‘Ragtime’ Coming to Paramount Presents Blu-ray Line Nov. 16

Director Milos Forman’s epic Ragtime arrives for its 40th anniversary in a limited-edition two-disc Blu-ray as part of the Paramount Presents line on Nov. 16 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Based on E.L. Doctorow’s best-selling novel, Ragtime tells the story of disparate characters in New York City in the early 1900s. From the emerging New York suburb of New Rochelle to the flashy spectacle of Atlantic City, a family faces racial tensions, scandals and violence that will test everything they believe in. With music by Randy Newman, the film stars James Cagney, Brad Dourif, Moses Gunn, Elizabeth McGovern, Kenneth McMillan, Pat O’Brien, Donald O’Connor, James Olson, Mandy Patinkin, Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Mary Steenburgen, Debbie Allen, Jeff Daniels, Fran Drescher, Samuel L. Jackson, Norman Mailer and John Ratzenberger.

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The film has been remastered from a 4K film transfer and is presented in collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. The two-disc Blu-ray includes a newly discovered director’s cut workprint version of the film (along with the theatrical version), deleted and extended scenes, a look back at Ragtime with Larry Karaszewski and screenwriter Michael Weller, access to a digital copy of the theatrical version, and commentary by Forman and executive producer Michael Hausman.

‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Concert: Encore’ Due Sept. 21 From Time Life

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Concert: Encore, featuring live concert events from 2010-2013 induction ceremonies, will be released Sept. 21 in two-disc Blu-ray ($39.99) and four-disc DVD ($34.99) sets from Time Life.

The program includes on-stage reunions, induction speeches and iconic performances from such inductees as Genesis, The Stooges, The Hollies, Tom Waits, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Darlene Love, Freddie King, Donovan, Small Faces/Faces and Heart.

Among the highlights:

  • Canadian power trio Rush performing “Tom Sawyer”and “The Spirit of Radio”;
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers leading an all-star jam session of “Higher Ground”anchored by Slash and Ron Wood;
  • Heart performing “Crazy on You”before being joined onstage by Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains;
  • Alice Cooper performing “Eighteen”and “Under My Wheels”before closing the set with Rob Zombie on “School’s Out”;
  • Donovan joined onstage by John Mellencamp for a performance of “Season of the Witch”;
  • And complete induction speeches from Don Henley inducting Randy Newman, Neil Young inducting Tom Waits and others.