Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment will do collectors a service this December when they bring 4 award winning films to DVD. An Officer And A Gentleman, The Odd Couple, Children Of A Lesser God, and The Conversation, are all first-timers to disc and this list has something for everyone. Though some information may be subject to change, here are the specifics that we have so far:
An Officer And A Gentleman (1982)
Directed by Taylor Hackford, this passionate, dramatic blockbuster was a breakout film for Richard Gere and Debra Winger. The sparks fly between Gere, a rebellious Naval officer candidate, and Winger, a small-town factory worker looking for true love. Louis Gossett, Jr. won an Oscar for his portrayal as Foley the tough drill sergeant
The disc will feature an enhanced anamorphic transfer, letterboxed at 1.85:1, with a Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack. Special features include: an audio commentary by Taylor Hackford, interviews, and the theatrical trailer.
The Odd Couple (1968)
An all-time classic. Oscar (Walter Matthau), the quintessential slob, and Felix (Jack Lemmon), the epitome of neat, attempt to share a New York apartment with hilarious results.
The movie will be presented in an enhanced anamorphic transfer, letterboxed at 2.35:1, with a Dolby Digital 5.1 (really?) soundtrack. A trailer is the only extra announced thus far.
Children Of A Lesser God (1986)
William Hurt stars as John Leeds, an idealistic special education teacher who falls in love with a headstrong deaf woman named Sarah (Marlee Matlin). Matlin won an Academy Award for her performance.
The disc will feature an enhanced widescreen transfer, a Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack, and a trailer.
The Conversation (1974)
An eagerly anticipated DVD title, Francis Ford Coppola’s provoking mystery-drama explores the morality of privacy. Two-time Academy Award winner Gene Hackman stars as Harry Caul, an expert surveillance man who unwittingly becomes involved in a maze of secrecy and murder. This was a key film of the 1970s, released the same year as Godfather: Part II, so you know that Coppola was in top form.
The movie will be presented in an enhanced anamorphic transfer, letterboxed at 1.85:1, with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Special features include: an audio commentary by Coppola and supervising editor Walter Murch, a featurette about the movie, interviews, and the theatrical trailer.
All of the above discs will be released on December 12th and will carry a suggested retail price of $29.99.
I know what’s on my holiday list…