New releases for Sept. 27, 2011: Original “Footloose” dances onto Blu-ray, new “Footloose” soundtrack cuts loose
The promotional push for the upcoming remake of the dance drama “Footloose” is cutting loose.
The soundtrack for the remake dropped today, featuring Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton’s cover of the theme song, originally a hit for ’80s soundtrack guru Kenny Loggins.
The new album also features Hunter Hayes and Victoria Justice’s duet on “Almost Paradise (Love Theme From Footloose),” originally recorded by Ann Wilson and Mike Reno; Jana Kramer’s cut of “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” first done by Deniece Williams; and Ella Mae Bowen’s “Holding Out for a Hero,” originally cut by Bonnie Tyler. The remake soundtrack also includes new contributions from Zac Brown, Cee Lo Green with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Big & Rich with Gretchen Wilson.
The remake stars newcomer Kenny Wormald, country singer/dancing TV personality Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid and is written and directed by Craig Brewer, who made the music-driven movies “Hustle & Flow” and “Black Snake Moan.”
Due in theaters Oct. 14, “Footloose” follows closely to the dance steps of the 1984 original film, which made Kevin Bacon a star. For fans of the ’84 version, it debuted today on Blu-ray in a deluxe edition also available on DVD.
The original film was loosely based on real-life events that happened in 1980 in Elmore City, where students convinced the school board to let them organize the school’s first prom, despite an 80-year-old city ordinance banning public dancing. The Oklahoma farming community marked the 30th anniversary of the first prom last year.
In music, other notable releases include new albums from Wilco, Blink 182 and Chickenfoot, while other big movie drops include today’s release of the 50th anniversary edition of “Ben-Hur” and Friday’s bow of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”
Here is a list of new CDs, DVDs and books, from Amazon.com and VideoETA.com:
Various artists, “Footloose: Music From the Motion Picture.”
Wilco, “The Whole Love.”
Blink 182, “Neighborhoods.”
Chickenfoot, “Chickenfoot III.”
J. Cole, “Cole World: The Sideline Story.”
Pink Floyd, “The Dark Side of the Moon – Immersion Box Set.”
Johnny Winter, “Roots.”
Mastodon, “The Hunter.”
Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, “Don’t Explain.”
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Army Wives: The Complete Fifth Season
Ben-Hur: 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Eleventh Season
CSI: Miami – The Ninth Season
CSI: New York – The Seventh Season
Go For It!
How I Met Your Mother: Season Six
How to Make It in America: The Complete First Season
Hung: The Complete Second Season
Law & Order Special Victims Unit: Year 12
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Friday)
The Affair: A Reacher Novel (Jack Reacher) by Lee Child
Aleph by Paulo Coelho
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard
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10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children–and Ourselves–the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happy Lives by Goldie Hawn
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes to Stay Married by Iris Krasnow