Today's release : Nothing in Common on Blu-Ray

January 31, 2012

Have you seen Tom Hanks's movie Nothing in Common ? The movie was released in 1986 and if you haven't seen it by now, you definitely should give it a try. Good news, the movie is now available on Blu-Ray !

Nothing in Common was directed by Gary Marshall and starred Jackie Gleason (his last movie), Tom Hanks, Eva Marie Saint and Sela Ward (House MD, CSI : NY). You can now order the Blu-Ray on Amazon US for $14.99. The DVD got a second release in 2010 and is still available for $7.49. Here are a few technical information for the Blu-Ray :

  • Release Date : January 31, 2012
  • Running time : 1h58
  • Number of discs : 1
  • Region : 1 (US and Canada only)
  • Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
  • Format : Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Rating : PG
  • Studio : Imagine Entertainment

Even though the movie was not a tremendous hit when it came out, it became more popular as Tom Hanks's fame grew. The film is considered by some to be the pivotal role in Tom Hanks's career because it marked his transition from less developed comedic roles to becoming a leading actor in more serious films. The movie also has a lot in common with Tom Hanks’s real experience.
“When the time came to show the movie to my dad I said 'Listen p'pa, you're all over this thing so just bear that in mind in the scenes where I might be talking to Jacky Gleason but there's a number of lines that I'm actually saying straight at you'.” (Tom Hanks, Inside the Actors Studio, September 1999)

The story is movie deals with David Basner, a successful but rather immature advertising executive who is suddenly confronted to his parents’ divorce after 35 years of marriage. He must then cope with the downfall of his family and his life and his father's illness.
Because of his talent, charm and wisecracking sense of humor, David Basner (Tom Hanks) is a self-made man on the fast track. He loves his job, his bank account is healthy, and women find him irresistible. Then his father Max (Jackie Gleason, in his final film performance) calls to give David the news that he and David's mother Lorraine (Eva Marie Saint) are calling it quits after 35 years. Now, besides the pressures of his own busy life, David has the new responsibilities of taking care of his crotchety dad and emotionally supporting his mother. Through these experiences, David gains a new understanding and appreciation of his parents, with whom he thought he had nothing in common.

Watch the trailer

As far as I'm concerned, this is one of my favorite Tom Hanks's movies. It deals with the father-and-son relationship in a very realistic and genuine way and succeeds in mixing comedy and drama... and we all know how much Tom Hanks is good at both !