DVDizzy.com: SEPTEMBER 16-30, 2014 NEWS ARCHIVES
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September 28, 2014 - We review another of this week's new Blu-rays in Ivory Tower. This 2014 documentary from Page One: Inside the New York Times director Andrew Rossi looks at America's college system, its escalating costs and some alternatives. From Cooper Union (where students protest a departure from the school's long tuition-free status) to Harvard University to "party school" Arizona State University, the film interviews students, educators, and authors. Paramount's Blu-ray includes two deleted scenes and a Q & A session from an opening weekend screening in New York. Our review.
"Mad Men" creator and showrunner Matthew Weiner graduates to feature films with Are You Here, a comedy he wrote, directed, and produced. It stars Owen Wilson as an Annapolis weatherman whose unstable bipolar best friend (Zach Galifianakis) inherits the majority of his late father's estate. Co-starring Amy Poehler and Laura Ramsey, this film reached theaters last month almost a year after premiering at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It hits Blu-ray and DVD this week, joined by an audio commentary by Weiner and collaborators plus the trailer. Full review.
September 27, 2014 - Today's review covers Salvador, the drama Oliver Stone directed and co-wrote right before his Oscar-winning Platoon. James Woods stars as Richard Boyle (the film's co-writer), a reckless photojournalist in El Salvador during the peasant revolution of 1980-81. Co-starring James Belushi and John Savage, this 1986 film earned Academy Award nominations for Woods and screenplay. Now available, Twilight Time's Blu-ray includes an hour-long retrospective documentary, nearly a half-hour of deleted and extended scenes, an audio commentary by Stone, the trailer, and an essay booklet. Our full review.
September 26, 2014 - Our newest review details Think Like a Man Too. Sony's sequel to the 2012 surprise hit romantic comedy brings the guys and girls to Las Vegas for a wedding and, just as importantly, wild bachelor and bachelorette parties the night before. Now available, the Blu-ray includes deleted scenes, Kevin Hart's retelling of the film, making-of featurettes, and Digital HD UltraViolet. Our review.
September 25, 2014 - Today's review covers "The 100": The Complete First Season. The CW's sci-fi series is set in the future, 97 years after Earth's population was wiped out by nuclear holocaust. With the survivors on a space station of dwindling resources, a hundred juvenile delinquents are sent down to Earth to assess the planet's inhabitability. Now available, Warner's 3-disc Blu-ray + Digital HD UltraViolet set includes deleted scenes, an audio commentary, the show's 2013 Comic-Con panel, and four making-of featurettes. Our review.
September 23, 2014 - Paramount has scheduled a November 4th DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D debut for Hercules. The Dwayne Johnson action epic will be presented in a 101-minute extended cut in addition to its 98-minute PG-13 theatrical cut on Blu-ray. Over an hour of extras will accompany that Blu-ray including 15 deleted/extended scenes, an introduction from Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson, and the featurettes "Weapons!", "Hercules and His Mercenaries", "The Bessi Battle", and "The Effects of Hercules." See Upcoming Cover Art for a look at its artwork.
For more on today's new releases, see our schedule.
September 22, 2014 - Today's new review looks at The Innocents. Adapting Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, this 1961 British horror film sees a newly-hired governess (six-time Academy Award nominee Deborah Kerr) fearing that the two children she's watching are not what they seem. Directed by Jack Clayton (The Great Gatsby) and adapted by Truman Capote, this highly regarded CinemaScope film hits Blu-ray tomorrow from The Criterion Collection, who fit it with an audio commentary, an essay booklet, and an hour of video extras. Our detailed review.
September 21, 2014 - A year before his romantic comedy It Happened One Night swept the five top Academy Awards, Frank Capra directed Lady for a Day. Adapted from a Damon Runyon story, this comedy finds a poor old New Yorker (May Robson) being transformed into a wealthy socialite, strictly for appearances, when her daughter, the daughter's fiancé, and a count come visiting from Spain. On Blu-ray from B2MP, this 1933 film has four missing minutes restored. It is joined by an introduction and audio commentary by Frank Capra Jr., a still gallery, a restoration before and after comparison. Our review.
The independent drama Very Good Girls stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as Brooklyn best friends looking to lose their virginity during their last summer break before college. The directorial debut of longtime screenwriter Naomi Foner (Running on Empty), the film co-stars Boyd Holbrook, Richard Dreyfuss, Demi Moore, Clark Gregg, and Ellen Barkin. It hits Blu-ray this week with its trailer and nearly an hour of cast and director interviews. Review.
September 19, 2014 - The drama Ilo Ilo spends the late '90s with a Singaporean family of three and their Filipino live-in maid, who overcomes hostilities win the love of the family's troubled 10-year-old son. Now available, Film Movement's DVD presents this acclaimed predominantly Mandarin language film with a 22-minute making-of featurette, trailer, biographies, and the Dutch animated short film Blik. Our complete review.
Our newest theatrical review looks at The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, the Weinstein Company's preferred version of a pair of companion films (subtitled Him and Her) that premiered at 2013's Toronto International Film Festival to some buzz. The feature debut of writer-director Ned Benson, this drama tells of the relationship woes of a young New York married couple (James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain). Co-starring Viola Davis, Ciarán Hinds, Bill Hader, Isabelle Huppert, and William Hurt, this potential awards contender expands to a few hundred theaters nationwide today. Our film review.
September 18, 2014 - Godzilla is the subject of our newest review. This film takes another shot at making the legendary Japanese movie monster relatable for American moviegoers. A seasoned cast (led by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, and Ken Watanabe)and inexperienced filmmakers (including Monsters director Gareth Edwards) give us a technically superb and reasonably entertaining big summer movie. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray combo pack includes nearly an hour of bonus materials, including making-of featurettes and declassified MONARCH shorts. Our review.
September 17, 2014 - Today's review looks at "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.": The Complete First Season. ABC's hour-long sci-fi-action-drama is set in the acronymed law enforcement and spy agency of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his varied team intervene in cases involving people gifted with superpowers and the evil forces looking to exploit them. Now available, the 5-disc DVD includes three audio commentaries, bloopers, deleted scenes, an hour-long ABC TV special on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a behind-the-scenes look at the cast's journey to San Diego Comic-Con. Don't miss our review.
September 16, 2014 - Paramount will revisit a holiday classic with the October 14th Diamond Anniversary Edition release of the 1954 Technicolor musical White Christmas. The four-disc Blu-ray combo pack will add new TV performances by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Nat King Cole, and Michael Bublé, photo galleries, a Kaye-hosted UNICEF documentary, a sing-along subtitle track, and a bonus music CD to the wealth of extras already produced for this perennial bestseller. See the press release for cover art, preorders, and full details.
September 14, 2014 - Today's review covers The Criterion Collection's recent Blu-ray + DVD Dual Format Edition release of Love Streams. Written and directed by John Cassavetes (Faces, A Woman Under the Influence), this 1984 dramedy stars Gena Rowlands as a long-troubled, newly-divorced middle-aged woman and Cassavetes as her alcoholic playboy brother. The three-disc set includes an hour-long making-of documentary, new interviews with Seymour Cassel, Diahnne Abbott, and cinematographer Al Ruban, a video essay celebrating Rowlands, the trailer, and an essay booklet. Our full review.
September 12, 2014 - Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone, and Mystic River author Dennis Lehane makes his screenwriting debut on The Drop, adapting his short story Animal Rescue. In theaters today, this crime drama set at a Brooklyn bar that launders money on the side places a simple bartender (Tom Hardy) in the middle of a robbery and a puppy's rescue. Co-starring Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) and, in his final film role, James Gandolfini, The Drop marks the English language debut of director Michaël R. Roskam (Academy Award nominee Bullhead). Our film review.
September 10, 2014 - Today's new review analyzes Any Given Sunday, Oliver Stone's 1999 drama set in the world of professional football. In it, a third string quarterback (Jamie Foxx) gets promoted to the starting lineup and helps turn around the fortunes of the Miami Sharks and their longtime coach (Al Pacino). Now available, Warner's 15th Anniversary edition adds a new HD half-hour documentary and a theatrical cut DVD to the film's abundant Blu-ray bonus features which include a half-hour of deleted and extended scenes, two audio commentaries, three music videos, and stills galleries. Our review.
September 8, 2014 - The low-budget film Dead Within looks at a zombie apocalypse through the eyes of a young married couple trying their hardest to survive it. This psychological thriller premieres on DVD tomorrow, which sees it joined by deleted scenes with optional commentary and its trailer. Full review.
Sony has scheduled a November 18th DVD and Blu-ray combo pack release for the hit comedy sequel 22 Jump Street. The DVD will include five deleted & extended scenes, audio commentary by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, Line-O-Rama, and the featurette "The Perfect Couple of Directors." To that, the Blu-ray will add 17 deleted and extended scenes, five featurettes, four more Line-O-Ramas, and two extra videos. Check out cover art and preorders here.
Our newest review looks at Borgman, a Dutch thriller from writer-director Alex van Warmerdam (Voyeur). In it, a wild vagrant refused hospitality slowly takes revenge on a wealthy family with a team of assassins posing as gardeners. After a limited summer US theatrical release, this dark film hits Blu-ray tomorrow from Cinedigm, flanked by deleted scenes, the trailer, and a 28-page booklet. Our review.
September 7, 2014 - Today's new review covers Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the present day, World War II hero Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and fellow Avenger Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are at the center of a deadly S.H.I.E.L.D. conspiracy involving a formidable and familiar foe. Available Tuesday, Marvel's Blu-ray includes deleted scenes, filmmakers' audio commentary, a gag reel, and three making-of featurettes. Don't miss our complete review.
September 5, 2014 - Our newest review looks at Fed Up, a documentary about the planet's obesity epidemic that assigns blame to giant processed food corporations and the government agencies that do not regulate them. Narrated and executive-produced by Katie Couric, this PG-rated Radius-TWC release hits stores on Tuesday joined by deleted scenes, a Spanish language version narrated by Kuno Becker, and a free one-year subscription to Eating Well magazine. Our Blu-ray review.
September 4, 2014 - Today's new Blu-ray review covers Man Hunt. Directed by Fritz Lang (Metropolis, M), this 1941 thriller tells the story of a British captain (Walter Pidgeon) who finds himself targeted by Nazis (led by Rebecca's George Sanders) after he fixes his precision rifle on Adolf Hitler. Co-starring Joan Bennett, Roddy McDowall, and John Carradine, this classic noir is now available from Twilight Time, joined by a making-of retrospective, an audio commentary, an isolated score, its trailer, and an essay booklet. Full review.
Sony has scheduled a December 2nd Blu-ray debut for Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. One of the most esteemed classics of Hollywood's legendary 1939, this drama stars James Stewart as a naive, honest man picked to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate. Packaged in a Digipak with an essay and rare photos, the film will be joined by the new Ron Howard-narrated feature-length documentary Frank Capra's American Dream in addition to audio commentary and reflections from Frank Capra Jr. and original trailers. Check out the press release for cover art and complete details.
September 3, 2014 - Tammy, a comedy reinforcing Melissa McCarthy's popularity, is coming to DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on November 11th. The Blu-ray Disc will offer both the theatrical cut and an extended cut, each rated R. The theatrical-only DVD will include a gag reel. To it, the Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "Tammy's Road Trip Checklist", and unspecified "Fun Extras." Click here for a look at the DVD cover art.
Our newest review covers Draft Day, a drama set against the NFL Draft. Kevin Costner stars as an unpopular general manager of the Cleveland Browns instructed to make a splash. He does so by trading the team's 7th overall pick (and two future ones) for the #1 selection, although he hasn't yet decided who to use it on. Co-starring Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, and Ellen Burstyn, this film from Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman is joined by an audio commentary, an hour-long making-of documentary, a featurette about the draft, deleted scenes, and the trailer in Summit's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack. Don't miss our full review.
Paramount Home Media Distribution has announced a November 11th DVD-only release for Happy Christmas, an independent comedy from Drinking Buddies writer-director Joe Swanberg that was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures over the summer. The Sundance debut stars Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, and Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham. Click here for a look at the DVD cover art.
September 2, 2014 - Warner Bros. has announced that Jersey Boys, the Clint Eastwood-directed filming of the long-running Broadway jukebox musical, will come to DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on November 11th. The formation of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in 1960s New Jersey is told with the group's enduring songs including "Sherry" and "Walk Like a Man." The DVD will include the featurette "'Oh, What a Night' to Remember", while the Blu-ray combo adds "From Broadway to the Big Screen" and "Too Good to Be True." Click here for cover art and preorders.
Moms' Night Out is something different: a Christian comedy. Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, and Trace Adkins star in this romp about three wives who have a chaotic Saturday night out on the town. A non-starter in theaters, this film from the directors of October Baby is now on Blu-ray with audio commentary, deleted scenes, several making-of featurettes, and UltraViolet. Our review.
August 31, 2014 - Our coverage of this week's new discs begins with a review of "The Originals": The Complete First Season. The CW's spin-off of "The Vampire Diaries" centers on a family of powerful vampires looking to take back New Orleans, the city they helped build three hundred years ago. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack holds the first 22 episodes plus an audio commentary, Q & A panels from Comic-Con and Paleyfest, nearly an hour of deleted scenes, plus three making-of featurettes. Don't miss our review.
August 29, 2014 - Thirty-five years ago, Gary Busey earned an Academy Award nomination for Lead Actor for his turn in The Buddy Holly Story. This 1978 biopic looks at the short life and career of the influential rock and roll singer from Texas with a sound unlike any before him. Now available in limited quantities, Twilight Time's Blu-ray retains an audio commentary by Busey and director Steve Rash (Can't Buy Me Love) and the film's original trailer. It also adds a music-only track and an essay booklet. Read our review.
Before making such acclaimed films as Gravity, Children of Men, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón got the world's attention with Y Tu Mamá También. This racy 2001 Mexican coming-of-age drama follows two immature teenagers (Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal) and an older woman (Maribel Verdú) on an aimless road trip to the beach. The Criterion Collection's recent 3-disc Dual-Format Edition (consisting of 1 Blu-ray and 2 DVDs) includes over an hour of making-of featurettes and retrospectives, deleted scenes, US marketing, an epic booklet preserving the director's detailed character biographies, and a short film directed by the film's co-writer Carlos Cuarón. Don't miss our thorough review.
Expanding in theaters today is The Trip to Italy. In this follow-up to 2011's The Trip similarly adapted from a BBC television series, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play mildly fictionalized versions of themselves on vacation in Italy, where they take in historical sites and local cuisine, while entertaining us with impressions of famous actors. No reservations needed for our film review.
August 28, 2014 - Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS-TWC have announced an October 21st Blu-ray and DVD release date for Snowpiercer. One of 2014's most acclaimed films, Bong Joon Ho's post-apocalyptic thriller starring Captain America's Chris Evans will be packed with bonus features. Its two-disc sets will include a critics audio commentary and much more. For artwork, preorders, and complete details, see the full press release.
Recent Film Reviews:
• Guardians of the Galaxy - Marvel introduces us to a new team of superheroes in this action comedy from director James Gunn (Slither, Super) tells the story of an American abducted in childhood (Chris Pratt) and the eccentric allies with whom he attempts to escape a high security space prison.
• Mid-Year Report - Counting down the ten best and ten worst films released this year and looking ahead with teasers and trailers to twenty upcoming releases worth anticipating.
• Boyhood - Twelve years in the making, this drama from writer-director Richard Linklater (Before Midnight, Dazed and Confused) looks at the coming-of-age of one Texas boy (Ellar Coltrane). Met with near-universal acclaim and the best reviews of 2014 so far, this nearly three-hour film casts Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as the boy's separated parents.
• Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a surprisingly excellent follow-up to the 2011 reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Changing directors and human cast, while moving the focus to the apes, this sequel from Cloverfield director Matt Reeves grips with its tale of human-ape tension. No wonder it's become one of 2014's best-reviewed films.
Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
• Blended (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite for a third romantic comedy in this film from The Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci, which sends a widower (Sandler), a divorcée (Barrymore), and their total of five kids to Africa for one lavish vacation intended for a blended family. Warner's combo pack includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, and a host of making-of featurettes.
• Trust Me - Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson from Marvel films and television shows) wrote, directed, produced and stars in this comedy about a struggling Hollywood agent to child actors whose spirits are lifted by a promising new client (Saxon Sharbino). Featuring Amanda Peet, Sam Rockwell, Felicity Huffman, and Allison Janney, this independent film is now on DVD.
• "Low Winter Sun": The Complete Series - Remaking the 2006 British miniseries of the same name, this AMC hour-long drama stars Mark Strong (reprising his role) as a Detroit homicide detective trying to cover up the fact that he and a colleague have killed one of their own. Now available, the 3-disc, 10-episode collection includes deleted scenes, episode featurettes, and three behind-the-scenes shorts.
• "Portlandia": Season Four - The IFC sketch comedy series, nominated for two awards at tonight's Primetime Emmys, brings back a host of eccentric characters played by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. Guest stars include Emmy-nominated Steve Buscemi, Jeff Goldblum, Olivia Wilde, Kirsten Dunst, the Portland Trail Blazers, and k.d. lang. VSC's two-disc DVD has no Blu-ray alternative or bonus features.
• Fading Gigolo (Blu-ray) - John Turturro writes, directs, and stars in a comedy about a New York florist who steps into the lucrative world of male prostitution. Co-starring Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofía Vergara, Liev Schreiber, and Vanessa Paradis, this independent film was a minor hit in limited spring release. Millennium's Blu-ray includes a Turturro audio commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes, and a trailer.
• Only Lovers Left Alive - Writer-director Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers, Dead Man) turns our attentions to a bohemian vampire couple. Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, and John Hurt star in this film about cultured undead who haven't aged in centuries. Sony's DVD includes a 49-minute documentary, nearly a half-hour of deleted/extended scenes, a music video, and the film's trailer.
• The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Director Marc Webb continues to chart the dual lives of Peter Parker and Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). In this installment, Peter/Spidey graduates from high school, reconnects with an old friend, gets dumped by Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and does battle with three new villains (played by Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, and Paul Giamatti). Sony's three-disc combo pack serves up over five hours of bonus features, including commentary, 13 deleted/alternate scenes (including a jaw-dropping one), an Alicia Keys music video, and a feature-length making-of documentary.
• The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad & Fun & Fancy Free (2-Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD) - Consisting predominantly of half-hour animated shorts, Ichabod and Fun stand above most of their fellow 1940s anthology films. They're joined by a third film, The Reluctant Dragon, the entertaining 1941 "documentary" taking you behind the scenes of the Disney studio. The DVDs add virtual storybooks and a 1997 retrospective on Fun's making.
• Toy Story of Terror! (Blu-ray + Digital HD Digital Copy) - Pixar's first television special finds the toys at a hotel, where they start disappearing one at a time. The low-priced Blu-ray + Digital HD Digital Copy release is loaded with bonus features including all three Toy Story Toons shorts, audio commentaries on those shorts and the special, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and vintage toy commercials created for this.
• "Peppa Pig": The Balloon Ride - Serves up an hour of the animated British children's television series that airs on Nick Jr. In twelve 5-minute episodes, Peppa and her family rides bikes and hot air balloons, visit relatives and a museum, go ice skating, use a movie camera, and eat ice cream.
• Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (10th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - The three titular characters star in their first single narrative feature together, playing clumsy janitors who have long dreamed of becoming Musketeers. This direct-to-video comic adventure celebrates its 10th anniversary by adding a short new dance video to recycled extras including deleted scenes, character commentary, a making-of featurette, and Disney Song Selection.
• The Railway Man (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Tells the true story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a train enthusiast in 1980s England still haunted by his harrowing experiences as a prisoner of war during World War II. Co-starring Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, and Stellan Skarsgård, this British-Australian drama is now on Blu-ray from The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay, accompanied by filmmakers' audio commentary and a half-hour making-of featurette.
• Tarzan (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy) - Adapted from the first of many Edgar Rice Burroughs novels on the character, the 1999 adventure revived provided Disney with their biggest in-house animated hit since The Lion King. Featuring songs by Phil Collins including the Oscar-winning "You'll Be in My Heart", the film tells the story of a boy raised by apes in the jungles of Africa. Available tomorrow, the Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy includes hours of bonus features, including audio commentary, deleted scenes, music videos, character and effects featurettes, trailers, a storyboard comparison, and a progession reel.
• Muppets Most Wanted (The Unnecessarily Extended Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy) - The Jim Henson franchise's eighth theatrical film, takes the colorful gang on a world tour, where Kermit switches places with a fugitive criminal, who teams with their manager (Ricky Gervais) to target the crown jewels and other European treasures. Disney's combo pack lives up to its name with an elongated cut of the film. It also includes Statler & Waldorf's preferred edit of the film, a Bret McKenzie music video, a short clip featuring Rizzo the Rat, and an historically long blooper reel.
• Hercules (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy) - This 1997 Disney animated musical comedy tells the story of Hercules, son of Zeus and Hera, trying to become heroic as a mortal against the wishes of underworld leader Hades. From Aladdin and The Little Mermaid directors Ron Clements and John Musker, the film is joined by a making-of featurette, a fiery Ricky Martin music video, and a "Zero to Hero" sing-along.
• Bears (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy) - The newest film from Disneynature lives up to its title with a look at the first year of life for two brown bear cubs and their mother as they go searching for food. Disney's combo pack includes four short making-of featurettes and an Olivia Holt music video.
• Turtle Power: The Definitive History of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Documents the first thirty years of the franchise, from its humble beginnings as a limited print comic in New Hampshire to the extremely popular late '80s and early '90s animated show, toy line, and film franchise that followed. This feature-length documentary includes interviews with creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, licensors, toy manufacturers, voice cast members, filmmakers, and fans.
• Need for Speed (Blu-ray) - In this adaptation of the long-running Electronic Arts driving video game series, "Breaking Bad" Emmy winner Aaron Paul plays Tobey Marshall, a mechanic and racer who looks to clear his name after serving a two-year jail sentence. Co-starring Michael Keaton, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, and Kid Cudi, this PG-13 action movie is now on Blu-ray, joined by deleted scenes, an audio commentary by Paul and director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor), and a number of making-of featurettes.
• Divergent (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - The hit adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel. In a dystopian future where the public is divided into five factions, one teenage girl (Shailene Woodley) discovers she is the rare outlier suited for all five. Now available, Summit's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes two audio commentaries, more than an hour of making-of content, deleted scenes, trailers, and an Ellie Goulding music video.
• Ping Pong Summer (Blu-ray) - In this independent coming-of-age comedy set in Ocean City, Maryland during the summer of 1985, shy 13-year-old Radford Miracle makes a new best friend, develops a crush, and runs afowl of a couple of rich residents, one of whom he challenges to a ping pong showdown. Featuring Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, John Hannah, and Amy Sedaris, this unrated release hits home video from Millennium Entertainment, joined by a making-of featurette and an audio commentary by writer-director Michael Tully and producer George Rush.
• Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music (40th Anniversary Revisited Blu-ray) - Released the spring after the iconic Bethel, New York concert attended by half a million, this winner of the 1970 Best Documentary Feature Academy Award is presented in its nearly four-hour 1994 director's cut and joined by six hours of bonus features. The brand new bonus disc's extras include 16 previously unreleased song performances and an additional 35 minutes of featurettes. They join the nearly four hours of performances and retrospectives from a recycled bonus disc and are packaged alongside an iron-on concert patch, ticket replicas, and color reproductions of newspaper and magazine articles.
• "The Birthday Boys": The Complete First Season - The LA comedy troupe makes the leap to IFC in this sketch comedy series executive produced by and featuring Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller. Available next Tuesday, Anchor Bay's 2-disc DVD holds the first ten episodes, all with audio commentary, plus nearly an hour of additional extras including a making-of featurette, stage show excerpts, assorted bonus video, and promos.
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