Shout! Factory Adding ‘Legally Blonde’ Franchise To Its Shout! Select Series

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MGM’s hit Legally Blonde movie franchise is coming to Blu-ray.

The Legally Blonde Collection is scheduled for release Feb. 26 exclusively on Blu-ray through Shout! Factory.  The two-movie collection is part of Shout! Factory’s Shout! Select series.  Pre-orders are open now through Shout! Factory’s store and via Amazon.

In the first of the set’s entries, Elle (Reese Witherspoon — Sweet Home AlabamaWalk The LineWild) is dumped by her boyfriend for another woman and studies at Harvard Law.  Elle follows her ex to Harvard and enrolls in the university’s law school, too.  She is joined by her sidekick Bruiser, her friend Emmett (Luke Wilson — Old SchoolThe Royal TenenbaumsBottle Rocket) and new friend Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge — American PieA Mighty WindA Cinderella Story) as she navigates the turbulent waters, while also helping her friends come into their own along the way.

In the second of the franchise’s offerings, Legally Blonde 2Red, White and Blonde, Elle is back, and this time she is headed to the nation’s capitol to push for a one-of-a-kind bill that bans animal testing.  Witherspoon is joined by her friends from the franchise’s previous entries, and a new friend named Grace (Regina King — Enemy of the StateMiss Congeniality 2A Cinderella Story).

The Legally Blonde Collection features bonus content, such as audio commentaries, a new interview with actress Jessica Caulfiel and gag reels.  The full list of the set’s bonuses is noted below.

Bonus Features:
·        NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Legally Blonde Negative
·        NEW Interview With Actress Jessica Caulfiel
·        Audio Commentaries
·        Featurettes
·        Deleted Scenes
·        Gag Reel
·        Music Videos
·        Theatrical Trailers

More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:






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Born Yesterday Reboot Bridges Hollywood’s Past And Present


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Shakespeare, it’s been said, is the single greatest playwrite of all time.  So many of the movies that audiences have enjoyed since Hollywood’s golden age have been at least loosely based on his works.  In its most basic roots, this remake of the 1950 movie by the same name is itself based on Shakespeare’s Taming of The Shrew.  One could easily go into a long drawn out history lesson, explaining those roots.  But suffice to say that while it’s true that this remake is anything but original, perhaps understanding that its roots are in Shakespearian literature will get audiences interested in the bard’s classic work.  that being noted, those who would instantly criticize this movie should take into account that it’s not the first work to ever rip off another work.

Now that being out of the way, this update of Taming of The Shrew, Pygmalion, and of course 1950’s Born yesterday may not be the best remake ever crafted.  But it is still a good escape for the course of its near two hour run time.  Anyone who has ever seen Pygmalion or My Fair lady, or even The Taming of The Shrew will enjoy seeing Billie (Griffith) become a more self assured woman, from the ditzy character that she started out as.  And being that John Goodman is so known for good guy roles, it was nice to see him take a heel turn for once.  And female audiences will cheer Billie for her reaction after she’s beaten by Harry at one point.  Her reaction is one that so few battered women have, and should serve as an example of what they should do.  It showed that she had become a truly empowered woman.  That final moment of her growth is perhaps the most powerful.

The budding romance between Billie and Paul (Johnson) is cheesy to say the least.  But when placed against her treatment by Harry, it makes Billie that much more of a sympathetic character.  Both male and female audiences will find themselves cheering for her, not wanting her to give up on herself, although they know that Paul won’t let her give up. 

Perhaps the funniest part of the movie isn’t so much in the story or its romance subplot.  It’s in the spoof of Washington politics.  When Paul teaches Billie what to say at a gala, he reveals just how little most beltway insiders really know, and how they let political jargon do all the talking, rather than themselves.  Even fans of National Public Radio will laugh at how the story pokes fun at NPR and the talking heads in the media as a whole.  There is more than just a grain of truth to this joke.

Born yesterday is a remake.  There’s no getting past that.  There are those who would throw jabs at the entire thing simply for the sake of being a remake.  But as shown, it does have its share of high points even with its general lack of originality.  Given, it’s not exactly original.  But in its defense, those who would criticize it shoudl also criticize Reese Witherspoon’s 2001 movie, Legally Blonde.  That movie is a near direct take off of this remake.  At least in the case of this remake, audiences are given a means to actually do what movies are meant to do for viewers.  It gives its viewers the ability to suspend their disbelief and escape into the story if only for the single watch.

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