By: Sean Brickley
Good tidings everybody! This week brings with it 13 releases sure to bring a smile to your face. So pop some popcorn, get close with a loved one and enjoy the best of what life has to offer.
Beaches (Special Edition) (1988)
Notable Names: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, Garry Marshall
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B000765IJK
As special as the everlasting friendship it celebrates, this Special Edition DVD lets you relive Beaches and all its touching and funny moments, and includes outstanding never-before-seen bonus materials. When the irrepressible C.C. Bloom (Bette Midler) and the shy and proper Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey) first meet under the boardwalk at the beach, all the 11-year-olds have in common is the need for a best friend. Worlds apart in lifestyle and location, their friendship ebbs and flows through a lifetime of highs and lows, career changes, marriages, jealousy, and more. From the boardwalk in Atlantic City to the beach house on the Pacific, Beaches will remind you of what being a true friend means.
Bridget Jones’s Diary (Collector’s Edition) (2001)
Notable Names: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Sharon Maguire
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B004SEUJK0
Academy Award(R) winner Renée Zellweger (Best Supporting Actress, Cold Mountain, 2003; Chicago) and Hugh Grant (Love Actually, Two Weeks Notice) star in a delightful comedy about the ups and downs of modern romance. Bridget (Zellweger), a busy career woman, decides to turn over a new page in her life by channeling her thoughts, opinions and insecurities into a journal that becomes a hilarious chronicle of her adventures. Soon she becomes the center of attention between a guy who’s too good to be true (Grant) and another who’s so wrong for her, he could be just right (Colin Firth — Love Actually)! Based on the best-selling book, Bridget Jones’s Diary is another acclaimed crowd-pleaser from the hit makers of Four Weddings And A Funeral and Notting Hill.
Notable Names: Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, Joel Schumacher
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00005S6K7
Two couples go to a mutual friends wedding, and end up swapping partners.
Dirty Dancing (Single-Disc Widescreen Edition) (1987)
Notable Names: Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Emile Ardolino
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B0000DIXDR
In the summer of 1963, innocent 17-year-old Baby (Grey) vacations with her parents at a Catskill’s resort. One evening, she is drawn to the staff quarters by stirring music. There she meets Johnny, the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naive. Baby soon becomes Johnny’s pupil in dance and love.
Notable Names: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Adrian Lyne
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00AEFXZ1C
A Pittsburgh welder dances nights in a bar dates her boss and dreams of going to ballet school.
Notable Names: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Herbert Ross
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00AEFXZJE
After his parents divorce a Chicago teenager is forced to move to a conservative rural town and tries to overturn the laws prohibiting public dancing. Bonus features include commentary and interviews with Kevin Bacon and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Fried Green Tomatoes (Widescreen Collector’s Edition) (1991)
Notable Names: Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson, Jon Avnet
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/6305212112
Academy Award-winners Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy star with Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker in this inspiring drama adopted from Fannie Flagg’s best-selling novel. When an unhappy housewife (Bates) befriends a lady in a nursing home (Tandy) she hears a remarkable tale of laughter, devotion and a special friendship that defies all obstacles in this heart-warming film from acclaimed director Jon Avnet.
How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
Notable Names: Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Kevin Rodney Sullivan
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00066FAC6
Get ready to groove with this heartwarming comedy full of love and friendship, starring sexy Angela Bassett and comic superstar and Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg. Through good times and bad, Stella (Bassett) and Delilah (Goldberg) have always had each other. Now, Stella’s so busy building a life that she’s forgotten to really live. But Delilah is about to change all that. What starts as a quick trip to Jamaica, ends as an exhilarating voyage of self discovery as Stella learns to open her heart and find love – even if it’s with a man 20 years her junior. A captivating comedy that’s sure to entertain, How Stella Got Her Groove Back glows with warmth, humor and tenderness.
Mystic Pizza (1988)
Notable Names: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Donald Petrie
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B000053VB4
Filled with heart and humor (The New York Times), Mystic Pizza charts the lives and loves of three unforgettable waitresses in a little town called Mystic.
The Notebook (2004)
Notable Names: James Garner, Gena Rowlands, Nick Cassavetes
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B000683VI4
Behind every great love is a great story. Two teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks fall in love during one summer together, but are tragically forced apart. When they reunite 7 years later, their passionate romance is rekindled, forcing one of them to choose between true love and class order.
Pretty Woman (15th Anniversary Special Edition) (1990)
Notable Names: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Garry Marshall
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00081U7HC
This 15th Anniversary celebration of Pretty Woman is even more irresistible than ever with all-new, never-before-seen special features you’ll love at first sight. Academy Award(R) Winner Julia Roberts (Best Actress, Erin Brockovich, 2000) is a spirited, streetwise diamond in the rough when she meets a no-nonsense billionaire played by Golden Globe winner Richard Gere (Best Actor In A Motion Picture — Musical Or Comedy, CHICAGO, 2002). It’s a chance encounter that turns a weeklong business arrangement into a timeless rags-to-riches romance. This Special Edition will seduce you with all the comedy, charm, and passion you remember about this classic — plus more!
Notable Names: Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Cameron Crowe
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/6305283516
Bridget Fonda, Matt Dillon, Kyra Sedgwick and Campbell Scott in an “exuberant romantic comedy” (Rolling Stone) about Seattle twenty-somethings searching for-and running from-love.
Two outake scenes.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST…
April Fool’s Day (1986)
Notable Names: Deborah Foreman, Griffin O’Neal, Fred Walton
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B000069I05