Hollywood Shuffle, Teachers, Harry & Son, Little Man Tate, Lord of the Flies – On Blu-ray & DVD 4/28 From Olive Films

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Another announcement from Olive, and another several Blu-ray titles that should catch the attention of media collectors. Most notably, Teachers and the Nineties adaptation of Lord of the Flies will be coming to DVD and Blu-ray on April 28th from Olive films. Check the press release below for complete details.

OLIVE FILMS ANNOUNCES APRIL 28 DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASES

Now available for pre-order on Amazon

On April 28th Olive Films will bring five films to Blu-ray for the first time including three films featuring actors pulling double-duty behind the directors chair, two satires, and the 1990 film adaptation of the novel “Lord of the Flies.”

  • HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE – a satirical comedy about the racial stereotypes of African Americans in film and television. Produced, directed, and co-written by Robert Townsend, the film is semi-autobiographical, reflecting Townsend’s experiences. Townsend funded the majority of the film’s budget with his personal credit cards.
  • TEACHERS a satirical dark comedy-drama directed by Arthur Hiller, recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (2002), which is an Oscar statuette given to an “individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”
  • LITTLE MAN TATEfeaturing Jodie Foster’s directorial debut.
  • HARRY & SON – one of six films directed by Paul Newman. In addition to his impressive body of work as an actor, director, producer and philanthropist, Paul Newman was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (1986) and a Kennedy Center Honoree (1992).
  • LORD OF THE FLIES – survival film adapted from the classic novel “Lord of the Flies.”
HARRY & SON
Starring:
PAUL NEWMAN (Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, Hud, The Sting)

ROBBY BENSON (Ice Castles, Ode To Billy Joe)

ELLEN BARKIN (Diner, Sea of Love)

MORGAN FREEMAN (Glory, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight)

Directed by:
PAUL NEWMAN
FIRST TIME EVER ON BLU-RAY! 
YEAR FILMED: 1984
GENRE: COMEDY/DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 120 min
RATING: PG
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1, Color
AUDIO:  Mono
SYNOPSIS:
Harry & Son director Paul Newman (The Sting) stars as Harry Keach, a widowed, blue collar, by- the-book construction worker whose less-than-ideal relationship with his sensitive, daydreaming son, Howard (Robby Benson, Ice Castles) sets the story in motion. Frustrated by Howard’s inability to take life seriously, Harry is soon confronted by his own mortality when an on-the-job accident offers him an opportunity to re-evaluate his life and shortcomings. Harry & Son co-stars Joanne Woodward (Rachel, Rachel, The Three Faces of Eve), Ellen Barkin (Sea of Love, Diner), Wilford Brimley (The Firm, The Thing). Judith Ivey (The Devil’s Advocate, Flag of Our Fathers), Ossie Davis (Do The Right Thing, TV’s “King”), and Morgan Freeman (Glory, The Dark Knight).
HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE
Starring:
ROBERT TOWNSEND (Streets of Fire, The Five Heartbeats)

KEENEN IVORY WAYANS (Scary Movie, TV’s “In Living Color”)

ANNE-MARIE JOHNSON (The Five Heartbeats, Pursuit of Happyness)

HELEN MARTIN (A Rage In Harlem, TV’s “In Living Color”)

Directed by:
ROBERT TOWNSEND
FIRST TIME EVER ON BLU-RAY! 
YEAR FILMED: 1987
GENRE: COMEDY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 78 min
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1, Color/B&W
AUDIO:  Stereo

SYNOPSIS:

A satire on the ups & downs of being a black actor in Hollywood,Hollywood Shuffle writer/producer/director Robert Townsend (The Five Heartbeats) stars as Bobby Taylor, a young black actor whose attempts to find work are dashed when told that he’s not “black enough” for the roles being offered. With jobs limited to stereotypes (gang-bangers, pimps and Uncle Toms’), Bobby’s struggles are told through a series of comic fantasies and dreams, making all-too-real that he needs to do the Hollywood Shuffle.

Co-starring Keenen Ivory Wayans (Scary Movie, TV’s “In Living Color”), Anne-Marie Johnson (Pursuit of Happyness), and Helen Martin (Kiss The Girls, TV’s “227”), Hollywood Shuffle is written, produced & directed by Robert Townsend (Streets of Fire, The Five Heartbeats, The Mighty Quinn, A Soldier’s Story).

LITTLE MAN TATE

Starring:
JODIE FOSTER (Taxi Driver, Contact)

DIANNE WIEST (Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets Over Broadway)

HARRY CONNICK, JR. (Hope Floats)

DAVID HYDE PIERCE (Wold, TV’s “Fraser”)

Directed by:
JODIE FOSTER
FIRST TIME EVER ON BLU-RAY! 
YEAR FILMED: 1991
GENRE: DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 99 min
RATING: PG
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1, Color
AUDIO:  Stereo
SYNOPSIS:
The struggle to lead and maintain a normal life is at the core of this dramatic and often funny tale directed by and starring Jodie Foster (Home For The Holidays, The Beaver). At the center of this struggle is Fred Tate (Adam Hann-Byrd, The Ice Storm, Jumanji), a 7-year-old child with an IQ bordering on genius. Allowing Fred to enroll in a summer camp for gifted children, Dede (Foster), Fred’s single mom, soon finds herself in a battle with the camp psychologist, Jane Grierson (Dianne Wiest, Hannah and Her Sisters), a former prodigy herself, over what is best for Fred.

Little Man Tate features supporting performances Harry Connick, Jr. (Bug, P.S. I Love You), David Hyde Pierce (A Bug’s Life, TV’s “Frasier”), Debi Mazar (Goodfellas) and Celia Weston (The Talented Mr. Ripley, TV’s “Modern Family”).

LORD OF THE FLIES

Starring:
BALTHAZAR GETTY (Lost Highway, Feast)

CHRIS FURRH (A Family For Joe, Exile)

DANUEL PIPOLY (3 Ninjas Knuckle Up, Downtown)

Directed by:
HARRY HOOK (The Kitchen Toto, The Last of His Tribe)

FIRST TIME EVER ON BLU-RAY! 
YEAR FILMED: 1990
GENRE: ADVENTURE/DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 90 min
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1, Color
AUDIO:  Stereo
SYNOPSIS:
Lord of the Flies stars Balthazar Getty (Lost Highway, TV’s “Brothers and Sisters”) in an adventure tale based on the classic novel by William Golding. When an aircraft carrying a group of military school cadets is forced to crash land in an uninhabited Pacific jungle, it is survival of the fittest, man against nature, and boy against boy as sides are drawn when the hunters become the hunted.

Lord of The Flies features supporting performances by James Badge Dale (Iron Man 3, World War Z), Danuel Pipoly (3 Ninjas Knuckle Up, Downtown), and Chris Furrh (Exile, A Family For Joe).

TEACHERS
Starring:
JOBETH WILLIAMS (Kramer vs. Kramer, The Big Chill)

JUDD HIRSCH (Ordinary People, King of The Gypsies)

RALPH MACCHIO (The Karate Kid, My Cousin Vinny)

LEE GRANT (In The Heat of The Night, Valley of the Dolls)

Directed by:
ARTHUR HILLER (Love Story, Silver Streak, The Hospital)

FIRST TIME EVER ON BLU-RAY! 
YEAR FILMED: 1984
GENRE: COMEDY/DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 107 min
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1, Color
AUDIO:  Stereo
SYNOPSIS:
Teachers, a satirical, dramatic and often comic look at the life of the modern day teacher, stars Nick Nolte (The Deep) as Alex Jurel, a once idealistic high school teacher now burned out by a system. With a lawsuit filed by an illiterate student, the recipient of a passing grade and diploma, Alex is surprised to learn that the lawyer assigned to handle the case (JoBeth Williams, The Big Chill) turns out to be Alex’s former star pupil. Teachers co-stars Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People, TV’s “Taxi”), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid, The Outsiders), Allen Garfield (The Conversation, Beverly Hills Cop), Lee Grant (In The Heat of The Night, Valley of The Dolls), Richard Mulligan (S.O.B., TV’s “Soap”), Laura Dern (Blue Velvet, Wild) and Steven Hill (The Firm, TV’s “Law & Order”).

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