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December 21, 2014 - The 1986 animated film When the Wind Blows sees Raymond Briggs (The Snowman) adapt his own graphic novel about a retired British couple who prepares for a nuclear attack on their country. Featuring the voices of John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft, this bleak unrated mixed medium drama is now on Blu-ray from Twilight Time, joined by a 1986 making-of featurette, an interview with Briggs, a brand new audio commentary, and a feature-length 2010 documentary on Japanese-American director Jimmy Murakama. Don't miss our review.
December 19, 2014 - The untimely Sin City: A Dame to Kill For gets another chance to get noticed after floundering in late summer theatrical release. Robert Rodriguez and, author of the original graphic novels, Frank Miller reunite to direct this sequel set in the dark, gritty universe. Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, and Rosario Dawson feature in this stylish noir. The Weinstein/Anchor Bay Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes a high-speed green screen version of the movie, stunts and make-up featurettes, character profiles, and a trailer for the original film. Read more...
December 18, 2014 - The ensemble dramedy This Is Where I Leave You spends a week with a Jewish New York family as they sit shiva in the wake of their patriarch's passing. This R-rated film stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Kathryn Hahn, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda and Dax Shepard. Shawn Levy (Date Night) directs Jonathan Tropper's adaptation of his own 2009 book. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes alternate Ben Schwartz takes, an audio commentary and conversation between Levy and Tropper, deleted/extended scenes and a number of making-of featurettes. Our full review.
December 16, 2014 - One of Robin Williams' last films, A Merry Friggin' Christmas is now on DVD after a brief theatrical engagement. This PG-13 dark comedy stars Joel McHale as a Chicago hedge fund manager who rounds up the wife and kids to spend Christmas in Wisconsin with his father (Williams) and the rest of the large family. Also featuring Lauren Graham, Clark Duke, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Candace Bergen, Tim Heidecker, and Oliver Platt, it marks the directorial debut of TV comedy veteran Tristram Shapeero ("Community"). eOne's DVD includes a half-hour of cast interviews. Full review.
December 15, 2014 - Today's review looks at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Paramount Pictures' blockbuster summer reboot. From producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles), this tentpole finds reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) discovering and befriending the sewer-dwelling titular vigilantes at a time when New York is under siege by organized crime and an evil corporation. Available tomorrow, the three-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes almost an hour of bonus features including featurettes and a music video. Our review.
December 14, 2014 - Our newest review covers this week's Blu-ray release of Magic in the Moonlight. The latest film written and directed by Woody Allen, this predominantly France-set comedy tells the story of an English magician (Colin Firth) trying to debunk a convincing young American medium (Emma Stone). Sony's Blu-ray includes a making-of featurette, red carpet interviews, Digital HD and the trailer. Read our review.
December 12, 2014 - In theaters today, Inherent Vice is the seventh feature film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The acclaimed filmmaker (The Master, There Will Be Blood) adapts Thomas Pynchon's recent novel, the story of a doper detective (Golden Globe-nominated Joaquin Phoenix) investigating a disappearance for his ex (Katherine Waterston) in early '70s Los Angeles. Co-starring Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, and Martin Short, this long, dark R-rated comedy may challenge moviegoers even more than Anderson's previous film. Film review.
December 11, 2014 - Here it is: your complete list of Golden Globe nominations, with analysis. Among films, Birdman led the pack with seven nominations, while Boyhood and The Imitation Game took five. The Grand Budapest Hotel, Gone Girl, Selma and The Theory of Everything each earned four nods. Full Nominations List.
December 10, 2014 - Stonehearst Asylum adapts an old Edgar Allan Poe short story. In 1899, a young idealistic English doctor (Jim Sturgess) begins his clinical training at a mental institution that does not attempt to cure its patients. Co-starring Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, David Thewlis, and Brendan Gleeson, this limited release thriller from director Brad Anderson (The Machinist) hits Blu-ray next week with trailer and making-of featurette. Our review.
December 9, 2014 - Today, Blu-ray becomes the third home media format on which The Criterion Collection releases Time Bandits. Co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys, Brazil), this 1981 fantasy finds a young boy joining six mischievous dwarves on time-traveling/thieving adventures. The Blu-ray includes a new making-of retrospective, an audio commentary, a stills gallery, an over hour-long Gilliam interview, the film's fun original trailer, and an essay booklet that doubles as a replica of the bandits' map. Don't miss our review.
December 8, 2014 - The film awards season is heating up as the year winds down. On Thursday morning, the nominees for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards will be announced and we've got a preview of what to expect. Read through our predictions and rationale for all fourteen film categories and come back Thursday morning to watch the actual nominees announced live. More.
December 7, 2014 - Comedy Central returns Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special to DVD this week. The feature-length 2008 program, which set an all-time ratings record for the cable channel, comes back in print with a handful of bonus features. Our review.
December 5, 2014 - Guardians of the Galaxy, the #1 film of the year at the domestic box office, hits Blu-ray on Tuesday and we've got an early review. Adapted from a relatively obscure Marvel comic book series, this sci-fi comedy tells the story of a ragtag fivesome who escapes a maximum security space prison and tries to prevent a powerful orb from winding up in the hands of an evil dictator. The Blu-ray includes a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, an audio commentary by director/co-writer James Gunn, and a gag reel. Don't miss our review.
December 4, 2014 - Our newest DVD review covers "Drunk History: Seasons 1 & 2. Adapted from the Funny or Die web series, this Comedy Central show lives up to its title with people giving history lessons under the influence of alcohol. Their unpredictable retellings of stories ranging from the Founding Fathers to ones involving Walt Disney and Dolly Parton are cinematically re-enacted with a cornucopia of guest stars portraying historical figures. Guest stars include Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, John Lithgow, Michael Cera, and Winona Ryder. Now available, the three-disc DVD contains eighteen episodes plus two and a half hours of bonus features including outtakes, deleted and extended scenes, and "Sober Reveals" with select storytellers. Full review.
December 2, 2014 - Warner has scheduled a January 27th Blu-ray combo pack and DVD release for The Judge. The courtroom drama, which stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall as an estranged son and father brought together by shocking charges, will be joined by "Getting Deep with Dax Shepard" on DVD, while the Blu-ray will add audio commentary by director David Dobkin, deleted scenes with optional director's commentary, and "Inside The Judge." Click here or the thumbnail below for cover art and preorders.
November 30, 2014 - The Hundred-Foot Journey adapts Richard C. Morais' bestselling novel. It tells the story of an Indian family which opens a restaurant in the French countryside across the street from a Michelin-rated restaurant. Helen Mirren stars in this crowd-pleasing PG-rated comedy from director Lasse Hallstrφm (Chocolat). Available Tuesday, the Touchstone/DreamWorks Blu-ray + Digital HD includes a making-of featurette, a coconut chicken cooking demonstration, and an interview with producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey. Our review.
November 28, 2014 - The sci-fi thriller Automata stars Antonio Banderas as an insurance claims agent in a future where human population has dwindled and where multiple reports suggest that his company's robots have been violating their two fundamental safety protocols. Now on Blu-ray after a limited fall theatrical release, this English language Spanish production is joined by a making-of featurette and trailer. Our review.
November 26, 2014 - Now in theaters, Horrible Bosses 2 sees friends Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and Dale (Charlie Day) trying to launch their own business, with help from a self-made tycoon (Christoph Waltz) and his son (Chris Pine). This R-rated sequel to the hit 2011 black comedy also brings back Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, and Kevin Spacey for another ride through an ill-advised criminal plot. Our film review.
November 25, 2014 - Another dystopian young adult novel makes it to the screen in The Giver, but this one predates the current craze by about twenty years. This adaptation of Lois Lowry's Newberry Medal-winning 1993 book is set in a future where everything is controlled and no one lies. Teenaged protagonist Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) gets picked as the new Receiver of Memory and has his view of the world changed by the current holder of that title (Jeff Bridges). Co-starring Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, and Alexander Skarsgεrd, this Weinstein Company film is now available in Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack holding nearly two hours of extras including a New York cast & crew press conference and highlights from a 1990s script reading conducted by the family of Bridges, who produced the film. Our review.
November 24, 2014 - In advance of Disney's much-anticipated feature film adaptation, Image Entertainment brings the Original Broadway Production of Into the Woods to Blu-ray next week. Winner of three Tony Awards, the fairy tale musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine features a cast led by Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason, and Chip Zien. Our Blu-ray review.
Our newest Blu-ray review looks at The Blob, the 1988 horror movie that quickly sold out despite an elevated print run from Twilight Time. A remake of the classic 1950s Steve McQueen B-movie, this film unleashes a disastrous substance on a typical small town. Twilight Time's disc includes a Q & A and audio commentary by director Chuck Russell, two original trailers, and an essay booklet. Review.
November 23, 2014 - The 1987 occult thriller The Believers stars Martin Sheen as a recently widowed police psychologist who relocates to New York City with his young son. There, the small family grows endangered in connection with the investigation of a troubling string of ritual child sacrifices. From Academy Award-winning director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy) and "Twin Peaks" writer/co-creator Mark Frost, this little-known film, which co-stars Helen Shaver, Robert Loggia, and Jimmy Smits, is now on Blu-ray from Twilight Time, who have included its original trailer, an isolated score, and an essay booklet. Our thorough review.
November 22, 2014 - A year after crossing paths with Marvel superheroes, Phineas and Ferb drift into another giant Disney-owned entertainment franchise in Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars. This hour-long summer special is now on DVD, joined by an additional five half-hours of episodes plus a Perry-in-Carbonite keychain. Read our review.
November 21, 2014 - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, the third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster YA series and likely the biggest film of 2014, opens today. Abandoning the games that drove the first two installments, this dark finale-beginner sees Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) become the face of the revolution in a movement that is based in District 13. Don't miss our review.
November 20, 2014 - Paramount will release Men, Women & Children to Blu-ray and DVD on January 13, four weeks after making it available on Digital HD and On Demand. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno), this drama boasts an ensemble cast that includes Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, and Ansel Elgort. The Blu-ray will include deleted scenes, the featurettes "Virtual Intimacy" and "Seamless Interface", and Digital HD. See Upcoming Cover Art for a look at its packaging.
The independent film The One I Love sends an unhappy married couple (Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss) to a weekend retreat like no other. A Sundance selection, this acclaimed film follows its late summer theatrical release with a Weinstein/Anchor Bay Blu-ray that includes an audio commentary and a visual effects reel. Full review.
November 19, 2014 - "Robot Chicken" Christmas Specials collects the six holiday episodes produced to date for the long-running Adult Swim series. In just over an hour, the stop-motion animated comedy parodies Peanuts, the Grinch, The Chronicles of Narnia, Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas, "G.I. Joe", Home Alone, Rankin/Bass specials, A Christmas Carol, Jason Bourne, Justin Bieber, and assorted superheroes. Now available, the DVD includes four audio commentaries, deleted scenes, deleted animatics, and promos. Our review.
Recent Film Reviews:
The Theory of Everything - This British biopic dramatizes the life of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife Jane (Felicity Jones), as they deal with his degenerative neurological disorder. James Marsh (Man on Wire) directs this PG-13 drama, which expands today and is expected to compete for major awards.
Big Hero 6 - Adapted from a Marvel comic book series, Disney's animated adventure is set in the future in a hybrid metropolis called San Fransokyo. There, a young prodigy befriends his brother's classmates and Baymax, a robotic personal medical care assistant, to help track down his missing invention. The movie opens in theaters today with a good shot at taking the #1 spot for the weekend.
Nightcrawler - Jake Gyllenhaal stars as an L.A. man who starts rushing to crime scenes with cameras to gather footage to sell to TV network news broadcasts. The directorial debut of longtime screenwriter Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy, Real Steel), this dark drama co-stars Rene Russo.
Birdman - Alejandro Gonzαlez Iραrritu's original dark comedy about a washed-up movie star (Michael Keaton) trying his hand at writing, directing, and acting in a Broadway play. Co-starring Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan and Zach Galifianakis, this acclaimed indie is expected to compete for major awards in the coming months.
St. Vincent - The PG-13 indie dramedy stars Bill Murray as a grumpy Brooklyn man who reluctantly becomes a regular babysitter to the 12-year-old boy (Jaeden Lieberher) who has just moved in next door. Co-starring Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd, and Terrence Howard, this Weinstein Company release marks the feature debut of writer-director Theodore Melfi.
Fury tells the story of a 5-men Army unit operating a tank in the heart of Nazi Germany during the end of World War II. From End of Watch writer-director David Ayer, this R-rated drama stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peρa, and Jon Bernthal.
The Judge - This drama tells the story of a big city lawyer (Robert Downey Jr.) returning to his small Indiana hometown and then defending his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a long-respected judge, on shocking murder charges. David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) directs an accomplished cast that includes Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Billy Bob Thornton, and Dax Shepard.
Gone Girl - Adapted from the best-selling 2012 novel by author Gillian Flynn, David Fincher's tenth film as director tells the story of a Missouri woman's disappearance (Rosamund Pike) that casts attention and suspicion on her husband (Ben Affleck). Co-starring Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, this suspenseful thriller opens to much anticipation and rave reviews.
Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
Into the Storm (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - This new disaster movie in the vein of Twister finds storm chasers and an Oklahoma family in the middle of the biggest system or tornadoes on record in this found footage summer movie featuring cast members from The Hobbit, "The Walking Dead", and The Hangover. Warner's combo pack includes three featurettes on Blu-ray, one of which also makes it to the DVD.
Planes: Fire & Rescue (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Disney's spin-off series to Pixar's Cars continues with crop duster-turned-champion racer Dusty Crophopper training to become a licensed fire plane. Now available, Disney's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes a number of animated shorts (including the all-new Vitaminamulch: Air Spectacular), deleted scenes, a featurette celebrating real air attack firefighters, and a Spencer Lee music video.
James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD) - Titanic's director returns to the ocean again as the star and executive producer of a documentary about the filmmaker's life-long interest in underwater exploration and his most ambitious mission yet, to visit the Marinara Trench, seven miles below sea level. Millennium Entertainment's reasonably-priced combo pack includes two short featurettes and the trailer.
The Vanishing (Blu-ray) - Director George Sluizer repeats himself with this a 1993 Hollywood remake of his 1988 Dutch thriller of the same name. Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Nancy Travis, and Sandra Bullock star in this minor film about a man's (Sutherland) search for his missing girlfriend (Bullock) and the creep (Bridges) who promises he can provide answers. Now available, Twilight Time's limited Blu-ray includes the film's trailer, an isolated soundtrack of Jerry Goldsmith's score, and an essay booklet.
"Batman": Complete Series Blu-ray - Adam West is the caped crusader and Burt Ward is the boy wonder. Together, they protect Gotham City from a host of colorful menaces, including Joker, Riddler, Penguin, and Catwoman. Warner's 13-disc limited edition set holds all 120 episodes plus over four hours of bonus features, most of them catching up with star West.
Tammy (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Melissa McCarthy stars in the title role of a woman who takes off on a wild road trip with her grandmother (Susan Sarandon) after losing her job and her husband. Adding to the actress' commercial success, this R-rated comedy which she wrote with her director/husband Ben Falcone, is now available to own in a combo pack that includes theatrical and extended cuts, deleted scenes, and more on Blu-ray.
"Reno 911!": The Complete Series - Comedy Central's compact 14-disc set holds all 88 episodes (adding up to over 32 hours) of the improvised police mockumentary, most of them with uncensored audio, plus a wealth of bonus features including audio commentaries, deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, and assorted other goofs.
Jersey Boys - Clint Eastwood directs this feature film adaptation of the long-running, Tony-winning Broadway jukebox musical. It tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a band made of four young Italian-American men from the streets of New Jersey. Warner's combo pack includes over a half-hour of extras in the form of three making-of featurettes.
Happy Christmas - Drinking Buddies writer-director Joe Swanberg serves up another low-budget, heavily-improvised dramedy. Anna Kendrick plays an irresponsible young woman who moves into the Chicago home of her brother (Swanberg), his wife (Melanie Lynskey) and their infant son shortly before Christmas. Released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures over the summer, this acclaimed indie hits DVD from Paramount.
Northpole - Tiffani Thiessen ("Saved by the Bell"), Josh Hopkins ("Cougar Town"), Bailee Madison (Bridge to Terabithia), and Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man) star in this Hallmark Original Movie about a reporter's efforts to uncover the truth about her town's cancellation of a century-old tree lighting ceremony, a cause that could be enough to save Christmas.
The Taking of Deborah Logan - Found footage horror movie sees a med student's Ph.D thesis, a documentary on a woman suffering from Alzheimer's, turn into something else entirely when her titular subject (Jill Larson) begins exhibiting eratically. Now available, Millennium's DVD includes a making-of featurette and trailer.
Child of God (Blu-ray) - James Franco directs and acts in this independent film he co-adapted from the novel by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men). Featuring Franco and Tim Blake Nelson in supporting roles, it tells the story of a feral, depraved man (Scott Haze) in 1960s Tennessee. Now available, Well Go USA's Blu-ray includes the trailer for this limited summer theatrical release.
Maleficent (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Disney's big budget live-action new take on the animated classic Sleeping Beauty that puts the titular misunderstood villain (played by Angelina Jolie) front and center. Co-starring Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora and Sharlto Copley as King Stefan, this effects-heavy fantasy is now available to own in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack that includes over a half-hour of bonus features on Blu-ray.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (50th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray) -Rankin/Bass' classic stop-motion debut special tells the story of how a reindeer born with an embarrassing glowing nose came to embrace it, with help from an elf with dentist ambitions, a prospector, and Santa Claus. Classic Media's 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition adds two sing-alongs, a virtual pop-up book, character drawing tutorials hosted by DreamWorks animator Dave Burgess, and "Rudolph Unwrapped", which dispenses 50 fun facts about the special.
A Belle for Christmas stars Dean Cain as a recent widower who breaks his no puppy policy for Belle, pre-Christmas present for his two kids. The Shepherd mix goes missing on Christmas Eve, prompting the kids and two friends to take drastic measures while looking for it. Co-starring Kristy Swanson and Haylie Duff, this PG-rated family film.
Cartoon Network Holiday Collection compiles Christmas episodes of the animated series "Adventure Time", "Regular Show", and "The Amazing World of Gumball." Bonus non-holiday episodes of "Clarence" and "Steven Universe" join them on the now-available Warner DVD.
Garfield Holiday Collection - Anderson Digital puts five 1980s animated TV specials back in print with Tuesday's release of This Walmart exclusive DVD holds Garfield's Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas specials along with two other Emmy-nominated cartoons. The DVD also includes a 22-minute tour of creator Jim Davis' Indiana studio.
Begin Again (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - From the writer-director of Once, this indie comedy brings together a disgraced music executive (Mark Ruffalo) and a bright new singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) who together collaborate on an album recorded all over New York City. Co-starring Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, James Corden, Mos Def, and Catherine Keener, this acclaimed film is joined by four lyric music videos, a 21-minute making-of featurette, and Digital HD UltraViolet on a Weinstein/Anchor Bay Blu-ray release.
The Vanishing (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - This acclaimed 1988 Dutch mystery tells the story of a vacationing couple separated at a European rest stop. The puzzle of his wife's disappearance continues to consume the husband years later, when a stranger promises to give him answers. Criterion's single-disc release adds new interviews with late director George Sluizer and leading lady Johanna ter Stege to an original French trailer and a new essay booklet.
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