Comedy ‘The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee’ Due on Digital and On Demand Dec. 11 From Lionsgate

The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee will premiere on digital and on demand Dec. 11 from Lionsgate.

Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee) plays himself in the comedy, which also stars John Cleese (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, A Fish Called Wanda), Chevy Chase (Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation), Olivia Newton-John (Grease) and Jacob Elordi as Hogan’s son (HBO’s “Euphoria, Netflix’s The Kissing Booth).

In the film, Hogan is reluctantly thrust back into the spotlight as he desperately attempts to restore his sullied reputation on the eve of being knighted by the queen of England. Hogan gets caught up in a series of comical scandals that dominate gossip shows and social media feeds.

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Paramount Preps 40th Anniversary Edition of ‘Grease’

Paramount Home Media Distribution is readying a 40th anniversary edition of the musical Grease for April 24 release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital.

Featuring star-making performances from John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, Grease has given the pop-culture world such memorable songs as “Greased Lightnin,” “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” “Beauty School Drop Out” and the title track.

Paramount says it worked with director Randal Kleiser to restore Grease “to its original vibrancy, with the highest quality sound, picture resolution and color.” The original negative was scanned and received extensive clean up and color correction using previously unavailable digital restoration tools such as high dynamic range (HDR) technology.  In addition, the audio was enhanced from a six-track mix created for the film’s original 70mm release, giving the music more clarity.

The Grease 40th anniversary edition 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc combo packs include the fully restored version of the film plus an all-new, in-depth exploration of the little-known origins of what would become a Broadway play and then a feature film.  “Grease: A Chicago Story” features new interviews with writer Jim Jacobs and original cast members of the Chicago show. In addition, the discs include the original song the title sequence was animated to and an alternate ending salvaged from the original black-and-white16mm work print discovered by director Randal Kleiser.

Both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs also feature more than an hour of previously released bonus material, including a sing-along, vintage interviews with the cast, deleted scenes and more.  Plus, the Blu-ray Combo comes in collectible packaging with 16 pages of images laid out like a high school yearbook.  In addition, a Grease Collection will be available in a Steelbook Locker, which includes the 40th anniversary Blu-ray of Grease, as well as Grease 2 and Grease: Live! on Blu-ray for the first time.