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January 24, 2015 - Our newest Blu-ray review looks at The Palm Beach Story, the classic 1942 Preston Sturges screwball comedy which entered The Criterion Collection this week. It tells the story of a broke New York married couple (played by Joel McCrea of Sullivan's Travels and It Happened One Night's Claudette Colbert) who head down to Palm Beach to get a divorce and wind up becoming romantically involved with one of the richest families in the world. Now available Criterion's Blu-ray includes interviews of film historian James Harvey and funnyman/Sturges fan Bill Hader, a 1943 radio adaptation of the film, and Sturges' training short Safeguarding Military Information. Our full review.
January 23, 2015 - Our Top 100 Films of the Half-Decade inches closer to the top of the list. Today's update gives us numbers 30 through 26, which include an animated western, a stylish crime drama, two of 2010's ten Best Picture Oscar nominees, and a romantic comedy adapted from a graphic novel. Find out why these were picked here and join us as the Top 25 are revealed over the course of next week!
Paramount has scheduled the DVD and Blu-ray combo pack release of Interstellar for March 31st. Christopher Nolan's ambitious, original sci-fi epic will be accompanied by tons of bonus features on Blu-ray plus, for a limited time only, a film cell from its 70mm IMAX presentations. See the press release for full details.
January 22, 2015 - Our countdown of The Top 100 Films of the Half-Decade covers #'s 35 to 31 today. The latest update includes two superhero team films, a documentary, an unorthodox threequel, and a multiple Oscar winner. Check them out!
January 21, 2015 - Posing as a prequel to the 2013 horror hit The Conjuring, Annabelle shows us life for the demonic doll before obtained by the Warrens. A young, expectant California married couple has their lives turned upside down with the doll in their presence. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes 20 minutes of deleted scenes plus four making-of featurettes. Our review.
Our Top 100 Films of the Half-Decade countdown begins counting down the Top 40 with our daily update. Entering the fray today are a trio of films that lost Best Picture but each won a single Oscar for their screenplays. There's also the lowest-grossing of 2012's Animated Feature nominees and a critically acclaimed international film that did most of its business in Asia. Check them out and return tomorrow as we reach the final third of this long list!
January 20, 2015 - Actor William H. Macy tries his hand at writing, directing, and producing on the independent film Rudderless. This drama stars Billy Crudup as a man who loses his son in a college campus shooting and finds comfort in playing his son's music with a band he forms. Available today, Paramount's DVD includes a music video by Selena Gomez and Ben Kweller, a making-of featurette, and deleted scenes. Our review.
Five more films, those ranked 45th through 41st, are revealed in today's Top 100 Films of the Half-Decade update. Today's selections include two Oscar-nominated movies now in theaters, two films that drew multiple acting nominations at the Academy Awards, and a Romeo and Juliet retelling set during a zombie apocalypse. Check them out and come back tomorrow for the next five!
January 19, 2015 - The Top 100 Films of the Half-Decade countdown reaches the top half. Unveiled today, in #'s 50 through 46, are the two blockbuster westerns (and you thought that genre was dead), a couple of dramas that seem to have narrowly missed Best Picture Oscar nominations, and an American film shown in six different countries before opening in the States. Check them out!
Now on DVD, the German film The Strange Little Cat spends a day inside the home of an ordinary middle-class family. Written and directed by Ramon Zόrcher, this slice of life drama is joined by an introduction and a cast & crew Q + A session from its presentation by the Film Society of Lincoln Center on the KimStim disc. Our review.
January 18, 2015 - Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) is at the helm of Men, Women & Children. This ensemble drama adapted from Chad Kultgen's 2011 novel tells the story of a Texas town whose teenagers and their parents use technology in an assortment of troubling ways. Featuring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Ansel Elgort, this film is now on Blu-ray joined by a cut storyline, deleted scenes, two making-of featurettes, and Digital HD. Our review.
Our Top 100 Films of the Half-Decade countdown reaches the halfway point today with an update that features three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar but lost, the top-grossing film of 2013, and a 2012 winner of the Prism Award for Mental Health. The top half begins tomorrow, but for today, check out numbers 55 through 51.
January 16, 2015 - Expanding nationwide today is American Sniper, a film nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor. Bradley Cooper plays Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL determined to be the most lethal in American military history, who balances civilian life (with a wife played by Sienna Miller) with multiple tours of dangerous work. Our film review.
Also opening today is Paddington, a major motion picture adapted from the classic Michael Bond book series. In it, a talking bear from Darkest Peru comes to London looking for a family. He finds one in the Browns, but becomes targeted by a taxidermy director (Nicole Kidman) determined to stuff him for museum display. This live-action British production with CGI is sure to delight. Full review.
January 15, 2015 - Don't forget your daily check-in to our Top 100 Films of the Half-Decade countdown. Today's update includes a quartet of Oscar winners, an animation documentary, the third installment of a comic trilogy, three films from directors who are doubly represented in the list, and a sci-fi film that did not hide the fact that Matt Damon was in it. Read all about them and close in on the top 50 with your daily dose of Half-Decade Hundred.
Just posted: Complete List of Oscar Nominations with some analysis. You can also watch the announcement video and pretend it's live. More...
January 14, 2015 - This year, nominees in all 24 Academy Award categories will be announced in Thursday morning's nomination announcement. Watch it live at 8:30 AM Eastern/5:30 AM Pacific or whenever you wake up and know immediately which are the surprises with our predictions in 21 of the categories: Oscar Nominations: Live Feed & Predictions.
Our countdown of the Top 100 Films of the Half-Decade marches on with ten new films today. They include the Best Picture frontrunner we are giving away, an underrated sequel, two films with "Kingdom" in their title, Ben Stiller's lowest-grossing film of the Tens, a film both produced and inspired by Steven Spielberg, a French comedy, an American comedy, and a pair of Disney-distributed movies that did better or worse at the Oscars than expected. Read all about them here and be sure to submit your comments on our past and upcoming picks:
January 13, 2015 - John Ridley, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave wrote and directed Jimi: All Is By My Side, a film that spends two years mostly in England with legendary rock and roller Jimi Hendrix (Andrι Benjamin). Co-starring Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, and Ruth Negga, this drama is now on Blu-ray with an interview and trailer following a limited fall theatrical release. Our review.
The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay have announced that St. Vincent will come to DVD and Blu-ray on February 17th, eleven days after the film becomes available for digital download. Nominated for two Golden Globes and one SAG Award, this comedy stars Bill Murray as a Brooklyn misanthrope who reluctantly becomes babysitter to his young next door neighbor. Both Blu-ray and DVD editions will include deleted scenes and a Q & A with the "patron saint of comedy", Bill Murray himself.
Our Top 100 Films of the Half-Decade continues with #'s 85-76. Today's update includes two animated features, two superhero movies, two theatrical underperformers, two huge blockbusters, and a hit buddy comedy. Keep sending in comments to us on Twitter (using #HalfDecadeHundred) on these, previously-announced films, or films you expect will be featured as we count down to #1. Ten more films tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy the first-quarter of the list.
January 12, 2015 - We've started counting down the Top 100 Films of the Half-Decade. Over the next two weeks, we will be counting down the best films released from the first half of the Tens, 2010 to 2014. You are encouraged to submit short comments on the featured films and your favorites you expect to make the cut: Tweet them to DVDizzy_com with #HalfDecadeHundred and if it's published, you'll get additional chances to win the Blu-ray combo of the Golden Globes' Best Picture (Drama) winner Boyhood in our ongoing giveaway. Today's featured films, representing #'s 86 through 100, include Best Picture-nominated dramas, a couple of little-seen comedies, and a pair of blockbuster animated films. Come back every day for the next batch of films as we count down to #1. Top 100 of the Half-Decade.
A new, higher-budgeted adaptation of the popular Christian book series, Left Behind stars Nicolas Cage as a jet pilot who is flying a plane from New York to London when the Rapture hits. Co-starring Chad Michael Murray, Lea Thompson, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, and Jordin Sparks, this PG-13 faith-based thriller received some of the worst reviews of 2014. It's now on Blu-ray, joined by over an hour of HD bonus features including cast & crew interviews and trailers. Our review.
January 9, 2015 - Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe as a young man accused of murdering his girlfriend who inexplicably growns horns on his head that change the way people open up to him. Adapted from Joe Hill's novel, this multi-faceted film directed by Alexandre Aja (Piranha, Mirrors) co-stars Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Juno Temple, Heather Graham, and David Morse. After a limited Halloween theatrical release, this Radius-TWC film is now on Blu-ray, joined by a making-of featurette. Our Blu-ray review.
Selma becomes one of the last major Oscar contenders to expand to nationwide release today. This drama directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere) tells of the 1960s efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and others to march for equal rights. Co-starring Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, and a large cast of veteran actors, this true drama has received some of 2014's best reviews. Full review.
Expanding today to 645 theaters, 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.
January 8, 2015 - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced a February 24th DVD and Blu-ray combo pack release of Horrible Bosses 2. The comedy sequel will be presented in both a 108-minute theatrical cut and a 116-minute extended cut, each rated R, on Blu-ray. Other extras will include (on both discs) "Endless Laughter Guaranteed!" and the Blu-ray exclusives "Off The Cuff: One Liners You Didn't See", "Nick Kurt Dale INC: Employee Testimonials", and the infomercial "It's the Shower Buddy." Click here for cover art and preorders.
Our coverage of this week's new Blu-rays continues with a review of No Good Deed. This PG-13 Screen Gems thriller opened in first place at the box office in its profitable September theatrical run. The film stars Idris Elba as an escaped convict who visits a housewife (Taraji P. Henson) with malice in his eyes. Sony's Blu-ray includes three featurettes (two of them exclusive to BD), plus a Digital HD UltraViolet code. Read the review.
January 7, 2015 - The Golden Globes are this Sunday and we've put together our final predictions for their fourteen film categories. Read all about what will win, what should win, and what should have been nominated: Golden Globes Predictions.
January 6, 2015 - Boyhood, the best-reviewed film of 2014 and frontrunner in every Best Picture race, is now available to own. Written and directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise), this coming-of-age drama 12 years in the making follows a Texas boy (Ellar Coltrane) from ages 6 to 18. Featuring Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as his parents, this universally praised IFC Films indie hits Blu-ray in a combo pack that includes a 20-minute making-of featurette and nearly one-hour Q & A session with Linklater and the cast. Our review.
Get a leg up in your Oscar planning by entering Boyhood Blu-ray combo giveaway. Two lucky North American readers will win Paramount's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD set. It's quick and easy to enter, but take a little more time (by submitting comments for our upcoming Top 100 Movies of the Half-Decade countdown) and return daily to improve your odds of winning. Rules and entry here: Boyhood Giveaway.
Theatrical windows continue to shorten. Disney has just announced their $200 million-grossing blockbuster Big Hero 6 will come to DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on February 24th and Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere three weeks earlier on February 3. Extras on most formats except DVD will include deleted scenes with director's intros, gag animations, and an Easter egg about Easter eggs. Even the DVD will get the theatrical short Feast and an animators' featurette. For cover art, preorders, and complete details, see the full press release.
January 5, 2015 - The 1975 comedy The Fortune never came to DVD in the US, but it recently made its way to Blu-ray nonetheless. At the height of their popularity, Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty starred as scam artists trying to get around the laws with an heiress (Stockard Channing) in 1920s California. Directed by Mike Nichols (The Graduate) and written by Adrien Joyce (Five Easy Pieces), this farce was released by Twilight Time in their usual low run of 3,000 units. Our review.
January 3, 2015 - The ensemble drama Reach Me features a large cast that includes Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Connolly, Kyra Sedgwick, Thomas Jane, and Tom Berenger. Written and directed by John Herzfeld (2 Days in the Valley, 15 Minutes), it tells the story of assorted Los Angeles citizens whose lives are changed by a self-help book whose author is practically anonymous. Now available, the Blu-ray includes this limited release film's trailer. Our review.
December 31, 2014 - Our final review of 2014 looks at The Equalizer. This update of the 1980s CBS series stars Denzel Washington as Robert McCall, a home improvement store employee with a vigilante streak on the side. Directed by Training Day's Antoine Fuqua and co-starring Marton Csokas and Chloλ Grace Moretz, this well-performing R-rated fall action flick is now available to own in a Sony Blu-ray + Digital HD release with over an hour of bonus features including a Vengeance Mode, making-of featurettes, and a photo gallery. Don't miss our full review.
December 29, 2014 - Our coverage of 2014's final releases begins with a review of Elsa & Fred. This film from Oscar-nominated Il Postino director Michael Radford tells the story of a romance formed between two elderly New Orleans neighbors (played by Academy Award winners Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer). After limited fall engagements, it hits Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow from Millennium Entertainment, joined by a making-of featurette and trailer. Our BD review.
December 25, 2014 - Rob Marshall adapts another popular Broadway musical in Into the Woods. Disney's fairy tale comedy weaves together the stories of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Red Riding Hood and the Wolf (Johnny Depp), Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk with the plight of a couple of bakers (James Corden and Emily Blunt) whose desire to conceive a child is impacted by the curse of their neighbor witch (Meryl Streep). Worth a trip to the theater? Read our review.
Tim Burton steps out of his fantastical comfort zone in Big Eyes, the story of painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), whose husband (Christoph Waltz) took credit for her popular paintings of large-eyed waifs. Full review.
Expanding in theaters today is The Imitation Game, a biopic about British genius Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), who led efforts to decrypt the Nazis' Enigma machine. Co-starring Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, and Matthew Goode, this drama is nominated for multiple Golden Globes and expected to compete in several major Oscar categories including Best Picture. Our film review.
December 24, 2014 - Our final review of 2014's holiday discs covers the strongest seasonal release, White Christmas: Diamond Anniversary Edition. Paramount treats this enduring 1954 Technicolor musical to a loaded 4-disc Blu-ray + DVD + CD set, which adds a sing-along mode, five cast TV appearances, photo galleries, and Danny Kaye's 1955 UNICEF short Assignment Children to hours of previously released content. Don't miss our detailed review.
December 23, 2014 - The Good Lie tells the story of Sudanese refugees who find a new life in Kansas City. Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, and real-life refugees "The Lost Boys" star in this limited release drama from "Red Band Society" creator Margaret Nagle and Monsieur Lazhar director Philippe Falardeau. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes 15 minutes of deleted scenes and a 15-minute making-of featurette. Our detailed review.
December 22, 2014 - Our newest DVD review looks at 1,000 Times Good Night, the English language debut of Norwegian director Erik Poppe. Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche stars as a war photographer who tries to juggle her dangerous work with a marriage and raising two daughters. Available tomorrow, this limited theatrical release drama is joined by cast and crew interviews, biographies, and the trailer. Full review.
Recent Film Reviews:
Horrible Bosses 2 - 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.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 - . Abandoning the games that drove the first two entries, this dark finale-beginner sees Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) become the face of the revolution in a movement that is based in District 13.
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:
When the Wind Blows (Blu-ray) - This 1986 British animated film 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.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Untimely sequel 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 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.
This Is Where I Leave You (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Ensemble dramedy 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.
A Merry Friggin' Christmas - 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 (Robin 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.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - From producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles), Paramount Pictures' blockbuster summer reboot 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.
Magic in the Moonlight (Blu-ray) - 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.
Stonehearst Asylum (Blu-ray) 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 with trailer and making-of featurette.
Time Bandits (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - 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.
Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special - 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.
Guardians of the Galaxy (Blu-ray) - 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.
"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.
The Hundred-Foot Journey (Blu-ray) - Adapting 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). 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.
Automata - Sci-fi thriller 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. On Blu-ray, this English language Spanish production is joined by a making-of featurette and trailer.
The Giver - 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.
Into the Woods (Original Broadway Production Blu-ray) - 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.
The Blob (1988) (Blu-ray) - 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.
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