DVD: 'Collateral,' 'Top Gun' Cruise Into Stores
by Brandon Gray
December 14, 2004
Director Michael Mann's Collateral, starring hit maker Tom Cruise as a hit man who takes cab driver Jamie Foxx hostage, arrives on DVD this week. DreamWorks' taut urban thriller fared well in theaters, logging $101 million since its August release—relatively mild for Cruise but on the high end for a crime picture.
On the same day, Paramount issues an anamorphic Collector's Edition of Cruise's early blockbuster Top Gun. The summer 1986 aerial assault raked in $176.8 million at the box office, which would equal $300 million today adjusted for ticket price inflation, and was the first of 12 Cruise pictures to cross the century mark.
Another summer hot shot, Fox's I, Robot, lands on DVD after a $144.8 million run at the box office since its July bow—Will Smith's highest gross as sole, above-the-title star. Disney's August family picture The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, featuring Julie Andrews, commanded $95.1 million in theaters, a solid 88% retention of the 2001 original's $108.2 million. Coinciding are two other Andrews releases, the 40th anniversary edition of Mary Poppins, one of the most popular movies of all time with an adjusted gross north of $490 million, and the 1957 television broadcast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella.
Also debuting on DVD are two limited-release dramas from the summer: The Door in the Floor with Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger and We Don't Live Here Anymore with Mark Ruffalo and Laura Dern. Also up this week: the 1976 Richard Pryor-Gene Wilder train disaster comedy Silver Streak, Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas and theatrical flops from Barbra Streisand (All Night Long), Danny DeVito (Jack the Bear) and Jack Nicholson (Man Trouble).
Previously released movies get updates. The four-disc Extended Edition of The Return of the King adds 50 minutes of footage to the final installment of The Lord of the Rings, raising the running time to four hours and 11 minutes. Worldwide, it's the highest grossing trilogy of all time, generating over $2.9 billion in theaters. Meanwhile, MGM unleashes the Rocky Anthology, all five Rocky movies with new high definition transfers, and Universal unwraps a special edition of Meet the Parents in time for the theatrical release of the sequel Meet the Fockers.
Click here for the complete list of Dec. 14 releases.