Straight Outta a Long Hollywood Tradition
Straight Outta Compton was outta sight at the top of the weekend box office with a sizable $60.2 million. This critically acclaimed retelling of the rise of the influential rap group N.W.A. proves again that the right mixture of stars, music and rags-to-riches elements can connect with audiences in a big way. Twilight Time has four noteworthy musical biopics in its Blu-ray repertoire, spanning different eras and music styles: Tyrone Power plays the title role in the elegant and sparkling The Eddy Duchin Story (1956), about the famed bandleader and pianist of the 1930s and ’40s, also starring Kim Novak; Funny Lady (1975), depicting the later career of Ziegfeld Follies headliner Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) and her rocky relationship with showman Billy Rose (James Caan) via a mix of timeless Brice song standards and new songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb; and two seminal rockers from their humble beginnings to electrifying stardom and early-death tragedy in the same fateful 1959 plane crash: The Buddy Holly Story (1978), with Gary Busey’s monumental Oscar®-nominated title-role performance and loving recreations of the Holly sound, resulting in an Academy Award® for Best Adaptation Score; and La Bamba (1987), showcasing Lou Diamond Phillips in his breakthrough role as Chicano star Ritchie Valens, with an equally dynamic turn by Esai Morales as his half-brother Bob. Tune up!