Thursday, February 01, 2007

Wild & Crazy Steve Martin Movie Collection

The wacky world of Steve Martin comes to DVD with Steve Martin: The Wild and Crazy Comedy Collection, available on February 13, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. A compendium of laughs from the zany maestro of madcap comedy, this new collection puts one of America’s favorite funnymen front and center in three of his most hilarious movies. These three comedies from early in Steve Martin’s career, The Jerk, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and The Lonely Guy also star a roster of comedy greats including Bernadette Peters, Charles Grodin and Carl Reiner. Each film has been digitally remastered for optimal picture quality and the set includes bonus features such as “Learn How to Play Tonight You Belong to Me” and “The Lost Filmstrips of Father Carlos Las Vegas de Cordova.” A must have for all comedy fans and Steve Martin devotees, Steve Martin: The Wild and Crazy Comedy Collection showcases a comedy original at his funniest. This highly collectible two disc set is priced at just $19.98 SRP.

One of the most popular performers of all time, Steve Martin won America’s heart with a banjo on his knee and a fake arrow through his head. From “Well, excuuuuse me!” to “I’m just a wild and crazy guy,” his comic catch phrases kept audiences in stitches as he went on to become one of the country’s favorite leading men. Steve Martin: The Wild and Crazy Comedy Collection brings together three of his foremost comic creations in one irresistible collection.


The Jerk In his first starring role, Steve Martin is Navin R. Johnson, a not-too-bright white guy raised by a poor family of black sharecroppers. On his 18th birthday, Navin is devastated to learn that he is adopted and sets off to make his own way in the world. After a brief stint as a gas station attendant and an attempt on his life by a crazed serial killer, Navin joins the circus where he falls in love with a lady motorcycle racer. To prove that he has a “special purpose” in life, Navin invents the Opti-grab, a gadget to keep eyeglasses from slipping. The simple device brings him fame and fortune, as well as the love of a beautiful cosmetologist (Bernadette Peters). Directed by Emmy® winner Carl Reiner, The Jerk was named one of the “100 Funniest Movies” of all time by the American Film Institute.

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 
Hard-boiled private eye Rigby Reardon (Martin) takes on some of Hollywood’s most notorious heroes and villains in this inventive and hilarious parody of the classic film noir. A prominent cheese maker dies under strange circumstances and his daughter (Rachel Ward) is convinced that it was no accident. As Rigby follows the clues that he has discovered in the mysterious “Carlotta Lists,” he finds himself in a shadowy underworld filled with dangerous characters. Real clips from classic detective movies of the ‘40s and ‘50s bring Barbara Stanwyck, Alan Ladd, Ray Milland, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant and more into the picture. When Rigby teams up with noir legend Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart), the action heats up, just the way a rip-snorting, old-fashioned mystery should!

The Lonely Guy 
Larry Hubbard (Martin), a socially inept greeting card writer, leaves home after finding his girlfriend in bed with another man. Now single and adrift in the big city, he is taken under the wing of his buddy Warren (Charles Grodin), who shows him the “lonely guy” ropes. When Hubbard writes a book based on his experiences, it becomes a surprise best seller and he becomes an unlikely sex symbol – and a lonely guy no more! The film features entertaining cameos by ‘80s icons including Steve Lawrence, Merv Griffin and Dr. Joyce Brothers.