On a day like today, when it's cold and hailing in the city, I wish that it was Groundhog Day already. I wish that little Punxsutawney Phil would come out, not see his shadow, and Springtime weather would be imminent. But it's not even technically winter yet, and so I'm just sitting here listening to the ice bricks hitting my porch, glad that I don't have to really leave my apartment today. Now all I need is a good movie to watch, and what better movie to watch when it's icy outside than Groundhog Day? Unfortunately, all we're stuck with currently is the same old special edition DVD version we've had for the last five years. Now I'm at least wishing that it was January 29, 2008, the date that a new 15th Anniversary edition of Groundhog Day comes out on disc.

Never mind that the fact Groundhog Day is 15 years old makes me feel old, this is exciting news. Groundhog Day is one of the best movies of the '90s, let alone best comedies of the '90s, let alone best Bill Murray comedies of the '90s. And this new DVD features some great bonus material, including "newly discovered" deleted scenes. I'm not one for always watching deleted scenes (they're cut out for a reason, right?), but I'll definitely be checking these out -- especially if they feature my beloved Stephen Tobolowsky. Also, director Harold Ramis has supervised a digital remaster of the film and recorded a commentary. And of course, it comes just in time for a marathon viewing (haven't you ever appropriately watched it on repeat for a whole day?) on Groundhog Day. Along with the Groundhog Day anniversary edition, Sony has announced an upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Tootsie (yeah, I'm feeling old still) with its own never-before-seen deleted scenes -- hopefully featuring more Bill Murray -- and Dustin Hoffman's original screen test. That one hits stores a week after the Groundhog Day disc, on February 5. Also announced was another straight-to-DVD sequel to Doctor Dolittle (I think this would be part 4), which Sony has begun preparing. Hopefully that one has nothing to do with Bill Murray, even though he already voiced Garfield so it wouldn't be the worst idea he ever had.
categories Features, Cinematical