on-demand service FandangoNow is running a “Flashbacks” promotion, kicking off with discounts on You’ve Got Mail for its 2oth anniversary.

Through Dec. 23, the film, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, will be available to rent for $2.99 ($3.99 HD) and to own for $7.99 at FandangoNow Flashbacks.

FandangoNow will also be offering special promotions for the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Bette Midler classic Beaches (Dec. 23-29, rent for $2.99 and $3.99 HD, own for $14.99) and for the fifth anniversary of the Oscar-nominated Leonardo DiCaprio starrer The Wolf of Wall Street (Dec. 25-31, rent for $3.99 SD or HD, own for $6.99).

Empire State Building Lights Up for 25th Anniversary of ‘Sleepless in Seattle’

Manhattan’s Empire State Building, where Meg Ryan’s and Tom Hanks’ characters fall in love in Sleepless in Seattle, lit up the night of June 26 for the 25th anniversary of the romance’s original release.

The lighting scheme, a red heart against white lights, was designed to match the one immortalized in the film.

Also honoring the anniversary, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released the film on DVD, digital and a new Blu-ray featuring four never-before-seen deleted scenes and additional archival special features with the cast and filmmakers.

Written and directed by the late Nora Ephron, the film, which earned more than $220 million at the box office, follows a recently widowed man whose son calls a radio talk show on Christmas Eve in an attempt to find his father a new wife.  Nominated for two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes, Sleepless in Seattle also stars Rosie O’Donnell, Rita Wilson, Rob Reiner and Bill Pullman.

Sony Celebrates Silver Anniversary of ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ With June 26 Blu-ray Release

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle with a June 26 Blu-ray Disc release.

Written and directed by Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally…Julie & Julia), Sleepless in Seattle stars the classic romantic duo of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in the tale of a recently widowed man whose son calls a radio talk-show on Christmas Eve in an attempt to find his father a new wife. The film earned more than $220 million at the box office and was nominated for two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes. Co-stars include Rosie O’Donnell, Rita Wilson, Rob Reiner and Bill Pullman.

The new Blu-ray release of the film features four never-before-seen deleted scenes and additional archival special features featuring the cast and filmmakers.

The film is also available now on DVD and digital.