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March 6, 2014 - The documentary The Iran Job follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard to Iran, where he is spending the 2008-09 season as a member of the expansion team A.S. Shiraz. Now available, Film Movement's DVD includes two interviews with the filmmakers, trailers, bios, and director Till Schauder's 1995 short film City Bomber. Read our review.
March 5, 2014 - Shortlisted for Foreign Language Film and nominated for Best Cinematography and Costume Design, The Grandmaster is our latest Blu-ray review subject. Written and directed by Wong Kar Wai (In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express), this historical drama tells the true story of the Ip Man, the martial arts legend who trained Bruce Lee. Starring Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang, this Weinstein Company-imported Hong Kong film is joined by a Gina Carano-hosted American TV special, a nearly hour-long Chinese documentary, and interviews with Lee's daughter and rapper RZA. Our review.
March 4, 2014 - August: Osage County, the film that gave Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts their latest acting Oscar nominations, will arrive on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray combo pack on April 8th. Adapted from Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, this drama reunites a large Oklahoma family following the death of its patriarch. Extras on the Weinstein/Anchor Bay discs will include feature and deleted scenes audio commentary by director John Wells and cinematographer Adriano Goldman, a making-of featurette, and a featurette on writing with Letts. See the full press release for cover art, preorders, and more information.
The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay Entertainment have scheduled an April 15th Blu-ray and DVD release for Philomena, the acclaimed drama nominated for Best Picture and three additional Academy Awards. Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan (who also co-wrote the script), this true story of an Irish woman's search for her long-lost son is directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen). Bonus features will include a conversation with Dench, a Q & A with Coogan, and an audio commentary by Coogan and co-writer Jeff Pope. Cover art, preorders, and complete details here.
March 2, 2014 - Oscar Sunday has arrived! Our coverage leading up to the 86th Academy Awards concludes with predictions and thoughts on all 24 categories. May the best men, women, and films win! Oscar predictions and previews.
February 28, 2014 - Our final review of February covers "Above Suspicion": Set 3. The fourth three-episode batch of the British mystery series finds detectives Travis (Flight's Kelly Reilly) and Langton (Ciarαn Hinds) investigating the murder of a troubled young film actress (Joanna Vanderham). Now available, Acorn's DVD includes interviews with the cast, crew, and author/screenwriter Lynda La Plante plus a photo gallery. Learn much more in our full review.
February 27, 2014 - Our newest review covers the 1980s miniseries Under Capricorn. Adapting the Helen Simpson novel Alfred Hitchcock filmed in the 1940s, this British-Australian production tells the story of an Irishman (Peter Cousens) who comes to New South Wales and becomes privy to a marriage full of secrets and problems. Consisting of a pair of nearly two-hour installments, this series is now available on a two-disc DVD from Acorn Media. Our review.
February 25, 2014 - Our latest look at today's new releases comes in the form of a Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray review. This first sequel in the character's series finds the mighty superhero (Chris Hemsworth) on his home planet of Asgard where an ancient war is reignited over a discovery of Thor's mortal love interest Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Available on its own and alongside a Blu-ray 3D, the Blu-ray includes the Marvel One-Shot short "All Hail the King", the half-hour featurette "A Brother's Journey: Thor & Loki", an audio commentary, deleted and extended scenes, and a gag reel. Watch a deleted scene as part of our complete review.
Paramount will release Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones to DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on April 8th. The Blu-ray will present this horror spin-off in both its R-rated theatrical cut and a new extended unrated edit in addition to housing further "found footage." Its artwork and preorders have been added to Upcoming Cover Art.
February 24, 2014 - You could win Disney's Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack of The Jungle Book in our newest giveaway. Entering is as simple as submitting your name and address, but you can increase your odds by entering daily through March 7th. Good luck!
Our newest review covers Gravity, the esteemed blockbuster expected to fare quite well in next Sunday's Oscar ceremony, where it is nominated for ten awards including Best Picture, Director, and Actress. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play American astronauts whose routine mission is complicated by debris from a satellite that cuts out communication, kills a colleague, and makes survival a challenge. Alfonso Cuarσn (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men) directs this dazzling space adventure, which he also co-wrote with his son Jonαs. Available tomorrow, Warner's three-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack includes nearly three hours of bonus features including a nine-part making-of documentary, the Ed Harris-narrated documentary "Collision Point: The Race to Clean Up Space", shot breakdowns, and the companion short Aningaaq. Don't miss our full review.
Paramount will bring Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues to Blu-ray and DVD on April 1. The three-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack will include three cuts of the film (theatrical, unrated, and R-rated) on Blu-ray plus over four hours of bonus features including a cast audio commentary, a wealth of deleted, extended, and alternate scenes and more. Cover art, preorders, and full details at the press release.
February 23, 2014 - Our coverage of this week's exciting home video releases begins with a review of Nebraska. Nominated for six Academy Awards (Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actress, and Cinematography), this dramedy directed by Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways) tells the story of an old man (Bruce Dern) and his middle-aged son (Will Forte) taking a road trip to the father's hometown en route to collecting a $1 million prize that the son is convinced is a big misunderstanding. Co-starring June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, and Stacy Keach, this black and white film is joined by a half-hour making-of featurette on the Blu-ray of Paramount's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack. Our review.
February 21, 2014 - The 1974 film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot stars Clint Eastwood and a young Jeff Bridges as an unlikely new pair of fast friends who team up with men chasing them (George Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis) to make a big heist. Written and directed by Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter), this comedy thriller came to Blu-ray last week from Twilight Time, who treat it to an isolated score, a new audio commentary by film historians, the original theatrical trailer, and an essay booklet. Our review.
February 20, 2014 - Our newest review covers this week's Criterion Collection Blu-ray + DVD Dual Format Edition release of Fantastic Mr. Fox. Wes Anderson's 2009 stop-motion-animated adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's novel tells the story of a family of foxes who are displaced after their patriarch returns to his thieving ways. The 3-disc set adds an Anderson commentary, an animatics version of the film, an hour-long BBC documentary on Dahl, galleries and more to making-of featurettes recycled from Fox's combo pack. Don't miss our review.
Warner will release the comedy Grudge Match to DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on April 8th. Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone return to the ring as past-their-prime boxers who agree to another bout. Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, and Kim Basinger co-star in this Christmas Day theatrical opening. Both editions will include deleted scenes, while the Blu-ray combo will add an alternate opening, alternate endings with an introduction by director Peter Segal, and five additional featurettes with Hart and champion boxers Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Larry Holmes. See Upcoming Cover Art for larger artwork and preorders and Spring DVD & Blu-ray Schedule for a complete list of extras.
We take a look at Batman's newest animated series with a review of "Beware the Batman": Shadows of Gotham (Season 1, Part 1). Released this week, Warner's 2-disc DVD contains the first 13 episodes of this computer-animated series, including two that Cartoon Network has yet to air. The show assigns Katana as driver/bodyguard/sidekick to Batman after his spry ex-spy butler Alfred is injured. The three of them do battle with the League of Assassins, Magpie, Pyg and Toad, and others. Watch a clip from the show as part of our full review.
February 19, 2014 - Another major contender will reach disc before the end of Oscar month. Paramount has just scheduled a March 25th DVD and Blu-ray release date for The Wolf of Wall Street. Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Actor, Martin Scorsese's outrageous true drama will be available in a Blu-ray combo pack with "The Wolf Pack" and a barebones DVD a week after the film is released in Digital HD form. For more information, see the full press release.
The hit action comedy Ride Along will come to DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on April 15th. This Ice Cube and Kevin Hart vehicle, 2014's first film to cross the $100 million mark at the box office, will be joined by an assortment of extras including an audio commentary by director Tim Story (Think Like a Man), deleted scenes, a gag reel, an alternate ending, and making-of featurettes. Cover art, preorders, and complete film and disc details are included in Universal's announcement.
Keeping to tradition, Warner has announced a pre-Easter home video debut for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The middle installment of Peter Jackson's second Middle-earth trilogy, this three technical Oscar nominee will be available to own on April 8th in Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray combo packs, a 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, Digital HD, and a limited Collector's Edition gift set. Extras will include a making-of documentary, production videos, a featurette on New Zealand filming locations, and Ed Sheeran's "I See Fire" music video. For cover art and full details, check out the press release.
February 17, 2014 - Acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men, The Road) writes his first script for the big screen in The Counselor, a film directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator). It centers on an unnamed attorney (Michael Fassbender) who gets mixed up in high-stakes drug smuggling around the Texas-Mexico border. Co-starring Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, and Penιlope Cruz, this dramatic thriller is presented in both its theatrical cut and an unrated extended one running over 20 minutes longer. They're joined by a Scott audio commentary, 70 minutes of making-of featurettes, trailers and TV spots, and more in Fox's now available, two-disc Blu-ray + Digital HD UltraViolet. Check out our review.
February 15, 2014 - Our newest review looks at this week's Blu-ray debut of Crimes and Misdemeanors. Woody Allen's 1989 film stars Martin Landau as an ophthamologist filled with guilt and remorse after his mistress (Anjelica Huston) threatens to reveal their affair. Allen plays a documentarian hired to make a movie about his brother-in-law (Alan Alda), a successful TV producer. Mia Farrow, Jerry Orbach, Joanna Gleason, and Sam Waterston co-star in this noir/dark comedy that was nominated for Director, Original Screenplay, and Supporting Actor Oscars. Available exclusively from Screen Archives, Twilight Time's Limited Edition Series Blu-ray includes an isolated music and effects soundtrack, the theatrical trailer, and an essay booklet. Don't miss our thorough review.
February 14, 2014 - Disney has announced a March 18th home video release for Saving Mr. Banks. Warmly reviewed and widely recognized for Emma Thompson's performance, this PG-13 drama tells the (mostly) true story of how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and his studio turned the beloved books of P.L. Travers (Thompson) into Mary Poppins. Breaking with tradition, Disney will release the film in separate Blu-ray and DVD editions, only the former of which is equipped with an HD digital copy. Extras will include a trio of deleted scenes, a tour of the studio hosted by director John Lee Hancock, and the cast and crew's musical tribute to Richard Sherman. For cover art, preorders, full details, and a clip from the film, see the full announcement.
February 13, 2014 - Today's new review covers next week's DVD release of Watchtower. This 2012 Turkish drama tells the story of two strangers -- a forest watchtower guard and a coach bus hostess -- whose paths cross. Last October's selection for Film Movement's Film-of-the-Month Club, the DVD includes the Greek/US short film The Foreigner in addition to bios, trailers and essays. Our review.
February 12, 2014 - The 1981 noir drama The Postman Always Rings Twice stars Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange as a couple who begin an extramarital affair in Depression era California. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross) adapts James M. Cain's 1934 novel for director Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces). Now available, Warner's Blu-ray includes a new 81-minute select scene audio commentary by Nicholson, Mamet, and Rafelson and the original theatrical trailer. Read our review.
February 11, 2014 - Life of a King stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as an ex-con who introduces troubled inner city high school students to chess to keep them out of street troubles. After a limited January theatrical run, this inspirational PG-13 drama hit home video today. Our Blu-ray review.
Our newest review looks at Wadjda, an acclaimed film that happens to be the first shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. Submitted for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, this drama written and directed by Haifaa Al Mansour tells the story of the titular 10-year-old girl who joins her school's religious club and studies the Quran for a competition whose cash prize could land her the bicycle her heart is set on. After a fall engagement that attracted universal praise, this film is now available to rent and own in a Sony Blu-ray + DVD combo pack that includes a Al Mansour Q & A session and audio commentary, a making-of featurette, and the trailer. Don't miss our review.
February 10, 2014 - Tomorrow, The Jungle Book becomes the ninth entry in Disney's Diamond Edition line of animated classics' Blu-ray + DVD combo packs. The 1967 musical adventure adapted from Rudyard Kipling's stories hits high definition with an hour of new bonus features plus most of its Platinum Edition DVD extras intact including an audio commentary and a 45-minute making-of documentary. Watch a clip from one of the new supplement featuring Diane Disney Miller, Richard Sherman, and Floyd Norman as part of our complete review.
February 7, 2014 - Jerusha Hess, half of the husband-wife team that wrote Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, makes her directorial debut on Austenland, which she adapted from Shannon Hale's novel with the author. Keri Russell stars as a modern-day Jane Austen fanatic who treats herself to a fantasy vacation inspired by Austen's romances, a Regency era immersion experience that subverts her expectations. Co-starring Bret McKenzie ("Flight of the Conchords"), Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, and JJ Feilds, this summer comedy hits DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday joined by an audio commentary by Hess and producer Stephenie Meyer and a cast Q & A session. Don't miss our Blu-ray review.
Warner has announced they will release a new 40th Anniversary Blu-ray edition of Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles on May 6th. This 1974 comedy western will be joined by Brooks audio commentary, deleted scenes, the 1975 TV pilot "Black Bart", the cast reunion documentary "Back in the Saddle", the trailer, the all-new featurette "Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild, Wild West", and ten art cards with quotes and images from the film.
Expected to compete for Oscars last December, The Monuments Men instead opens in theaters today to reduced expectations and underwhelming reviews. George Clooney directs, produces, writes, and stars in this drama that tells the true story of a group of soldiers assigned to protect and retrieve priceless art at the end of World War II. The distinguished cast also includes Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin. Our movie review.
February 6, 2014 - Today's new review covers the animated family comedy Free Birds. Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson voice turkeys who travel back in time to 1621 to stop their kind from becoming a part of the first Thanksgiving feast. Directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!) and co-starring Amy Poehler and George Takei, this debut of Reel FX Animation Studios is now available to own in a Relativity/Fox Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack that includes making-of shorts, a short children's play based on the film, and more. Check out some monumental graphics created for the release as part of our thorough review.
Sony has just announced that American Hustle will come to Blu-ray combo pack and DVD on March 18th, just two weeks after a ceremony that sees it competing for ten Academy Awards. One of 2013's best-reviewed films and the holiday season's biggest hits, this funny take on the FBI's 1970s ABSCAM stings will be joined by a making-of featurette and more than twenty minutes of deleted and extended scenes. David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter) directs an all-star cast that includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner. For cover art, preorders, and full details, see the full press release.
Recent Film Reviews:
Labor Day - Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) directs this romantic drama, which he adapts from Joyce Maynard's book. Set in 1987 New England, it tells the story of a divorced mother (Kate Winslet), her 13-year-old son (Gattlin Griffith), and the stranger (Josh Brolin) in need of a safe place to lay low. Tobey Maguire narrates and co-stars in this Golden Globe nominee for Best Actress in a Drama.
Her - Director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are) tells the story of a lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) in Los Angeles of the near-future who falls in love with his computer's operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Co-starring Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Chris Pratt, this film will vie for five Academy Awards.
August: Osage County - Adapted from Tracy Letts' Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, this dramedy reunites a large, secretive family to observe the death of its patriarch. Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep heads an ensemble cast that also includes Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dermot Mulroney, and Abigail Breslin. John Wells ("ER", The Company Men) directs from Letts' own adaptation. Streep and Roberts are both nominated for acting Oscars.
The Wolf of Wall Street - In this latest collaboration between Leonardo DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese, DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a young New Yorker who quickly strikes it rich by selling penny stocks to the desperate. Belfort's lifestyle of excesses threatens to come tumbling down when federal authorities begin investigating him for fraud. A month later than planned, this outrageous, comedic true story finally checks in with a hard R rating and a nearly three-hour runtime.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Ben Stiller stars as a daydreaming Life magazine employee who travels the world in search of the photograph that might serve as the publication's final cover image. Stiller also directed this PG-rated fantasy adventure, which co-stars Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, and Adam Scott, from a script by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness).
American Hustle - Director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter) extends his hot streak with a film based on the FBI's Abscam sting operation of the 1970s. A con artist (Christian Bale) and his moll (Amy Adams) are pushed into aiding an undercover federal agent (Bradley Cooper) uncover large-scale corruption in public officials. Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner co-star in one of 2013's most esteemed and acknowledged films.
Saving Mr. Banks - Dramatizes the difficulties that Walt Disney's studio faced in the 1960s while trying to make Mary Poppins in a way that satisfied the book series' author P.L. Travers. The Blind Side's John Lee Hancock directs Emma Thompson (Travers) and Tom Hanks (Walt) in this PG-13 drama named one of the year's ten best films by the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review.
Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (Blu-ray) - Adapted from the first novel in G.P. Taylor's Mariah Mundi series, this fantasy sees a young man (Aneurin Barnard) trying to find his abducted younger brother and the powerful titular relic that is being pursued by the hotelier (Sam Neill) who employs him. Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Ioan Gruffudd, and Keeley Hawes co-star in this PG-rated adventure, which is joined by a 20-minute making-of featurette in Image Entertainment's release.
"The Broker's Man: Series 1 - Seventeen years after first airing on BBC One, this British drama finally hits North America from Acorn. Kevin Whately ("Inspector Morse", "Inspector Lewis") stars in the title role as Jimmy Griffin, a police detective turned insurance investigator who's trying to put his recently ended marriage back together while running into all sorts of danger on the job. Co-starring Sarah-Jane Potts (Kinky Boots) and Michelle Fairley ("Game of Thrones"), three feature-length episodes fill two discs.
Cutie and the Boxer (Blu-ray) - An Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, this directorial debut of Zachary Heinzerling looks at the life of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, a long-married couple of Japanese-American artists living in New York. The film is joined by a Sundance Film Festival Q & A, the 1970s TV documentary Shinohara: The Last Artist, deleted scenes, and a dazzling super slow motion look at Ushio's boxing painting process.
Dallas Buyers Club (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) - Winner of three Academy Awards including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, this drama tells the somewhat true story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a Texas electrician and rodeo performer who is blindsided by an HIV-positive diagnosis. Partnering with the similarly afflicted transgendered Rayon (Jared Leto), he forms the titular club, a way for the desperate to try smuggled experimental medicine unapproved by the FDA for sale in America. Universal's combo pack includes three deleted scenes and a making-of short.
Charlie Countryman - Action thriller stars Shia LaBeouf as a young American abroad in Bucharest who gets mixed up with hardened criminals (Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger) after meeting the daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) of the Romanian man who died next to him on the flight over. This strange limited release production is now on Blu-ray with a making-of featurette, twenty minutes of deleted scenes (featuring unused John Hurt narration), and the trailer.
1 (Blu-ray) - Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 12 Years a Slave) narrates this documentary that celebrates Formula 1, recalling both the heroes and the fatalities of European auto racing in the 1960s and '70s. , which interviews Mario Andretti, Michael Schumacher, Niki Lauda, and dozens of other drivers and experts. Check out our Blu-ray review.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD) - Sony Pictures Animation's sequel to their hit 2009 film adapted from the classic children's book. Flint Lockwood and his community are evacuated, as Swallow Falls' leftovers require clean-up and containment. A return home, however, realizes that the region is lush with "foodimals." Sony's three-disc combo pack includes four mini-movies, deleted scenes, directors' audio commentary, a number of making-of featurettes, and Digital HD UltraViolet.
Big Sur - In this adaptation of the 1962 Jack Kerouac novel of the same name, Jean-Marc Barr plays the iconic Beat Generation author, who approaches forty in a state of delirium, fueled by alcohol, friendship, and introspection. Co-starring Josh Lucas, Kate Bosworth, and Radha Mitchell, this drama adapted and directed by Michael Polish is now on DVD with its trailer.
The Fifth Estate (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Drama tells the story of founding of the controversial site WikiLeaks by Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Daniel Berg (Daniel Brόhl). From director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) and screenwriter Josh Singer ("Fringe", "The West Wing"), this DreamWorks biopic had less impact at the box office than every film released to as many theaters last year. Buena Vista's combo pack includes featurettes on the visual effects and Carter Burwell's score plus the film's trailer and TV spots.
Bonnie & Clyde (Blu-ray) - Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Milk) and Holliday Grainger (Jane Eyre, "The Borgias") fill the title roles as the 1930s bank-robbing couple. William Hurt, Holly Hunter, Sarah Hyland, and Elizabeth Reaser also feature in this four-hour miniseries, simultaneously broadcast on A&E, History Channel, and Lifetime. It's joined by four making-of featurettes and Digital HD UltraViolet in Sony's two-disc Blu-ray release.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Spins off a Johnny Knoxville character from the popular stunt-based comedy franchise into his own movie. Hidden cameras capture reactions to the outrageous antics of 86-year-old Irving Zisman and his 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll). Her's Spike Jonze numbers among the writers and producers of this Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar nominee. Paramount's Blu-ray presents the film in theatrical and extended cuts plus an hour of bonus features.
Last Vegas (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - Academy Award winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline team up to play lifelong friends in this comedy from writer Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love., Tangled) and director Jon Turteltaub (Cool Runnings, National Treasure). A gang of Brooklynites reunites for an unforgettable bachelor party weekend in Sin City. This profitable CBS Films release is joined by a Fogelman & Turteltaub commentary and several making-of featurettes in Sony's combo pack.
Garibaldi's Lovers - This 2012 comedy from writer-director Silvio Soldini (Bread and Tulips) tells the story of an assortment of Italians -- including a broke artist, a widower, and his two teenaged children -- whose lives are connected in unusual ways, while Rome's statues of Garibaldi and others narrate in voiceover. Film Movement's recent disc includes bios, trailers, and the Swiss animated short film The Kiosk by Anete Melece.
A.C.O.D. (Blu-ray) - Independent comedy stars Adam Scott ("Parks and Recreation") as a restaurant owner belonging to a group of A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce) whose childhood experiences were written about in a bestselling book. In advance of his younger brother's wedding, he reunites his parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O'Hara) in an unexpected way. Also featuring Jane Lynch, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clark Duke, and Jessica Alba, this fall limited theatrical release is now on Blu-ray from Paramount in a disc that includes screening Q & A cast & crew comments, Poehler outtakes, cast PSAs, and digital copy and UltraViolet options.
Captain Phillips - Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum) directs this Academy Award-nominated docudrama about the 2009 hijacking of a U.S. cargo ship by Somali pirates, which stars Tom Hanks in the titular role and Supporting Actor nominee Barkhad Abdi as the pirates' captain. Sony's DVD includes an hour-long making-of documentary, an audio commentary by Greengrass, and code for UltraViolet.
In a World... (Blu-ray) - Actress Lake Bell ("Childrens Hospital", What Happens in Vegas) makes her writing and directing debut and also stars as Carol Solomon, a Hollywood vocal coach who breaks into the male-dominated business of movie trailer voiceovers. This independent comedy co-stars Fred Melamed, Demetri Martin, Ken Marino, Rob Corddry, and Michaela Watkins, this Sundance-winning, National Board of Review-recognized film is now available to own from Sony, joined by deleted scenes, a gag reel, an audio commentary, and cast promos.
Khumba (Blu-ray 3D/2D + DVD) - Triggerfish, South Africa's first feature animation studio, follows up their debut Adventures in Zambezia with this story of a young zebra missing stripes on half of his body who goes out in search of a magical watering hole he hopes will complete him and end the drought plaguing his community. With a voice cast including Jake T. Austin, Liam Neeson, AnnaSophia Robb, Laurence Fishburne, and Catherine Tate, the combo pack includes a trailer and four making-of featurettes.
"Comedy Bang! Bang!": The Complete First Season - Anchor Bay's two-disc DVD hold sthe first ten episodes of this offbeat IFC talk show adapted from Scott Aukerman's popular podcast of the same name. Aukerman interviews guests like Zach Galifiankis, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Jon Hamm and Seth Rogen. Each episode is joined by audio commentary and the second disc holds over an hour of video extras.
Freezer (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) - Action thriller stars Dylan McDermott as a New York mechanic who finds himself suddenly locked in a meat locker by Russian mobsters accusing him of stealing $8 million. Directed by Hard Rain's Mikael Salomon and co-starring Yuliya Snigir (A Good Day to Die Hard) and Twilight's Peter Facinelli, this new movie hits shelves joined by cast and crew interviews and a making-of featurette in an Anchor Bay combo pack.
Blue Jasmine - Nominated for Oscars in Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, and Original Screenplay, Woody Allen's latest drama tells the nonlinear story of a New York socialite (Cate Blanchett) who loses her financial comfort and has to crash at the San Francisco apartment of her sister (Sally Hawkins) until she can get back on her feet. Sony's disc includes cast interviews, a Q & A session featuring Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard, and Andrew Dice Clay, the trailer, and UltraViolet.
Run (Blu-ray 3D/2D) - An independent Parkour-centric thriller about a father and son who move around and steal things. The Chronicles of Narnia's William Moseley stars as the teenager whose efficient running, climbing, and jumping skills might just save his family from a vengeful mobster. Millennium's hybrid disc includes a making-of featurette and the trailer.
Thief (The Criterion Collection Blu-ray + DVD) - The feature directorial debut Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider, Collateral), this 1981 crime drama stars James Caan as a master jewel thief looking to get out of the business and start a family (with Tuesday Weld). Featuring the film debuts of James Belushi, Robert Prosky, and more, the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes a 1995 Mann & Caan audio commentary, brand new interviews with Mann, Caan, and a former member of Tangerine Dream, the German electronic group that did the score.
Lee Daniels' The Butler (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) - Tells the sort of true story of a black man who served Presidents in the White House for thirty years. Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker fills the title role, while Oprah Winfrey plays his wife and David Oyelowo is their civil rights activist son in this historical drama from the director of Precious and the writer of HBO's Game Change. The large cast includes depictions of former U.S. by Robin Williams, James Marsden, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, and Liev Schreiber. Available tomorrow, The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack includes a making-of documentary, over 20 minutes of deleted scenes, a Gladys Knight and Lenny Kravitz music video, a gag reel, and reflections from real Freedom Riders.
Twenty Feet from Stardom - Oscar-winning documentary celebrates backup singers, from the rare ones to experience solo success like Darlene Love and Lisa Fischer to the many more anonymous ones who tried to rising hopeful Judith Hill. After a potent run in limited release, this Morgan Neville-directed film hits Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday from The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay, joined by a half-hour of deleted scenes, a half-hour New York Times Q & A session with Love, Fischer, Neville, and Merry Clayton, and an unused segment.
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