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March 4, 2015 - Believe it or not, Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory turns 10 this year and Warner marked the occasion this week with a new 10th Anniversary Blu-ray. This blockbuster second feature adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's book stars Johnny Depp as the eccentric candymaker who opens his mysterious workplace to five children who find golden tickets in their chocolate bar wrappers. The new release adds a picture book to the Blu-ray released in 2011. Full review.
March 2, 2015 - Foxcatcher, a nominee for five Academy Awards and winner of none, is our newest review. Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote) directs this true story of a wealthy eccentric (Steve Carell) who invites two brothers (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo), both Gold Medal-winning Olympic wrestlers, to train at his titular mansion. Sony's Blu-ray + Digital HD edition includes a making-of featurette and two deleted scenes. Watch clips from the movie and a trailer as part of our full review.
March 1, 2015 - Adapted from Philip Roth's novel, The Humbling stars Al Pacino as an aging actor who starts a relationship with the lesbian daughter (Greta Gerwig) of a former colleague. Academy Award winner Barry Levinson (Rain Man) directs from a script co-written by Buck Henry (The Graduate). Available on Tuesday, Millennium's Blu-ray includes a short making-of featurette and the trailer. Full review.
February 27, 2015 - Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Lenny tells the story of Lenny Bruce, a stand-up comedian who became a crusader for freedom of speech upon repeatedly being charged with obscenity. Dustin Hoffman plays the comic in this Bob Fosse-directed film which Julian Barry adapted from his Broadway play. Twilight Time's limited edition Blu-ray includes a film historians' audio commentary, the original trailer, and an essay booklet. Full review.
Horrible Bosses 2 reunites the cast of the surprise 2001 hit for more comedy hijinks. Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz join the fray as the new targets of Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day's criminal plotting. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack presents the film in theatrical and extended cuts along with nearly an hour of bonus features including in-character bits, alternate lines, and a making-of featurette. Our full review.
February 25, 2015 - Our newest review looks at Watership Down, the second animated film admitted into The Criterion Collection. Adapted from Richard Adams' novel, this 1978 British film tells the story of rabbits trying to survive in the face of danger and hardship. Now available, Criterion's Blu-ray includes new interviews with directors Martin Rosen and Guillermo del Toro, a picture-in-pictue track with original storyboards, a 2005 animators' featurette, the original US trailer, and an essay booklet. Full review.
February 24, 2015 - Two days after winning Walt Disney Animation Studios its second consecutive Best Animated Feature Oscar, Big Hero 6 hits stores on DVD and in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack. Adapted from an obscure Marvel Comics series, this acclaimed blockbuster tells the story of a Hiro Hamada, a teenager who teams up with his brother's college classmates and a robotic health care companion to stop a mysterious figure from misusing his own invention. Disney's two-disc edition includes deleted scenes, an Easter egg on the movie's subtle nods to Frozen and other Disney animated films, two making-of featurettes, and a teaser. Don't miss our review.
February 21, 2015 - Our newest Blu-ray review looks at St. Vincent, which is now available. This strong-performing indie dramedy stars Bill Murray as a grumpy working class Brooklynite who becomes an unlikely, unqualified babysitter to the 12-year-old boy (Jaeden Lieberher) who moves in next door. Co-starring Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, and Chris O'Dowd, this double Golden Globe nominee is joined by a dozen deleted scenes, highlights from the Toronto International Film Festival's Bill Murray Day panels, and Digital HD. Our full review.
February 20, 2015 - The Interview, one of the most controversial movies ever, is now on Blu-ray. The story of two American journalists (James Franco and Seth Rogen) recruited by the CIA to turn their exclusive interview of North Korean's dictator into an assassination mission inspired the Sony hack, prompted terrorist threats, and diminished what was to be a multi-thousand theater mainstream release into a hard-to-find 300-venue debut. Directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End), this action comedy is joined by an audio commentary, 25 minutes of deleted, extended, and alternate scenes, a gag reel, and a number of making-of featurettes. Read the review.
February 17, 2015 - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has scheduled a March 24th home video release for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The final installment of Peter Jackson's second epic trilogy adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth tales will be available as a 2-Disc Special Edition DVD in addition to Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D combo packs with DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet. Extras will include a music video and behind-the-scenes for Billy Boyd's "The Last Goodbye", "Completing Middle-earth", "Recruiting the Five Armies", and "New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth, Part 3." Click here for cover art and preorders.
February 16, 2015 - Our latest Blu-ray review looks at The World Made Straight. This adaptation of Ron Rash's 2006 novel tells the story of a teenager (War Horse's Jeremy Irvine) who befriends a marijuana dealer/Civil War historian (Noah Wyle) in 1970s North Carolina. Available tomorrow, Millennium's Blu-ray includes the film's trailer. Full review.
After a very limited North American theatrical engagement, the 2012 Italian CG-animated film Gladiators of Rome comes to DVD this week from Paramount Home Entertainment in English and French. It tells the story of a First Century man rescued from Pompeii as a child who trains to become a gladiator. Our review.
February 14, 2015 - It's Valentine's Day, a day to declare your love...of movies. Do so by watching our video montage of the Top 100 Movies of the Half-Decade:
February 13, 2015 - Disney adapts the classic 1972 children's book in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner play the heads of a four-child family whose mishap-prone second youngest son (Ed Oxenbould) makes a wish on his 12th birthday that others could know the terrible days he regularly experiences. Now available, the Blu-ray + Digital HD set includes a half-hour of bonus features including outtakes, interviews of the author and her son (the book's namesake), a look at the Australian animals featured, an an Easter egg. Our full review.
February 12, 2015 - Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, the third of four Peanuts films released theatrically from 1969 to 1980, has finally come to DVD. This 1977 feature sends Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and friends to the aptly-named Camp Remote, where they face bullies and try to be democratic. Now available, Paramount's red keepcased DVD includes the original theatrical trailer. Full review.
February 10, 2015 - 101 Dalmatians makes it to Blu-ray today as the eleventh title released in Disney's Diamond Edition line. This 1961 animated classic tells the story of dalmatian puppies who are kidnapped from their loving home by the wicked fur-loving Cruella De Vil and her henchmen. The Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack adds an hour of new bonus features including the "Walt Disney Presents" episode "The Best Doggoned Dog in the World." Don't miss our full review.
February 9, 2015 - From the writers-directors of Daybreakers, the Australian sci-fi film Predestination stars Ethan Hawke as a time-traveling agent of the Temporal Bureau who listens to a patron's (Sarah Snook) incredible story while tending bar in 1970s New York City. Available tomorrow, Sony's Blu-ray of this limited theatrical release includes bloopers, a featurette, and a 76-minute making-of documentary. Our full review.
February 7, 2015 - Our newest Blu-ray review covers Breaking Away. This 1979 coming-of-age dramedy won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical). It tells the story of an Indiana teenager (Dennis Christopher) who's crazy about cycling and Italian culture. Co-starring Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Paul Dooley, and Oscar-nominated Barbara Barrie, this Fox movie is now on Blu-ray from Twilight Time, who include a new audio commentary by Christopher, an original trailer and TV spots, and more. Read our review.
February 6, 2015 - "Above Suspicion": Complete Collection bundles all four series of the British police procedural. Kelly Reilly (Flight) and Ciarαn Hinds (There Will Be Blood) star as London detectives trying to crack gruesome murders. Acorn's four-disc set holds all eleven hour-long episodes plus a number of behind-the-scenes featurettes, interviews, photo galleries, biographies, and filmographies. Our review.
February 5, 2015 - Our latest Blu-ray review covers Woody Allen's 1985 comedy The Purple Rose of Cairo. Set during the Great Depression, the film seems an unhappily married waitress and avid moviegoer (Mia Farrow) being surprised by a character (Jeff Daniels) who literally leaps off the screen and into her life. The actor who played him (also Daniels) goes looking for his double to protect his career. Now available, Twilight Time's Blu-ray includes the original trailer, an isolated score track, and an essay booklet. Full review.
February 3, 2015 - The Half-Decade Hundred, our countdown of the top 100 films released from 2010 to 2014 comes to a glorious end today. See what topped the list, watch a montage featuring a short clip from all 100 of the chosen films, and check out some fun facts, from which actors, directors, writers and producers got the most films in to a breakdown of the chosen films by studio, MPAA rating, runtime, origin, language, and review status. One last look...
Recent Film Reviews:
American Sniper - 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. Clint Eastwood directs this drama nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Actor.
Paddington - Adapted from the classic Michael Bond book series, this family film sees a talking bear from Darkest Peru coming to London in search of 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.
Selma - Directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere), this Best Picture Oscar nominee 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.
Inherent Vice - The seventh feature film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, There Will Be Blood), this Academy Award nominee 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.
Into the Woods - Rob Marshall adapts another popular Broadway musical in 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).
Big Eyes - Tim Burton steps out of his fantastical comfort zone to tell the story of painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), whose husband (Christoph Waltz) took credit for her popular paintings of large-eyed waifs.
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 many major Academy Awards.
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.
Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
The Judge (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - This small-town drama stars Robert Downey Jr. as a hot shot big city lawyer who returns to his Indiana home and winds up defending his father (Oscar-nominated Robert Duvall), a respected judge, on manslaughter charges. Warner's combo pack includes an audio commentary by director David Dobkin, 18 minutes of deleted scenes with optional Dobkin commentary, a making-of featurette of cast reunions, and Dax Shepard's silly interviews of castmates.
The Remaining (Blu-ray) - This Christian apocalyptic thriller centers on a young group of friends gathered for a wedding who then find themselves endangered by The Rapture. Sony's Blu-ray includes a deleted scene and making-of featurette.
A Walk Among the Tombstones (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Liam Neeson stars as a New York cop turned unlicensed private eye who is hired to investigate the abduction and murder of a major drug trafficker's wife. This dark crime mystery is adapted from Lawrence Block's 1992 novel by director Scott Frank (The Lookout). Universal's combo pack includes two featurettes.
Fury - Written and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch), this drama centers on a five-man tank crew facing stiff opposition in Germany during the final month of World War II. Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, and Michael Peρa star. The film is accompanied by a single featurette and an UltraViolet code on DVD.
The Palm Beach Story (The Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - This classic 1942 Preston Sturges screwball comedy 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. Criterion's BD 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.
Annabelle (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - This prequel to the 2013 horror hit The Conjuring 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. Warner's combo pack includes 20 minutes of deleted scenes plus four making-of featurettes.
Rudderless - Actor William H. Macy tries his hand at writing, directing, and producing on this independent film which 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. Paramount's DVD includes a music video by Selena Gomez and Ben Kweller, a making-of featurette, and deleted scenes.
The Strange Little Cat - German film 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.
Men, Women & Children (Blu-ray) - Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) helms this ensemble drama adapted from Chad Kultgen's 2011 novel. It 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.
Jimi: All Is By My Side (Blu-ray) - John Ridley, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave, wrote and directed this film, which 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.
Left Behind (Blu-ray) - A new, higher-budgeted adaptation of the popular Christian book series, 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 joined by over an hour of HD bonus features including cast & crew interviews and trailers on Blu-ray.
Horns (Blu-ray) - Daniel Radcliffe plays 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.
No Good Deed (Blu-ray) Boyhood (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD), - 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.
The Fortune (Blu-ray) - 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.
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