Shout! Factory Celebrates The Sure Thing’s 30th Anniversary With BD Re-Issue This Spring

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

March is set to be a big month for Shout! Factory. The leading name in the home entertainment world, Shout! Factory has no fewer than seven major titles set to hit store shelves next month. Those titles include the likes of Quincy M.E. Season Eight, Maude: The Complete Series, and Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXII just to name a few. There are other big titles set to drop next month. These are just a few of them. One more of the big titles that will see the light of day next month–The Sure Thing 30th Anniversary Edition–will be released on Blu-ray March 24th.

One of the key romantic comedies of the 80s, The Sure Thing stars a then young John Cusack (Hot Tub Time Machine, Martian Child, Serendipity), Daphne Zuniga (Spaceballs, One Tree Hill, Melrose Place), Viveca Lindfors (Stargate, The Way We Were, The Adventures of Don Juan), and Nicollette Sheridan (Spy Hard, Desperate Housewives, Knots Landing). The story sees Cusack’s Walter Gibson hit the road for the chance of a young man’s lifetime with a woman who is the “sure thing.” The woman in question is played by Sheridan in her film debut. Along the way, Walter meets his match in every way in the strong-willed coed Alison Bradbury. The pair’s cross-coutry trip leads to a growing bond that forces Walter to make an important choice.

The Sure Thing 30th Anniversary Edition will be released on Blu-ray March 24th. It will retail for $24.97 and can be pre-ordered online direct from Shout! Factory’s online store for a discounted price of $19.97 at More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:



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Pullman and Cusack are so right for Mr. Wrong

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Mr. Wrong is like What About Bob? on acid.  It starts off with a slow boil.  But once it gets moving, it really gets moving.  Forget the fact that everybody already knows about Ellen’s background.  The fact of the matter is that this work is so twisted that one can’t help but laugh at it.  Even more ironic is that DeGeneres’ Martha really isn’t the star of the movie, although she is the lead.  Co-star Bill Pullman and Joan Cusack as Whitman Crawford and his ex, Inga Gunther make for the majority of the movie’s laughs.  Sitcoms have used the insane admirer and crazed ex plots many times over both before and after this movie.  Sometimes by themselves and sometimes together.  So those audiences who would want to lambast this movie for its outrageousness would be well served to lambast those sitcoms, too.

What sets Mr. Wrong apart from the sitcoms that have used the noted plots is just how over the top Whitman and Inga are.  That Whitman would go so far as to use the children of his mother’s housekeep to kidnap Martha and take her to Mexico is so bizarre that one can’t help but laugh at how outrageous it is.  And Inga’s threats again Martha are just as worth the laughs.  Fans will find themselves laughing uncontrollably as Inga tells Bob to put gum in Martha’s hair early on.  And of course there’s the even funnier bit about putting honey and ants on martha’s face.  The ants themselves are the kicker of that joke.

Mr. Wrong may not be one of the more memorable movies of the 90’s.  But take a moment to consider the number of rom-coms that have been copied and re-copied time and again.  Now considering those now far too stale works, they actually make Mr. Wrong worth at least one watch.

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