DVDizzy.com: FEBRUARY 1-15, 2014 NEWS ARCHIVES
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February 15, 2014 - Our newest review looks at this week's Blu-ray debut of Crimes and Misdemeanors. Woody Allen's 1989 film stars Martin Landau as an ophthamologist filled with guilt and remorse after his mistress (Anjelica Huston) threatens to reveal their affair. Allen plays a documentarian hired to make a movie about his brother-in-law (Alan Alda), a successful TV producer. Mia Farrow, Jerry Orbach, Joanna Gleason, and Sam Waterston co-star in this noir/dark comedy that was nominated for Director, Original Screenplay, and Supporting Actor Oscars. Available exclusively from Screen Archives, Twilight Time's Limited Edition Series Blu-ray includes an isolated music and effects soundtrack, the theatrical trailer, and an essay booklet. Don't miss our thorough review.
February 14, 2014 - Disney has announced a March 18th home video release for Saving Mr. Banks. Warmly reviewed and widely recognized for Emma Thompson's performance, this PG-13 drama tells the (mostly) true story of how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and his studio turned the beloved books of P.L. Travers (Thompson) into Mary Poppins. Breaking with tradition, Disney will release the film in separate Blu-ray and DVD editions, only the former of which is equipped with an HD digital copy. Extras will include a trio of deleted scenes, a tour of the studio hosted by director John Lee Hancock, and the cast and crew's musical tribute to Richard Sherman. For cover art, preorders, full details, and a clip from the film, see the full announcement.
February 13, 2014 - Today's new review covers next week's DVD release of Watchtower. This 2012 Turkish drama tells the story of two strangers -- a forest watchtower guard and a coach bus hostess -- whose paths cross. Last October's selection for Film Movement's Film-of-the-Month Club, the DVD includes the Greek/US short film The Foreigner in addition to bios, trailers and essays. Our review.
February 12, 2014 - The 1981 noir drama The Postman Always Rings Twice stars Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange as a couple who begin an extramarital affair in Depression era California. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross) adapts James M. Cain's 1934 novel for director Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces). Now available, Warner's Blu-ray includes a new 81-minute select scene audio commentary by Nicholson, Mamet, and Rafelson and the original theatrical trailer. Read our review.
February 11, 2014 - Life of a King stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as an ex-con who introduces troubled inner city high school students to chess to keep them out of street troubles. After a limited January theatrical run, this inspirational PG-13 drama hit home video today. Our Blu-ray review.
Our newest review looks at Wadjda, an acclaimed film that happens to be the first shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. Submitted for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, this drama written and directed by Haifaa Al Mansour tells the story of the titular 10-year-old girl who joins her school's religious club and studies the Quran for a competition whose cash prize could land her the bicycle her heart is set on. After a fall engagement that attracted universal praise, this film is now available to rent and own in a Sony Blu-ray + DVD combo pack that includes a Al Mansour Q & A session and audio commentary, a making-of featurette, and the trailer. Don't miss our review.
February 10, 2014 - Tomorrow, The Jungle Book becomes the ninth entry in Disney's Diamond Edition line of animated classics' Blu-ray + DVD combo packs. The 1967 musical adventure adapted from Rudyard Kipling's stories hits high definition with an hour of new bonus features plus most of its Platinum Edition DVD extras intact including an audio commentary and a 45-minute making-of documentary. Watch a clip from one of the new supplement featuring Diane Disney Miller, Richard Sherman, and Floyd Norman as part of our complete review.
February 7, 2014 - Jerusha Hess, half of the husband-wife team that wrote Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, makes her directorial debut on Austenland, which she adapted from Shannon Hale's novel with the author. Keri Russell stars as a modern-day Jane Austen fanatic who treats herself to a fantasy vacation inspired by Austen's romances, a Regency era immersion experience that subverts her expectations. Co-starring Bret McKenzie ("Flight of the Conchords"), Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, and JJ Feilds, this summer comedy hits DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday joined by an audio commentary by Hess and producer Stephenie Meyer and a cast Q & A session. Don't miss our Blu-ray review.
Warner has announced they will release a new 40th Anniversary Blu-ray edition of Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles on May 6th. This 1974 comedy western will be joined by Brooks audio commentary, deleted scenes, the 1975 TV pilot "Black Bart", the cast reunion documentary "Back in the Saddle", the trailer, the all-new featurette "Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild, Wild West", and ten art cards with quotes and images from the film.
Expected to compete for Oscars last December, The Monuments Men instead opens in theaters today to reduced expectations and underwhelming reviews. George Clooney directs, produces, writes, and stars in this drama that tells the true story of a group of soldiers assigned to protect and retrieve priceless art at the end of World War II. The distinguished cast also includes Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin. Our movie review.
February 6, 2014 - Today's new review covers the animated family comedy Free Birds. Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson voice turkeys who travel back in time to 1621 to stop their kind from becoming a part of the first Thanksgiving feast. Directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!) and co-starring Amy Poehler and George Takei, this debut of Reel FX Animation Studios is now available to own in a Relativity/Fox Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack that includes making-of shorts, a short children's play based on the film, and more. Check out some monumental graphics created for the release as part of our thorough review.
February 5, 2014 - Next Tuesday, The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box comes to DVD and Blu-ray not long after a short-lived theatrical release. Adapted from the first novel in G.P. Taylor's Mariah Mundi series, this fantasy sees a young man (Aneurin Barnard) trying to find his abducted younger brother and the powerful titular relic that is being pursued by the hotelier (Sam Neill) who employs him. Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Ioan Gruffudd, and Keeley Hawes co-star in this PG-rated adventure, which is joined by a 20-minute making-of featurette in Image Entertainment's release. Full Blu-ray review.
February 4, 2014 - Our newest review covers today's Region 1 DVD debut of "The Broker's Man: Series 1. Seventeen years after first airing on BBC One, this British drama finally hits North America from Acorn Media. Kevin Whately ("Inspector Morse", "Inspector Lewis") stars in the title role as Jimmy Griffin, a police detective turned insurance investigator who's trying to put his recently ended marriage back together while running into all sorts of danger on the job. Co-starring Sarah-Jane Potts (Kinky Boots) and Michelle Fairley ("Game of Thrones"), three feature-length episodes fill two discs. Read our review.
February 3, 2014 - Cutie and the Boxer, an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, hits Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Radius-TWC. This directorial debut of Zachary Heinzerling looks at the life of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, a long-married couple of Japanese-American artists living in New York. The film is joined by a Sundance Film Festival Q & A, the 1970s TV documentary Shinohara: The Last Artist, deleted scenes, and a dazzling super slow motion look at Ushio's boxing painting process. Don't miss our Blu-ray review.
Sony has just announced that American Hustle will come to Blu-ray combo pack and DVD on March 18th, just two weeks after a ceremony that sees it competing for ten Academy Awards. One of 2013's best-reviewed films and the holiday season's biggest hits, this funny take on the FBI's 1970s ABSCAM stings will be joined by a making-of featurette and more than twenty minutes of deleted and extended scenes. David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter) directs an all-star cast that includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner. For cover art, preorders, and full details, see the full press release.
Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor, and Original Screenplay, Dallas Buyers Club hits home video tomorrow. In a much-decorated performance, Matthew McConaughey portrays Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician and rodeo performer who is blindsided by an HIV-positive diagnosis. Partnering with the similarly afflicted transgendered Rayon (Jared Leto), he forms the titular club, a way for the desperate to try smuggled experimental medicine unapproved by the FDA for sale in America. Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack includes three deleted scenes and a making-of short. Review.
February 2, 2014 - The action thriller Charlie Countryman stars Shia LaBeouf as a young American abroad in Bucharest who gets mixed up with hardened criminals (Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger) after meeting the daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) of the Romanian man who died next to him on the flight over. This strange limited release production is now on Blu-ray with a making-of featurette, twenty minutes of deleted scenes (featuring unused John Hurt narration), and the trailer. Our review.
January 31, 2014 - Now available to own, 1 celebrates Formula 1, recalling both the heroes and the fatalities of European auto racing in the 1960s and '70s. Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 12 Years a Slave) narrates this new documentary, which interviews Mario Andretti, Michael Schumacher, Niki Lauda, and dozens of other drivers and experts. Check out our Blu-ray review.
An insert inside The Jungle Book announces the next in Disney's Diamond Edition line. Check out our Facebook or Twitter pages for a look. Like and follow us for more of that sort of thing!
Our newest review looks at Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Sony Pictures Animation's sequel to their hit 2009 film adapted from the classic children's book. Flint Lockwood and his community are evacuated, as Swallow Falls' leftovers require clean-up and containment. A return home, however, realizes that the region is lush with "foodimals." Now available, Sony's Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes four mini-movies, deleted scenes, directors' audio commentary, a number of making-of featurettes, and Digital HD UltraViolet. Don't miss our review.
In theaters today after an awards-qualifying run is Labor Day. Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) directs this romantic drama, which he adapts from Joyce Maynard's book. Set in 1987 New England, it tells the story of a divorced mother (Kate Winslet), her 13-year-old son (Gattlin Griffith), and the stranger (Josh Brolin) in need of a safe place to lay low. Tobey Maguire narrates and co-stars in this Golden Globe nominee for Best Actress in a Drama. Our movie review.
January 30, 2014 - Big Sur adapts the 1962 Jack Kerouac novel of the same name. Jean-Marc Barr plays the iconic Beat Generation author, who approaches forty in a state of delirium, fueled by alcohol, friendship, and introspection. Co-starring Josh Lucas, Kate Bosworth, and Radha Mitchell, this drama dapted and directed by Michael Polish is now on DVD with its trailer. Full review.
January 29, 2014 - Today's new review covers The Fifth Estate, a drama that tells the story of founding of the controversial site WikiLeaks by Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Daniel Berg (Daniel Brόhl). From director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) and screenwriter Josh Singer ("Fringe", "The West Wing"), this DreamWorks biopic had less impact at the box office than every film released to as many theaters last year. Now available, Buena Vista's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes featurettes on the visual effects and Carter Burwell's score plus the film's trailer and TV spots. Watch a clip from the movie as part of our complete review.
January 28, 2014 - Seven weeks after premiering on A&E, History and Lifetime, the 2013 miniseries Bonnie & Clyde hits DVD and Blu-ray today from Sony. Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Milk) and Holliday Grainger (Jane Eyre, "The Borgias") fill the title roles as the 1930s bank-robbing couple. William Hurt, Holly Hunter, Sarah Hyland, and Elizabeth Reaser also feature in this four-hour broadcast, which is joined by four making-of featurettes and Digital HD UltraViolet in Sony's two-disc Blu-ray release. Don't miss our review.
January 27, 2014 - 2013's least likely Academy Award nominee hits home video tomorrow and we've got a review. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa spins off a Johnny Knoxville character from the popular stunt-based comedy franchise into his own movie. Hidden cameras capture reactions to the outrageous antics of 86-year-old Irving Zisman and his 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll). Her's Spike Jonze numbers among the writers and producers of this Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar nominee. Paramount's Blu-ray presents the film in theatrical and extended cuts plus an hour of bonus features in a combo pack that also includes a DVD and Digital HD. Full review.
Academy Award winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline team up to play lifelong friends in the comedy Last Vegas. From writer Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love., Tangled) and director Jon Turteltaub (Cool Runnings, National Treasure) comes this story reuniting a gang of Brooklynites for an unforgettable bachelor party weekend in Sin City. Available tomorrow, this profitable CBS Films release is joined by a Fogelman & Turteltaub commentary and several making-of featurettes in Sony's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack. Watch clips from the movie as part of our review.
Our newest DVD review covers Garibaldi's Lovers, a 2012 comedy from writer-director Silvio Soldini (Bread and Tulips). It tells the story of an assortment of Italians -- including a broke artist, a widower, and his two teenaged children -- whose lives are connected in unusual ways, while Rome's statues of Garibaldi and others narrate in voiceover. Film Movement's recent disc includes bios, trailers, and the Swiss animated short film The Kiosk by Anete Melece. Full review.
January 24, 2014 - Lionsgate has announced that 2013's domestic box office king, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will set retail shelves ablaze on Friday, March 7th with its DVD and Blu-ray combo pack releases. The second installment in the popular fantasy franchise will be joined by deleted scenes, an audio commentary by director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson, UltraViolet, a sneak peek of the upcoming movie Divergent, and, exclusively on Blu-ray, the 9-part feature length documentary "Surviving the Game: Making Catching Fire." For cover art, the home video trailer, preorders, and full details, see the just issued official press release.
The independent comedy A.C.O.D. stars Adam Scott ("Parks and Recreation") as a restaurant owner belonging to a group of A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce) whose childhood experiences were written about in a bestselling book. In advance of his younger brother's wedding, he reunites his parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O'Hara) in an unexpected way. Also featuring Jane Lynch, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clark Duke, and Jessica Alba, this fall limited theatrical release is now on Blu-ray from Paramount in a disc that includes screening Q & A cast & crew comments, Poehler outtakes, cast PSAs, and digital copy and UltraViolet options. Read our review.
January 23, 2014 - This week, Captain Phillips became the first of 2013's Academy Award nominees for Best Picture to hit home video. Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum) directs this docudrama about the 2009 hijacking of a U.S. cargo ship by Somali pirates, which stars Tom Hanks in the titular role and Supporting Actor nominee Barkhad Abdi as the pirates' captain. Now available, Sony's DVD includes an hour-long making-of documentary, an audio commentary by Greengrass, and code for UltraViolet. Our review.
January 22, 2014 - Actress Lake Bell ("Childrens Hospital", What Happens in Vegas) makes her writing and directing debut in the independent comedy In a World.... Bell stars as Carol Solomon, a Hollywood vocal coach who breaks into the male-dominated business of movie trailer voiceovers. Co-starring Fred Melamed, Demetri Martin, Ken Marino, Rob Corddry, and Michaela Watkins, this Sundance-winning, National Board of Review-recognized Independent Spirit-nominated film is now available to own from Sony, joined by deleted scenes, a gag reel, an audio commentary, and cast promos. Our Blu-ray review.
January 21, 2014 - Paramount has scheduled a February 25th Blu-ray combo and DVD release for Nebraska, the road trip dramedy that is nominated for six Academy Awards: Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, and Cinematography. Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, and June Squibb as a family on the road to the father's old town, this film directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) will be joined by a six-part making-of documentary exclusively on Blu-ray. It will hit Digital HD a week earlier, on February 11th. For cover art, preorders, and full details, see the press release.
Triggerfish, South Africa's first feature animation studio, follows up their debut Adventures in Zambezia with Khumba. It tells the story of a young zebra missing stripes on half of his body who goes out in search of a magical watering hole he hopes will complete him and end the drought plaguing his community. With a voice cast including Jake T. Austin, Liam Neeson, AnnaSophia Robb, Laurence Fishburne, and Catherine Tate, it's now available at Walmart in a two-disc Blu-ray 3D/2D + DVD combo pack with a trailer and four making-of featurettes. Don't miss our review.
January 20, 2014 - The offbeat talk show "Comedy Bang! Bang!" hits DVD tomorrow. Anchor Bay's two-disc The Complete First Season includes the first ten episodes of this IFC series adapted from Scott Aukerman's popular podcast of the same name. Aukerman interviews guests like Zach Galifiankis, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Jon Hamm and Seth Rogen. Each episode is joined by audio commentary and the second disc holds over an hour of video extras. Full review.
January 19, 2014 - The action thriller Freezer stars Dylan McDermott as a New York mechanic who finds himself suddenly locked in a meat locker by Russian mobsters accusing him of stealing $8 million. Directed by Hard Rain's Mikael Salomon and co-starring Yuliya Snigir (A Good Day to Die Hard) and Twilight's Peter Facinelli, this new movie hits shelves on Tuesday in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack from Anchor Bay Entertainment joined by cast and crew interviews and a making-of featurette. Chill out with Our review.
January 17, 2014 - Sticking to the timing they used on last year's Best Picture winner Argo, Warner Bros. has announced a February 25th home video release for the acclaimed space drama Gravity five days before the Oscar ceremony. Nominated for ten Academy Awards including Picture, Director, and Actress, this decorated blockbuster stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in space when disaster strikes a routine mission. Warner will release the film as a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD as well as Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D combos, each equipped with Digital HD UltraViolet. Extras will include the companion short Aningaaq, the Ed Harris-narrated documentary "Collision Point: The Race to Clean Up Space", a silent space version of the film, and more. See cover art, preorders, and full details in the press release.
January 16, 2014 - Our newest review covers next week's DVD release of Blue Jasmine. Nominated for Oscars in Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, and Original Screenplay, Woody Allen's latest drama tells the nonlinear story of a New York socialite (Cate Blanchett) who loses her financial comfort and has to crash at the San Francisco apartment of her sister (Sally Hawkins) until she can get back on her feet. Sony's disc includes cast interviews, a Q & A session featuring Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard, and Andrew Dice Clay, the trailer, and UltraViolet. Read the full review.
The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards were announced this morning and we've got the full list, along with some commentary on the frontrunners and on films that fared better (Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena) or worse (Saving Mr. Banks, Lee Daniels' The Butler) than expected. Oscar Nominees and Analysis.
Want to watch the 86th Academy Award Nominations announcement? Look no further than our Predictions Page for a live stream of the broadcast that's scheduled for 5:30 AM Pacific/8:30 AM Eastern today. If you get there early, you can always take the time to see who and what we predict to be included in the majority of the categories. The Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2014. More...
January 1, 2014 - We start the new year off with some additional looks back at 2013. First, we count down the best Blu-rays and DVDs released and reviewed last year, plus ten honorable mention titles that nearly made the cut: The Best Blu-rays and DVDs of 2013.
Then, take a look behind the scenes of running this site for a better understanding of what does and doesn't get reviewed here. Studios That Care About DVDizzy.com Readers, Part II celebrates the studios and agencies that value your interest and laments the few that regrettably do not. The article concludes with a list of 2013's Biggest Snubs, counting down the major DVD and Blu-ray releases we were most bummed not to get to cover. Full article.
With 2013 drawing to a close, we've compiled our annual Year in Review, ranking and reviewing all of the year's movies we've seen so far. Revisiting each in a sentence or two, we count down from the worst to the best, 153 films in total, in 2013 Movies: Ranked & Reviewed.
Recent Film Reviews:
Her - Director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are) tells the story of a lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) in Los Angeles of the near-future who falls in love with his computer's operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Co-starring Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Chris Pratt, this film will vie for five Academy Awards.
August: Osage County - Adapted from Tracy Letts' Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, this dramedy reunites a large, secretive family to observe the death of its patriarch. Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep heads an ensemble cast that also includes Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dermot Mulroney, and Abigail Breslin. John Wells ("ER", The Company Men) directs from Letts' own adaptation. Streep and Roberts are both nominated for acting Oscars.
The Wolf of Wall Street - In this latest collaboration between Leonardo DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese, DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a young New Yorker who quickly strikes it rich by selling penny stocks to the desperate. Belfort's lifestyle of excesses threatens to come tumbling down when federal authorities begin investigating him for fraud. A month later than planned, this outrageous, comedic true story finally checks in with a hard R rating and a nearly three-hour runtime.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Ben Stiller stars as a daydreaming Life magazine employee who travels the world in search of the photograph that might serve as the publication's final cover image. Stiller also directed this PG-rated fantasy adventure, which co-stars Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, and Adam Scott, from a script by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness).
American Hustle - Director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter) extends his hot streak with a film based on the FBI's Abscam sting operation of the 1970s. A con artist (Christian Bale) and his moll (Amy Adams) are pushed into aiding an undercover federal agent (Bradley Cooper) uncover large-scale corruption in public officials. Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner co-star in one of 2013's most esteemed and acknowledged films.
Saving Mr. Banks - Dramatizes the difficulties that Walt Disney's studio faced in the 1960s while trying to make Mary Poppins in a way that satisfied the book series' author P.L. Travers. The Blind Side's John Lee Hancock directs Emma Thompson (Travers) and Tom Hanks (Walt) in this PG-13 drama named one of the year's ten best films by the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review.
Frozen - Disney's 53rd animated feature loosely fashions Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen into a Broadway-style musical adventure. After a childhood accident, Anna grows up not knowing her older sister Elsa has powers. From a director of Tarzan and Surf's Up, a writer of Wreck-It Ralph, and a creator of Avenue Q and Book of Mormon, the film features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Jonathan Groff. The feature is preceded by Get a Horse!, an Oscar-shortlisted new Mickey Mouse animated short that's partly in the style of his earliest cartoons.
Nebraska - This highly acclaimed comedy-drama directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) tells the story of a middle-aged Montana man (Will Forte) taking his aging father (Bruce Dern) on a road trip to Lincoln, Nebraska to collect a million dollars he believes he's won. Co-starring June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, and Stacy Keach, this black and white indie is sure to compete in this year's Academy Awards.
Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
Run (Blu-ray 3D/2D) - An independent Parkour-centric thriller about a father and son who move around and steal things. The Chronicles of Narnia's William Moseley stars as the teenager whose efficient running, climbing, and jumping skills might just save his family from a vengeful mobster. Millennium's hybrid disc includes a making-of featurette and the trailer.
Thief (The Criterion Collection Blu-ray + DVD) - The feature directorial debut Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider, Collateral), this 1981 crime drama stars James Caan as a master jewel thief looking to get out of the business and start a family (with Tuesday Weld). Featuring the film debuts of James Belushi, Robert Prosky, and more, the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes a 1995 Mann & Caan audio commentary, brand new interviews with Mann, Caan, and a former member of Tangerine Dream, the German electronic group that did the score.
Lee Daniels' The Butler (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) - Tells the sort of true story of a black man who served Presidents in the White House for thirty years. Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker fills the title role, while Oprah Winfrey plays his wife and David Oyelowo is their civil rights activist son in this historical drama from the director of Precious and the writer of HBO's Game Change. The large cast includes depictions of former U.S. by Robin Williams, James Marsden, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, and Liev Schreiber. Available tomorrow, The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack includes a making-of documentary, over 20 minutes of deleted scenes, a Gladys Knight and Lenny Kravitz music video, a gag reel, and reflections from real Freedom Riders.
Twenty Feet from Stardom - Oscar-shortlisted documentary celebrates backup singers, from the rare ones to experience solo success like Darlene Love and Lisa Fischer to the many more anonymous ones who tried to rising hopeful Judith Hill. After a potent run in limited release, this Morgan Neville-directed film hits Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday from The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay, joined by a half-hour of deleted scenes, a half-hour New York Times Q & A session with Love, Fischer, Neville, and Merry Clayton, and an unused segment.
Blind Date (Blu-ray) - This 1987 romantic comedy stars Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger as two strangers who endure a night of misadventures together in Los Angeles. Co-starring John Larroquette, William Daniels, and Phil Hartman, this film was directed by Blake Edwards and written by Dale Launer (My Cousin Vinny, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). Though produced and distributed by TriStar Pictures, it hits high definition from Image Entertainment.
Fruitvale Station (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) - One of 2013's most acclaimed films, this drama tells the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), an Oakland man who spends parts of his fateful New Year's Eve 2008 with his mother (Octavia Spencer), girlfriend (Melonie Diaz), and 4-year-old daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal). Both of Weinstein and Anchor Bay's discs include a making-of featurette and a Cast & Filmmaker Q & A.
Linsanity - Documents the sensational rise of Jeremy Lin, one of the NBA's only Asian American players. Looking at Lin's upbringing in Palo Alto, California as the son of Taiwan immigrants, his success in high school and at Harvard University, and his struggle to make and stay on an NBA team, this film directed by Evan Jackson Leong culminates with his extraordinary February 2012 when he became the New York Knicks' starting point guard and led them on a remarkable winning streak. It is now on DVD from Ketchup Entertainment, joined by a Kickstarter reel, a making-of short, and the trailer.
Key of Life - Written and directed by Kenji Uchida, this Japanese comedy finds a broke actor and a skilled hitman switching places after one of them slips at a public bath house and forgets who he is. The DVD includes the Hungarian short film Finale, trailers, and biographies.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - This second adventure adapted from Rick Riordan's young adult novel series finds Percy (Logan Lerman), his friends, and his newly-discovered cycloptic half-brother looking for the Golden Fleece that might revive the tree that protects Camp Half-Blood. Fox's two-disc set includes a motion comic and a number of short making-of featurettes.
Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear (Blu-ray) - Scott Adkins reprise his role as a Japanese-trained American martial artist. When his wife is murdered, Casey Bowman heads to Myanmar in search of the ruthless drug kingpin responsible. Now available, Millennium Entertainment's Blu-ray includes a featurette, behind-the-scenes footage, cast & crew interviews, and a trailer.
When Calls the Heart - In advance of Hallmark Channel's forthcoming spin-off series, Millennium Entertainment's formerly Walmart exclusive DVD of has been released to general retail. Adapted from the first book in Janette Oke's Canadian West series by director/producer Michael Landon Jr. (the Love Comes Softly series), this Hallmark original movie tells the stories of aspiring schoolteacher Elizabeth Thatcher (Poppy Drayton) and the unknown aunt of the same name (Maggie Grace), whose diary documents her inspirational experiences of teaching in the West.
Muppet Treasure Island & The Great Muppet Caper (Blu-ray + DVD) - The 1981 London mystery and 1996 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel share a Blu-ray with three new Frog-E-Oke lyric videos plus an audio commentary, making-of featurette, and '90s sing-along video on Treasure. Newly-authored DVDs of each film round out this three-disc collection.
Hell Baby (Blu-ray) - "Reno 911!" creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon wrote and directed this horror comedy, which stars Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb as an expectant couple that moves into a possibly haunted New Orleans home, where strange things happen. Garant and Lennon play Vatican priests assigned to investigate supernatural phenomena, while Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, and Keegan-Michael Key co-star. Millennium's unrated disc adds two gag reels, a trailer, and nearly half an hour of deleted/extended scenes.
Last Love - Drama stars Michael Caine and Clιmence Poιsy (Harry Potter's Fleur Delacour) as two strangers who form a fast, unlikely, and special friendship in Paris. Co-starring Justin Kirk and Gillian Anderson, this unrated limited theatrical release hits home video tomorrow joined by 16 minutes of deleted scenes and 10 minutes of outtakes.
Sweetwater (Blu-ray) - Western stars four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris as a salty sheriff, "Mad Men"'s January Jones as a former call girl, and Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter series) as a bigamist preacher. Their paths cross in deadly ways in the late-19th century frontier. This film by brothers Logan and Noah Miller is joined by a making-of featurette, a "music video", and a trailer.
The Lone Ranger (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - The classic hero of radio, film serials, and television is reinvented in the mold of Pirates of the Caribbean by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski. Johnny Depp stars as Tonto, who tells the story of his adventures with a masked Texas ranger (Armie Hammer) and a vicious outlaw (William Fichtner). Disney's combo pack includes making-of featurettes, a deleted scene, bloopers, and an Easter egg.
Matilda (Blu-ray) - This 1996 adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel stars Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire) as a brilliant young girl with lousy parents (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman). She uses her newly-discovered gifts to help her teacher Miss Honey (Embeth Davidtz) and stand up to the horrible headmaster Trunchbull (Pam Ferris). Sony's Blu-ray adds a 21-minute cast and crew reunion to Wilson's on-set documentary, additional making-of featurettes, and Digital HD UltraViolet.
South Seas Adventure (Blu-ray + DVD) - Flicker Alley's release of a 1958 Cinerama travelogue that takes you to Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia. Orson Welles narrates part of this feature, whose original photography is upheld in a Smilebox simulation. The two-disc set adds audio commentary, a vintage making-of featurette, two interviews, a photo slideshow, the Cinerama short Renault Dauphine, and the trailer.
Insidious: Chapter 2 (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) - Director James Wan (The Conjuring) and screenwriter Leigh Whannell (Saw) revisit the subject of their 2011 low-budget hit involving the supernatural disturbance of a family of four (headed by Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne). Sony's combo pack holds over an hour of bonus features including making-of featurettes, an on-set cast & crew Q & A, and three "Spectral Sightings" web shorts.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Blu-ray) - Another demanded catalog Fox title hits Blu-ray looking terrific in the studio's recent release of This romantic dramatic fantasy finds a young widow (Gene Tierney) moving into a house where she is haunted by its former owner, a late sea captain (Rex Harrison). This 1947 film, which later inspired a 1960s sitcom, is now available to own with two audio commentaries and its original trailer.
Grey Gardens (The Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - This 1976 Maysles Brothers documentary that inspired an Emmy-winning HBO movie spends time with the eccentric Big Edie and Little Edie Beale, a mother and daughter related to Jackie Onassis who live among wild cats and raccoons in a decaying 28-room Long Island mansion. The film is joined by audio commentary, the 2006 follow-up film The Beales of Grey Gardens, scrapbooks, trailers, interviews, and an essay booklet.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (The "Rich Mahogany" Edition Blu-ray) - This oft-quoted, rewatchable 2004 comedy stars Will Ferrell as a 1970s San Diego newscaster who has difficulty adapting to a woman (Christina Applegate) being made his co-anchor. Co-written by Ferrell and director Adam McKay (Step Brothers, The Other Guys) and produced by Judd Apatow, this popular film features Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and a host of cameos. Formerly a Best Buy exclusive, Paramount's two-disc Blu-ray includes theatrical and unrated cuts of the film as well as the "lost movie" Wake Up, Ron Burgundy compiled from deleted and alternate scenes. Several hours of additional extras include Burgundy's MTV Movie Award interviews, two variations of the same random audio commentary, nearly an additional hour of deleted & extended scenes, bloopers, alternate takes, Burgundy's SportsCenter audition, the cast's audition tapes, table reads, rehearsal footage, trailers, and an "Afternoon Delight" music video. The box also adds Ron's personal diary "The Many Months of Burgundy", a pack of 12 character trading cards, and $7.50 in Movie Cash to see Anchorman 2.
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