Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Sterile Cuckoo

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 16, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films

The 1969 film The Sterile Cuckoo, an amalgam of comedy, drama and romance, marks the directorial debut of the late filmmaker Alan J. Pakula (All The President’s Men).

The Sterile Cuckoo movie scene

Liza Minnelli and Wendell Burton fall for each other in The Sterile Cuckoo.

Liza Minnelli (Lucky Lady) stars as Pookie Adams, a kooky coed who falls in love with a reserved young college student, Jerry Payne (Wendell Burton, Fortune and Men’s Eyes). The eccentric Pookie actively pursues the shy boyish-man and helps him through the tough first months in school. They both benefit from the relationship, with Jerry gaining self-confidence and Pookie finally coming to grips with her unhappy home life. But it’s through their awkward relationship that Pookie actually prepares Jerry for the world of “weirdos” she doesn’t fit in with.

Based on the novelby John Nichols and written by Alvin Sargent, The Sterile Cuckoo received two Oscar nominations, one for Minnelli for Best Actress and one for Fred Karlin and Dory Previn for their song, “Come Saturday Morning.”

There are no bonuses on the DVD or Blu-ray, which represent the high-definition debut of the film.

Here’s the movie’s trailer:

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