Shout! Factory is adding another modern classic flick to its Shout! Select series.
The company announced this week that it will release Dragnet on Oct. 30 on Blu-ray. Originally released June 26, 1987 via Universal Pictures, the movie was an adaptation of the classic TV series, which rose to popularity in the 1950s and again in the ’60s. Webb (Dragnet, Adam-12, Emergency!) starred as Sgt. Joe Friday in both series. He was joined by Ben Alexander (Scotty of the Scouts, Flirtation, All Quiet on the Western Front) as Officer Frank Smith in the series’ initial run, and by Harry Morgan (M.A.S.H., The Cat From Outer Space, Inheriti The Wind) as Bill Gannon in its 1960s run.
The big-screen adaptation saw Dan Akroyd (Ghosbusters 1-2, The Blues Brothers, The Blues Brothers 2000) filling Webb’s shoes as Sgt. Friday while Tom Hanks (Toy Story 1-3, Philadelphia, The Polar Express) takes on the part of Friday’s latest partner, Officer Pep Streebek. The odd couple style story finds the two men working to solve a series of robberies and bizarre ritual-style murders that ultimately leads to a much bigger story involving a group that is working to undermine all authority in Los Angeles.
Morgan reprises his role of Bill Gannon in this update on the TV series. He is joined by co-stars Christopher Plummer (A Beautiful Mind, Beginners, All The Money in the World), Dabney Coleman (WarGames, You’ve Got Mail, Stuart Little) and Alexandra Paul (Christine, Spy Hard, The B Team.
Speaking of Alexandra Paul, included in the movie’s forthcoming Blu-ray re-issue is an interview with her as a brand new addition. The movie also includes a feature-length audio commentary from pop culture historian Russell Dyball. The full list of the movie’s bonus material is noted below. It can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store. The collector’s edition will ship two weeks early and will include a free 18X24 poster featuring new artwork from the movie.
- NEW “A Quiet Evening in the Company of Connie Swail”: An Interview With Co-Star Alexandra Paul
- NEW Audio Commentary with Pop Culture Historian Russell Dyball
- “Just the Facts!”: A Promotional Look at Dragnet with Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks
- Original Theatrical Trailers & Promos
- Photo Gallery
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