Kino Lorber Sets Blu-ray Disc Release Date of March 8 for Two Rock Hudson Comedies – Media Play News

The man’s favorite sport?

Kirk Sanderson

Kino Lorber will release two classic 1960s Rock Hudson comedies on Blu-ray Disc on March 8 under its Studio Classics imprint.

The man’s favorite sport? (1964) was directed by acclaimed director Howard Hawks and co-stars Paula Prentiss, Maria Perschy, John McGiver, Charlene Holt and Roscoe Karns. A screwball in the style of the classic Hawks raising baby, the film stars Hudson as Roger Willoughby, happily employed as one of the world’s foremost angling experts. Unfortunately, even his own boss doesn’t know that Roger has never fished in his life. So when publicist Abigail Page (Prentiss) arranges for Roger to attend her resort’s next fishing tournament, he panics. At the resort, he and Abby begin a crash course in turning him into a true outdoorsman – only to have their plan upended by a surprise visit from Roger’s fiancée. The film was scored by Henry Mancini.

Bonus features include a new audio commentary by filmmaker and film historian Michael Schlesinger with curated remarks by CPrentiss and actor-director Richard Benjamin.

Also available on Blu-ray Disc March 8 is strange bedfellows (1965), which pairs Hudson with Italian bombshell Gina Lollobrigida as an estranged couple on the verge of a tumultuous reconciliation. Carter Harrison (Hudson) is a high profile business executive who needs to polish his public image. When a PR expert (Gig Young) tells him the answer lies in patching up his fragile marriage, Carter flies to London to rekindle the affections of his fiery Italian wife Toni (Lollobrigida) – who is already planning his second marriage. But even as she begins to repeat the outrageously eccentric behaviors that drove them apart in the first place, Carter finds herself falling for the irresistible Toni once again. Directed by Melvin Frank, the film also stars Edward Judd, Howard St. John and Peggy Rea.

The Blu-ray Disc release includes a new audio commentary from film historian Eddy Von Mueller.