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Sony’s August Blu-ray Blitz

Sony is having an August Blu-ray catalogue release blitz.  On tap are Blue Thunder, Starman, St. Elmos’s Fire, About Last Night, and Go.

For my money John Carpenter’s Starman is the pick of the bunch.  It feature a superb performance by Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen does a great job as well.  The movie became the springboard for a TV series of the same name.




Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) announces the August debut of catalog titles Blue Thunder, Starman, St. Elmo’s Fire, About Last Night and Go coming to high definition Blu-ray Disc. All of these titles are BD-Live™ enabled, allowing users to go beyond the discs via an Internet-connected Blu-ray Disc player to view updatable content, register for the Sony Pictures Blu-ray Club and provide feedback through SPHE surveys.

BLUE THUNDER – Available August 11
Roy Scheider (All That Jazz, The Rainmaker) stars in this intense action thriller as a courageous police officer pilot battling government fanatics planning to misuse an experimental attack helicopter. Chosen to test BLUE THUNDER, Frank Murphy (Scheider) is amazed by the high-speed, high-tech chopper. It can see through walls, record a whisper or level a city block. Distrusting the military mentality behind BLUE THUNDER, Murphy and his partner Lymangood (Daniel Stern) soon discover that the remarkable craft is slated for use as the ultimate weapon in surveillance and crowd control. Jeopardized after being discovered by sinister Colonel Cochrane (Malcolm McDowell), Murphy flies BLUE THUNDER against military aircraft in a spellbinding contest over Los Angeles.

Blu-ray™ release includes the following bonus features:

  • Commentary with Director John Badham, Editor and Motion Control Supervisor
  • “The Special”: Building of Blue Thunder: Making of the Helicopter
  • 1983 Promotional Featurette

STARMAN – Available August 11
Director John Carpenter (Christine, Ghost of Mars) presents a romantic science fiction odyssey starring Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski, The Fisher King) as an innocent alien from a distant planet who learns what it means to be a man in love. When his spacecraft is shot down over Wisconsin, Starman (Bridges) arrives at the remote cabin of a distraught young widow, Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen), and clones the form of her dead husband. The alien convinces Jenny to drive him to Arizona, explaining that if he isn’t picked up by his mothership in three days, he’ll die. Hot on their trail are government agents, intent on capturing the alien, dead or alive. En route, Starman demonstrates the power of universal love, while Jenny rediscovers her human feelings for passion.

ST. ELMOS FIRE – Available August 11
Seven friends, recent college graduates, are searching for a place in the real world, as they face issues of career and commitment. Leslie and Alec (Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson) try to save a crumbling romance. Wendy (Mare Winningham), a shy virgin, hides a love for Billy (Rob Lowe), a reluctant father/husband still searching for goals. Kevin (Andrew McCarthy) is a cynical writer who scorns love until he realizes he’s in love with his best friend’s girl. Kirbo (Emilio Estevez), a law student, obsessively pursues an older woman. The beautiful, neurotic Jules (Demi Moore) paints a poignant picture of life in the fast lane. Against the backdrop of St. Elmo’s, their local hangout, they save, betray and love one another as only the closest of friends can.

Blu-ray release includes the following bonus features:

  • Deleted Scenes (New to this release)
  • Commentary with Director Joel Schumacher
  • Joel Schumacher Remembers St. Elmo’s Fire
  • Music Video:
    • “Man in Motion” – John Parr

ABOUT LAST NIGHT – Available August 11
Rob Lowe doesn’t want to get serious. Demi Moore doesn’t want to get used. Together, they’re an unforgettable couple in the sexy, contemporary comedy, ABOUT LAST NIGHT… After drinks at a favorite Chicago hang-out, Danny Martin (Lowe) and Debbie Sullivan (Moore) head to Danny’s place to indulge in the predictable single’s quest: the one-night stand. Their affair is casual, sensual, and supposedly over until something surprising happens: they want to see each other again. It’s the start of an intense relationship that irritates Danny’s rowdy best friend (James Belushi) and astounds Debbie’s cynical buddy/roomie (Elizabeth Perkins), who do everything possible to break them up. But Danny and Debbie wind up living together and amidst the daily drudge of domestic life, they begin to realize that making love is easy, saying I love you is more difficult, and being in love the hardest of all. Based on David Mamet’s Obie Award-winning play, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, ABOUT LAST NIGHT… is an insightful, provocative and often funny look at romance in the ’80s.

Blu-ray release includes the following bonus features:

  • Original Making-Of Featurette
  • Ed Zwick and Rob Lowe in Conversation

GO – Available August 18
Ronna (Sara Polly) needs to make some extra cash. Simon (Desmond Askew) wants to escape to Vegas for the weekend. Adam (Scott Wolf) and Zack (Jay Mohr) want to stay out of trouble. But it’s not just another night in the life of these unusual characters. They’re about to embark on a wild ride that won’t end until the sun comes up.

  • Commentary with Director Doug Liman & Editor Stephen Mirrione
  • Making of Featurette
  • Music Videos
    • “New” by No Doubt
    • “Magic Carpet Ride” by Philip Steir
    • “Steal My Sunshine” by Len
  • Deleted Scenes

All of these August Blu-ray Disc catalog titles are BD-Live enabled, allowing users to get connected and go beyond the disc via an Internet-connected Blu-ray player. BD-Live provides the opportunity to view updatable content, register for Blu-ray Club rewards, provide feedback through our survey and experience interactive special menus.

The Sony Pictures Blu-ray Club rewards consumers in the U.S. for purchasing and registering BD-Live enabled Sony Blu-ray movies. Members can redeem accumulated points for cool Sony products, plus enter to win cash and prizes in daily sweepstakes and more. For details visit Sony Rewards – Blu-ray – Sony Rewards.

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