Warner Archive has announced that it will release The World According To Garp onto Blu-ray for the first time this summer. The film was directed by George Roy Hill and starred Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Hume Cronyn, and Jessica Tandy. Warner has not announced a specific date, but has stated that the film will arrive on the market later this summer.
The film, which is based on John Irving‘s best selling novel, chronicles the life of T. S. Garp (Williams), and his mother, Jenny (Close). Whilst Garp sees himself as a “serious” writer, Jenny writes a feminist manifesto at an opportune time, and finds herself as a magnet for all manner of distressed women.
When Robin Williams played T.S. Garp in The World According to Garp, two totally original American icons met: a leading comic actor of our time and the character whose loopy adventures made John Irving’s novel a literary milestone and runaway bestseller. Fans of Williams’ dramatic work in Dead Poets Society and his Oscar winner Good Will Hunting will also savor his Garp, a sweet-natured writer whose life is a weird minefield of violence, adultery, fatherhood, rampant feminism and eerie coincidence. Glenn Close (her film debut) as Garp’s formidable mother and John Lithgow as a transsexual ex-NFL receiver give impressive support, earning Oscar nominations and critics laurels galore. Their collaboration is “one helluva magnificent movie” (Bernard Drew, Gannett Newspapers).
The World According To Garp was released August 13, 1982 and went onto gross over $29 million at the box office. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Close) and Best Supporting Actor (Lithgow).
Warner Archive has confirmed that the Blu-ray release will include the original theatrical trailer, but has not released any information concerning any other special features or technical specifications.
Here is the theatrical trailer for The World According To Garp, courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Video.