Over the past 32 years Michael J. Fox has appeared in 28 feature films – not counting documentaries and archival footage. All but 2 of these films are available on DVD in the USA.
Light of Day, released in 1987, was not a commercial or critical success. It was MJF’s first foray into non-comedic roles since his trip into the past and into the realm of the uber-famous with his role in Back to the Future (1985) and the audiences just weren’t prepared.
Gena Rowlands, a talented veteran actress played MJF’s mother and Joan Jett played his sister. Miss Jett gave an admirable performance in her first acting role. Despite this and the other talented individuals in front of and behind the camera, this film just did not make a connection with audiences.
That still doesn’t explain why it hasn’t been released on DVD in the United States. A Region 2 DVD is available but the only audio language track included is German and it isn’t in the correct aspect ratio.
The film was released to Laserdisc by Image Entertainment but I don’t know who currently has the distribution rights to this film. Hopefully whoever does have these rights will someday see fit to release it to the public again.
Cold Blooded, released in 1995, features MJF for just a few minutes but it’s one of the most memorable scenes in the movie. I won’t give it away in case you haven’t seen it – and that would probably be most everyone reading this. I don’t know if this film ever had a theatrical release but it was released on VHS (in pan and scan, of course, blergh). There have been no other releases of it since except to Netflix Instant.
Which is really a shame. It’s a fun, dark little romantic comedy about a reluctant hit-man and his attempts to get out of the business so that he can be with the woman he loves. If you do happen to have a Netflix subscription with access to their online streaming, I highly recommend this movie.
There are a couple other MJF films that have been released to DVD but I hope are re-released again in the future. One of my favorites, Doc Hollywood (1991) was released by Warner Brothers in the early days of DVD and it wasn’t treated well. The print looks like it was taken straight from a VHS copy and it’s pan and scan. It is available in widescreen on a Region 2 DVD but that’s not much help to those in Region 1 who don’t have an all-region DVD player.
Where the Rivers Flow North (1994) was released to DVD several times, all of them pan and scan.