Whitney Houston, in death, is continuing to loom larger than life. “The Bodyguard,” her breakout 1992 film with Kevin Costner is being re-released on DVD and Blu-Ray to commemorate her life and the 20th anniversary of the film.
Warner Home Video released the discs today (Mar. 27) and tomorrow (Mar. 28), the film will be shown in select theaters for one night only. In the movie, Houston flexes her four-octave vocal range to sing “Queen of the Night” and her iconic version of “I Will Always Love You.”
Houston played a dynamic and headstrong pop singer in the movie who must hire a bodyguard after she receives death threats and is stalked. Costner plays the bodyguard, a retired Secret Service agent with a terrible incident in his past.
The movie was Houston’s first and she was widely praised for her portrayal. She went on to make other films, including “The Preacher’s Wife” and “Waiting to Exhale.” But “The Bodyguard” became a cult classic.
During Costner’s moving eulogy at Houston’s funeral, he spoke about filming the picture with her.
“A lot of men could have played that role. But you, Whitney, were the only person who could have played [Bodyguard character] Rachel Marron. People didn’t just like you Whitney. They loved you,” he said.
But what the public didn’t see, Costner said, was Whitney’s trepidation and doubt about performing in the movie. He also related how wary studio executives were wary about her.
Despite mixed reviews, the film grossed more than $400 million worldwide. The film soundtrack won three Grammys.
“The Whitney I knew despite her worldwide fame, always worried. Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Will they like me?” Costner shared. “The part that made her great was also the part that made her stumble.”
Houston died from a drug-related drowning on Feb. 11 on the eve of the Grammy Awards. She was 48.