Paramount Celebrates ‘Forrest Gump’ 25th With Blu-ray, National Mall Screening

Paramount Home Entertainment is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump with a new Blu-ray release and screenings, including one at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Tom Hanks gives an Oscar-winning performance as Forrest, an everyman whose innocence comes to embody a generation. Alongside his mom (Sally Field), his best friend Bubba (Mykelti Williamson), his commanding officer Lieutenant Dan (Gary Sinise), and his favorite girl Jenny (Robin Wright), Forrest has a ringside seat for the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Hanks), Best Writing, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects.

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To celebrate the anniversary, Paramount will host a special outdoor screening on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., May 24, at 8 p.m.  The free screening will take place between 10th and 12th Streets with spots on the lawn available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also available now for the 25th is a newly remastered version of the film in a two-disc Blu-ray.  The set includes access to a digital copy of the film as well as more than three hours of bonus content, including commentary by Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Rick Carter; commentary by Wendy Finerman; “Musical Signposts to History,” with an introduction by Ben Fong-Torres; “Getting Past Impossible—Forrest Gump and the Visual Effects Revolution”; “Through the Ears of Forrest Gump—Sound Design”; “Building the World of Gump—Production Design”; “Seeing is Believing—The Visual Effects of Forrest Gump”; screen tests; trailers; and more.

June 23 and 25, the film will return to the big screen in more than 600 cinemas nationwide for two screenings each day via Fathom Events.  For information and tickets, visit www.FathomEvents.com.

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).

Sony Releasing ‘Philadelphia’ on 4K Blu-ray Nov. 27

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Philadelphia on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 27 for its 25th anniversary.

The film stars Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, who won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as a lawyer fighting AIDS discrimination.

The 4K Blu-ray includes high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos audio.

Bonus materials include new interviews with the cast, and legacy extras such as filmmaker audio commentary, deleted scenes, trailers, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and a music video for Bruce Springsteen’s Oscar-winning song, “Streets of Philadelphia.”

Sony Pictures is also re-releasing the film to theaters Dec. 1 to coincide with World AIDS Day, alongside the short featurette “The Last Mile,” which highlights continued efforts to fight HIV/AIDS.

 

 

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.

The Post

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Fox;
Drama;
Box Office $81.88 million;
$29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for language and brief war violence.
Stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Carrie Coon, Bruce Greenwood, Jesse Plemons, Sarah Paulson, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie, David Cross, Zach Woods.

Even before seeing the movie, the obvious question surrounding The Post is why the filmmakers would decide to focus a story about the publication of the Pentagon Papers on the efforts of The Washington Post newspaper when the bulk of the material was broken by The New York Times.

After watching it, though, it’s a lot easier to understand some of the reasons director Steven Spielberg guided the film along the approach it took.

For one, there just seems to be much more storytelling to mine from the Washington Post perspective, whereas a Times POV would likely have been a more straightforward legal drama about the relationship between the press and government.

At the time, the Post was still seen as primarily a local D.C. publication without the broad national following it has now. Financially strapped, the paper issued an IPO that could have been threatened by any legal troubles encountered as a result of publishing the leaked documents copied from a classified report that exposed government deception in the conduct of the Vietnam War.

And that’s on top of the expected discussions of the role of journalism in a democracy and defending the First Amendment against government pushback, with the Times included in all those story points anyway.

There’s also an argument to be made that the primary interest of the film isn’t even about the Pentagon Papers to begin with.

Certainly, looking at the film from the prism of the Pentagon Papers as the subject matter makes it seem like it’s the story of a minor newspaper jumping on the bandwagon of a bigger newspaper to gain stature.

But keeping a bigger picture in mind, the film is much more about how the Post rose in prominence under the leadership of publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), and that the Pentagon Papers just happened to be the catalyst.

From Spielberg’s perspective, it probably didn’t hurt that this approach also allowed him to devote significant screen time to Graham in depicting the ascension of a female publisher in a man’s world.

Spielberg also seems interested in positioning the film as a prequel of sorts to All the President’s Men, showing how the Post became the paper that drove coverage of the Watergate break-in.

As such, The Post is more fascinating for its procedural aspects and character dynamics for any actual history it’s trying to explore. The film also sees itself as an allegorical commentary on criticism of President Trump’s relationship to the media, and his tendency to label detractors as “fake news,” but these aspects of the film are really only going to appeal to choirs expecting to be preached to. One could be completely oblivious to such perceived messaging and still find the film immensely entertaining. The performances are terrific and the nitty-gritty details of classic print journalism are just fun to see, particularly contrasted with the digital simplicity of today.

The Blu-ray includes a number of good behind-the-scenes featurettes that detail the making of the film and explore the real-life circumstances being explored. This being a Spielberg movie, there’s also a featurette about the music composed by longtime collaborator John Williams, this being their 28th film together.

Oscar-Nominated ‘The Post’ to Hit Digital April 3, Disc April 17

The Post, which earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Meryl Streep), will come out on digital April 3, followed by DVD and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc April 17 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The film will be available on digital locker service Movies Anywhere.

Based on a true story and directed by Steven Spielberg, the film stars Streep as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee as they wrestle with publishing the Pentagon Papers, government documents revealing secrets about the Vietnam War.

Special features include:

  • “Layout: Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee & The Washington Post” (Blu-ray only), which explores the real-life characters at the heart of the story, Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee;
  • “Editorial: The Cast and Characters of The Post” (Blu-ray only), which covers the casting;
  • “The Style Section: Re-Creating an Era,” about the 1970s style of the film;
  • “Stop the Presses: Filming The Post,” with footage from filming; and
  • “Arts and Entertainment: Music for The Post,” in which Spielberg and composer John Williams talk about their 44-year partnership.