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August 15, 2012 - Paramount has announced Sunset Boulevard as its November Blu-ray catalog debut. Billy Wilder's sacred 1950 drama that brings together a struggling young screenwriter (William Holden) with a fading silent movie star (Gloria Swanson) will hit high definition on November 6th with a never-before-released deleted scene
and the many bonus features of the movie's two-disc Centennial Collection DVD including an audio commentary by Wilder expert Ed Sikov, featurettes on the leads, and much more. See the press release for cover art and full details.
We take a good look at this week's much-anticipated Blu-ray debut of Jaws. Steven Spielberg's second theatrical credit, this 1975 thriller essentially introduced the summer blockbuster with its record-setting box office numbers. A series of shark attacks puts Amity Island on edge at the height of the vacation season. The town's police chief (Roy Scheider), a mainland oceanographer (Richard Dreyfuss), and a salty shark hunter (Robert Shaw) join forces to find and kill the Great White predator. Now available, Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes the full two-hour cut of the laserdisc "The Making of Jaws", all-new feature retrospective "The Shark Is Still Working", deleted scenes, outtakes, a featurette on the stunning new restoration, art slideshows, an original trailer, BD-Live, and UltraViolet. Read our full review.
August 14, 2012 - The Criterion Collection brings us one step closer to having Wes Anderson's complete filmography available on Blu-ray with today's release of The Royal Tenenbaums. Released in 2001, Anderson's third film centers on a well-to-do New York family whose childhood prodigies have grown into melancholy adults (Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson). Their long-estranged father (Gene Hackman) shows up with just weeks to live looking to make amends with their mother (Anjelica Huston) and them.
This Blu-ray extends Charlie Rose parody "The Peter Bradley Show" and retains the extras from the two-disc DVD including a making-of documentary, an Anderson audio commentary, cast interviews, a photo and art gallery, deleted scenes, trailers, and Easter eggs. Complete review.
August 12, 2012 - Our newest review covers Lone Wolf McQuade, one of the best regarded of Chuck Norris' 1980s action movies. Echoing his later signature TV role, Norris plays a Texas Ranger who does things his own way. His life becomes entwined with international gun smugglers (led by David Carradine), who injure his daughter and kidnap his love interest (Barbara Carrera). Now available, MGM's Blu-ray includes the film's original theatrical trailer. Read on.
The Lorax, Illumination Entertainment's computer-animated adaptation of a classic Dr. Seuss book, is now available to own and we've got a review of Universal's Blu-ray 3D combo pack. The mustachioed orange creature who speaks for the trees (voiced by Danny DeVito) meets a savvy young inventor (Ed Helms) in a story being retold to a young modern-day Thneedville teenager (Zac Efron) who's never seen a real tree. This blockbuster musical adventure from the creative team behind Despicable Me. The 3-disc set presents the film on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD, with extras that include three new mini-movies plus making-of short, a deleted scene, a sing-along, a making-of featurette, three games, an expedition section, and digital copy and UltraViolet downloads. Don't miss the full review.
August 9, 2012 - Spaceballs, Mel Brooks' parody of George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy, got a new Blu-ray this week and we've got a review. Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) and President Skroob (Brooks) plan to steal the air off neighboring planet Druidia. It's up to hero-for-hire Captain Lone Starr (Bill Pullman), Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga), half-man, half-dog Barf (John Candy), and the droid Dot Matrix (voiced by Joan Rivers) to save the universe. The 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray adds a new HD interview with Brooks to the many existing extras, including a half-hour retrospective documentary, an audio commentary, original trailers, galleries, a conversation between Brooks and co-writer Thomas Meehan, goofs, gags, and a John Candy tribute. May the Schwartz be with you.
August 8, 2012 - Romy and Michele's High School Reunion stars Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow as best friends who pose as the inventors of Post-It Notes for their ten-year reunion in their hometown. This comedy is now on Blu-ray in a 15th Anniversary Edition disc that hangs onto the original trailer and a making-of featurette. Full review.
August 6, 2012 - Jake Lipson takes a look at Evita and Disney's recent Blu-ray debut. An Oscar winner for original song and Golden Globe winner for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical), this 1996 adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's esteemed stage musical stars Madonna as Eva Perσn, first lady of Argentina. Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce co-star. The 15th Anniversary Edition disc adds three bonus features from the Criterion laserdisc that were missing from the film's barebones, non-anamorphic DVD. Read on...
August 4, 2012 - Today's new review covers next week's Blu-ray debut of Adventures in Babysitting. The directorial debut of Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire), this 1987 Touchstone Pictures comedy follows a teenaged babysitter (Elisabeth Shue) and the three kids she's watching into downtown Chicago, where they run afoul of car thieves, street gangs, and others. The 25th Anniversary Edition might give you the babysitting blues. For more on that, see our full review.
August 3, 2012 - Our newest review covers the 2012 Disney Channel Original Movie Let It Shine. A modern-day reworking of Cyrano de Bergerac, this centers on Cyrus DeBarge ("Everybody Hates Chris"' Tyler James Williams), the teenaged son of an Atlanta pastor (Courtney B. Vance) who detests rap music. Cyrus wins a competition, but credit goes to his best friend Kris (Trevor Jackson), who maintains a lip-synching charade alongside their accomplished childhood classmate Roxie (Coco Jones). Let It Shine is presented in an extended edition both on DVD and in digital copies. Watch a clip as part of our complete review.
August 1, 2012 - The 1985 comedy Clue adapts the best-selling board game. Strangers assemble for a dinner party in 1954 America that soon turns into a murder mystery. Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, Michael McKean, Madeline Kahn, and Eileen Brennan head an ensemble cast in this feature debut of writer/director Jonathan Lynn. In stores next week, Paramount's Blu-ray lets you watch the film with one of its three theatrically-released endings selected at random or with the VHS/television version that plays all three in succession. Review.
July 31, 2012 - Warner has just announced an October 2nd Blu-ray and DVD release date for Dark Shadows, the latest collaboration between Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton. An adaptation of the 1970s ABC gothic soap opera, this PG-13 horror comedy will be joined by a host of special features on the combo pack Blu-ray. For artwork, details, preorders, and a trailer, check out the full press release.
July 30, 2012 - Today's new DVD review takes a look at The Smurfs and the Magic Flute, a 1976 Belgian animated film that came to American theaters in 1983 on the success of Hanna-Barbera's hit NBC TV series. Centering less on the Smurfs and more on Peyo's earlier heroes Johan and Peewit (called John and William in this English dub), this adventure takes them to the land of Smurfs to make a new enchanted six-hole flute after their found one is stolen. Shout! Factory's long overdue DVD includes a Smurfs glossary, an image gallery, and write-ups on the film, its characters, and Smurf life. It hits stores August 14th, but you can read all about it right now.
July 29, 2012 - The Three Stooges finds Dumb and Dumber writer/directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly trying to introduce modern moviegoers to the classic slapstick comedy trio. Dummies Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), Larry (Sean Hayes), and Curly (Will Sasso) put their heads together to try and save the Catholic orphanage they call home. Instead, they get mixed up in a murder plot involving an old childhood friend. Now available, Fox's two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes deleted scenes, a brief Stooges history, making-of featurettes, a mash-up montage, an original screen test, and the trailer. Full review.
The 1997 comedy Grosse Pointe Blank stars John Cusack as a professional contract killer who reluctantly returns to his hometown to attend his 10-year high school reunion. Co-starring Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Alan Arkin, Joan Cusack, and Jeremy Piven, this popular Hollywood Pictures film (which also counts John Cusack among its writers and producers) comes to Blu-ray next week as a 15th Anniversary Edition. Read all about it.
July 28, 2012 - One of ABC and producer Aaron Spelling's contributions to the 1970s cop drama boom, "The Rookies" returns to DVD soon. Shout! Factory picks up where Sony left off five years ago. Consisting of 23 episodes, The Complete Second Season follows three novice California police officers (and the nurse wife, played by Kate Jackson, of one of them) around on a variety of close and exciting cases. Season 2 guest stars include John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Don Johnson, and Jim Nabors. Hitting stores on August 7th, you can read all about this 6-disc set right now in our review.
July 27, 2012 - We've updated our DVD & Blu-ray Release Schedule for a thorough look at what has been announced for the busy next three months of the year. Get dates and details for last season's television, this summer's movies, and a large and growing list of classic titles revisited in time for the holiday season rush. Check them out: August, September, October & Beyond.
July 26, 2012 - We take a look at "Dan Vs.": The Complete First Season. This animated comedy series, a production of Film Roman, The Hatchery and Starz, centers on an irritable man (voiced by Revenge of the Nerds' Curtis Armstrong) who goes to great lengths to get back at those who have wronged him. Helping him out on his missions are his best friend Chris (Dave Foley) and Chris' wife (Paget Brewster). Now available, Anchor Bay's 3-disc DVD supplies 22 half-hour episodes plus one of those in animatic form as well. Full review.
July 24, 2012 - The 1998 sci-fi horror flick The Faculty teamed up Scream writer Kevin Williamson with Sin City director Robert Rodriguez. In it, six students at an Ohio high school (including Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, and Jordana Brewster) believe something strange and out-of-this-world is possessing their educators. Echo Bridge gives this Dimension Films release its US Blu-ray debut this month. Don't miss our review.
July 23, 2012 - Our newest review covers Fox's recent Blu-ray + DVD debut of Margaret. The long-awaited follow-up to Kenneth Lonergan's Oscar-nominated 2000 directorial debut You Can Count On Me, this New York drama was shot back in the fall of 2005 and then languished in post-production amidst lawsuit and difficulties to arrive at a reasonable length (a process that came to involve Martin Scorsese). Anna Paquin stars as a teenager who witnesses and in a way causes a fatal city bus accident. In the wake of that tragedy, she pursues legal recourse with the deceased's best friend and executor (Jeannie Berlin). The film also features J. Smith-Cameron, Jean Reno, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, and Matthew Broderick. After a limited theatrical release and a bemoaned minimal awards campaign, Margaret is now available to own in a 2-disc combo pack that presents the film in both its contractually-obligated 150-minute theatrical cut on Blu-ray and a 186-minute extended edit on DVD. Our review.
July 21, 2012 - The indie comedy Friends with Kids reunites Bridesmaids' Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, and Jon Hamm in supporting roles. Its focus remains on two platonic lifelong best friends (Adam Scott and writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt) who decide to have a kid together. Now available, Lionsgate's Blu-ray includes audio commentary, deleted scenes, ad-libs and outtakes, a making-of featurette, and more. Full review.
July 20, 2012 - Disney's holiday season slate will kick off with the October 16th release of The Santa Clause: The Complete 3-Movie Collection, a 3-disc Blu-ray-only box set with a $49.99 SRP. (The three movies will also be available individually with list prices of $20 each.)
Disney has scheduled a 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo pack for The Muppet Christmas Carol, releasing on November 6th. Extras on the 2-disc set ($26.50 SRP) will include all new Christmas-themed Disney Intermission Muppet gags, an all-new Muppet audio commentary, and existing DVD supplements including Pepe's Gonzo profile, a commentary by director Brian Henson, a blooper reel, a holiday sing-along, a making-of featurette, and a piece on Christmas celebrations around the world. The runtime suggests we'll be getting the theatrical cut and not the extended one restoring the cut "When Love is Gone" musical number, but that remains to be seen.
Shortly after the Blu-ray debut of Cinderella, Disney will release its two out-of-print modern sequels, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, in a 3-disc (1 Blu-ray, 2 DVD) Special Edition 2 Movie Collection. On the same day, the studio will unleash Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups, another addition to the holiday DTV series spun off from and inspired by the bestselling Buddies franchise, as a Blu-ray + DVD. Both will also be available on DVD alone. Meanwhile, they'll also be in the Christmas spirit a week earlier, with the DVD and Blu-ray release of Prep & Landing & Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice. "The Totally Tinsel Collection" gathers the two ABC holiday specials along with stocking stuffer shorts, North Pole news, North Pole commercials, and Kringle Academy shorts. Cover art and preorders for all, along with 3-disc and 5-disc TBA combo packs for Brave, can be found here.
July 19, 2012 - On the eve of the opening of Christian Bale's new movie, we take a look at Newsies, the 1992 Disney musical in which he starred. In response to a publisher price hike, teen fugitive Jack Kelly (Bale) leads his fellow newsboys in a strike in 1899 New York City. A drubbed flop in its original release, the reputation of this family film continues to rise, with its current Broadway translation recently winning two Tonys. Now available, this 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray hangs on to all but one of the movie's numerous DVD bonus features. Check out our review for all the details.
July 18, 2012 - The Criterion Collection upgrades another DVD title to high definition with this week's Blu-ray debut of Down by Law. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, this black and white 1986 drama stars Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni as three men who wind up sharing a cell in a New Orleans prison, from which they together escape.
The BD is loaded with extras including deleted scenes, the film's full press conference at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, the Jarmusch-directed music video of Waits' Cole Porter cover, French television's interview with Lurie, an isolated music track, and a host of Jarmusch audio extras including Q & A, a retrospective, and phone calls to his leads. Full review.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Dirty Pretty Things (Blu-ray) - This 2002 British thriller nominated for an original screenplay Academy Award stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Amιlie's Audrey Tautou as illegal immigrants working at a London hotel where they discover a dark secret operation. Directed by The Queen's Stephen Frears and penned by Eastern Promises' Steven Knight, this acclaimed independent film hits high definition from Echo Bridge Home Entertainment via Miramax with a making-of featurette and Frears audio commentary.
Casa De Mi Padre (Blu-ray) - Will Ferrell tries something different in this telenovela-inspired Spanish language comedy. Ferrell plays Mexican rancher Armando Alvarez, who seeks to protect his family's honor from a feared drug dealer (Gael Garcνa Bernal) and his wayward brother (Diego Luna). After a modest theatrical run, this film is joined by 20 minutes of deleted scenes, a music video, an audio commentary, fake commercials, a making-of featurette, and an interview with Pedro Armendαriz Jr., who makes one of the final appearances of his long career.
Ransom (Blu-ray) - This 1996 thriller stars Mel Gibson as a wealthy Manhattan airline magnate who thinks on his feet when his 9-year-old son is kidnapped. Directed by Ron Howard and co-starring Gary Sinise, Rene Russo, and Delroy Lindo, this Touchstone Pictures hit is joined by audio commentary, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes clips, a making-of featurette, and a trailer.
The 39 Steps (The Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - This 1935 wrong man thriller is one of Alfred Hitchcock's best known efforts predating his move to Hollywood. It follows a Canadian abroad (Robert Donat) who gets mixed up in deadly international espionage. On the run in Scotland, he is pursued by assassins and police who believe he's a murderer. Criterion's loaded BD includes an extended Hitchcock interview, a documentary on his British films, an audio commentary, a new video essay, an hour-long Lux Radio Theatre adaptation, a gallery of production design art, and an essay booklet.
Home on the Range (Blu-ray + DVD) - Disney's 2004 western was the studio's last traditionally-animated film, until the medium's recent revival. It follows three cows on a mission to capture a cattle thief and save their farm. The Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes most of the original DVD's bonus features, including deleted scenes, audio commentary, a making-of featurette, a music video, a short film, and a piece on yodeling.
Phenomenon (Blu-ray) - John Travolta stars as a California mechanic who sees bright lights in the sky and comes away with greatly increased brain function and telekinesis. Directed by National Treasure's Jon Turteltaub and co-starring Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, and Robert Duvall, this PG-rated Touchstone Pictures drama hits high definition with its original trailer in standard.
The Color of Money (25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray) - Martin Scorsese directs this 1986 sequel to The Hustler, with Paul Newman reprising the role of pool shark "Fast" Eddie Felson, who here opts to be stakehorse for a cocky young talent (Tom Cruise). Acclaimed and a box office hit, this drama earned four Academy Award nominations and won Newman his long overdue first (and only) Best Actor Oscar.
Mirror Mirror (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - The first of this year's two live-action Snow White movies offers a light and colorful take on the fairy tale, casting Julia Roberts as The Queen, Lily Collins as her princess step-daughter, and Armie Hammer as a princely potential love interest to both. Directed by Immortals' Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, this PG-rated family fantasy is now available as a combo pack with deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, an animated storybook, and a tutorial on the film's closing dance number.
21 Jump Street - Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play classmates turned partner cops chosen to pose as high school students as part of an undercover narcotics operation. After an acclaimed and highly profitable theatrical run, this R-rated flick hit stores today. The DVD includes an audio commentary by the stars and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), deleted scenes, the featurette "Back to School", and UltraViolet.
Spaghetti Western Double Feature Blu-ray - In The Grand Duel (1972), The Good, The Bad and The Ugly's Lee Van Cleef plays a sheriff determined to defend a wanted man's innocence. Keoma (1976) stars Django's Franco Nero as a soul-searching, half-breed Civil War veteran willing to stand up to outlaws and his nasty half-brothers alike. Mill Creek's $9.98 SRP disc includes each movie's original theatrical trailer.
Spider-Man 3 (Blu-ray + UltraViolet) - Longer and less loved than its predecessors, this final installment in Sam Raimi's trilogy introduces the villains Sandman and Venom, in addition to establishing a new Goblin and making over Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) with a troubling alien symbiote. Sony's new edition isn't really that new; it serves up the first of the movie's two original Blu-ray Discs, containing bloopers, two audio commentaries, a music video, and galleries. To them, it adds UltraViolet access and $10 movie cash towards The Amazing Spider-Man.
A Thousand Words (Blu-ray) - Taking four years to reach theaters and extending Eddie Murphy's critical and financial cold streak of solo vehicles, this comedy stars Murphy as a fast-talking book agent who discovers his life may be ending as a tree's leaves fall every time he opens his mouth. Written by Bruce Almighty's Steve Koren and directed by Norbit's Brian Robbins, this PG-13 flop hits Blu-ray with deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and UltraViolet.
Seeking Justice (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) - Nicolas Cage plays a New Orleans high school English teacher whose wife (January Jones) is brutally attacked. He reluctantly enlists a vigilante operation (led by Guy Pearce) promising free vengeance and months later, they need him to repay the favor.
Radio Rebel - 2012 Disney Channel movie stars Debby Ryan ("Jessie") as a shy Seattle teenager who secretly also happens to be the wise, favorite DJ of everyone at her high school. Maintaining a double life proves to be difficult for Radio Rebel, especially when the school principal vows to cancel senior prom if no one confesses and accepts an expulsion. Available tomorrow, Image Entertainment's DVD includes deleted scenes, bloopers, Ryan's "We Got the Beat" music video, four making-of shorts, a piece on the Los Angeles premiere, and a trailer.
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