During the late ’70s, Steve Martin’s career went into overdrive. His guest host appearances on Saturday Day Night Live were beyond legendary. He brought so much to the show and created so many memorable sketches that you might have thought that he was a Not Ready for Prime Time Player. His comedy albums dominated the charts. His TV specials were must see TV. He basically had one last place to go: the movie theater. He had small parts in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Muppet Movie and The Who documentary The Kids Are Alright. But he was ready for star time when he teamed up with director Carl Reiner for the tale of a poor guy who made it to the top only to see it all implode. A lot of comedy films lose their laughs over the years. But The Jerk with it’s purely absurd perspective on the world is still hilarious and weird. Now with The Jerk: 40th Anniversary Edition you can see those little umbrellas in a drink in high definition! Shout Select puts out the Blu-ray on December 18. Here’s the press release with details of the bonus features including Steve Martin talking with Carl Reiner:
THE JERK (40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)
COMES TO BLU-RAY™ DECEMBER 18, 2018
FROM SHOUT SELECT
“The Jerk…is by turns funny, vulgar and backhandedly clever, never more so than when it aspires to absolute stupidity.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Los Angeles, CA – On December 18, 2018, Shout Select celebrates the 40th anniversary of wacky comedy classic The Jerk with the film’s debut on Blu-ray, now remastered from a brand-new 2K scan. This release comes packed with bonus features, including new interviews with Steve Martin and Carl Reiner and with writers Michael Elias and Carl Gottlieb.
From director and comic legend Carl Reiner, The Jerk stars Steve Martin in his feature film debut alongside Bernadette Peters, Rob Reiner, Bill Macy and M. Emmet Walsh. Hailed as one of the funniest movies of all time, the seminal comedy showcases why Martin is one of the greatest comic performers of all time.
Martin stars as Navin Johnson, the adopted son of a poor black sharecropping family in Mississippi. When he learns that the world is a much bigger place than he’d ever imagined, Navin sets out on a quest to find his “special purpose.” His adventures lead him to encounter a would-be assassin, jobs in carnivals and gas stations, a life-saving dog, romance with the girl of his dreams and more money than he could ever spend. But his life in the clouds may come crashing down when the source of his new fame and fortune creates disastrous side effects.
· NEW Remastered from a Brand-New 2K Transfer
· NEW A Conversation with Steve Martin and Carl Reiner
· NEW A Conversation with Writers Michael Elias and Carl Gottlieb
· Learn How to Play “Tonight You Belong To Me”
· The Lost Film Strips of Father Carols Las Vegas De Cordova
· Trailers & Radio Spots
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