DVDizzy.com: LATEST DVD & BLU-RAY NEWS and REVIEWS
Please like us on Facebook here and follow us on Twitter here!
October 31, 2014 - Happy Halloween! Nightcrawler opens in theaters today and we've got a review. 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. Read more.
October 29, 2014 - Our newest review looks at The Vanishing, the acclaimed 1988 Dutch mystery that hit Blu-ray this week in The Criterion Collection. It 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. Our review.
October 28, 2014 - Today's new Blu-ray and DVD releases include Good People, a thriller that hits home video just a month after a very limited theatrical release day-and-date with VOD availability. Academy Award nominees James Franco and Kate Hudson play an American married couple in London that finds a bag full of money in their dead tenant's apartment. The answer to their money woes gives them all different kinds of problems, when ruthless drug lords come looking for the loot. Co-starring Tom Wilkinson and Omar Sy, this R-rated thriller hits Blu-ray in a modified aspect ratio with a short featurette and a trailer. Our review.
October 27, 2014 - The 2013 BBC miniseries The Great Train Robbery dramatizes the 1963 heist of a Royal Mail train, devoting its first 90 minutes to the perspective of the robbers (led by Dracula Untold's Luke Evans) and its second to those trying to catch them (led by Jim Broadbent). It's now on DVD where its two-disc set boasts two hours of cast and crew interviews. Full review.
The French film For a Woman is set in post-War Europe where a Communist Russian Jew is surprised by a visit from his presumed dead younger brother that has implications for his family. Written and directed by Diane Kurys (Entre Nous), this romantic drama is now on DVD in general retail, joined by biographies, a trailer, and the 20-minute French short Le Ballon de Rouge. Our review.
October 24, 2014 - The 1975 thriller The Killer Elite stars James Caan and Robert Duvall as contract killers with CIA ties who have a falling out that turns them against each other. This Sam Peckinpah-directed film recently came to Blu-ray with a film historians' audio commentary, new half-hour retrospective, trailer, TV and radio spots, marketing slideshow, and essay booklet. Best of all, Twilight Time's limited edition disc also includes Noon Wine, a rarely seen hour-long 1966 program Peckinpah directed for ABC while his career stalled. Starring Jason Robards and Olivia de Havilland, that recently-unearthed color broadcast is also equipped with a commentary on this loaded platter. Read our review.
Expanding from four theaters to 50 today is Alejandro Gonzแlez I๑แrritu's Birdman, an 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. Don's miss our film review.
October 23, 2014 - Two readers will win a Digital HD UltraViolet download of The Blair Witch Project in our new Halloween giveaway. Check out the new Lionsgate Horror app and enter daily from now through October 30th to increase your odds of winning the 1999 found footage hit. Full details.
The Dogs of War stars Christopher Walken, fresh off his Deer Hunter Oscar win, as a mercenary hired to perform reconnaissance on a West African dictator and then to head a unit to replace him. Co-starring Tom Berenger and JoBeth Williams, and featuring some of the earliest screen appearances of Ed O'Neill and Jim Broadbent, this 1981 action drama from director John Irvin ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", Hamburger Hill) is now on Blu-ray from Twilight Time, who present it in domestic and international cuts, with an isolated score, trailer, and essay booklet to boot. Our review.
Warner has announced a December 16th Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and Digital HD release for This Is Where I Leave You, the ensemble comedy directed by Shawn Levy and starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda. The DVD will include "The Gospel According to Rabbi Boner", while the Blu-ray will add deleted and extended scenes, two Narrative Voice featurettes with Levy and screenwriter Jonathan Tropper, and "Points of Departure. Cover art and preorders have been posted here.
October 22, 2014 - Today's new review covers Snowpiercer. One of 2014's best-reviewed films, this adaptation of a French graphic novel is set in a post-apocalyptic near-future where one long, constantly-running train holding all of Earth's survivors circumvents the globe every year. From director Bong Joon Ho (The Host), the film boasts an international cast including Chris Evans, Song Kang Ho, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, and Jamie Bell. Now available, the two-disc Weinstein/Anchor Bay Blu-ray includes an audio commentary from online critics, an hour-long making-of documentary, concept art galleries, and a number of additional featurettes. Our review.
October 21, 2014 - Five DVDizzy.com readers in the US and Canada will win Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion in our newest giveaway. The animated Disney Channel movie that launched the brand new Disney XD series is now on DVD and you could add it to your collection with a little bit of time and some good luck. To increase your odds, enter daily now through October 29th.
October 20, 2014 - Today's new review covers CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, a VH1 original movie charting the ups and downs of the hit-making '90s girl group. A year after first airing, it reaches DVD with more than a half-hour of bonus features including a wealth of interviews from the real band, but saddles the movie with a censored soundtrack. Full review.
October 17, 2014 - Our first Christmas review of the year covers Santa's Magic Toy Bag, a 1983 Showtime television special from "ALF" creator Paul Fusco. The half-hour program centers on Sherman, an apprentice elf whose non-stop blunders spark frequent reassignment. Santa Claus assigns him the special task of guarding his magic toy bag. Available next Tuesday, the special's long-overdue DVD debut includes a blooper reel, a sing-along, and a slideshow of Sherman's toy designs. Our review.
In theaters today, 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 Pe๑a, and Jon Bernthal. Our film review.
Already in theaters but expanding to 68 locations today, the PG-13 indie dramedy St. Vincent 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. Our review.
October 16, 2014 - Space Station 76 is set in the future as envisioned in the 1970s. This retro sci-fi comedy is set aboard a space station, where a closeted captain (Patrick Wilson), a strained married couple (Matt Bomer and Marisa Coughlan), and a new arrival (Liv Tyler) all cross paths. After a limited release, this R-rated film is now on DVD with deleted scenes, outtakes, and a making-of featurette. Review.
October 14, 2014 - Kingpin, the second film directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary) has finally come to Blu-ray. This 1996 comedy tells the story of a washed-up former bowling star (Woody Harrelson), who sees great potential in an Amish man (Randy Quaid) he wants to manage. Co-starring Vanessa Angel and Bill Murray, this flop turned cult classic is presented in both its PG-13 theatrical and R-rated extended cuts, joined by a brand new 20-minute retrospective, its trailer, and an Farrelly Brothers audio commentary. Roll on down to our complete review.
The first notable Blu-ray and DVD release of 2015 has just been announced: Boyhood. Filmed over twelve years, this acclaimed drama from writer-director Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, Dazed and Confused) will reach stores at the height of the award season, just days before the Golden Globes, from Paramount. Blu-ray extras will include "The 12 Year Project" and a Q & A with Linklater and the cast. For cover art, preorders, and full details, see the press release.
October 13, 2014 - The Christian thriller Persecuted tells the story of a popular evangelist (James Remar) who is framed for rape and murder after he won't lend his support to a senator's Faith and Freedom Act. Co-starring Bruce Davison and Fred Dalton Thompson, this critically reviled summer box office bomb hits stores this week in a Blu-ray + DVD that includes a commentary and two featurettes but only on one of the formats (and not the one you'd think). Our full review.
October 11, 2014 - The History miniseries Houdini stars Academy Award winner Adrien Brody as Harry Houdini, the great illusionist. It jumps around to tell of the Hungarian immigrant's Midwestern upbringing, marriage to a vaudeville dancer, highs and lows of his unprecedented career in magic. Now available, Lionsgate's two-disc Blu-ray presents the miniseries in broadcast and extended cuts alongside Digital HD UltraViolet and four short making-of featurettes. Now you see our review.
October 10, 2014 - The Judge opens in theaters today at a time when you expect intelligent films for adults and potential award contenders. This drama falls short of those marks with 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. Our film review.
October 9, 2014 - Million Dollar Arm, the latest in Disney's long line of inspirational true sports drama, stars Jon Hamm as J.B. Bernstein, an L.A. sports agent who travels to India looking for a cricketer to turn into the nation's first professional athlete to make it in America. Written by Tom McCarthy (Up, Win Win), directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), and co-starring Aasif Mandiv, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton, Life of Pi's Suraj Sharma and Slumdog Millionaire's Madhur Mattai, this PG-rated drama is now on Blu-ray with deleted scenes, an alternate ending, outtakes, three making-of shorts, and an HD digital copy. Don't miss our review.
In our newest review, we look at "Rick and Morty": Season 1. Adult Swim's half-hour animated comedy series centers on a shy teenage boy and his alcoholic scientist grandfather, as they travel to different dimensions and try not to wipe out the planet. Now available, Warner's 1-disc, 11-episode Blu-ray adds 14 audio commentaries, deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and every episode in animatics form. Full review.
October 8, 2014 - The Canadian TV movie Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery adapts the first novel in Louise Penny's popular series. Nathaniel Parker (Britain's Inspector Lynley) plays Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, a Quebec detective called in to investigate the pre-Thanksgiving small town murder of an old woman. Now available, Acorn's DVD includes nearly twenty minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes. Our review.
October 7, 2014 - Fox's long out of print Garfield's Holiday Celebrations DVD will finally have a successor in Anderson Digital's November 4th release of Garfield Holiday Collection. The $14.99 SRP disc will include five 1980s TV specials: the Emmy-winning Garfield Halloween Adventure (1985) and Garfield on the Town (1983) and the Emmy-nominated A Garfield Christmas (1987), A Garfield Thanksgiving (1989), and Garfield in Paradise (1986). The DVD will also include "The House That Garfield Built - A Visit with Jim Davis" which tours the Paws, Inc. campus. Look for our review in the coming weeks!
October 6, 2014 - Warner has announced a November 18th Blu-ray combo pack and DVD release for Into the Storm. The disaster thriller will be joined by "Fake Storms: Real Conditions" on DVD. To that, the Blu-ray adds "Into the Storm: Tornado Files" and "Titus: The Ultimate Chasing Vehicle." Click here for cover art and preorders.
October 5, 2014 - Edge of Tomorrow hits home video this week, rebranded to emphasis its theatrical tagline Live Die Repeat. Adapted from a Japanese graphic novel, this pricey sci-fi action vehicle stars Tom Cruise as an army PR guy who finds himself on the front lines of a war against aliens, able to relive the same day again and again. Directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) and co-starring Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, and Bill Paxton, this film received glowing reviews and held up well in theaters on strong word of mouth, but barely inched past the $100 million mark domestically, qualifying it as a disappointment in light of its behemothic budget. Warner's Blu-ray combo pack includes over an hour of making-of documentaries and featurettes. Full review.
October 4, 2014 - The documentary To Be Takei celebrates the life of actor and pioneer George Takei. Featuring interviews with his "Star Trek" castmates and other Asian-American actors, the film hits DVD exclusively at Amazon on Tuesday with over a half-hour of deleted scenes. Our review.
October 3, 2014 - The top grossing film of 2014 domestically will be in stores before the year's end. Disney has announced a December 9th DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D release for Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's acclaimed and popular latest release. Available as single-disc Blu-ray and DVDs as well as a two-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital HD set, the space blockbuster will be joined by deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, a gag reel, an audio commentary, and an exclusive look at next year's The Avengers: Age of Ultron. DVD customers will have to settle for just a single deleted scene and that Avengers preview. Artwork, preorders, and complete details here.
Oscar season heats up with today's theatrical release of 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. Here's ours.
October 2, 2014 - The thriller The Calling stars Susan Sarandon as a police detective in sleepy, small-town Canada who finds herself investigating a series of grisly murders she thinks are the work of a single killer. Co-starring Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn, Donald Sutherland, and Gil Bellows, this film adapted from the Inger Ash Wolfe novel is now on DVD from Sony with a making-of featurette. Our review.
Paul Haggis, the Academy Award-winning writer-director of Crash gives us another layered ensemble drama in Third Person. Liam Neeson stars as a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer working on his latest novel in France, where he is visited by his girlfriend (Olivia Wilde). Co-starring Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis, James Franco, and Moran Atias, this limited summer release is now on Blu-ray, joined by an audio commentary, a Haggis Q & A, a making-of featurette, and the trailer. Our review.
October 1, 2014 - Paramount has scheduled a December 16th Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD release for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The hit new take on the sewer-dwelling cartoon and comic book heroes will be joined by a number of bonus features on Blu-ray, including an extended ending and the music video for their theme song "Shell Shocked." A Digital HD version of the film will be available three weeks earlier, on November 25th. See the press release for full details.
The year's biggest film by global gross, Transformers: Age of Extinction is our latest review subject. The fourth installment in this Michael Bay-directed series of blockbusters offers a new human cast and few returning Transformers. Mark Wahlberg stars as a rural Texas inventor who winds up in possession of Optimus Prime, putting his family in a dangerous position with CIA agents and the manufactured Galvatron on their trail. Now available, Paramount's four-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack holds over three hours of bonus features on Blu-rays including a look at the making of Transformers toys and a funny featurette starring T.J. Miller. Our complete review.
Recent Film Reviews:
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them - The Weinstein Company's preferred version of a pair of companion films (subtitled Him and Her) that premiered at 2013's Toronto International Film Festival to some buzz, this feature debut of writer-director Ned Benson tells of the relationship woes of a young New York married couple (James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain). Co-starring Viola Davis, Ciarแn Hinds, Bill Hader, Isabelle Huppert, and William Hurt.
The Drop - Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone, and Mystic River author Dennis Lehane makes his screenwriting debut on adapting his short story Animal Rescue. This crime drama set at a Brooklyn bar that launders money on the side places a simple bartender (Tom Hardy) in the middle of a robbery and a puppy's rescue. Co-starring Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) and, in his final film role, James Gandolfini, The Drop marks the English language debut of director Micha๋l R. Roskam (Academy Award nominee Bullhead).
The Trip to Italy - In this follow-up to 2011's The Trip similarly adapted from a BBC television series, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play mildly fictionalized versions of themselves on vacation in Italy, where they take in historical sites and local cuisine, while entertaining us with impressions of famous actors.
Guardians of the Galaxy - Marvel introduces us to a new team of superheroes in this action comedy from director James Gunn (Slither, Super) tells the story of an American abducted in childhood (Chris Pratt) and the eccentric allies with whom he attempts to escape a high security space prison.
Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
Ivory Tower (Blu-ray) - This 2014 documentary from Page One: Inside the New York Times director Andrew Rossi looks at America's college system, its escalating costs and some alternatives. From Cooper Union (where students protest a departure from the school's long tuition-free status) to Harvard University to "party school" Arizona State University, the film interviews students, educators, and authors. Paramount's Blu-ray includes two deleted scenes and a Q & A session from an opening weekend screening in New York.
Are You Here (Blu-ray) - "Mad Men" creator and showrunner Matthew Weiner graduates to feature films with this comedy he wrote, directed, and produced. It stars Owen Wilson as an Annapolis weatherman whose unstable bipolar best friend (Zach Galifianakis) inherits the majority of his late father's estate. Co-starring Amy Poehler and Laura Ramsey, this film reached theaters last month almost a year after premiering at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It is joined by an audio commentary by Weiner and collaborators plus the trailer.
Salvador (Blu-ray) - The drama Oliver Stone directed and co-wrote right before his Oscar-winning Platoon stars James Woods as a reckless photojournalist in El Salvador during the peasant revolution of 1980-81. Co-starring James Belushi and John Savage, this 1986 film earned Academy Award nominations for Woods and screenplay. Twilight Time's BD includes an hour-long retrospective documentary, nearly a half-hour of deleted and extended scenes, an audio commentary by Stone, the trailer, and an essay booklet.
Think Like a Man Too (Blu-ray) - Sony's sequel to the 2012 surprise hit romantic comedy brings the guys and girls to Las Vegas for a wedding and, just as importantly, wild bachelor and bachelorette parties the night before. Now available, the Blu-ray includes deleted scenes, Kevin Hart's retelling of the film, making-of featurettes, and Digital HD UltraViolet.
"The 100": The Complete First Season (Blu-ray + Digital HD UltraViolet). The CW's sci-fi series is set in the future, 97 years after Earth's population was wiped out by nuclear holocaust. With the survivors on a space station of dwindling resources, a hundred juvenile delinquents are sent down to Earth to assess the planet's inhabitability. Warner's 3-disc set includes deleted scenes, an audio commentary, the show's 2013 Comic-Con panel, and four making-of featurettes.
The Innocents (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - Adapting Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, this 1961 British horror film sees a newly-hired governess (six-time Academy Award nominee Deborah Kerr) fearing that the two children she's watching are not what they seem. Directed by Jack Clayton (The Great Gatsby) and adapted by Truman Capote, this highly regarded CinemaScope film hits Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection, who fit it with an audio commentary, an essay booklet, and an hour of video extras.
Lady for a Day (Blu-ray) - A year before his romantic comedy It Happened One Night swept the five top Academy Awards, Frank Capra directed this comedy adapted from a Damon Runyon story. It finds a poor old New Yorker (May Robson) being transformed into a wealthy socialite, strictly for appearances, when her daughter, the daughter's fianc้, and a count come visiting from Spain. On Blu-ray from B2MP, this 1933 film has four missing minutes restored. It is joined by an introduction and audio commentary by Frank Capra Jr., a still gallery, a restoration before and after comparison.
Very Good Girls (Blu-ray) - Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen play Brooklyn best friends looking to lose their virginity during their last summer break before college. The directorial debut of longtime screenwriter Naomi Foner (Running on Empty), the film co-stars Boyd Holbrook, Richard Dreyfuss, Demi Moore, Clark Gregg, and Ellen Barkin. It hits Blu-ray this week with its trailer and nearly an hour of cast and director interviews.
Ilo Ilo - Drama spends the late '90s with a Singaporean family of three and their Filipino live-in maid, who overcomes hostilities win the love of the family's troubled 10-year-old son. Now available, Film Movement's DVD presents this acclaimed predominantly Mandarin language film with a 22-minute making-of featurette, trailer, biographies, and the Dutch animated short film Blik.
Godzilla (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) -Hollywood takes another shot at making the legendary Japanese movie monster relatable for American moviegoers. A seasoned cast (led by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, and Ken Watanabe)and inexperienced filmmakers (including Monsters director Gareth Edwards) give us a technically superb and reasonably entertaining big summer movie. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray combo pack includes nearly an hour of bonus materials, including making-of featurettes and declassified MONARCH shorts.
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.": The Complete First Season - ABC's hour-long sci-fi-action-drama is set in the acronymed law enforcement and spy agency of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his varied team intervene in cases involving people gifted with superpowers and the evil forces looking to exploit them. Now available, the 5-disc DVD includes three audio commentaries, bloopers, deleted scenes, an hour-long ABC TV special on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a behind-the-scenes look at the cast's journey to San Diego Comic-Con.
Love Streams (Criterion Collection Blu-ray + DVD Dual Format Edition) - Written and directed by indie film icon John Cassavetes (Faces, A Woman Under the Influence), this 1984 dramedy stars Gena Rowlands as a long-troubled, newly-divorced middle-aged woman and Cassavetes as her alcoholic playboy brother. The three-disc set includes an hour-long making-of documentary, new interviews with Seymour Cassel, Diahnne Abbott, and cinematographer Al Ruban, a video essay celebrating Rowlands, the trailer, and an essay booklet.
Any Given Sunday (15th Anniversary Blu-ray + DVD) - In Oliver Stone's 1999 drama set in the world of professional football, a third string quarterback (Jamie Foxx) gets promoted to the starting lineup and helps turn around the fortunes of the Miami Sharks and their longtime coach (Al Pacino). Warner's new edition adds a new HD half-hour documentary and a theatrical cut DVD to the film's abundant Blu-ray bonus features which include a half-hour of deleted and extended scenes, two audio commentaries, three music videos, and stills galleries.
Dead Within - Low-budget horror movie presents a zombie apocalypse through the eyes of a young married couple trying their hardest to survive it. The DVD includes deleted scenes with optional commentary and the film's trailer.
Borgman (Blu-ray) - In this Dutch thriller from writer-director Alex van Warmerdam (Voyeur), a wild vagrant refused hospitality slowly takes revenge on a wealthy family with a team of assassins posing as gardeners. The film is flanked by deleted scenes, the trailer, and a 28-page booklet in Cinedigm's Blu-ray.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Blu-ray) - In the present day, World War II hero Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and fellow Avenger Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are at the center of a deadly S.H.I.E.L.D. conspiracy involving a formidable and familiar foe. Marvel's Blu-ray includes deleted scenes, filmmakers' audio commentary, a gag reel, and three making-of featurettes.
E-mail us: tsdvd at yahoo.com
PAST NEWS UPDATES
September 16-30 Archives
September 1-15 Archives
August 1-15 Archives