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As much as I love Local Hero, I love Comfort and Joy even more. Bill Forsyth is a genius.

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Hi, Steven,

OMG! It's finally coming out on blu-ray! I've been saying for years that this movie should be re-released on blu-ray, and now it's almost here!

Local Hero is my all-time favorite movie. I have it on VHS, DVD, and PAL DVD. I even bought the paperback book, which was sort of a disappointment.

Although the movie came out in 1983, it has held up beautifully over the years. After the movie came out, there was a significant upswing in Scottish tourism - similar to what has happened with Outlander.

One thing that made the movie so great (among many things!) was the soundtrack by Mark Knopfler. If you can watch that last brief scene, with the Local Hero Theme (Going Home) playing over that scene, and then the credits, without a lump in your throat, then you have no soul.

Buy the blu-ray!!

Slainte!

Mike (Auchterless)

p.s.: @Blue439, Comfort and Joy isn't so bad, either. "Is there a sanity clause?"

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5546 posts

This is an awesome movie. I love it. The first time I watched it was in Chicago and we had ice cream with Chambord topping. Incredible. Pam

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http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/514284/

This acute profile from the British Film Institute suggests, sadly, that in Forsyth's case bigger was not better. Still, Burt Lancaster and a magic bunny combine in an endearing manner for Local Hero. Behind the smiles, the sharp satire of what international development can mean to a small community empowered the film and it is too bad he lost that light touch..

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I love Comfort and Joy even more. Bill Forsyth is a genius.

Amen! In fact Tarantino has put C&J on his personal top ten list.

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I've pre-ordered the blu-ray copy of Local Hero. Roll on 24 September!

"I'd make a great Gordon, Gordon."

Slainte!

Mike (Auchterless)

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2116 posts

This is my favorite movie too. I love everything about it, especially the music. It came out shortly after we moved from Houston to Pittsburgh and shortly before we traveled to Scotland. It really resonates with me. And yes, I get a lump in my throat from the ending scene and music.

Thanks for the heads up, Steven.