DVDizzy.com: JUNE 16-30, 2014 NEWS ARCHIVES
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June 28, 2014 - Our newest review covers this week's US Blu-ray debut of A Hard Day's Night. Released fifty years ago, The Beatles' first movie offers a comic look at the lives of the young British pop sensations and one of their grandfathers. Criterion's Dual-Format Edition, comprised of one Blu-ray and two DVDs, holds nearly five hours of bonus features, including commentary, documentaries, retrospectives, and new tributes, plus an 80-page booklet. Full review.
June 27, 2014 - Time is running out to enter our Lego Movie giveaway! Take 2-37 entries before midnight Eastern for your chance to own the Blu-ray combo pack of the #1 grossing film of 2014. Full details.
June 26, 2014 - Rob the Mob tells the true story of a New York couple who robbed a crime family's social clubs. Starring Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda as the early '90s version of Bonnie and Clyde, Ray Romano as a veteran reporter, and Andy Garcia as a mob boss, this limited spring release from City Island director Raymond De Felitta is now on Blu-ray and DVD. It is joined by its trailer, three long deleted scenes, and a De Felitta audio commentary, but Millennium Entertainment again drops the ball regarding the feature presentation. Full review.
June 25, 2014 - 300: Rise of an Empire follows Zack Snyder's 2007 blockbuster. Snyder co-writes and produced this midquel which focuses on a war between the Greek army, led by Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton), and the Persians, led by Artemisia (Eva Green). Now available, Warner's Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack holds over an hour of bonus features on Blu-ray, including making-of featurettes and historical background. Our review.
Join us for a look at "Comedy Bang! Bang! The Complete Second Season, released to DVD yesterday by Anchor Bay Entertainment. IFC's offbeat talk show, adapted from the podcast of the same name, sees host Scott Aukerman and bandleader Reggie Watts talking to more celebrities and eccentric secondary guests. The 4-disc set holds all twenty episodes, each fitted with audio commentary, plus over an hour of deleted scenes, bonus music, and much more. Our review.
June 24, 2014 - Our coverage of today's new DVD and Blu-ray releases begins with a review of Winter's Tale. Adapted from Mark Helprin's novel and directed by Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind screenwriter, this Valentine's Day flop follows a New Yorker (Colin Farrell) from 1916 to the present day as he finds love and is pursued by a angry mobster (Russell Crowe). Co-starring Jessica Brown Findlay ("Downton Abbey"), Jennifer Connelly, Eva Marie Saint, and a major movie star in an unadvertised cameo, this fantastical romance is joined by deleted scenes, two behind-the-scenes featurettes, and Digital HD UltraViolet in Warner's combo pack. Read all about it.
June 23, 2014 - The Grand Budapest Hotel, the eighth film written and directed by Wes Anderson, is now on Blu-ray Disc. This colorful comedy, set in an opulent Eastern European hotel in 1932 and 1968, tells the story of a fastidious concierge (Ralph Fiennes) accused of murder and his loyal lobby boy (Tony Revolori). Inspired by the works of Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig, the film also features Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law, and F. Murray Abraham. One of 2014's best-reviewed films and a surprisingly potent commercial hit here and abroad, the film is now available, joined by vignettes, promotional featurettes, a stills gallery, its trailer, and Digital HD. Our review.
June 22, 2014 - Our newest Blu-ray review covers Buena Vista's recent The Spike Lee Joint Collection, Vol. 1, which holds two Lee-directed millennial dramas on two discs. 25th Hour stars Edward Norton as a New Yorker on his final day before starting a 7-year prison sentence. He Got Game releases a convicted murderer (Denzel Washington) from prison for a week to persuade his basketball star son (Ray Allen) to attend the governor's alma mater. Each film is treated to a new commentary by Lee and the star, while 25th Hour adds a Lee biography, two additional audio commentaries, and deleted scenes. Our thorough review.
June 18, 2014 - The Man from Laramie stars James Stewart as a freight deliverer who journeys to New Mexico to avenge his brother's death and winds up butting heads with the family of a wealthy rancher (Donald Crisp). Directed by Winchester '73's Anthony Mann, this 1955 CinemaScope, Technicolor western is now on Blu-ray in a 3,000-count Limited Edition Series disc from Twilight Time, which includes an isolated effects and music track, two trailers, and an essay booklet. Our BD review.
Our newest DVD review covers 2 Autumns, 3 Winters, a French film exploring two romances and a friendship with stylings inspired by documentaries and reality TV. Now available in general retail, Film Movement's DVD includes biographies, trailers, and the 2008 French short Voyage D'Affaires featuring Mιlanie Laurent. Our review.
June 17, 2014 - Win 2014's best-reviewed and top-grossing animated film in our The Lego Movie Blu-ray Combo Giveaway. Entering is quick and easy for US and Canadian residents, but you can increase your odds with a little additional effort like making a 6-second GIF video. Increase them even more by entering daily now through June 27. Good luck!
Sony has scheduled an August 19th Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD release for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Marc Webb's follow-up to his 2012 reboot introduces Electro and Rhino as threats to Spidey's New York City. The film will joined by audio commentary, deleted scenes with commentary, and an Alicia Keys music video on Blu-ray and DVD plus more deleted scenes and several making-of featurettes only on Blu-ray. For cover art, full details, and preorders, see the official press release.
June 16, 2014 - Our newest review looks at The Lego Movie, 2014's top-grossing film thus far. From the writers-directors of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball and 21 Jump Street, this blockbuster animated comedy adventure sees a mindless construction worker emerge as the world's best hope against an evil leader planning its demise. In stores tomorrow, Warner's three-disc Everything Is Awesome Edition serves up the film in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD UltraViolet. Extras include audio commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes, making-of featurettes, building tutorials, a cast and filmmaker audio commentary, and an exclusive minifigure. Do not miss our review.
June 14, 2014 - With its sequel now in theaters, we take a look at the original How to Train Your Dragon in Paramount's recent Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack. DreamWorks Animation's acclaimed 2010 hit tells the story of a young Viking named Hiccup who discovers a new way to deal with the dragons that have long been plaguing his tough island community. The new two-disc edition includes $7.50 movie cash towards the sequel, a Season 2 episode of the Cartoon Network series "Dragons: Defenders of Berk", the shorts Book of Dragons and Legend of the BoneKnapper Dragon, audio commentary, a picture-in-picture viewing mode, a trivia track, and more. Our thorough review.
June 12, 2014 - Today's new review looks at Pompeii. Set in 79 AD, this disaster movie from director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) pits a love story involving a Celtic gladiator ("Game of Thrones"' Kit Harington) and the noble daughter of Pompeii's ruler (Emily Browning) against the deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Co-starring Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jared Harris, and Carrie-Anne Moss, this February flop is now available in a Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray set that includes 20 deleted/alternate scenes, audio commentary, and over an hour of making-of featurettes. Read more...
June 11, 2014 - Chris Pine headlines another Paramount Pictures franchise reboot in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Tackling a role previously filled by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, Pine plays a young Ryan, a Marine who joins the CIA while working as a financial analyst. When he heads to Moscow to investigate some suspicious banking activity, Ryan has to reinvent himself. Co-starring Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, and Kenneth Branagh (who also directs), this box office disappointment is now available in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack that includes audio commentary, deleted/extended scenes, and four making-of featurettes. Our review.
June 10, 2014 - We take an early look at the DVD release of Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla, a 90-minute special to premiere on Comedy Central this coming Saturday. The mononymous entertainer, one of the '90s most popular comics, delivers a 90-minute special that jokes about race, relationships, vegetarianism, Detroit, and church music. Our review.
June 9, 2014 - Our newest review covers this week's Criterion Collection Blu-ray + DVD release of All That Heaven Allows. Douglas Sirk's celebrated 1955 melodrama, an inspiration for Todd Haynes' Far From Heaven, tells the story of a middle-aged widow (Jane Wyman) whose relationship with a much younger gardener (Rock Hudson) invites disapproval and gossip. Criterion's loaded three-disc set includes an audio commentary, essay booklet, multiple TV interviews of Sirk, and the 1992 documentary Rock Hudson's Home Movies. Don't miss our review.
June 6, 2014 - Devil's Knot provides our first dramatization of the West Memphis Three story. In May of 1993, three 8-year-old boys are found dead, a heinous crime with which three teenaged misfits are quickly charged. Starring Reese Witherspoon as a victim's mother and Colin Firth as a private eye volunteering his services to the defendants, this Atom Egoyan drama hits stores Tuesday in a Blu-ray + DVD that includes two making-of featurettes and two deleted scenes. Our combo pack review.
Our newest film review covers Edge of Tomorrow, which opens today in 3,490 theaters. Adapted from a Japanese graphic novel, this sci-fi action flick is set in a future in which an Army PR guy (Tom Cruise) discovers he has the opportunity to relive the same day, a gift he uses to aid in the military's war against alien creatures. Directed by The Bourne Identity's Doug Liman, the film co-stars Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton. Read the review.
June 5, 2014 - Our coverage of this week's discs concludes with a review of "Workaholics": Season Four. The thirteen recently-aired episodes of Comedy Central's hit series fill a two-disc set, joined by deleted and alternate scenes, outtakes, and Season 4 promos. Our review.
June 3, 2014 - Acclaimed drama, box office hit, and technical Oscar nominee Lone Survivor reached home video today. Peter Berg (Hancock, Friday Night Lights) adapts and directs the true story of four Navy SEALs (Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster) who run into grave danger on a mission in Afghanistan. Universal's combo pack includes behind-the-scenes featurettes, a documentary focusing on the real survivor Marcus Luttrell, and celebrations of his fallen brothers. Our review.
Warner will release Transcendence to Blu-ray combo pack and DVD on July 22nd. Johnny Depp stars as a researcher whose quest to create threatens to destroy mankind. Co-starring Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, and Morgan Freeman, this sci-fi thriller marks the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan's Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister. For cover art and extras, see the full press release.
June 2, 2014 - Our newest Blu-ray review covers McLintock!. The 1963 western comedy stars John Wayne as a cattle baron whose estranged wife (Maureen O'Hara) returns to town. Paramount's recent Authentic Collector's Edition restores a host of bonus features including audio commentary, interviews with leading ladies O'Hara and Stefanie Powers, a documentary on producer Michael Wayne, featurettes on corsets and stunts, a photo gallery, and the original trailer. Our review.
Parts Per Billion stars Penn Badgely, Teresa Palmer, Josh Hartnett, Rosario Dawson, Frank Langella and Gena Rowlands as three American couples whose relationships are tested by a cataclysmic airborne virus born out of war in the Middle East. This apocalyptic romance drama hits Blu-ray this week and we've got a review.
May 31, 2014 - The 1972 film Tomorrow stars Robert Duvall as a cotton farmer whose winter taking care of a sawmill gets an unexpected pregnant visitor. Adapted from William Faulkner's short story and a play by Horton Foote, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies, this acclaimed drama is now available to own in a Blu-ray + DVD combo from B2MP, Inc. Our complete review.
May 30, 2014 - Marvel will release Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD editions of Captain America: The Winter Soldier on September 9th. The blockbuster sequel, which this weekend will become the top-grossing film of 2014, will be joined by a making-of featurette and deleted scene on DVD plus more on Blu-ray. Two weeks earlier, the film will get digital release via Disney Movies Anywhere and other downloadable formats. For cover art and more information, see the press release.
Now in theaters, Disney's Maleficent puts a new spin of the studio's classic animated Sleeping Beauty. Angelina Jolie holds the title role of the horned fairy, who it's revealed to be is less malicious than misunderstood. From the screenwriter and producer of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, this big-budget live-action fantasy marks the directorial debut for Oscar-winning visual effects and production design veteran Robert Stromberg. It also features Elle Fanning as Aurora and Sharlto Copley as King Stefan. Our review.
May 29, 2014 - Our newest review covers this week's Criterion Collection Blu-ray release of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The ambitious fourth film written and directed by Wes Anderson, this film follows famed ocean documentarian Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew as they go on a mission to find the jaguar shark that killed his best friend. Criterion's Blu-ray is loaded with extras including an hour-long making-of documentary, Seu Jorge's Portuguese covers of ten full David Bowie songs, deleted scenes, an audio commentary by Anderson and co-writer Noah Baumbach, the duo's appearance on the Italian talk show "Mondo Monda", galleries, interviews, and more. Full review.
Recent Film Reviews:
X-Men: Days of Future Past passes the consciousness of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in a dystopian robot-policed near-future back to his 1973 body, where he's got to reunite the young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and prevent Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from assassinating a scientist (Peter Dinklage) who intends to use mutant DNA against them. Putting Bryan Singer back in the director's chair, this crossover/sequel is sure to be one of summer's biggest and best-reviewed hits.
Godzilla. This latest incarnation of the Japanese movie monster sees him summoned to fight "Mutos." From Monsters director Gareth Edwards, this film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins, and Ken Watanabe.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier - World War II supersoldier Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) finds himself in the middle of danger and conspiracy when attempts are made on the life of S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Co-starring Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, and Robert Redford, this action-packed sequel is directed by "Community" producers and brothers Anthony and Joe Russo from another script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World).
Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
Ace in the Hole (Blu-ray + DVD) - After Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder directed and co-wrote this 1951 drama, which stars Kirk Douglas as a jaded veteran journalist in New Mexico hungry for a big break that will return him to the big leagues of the East Coast. He finds it in the case of a local man trapped in an old Indian cave and tomb, turning the human interest story into a media spectacle that captures the public's attention. The Criterion Collection's Dual-Format Edition serves up a wealth of extras on two DVDs and one Blu-ray, including an audio commentary, 1980s interviews of Wilder and Douglas, an afterword by Spike Lee, a photo gallery, the trailer, and an essay booklet styled like a newspaper.
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time The Jewish Cardinal - This French film tells the true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, who converted to Catholicism and rose the ranks to papal advisor while continuing to identify himself as Jewish. Lustiger's big moment comes when he get involved in the Church's convent built at Auschwitz, the concentration camp that took his mother's life. The film is joined by biographies, a trailer, and the short film Kosher.
"Jack Irish": Set 2 (Blu-ray + DVD) - Guy Pearce reprises the title role in Dead Point (2014), as the widowed Australian lawyer tries to help his father-in-law (Barry Humphries) triumph over blackmailers following the mysterious death of a young drug smuggler. Acorn's two-disc combo includes three behind-the-scenes shorts and a photo gallery.
Gambit (Blu-ray) - Written by the Coen brothers, this comedy stars Colin Firth as a broke London art curator who hires an American cowgirl (Cameron Diaz) to help him swindle his pompous boss (Alan Rickman) with art forgery. Also featuring Tom Courtenay and Stanley Tucci, this loose remake of a 1966 Michael Caine-Shirley MacLaine flick finally hits the US.
About Last Night (Blu-ray) - This contemporary comedy remake of the 1986 Rob Lowe/Demi Moore film, which in turn was adapted from a David Mamet Off-Broadway play, stars Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, and Joy Bryant as four Los Angeles singles who enter romantic relationships casually and with complications. Sony's Blu-ray includes four featurettes plus Digital HD UltraViolet.
Vampire Academy (Blu-ray + Digital HD UltraViolet) - Adapted from Richelle Mead's young adult novels, this tells the story of two different types of teenage vampires (Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry) whose friendship is tested upon returning to their boarding school where mysteries demand unraveling. A flop in theaters last winter, this comedy from Mean Girls director Mark Waters and his brother, Heathers screenwriter Daniel, is joined by deleted scenes, an alternate opening, and an interview of the author.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (Blu-ray + DVD Combo) - DreamWorks Animation's Academy Award-nominated 2002 film tells the story of a horse (narrated by Matt Damon) around to witness the Old West. The two-disc combo pack includes audio commentary, storyboards with commentary, a drawing tutorial by Spirit's supervising animator James Baxter, a number of making-of featurettes, plus production notes, biographies, and set top games on DVD.
The Women (1939) (Blu-ray) - Remade in 1956 and 2008, this film adapted from the popular Broadway play features an all-female cast headed by Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, and Joan Fontaine. A mother and wife (Shearer) learns from a gossipy manicurist that her husband has been cheating on her. Now available just in time for the film's 75th anniversary, Warner's Blu-ray includes the MGM animated short One Mother's Family, a pair of "Another Romance of Celluloid" promotional shorts, vintage trailers, nearly 40 minutes of score, and an alternate version of the film's Technicolor fashion show sequence.
The Monuments Men - Directed, co-written, and co-produced by George Clooney, this war dramedy stars Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, and John Goodman. It tells the story of a military unit comprised of art historians and admirers who set out to rescue priceless works of art at the end of World War II. Hitting stores in time for Memorial Day, the DVD includes two making-of featurettes.
Tanta Agua - Uruguyan film about a divorced father and his two children's one-week vacation marked by heavy rain and boredom. Debuting last November through Film Movement's Film-of-the-Month Club, the DVD reached general retail this week joined by a trailer, a biography of the directors, and the BAFTA-nominated 2002 short Home Road Movies.
"Crocodile" Dundee & "Crocodile" Dundee II (Double Feature Blu-ray) - These two hit 1980s comedies star Paul Hogan as an Australian outdoorsman who comes to New York City with a reporter (Linda Kozlowski) he falls for. Also written by Hogan, the films get their own discs, joined by trailers and a behind-the-scenes featurette.
The Godfather Part III (Blu-ray) - Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, this 1990 final installment of Francis Ford Coppola's esteemed trilogy finds Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) struggling to keep his family business legitimate while finding a successor. Paramount's Blu-ray retains an audio commentary recorded by director/screenwriter Coppola back in 2001.
Her - Written and directed by Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are), this Best Original Screenplay Oscar winner is set in a future where a lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his artificially intelligent operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Also featuring Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, and Rooney Mara, this highly acclaimed romantic comedy is joined by three unusual bonus features on the first disc of Warner's combo pack.
The Terminal (Blu-ray) - Directed by Steven Spielberg, this 2004 comedy tells the story of Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), an Eastern European traveler who finds himself legally unable to leave JFK International Airport. Co-starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stanley Tucci, it is joined by over an hour of bonus features on Paramount's just-released Blu-ray.
The Art of the Steal (Blu-ray) - This Canadian action comedy stars Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Kenneth Welch, and Chris Diamantopoulos as a team of art thieves/forgers reluctantly reuniting for one big heist. Anchor Bay's Blu-ray of this Radius-TWC release includes filmmakers audio commentary, a half-hour making-of featurette, and a featurette on one sequence's visual effects.
Veronica Mars (Blu-ray) - Revives the three-season UPN/CW drama in feature film form. Largely funded by 91,585 fan donations, this mystery returns the titular heroine (played by Kristen Bell) to her hometown of Neptune, California and her old calling of private investigator. Veronica's estranged ex (Jason Dohring) reaches out to her when he becomes suspected of murdering his girlfriend, a pop star who attended high school with them. Following a limited theatrical release in March, this Rob Thomas-directed outing is now available on Blu-ray, joined by an hour-long documentary, a half-hour of additional material including deleted scenes, a gag reel, and behind-the-scenes shorts, and Digital HD UltraViolet.
Used Cars (Blu-ray) - Before teaming up to make Back to the Future, director Robert Zemeckis, writer Bob Gale, and executive producer Steven Spielberg made this 1980 comedy about rival car dealerships owned by twin brothers (both played by Jack Warden). When one owner dies, his staff rallies to keep the business afloat and out of the hands of the evil twin responsible for his death. Kurt Russell, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae, and Deborah Harmon also star. Now available, Twilight Time's Limited Edition Series Blu-ray includes two isolated soundtracks, a Russell-Zemeckis-Gale audio commentary, vintage radio ads, a trailer, photo galleries, and a TV spot.
Son of Batman (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) - The 20th entry in the DC Comics Universe's series of direct-to-video animated movies, this PG-13 film tells of Damian Wayne, Batman's illegitimate son with Talia al Ghul. Trained by the League of Assassins, the fearless, precocious youth witnesses the murder of his grandfather and then meets his father. Available next Tuesday, Warner's combo pack includes making-of featurettes, a preview at the series' next movie Batman: Assault on Arkham, and four episodes from three past Batman animated television series.
Devil's Due (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) - This found footage horror film centers on a newlywed couple whose unexpected pregnancy takes their live in surprising directions. From two of the directors of V/H/S, this January opening is now available in a Fox combo pack that includes deleted scenes, audio commentary, a photo gallery, a making-of featurette, short films, and more.
Amistad (Blu-ray) - Steven Spielberg's 1997 drama, the second film released by DreamWorks Pictures, tells the true story of an 1839 ship of African slaves who mutiny and wind up being tried in American courts. Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, Djimon Hounsou and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in this film penned by Gladiator screenwriter David Franzoni. The Blu-ray includes the film's trailer and a half-hour making-of featurette.
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (Blu-ray) - Jimmy Stewart and Maureen O'Hara play a married couple who take a month-long beachside vacation with their children and grandchildren. From the author of Father of the Bride, the director of Harvey and the screenwriterof The Grapes of Wrath, this 1962 family comedy is now on Blu-ray courtesy of Twilight Time's Limited Edition Series. It's joined by its trailer, a newsreel, an essay booklet, and an isolated score soundtrack.
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