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March 26, 2015 - Another epic Peter Jackson fantasy trilogy adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien ends with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. This final installment cranks up the action and conflict, as Dwarves, Elves, Orcs, and others clash over jewels and more. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack consists of five discs, with the movie split in two on Blu-ray 3D and getting a bonus features disc on Blu-ray. Extras include a music video and making-of featurette for Billy Boyd's series-closing "The Last Goodbye", another celebration of the scenic New Zealand filming locations, and two featurettes that treat the film as the end of a six-film, seventeen-year journey. Don't miss our full review.
March 24, 2015 - Into the Woods, Disney's feature filming of the award-winning Broadway musical, is now on Blu-ray. Adapted by James Lapine from the 1980s play he wrote with Stephen Sondheim, this film from director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) blends the tales of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel to tell the story of a couple who seeks to undo the witch's curse that has kept them childless. Nominated for three Academy Awards including Meryl Streep for Supporting Actress (her record-setting 19th nomination), this Christmas Day opener is now available to own in a Blu-ray + Digital HD release that holds a deleted original song performed by Streep and a number of making-of featurettes. Watch an excerpt of the deleted song as part of our full review.
March 23, 2015 - Chris Rock wrote, directed, and stars in Top Five, a comedy about a stand-up comic turned movie star who is trying to reinvent himself as a dramatic actor. Co-starring Rosario Dawson and featuring Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, JB Smoove, Cedric the Entertainer and a host of entertainers playing themselves, this acclaimed December theatrical release is now available in a Paramount Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack with deleted scenes, audio commentaries, making-of featurettes, and more. Full review.
March 20, 2015 - Annie, last year's new feature film adaptation of the Broadway musical and comic strip, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray combo pack. Quvenzhanι Wallis, the youngest acting nominee in Academy Award history, plays the title role of a cheery New York City orphan who gets to live with Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), a billionaire businessman and mayoral candidate. Co-starring Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan, this present-day musical updates the '70s stage play's songs and adds some original ones. Extras include a deleted song, bloopers, an audio commentary by director/co-writer Will Gluck, five sing-along songs, and much more. Full Blu-ray combo review.
March 17, 2015 - Our newest review covers Universal's recent 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + Digital HD release of The Breakfast Club. Written and directed by John Hughes (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), this high school dramedy tells the story of five students from different social circles who spend a Saturday together in detention. This newly remastered edition adds a trivia track to extras that include a 51-minute making-of retrospective, an audio commentary by actors Judd Nelson and Anthony Michael Hall, and the original theatrical trailer. Full review.
March 13, 2015 - The Disney Fairies series of direct-to-video movies drew to a close last week with the release of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. The sixth and final film in the best-selling franchise sees Fawn befriending a monster who could be a threat to Pixie Hollow. Disney's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, a Jeff Corwin-hosted guide to "Real-World NeverBeasts", and a bonus song by Fawn about animal group names. Our review.
Now playing in nearly 4,000 theaters and expected to handily open in first place is Cinderella, one of several live-action remakes of Disney animated classics we'll be seeing over the next few years. This lavish non-musical production is directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor) and stars Lily James in the title role and Cate Blanchett as wicked stepmother Lady Tremaine. The film is preceded by Frozen Fever, a brand new animated short from the makers of Frozen centering on Elsa's cold-addled plans for Anna's birthday. Read our reviews of both right here.
March 12, 2015 - Warner Bros. has scheduled an April 28th release on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and Digital HD for Inherent Vice. Nominated for two Academy Awards, Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel will be joined by four featurettes -- "Los Paranoias", "Shasta Fay", "The Golden Fang" and "Everything In This Dream" -- on both DVD and the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack. Click the thumbnail below for a larger look at the psychedelic cover art and to preorder it from Amazon.
Our new DVD review covers "The Red Road": The Complete First Season. Set in rural New Jersey, the Sundance original series centers on the families of a deputy police officer (Martin Henderson) and a Native American ex-con (Jason Momoa). Now available in advance of Season 2's premiere, Anchor Bay's two-disc DVD holds all six episodes plus a number of making-of featurettes. Full review.
March 11, 2015 - Our newest review covers To Sir, with Love, one of three movies that made Sidney Poitier the top star of 1967. Based on the autobiographical novel of E.R. Braithwaite, this British drama tells the story of a teacher (Poitier) who shapes up a class of slackers in a tough secondary school in London's East End. Now available, Twilight Time's Limited Edition Series Blu-ray includes two audio commentaries, an isolated music track, the original trailer, and a number of featurettes. Our review.
March 10, 2015 - Paramount has announced a May 5th Blu-ray combo pack and DVD release for Selma, the studio's Oscar nominee for Best Picture and winner for Best Original Song. The Ava DuVernay-directed drama about the Dr. Martin Luther King-led 1960s Civil Rights movement will be joined by two audio commentaries, deleted and extended scenes, the music video for John Legend and Common's "Glory", and more on Blu-ray. See the press release for more information.
March 9, 2015 - Two distant franchises come together in The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown, an all-new animated movie which sees Fred Flintstone organizing a wrestling show with prehistoric version of WWE stars. Available tomorrow, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes two classic episodes of the original "Flintstones" TV series and two making-of featurettes. Our full review.
March 6, 2015 - Now in theaters, Chappie is the third film written and directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium). It tells the story of a damaged South African police robot who is gifted sentience by his young inventor (Dev Patel) who developed an artificial intelligence protocol. Also featuring Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, and two members of the South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord, this R-rated sci-fi action film looks to disappoint in over 3,000 locations nationwide. Full movie review.
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 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 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.
Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
Big Hero 6 (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Adapted from an obscure Marvel Comics series, this acclaimed, blockbuster Oscar-winning animated feature 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.
St. Vincent (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - 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.
The Interview (Blu-ray) - One of the most controversial movies ever, this satire about 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.
The World Made Straight (Blu-ray) - 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.
Gladiators of Rome - After a very limited North American theatrical engagement, the 2012 Italian CG-animated film hits DVD 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.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - In Disney's adaptation of the classic 1972 children's book, 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.
Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown - The third of four Peanuts films released theatrically from 1969 to 1980, this 1977 feature sends Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and friends to the aptly-named Camp Remote, where they face bullies and try to be democratic.
101 Dalmatians (Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - 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."
Predestination (Blu-ray) - From the writers-directors of Daybreakers, the Australian sci-fi film 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.
Breaking Away (Blu-ray) - 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.
"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.
The Purple Rose of Cairo (Blu-ray) - Set during the Great Depression, Woody Allen's 1985 comedy sees 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. Twilight Time's Blu-ray includes the original trailer, an isolated score track, and an essay booklet.
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.
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