On Movies & Movie Collecting: ‘Groundhog Day’ Arrived Safely; Other Pre-Orders Canceled or Pending Review


The steelbook features a new twist on the original 1993 poster art. (C) 1993, 2023 Columbia Pictures & Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Phil: I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters.

[Ralph and Gus snort]

Phil: That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over, and over, and over…

Bill Murray stars as the self-centered, sardonic, and cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman Phil Connors (C) 1993. 2023 Columbia Pictures/Sony Corp.

My Amazon order of Sony Home Entertainment’s Groundhog Day: 30th Anniversary Limited Edition steelbook arrived last evening here in Lithia, Florida, along with my order of over-the-counter cold medication and Vitamin C supplements. It arrived a bit later than usual – at 5:53 PM Eastern Standard Time – and I didn’t retrieve it from the front porch till after 6 PM. Consequently, I decided to simply check the metal case for dents and scratches (there were none), activate the digital copy code (done), and go to my Blu-ray.com account’s Collection and mark Groundhog Day as “Owned.”

Unlike my “regular” Blu-ray collection, my 4K UHD collection still fits in one page in my Blu-ray.com account’s Collection section. Mostly because of box sets. Jurassic Park, Star Trek, and Star Wars titles tend to dominate.

From the Package’s J-Card Blurb:

(C) 1993, 2023 Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Bill Murray is at his wry, wisecracking best in this riotous romantic comedy about a weatherman caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life. Teamed with a relentlessly cheerful producer (Andie MacDowell) and a smart-aleck cameraman (Chris Elliott), TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. After a surprise blizzard traps him in small-town hell, things get even worse; Phil wakes the next morning to find it’s GROUNDHOG DAY all over again… and again… and again.

(C) 1993, 2023 Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

My 4K UHD Collection

The arrival of this two-disc set (1 4K UHD Blu-ray, 1 “regular” Blu-ray) of Groundhog Day means that I now own 105 4K UHD titles (including a few repeats due to purchases of backup sets of The Skywalker Saga and updated box sets of franchise films such as Star Trek and the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World series. The tally does not include The Fabelmans, even though I have it on my Blu-ray.com Collection page in the Ordered category.

Since I am still – knock on wood – moving sometime in the near future (don’t ask me when; I have not been told, and none of my things have been packed yet), I canceled a couple of pre-orders that were due to be released this month, including the release of another limited edition steelbook. This one was of a movie I did not see in theaters back in the 1980s – Young Sherlock Holmes – which was produced by Steven Spielberg and featured some of the earliest CGI effects in a Hollywood film. I canceled it because (a) I need to cut down on “for fun” expenses and (b) it’s not really a movie that I have a must-own yen for. It’s not directed by Spielberg, although he did produce it, so it was an easy cancelation to make.

I still have the “regular” Blu-rays of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds – Season One and Black Sunday on pre-order; Strange New Worlds will “drop” on March 23, and Black Sunday will be released one week later. Depending on where I am and how different my budget will be then, I might or may not cancel one or both.

I really want The Fabelmans, though, so even though I don’t know when Universal is releasing the 4K set with a regular Blu-ray and digital code added for extra value, I am reluctant to cancel that order.

Well, that’s all I have to share with you for now, Dear Reader. If I feel up to it, I might go ahead and start reviewing Code Name: Downfall. We’ll see, though; the cold I have is more of an irritation than it is incapacitating, but it still affects my desire to create anything. So, until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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