On February 14, Warner Home Video will make the most fun out of the month debuting six comedies – The Frisco Kid, Club Paradise, Deal of the Century, Quick Change, Up the Academy and Who’s That Girl – previously unavailable on DVD all for the suggested retail price of $14.97 each.
The Frisco Kid – This cult favorite comedy set in the 1850s Wild West stars Harrison Ford as a bank robber and Gene Wilder as a naïve Polish rabbi. Wilder (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein) plays immigrant Avram Belinski who begins a horseback journey from Philadelphia to San Francisco to lead his new congregation, knowing only that California is “somewhere near New York.” Ford plays bandit Tom Lillard, who’s never seen a rabbi but who knows when someone’s in a heap of trouble. Director Robert Aldrich (The Dirty Dozen, The Longest Yard) blends roughhouse with wit, pathos and slapstick in a film that fans have long requested come to DVD.
Club Paradise – Academy Award -winner Robin Williams steers the crazed course at Club Paradise, the Caribbean resort where the good times and laughter come in waves. As an ex-Chicago fireman who uses a sizable disability settlement to transform a remote island watering hole into a lucrative tourist water land, Williams and fellow comedians Rick Moranis, Andrea Martin and Eugene Levy cavort under the breezy direction of Harold Ramis (National Lampoon’s Vacation, Caddyshack).
Deal of the Century – An amusing look at an industry selling big bangs for big bucks is a film in the absurdist tradition of Dr. Strangelove and Wag the Dog. Fast-talking Eddie Muntz (Chevy Chase) is a weapons super salesman — he sells little ones to kick off a riot and big ones that can trigger a world war. But he won’t sell to just anybody; only to folks with suitcases full of money.
Quick Change – Swiping a million bucks is a snap compared to escaping with it. Grimm and his cohorts commandeer a car, a cab, a bus, a baggage tram and a plane to make what becomes a less-than-merry escape. Bill Murray, Geena Davis and Randy Quaid star.
Up the Academy –Ralph Macchio makes his debut in this film about a series of raunchy maneuvers. The cadets of Sheldon R. Weinberg Military Academy have decided anything goes and the first things to go are the rules. The comic romp is directed by Robert Downey and features a soundtrack with Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, Pat Benatar, David Johansen, Lou Reed and more.
Who’s That Girl – Madonna plays spunky parolee Nikki Finn, displaying screwball comic flair and singing four terrific soundtrack tunes (Causing a Commotion, The Look of Love, Can’t Stop and the title song). Griffin Dunne co-stars as an uptight, soon-to-be-wed attorney whose mild lifestyle swerves into the path of comical oncoming traffic when he meets Nikki.