CTHV PRESS RELEASE: The ToY

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    RICHARD PRYOR JACKIE GLEASON
    FROM ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR RICHARD DONNER
    THE TOY
    TO BE RELEASED ON DVD NOVEMBER 13, 2001
    * Stars Comedy Legends Academy Award Nominee Jackie Gleason (The
    Hustler) and Richard Pryor (Stir Crazy)
    * Also Stars Academy Award-Nominee Ned Beatty (Network)
    * Directed by Richard Donner (Superman)
    * 1982 Theatrical Release
    DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS
    * Digitally Mastered Audio and Anamorphic Video
    * Theatrical Trailers
    * Scene Selections
    * Interactive Menus
    Synopsis
    On one of his bratty son Eric's (newcomer Scott Schwartz) annual visits,
    the
    plutocrat U.S. Bates (Jackie Gleason) takes Eric to his department store
    and
    offers him anything in it as a gift. Eric chooses a black janitor
    (Richard Pryor) who
    has made him laugh with his antics. At first the man suffers many
    indignities as
    Eric's "toy," but gradually teaches the lonely boy what it is like to
    have and to be
    a friend.
    Rated PG
    102 Minutes
    Color
    Closed-Captioned
    Format: Full Screen and widescreen
    Sound: Mono
    Trailers: "The Toy," "Matilda," "Hook" and "Jumanji"
    Languages: English, French and Spanish
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and
    Thai
    DVD #06542
    UPC Code: 0-43396-06542-5
    SLP: $19.95
    TRADE INFORMATION
    Order Date: October 16, 2001
    Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment is a Sony Pictures Entertainment
    company. Sony Pictures' global operations encompass motion picture
    production
    and distribution, television programming and syndication, home video
    acquisition
    and distribution, operation of studio facilities, development of new
    entertainment
    technologies and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries
    worldwide.
    Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at www.sony.com
     
  2. David Lambert

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    I'm looking forward to this, one of my all-time favorite releases. The film was not only hilarious, but when I saw it in High School it made some subtle and not-too-subtle points that shaped my attitude and personality for the rest of my life. A real winner on all counts, and a great performance from Pryor, as well as the Great One. And let's not forget "Master Bates", too. [​IMG] Another terrific Richard Donner film. Y'know, if they can just release Radio Flyer then I think that will make all of Donner's big films out on DVD, won't it?
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  3. Joe McCabe

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    Add me to the list of those thrilled to finally be able to have this on DVD!
    I loved it when I was a kid, and it'll be great to see it again. (It's been a while)
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  4. Scott Weinberg

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    Are we talking about THE TOY here? The one where a rich millionaire buys a black man for his spoiled son?
    Haha, JK. I'm not a real big fan of this one to be honest, but I'm always happy to see people get the movies they love on DVD.
    Perhaps Donner agrees with me, as I notice he won't be recording a commentary track like he did for Superman, The Omen and The Goonies.
    "It's U.S....not you ass!"
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  5. David Lambert

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    Yes, it's the one where the rich guy buys the black man for his son.
    It's not about that, it's about the character development they all go through before the end of the movie. Not U.S. Bates (Gleason's character) as much as the other two, especially the boy.
    As I said, it woke up a few things in me. That's why I appreciate it so.
    I don't think Donner was advocating that we all run out and purchase humans or anything! [​IMG]
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  6. Michael Allred

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    To clarify for people who have not seen the film, Gleason does not "buy" Pryor. He hires him.
    Anyway, I shall buy this film as it was a real childhood joy for me.
    BTW, can anyone explain CTHV's odd policy of having several trailers on a DVD but NOT a trailer for the movie itself?
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    I Can't wait to get this movie.
    U.S.: "He, He bought a black man!"
    Fancy: "I wasn't aware we sold them"
    Columbia just announced Weekend at Bernies II and all I need from them is Armed and Dangerous.(god I want this funny ass film!)
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  8. Michael Ballack

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    The Toy is one of my "guilty pleasure" movies. I'll be getting this. I was so embarrassed to have the vhs when I was a kid, that I hid it when friends came over. Who knows why kids are so afraid of being embarrassed?
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