DVDizzy.com: APRIL 1-30, 2012 NEWS ARCHIVES
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April 30, 2012 - The romantic drama W./E., directed, written, and co-produced by Madonna, hits stores tomorrow and we've got a look at Anchor Bay's 3-disc DVD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy combo pack. This critically thrashed box office flop, an Academy Award nominee for costume design, tells the story of King Edward VIII's (James Darcy) controversial romance with American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) as well as a young woman in Manhattan (Abbie Cornish) of the late 1990s who forms a strong connection to the late Duchess of Cornwall. On both Blu-ray and DVD, the film is joined by a making-of featurette. Full review...
Shout! Factory's Love Is on the Air bundles romantic episodes from seven classic sitcoms of the 1950s, '60s, and early '70s: "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet", "Father Knows Best", "Leave It to Beaver", "Dennis the Menace", "Hazel", "The Patty Duke Show", and "That Girl." The three-hour disc is in stores tomorrow, but you can read all about it today.
April 28, 2012 - Details remain scarce, but we've posted Disney's official press release for Cinderella: Diamond Edition, which will be available in 2, 3, and 6-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo packs beginning October 2. Cover art, the trailer, a clip (which should clear any doubts regarding the announcement's aspect ratio), and site-supporting Amazon preorders here.
April 27, 2012 - In anticipation of the theatrical release of Men in Black III, the original Men in Black will be reissued in a new Blu-ray + UltraViolet edition next week and we've got a review. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Steven Spielberg, and starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the blockbuster 1997 sci-fi comedy is joined by an abundance of bonus features including two commentaries, an assortment of workshops and demonstrations, galleries, a trivia game, and a code good towards a $10 MIB3 admission. See clips from the film as part of our thorough review.
Disney has announced an October 2, 2012 release date for the studio's next Diamond Edition title, Cinderella. The animated 1950 hit will be available as a 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack ($39.99 SRP) in Blu-ray and DVD packaging as well as a 3-disc set with digital copy ($44.99 SRP) and a six-disc Limited Edition Trilogy set in collectible jewelry box packaging ($89.99 SRP).
April 26, 2012 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked takes us back to the world of squeaky-voiced, musical rodents. Mischief moves the Chipmunks and Chipettes off a cruise ship and onto a desert island. While Dave (Jason Lee) looks for his wards, the furry sextet find a castaway and new sides to themselves. Now available, Fox's two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack serves up the musical numbers, music videos, extended scenes, Fox Movie Channel specials, sincere and tongue-in-cheek making-of featurettes, and a number of promotional shorts. Get on board now for our full review.
April 24, 2012 - Clueless debuts on Blu-ray next Tuesday and we've got an early review today. A loose retelling of Jane Austen's Emma, Amy Heckerling's 1995 comedy centers on a rich California high school student (Alicia Silverstone) who looks to makeover a frumpy new classmate (Brittany Murphy) while also seeking a love life of her own. Paramount's BD is loaded up with all the extras from the movie's 2005 "Whatever!" Edition DVD and to them adds the feature-length "Clue or False" trivia game. Read on...
April 23, 2012 - Vanya on 42nd Street reunited director Louis Malle with Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, the creative team behind My Dinner with Andre. This 1994 drama culminates a four-year project in which Gregory directed rehearsals of David Mamet's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya never intended for public exhibition. In the title role, Shawn leads an ensemble cast that also includes Julianne Moore and George Gaynes ("Punky Brewster"). The Criterion Collection's recent Blu-ray debut gathers reflections from all surviving cast members in a new documentary, which it includes alongside a trailer and essay booklet. Full review.
April 22, 2012 - In The Darkest Hour, invisible, electrical aliens invade Moscow. We follow a small international group of young survivors (Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor, and Joel Kinnaman) as they try to exploit the lethal, mysterious invaders and find a rescue. This Christmas Day theatrical release is now on Blu-ray with deleted/extended scenes, an audio commentary, a making-of featurette, and a short film. Read our review.
April 19, 2012 - Released this week by The Criterion Collection with spine number 609, ¡Alambrista has eluded most of the public since it won the premier Caméra d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by Robert M. Young, this 1977 drama follows a young Mexican father who illegally enters America in search of higher-paying work. Presenting the film in a tighter director's cut, Criterion's Blu-ray includes a commentary by Young and his co-producer, Young's 1973 television documentary Children of the Fields, on-camera interviews with Young and frequent collaborator Edward James Olmos (who earns one of his first film credits here), and an original trailer. Our review.
April 18, 2012 - Brad Bird (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant) makes his live-action directing debut on Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. The fourth entry to the spy film series takes Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, and newcomers Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner around the globe to adventure at Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the Kremlin, Mumbai, and beyond as they try to clear their agency's name and relieve international tensions. Following a blockbuster holiday season run in theaters, the film hit stores yesterday. Our review covers the Best Buy-exclusive 3-Disc Limited Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, which serves up over two hours of making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, and Easter eggs on a bonus Blu-ray. Review.
April 17, 2012 - Our latest DVD review looks at Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour. This hour-long stand-up comedy special aired on Showtime last September and comes to Comedy Central this Saturday before hitting stores on Tuesday. In it, the Ratatouille and Young Adult actor sounds off on religion, superheroes, fatherhood, sweatpants, New York, and much more. The DVD includes Oswalt's encore, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and a slideshow of all the things referenced within. Full review.
We Bought a Zoo smoothly moves writer/director Cameron Crowe into family film territory. Based on a true story, this PG-rated dramedy follows a recent widower (Matt Damon) and his two kids into the world of zoo ownership as they try to reopen a shuttered California wildlife park. Thomas Haden Church plays Damon's brother and Scarlett Johansson is the head zookeeper, both of whom have their misgivings that he is up to the task. Following a respectable Christmas week release, the film is now available to own. We review Fox's 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack, which includes over a half-hour of deleted scenes, an audio commentary, a 75-minute making-of documentary, featurettes on the score by Sigur Rós' Jónsi and the real Benjamin Mee, a gag reel, a family-friendly audio track, and more. Read all about it.
April 14, 2012 - "The Witches of Oz" provides a new take on L. Frank Baum's enduringly popular book series. In this 4-hour miniseries broadcast last year in the UK and reconfigured as a feature film in US theatrical release this winter makes Dorothy Gale (Paulie Rojas) a young adult in the present day whose children's novels are inspired by her own suppressed memories of Oz. In New York to sign a book deal, Dorothy discovers her Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, while witches pursue her for the key to Oz. Boasting a cast that includes Mia Sara, Christopher Lloyd, Billy Boyd, Sean Astin, Ethan Embry, and Lance Henriksen, the miniseries edit is now available to own with a trailer and short behind-the-scenes featurette. Our Blu-ray review.
April 13, 2012 - The 3D IMAX documentary Born to Be Wild looks at facilities in Borneo and Kenya where orphaned orangutans and elephants are raised to be returned to the wild in adulthood. A year after beginning its successful large-format theatrical run, the film hits home video next week and our review covers Warner's 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack, which serves up six behind-the-scenes webisodes. Read on...
We've added a number of recently-announced May and June DVD and Blu-ray releases to our Upcoming Cover Art page.
Our latest review covers "Mystery Science Theater 3000": The Wild World of Batwoman. This Season 5 episode of the cult '90s Comedy Central series lampoons Jerry Warren's low-budget 1966 attempt to cash in on Batman's new film and television success. Katherine Victor plays the heroine who along with her dancing Bat Girls must stand up to a corporation that developed an atomic hearing aid and is in cahoots with archenemy Rat Fink. After many years out of print, the episode -- which opens with the 1952 educational short Cheating -- is available again as a Shout! Select DVD. Our review.
April 11, 2012 - We bring you an early review of next week's DVD release, Ernie Kovacs: The ABC Specials. Shout! Factory compiles the five last half-hour sketch programs the innovative comedy icon worked on before his premature 1962 death. The surreal, effects-laden, Emmy-winning black & white series is accompanied by more of Kovacs' commercials for his primary sponsor Dutch Master cigars. Read on...
April 9, 2012 - Our newest review looks at "That '70s Show": Season One. The 1990s Fox sitcom becomes one of the first catalog TV series released on Blu-ray Disc. Mill Creek Entertainment surprises with a stunning widescreen 4-disc collection which arrives with a 5.1 DTS-HD master audio soundtrack, subtitles, and an hour of fun bonus features. Don't miss our groovy review.
April 6, 2012 - The classic mystery Chinatown came to Blu-ray this week and we've got a review. Jack Nicholson stars as a private eye in 1930s Los Angeles investigating the apparent murder of a public official and the drought conspiracy it may be linked to. Co-starring Faye Dunaway and John Huston, this Robert Evans-produced, Roman Polanski-directed neo noir competed for 11 Academy Awards and won for Robert Towne's original screenplay. Paramount's loaded Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by Towne and David Fincher, an hour-long documentary on water in Los Angeles, another 90 minutes of retrospective featurettes, and the original trailer. Review.
April 4, 2012 - Our latest review covers this week's DVD debut of JB Smoove: That's How I Dooz It. Presented in an extended, uncensored form, the film and television actor's hour-long first television special is accompanied by two short bonus features. Review.
April 3, 2012 - Today's review covers War Horse. Steven Spielberg's drama adapts a novel and Tony-winning stage play with the story of a stallion who keeps changing ownership during World War I. He begins as poor rural family's impulsive purchase, where he befriends Albert (Jeremy Irvine), but is sold and then becomes a part of both the British and Germany armies. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, this Touchstone/DreamWorks production rides home today in a 4-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack which contains nearly two hours of bonus features. Our review.
April 2, 2012 - One hundred years later, the Titanic's collision with an iceberg and deadly subsequent sinking remains a source of fascination to many. Today's new review looks at A Night to Remember, probably the second best known film on the tragedy. Faithfully adapted from Walter Lord's thoroughly-researched book, this 1958 British production treats us to a large ensemble entirely based on the real crew and passengers of that maiden voyage. Now available, The Criterion Collection's Blu-ray dazzles with a new restoration and bonus features including an audio commentary by Titanic historians, an hour-long 1993 making-of documentary, interviews with survivors, a BBC documentary on icebergs, and the original trailer. Watch out for icebergs.
April 1, 2012 - An Oscar nominee for Best Picture and winner for Best Adapted Screenplay, The Descendants stars George Clooney as a lawyer in Hawaii thrown into the world of parenting when a boating accident leaves his wife comatose. Now available to own, Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack contains a host of making-of featurettes, two deleted scenes, three music videos, a vintage Hawaii short, and a conversation with the star and writer/director Alexander Payne. Read the full review.
March 30, 2012 - One of the worst movies of all time makes for one of the best episodes of '90s television in "Mystery Science Theater 3000": Girl in Gold Boots. Mike, Crow, and Tom Servo skewer a 1968 crime drama which follows three young new friends out to Hollywood, where one becomes a star go-go dancer, one becomes an LSD dealer, and one becomes a draft-dodging janitor turned guitarist. Long out of print through Rhino's Volume 4 collection, this Season 10 episode is now available to own again as a Shout! Factory Select DVD. Our review.
March 29, 2012 - Days before the Season 2 premiere, we take a close look at "The Killing": The Complete First Season on Blu-ray. Adapted from a Danish series, AMC's drama dissects a teenaged Seattle girl's murder from the points of view of the homicide detectives, the victim's family, and a mayoral candidate whose campaign is linked to the crime. Fox's 3-disc, 13-episode Blu-ray set includes an extended cut of the season finale, two audio commentaries, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and a making-of featurette. Full review.
March 27, 2012 - There are just a few hours left to enter our giveaway of The Muppets: Wocka Wocka Value Pack. One lucky U.S. or Canadian reader will win the 3-disc set which includes the acclaimed comedy on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy, along with a code to download the soundtrack. Don't miss out!
Today's new DVD and Blu-ray releases include the Criterion Collection debut of the 1958 Titanic movie A Night to Remember, the family comedy threequel Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, the Oscar-nominated 9/11 drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, "Mystery Science Theater 3000": Volume 23, the top-notch documentary Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Roger Corman's low-budget creature feature Camel Spiders, and "South Park": The Complete Fifteenth Season. For more on these and others, check out the review links and March 27th schedule listings.
March 26, 2012 - Our newest review covers Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, the least expected Best Picture at this year's Oscars. Adapted from the bestselling novel, this drama from director Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot) and screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) stars newcomer Thomas Horn as an eccentric boy who loses his father (Tom Hanks) in the September 11th terrorist attacks. The son sets out on a grand adventure to find the lock matching a mysterious key that belonged to his father, getting assistance from an old mute man (Oscar-nominated Max von Sydow). Also featuring Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, and John Goodman, this box office flop hits stores tomorrow. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack includes a 44-minute documentary from von Sydow's son, making-of featurettes, and a tenth anniversary tribute to a 9/11 victim photographically featured in the film. Our review.
March 25, 2012 - Camel Spiders, a new creature feature produced by Roger Corman, goes direct-to-video this week and we've got a review. Giant spiders from Iraq make their way over to the United States in a soldier's coffin and prepare to wreak havoc upon college students and various citizens in a small desert town. A sheriff (C. Thomas Howell) and two military officials (Brian Krause and Rocky DeMarco) lead the defensive efforts against the fast-moving insects. Our Blu-ray review.
March 24, 2012 - The year-long wait is finally over: Hop is now on Blu-ray and DVD! The second film from Universal's Illumination Entertainment (the company behind Despicable Me), this mixed-medium comedy brings together a California underachiever (James Marsden) and E.B. (computer-animated, voiced by Russell Brand), the son of the Easter Bunny. While they are sorting out their ambitions, a chick (voiced by Hank Azaria) plans an Easter Island coup and three Pink Beret bunnies come looking for E.B. Our review covers the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Mini-Movie combo pack, released yesterday, which includes games, dozens of shorts, UltraViolet, and some BD-exclusive playback enhancements. Hop on over to our full review.
March 22, 2012 - Harry Potter fans have been expecting a complete collection of the series for a long time now and today, Warner Home Video announced when and how that would be coming. On September 7th, the studio will release The Harry Potter Wizard's Collection, a numbered and limited 31-disc collection presenting all eight films on Blu-ray, DVD, and UltraViolet digital copy. The first two movies will be presented in both theatrical and extended cuts, while the last two will be offered in both 2D and 3D versions. New bonus discs for both Deathly Hallows movies along with one for the whole set will provide five hours of never-before-seen supplemental material. The 19-pound huge box set (measuring 12-3/4" x 10-9/16" x 11-1/4") will also include premium items, including a Hogwarts map, concept art prints, catalogs of props and posters. The suggested retail price for the collection is a staggering $499.99. You can now preorder this collection at Amazon, where the e-tailer's standard 30% discount currently brings the price down to $349.99.
The Sitter gives Academy Award-nominated actor Jonah Hill his first solo leading role. Hill plays an irresponsible man tapped as last-minute replacement babysitter to three challenging kids. The group hits New York City and run into trouble with an eccentric drug dealer (Sam Rockwell). Now available, Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack serves up theatrical and unrated cuts of the film, 25 minutes of deleted scenes, a gag reel, unused improvisations, and making-of featurettes. Read our review.
March 20, 2012 - Paramount releases another Best Buy-exclusive Blu-ray today and we've got a review. The Ring stars Naomi Watts as a Seattle reporter investigating an unusual videocassette said to kill its viewers seven days after they watch it. Directed by Pirates of the Caribbean's Gore Verbinski, this spooky, atmospheric PG-13 horror remake of a Japanese film was an unexpected hit back in 2002. The Blu-ray includes the handful of extras from both of its DVD releases, including a 15-minute hodgepodge of deleted scenes, the 16-minute short film Rings, two making-of shorts, and one of the coolest Easter eggs around. Before you die, you read our review.
March 8, 2012 - Something different for you today: we've just posted a preview of 2012 movies featuring trailers, photos, posters, synopses, cast and crew information, release dates, box office predictions, and early thoughts. Currently given this treatment: John Carter, A Thousand Words, 21 Jump Street, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Casa De Mi Padre, The Hunger Games, The Three Stooges, The Five-Year Engagement, The Dictator, What to Expect When You're Expecting, Men in Black 3, Moonrise Kingdom, That's My Boy, Nero Fiddled, The Dark Knight Rises, Argo, The Gangster Squad, Wreck-It Ralph, Django Unchained, and Lincoln. We'll be adding more of this year's scheduled releases, but only if there is adequate interest, so let us know with "likes", "tweets", and "shares." Full index: 2012 Movie Preview.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• RoadRacers - In between El Mariachi and Desperado, Robert Rodriguez wrote, directed, and edited this movie as part of Showtime's ten-week 1994 celebration of 1950s youth films. David Arquette, Salma Hayek, John Hawkes, and William Sadler star in this tale of a small-town Texas rebel weighing his rock 'n roll ambitions with some bully business. An audio commentary recorded fifteen years ago and ten minutes of making-of footage spice up this long-delayed DVD debut.
• RoadRacers (Blu-ray) - The second film directed by Sin City's Robert Rodriguez, this launched Showtime's 10-movie 1950s-inspired Rebel Highway series, this low-budget drama centers on a young bad boy (David Arquette) who digs cigarettes, driving fast, rock 'n roll, and his girlfriend (Salma Hayek). He finds his existence in small-town 1950s Texas threatened by the police chief's son. Co-starring John Hawkes and William Sadler, this 1994 movie makes its long awaited disc debut from Echo Bridge Home Entertainment joined by a long-shelved Rodriguez commentary and ten minutes of behind-the-scenes footage narrated by the director.
• The Muppets (The Wocka Wocka Value Pack Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Soundtrack Download) - Returning Jim Henson's furry, colorful creations to the big screen for the first time in over a decade, Jason Segel co-wrote, executive produced, and stars in this reverential yet fun musical comedy which finds a Smalltown man, his longtime girlfriend (Amy Adams), and his Muppets-loving felt brother to Los Angeles, where Muppet Studios has hit hard time. To save their storied theater from a greedy oil baron (Chris Cooper), Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy, and everyone else reunite to put on a big show. Full of cameos and homage, this was one of last year's most acclaimed films. Available Tuesday, serves up a fairly loaded Blu-ray, a thin DVD, a digital copy DVD-ROM, and a soundtrack download code. BD extras include spoof trailers, an audio commentary, a making-of featurette, Easter eggs, some star-studded deleted scenes, and a long blooper reel.
• The Adventures of Tintin (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Steven Spielberg finally realizes a 30-year journey to bring the popular Belgian comic series by Hergé to the big screen. This motion capture animated film follows a young 1940s Belgian reporter (Jamie Bell) and his dog on high-spirited adventure around the globe, from the sky to the sea to the desert. With help from alcoholic Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), Tintin and Snowy get caught up in a decades-old mystery involving buried treasure. Paramount's combo pack includes over 90 minutes of making-of featurettes, a digital copy download, and UltraViolet.
• The Last Temptation of Christ (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - Martin Scorsese's 1988 religious drama adapted from Nikos Kazantzakis' novel remains one of the most controversial films ever released. Willem Dafoe stars as Jesus, who wrestles with his dual natures as human and divine. Scorsese, Defoe, and two screenwriters contribute to the audio commentary. The disc also provides Scorsese's behind-the-scenes video from the Morocco production, an interview with composer Peter Gabriel, and a number of galleries.
• Young Adult (Blu-ray) - Reuniting Juno's director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody, this dark comedy tells the story of Mavis Gray (Charlize Theron), a popular prom queen turned bitter ghost writer of young adult fiction. She returns to her small hometown in an effort to win back her high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson), even though he is the married father of a newborn baby. Releasing on Tuesday, Paramount's Blu-ray includes a 45-minute Q & A session with the director, a filmmakers' audio commentary, deleted scenes, two making-of featurettes, and UltraViolet.
• My Week with Marilyn (Blu-ray + DVD) - Michelle Williams is Marilyn Monroe and Kenneth Branagh is Laurence Olivier, an unlikely screen pairing in the 1950s costume comedy The Prince and the Showgirl. Eddie Redmayne stars as young, eager third assistant director Colin Clark, whom Olivier assigns to keep the erratic Monroe on schedule. The 2-disc combo pack accompanies this Oscar-nominated drama with an audio commentary and making-of featurette.
• To Catch a Thief (Blu-ray) - Paramount's 1955 VistaVision romance/mystery stars Cary Grant as a reformed jewel thief suspected of returning to his old ways in the French Riviera. Grace Kelly plays the daughter of a target who is wise to his deceptions. The dazzlingly-restored, loaded disc includes over three hours of extras including an audio commentary, a USC film class' Q & A session with Hitchcock's daughter and granddaughter, and making-of retrospectives from the film's three DVD releases.
• Like Crazy - Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones play Los Angeles college students who fall for each other shortly before graduation in this Grand Jury Dramatic Prize winner at last year's Sundance Film Festival. Co-starring Jennifer Lawrence, this PG-13 long-distance romance reaches stores with filmmakers' audio commentary.
• La Jetée & Sans Soleil (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - Bundles two films from the engimatic, unconventional French director Chris Marker. A 28-minute post-apocalyptic short composed primarily of still photos, 1962's La Jetée became the basis for 12 Monkeys. Freeform 1983 travelogue quasi-documentary feature Sans Soleil visits Japan, West Africa, and the San Francisco of Hitchcock's Vertigo. The double feature includes two segments from the French TV series "Court-circuit" on Jetée's Vertigo and David Bowie connections, extended interviews with Jean-Pierre Gorin, a thick essay booklet, and, new to this edition, Marker's 1981 short film Junkopia.
• Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (Blu-ray) - Documentary reflects on the long career of B-movie king Roger Corman. Having produced and directed over 400 independent movies since the mid-1950s, Corman has provided breaks to some of Hollywood's great talents both in front of and behind the camera, including Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, and Jonathan Demme. Those six are among the many colleagues interviewed by director Alex Stapleton in this 2011 Sundance Film Festival premiere. Anchor Bay's disc includes extended interviews, messages to Corman, and the trailer.
• Jack and Jill (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) - Adam Sandler stars as both of the title's fraternal twins. Obnoxious Bronx loudmouth Jill visits LA advertising executive Jack for Thanksgiving and winds up staying through the end of the year, as acting legend Al Pacino (playing himself at length) winds up featuring in both of their lives. Critically thrashed and less-attended than Sandler's usual blockbusters, this Razzie-nominated film hits stores next week. Sony's 2-disc set includes many deleted scenes, bloopers, behind-the-scenes with the numerous cameo-making celebrities, and an UltraViolet digital copy.
• Hugo (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Nominated for eleven Academy Awards and the winner of five, is the first family film made by legendary director Martin Scorsese. Adapted from the award-winning children's book, this adventure centers on a 12-year-old orphan boy (Asa Butterfield) living in a large train station whose clock he maintains in 1931 Paris. His efforts to restore an automaton leads him on a path of discovery involving an old toy shop owner (Ben Kingsley) and his book-loving goddaughter (Chloë Grace Moretz). Paramount's three-disc combo pack includes an hour of making-of featurettes.
• Take Shelter (Blu-ray) - One of last year's best-reviewed but least-seen movies, this drama centers on an Ohio family man (Michael Shannon) who is troubled by visions he interprets as either apocalyptic warnings or the first signs of mental illness. Jessica Chastain plays his wife in this second film written and directed by Jeff Nichols. Sony's BD includes an audio commentary by Shannon and Nichols, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, a SAG Q & A, BD-Live, and the trailer.
• "Mystery Science Theater 3000": Volume 23 - A 1940s western, a 1950s sci-fi B-movie, a 1960s Fu Manchu mystery, and a 1970s spy TV series pilot come together and all get skewed in Shout! Factory's latest DVD release of the cult 1990s Comedy Central TV series. The 4-disc set is chock-full of bonus features, including a reel of MST3K promos, an introduction and interview by the series' cast members, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a video game featuring the cast, trailers, and featurettes on two of the producers behind this set's subjects.
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