April 2021 Film Anniversary Highlights from Paramount Home Entertainment

Enjoy plenty of suspense, drama and laughs in this month’s anniversary films!


40th Anniversary on April 3rd 

The people and the story are magnetic; the background is the city of dreams that almost came true. Atlantic City is revitalized as a resort when gambling is legalized. But the new industry also brings unsettling changes. For Lou (Burt Lancaster), 40 years a bodyguard-boyfriend to aging beauty queen Grace (Kate Reid), his numbers-running sideline escalates to mob involvement. A drug-related slaying leaves him with a small fortune, a new car and a new girl, Sally (Susan Sarandon), who is the perfect completion of his fantasy. This romantic thriller won the Golden Lion award for Best Film of 1980 at the Venice Film Festival.

CAST:               Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Michel Piccoli, and Robert Goulet

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital


25th Anniversary on April 3rd  

For high-powered Chicago attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere), guilty or innocent are not degrees to decide. His job is to defend—especially when a case might put his name in the headlines and further his career. When Vail hears that a penniless altar boy (Edward Norton) is accused of murdering the local archbishop, he snaps up the case, eager for the media spotlight. Little does he know that it will uncover a viper’s nest of corruption, pit him against a prosecutor (Laura Linney) who’s his ex-lover, and test all his skill, judgement and even his win-at-any-cost attitude.

CAST:               Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital


45th Anniversary on April 6th  

The beloved hit movie stars Walter Matthau at his absolute best—the grumbling, beer-guzzling former minor-league pitcher who gets roped into coaching a band of half-pint misfits. It’s an outrageous tale of baseball dreams and underdog realities.

CAST:               Walter Matthau, Tatum O’Neal, Vic Morrow, Jackie Earle Haley

New on Blu-ray March 30. Also available on DVD and Digital.


20th Anniversary on April 6th  

Morgan Freeman reprises his Kiss the Girls role as Alex Cross in this spellbinding psychological thriller based on the bestseller by James Patterson. After the harrowing death of his partner, detective and author Cross has retreated to the peace of retirement. But when a brilliant criminal (Michael Wincott) kidnaps a senator’s young daughter, Alex is lured back into action. Teamed with the Secret Service agent (Monica Potter) assigned to protect the missing girl, Alex follows a serpentine trail of clues that leads him to a stunning discovery—the kidnapper wants more than just ransom…he wants Alex’s help in documenting the crime of the century.

CAST:               Morgan Freeman, Michael Wincott, Monica Potter, Dylan Baker

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital


20th Anniversary on April 13th 

Academy Award® winner Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant star in a delightful comedy about the ups and downs of modern romance. Bridget (Zellweger), a busy career woman, decides to turn over a new page in her life by channeling her thoughts, opinions and insecurities into a journal that becomes a hilarious chronicle of her adventures. Soon she becomes the object of attention for a guy who’s too good to be true (Grant) and another who’s so wrong for her, he could be just right (Colin Firth).

CAST:               Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital


15th Anniversary on April 14th 

For generations, the Price family has made very sensible, very conservative shoes for men. But to save the business from imminent bankruptcy, young Charlie Price turns to an unlikely new creative consultant—a talented drag performer whose outrageous style and wild designs are a breath of fresh air in the stuffy old factory. This fun and original film is a must-see, refreshingly feel-good comedy that proves the best way to fit in is to stand out.

CAST:               Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joel Edgerton, Sarah-Jane Potts, Nick Frost

Available on DVD and Digital

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