DVDizzy.com: JANUARY 1-15, 2014 NEWS ARCHIVES
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January 14, 2014 - Our newest review looks at Run, an independent Parkour-centric thriller about a father and son who move around and steal things. The Chronicles of Narnia's William Moseley stars as the teenager whose efficient running, climbing, and jumping skills might just save his family from a vengeful mobster. Now available, Millennium's Blu-ray 3D/2D hybrid includes a making-of featurette and the trailer. Full review.
Making its Blu-ray debut today through The Criterion Collection is Thief, the first theatrical film directed by Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider, Collateral). This 1981 crime drama stars James Caan as a master jewel thief looking to get out of the business and start a family (with Tuesday Weld). Featuring the film debuts of James Belushi, Robert Prosky, and more, the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes a 1995 Mann & Caan audio commentary, brand new interviews with Mann, Caan, and a former member of Tangerine Dream, the German electronic group that did the score. For more, read our complete review.
January 13, 2014 - Lee Daniels' The Butler tells the sort of true story of a black man who served Presidents in the White House for thirty years. Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker fills the title role, while Oprah Winfrey plays his wife and David Oyelowo is their civil rights activist son in this historical drama from the director of Precious and the writer of HBO's Game Change. The large cast includes depictions of former U.S. by Robin Williams, James Marsden, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, and Liev Schreiber. Available tomorrow, The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack includes a making-of documentary, over 20 minutes of deleted scenes, a Gladys Knight and Lenny Kravitz music video, a gag reel, and reflections from real Freedom Riders. Don't miss our review.
January 11, 2014 - The Oscar-shortlisted documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom celebrates backup singers, from the rare ones to experience solo success like Darlene Love and Lisa Fischer to the many more anonymous ones who tried to rising hopeful Judith Hill. After a potent run in limited release, this Morgan Neville-directed film hits Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday from The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay, joined by a half-hour of deleted scenes, a half-hour New York Times Q & A session with Love, Fischer, Neville, and Merry Clayton, and an unused segment. Learn more in our Blu-ray review.
January 10, 2014 - Disney has announced a March 18th Blu-ray and DVD release of Frozen. The smash hit musical adventure, the animation studio's biggest earner since The Lion King, will be available in a single-disc DVD and a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy combo pack. If you can't wait that long, the film will also be available in Digital HD form on February 25th. DVD extras will include "Let It Go" music videos by Demi Lovato, Martina Stroessel, and Marsha Milan Londoh, the Mickey Mouse theatrical short Get a Horse, and a teaser trailer. To those, the Blu-ray will add deleted scenes and three making-of featurettes. Strangely, no Blu-ray 3D edition is scheduled at this time. For cover art and complete details, see the full press release.
Brace yourself for next Thursday's announcement of the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards with our preview. We predict nineteen major categories, ruminate on the thinking that goes into who gets in and doesn't, and discuss films and performances that might narrowly miss the cut. Wow everyone you know by repeating what you learn in our Oscar Nominations Predictions.
Our newest Blu-ray review covers next week's format debut of Blind Date. This 1987 romantic comedy stars Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger as two strangers who endure a night of misadventures together in Los Angeles. Co-starring John Larroquette, William Daniels, and Phil Hartman, this film was directed by Blake Edwards and written by Dale Launer (My Cousin Vinny, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). Though produced and distributed by TriStar Pictures, it hits high definition on Tuesday from Image Entertainment. Our review.
Two of 2013's final awards contenders make their nationwide expansions today and we've got reviews of each.
From director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are), Her tells the story of a lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) in Los Angeles of the near-future who falls in love with his computer's operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Co-starring Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Chris Pratt, this film will vie for Best Picture (Comedy/Musical), Best Actor (Comedy/Musical), and Best Screenplay at Sunday's Golden Globes. Full review.
Adapted from Tracy Letts' Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August: Osage County reunites a large, secretive family to observe the death of its patriarch. Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep heads an ensemble cast that also includes Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dermot Mulroney, and Abigail Breslin. John Wells ("ER", The Company Men) directs from Letts' own adaptation. Streep and Roberts are both nominated for acting Globes. Our review.
January 9, 2014 - Our newest review covers next week's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet release of Fruitvale Station. One of 2013's most acclaimed films, this drama tells the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), an Oakland man who spends parts of his fateful New Year's Eve 2008 with his mother (Octavia Spencer), girlfriend (Melonie Diaz), and 4-year-old daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal). Both of Weinstein and Anchor Bay's discs include a making-of featurette and a Cast & Filmmaker Q & A. Don't miss our full review.
January 8, 2014 - Linsanity documents the sensational rise of Jeremy Lin, one of the NBA's only Asian American players. Looking at Lin's upbringing in Palo Alto, California as the son of Taiwan immigrants, his success in high school and at Harvard University, and his struggle to make and stay on an NBA team, this film directed by Evan Jackson Leong culminates with his extraordinary February 2012 when he became the New York Knicks' starting point guard and led them on a remarkable winning streak. After a limited fall theatrical release, Linsanity is now on DVD from Ketchup Entertainment, joined by a Kickstarter reel, a making-of short, and the trailer. Our review.
January 7, 2014 - Our latest DVD review looks at Key of Life, which hits general retail from Film Movement after joining their Film of the Month Club last summer. Written and directed by Kenji Uchida, this Japanese comedy finds a broke actor and a skilled hitman switching places after one of them slips at a public bath house and forgets who he is. The DVD includes the Hungarian short film Finale, trailers, and biographies. Full review.
Our final review of a 2013 home video release covers the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. This second adventure adapted from Rick Riordan's young adult novel series finds Percy (Logan Lerman), his friends, and his newly-discovered cycloptic half-brother looking for the Golden Fleece that might revive the tree that protects Camp Half-Blood. Fox's two-disc set includes a motion comic and a number of short making-of featurettes. Don't miss our full review.
January 4, 2014 - The direct-to-video action sequel Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear has Scott Adkins reprise his role as a Japanese-trained American martial artist. When his wife is murdered, Casey Bowman heads to Myanmar in search of the ruthless drug kingpin responsible. Now available, Millennium Entertainment's Blu-ray includes a featurette, behind-the-scenes footage, cast & crew interviews, and a trailer. Our full review.
January 3, 2014 - This week, in advance of Hallmark Channel's forthcoming spin-off series, Millennium Entertainment's formerly Walmart exclusive DVD of When Calls the Heart has been released to general retail. Adapted from the first book in Janette Oke's Canadian West series by director/producer Michael Landon Jr. (the Love Comes Softly series), this Hallmark original movie tells the stories of aspiring schoolteacher Elizabeth Thatcher (Poppy Drayton) and the unknown aunt of the same name (Maggie Grace), whose diary documents her inspirational experiences of teaching in the West. Read our review of a disc that's now available everywhere.
January 2, 2014 - Our first review of 2014 covers Muppet Treasure Island & The Great Muppet Caper, a Disney combo pack that puts all of the Muppets' theatrical films on Blu-ray Disc. The 1981 London mystery and 1996 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel share a Blu-ray with three new Frog-E-Oke lyric videos plus an audio commentary, making-of featurette, and '90s sing-along video on Treasure. Newly-authored DVDs of each film round out this three-disc collection. Check out our review for full details on what's missing from the films' previous DVDs.
January 1, 2014 - We start the new year off with some additional looks back at 2013. First, we count down the best Blu-rays and DVDs released and reviewed last year, plus ten honorable mention titles that nearly made the cut: The Best Blu-rays and DVDs of 2013.
Then, take a look behind the scenes of running this site for a better understanding of what does and doesn't get reviewed here. Studios That Care About DVDizzy.com Readers, Part II celebrates the studios and agencies that value your interest and laments the few that regrettably do not. The article concludes with a list of 2013's Biggest Snubs, counting down the major DVD and Blu-ray releases we were most bummed not to get to cover. Full article.
December 31, 2013 - "Reno 911!" creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon write and direct Hell Baby. This horror comedy stars Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb as an expectant couple that moves into a possibly haunted New Orleans home, where strange things happen. Garant and Lennon play Vatican priests assigned to investigate supernatural phenomena, while Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, and Keegan-Michael Key co-star. After a very limited theatrical run, Millennium brought the film to DVD and Blu-ray in an unrated cut. The disc adds two gag reels, a trailer, and nearly half an hour of deleted/extended scenes. Our Blu-ray review.
With 2013 drawing to a close, we've compiled our annual Year in Review, ranking and reviewing all of the year's movies we've seen so far. Revisiting each in a sentence or two, we count down from the worst to the best, 153 films in total, in 2013 Movies: Ranked & Reviewed.
December 30, 2013 - The drama Last Love stars Michael Caine and Clιmence Poιsy (Harry Potter's Fleur Delacour) as two strangers who form a fast, unlikely, and special friendship in Paris. Co-starring Justin Kirk and Gillian Anderson, this unrated limited theatrical release hits home video tomorrow joined by 16 minutes of deleted scenes and 10 minutes of outtakes. Our Blu-ray review.
The western Sweetwater stars four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris as a salty sheriff, "Mad Men"'s January Jones as a former call girl, and Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter series) as a bigamist preacher. Their paths cross in deadly ways in the late-19th century frontier. Available tomorrow following a limited theatrical release, this film by brothers Logan and Noah Miller is joined by a making-of featurette, a "music video", and a trailer. Read our Blu-ray review.
December 29, 2013 - Our newest review covers The Lone Ranger, Disney's summer box office disappointment. The classic hero of radio, film serials, and television is reinvented in the mold of Pirates of the Caribbean by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski. Johnny Depp stars as Tonto, who tells the story of his adventures with a masked Texas ranger (Armie Hammer) and a vicious outlaw (William Fichtner). Now available, the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes making-of featurettes, a deleted scene, bloopers, and an Easter egg. Ride over to our complete review.
December 28, 2013 - Today's new Blu-ray review looks at Matilda. This 1996 adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel stars Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire) as a brilliant young girl with lousy parents (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman). She uses her newly-discovered gifts to help her teacher Miss Honey (Embeth Davidtz) and stand up to the horrible headmaster Trunchbull (Pam Ferris). Now available, Sony's Blu-ray adds a 21-minute cast and crew reunion to Wilson's on-set documentary, additional making-of featurettes, and Digital HD UltraViolet. Our review.
December 25, 2013 - Now in theaters just in time for awards consideration and year-end lists is The Wolf of Wall Street, the latest collaboration between Leonardo DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese. DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a young New Yorker who quickly strikes it rich by selling penny stocks to the desperate. Belfort's lifestyle of excesses threatens to come tumbling down when federal authorities begin investigating him for fraud. A month later than planned, this outrageous, comedic true story finally checks in with a hard R rating and a nearly three-hour runtime. Read our review.
Also opening today, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty stars Ben Stiller as a daydreaming Life magazine employee who travels the world in search of the photograph that might serve as the publication's final cover image. Stiller also directed this PG-rated fantasy adventure, which co-stars Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, and Adam Scott, from a script by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness). Dream on with our review.
December 24, 2013 - Our Christmas Eve review covers Flicker Alley's recent Blu-ray + DVD release of South Seas Adventure, a 1958 Cinerama travelogue that takes you to Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia. Orson Welles narrates part of this feature, whose original photography is upheld in a Smilebox simulation. The two-disc set adds audio commentary, a vintage making-of featurette, two interviews, a photo slideshow, the Cinerama short Renault Dauphine, and the trailer. Ease the wait for Santa Claus with a read of our thorough review.
December 23, 2013 - Of tomorrow's few new Blu-ray and DVD releases, the biggest is unquestionably Insidious: Chapter 2. Director James Wan (The Conjuring) and screenwriter Leigh Whannell (Saw) revisit the subject of their 2011 low-budget hit involving the supernatural disturbance of a family of four (headed by Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne). Sony's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack holds over an hour of bonus features including making-of featurettes, an on-set cast & crew Q & A, and three "Spectral Sightings" web shorts. Our review.
We've upated our DVD & Blu-ray Schedules with upcoming releases expected in winter and spring including a number of films that just opened in theaters and are already preorderable.
Another demanded catalog Fox title hits Blu-ray looking terrific in the studio's recent release of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. This romantic dramatic fantasy finds a young widow (Gene Tierney) moving into a house where she is haunted by its former owner, a late sea captain (Rex Harrison). This 1947 film, which later inspired a 1960s sitcom, is now available to own with two audio commentaries and its original trailer. Full review.
December 22, 2013 - We look at The Criterion Collection's recent Blu-ray debut of Grey Gardens. The 1976 Maysles Brothers documentary that inspired an Emmy-winning HBO movie spends time with the eccentric Big Edie and Little Edie Beale, a mother and daughter related to Jackie Onassis who live among wild cats and raccoons in a decaying 28-room Long Island mansion. The film is joined by audio commentary, the 2006 follow-up film The Beales of Grey Gardens, scrapbooks, trailers, interviews, and an essay booklet. Our full review.
December 20, 2013 - Today, we take a look at two awards contenders expanding to nationwide theatrical release.
Director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter) extends his hot streak with American Hustle, a film based on the FBI's Abscam sting operation of the 1970s. A con artist (Christian Bale) and his moll (Amy Adams) are pushed into aiding an undercover federal agent (Bradley Cooper) uncover large-scale corruption in public officials. Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner co-star in one of 2013's most esteemed and acknowledged films. Full review.
Saving Mr. Banks dramatizes the difficulties that Walt Disney's studio faced in the 1960s while trying to make Mary Poppins in a way that satisfied the book series' author P.L. Travers. The Blind Side's John Lee Hancock directs Emma Thompson (Travers) and Tom Hanks (Walt) in this PG-13 drama named one of the year's ten best films by the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review. Full review.
December 19, 2013 - Formerly Best Buy exclusive, The "Rich Mahogany" Edition Blu-ray of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is now available in general retail. This oft-quoted, rewatchable 2004 comedy stars Will Ferrell as a 1970s San Diego newscaster who has difficulty adapting to a woman (Christina Applegate) being made his co-anchor. Co-written by Ferrell and director Adam McKay (Step Brothers, The Other Guys) and produced by Judd Apatow, this popular film features Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and a host of cameos. Paramount's two-disc Blu-ray includes theatrical and unrated cuts of the film as well as the "lost movie" Wake Up, Ron Burgundy compiled from deleted and alternate scenes. Several hours of additional extras include Burgundy's MTV Movie Award interviews, two variations of the same random audio commentary, nearly an additional hour of deleted & extended scenes, bloopers, alternate takes, Burgundy's SportsCenter audition, the cast's audition tapes, table reads, rehearsal footage, trailers, and an "Afternoon Delight" music video. The box also adds Ron's personal diary "The Many Months of Burgundy", a pack of 12 character trading cards, and $7.50 in Movie Cash to see Anchorman 2. For much more on one of the most loaded releases around, see our complete review.
December 18, 2013 - Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville recently came to Blu-ray via the Criterion Collection and we've got a review. Juggling twenty-four lead characters, this celebrated ensemble drama looks at the personal and professional lives of established and aspiring musicians in Tennessee's capital, where a presidential candidate is campaigning. Consisting of one Blu-ray and two DVDs, this Dual Format Edition includes a new hour-long making-of documentary, Altman's 2000 audio commentary, three interviews of the director, a trailer, and Keith Carradine's demos of his Oscar-winning song and other original compositions. Full review.
December 16, 2013 - Our newest review covers this week's Blu-ray combo pack release of acclaimed fall drama Prisoners. Hugh Jackman, Maria Bello, Viola Davis, and Terrence Howard play the parents of two neighboring Pennsylvania families whose youngest daughters go missing on Thanksgiving Day. Jake Gyllenhaal is the detective assigned to the case, while suspicion falls on Paul Dano.From the director of the Academy Award-nominated Incendies, this suspenseful mystery hits home video joined by two making-of featurettes on both DVD and Blu-ray plus a Digital HD UltraViolet stream of the film. Don't miss our review.
Recent Film Reviews:
Frozen - Disney's 53rd animated feature loosely fashions Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen into a Broadway-style musical adventure. After a childhood accident, Anna grows up not knowing her older sister Elsa has powers. From a director of Tarzan and Surf's Up, a writer of Wreck-It Ralph, and a creator of Avenue Q and Book of Mormon, the film features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Jonathan Groff. The feature is preceded by Get a Horse!, an Oscar-shortlisted new Mickey Mouse animated short that's partly in the style of his earliest cartoons.
Nebraska - This highly acclaimed comedy-drama directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) tells the story of a middle-aged Montana man (Will Forte) taking his aging father (Bruce Dern) on a road trip to Lincoln, Nebraska to collect a million dollars he believes he's won. Co-starring June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, and Stacy Keach, this black and white indie is sure to compete in this year's Academy Awards.
Thor: The Dark World - Adding to the fast-growing canon of Marvel Studios crowdpleasers, this sequel reunites the powerful Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his mortal love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and reawakens a war between Asgardians and Dark Elves.
Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by George Lucas, the 1981 blockbuster that began the Harrison Ford adventure series is joined by three high definition trailers plus Digital HD.
Fast & Furious 6 - This blockbuster latest installment to the enduring action franchise reunites Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and company for a London mission that involves their presumed dead old friend (Michelle Rodriguez). Dwayne Johnson, director Justin Lin, and screenwriter Chris Morgan all return from Fast Five. Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet includes theatrical and alternate cuts on Blu-ray. The BD also holds hours of bonus features, deleted scenes, a Lin audio commentary, and behind-the-scenes featurettes among them.
Elysium - In a dystopic future, an ex-con turned factory worker (Matt Damon) with days to live tries to fulfill his lifelong dream of reaching the space station reserved for the elite. This is the second film from District 9 writer/director Neill Blomkamp.
Mary Poppins (50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - This multiple Academy Award-winning 1964 musical fantasy reaches high definition with four Mary-oke animated song lyric shorts and a new conversation between Jason Schwartzman and Richard Sherman, the songwriter he plays in Saving Mr. Banks. Hours of additional extras on the film and the ongoing Broadway adaptation complement a dazzling feature presentation.
Jayne Mansfield's Car (Blu-ray) - In 1969, the death of a woman brings her British family to meet her prior one in small-town Alabama for her funeral. Billy Bob Thornton wrote and directed thsi period drama, which also stars him, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick, and Ray Stevenson.
Adore (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) - The Australian drama stars Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as lifelong best friends who become romantically involved with one another's sons (Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville). Adapted from the novel by Nobel Prize winner by screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement).
Bill Cosby: ...Far from Finished (Blu-ray) - The legendary comic's first new special in thirty years. Closely following its Comedy Central premiere, this California performance hits home video in an extended 95-minute cut, finding Cosby talking about marriage and family. Now available, the Blu-ray includes a 49-minute interview of Cosby by director Robert Townsend, behind-the-scenes clips, and fan testimonials.
The Deflowering of Eva van End - Film Movement presents a Dutch comedy about a dysfunctional family who welcomes in a German exchange student who quickly changes their lives. The disc includes two additional short films from director Michiel ten Horn, a trailer, and a biography.
The Smurfs 2 (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD) - While Gargamel (Hank Azaria) is finding success as a stage magician, Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) is running with his latest creations, the gray, mean Naughties. Sony's combo pack includes the 22-minute mini-movie The Legend of Smurfy Hollow, deleted scenes, five making-of featurettes, and UltraViolet.
The Call of the Wild (Blu-ray) - This 1935 adaptation of Jack London's novel stars, Clark Gable, Loretta Young, and Jack Oakie as a trio in search of a supposedly prosperous gold claim in 1900 Yukon. Their adventures include an arrogant prospector and a lovable giant St. Bernard. Now available as one of the winners of Fox's "Voice Your Choice" campaign, the Blu-ray includes an audio commentary and trailer.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (Blu-ray) - Seven years after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival, the horror movie finally hits home video. From the director of Warm Bodies and 50/50, it stars a teenaged Amber Heard as the desired titular high school student. She joins five classmates on a weekend getaway in a remote country ranch, where, needless to say, things get strange. Anchor Bay's Blu-ray includes a commentary from director Jonathan Levine.
The Rutles Anthology (Blu-ray + DVD) - VSC's combo pack holds the 1978 telemovie All You Need Is Cash and its 2005 direct-to-video follow-up Can't Buy Me Lunch. Executive produced by Lorne Michaels, the two films celebrate the faux Liverpudlian band The Rutles, a group that bears deliberate resemblance to The Beatles. Monty Python's Eric Idle wrote, directed, and stars in these mockumentaries, which include appearances by the likes of Mick Jagger, Bill Murray, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Tom Hanks, Conan O'Brien, Robin Williams, Jimmy Fallon, and Jewel. The films are joined by a new 45-minute Idle commentary/interview, a '70s SNL sketch, a trailer, and an Easter egg.
Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - This direct-to-video animated movie pits two of Marvel's Avengers against the electrical force Zzzax. The combo pack includes Marvel "Inter-Missions" putting a new twist on vintage Marvel cartoons, additional Marvel Mash-Ups, a conversation between Marvel CCO Joe Quesada and editor Ryan Penagos, a digital comic, and a chance to get a free Minimate Iron Man figure for just shipping costs.
The World's End (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) - Writer-director Edgar Wright reunites with his Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to complete their Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. This one seems a troubled stunted man (Pegg) reuniting his high school friends (Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan) to recreate their epic 1990 pub crawl, only to find their hometown has changed. One of the most loaded discs of the year, the Blu-ray includes three audio commentaries, a 48-minute making-of documentary, outtakes, a deleted scenes, alternate lines, trailers, TV spots, image galleries, rehearsal footage, VFX breakdown, stunt tapes and more.
Galactic Adventures Double Feature (Blu-ray 3D/2D) - Two short documentaries about NASA's mid-2000s efforts to photograph our solar system share a hybrid disc. Narrated by Al Roker, 3D Sun covers the launch of twin STEREO spacecraft to capture our closest star in 3D. Mars 3D looks at the sending of the remote-operated rovers Spirit and Opportunity to Mars. Image Entertainment's disc adds nine trailers to the feature presentation.
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist - The fifth entry to the family comedy franchise that began with the John Hughes-penned, Christopher Columbus-directed 1990 Macaualay Culkin blockbuster. This one finds a California family, the Baxters, moving to Maine, where a Christmas party and inclement weather keeps them from their 10-year-old son, who's got to defend the place from thieves (Malcolm McDowell, Debi Mazar, and Eddie Steeples) determined to find a priceless Edvard Munch painting hidden there.
Planes (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - DisneyToon Studios' spin-off to Pixar's Cars universe follows a crop duster into the world of international racing, where he tries to combat a fear of heights. Disney's combo pack includes deleted scenes including a fully-finished song, a making-of featurette, character introductions, and a countdown of the top 10 human flyers.
Pain & Gain (Special Collector's Edition Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Based on a true story, Michael's Bay dark action crime comedy stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie as three 1990s Miami bodybuilders who get in over their heads with an extortion plot. The single-disc reissue adds eight featurettes (or, if you prefer, one 58-minute documentary) on the making of this film.
Getaway (Blu-ray + Digital HD UltraViolet) - Action thriller stars Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez as a couple of American strangers in Bulgaria who are commanded to drive a car under surveillance and elude authorities in an effort for Hawke to reunite with his abducted wife. The Blu-ray adds five making-of shorts and UltraViolet.
Paranoia (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Based on the bestselling novel, this PG-13 thriller stars The Hunger Games' Liam Hemsworth as a New York mobile phone engineer forced to perform corporate espionage against a rival telecommunications company. Co-starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Amber Heard, this box office flop is joined by deleted scenes, three featurettes, and a trailer.
Frances Ha (The Criterion Collection Blu-ray + DVDs) - Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg) directs and co-writes this acclaimed black and white comedy about a young woman (co-writer Greta Gerwig) struggling to make it in New York City. One of 2013's best-reviewed films, this is joined by conversations with Baumbach and Peter Bogdanovich, Gerwig and Sarah Polley, and Baumbach and visual collaborators in addition to a trailer and an essay booklet.
We're the Millers (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) - Hit comedy stars Jason Sudeikis as a drug dealer who poses with neighbors (Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter) as a vacationing family to make an across-the-border smuggling easier. It's now available in a combo pack that presents the film in theatrical and extended cuts along with deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, and a number of making-of featurettes.
"Magic City": The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray) - The final eight episodes of Starz's acclaimed 1950s-set drama look further at the complications surrounding Ike Evans' (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) glamorous Miami motel, his family (Olga Kurylenko, Steven Strait, Christian Cooke), and his business associates (Danny Huston and a recurring James Caan). Now available, Anchor Bay's Blu-ray includes a bonus disc with five making-of featurettes.
Oliver! (Blu-ray) - Adapted from Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist and a popular stage show, this 1968 musical won six Academy Awards including Best Picture. It tells the story of a Victorian Era orphan (Mark Lester) who joins a gang of London pickpockets. This Columbia Pictures film hits high definition from Twilight Time in a disc limited to just 3,000 copies. Extras include interviews with Mark Lester and Ron Moody (who landed an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of ringleader Fagin), a vintage behind-the-scenes featurette, sing-alongs, dance-alongs, dance instructions, the original trailer, an isolated score, and an essay booklet.
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