Shout! Factory is putting out four films on Blu-ray for Pride Month that will bring the fun to June. First there’s To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar that let America see a different side of Patrick Swayze (Roadhouse) and Wesley Snipes (Blade). The film was a fun filled hit. Jeffrey is a star-studded romantic comedy about a man who gives up sex only to discover the man of his dreams. Can he go back on his promise? Is fate teasing him? And how cool is it to have Patrick Stewart as your buddy?
Boom! is a film that John Waters always talked about as the film he’d force you to watch if he wanted you to be his friend. This Liz Taylor – Richard Burton gem is over the top Tennessee Williams. He’s a poet who washes up on the shore of Taylor’s island. Were they fated to be together? The most exciting part of the Blu-ray is that John Waters contributes the commentary track. It’s like he wants you to be his new friend except without coming over to his house. This could have been the only cultural event of the season except for the fact that Shout! Factory is putting out Can’t Stop the Music on Blu-ray!
Can’t Stop the Music is a brilliantly weird musical that supposedly gives us the inside story of how the Village People came together and became disco superstars. Who was the genius behind Macho Man and YMCA? It’s Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy)! The film belongs as the headliner of any campy film festival with it’s colorful characters and butt shaking soundtrack. Even more exciting is that the Cowboy, Randy Jones sits down for more than an hour of giving stories from the set. I’ve heard quite a few of them from Randy. He’s the star of my series Danger! Health Films (currently on Amazon Prime). You’re in for a treat.
Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory on the Blu-rays and their bonus features:
SHOUT! FACTORY CELEBRATES PRIDE MONTH
WITH FOUR DEFINITIVE HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES
To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar
Can’t Stop the Music
COLLECTIBLE BLU-RAY EDITIONS
ARRIVE ON HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELVES MAY 28 and JUNE 11, 2019 FROM SHOUT! SELECT
In honor of this year’s LGBTQ Pride Month, Shout! Factory is proud to present an eclectic slate of pop culture-defining movies arriving for the first time on Blu-ray™. “At Shout, we celebrate and champion the universal movement for equality, and drive creative expression and diversity in independent storytelling,” says Jeff Nelson, Senior Director of Marketing at Shout! Factory and Scream Factory. “We’re thrilled to bring these fun films back into the market! There’s something for everyone: Outrageous camp, disco-pumped extravaganzas and heartfelt stories of love and acceptance. Each movie still strikes a chord of with audiences who remember them, and we hope our upgraded releases will bring in new generations of viewers as well.”
On May 28, 2019, fans will relish the definitive release of the hysterical and often heartfelt road-trip comedy TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR, starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Arliss Howard, and Chris Penn. On the same day, the first-ever Blu-ray release of BOOM!, starring Hollywood icons Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Noel Coward, hits home entertainment shelves. On June 11, 2019, fans will see the fabulous Blu-ray release of the popular rom-com classic JEFFREY, starring Steven Weber, Patrick Stewart, Michael T. Weiss, Bryan Batt, and Sigourney Weaver. Also releasing on June 11 is the ultra-camp 1980 musical CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC, starring Village People, Valerie Perrine, Steve Guttenberg, and Paul Sand.
Each Blu-ray edition sports special bonus content including new interviews, featurettes and more! Pre-order them now at ShoutFactory.com
TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR Blu-ray
Release date: May 28, 2019
Directed by Beeban Kidron
Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, and Wesley Snipes star in this hilarious adventure about three drag queens on the cross-country road trip of a lifetime. On their way to Hollywood for a beauty pageant, Vida (Swayze), Chi-Chi (Leguizamo) and Noxeema (Snipes) get stranded in the tiny Midwestern town of Snydersville. Determined to make the best of a bad situation, the “girls” set out to repair the broken hearts, broken dreams and broken nails of the small-town residents during one wildly outrageous weekend.
NEW – Easy Rider in Dresses: A Look Back at the Making of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar featuring actor John Leguizamo, Director Beeban Kidron and screenwriter Douglas Carter Beane.
Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots
UNIVERSAL PICTURES Presents An AMBLIN ENTERTAINMENT Production A BEEBAN KIDRON Film
WESLEY SNIPES PATRICK SWAYZE JOHN LEGUIZAMO “TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR”
STOCKARD CHANNING BLYTHE DANNER ARLISS HOWARD CHRIS PENN Music Composed And Orchestrated By RACHEL PORTMAN Music Supervision HAPPY WALTERS PILAR McCURRY Associate Producer MITCHELL KOHN
Costume Designer MARLENE STEWART Choreography by KENNY ORTEGA Editor ANDREW MONDSHEIN Production Designed By WYNN THOMAS Director Of Photography STEVEN MASON A.C.S. Executive Producer BRUCE COHEN Written By DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE
Produced by G. MAC BROWN Directed By BEEBAN KIDRON A UNIVERSAL PICTURE
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)/English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround/English SDH Subtitles/1995/Color/Approximate Feature Running Time +/- 109 Minutes
Release date: May 28, 2019
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Cinema icons (and twice-married couple) Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton light up the screen in what acclaimed playwright Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire) described as the best film adaptation of his work he’d ever seen. Sissy Goforth (Taylor), the world’s richest woman, has retired to her lavish island estate to dictate her memoirs. Her reclusive lifestyle is thrown into upheaval when roguish poet Chris Flanders (Burton) washes up on her beach. With the mysterious habit of calling upon a lady one step before the undertaker, Flanders has become known as “The Angel Of Death” — but an undaunted Goforth opts to tempt fate when she chooses to take Flanders as her next — and last — lover.
A notorious bomb on its initial release, BOOM! has since built up a cult following for its one-of-a-kind mixture of camp, lyricism, and the highly combustible chemistry of its two leads. More than fifty years after BOOM!’s debut, Shout! Factory invites you to light the fuse on a re-examination of this highly unusual drama.
NEW Audio Commentary with Filmmaker John Waters
NEW “The Sound of a Bomb: Contextualizing Boom!” with film critic/author Alonso Duralde
Original Theatrical Trailer
Vintage Photo Galleries
ELIZABETH TAYLOR RICHARD BURTON NOEL COWARD In A JOHN HEYMAN Production JOSEPH LOSEY’S “BOOM!” By TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
Also Starring JOANNA SHIMKUS MICHAEL DUNN Music By JOHN BARRY Screenplay By TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
Directed By JOSEPH LOSEY Associate Producer LESTER PERSKY Produced By JOHN HEYMAN And NORMAN PRIGGEN
A UNIVERSAL PICTURES LIMITED/ WORLD FILM SERVICES LIMITED PRODUCTION
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/English DTS Master Audio Stereo English Subtitles/1968/Color/Approximate Feature Running Time +/- 113 Minutes
Release date: June 11, 2019
Directed by Christopher Ashley
Meet Jeffrey (Steven Weber, Wings), a struggling actor in the New York scene who has just made the biggest decision of his life: he’s swearing off sex … forever! No sooner has he made this startling vow than he meets the dreamy and sensitive Steve (Michael T. Weiss, The Pretender). With the help of his friends Sterling (Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Darius (Bryan Batt, Mad Men), Jeffrey decides to give love a second shot. But some unexpected news puts Jeffrey in a bind, forcing him to decide if he should take a risk on what could be the love of his life.
From acclaimed director Christopher Ashley and writer Paul Rudnick, this hilarious and touching film redefined the romantic comedy for the LGBTQ+ community living in the age of AIDS in the 90s. Jeffrey also features cameos from several notable stars of the stage and screen including Nathan Lane, Olympia Dukakis, Christine Baranski, Victor Garber, Camryn Manheim, Kathy Najimy, and Sigourney Weaver.
NEW Audio Commentary With Actor Steven Weber And Film Critic/Author Alonso Duralde
NEW Interview With Steven Weber
NEW Interview With Producer Mark Balsam
Original Theatrical Trailer
WORKIN’ MAN FILMS In Association With THE BOOKING OFFICE Presents “JEFFREY”
Starring STEVEN WEBER PATRICK STEWART MICHAEL T. WEISS
BRYAN BATT And SIGOURNEY WEAVER
Co-Producer PAUL RUDNICK Executive Producer KEVIN MCCOLLUM
Production Design By MICHAEL JOHNSTON Director Of Photography JEFFERY J. TUFANO
Edited By CARA SILVERMAN Music By STEPHEN ENDELMAN
Line Producer HARRY KNAPP Choreographer JERRY MITCHELL
Co-Executive Producers DAN MARKLEY ANDREA PINES MIKE SKIPPER
Screenplay By PAUL RUDNICK Based On His Play
Produced By MARK BALSAM MITCHELL MAXWELL VICTORIA MAXWELL
Directed By CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)/Approximate Feature Running Time: +/- 94 Minutes
CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC Blu-ray
Release date: June 11, 2019
Directed by Nancy Walker
The Movie Musical Event Of The ’80s … Is Back!
Pour yourself a milkshake and experience the magic, music, and mirth of the all-time favorite camptastic classic: Can’t Stop The Musiciuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu! This (highly fictionalized) story depicting the creation of disco icons the Village People provides the framework for an outrageous musical extravaganza as only producer Allan Carr (Grease, Grease 2) could deliver.
An infamous flop upon its 1980 release, but cherished by fans of the singing sextet and cult cinema, Can’t Stop The Music offers a truly unforgettable time capsule experience. Packed with macho men, glamorous gals, “they don’t make ‘em like this anymore” production numbers, and a once-in-a-lifetime cast, it’s the sort of dizzy fun that aficionados of camp the world over award gold medals to. Watch it and see for yourself that it takes a Village … to raise your spirits!
NEW Interview with Village People’s Randy Jones–over an hour of stories and memories from your favorite Cowboy!
NEW Audio Commentary with The Fabulous Allan Carr Producer/Director Jeffrey Schwarz and Comedy Writer Bruce Vilanch
Original Theatrical Trailer
Original TV Spots
EMI Presents An ALLAN CARR Production
VILLAGE PEOPLE VALERIE PERRINE
BRUCE JENNER STEVE GUTTENBERG PAUL SAND
CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC
Co-starring TAMMY GRIMES JUNE HAVOC BARBARA RUSH
ALTOVISE DAVIS And MARILYN SOKOL Special Guests THE RITCHIE FAMILY
Produced By ALLAN CARR JACQUES MORALI And HENRI BELOLO
Written By BRONTE WOODARD And ALLAN CARR
Associate Producer NEIL MACHLIS Director Of Photography BILL BUTLER Directed By NANCY WALKER
1080p High-Definition (2.35:1)/English DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo/English Subtitles/1980/Color/Approximate Feature Running Time +/- 124 Minutes
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