DVDizzy.com: SEPTEMBER 1-15, 2013 NEWS ARCHIVES
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September 13, 2013 - Today's new review covers World War Z, the film that overcame a troubled production and a missed release date to become one of the summer's biggest blockbusters. Brad Pitt stars a former UN worker and family man forced to come out of retirement when a zombie apocalypse breaks out. Available Tuesday, Paramount's Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy presents the film in an unrated, extended cut along with over 50 minutes of making-of featurettes. Full review.
September 12, 2013 - Warner has announced an October 22nd DVD and Blu-ray release for The Conjuring, the latest horror hit from director James Wan (Insidious, Saw). Based on the case files of a couple of real paranormal investigators, this acclaimed sensation will hit stores in time for Halloween, joined by three featurettes on Blu-ray and one on DVD. For cover art and more details, click here.
Our newest review looks at Acorn Media's recently-released 20th Anniversary Edition of "Tales of the City". Adapted from Armistead Maupin's popular columns and novels, this acclaimed UK-produced 1993 miniseries premiered on PBS in 1994 to critical acclaim, record ratings, and lawmaker protest. It tells the stories of an assortment of individuals living in San Francisco in 1976, including a newly-moved young Cleveland woman (Laura Linney), her neighbor (Chloe Webb) and her gay roommate (Marcus D'Amico), and their eccentric landlady (Olympia Dukakis). The two-disc set includes audio commentary on three of the six episodes, more than a half-hour of behind-the-scenes rehearsal and production videos, and an 8-page booklet. Our review.
September 11, 2013 - Chasing Ice made the Academy Awards' shortlist for Best Documentary Feature, but wound up getting nominated instead for Best Original Song for an end credits tune sung by Scarlett Johansson. Jeff Orlowski's feature debut documents accomplished nature photographer James Balog's project to capture melting ice glaciers using cameras set up in Iceland, Greenland, and Alaska. Now available, Cinedigm's loaded Special Edition Blu-ray includes an audio commentary, film festival Q & A highlights, the trailer, making-of featurettes, a 40-page collectible booklet, and more. Don't miss our review.
September 10, 2013 - We've just launched a new giveaway. Two lucky readers will take home a copy of "Nashville": The Complete First Season DVD. In stores next Tuesday, the five-disc holds all 21 episodes of the ABC musical drama's Emmy-nominated Season 1. Entering's a breeze and you can improve your odds by coming back every day now through September 27th. Good luck!
J.J. Abrams follows up his hit 2009 reboot in Star Trek Into Darkness. This newest installment to the sci-fi action franchise introduces Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) and opens an old secret that endangers Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and the USS Enterprise. Available today, Paramount's Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes seven making-up featurettes providing over 40 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage. See a clip from the bonus features as part of our review.
September 9, 2013 - Behind the Candelabra enters this month's Primetime Emmy Awards with fifteen nominations. This HBO biopic of Liberace and his young lover is supposedly the final directorial effort of Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven). The film sees a young movie dog wrangler (Matt Damon) move into the Las Vegas mansion of the closeted, flamboyant, world famous entertainer (Michael Douglas) and enter into a secret relationship marked by opulence and plastic surgery. Co-starring Rob Lowe, Scott Bakula, Paul Reiser, and Debbie Reynolds, it hits Blu-ray next week with a 15-minute making-of featurette and a digital copy. Full review.
The documentary Ping Pong follows eight successful table tennis players aged 80 to 100 from around the globe to China's world championship tournament. Surprisingly fun and exciting, this 2012 UK theatrical release makes its US DVD debut tomorrow in a Docurama disc that includes 15 minutes of bonus features. Review.
September 7, 2013 - This week brought "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" back to television and to disc and we've got a review of The Complete Season 8 DVD. Last fall's 10-episode stint saw guest appearances by P. Diddy and Guillermo del Toro in addition to the usual in-fighting, dark schemes, and comic callbacks. Fox's 2-disc DVD includes four audio commentaries by the stars/writers, deleted scenes, bloopers, and more. Read more....
We will be reviewing two of the last remaining nominated features from this year's Oscars come to disc on Tuesday. First up is War Witch, which earned Canada a third consecutive Best Foreign Language Film nomination. Written and directed by Kim Nguyen, this French-Lingala drama tells the story of a 12-year-old African girl kidnapped by rebels and indoctrinated into their violent lifestyle. Tribeca Film's DVD includes two making-of shorts. Full review.
September 6, 2013 - Our newest review looks at Now You See Me, one of the surprise hits of the summer movie season. This original thriller centers on a team of four magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco) who are able to pull improbable heists in front of large audiences to the bafflement of law enforcement (led by Mark Ruffalo and Mιlanie Laurent). Now available, Summit's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack presents the film in theatrical and extended cuts on Blu-ray along with a filmmakers' audio commentary, more than a half-hour of deleted scenes, "A Brief History of Magic", a making-of featurette, and two trailers. Take a good, close look in our review.
In between feature-length sequels, Sony Pictures Animation brings a dash of seasonal blue to stores with Tuesday's DVD release of The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow. This 22-minute all-new Halloween short opens and closes in computer animation, but unfolds primarily in 2D. Doing his customary Smurfy Hollow exploration to win another autumn Smurfberry Hunt, Brainy Smurf gets tricked by Gutsy Smurf and trapped in a Gargamel cage. Retaining most of the movies' cast vocally, including Hank Azaria, Fred Armisen and Anton Yelchin, the special lands exclusively on DVD with a low $6.99 list price. Our review.
Warner has announced an October 15th Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD release for Pacific Rim. This $100 million-grossing sci-fi action spectacle will be joined by an audio commentary by director Guillermo del Toro, deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and much more in three different multi-disc sets. For full details, see the press release.
September 5, 2013 - The independent film Arthur Newman stars Academy Award winner Colin Firth as a divorced, unemployed middle aged Florida man who fakes his death and intends to reinvent himself as an Indiana golf pro. Instead, he is joined on his road trip by a delinquent drifter (Emily Blunt) who's posing as her twin sister. Featuring the first screenplay in fifteen years from Becky Johnston (The Prince of Tides, Seven Years in Tibet), Arthur Newman is now available in a Cinedigm Blu-ray + DVD combo pack that includes a half-hour making-of featurette and a trailer. Our review.
September 4, 2013 - Disney passed on distributing Studio Ghibli's From Up on Poppy Hill, allowing GKIDS to step in and impress. Set in 1963 Yokohama, this coming-of-age drama, co-written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro, centers on high school students who discover secrets from the past while standing up to defend their beloved old clubhouse from pre-Olympic demolition. After a qualifying engagement last fall and a limited theatrical release in the spring, this film is now available to own in a loaded Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD that includes English and Japanese versions, the entire film in storyboard form, Japanese trailers & TV spots, the US trailer, an English voice cast featurette, an interview of the director, Hayao Miyazaki's post-screening remarks, a post-earthquake press conference, Aoi Teshima's theme song music video, and a 16-page booklet. Don't miss our full review.
September 3, 2013 - Another Disney animated classic has hit Blu-ray and we've got a review. Released in 1977, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh strings together three 25-minute shorts produced over the preceding eleven years, including Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, the one that posthumously won Walt Disney his final Academy Award. The start of an ongoing franchise adapted from A.A. Milne's children's books,this full-length feature hits Blu-ray joined by the 2001 retrospective "The Story Behind the Masterpiece", the 1983 short Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, a Carly Simon music video, five new "Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh", a "Pooh Play-Along", Disney Intermission, and a kite. Full review.
A longtime Best Buy-exclusive, The "Rich Mahogany" Edition Blu-ray of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy will hit general retail on December 3rd, shortly before the highly-anticipated theatrical release of its sequel. The two-disc set includes both the theatrical and unrated versions of the 2004 comedy, a cast audio commentary, nearly 50 minutes of deleted and extended scenes, Ron Burgundy's ESPN Sports Center audition, bloopers, the Channel 4 News Team's "Afternoon Delight" music video, the lost movie Wake Up, Ron Burgundy, raw footage, interviews, trailers, and much more. The set even includes collectible trading cards and the diary The Many Months of Burgundy.
Our newest DVD review subject is also our most substantial one to date. Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Thrillers gathers twenty of the studio's most acclaimed films, including seven nominees for the Best Picture Oscar and thirteen movies currently residing in the IMDb's Top 250. Spanning from the classic crime film The Public Enemy (1931) to Ben Affleck's The Town (2010), the set includes a diverse assortment of entertainment, including Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train and North by Northwest, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and Inception, Tim Burton's Batman, and the classic noirs The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. Heavy on '90s cinema, the 20-disc set also includes Goodfellas, The Shawshank Redemption, The Fugitive, Heat, Seven, L.A. Confidential, American History X, and Natural Born Killers. Rounding out the set are the 1970s' Dirty Harry and Dog Day Afternoon, and the director's cut of action franchise launcher Lethal Weapon. Don't miss our three-page review of this box set that is available today.
August 30, 2013 - The English Teacher stars Julianne Moore as a high school professor who helps a dejected former student (Michael Angarano) the personal play he wrote for his college thesis. Co-starring Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, and Nathan Lane, this R-rated indie comedy hits stores Tuesday after VOD and theatrical runs. Cinedigm's Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack includes a deleted scene, a trailer, and a half-hour making-of featurette. Full review.
August 29, 2013 - Michael Shannon adds to his cinema rogues gallery in The Iceman. This true crime drama casts the Academy Award-nominated actor as Richard Kuklinski, a contract killer responsible for over a hundred deaths during a time he was also a devoted husband and father of two girls. Co-starring Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, and James Franco, this indie movie hits Blu-ray next Tuesday with a half-hour of interviews, the trailer, and a behind-the-scenes featurette. Our review.
In the independent drama Shadow Dancer, an MI5 agent (Clive Owen) encourages an IRA member (Oblivion's Andrea Riseborough) to turn informant in 1993 London. Co-starring Gillian Anderson and Harry Potter's Domhnall Gleeson, this UK film, given limited US theatrical release, hails from Academy Award-winning Man on Wire director James Marsh and journalist Tom Bradby, who adapts his own novel. Now available, Magnolia Home Entertainment's Blu-ray includes two making-of featurettes and nearly a half-hour of extended cast & crew interviews. Full review.
August 28, 2013 - Return to Never Land, the DisneyToon Studios sequel given theatrical release in 2002, has hit high definition in a Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy and we've got a review. In an effort to lure Peter Pan, Captain Hook mistakenly kidnaps Wendy's daughter Jane. The grown-up girl is immune to Never Land's charms and her disbelief hits Tinker Bell the hardest. Disney's two-disc combo pack adds deleted scenes, five Pixie Previews shorts adapted from the CGI Tinker Bell films, and restores Jonatha Brooke's "I'll Try" music video. Read on...
August 27, 2013 - In our newest review, we cover "Da Vinci's Demons": The Complete First Season. Created by The Dark Knight and Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer, this hour-long Starz original series explores the life of Leonardo da Vinci. An inventor, artist, and all-around free-thinker, da Vinci (Tom Riley) designs weapons for Florence, saves the lives of "possessed" nuns, is tried for sodomy (and defended by his illegitimate father), romances his boss' mistress, and searches for a book containing the world's secrets. In stores next Tuesday, the three-disc Blu-ray includes four audio commentaries, deleted scenes, and a number of making-of shorts. Our full review.
August 25, 2013 - Our newest review looks at Seattle Superstorm, a Syfy original movie that finally hits DVD this week a year and a half after premiering. Esai Morales and Ona Graeur star as a dating biochemist and a military officer who, along with their two dissimilar teenaged kids, find themselves in the middle of a doomsday scenario when a mysterious, airborne substance threatens Seattle and all of humanity. The DVD includes the trailer and a slipcover. Our review.
August 23, 2013 - Australia's Baz Luhrmann puts his opulent imprint on one of the most celebrated pieces of American literature in The Great Gatsby. Set predominantly in the summer of 1922, this drama sees young bond trader Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) befriending his wealthy, engimatic neighbor Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and arranging for meetings with Nick's cousin Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan). Following a surprisingly formidable box office run, this F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation hits stores on Tuesday in a Warner Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack that includes nearly two hours of bonuses including deleted scenes, an alternate ending, a trailer for the lost 1926 silent version, and a multitude of making-of featurettes. No invitation necessary for this party.
Our newest theatrical review looks at The World's End. The third film from the team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, this British comedy reunites five school friends (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, and Eddie Marsan) for a recreation of an epic 12-stop pub crawl in their sleepy hometown, where not all is as it seems. Directed by Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and co-starring Rosamund Pike and Pierce Brosnan, this Focus Features release opens today. Review.
August 21, 2013 - Kon-Tiki, a 2013 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, hits stores next week and we've got a review. This film tells the true story of Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, who took dramatic steps to prove his theory that Polynesia could have been discovered by South Americans traveling east. He and a crew of five fellow Scandinavians set out to make such a 5,000-mile journey on a simple wooden raft. The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay's Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack presents the film in both Norwegian and English versions (it was shot both ways), which differ not only in audio but runtime. Extras include a Maria Menuonos-hosted American making-of featurette and visual effects breakdowns. Read more.
August 20, 2013 - Epic, the ninth animated feature from Blue Sky Studios, tells the story of a human teenager who winds up shrunk down to the size of Leafmen, tiny forest warriors engaged in an ongoing struggle with decay-producing Boggans. Adapted from a book by William Joyce (Rise of the Guardians, Meet the Robinsons) and directed by Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Robots), this fantasy adventure hit disc today in Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + DigitalHD UltraViolet combo pack, which includes seven making-of shorts and pieces on the real nature creatures personified in the film. Don't miss our full review.
Director Michael Bay (Transformers, Pearl Harbor) changes gears somewhat in Pain & Gain. Based on a true story, this dark action crime comedy tells of three bodybuilders (Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie) in mid-1990s Miami who get mixed up in a kidnapping and extortion plot. Co-starring Ed Harris, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, and Rob Corddry, Bay's lowest-budgeted film in years hits stores next week in a shockingly barren Paramount Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack. Our review.
August 19, 2013 - Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey documents the enduring rock band Journey and the Arnel Pineda, the Filipino man discovered on YouTube and picked to be their lead singer in 2007. Directed by Ramona S. Diaz, this Cinedigm Entertainment release hits DVD tomorrow from with over a half-hour of bonus features including filmmaker bios, unused and extended segments, footage from the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere, and the trailer. Full review.
Warner has scheduled a November 12th home video release for Man of Steel. Zack Snyder's Superman reboot will be available in a 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D combo packs, plus a Limited Collector's Edition gift set featuring the Blu-ray 3D edition. Blu-ray extras will include the feature-length playback mode "Journey of Discovery: Creating Man of Steel." For artwork, preorders, and more details, see the full press release.
August 18, 2013 - Standing Up adapts Brock Cole's award-winning 1987 young adult novel The Goats. Adapted and directed by D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, I Am Number Four), this family drama tells of two 12-year-olds (Annalise Basso and Knowing's Chandler Canterbury) who run away from the camp where they're being bullied. Just days after beginning a limited one-week California theatrical engagement, the film, which also features Radha Mitchell and Val Kilmer, hits DVD as a Walmart exclusive with a behind-the-scenes featurette, trailer, and vudu digital copy. Our review.
August 17, 2013 - On Tuesday, Amour becomes one of 2012's final films and, last major Oscar contender, to come to DVD and Blu-ray. Written and directed by Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon), this French language drama tells the story of a long-married octogenarian couple whose life is complicated by new health issues. Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and winning Best Foreign Language Film, this Sony Pictures Classics release hits Blu-ray with a making-of featurette, a Haneke Q & A, and the original US theatrical trailer. Full review.
The independent Canadian comedy Stag stars "Scrubs"' Donald Faison as a prankster on edge at his bachelor party suspecting his friends will aim to get back at them for the outrageous stunts he's put them through. Co-starring Eve Amurri Martino and Jon Dore, this R-rated flick hits DVD on Tuesday. Review.
August 15, 2013 - Robert De Niro and John Travolta square off in the action thriller Killing Season. De Niro plays a retired U.S. Army colonel targeted for revenge by a Serbian (Travolta) who barely escaped with his life during the Bosnian War. After a limited summer theatrical release, this Mark Steven Johnson-directed movie hits stores Tuesday with a featurette and trailer. Our Blu-ray review.
Cavalcade, one of the most obscure and least esteemed of all Best Picture Oscar winners, finally received a release of its own in last week's Blu-ray + DVD Combo. Adapted from a Noel Coward play, this 1933 drama spends over thirty years with an English family, opening on New Year's Eve 1899 and taking us through history's challenges including the Boer Wars, the Titanic, and World War I. Fox's unlikely combo pack includes an audio commentary from film historian Richard Schickel and a one-minute newsreel celebrating the film's award triumphs. Full review.
Expectedly timed to the theatrical release of Saving Mr. Banks, Mary Poppins will make its Blu-ray debut on December 10th in a 50th Anniversary Ediiton Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack ($39.99 SRP) that will present the film in 1.66:1 widescreen and 7.1 DTS-HD master audio. New extras will include "Mary-Oke" (a sing-along feature seemingly modeled after the one on the recent Blu-ray of The Muppet Movie) and the featurette "Becoming Mr. Sherman" which sits down songwriter Richard Sherman with Jason Schwartzman, the actor who plays him in Mr. Banks. It is now available for preorder on Amazon, along with a DVD + Digital Copy edition ($29.99 SRP) on the same day. Click the thumbnail for a larger look at cover art.
A new listing on Amazon.com shows that Disney will release an Of Pirates & Pigs Collection Blu-ray on December 10th, consisting of Muppet Treasure Island and The Great Muppet Caper. In contrast to recent Muppet BDs, this one will, according to its cover art, include a Blu-ray and DVDs (not digital copies) of these "2 Muppety Adventures." More...
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Elysium - District 9 writer/director Neill Blomkamp returns to sci-fi action, with Matt Damon playing as a 22nd century ex-con blue collar factory worker whom an accident requires to swiftly make good on his childhood dream of joining an advanced civilization on a space station in the sky. Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley co-star.
Planes - Disney expands the world of Pixar's Cars with this spin-off franchise. From the makers of the Tinker Bell movies, this one centers on Dusty Crophopper, a crop duster who tries to realize his improbable dreams of air racing by competing in an international event.
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Olympus Has Fallen (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - The first and more successful of this year's two White House attack movies sees North Korean terrorists kidnap the President (Aaron Eckhart) and high-ranking officials, leaving one Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler) to save the day. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and co-starring Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, and Angela Bassett, this FilmDistrict release is now available in a Sony combo pack that includes bloopers and five making-of featurettes.
Seconds (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - This 1966 thriller frmo director John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) tells the story of a New York banker (John Randolph) who pays to have his death faked and a new identity (Rock Hudson) assigned. Criterion's disc includes a 1997 audio commentary and 1971 interview from the late director; a 1965 news report on the filming; new interviews with Alec Baldwin, the director's widow, and leading lady Salome Jens; a video essay and an essay booklet.
The Muppet Movie (The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + Digital Copy) - This 1979 comedy shows us how the gang first met, as Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Miss Piggy and others come together and head to California, while trying to avoid the persistent frog leg restaurateur Doc Hopper (Charles Durning) and his assistant (Austin Pendleton). The Blu-ray adds extended camera tests, original trailers, Frog-e-oke sing-alongs to Pepe's Kermit Profiles and a downloadable digital copy.
The Hot Flashes - This indie comedy pits menopausal middle-aged women against high school girls in a series of three basketball games intended to raise money for a mobile mammogram unit. Brooke Shields leads a cast that also includes Daryl Hannah, Wanda Sykes, Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim, and Eric Roberts. Available Tuesday, the DVD includes the cast's American Cancer Society PSAs and a trailer.
What Maisie Knew (Blu-ray + DVD) - A modern-day adaptation of an 1897 Henry James novel, the independent drama tells of a New York couple's (Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan) separation through the eyes of their young daughter (Onata Aprile). After an acclaimed limited theatrical run, this film, which co-stars Alexander Skarsgεrd and Joanna Vanderham, hits stores on Tuesday in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack that includes deleted scenes, its trailer, and an audio commentary by directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel (Uncertainty and Bee Season).
Robin Hood (35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Disney's all-animal 1973 adaptation of the English legend makes its Blu-ray debut joined by a newly-unearthed deleted storyline, an alternate ending, a video art gallery, a virtual storybook, games, sing-alongs, and the classic Mickey Mouse short Ye Olden Days in high definition. There's also a new aspect ratio, a mildly-updated DVD, and a digital copy.
The Sapphires (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) - Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd stars as an Irish drifter who becomes the manager to a group of four related Aboriginal Australian women who sing for the U.S. soldiers in the Vietnam War. Based on a true story, this Australian production is joined by a making-of featurette, an interview of the original Sapphires, and comments from actress Jessica Mauboy about the film's music.
The Sword in the Stone (50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Adapted from T.H. White's novel, Disney's animated fantasy musical finds young future king Wart tutored by the wizard Merlin in a number of different forms. The combo pack treats the film to its first modern widescreen presentation matching its matted theatrical exhibitions, though it poses new problems. A newly-produced alternate opening joins recycled extras including a featurette on the Sherman Brothers, Walt's anthology excerpt "All About Magic", the classic shorts Brave Little Tailor (starring Mickey Mouse) and A Knight for a Day (starring Goofy), and the DVD-exclusive art gallery, game, and fun facts.
Magic Magic - Chilean thriller stars Juno Temple (Killer Joe, The Dark Knight Rises) as a young American who visits her cousin (Emily Browning, Sucker Punch, Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events) in Chile and gets more than she expected. Michael Cera co-stars in this bilingual R-rated Sundance premiere.
Oliver & Company (25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD) - This 1988 animated feautre retools Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist into the musical tale of an orphaned kitten who joins a pack of pickpocket stray dogs. Disney's combo pack gives the film a dramatic restoration and a new aspect ratio, while retaining its handful of promotional extras and keeping a few things as DVD exclusives.
Oblivion (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Tom Cruise plays a drone repairman working for our planet in post-apocalyptic 2077. Co-starring Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, and Melissa Leo, this PG-13 science fiction adventure is directed by Tron: Legacy Joseph Kosinski, whose graphic novel is adapted by Academy Award winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) and Karl Gajdusek (creator of ABC's "Last Resort"). It hits BD with deleted scenes, an audio commentary by Cruise and Kosinski, 48 minutes of making-of featurettes, an isolated score track featuring the music of M83, and a downloadable digital copy and UltraViolet.
Quicksilver (Blu-ray) - This 1986 drama stars Kevin Bacon as a stockbroker who becomes an urban bike messenger after losing his family's life savings on an options trade. Co-starring Jami Gertz, Paul Rodriguez, Louie Anderson, and Laurence Fishburne, this Columbia Pictures release makes its Blu-ray debut via Image Entertainment.
Under the Bed - Independent horror movie explores how life is made difficult for a troubled teenager and his younger brother by visits from a persistent monster in the titular locale.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - This delayed sequel to 2009's tepidly received film mixes things up with extensive personnel changes. Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis join the cast, while Step Up 2's Jon M. Chu assumes the director's chair and the duo who penned Zombieland assume screenwriting duties. As a convincing impersonator of the United States President (Jonathan Pryce) supplies the entire world with nuclear threat, three surviving G.I. Joes (led by Johnson) team up with their unit's namesake (Willis) and some adversaries to save the day. Paramount's combo pack includes an audio commentary, three deleted scenes, a 73-minute 8-part making-of documentary, and UltraViolet.
The Ice Storm (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - Two-time Academy Award winner Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain) directed this 1997 independent drama adapted from Rick Moody's novel which spends a week in November 1973 with two troubled families of New Canaan, Connecticut. Gathering the perspectives of both experimental teenagers (Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood, Christina Ricci) and their malaise-battling parents (Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver). Criterion's Blu-ray hangs on to all the bonus features from their two-disc DVD including an audio commentary by Lee and screenwriter James Schamus, deleted scenes, a cast retrospective, three crew audio interviews, Lee and Schamus' museum panel, and the original trailer.
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