New Release: The Firm Blu-ray Best Buy exclusive

The FirmTom Cruise’s 1993 fight with the Mob, The Firm, debuted on high-definition Blu-ray on May 29, 2011, but only at Best Buy. Paramount Home Entertainment also gave Best Buy an exclusive on the Almost Famous Bootleg Cut Blu-ray release.

Based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, The Firm stars Cruise as Mitch McDeere, a promising law graduate who’s seduced by a small Memphis law firm. After he moves down  south with his wife (Jeanne Tripplehorn, TV’s Big Love) and dog, things start to get suspicious, and Cruise, mentored by Gene Hackman (Lucky Lady), finds himself in the middle of the Mob, the FBI, his family and the firm. The film also stars Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind), Hal Holbrook (Wall Street), Holly Hunter (Broadcast News), David Strathairn (The Tempest), Gary Busey (Lethal Weapon) and Tobin Bell, who went on to freak out moviegoers in the Saw franchise.

Directed by the great Sydney Pollack (Tootsie), The Firm was nominated for two Academy Awards: Hunter for best supporting actress and the film’s original score.

Although it was criticized for its departures from the original book, the R-rated movie has plenty of action and grossed a nice $158 million when it was in theaters back in the 1990s.

The Blu-ray is priced at $19.99 and is digitally remastered in 1080p high-definition with 5.1 TrueHD sound, according to Paramount. But, the disc has only trailers in the special features menu.

The Firm has been available on DVD since 2000, but there were no more extras on that version. It seems high time for a special edition with some retrospective featurettes.

Here’s a look at the trailer:

About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.