The Greatest ’80s Comedy Restored And Looks Better Than Ever

By Britta DeVore | Published

It was a dark and stormy night when a group of comedy stars were tricked into coming to a mansion where a murderer lurked among them, knocking them down one by one. Based on the beloved board game, 1985’s Clue is a cult classic that continues to be one of the most quotable films out there, still garnering new fans decades later. Now, Shout! Factory has revealed that the movie is the latest to receive a dazzling 4K makeover, complete with a slew of bonus features.

Clue Collector’s Edition

The two-disc Ultra HD and Blu-ray set comes packed with specials, including three different surprise endings and the original trailer. There are also several featurettes included, including interviews with Clue’s creative team, such as the project’s writer and director, Jonathan Lynn, as well as one with the movie’s associate producer, Jeffrey Chernov. The film itself is a 2023 4K remastered scan of the original camera negative, making the bundle a must-have for any Clue lover in your life and the perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season.

The Cast


Clue leaned heavily on its ensemble performances, building an all-star cast as its base to mold a theatrical story based on the board game of the same name. Starring in the film are the likes of Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Eileen Brennan (The Last Picture Show), Christopher Lloyd (the Back to the Future franchise), Madeline Kahn (Blazing Saddles), Michael McKean (This Is Spinal Tap), Colleen Camp (the Police Academy franchise), Lesley Ann Warren (Color of Night), and Martin Mull (Sabrina the Teenage Witch).

A Black Comedy With A Mystery Twist


All the main players from the board game appear in Clue with a group of perceived strangers invited to the mansion of one Mr. Boddy. Giving his guests code names (Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Professor Plum, etc.), explaining that he’s the mysterious person responsible for blackmailing each of them, Mr. Boddy tells his guests that the only way out is to kill his butler, Wadsworth, who holds the keys to the doors. With the police set to arrive shortly, the attendees have one way out.Throughout the film, darkly comedic hijinks ensue with murders happening left and right, secret passageways uncovered, and suspicions on the rise. One of the most endearing parts of the film is that the initial home release (and the version available on streaming) included three different endings – giving Clue audiences a chance to decide for themselves how the slayings really played out. When the film was sent to theaters, the creative team gave each cinema only one of the endings, meaning that audiences across the country caught a different version of what happened. 

A Miss At The Box Office

Clue’s release was a mixed box office success. When the title first dropped in 1985, it managed to earn $14.6 million in North America against its $15 million budget. While this may seem like a flop, the last almost four decades have been increasingly kind to the production, with word of the plot and comedic performances raking in new viewers.

When Can You Purchase The Remastered Version?

With names like Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd attached, Clue is just as much of a celebrated piece of 1980s cinema as the duo’s other projects, including The Worst Witch and Back to the Future, respectively. Now’s your chance to add the vibrantly remastered 4K collector’s edition of Clue to your collection, with the title arriving on December 12, 2023.