DVDizzy.com: MAY 1-15, 2011 NEWS ARCHIVES
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May 15, 2011 - The Firm, the 1993 adaptation of John Grisham's first bestseller, comes to Blu-ray this month exclusively at Best Buy and we've got an early review. Tom Cruise stars as Mitch McDeere, a Harvard Law School graduate who joins the small memphis firm where all is not as idyllic as it seems. Directed by Sydney Pollack, this blockbuster thriller also features Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ed Harris, Hal Holbrook, Wilford Brimley, David Strathairn, Gary Busey, and an Oscar-nominated Holly Hunter. Paramount's disc offers a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack, two original trailers, and a slipcover. Read on...
May 14, 2011 - The thriller The Rite tells the story of an American seminarian (Colin O'Donoghue) who travels to Rome to study exorcism in a class and first-hand with a legendary Welsh priest (Anthony Hopkins). From the writer of the latest Chronicles of Narnia movie and the director of 1408, The Rite opened #1 at the box office earlier this year. We review Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack, which is released on Tuesday, with a video clip from the movie. Full review.
May 12, 2011 - The Disney Channel musical Lemonade Mouth tells the story of five high school students who meet in detention and form a band. Music becomes their form of expression, as they deal with domestic issues and their classmates. Based on Mark Peter Hughes' young adult novel, directed by Under the Same Moon's Patricia Riggen and starring Bridgit Mendler ("Good Luck Charlie"), Adam Hicks ("Zeke and Luther"), and Christopher McDonald, this movie comes to DVD on May 24th in an Extended Edition featuring an exclusive ending with a performance of a tenth original song, Rock-Along lyric subtitles, and a digital copy. Our review includes video clips of a song and a scene from the movie.
May 11, 2011 - Part biography, part concert film, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never comes to DVD and Blu-ray this Friday, and we've got a detailed review. The record-setting, G-rated documentary charts the Ontario teen's rise to international pop stardom with home movies, performances from last summer's sold-out Madison Square Garden My World Tour stop, and backstage and behind-the-scenes footage. Take your Bieber Fever to our review, where you can watch a clip of childhood home movies and read all about what you do and do not get in this first edition. Full review.
Blue Valentine stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a married couple, whose blissful past is contrasted with their unhappy present. Directed by Derek Cianfrance, this romantic drama earned some of last year's best reviews, Williams an Oscar nomination, and a subsequently-overturned NC-17 rating. Now available, Anchor Bay's DVD includes an audio commentary, making-of featurette, 20 minutes of deleted scenes, and an in-character home movie. Don't miss our review.
May 9, 2011 - Paramount has scheduled a Friday, July 15th home video debut for the animated comedy western Rango. Johnny Depp voices Rango, an ordinary pet chameleon who becomes the sheriff of a lawless desert town. Pirates of the Caribbean's Gore Verbinski directed this Nickelodeon Movie, the first animated release by Industrial Light & Magic. After a hit theatrical run, the movie will come to DVD and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo in theatrical and extended cuts along with an audio commentary, deleted scenes, and a number of BD exclusives. Read the full press release.
Disney has issued a press release for the August 9th 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray debut of 1981's The Fox and the Hound and its 2006 direct-to-video sequel. The announcement clarifies that only one all-new bonus feature will accompany the double feature Blu-ray disc, with a quartet of recycled extras joining the films on their separate DVDs. Watch the trailer and read much more right here.
Recent Oscar winner Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher play friends who choose to keep their relationship physical in No Strings Attached. Directed by Ghostbusters' Ivan Reitman, this R-rated romantic comedy co-stars Kevin Kline, Lake Bell, Greta Gerwig, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jake Johnson, Mindy Kaling, Olivia Thirlby, and Cary Elwes. In stores tomorrow, Paramount's DVD includes a Reitman audio commentary, deleted scenes and storylines, a thorough making-of featurette, and a behind-the-scenes look at the High School Musical-type TV series which features within. Read our full review.
May 6, 2011 - Mars Needs Moms, the costly bomb with which Disney and ImageMovers Digital's partnership ended, will come to home video on August 9th. The single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP) will include "Martian 101" language lessons and the featurette "Fun with Seth" (Green). A 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo ($39.99 SRP) adds an extended opening, deleted scenes, the picture-in-picture feature-length motion capture experience "Life on Mars", and an Easter egg. Finally, a 4-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy ($49.99 SRP) adds the exclusive alternate scene "Mom Napping." Read the press release.
On the same day, Disney will release The Fox and the Hound and The Fox and the Hound II: 2-Movie Collection. The 3-disc combo pack ($39.99 SRP) will hold both films on one Blu-ray alongside a DVD of each. Notable for being the original 1981 animated classic's first widescreen release on home video (it will be presented in 1.66:1), the set will supply the following bonus features: "Passing the Baton: The Making of The Fox and the Hound", "The Best of Friends" sing-along, "The Making of the Music" on FATH2, "Unlikely Friends" about animal kingdom friendships, and Lucas Grabeel's "You Know I Will" music video. The combo will also be available in DVD packaging and for those who don't give a fig about hi-def, the 2 DVDs will also be available in a DVD Edition ($29.99 SRP).
Fox has announced a speedy trip to home video for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. The sequel to last year's hit, this kid-friendly comedy follows an undersized student (Zachary Gordon) back into the perilous halls of middle school. A 1-disc DVD, 2-disc DVD, and 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy have been scheduled for June 21st release. Full announcement.
Jack Lemmon, Peter Gallagher, Robert Prosky, Richard Jordan, Paul Dooley, and a young Kevin Spacey star in The Murder of Mary Phagan. This 1988 Emmy winner for Outstanding Miniseries tells the true story of a young factory worker in 1913 Atlanta whose boss is charged with her ghastly homicide, only to have his fate contested. Running 3½ hours sans commercials, this NBC program is now available as a 2-disc set in MGM's Limited Edition Collection. Read the full review.
May 5, 2011 - It took five years, but more "Growing Pains" has finally come to DVD. Warner recently released The Complete Second Season and we've reviewed it as only we do. This highly-rated 1980s ABC sitcom centers on an average family of five, consisting of a stay-at-home psychiatrist, a reporter, and their three children. In Season 2, nerdy Carol (Tracey Gold) gets a jock boyfriend, young Ben (Jeremy Miller) makes inappropriate phone calls, and mischievous Mike (Kirk Cameron) gets a job, says no to cocaine, and charms nearly every girl he encounters. Through it all, Jason (Alan Thicke) and Maggie (Joanna Kerns) are there to keep the kids in line. Our review includes an episode video clip. Full article.
May 4, 2011 - We've just posted Fox and Lucasfilm's official announcement for Star Wars on Blu-ray. George Lucas' space opera series will make its worldwide format debut in September, with 3-disc sets given to the beloved original trilogy and the turn-of-the-millennium prequel trilogy. For real fans, though, there is The Complete Saga, a 9-disc collection loaded with bonus material old and new. Among the latter are a feature-length documentary on costume enthusiasts, a 30th anniversary reflection on The Empire Strikes Back, and 90 minutes of Star Wars spoofs (from "Family Guy" to Weird Al's music video). See the press release for cover artwork and details and place your preorders at Amazon.com.
May 3, 2011 - Plan out your summer spending with our newly-overhauled Upcoming Schedule pages, which supply a week by week look at what is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in May, June, and July & Beyond.
Today's big new release, The Green Hornet gives feature film treatment to the superhero of 1930s radio, 1940s film serials, and 1960s television. Seth Rogen stars as Britt Reid, a carefree young man who becomes a vigilante following his father's sudden death. Teaming with highly capable mechanic Kato (Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou), Reid becomes the Green Hornet, who looks to rid Los Angeles of a powerful kingpin (Inglourious Basterds Oscar winner Christoph Waltz). Cameron Diaz and Tom Wilkinson co-star in this PG-13 action comedy, directed by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind's Michel Gondry and written by Rogen and his Superbad and Pineapple Express collaborator Evan Goldberg. Sony's 3-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack includes a lively filmmakers audio commentary, a half-hour of deleted scenes, a gag reel, over an hour of making-of featurettes, exclusive 3D storyboard comparisons, and a couple of Easter eggs. Don't miss our full review.
May 1, 2011 - Spooky Buddies, the latest entry in Disney's direct-to-video talking puppies series, will come to DVD and Blu-ray + DVD on September 20th, arriving alongside Dumbo well in time for Halloween. Now available for preorder from Amazon.com, check out cover art right here.
We've just posted the press release for Season of the Witch. In this 14th century supernatural action-adventure, Nicolas Cage and Hellboy's Ron Perlman play 14th century Teutonic knights assigned to transport an accused witch to a monastery. Reuniting Cage with Gone in 60 Seconds director Dominic Sena, this first nationwide release of 2011 will be among the first two films from upstart distributor Relativity Media to come to DVD and Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox. See the full announcement for cover art and more details on the June 28th disc and be sure to scroll down to the "Related Reviews" section for our coverage of ten earlier Nic Cage flicks.
Our latest review covers "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Volume 2 - Captain America Reborn!. Holding Episodes #8 through 13 of Marvel's Disney XD series, the disc unfreezes Captain America, who joins Iron Man, Thor, Wasp, and Ant-Man, shortly after The Hulk takes off. Also featuring here: Black Panther's quest to protect vibranium, Tony Stark's defeated business rival becomes Wonder Man, and a 2-parter explores the monstrous effects of gamma radiation. The DVD includes a 6-minute preview of Season 2 with the creators. Read our full review.
April 29, 2011 - UPDATE: We've just posted the full Dumbo Blu-ray & DVD press release, which elaborates on the restoration process and the DVD and Blu-ray bonus features mentioned earlier (revealing more BD-exclusives). The long-delayed U.S. Blu-ray debut of Dumbo has just been scheduled for September 20, 2011. The 70th Anniversary Edition will be available as a Blu-ray + DVD combo ($39.99 SRP) in Blu-ray and DVD packaging and the DVD will also be available on its own the same day for $29.99 SRP (also in Spanish packaging). Extras exclusive to Blu-ray include BD Live-enhanced "Family Play Games", DisneyView sidebar art, and a Cine-Explore experience. Both Blu-ray and DVD will contain a deleted scene, a deleted song, and the featurettes "Taking Flight: The Making of Dumbo" and "The Magic of Dumbo: A Ride of Passage" on Disneyland's popular ride. For more, watch the trailer as part of the announcement and check out cover art...
Roy Scheider (Jaws) and Adam Baldwin ("Chuck") play killers charged with making a 355-mile night drive to Houston with an abducted 9-year-old boy (Harley Cross) in Cohen & Tate, written and directed by The Hitcher's Eric Red. This 1989 action thriller is now available on DVD through MGM's Limited Edition Collection and we've got a full review for you right here.
April 28, 2011 - The 1974 Western Billy Two Hats stars an older Gregory Peck and a young adult Desi Arnaz Jr. as partners in crime on the lam. Peck is Scottish outlaw Archie Deans and Arnaz is the titular "half-breed." Produced by Norman Jewison, directed by First Blood's Ted Kotcheff, and co-starring Jack Warden and David Huddleston, this PG-rated film recently made its DVD debut in MGM's made-to-order Limited Edition Collection. Read our review.
April 27, 2011 - Our newest review covers Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray. Johnny Depp plays Raoul Duke and Benicio Del Toro is his lawyer Dr. Gonzo on this drug-fueled road trip adapted from Hunter S. Thompson's iconic semi-autobiographical novel. Criterion's loaded disc includes three audio commentaries, deleted scenes, a 1978 BBC documentary on Thompson, a book reading from Oscar Zeta Acosta (the real Dr. Gonzo), art galleries, trailer and TV spots, storyboards, audio clips, and more. More...
April 25, 2011 - On the day that filming began for next year's big Marvel/Disney superhero dream team movie, we review "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" Volume 1 - Heroes Assemble!. Available tomorrow, this DVD supplies the first seven episodes (5 character-driven episodes and one two-part concept launch) of the Disney XD series that unites Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, the Hulk, and Captain America against the galaxy's most imposing supervillains. The disc includes a featurette previewing Season 2, while our full review includes a clip of the show.
April 24, 2011 - Disney fans have long been anticipating the return of The Lion King to DVD and Blu-ray, as the next entry in the studio's Diamond Edition line. Now, Amazon.com has made several editions available for pre-order, which at least show tentative cover art and pricing (if not contents or dates). You can choose from a 2-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD ($39.99 SRP) (the same combo also available in DVD packaging), a 4-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy ($49.99 SRP), and a basic DVD Edition ($29.99 SRP). Those wanting the best-selling direct-to-video sequels (1998's The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and 2004's The Lion King 1½) may opt for the stylishly packaged 8-disc The Lion King Trilogy ($100.00 SRP), which appears to offer the 4 discs from the original movie's 3D combo pack plus the two sequels on both DVD and Blu-ray. Meanwhile, for Spanish speakers, El Rey Leσn will be available with bilingual packaging in most of the same choices: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD ($39.99 SRP) (also in DVD packaging), and DVD Edition ($29.99 SRP). Though no additional details have been announced, past fall Diamond Edition combo packs have debuted in early October, with the less promoted DVD Editions coming on Thanksgiving week in late November. As always, Amazon offers a pre-order price guarantee and ordering through our links supplies much-needed financial support to this site at no additional cost to you. Check out cover art.
Jack Black puts his spin on Jonathan Swift's classic satire in the family comedy fantasy Gulliver's Travels. Black plays a New York City mailroom employee who the Bermuda Triangle takes to Lilliput, a kingdom where he stands twenty times taller than everyone else. There, he regales the residents with stories of grandeur, while advising a peasant (Jason Segel) on courting a princess (Emily Blunt). Co-starring Billy Connolly, Chris O'Dowd, and Amanda Peet, this effects extravaganza is now available to own. Our review covers the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack, which serves up over 90 minutes of bonus features including deleted scenes, Fox Movie Channel programs, the short film Scrat's Continental Crack-Up featuring Ice Age's squirrel, and more. Also on our review, you can watch the very first adaptation of Swift's novel, a 109-year-old French short.
April 22, 2011 - Here is something to sweeten your holiday weekend: a review of Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure. Ashley Tisdale's self-centered High School Musical character gets her own movie as Sharpay leaves Albuquerque to make it big in the Big Apple. She settles for her dog Boi being one of two finalists for a leading role in a Broadway show, also becoming the assistant to the play's snobby leading lady. A month before it will premiere on Disney Channel, this movie is now available to own. We look at the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, which offers bloopers, the Tisdale interview featurette "The Evolution of Sharpay", and the behind-the-scenes "Austin Cam." Our review includes a video clip of one of the film's New York montages.
Fox has announced a June 21st DVD and Blu-ray release for Cedar Rapids, the acclaimed independent comedy starring The Hangover's Ed Helms as a mild-mannered businessman attending a regional insurance convention in Iowa. John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, and Sigourney Weaver co-star. The Super Awesome Edition DVD will include a gag reel, 6 deleted scenes, and more, while the Blu-ray adds Convention Connection character shorts, BD-Live, two Fox Movie Channel programs, and a digital copy. Read the full announcement.
Disney has announced a number of releases and promotions for the coming summer. To coincide with the theatrical debut of Cars 2, the original film, Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales, The Incredibles, and all three Toy Story movies will be receiving temporary price reduction effective June 10th. On June 26th, in anticipation of the new Winnie the Pooh movie (now playing in parts of Europe), over a dozen catalog titles (Dinosaur, G-Force, Bedtime Stories, the animated Alice in Wonderland, Bambi, Lilo & Stitch, Leroy & Stitch, Meet the Robinsons, Ponyo, Brother Bear 2, and the three Tinker Bell movies) will be fitted with a free movie ticket offer.
Two new volumes in Disney's Have a Laugh! classic cartoons line have been announced for release on June 14th ($19.99 SRP each). On Volume 3, you'll find original and edited versions of Mickey's Delayed Date, Chef Donald, The Whalers, Pluto and the Gopher, and Goofy's How to Play Baseball alongside a ReMICKS uniting Dance Party and The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling", and the BLAM! shorts "Golf", "Cooking", and "Glider." Volume 4 will include original and updated versions of Mickey Down Under, Hawaiian Holiday, How to Swim, Trailer Horn, Pluto's Surprise Package, plus the BLAM! shorts "Hockey", "Beach", and "Fox Hunt" and the ReMICKS of Camp Rock's "Play My Music." Read our reviews of Volumes 1 and 2.
On July 5th, a fifth wave of Pixar combo packs will make available for the first time multi-disc Blu-ray + DVD sets ($39.99 SRP each) for Ratatouille (1 BD + 1 DVD), WALLE (2 BD + 1 DVD), and Up (2 BD + 1 DVD). After this, only Pixar Short Films Collection, Vol. 1 and the not-yet-released Finding Nemo and Cars 2 will be the only Pixar titles unavailable in combo packs.
April 21, 2011 - "Glee": Encore compiles 34 musical performances from the first season of Fox's popular high school dramedy. Including covers of Madonna, Lady Gaga, Journey, Queen, and The Rolling Stones, this 77-minute presentation offers shuffle play and lyrics. Check out our review of the now-available DVD to see what does and doesn't make the cut.
April 20, 2011 - We provide a thorough review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, the penultimate movie in Warner Bros. Pictures' record-setting fantasy series. In the first of two adaptations of J.K. Rowling's final book, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) try to avoid Voldemort's Death Eaters and Snatchers while using newly-inherited objects to help them find and destroy the all-important Horcruxes. Warner's 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo includes a nearly 3-hour Maximum Movie Mode hosted by actor Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), plus making-of focus points, deleted scenes, additional featurettes, a sneak peek at the fast-approaching Part 2, and shorts on Universal Orlando's Wizarding World and Alexandre Desplat's score. Nowhere is safe, but you might as well try hiding in our review.
April 18, 2011 - Our latest review looks at The Way Back. Directed by Peter Weir (The Truman Show, Master and Commander) this drama tells the story of a group of prisoners who escape from a Siberian labor camp in 1940 and brave cold, hunger, dehydration, and other hardship on a 4,000-mile walk to freedom. Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, and Colin Farrell play the three most focal POWs, while Hanna's Saoirse Ronan plays an orphaned Polish teen who joins the trek. We cover Image Entertainment's Blu-ray, which includes a half-hour making-of documentary, with a video clip from the film. Full review.
April 17, 2011 - Our coverage of this week's releases continues with a detailed review of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air": The Complete Sixth Season. In this 1995-96 final season of Will Smith's star-making NBC sitcom, Will gets a job at his cousin Hilary's (Karyn Parsons) talk show, Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) gets accepted into Princeton, Ashley (Tatyana M. Ali) shoots a commercial, butler Geoffrey (Joseph Marcell) discovers he has a son, and Uncle Phil (James Avery) and Aunt Viv (Daphne Maxwell Reid) spend some time apart. There are holiday episodes (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter), three two-parters, a behind-the-scenes outtakes special, and a host of noteworthy guest stars, including William Shatner, Chris Rock, Wayne Newton, Jaleel White, Regis Philbin, Dick Clark, and, in character, casts of two classic sitcoms appearing in the series finale. With 24 episodes evenly spread across three discs, Warner's DVD retains the dozens of songs licensed for broadcast. Our review includes a video clip of the show.
April 15, 2011 - Our newest review looks at "H.R. Pufnstuf": The Complete Series. This 1969-70 children's series was the first produced by Saturday morning live-action legends Sid and Marty Krofft. It follows a boy (Jack Wild, the Oscar-nominated Artful Dodger of Oliver!) into the magic world of Living Island, where he is pursued by the wicked Witchiepoo (Billie Hayes) and befriended by the friendly titular dragon mayor. Now available, Vivendi's 3-disc DVD holds all 17 half-hour episodes plus a rare "Horror Hotel" installment from a later Krofft variety series, a digital coloring/photo/music book, and -- exclusive to the Collector's Edition reviewed here -- a Pufnstuf bobblehead. Read our full review.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
The King's Speech - This year's Oscar winner for Best Picture tells the story of England's King George VI (Best Actor winner Colin Firth), who undergoes speech therapy with an eccentric Australian (Geoffrey Rush) in an effort to manage his debilitating stammer. Also winning first Oscars for director Tom Hooper and writer David Seidler, this historical drama co-stars Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, and Michael Gambon. The DVD, The Weinstein Company's first distributed by new video partner Anchor Bay, includes a Hooper commentary, a Hooper and cast Q & A session, a making-of featurette, two speeches from the real King George, and an interview with speech therapist Lionel Logue's grandson.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Walden Media's big-budget adaptations of C.S. Lewis' fantasy novels continue at 20th Century Fox. Three years after the events of Prince Caspian, Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes) return to Narnia along with their bratty cousin Eustace Scrubb (Will Poulter), where they board the titular ship of Caspian (Ben Barnes). Braving tempest in search of missing lords and their swords, the group encounters invisible giants, a dragon, and a sea serpent. Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack modifies the film from its theatrical aspect ratio and includes deleted scenes, an audio commentary by director Michael Apted and Mark Johnson, a memory game, four Fox Movie Channel shorts, making-of featurettes, a VFX progression reel, and a book of photo postcards.
Dinoshark - This Roger Corman-produced aquatic killer movie unleashes a prehistoric creature on Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A tourism boat captain (Eric Balfour) and science teacher/water polo coach (Iva Hasperger) lead the charge to find and stop Dinoshark before it kills more of their friends and neighbors. This Syfy movie is joined by trailers and an audio commentary by Corman, co-producer wife Julie, and director/visual effects supervisor Kevin O'Neill.
Tron & Tron: Legacy 2-Movie Collection - Disney's innovative 1982 sci-fi film journeys with programmer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) inside the world of a computer, where programs are enslaved by the powers that be. The high-budgeted 2010 sequel centers on Flynn's adult son (Garrett Hedlund) who in his search for his long-missing father finds himself transported to a dark alternate reality with comparable games and races. The former makes its Blu-ray debut in a loaded set adding two new featurettes to its robust slate of retained 2002 DVD extras (including a 90-minute making-of documentary). The sequel is presented in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray 2D, DVD, and digital copy, with the 2D Blu-ray offering the mockumentary "Flynn Lives Revealed" with fun spin-off videos, making-of featurettes, a Daft Punk music video, and Disney Second Screen.
Teen Wolf (Blu-ray Disc) - In this comedy shot immediately before and released immediately after Back to the Future, Michael J. Fox plays Scott Howard, a basketball-playing high school student going through some changes. Discovering that he's a werewolf has instant consequences for him and his team. We cover MGM's recent Blu-ray Disc, which includes the film's original trailer and a sneak peek at MTV's upcoming "Teen Wolf" TV series.
I Love You Phillip Morris - Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor star as prison inmates who fall for each other in this bizarrely true-life comedy. After many delays, this R-rated indie directed by the writers of Bad Santa received limited theatrical release last December. Lionsgate's DVD includes an audio commentary, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and 3 trailers.
Taxi Driver (Blu-ray) - Martin Scorsese's esteemed 1976 film stars Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle, a lonesome and unstable Vietnam vet turned New York City cabbie. Co-starring Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks, Peter Boyle, Harvey Keitel, and an Oscar-nominated pre-teen Jodie Foster, this gritty drama is rarely forgotten in any cinematic retrospective. Sony's Blu-ray retains all the bonus features from the movie's in-print 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD and adds Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader's Criterion Collection laserdisc commentary. Other extras include a 70-minute making-of documentary, stories from 1970s New York cab drivers, storyboards, photo galleries, and an assortment of featurettes.
Black Swan - Directed by The Wrestler's Darren Aronofsky, this Best Picture Oscar-nominated psychological drama takes us on the harrowing journey of a disciplined New York City ballet dancer (Natalie Portman) cast as both sides of Swan Lake's Queen. Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, and Winona Ryder co-star in this acclaimed film which won Portman the Best Actress Academy Award and earned an additional four nominations. Fox's DVD includes the 3-part making-of documentary "Metamorphosis."
The Ten Commandments - Cecil B. DeMille's Biblical epic was the highest-grossing film of its decade, earning the modern-day equivalent of over $1 billion domestically. Charlton Heston plays Moses, prince of Egypt and leader of Israel who unleashes the power of God to free Hebrew's slaves. Paramount's new 2-disc DVD boasts a stunning new restoration, while retaining an audio commentary by Katherine Orrison, three trailers from over the years, and a newsreel short on the film's New York premiere.
Made in Dagenham - In this dramatization of an historic 1968 strike of English women factory workers, Happy-Go-Lucky's Sally Hawkins stars as an employee who rises to lead her fellow laborers to demand pay equal to men from the Ford Motor Company. Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, and Rosamund Pike co-star in this acclaimed film directed by Calendar Girls' Nigel Cole. Sony's DVD includes a Cole audio commentary, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, outtakes, and the trailer.
Tangled - The 50th release in Disney's feature animation canon, this hit CGI musical fairy tale tells the story of Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore), who spends her days inside a tower where her magical hair keeps her protective Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) young, until charming outlaw Flynn Rider comes around. From the makers of Bolt with original songs by The Little Mermaid's Alan Menken, this acclaimed family comedy adventure is joined by deleted scenes and storybook openings, extended songs, a making-of featurette, and a countdown of Disney's 50 animated classics, most of that exclusive to Blu-ray. (Related interviews: Directors Nathan Greno & Byron Howard, Executive Producer Glen Keane)
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