Warner Preps ‘Dave’ Blu-ray20 Sep, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey
BURBANK, Calif. — For a film about a fake president, director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) thinks the best word to describe the 1993 political comedy Dave is “realism.”
“I always believe in having my actors as naturalistic as possible,” he said of the film starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. “It’s a combination of tone, humanity and humor. I’m proud of the sense of reality of this film.”
Warner Home Video releases Dave for the first time on Blu-ray Disc Sept. 25.
Producer Lauren Donner noted that Dave was filmed during an election season and the Blu-ray Disc is coming out during another. For both those elections, and every one in between, the film’s message of truth over politics remained poignant.
Executive producer Joe Medjuck noted that Dave’s opening box office was good, and that its second was even better than the first. Just like those opening weeks, two decades later it’s a film that grows on you, he said.
“[Dave] has always been an anchor in terms of time,” said actor Kevin Dunn, whose son was born during filming. “I’m just delighted it had come up [for Warner to release it on Blu-ray].”
Actress Faith Prince noted that Dave never once mentions who’s a Democrat or who’s a Republican.
“It was more about are you a good person or are you a bad person?” she said.
Jeff Baker, EVP and GM of theatrical catalog for Warner Home Video, said the studio is mindful of what catalog titles it releases on Blu-ray Disc, and Dave was a natural choice, especially during this election season.
“Reitman was very happy with the way it turned out on Blu-ray,” Baker said. “We feel in our library business, we need to share certain features with the consumer that we know they’ll enjoy.”