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April 14, 2013 - The Hong Kong film Dragon is void of fire-breathing creatures, but delivers plenty of martial arts action. Donnie Yen (Hero, Ip Man)
plays a simple villager in 1917 China whose self-defense workplace slayings of two wanted fugitives draws the suspicions of a dedicated detective (Takeshi Kaneshiro). After a limited U.S. theatrical run, this action drama hits Blu-ray on Tuesday from Weinstein/Anchor Bay with an 8-part making-of featurette, a music video, and some English language interviews with Donnie Yen. Our review.
April 12, 2013 - Today's new review looks at Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, a new anime film from Marvel and Japan's Madhouse. In it, Iron Man teams up with The Punisher to track a threat with powerful new technology, to the concerns of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury, Hawkeye and Black Widow. In stores Tuesday, Sony's Blu-ray includes two making-of featurettes, UltraViolet, and an exclusive conceptual art gallery. Our review.
April 11, 2013 - Next week, Disneynature alters an Earth Day tradition by skipping a theatrical release and bringing Wings of Life straight to Blu-ray + DVD combo pack.
This documentary from director Louie Schwartzberg (America's Heart & Soul) looks at plants and the bees, bats, and butterflies that pollinate them. Meryl Streep provides a flower's narration in this G-rated film, whose only accompaniment advertises the line's planned return to theaters for next spring. Buzz on over to our review.
April 10, 2013 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Steven Spielberg-produced, Robert Zemeckis-directed 1988 blockbuster credited with revitalizing animation, is our newest Blu-ray review subject. Set in 1947 Hollywood, the film follows a private eye (Bob Hoskins) investigating the murder of a cartoon studio head believed to have been performed by a rival studio's star. Full of cameos from the likes of Looney Tunes, Disney, and beyond, this film won four Academy Awards including a special achievement honor. Disney's recent Blu-ray + DVD combo pack treats the three spin-off short films to HD transfers and retains a hearty slate of bonus features including an audio commentary, a deleted scene, a retrospective documentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, a trivia track, and an art gallery. Check out our full review.
April 9, 2013 - We look at another one of Mill Creek's recent Double Feature Blu-rays in our review of The Squid and the Whale & Running with Scissors. Set in 1986 Brooklyn, Squid looks at the dissolution of a 17-year marriage (Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney) and how it affects the development of their two sons (Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline). Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, this acclaimed comedy was nominated for an Oscar and three Golden Globes. Scissors, adapted and directed by Ryan Murphy ("Glee", "American Horror Story"), looks at how a family's divorce affects a teenaged boy (Joseph Cross), who winds up living in the crazy mansion of his mother's (Annette Bening) bizarre shrink (Brian Cox). The two mid-noughties indies share a low-priced disc that leaves no room for their previously assembled extras. Our review.
Today, over four years after releasing Season 5, CBS/Paramount issues "Family Ties": The Sixth Season on DVD. The penultimate outing for NBC's 1980s sitcom, 1987-88 finds Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) dating a psychology grad student (Courteney Cox), Mallory (Justine Bateman) and her artist boyfriend (Scott Valentine) trying to build a nest egg, and the Keatons battling Jennifer's high school's board over book report censorship. The four-disc, 26-episode set includes two-parters, clip shows, two episodes curiously held over from past seasons, and guest appearances by the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Dan Hedaya, and a very young Joseph Gordon-Levitt. What would we do, baby, without our review? Sha-la-la-la.
April 8, 2013 - Our newest Blu-ray review looks at The Grifters, a 1990 neo-noir drama produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons, The Queen). John Cusack, Anjelica Huston, and Annette Bening star as small-time con artists whose paths cross in deadly ways. Nominated for four major Academy Awards, this Miramax film hits Blu-ray from Echo Bridge in a disc that's now available at Best Buy and will hit general retail next month.
Extras include an audio commentary by Frears, Cusack, Huston, and screenwriter Donald E. Westlake and two featurettes. Full review.
April 5, 2013 - Made for IMAX but only exhibited in Europe and South Korea, Magic Journey to Africa comes to Blu-ray and DVD later this month from Image Entertainment. This 49-minute film follows a girl into Africa, where she talks to animals, fire spirits, and an owl man. Offering an unadvertised 3D presentation, the Blu-ray also includes two substantial making-of featurettes and trailers for seven other large format films. Read our magic review.
The 2011 computer-animated French film A Monster in Paris makes its way to America later this month in a two-disc Blu-ray 3D/2D + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack. From animation veteran Bibo Bergeron, this film sets a monster with a golden voice loose in 1910 Paris amidst a cast of eccentrics. Watch a clip from its English language version as part of our complete review.
In honor of its 20th anniversary, Jurassic Park returns to theaters today in a wide release 3D conversion. We take a look at how two decades have aged Steven Spielberg's smash hit adventure and how the public's perception of the film has changed. Don't miss our film review.
April 4, 2013 - The 1999 film Teaching Mrs. Tingle marked the directorial debut of Scream writer and "Dawson's Creek" creator Kevin Williamson. Helen Mirren plays a nasty high school history teacher who gets tied up by three seniors (Katie Holmes, Barry Watson, and Marisa Coughlan) looking to graduate on time.Currently a Best Buy exclusive, Echo Bridge's Blu-ray hits general retail on May 7th and we've got a review.
Our newest DVD review covers Kristen Schaal: Live at the Fillmore. Shortly after premiering on Comedy Central to some confusion, this hour-long special hits DVD extended and uncensored, featuring jokes, monologues, music, and performance art from the "Flight of the Conchords" and Toy Story 3 actress. The special is joined by Schaal's "Comedy Central Presents" episode, her performance on "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show", and three of her appearances as senior women's issues correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Read our review and US and Canadian readers can win the DVD in our new giveaway.
April 3, 2013 - Last year's Red Dawn remake is the subject of our latest review. This PG-13 flick relocates the action to Spokane, Washington and makes North Koreans the villains. Otherwise, it plays out like the 1984 version, pitting resilient American teenagers against well-armed foreign invaders. Thor's Chris Hemsworth, The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson, and "Drake & Josh"'s Josh Peck star. Its drubbed, unprofitable fall theatrical engagement behind it, the film is now available to own in an oddly barren two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack from Fox. Our review.
Mill Creek Entertainment lets the 2000 film Hollow Man and its direct-to-video 2006 sequel Hollow Man II share a low-priced Double Feature Blu-ray. Directed by RoboCop's Paul Verhoeven and co-written by "Castle" creator Andrew W. Marlowe, the original film stars Kevin Bacon as a gifted scientist indefinitely resigned to invisibility and determined to complicate the life of his colleagues (including Elisabeth Shue and Josh Brolin). The sequel stars Peter Facinelli and Laura Reagan as a detective and scientist on the run from the military and an invisible man (Christian Slater). Our review.
April 1, 2013 - Our newest review looks at Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's acclaimed drama about the passage of the 13th amendment. For his portrayal of the United States' 16th president, Daniel Day-Lewis became the first person to win a third Best Actor Oscar. That was one of twelve Academy Award nominations earned by this box office hit, whose ensemble cast includes Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Now available, Disney/DreamWorks' four-disc combo pack includes over an hour of bonus features on an exclusive bonus Blu-ray plus a DVD and a digital copy. Read our review.
March 31, 2013 - The independent drama Down the Shore stars James Gandolfini and Famke Janssen as depressive New Jersey residents whose existence is shaken up by the arrival of a European with a heretofore unknown tie to one of them and a claim to half their house. After years on a shelf, the film is slated to be exhibited in a few theaters on Friday, before hitting stores the following Tuesday. Take an early look at Anchor Bay's Blu-ray here.
March 30, 2013 - Our newest Blu-ray review looks at Nanook of the North, The Wedding of Palo and Other Films of Arctic Life, Flicker Alley's recent two-disc collection. The centerpiece of this set, Nanook profiles a Canadian Arctic Inuit hunter and his family. Considered the first feature documentary, it was an influential hit upon its 1922 release and was among the first films chosen for preservation by the Library of Congress. The Wedding of Palo takes us to East Greenland for a love triangle, hunting, and more culture. Those two are joined by six additional films stretching from a 1913 filmed notebook on Alaska to a 1988 French television documentary returning to the much-changed site of Nanook for reflection. Don't miss our thorough review.
March 29, 2013 - The animated television special LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out sends up George Lucas' space saga with LEGO renderings of characters from both blockbuster trilogies. In it, Darth Vader, the Emperor, and Darth Maul build a new Death Star; Princess Leia and Han Solo head to Naboo; and Luke Skywalker tries to dodge swooning admirers. Six months after it premiered on Cartoon Network, this half-hour program is now on DVD with an exclusive Vader mini figure. Our review.
March 28, 2013 - Our reviews and Sharon Stone's film career resume with Border Run. This drama stars Stone as an Arizona reporter who gets a taste of what illegal immigrants face to cross over from Mexico to the United States. Billy Zane co-stars in this recent direct-to-video release whose Blu-ray we cover. Read on.
March 24, 2013 - This afternoon, those of you who have acquired The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Blu-ray or DVD can use the UltraViolet codes to unlock the first sneak peek of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Director Peter Jackson will host the live stream preview at 3:00 pm Eastern/12 noon Pacific here.
March 23, 2013 - Based on books by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), the British comic mystery TV series "Dirk Gently" centers on a "holistic" detective (Stephen Mangan) who solves mysteries with a belief that all things are somehow interconnected. Acorn Media brings the complete series, consisting of a pilot and three hour-long episodes, to DVD in the US on April 2nd in a two-disc set. Our review.
March 22, 2013 - The 3D IMAX film To the Arctic hits home video on Tuesday and we've got a review. Meryl Streep narrates this documentary that explores the Arctic lives of polar bears, walruses, and caribou amidst rapid climate change. From the director of Everest and featuring the songs of Paul McCartney, the film is joined by six making-of featurettes and a trailer on the hybrid first disc of Warner's Blu-ray 3D/2D + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack. Read our review.
Disney has just scheduled three more animated features for 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray debuts. On June 11th, the studio will release 1 Blu-ray, 2 DVD combo packs for The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Lilo & Stitch. Each film will be joined by a direct-to-video follow-up: Kronk's New Groove, Atlantis: Milo's Return and Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch. Each three-disc set will carry a $29.99 SRP, ten dollars below comparable recent 2 Movie Collections. Click here or the thumbnails below for large cover art and site-supporting Amazon preorders.
Opening in theaters today, the comedy Admission stars Tina Fey as a Princeton University admissions officer who takes special personal interest in one brilliant but eccentric applicant to whom she might be related. Paul Rudd, Lily Tomlin, Wallace Shawn, and Michael Sheen co-star in this film directed by About a Boy's Paul Weitz and adapted from Jean Hanff Korelitz's novel by Karen Croner (One True Thing). Accept, deny or waitlist our review.
March 21, 2013 - Adventures in Zambezia is the first 3D animated film to come out of South Africa. After theatrical runs around the globe, it hits US stores next Tuesday as a Walmart exclusive from Sony. The film tells the story of an adventurous adolescent falcon who travels to the titular city of birds. Featuring the voices of Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, and Samuel L. Jackson, the two-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes four making-of featurettes and a sing-along music video. Our review.
March 20, 2013 - Killing Them Softly reunites Brad Pitt with The Assassination of Jesse James writer/director Andrew Dominik. Adapted from a 1970s novel, this crime drama tells the story of a contract hitman settling the heist of a mob card game. Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and Argo's Scoot McNairy co-star. Available next Tuesday, Weinstein's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and codes for an iTunes download and UltraViolet. Watch the trailer as part of our review.
March 19, 2013 - Today's new review covers the Criterion Collection's Blu-ray debut of Terrence Malick's directorial debut, Badlands. This 1973 drama stars Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek as young lovers who inadvertently find themselves on a Great Plains killing spree in the late-1950s. Respecting the director's reclusive reputation, the Blu-ray includes a new documentary with interviews of Sheen, Spacek, and art director Jack Fisk; interviews with two other crew members; the original trailer; and a 1993 episode of A&E's "American Justice" on the real criminals who inspired the film. Don't miss our review.
Today's new releases include Criterion's Blu-ray debut of Terrence Malick's Badlands, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which launches director Peter Jackson on another epic trilogy set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth, the Best Picture Oscar nominee Zero Dark Thirty, Marion Cotillard's acclaimed French drama Rust and Bone, and the sixth and final season of "Jersey Shore." For more details on these and this week's other new discs, check our schedule.
March 18, 2013 - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey launches another Peter Jackson-directed epic fantasy trilogy based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. The first adventure from the beloved novel places simple homebody Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) in the company of the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen eccentric dwarves on a mission fraught with peril. In stores tomorrow, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack includes over two hours of video blogs, nine trailers, and a featurette on New Zealand on a bonus Blu-ray Disc. Come along for our full review.
March 17, 2013 - Our newest review looks at next week's release of "Veep": The Complete First Season. Last September, this comedy series won Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her third Emmy acting award. The "Seinfeld" alum plays U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer in this political satire that's big on fast, sharp, and profane dialogue. From the Oscar-nominated writer of In the Loop, the series co-stars Matt Walsh (Ted), Tony Hale ("Arrested Development"), and Anna Chlumsky (My Girl). HBO's combo pack serves up eight episodes on two Blu-rays and a double-sided DVD along with twelve audio commentaries, a half-hour of deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, speeches and outtakes, episode previews, and downloadable UltraViolet digital copies. Our review.
March 15, 2013 - Stand Off sends Brendan Fraser to Belfast, where his cousin's antiques shop becomes the site of a hostage situation involving a desperate young man with a special connection to him. Colm Meaney and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1's David O'Hara co-star in this Irish film directed and co-written by Hotel Rwanda's Terry George. It hits DVD on March 26th with a trailer and "digital copy." Read our review.
March 14, 2013 - Today's new Blu-ray review covers Rust and Bone. This French romantic drama competed for two Golden Globe Awards earlier this year in the Best Actress - Drama and Best Foreign Language Film categories. From the writer and director of A Prophet, the film stars Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as an orca trainer who endures a workplace tragedy and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) as a broke single father and former kickboxer trying to get back on his feet. The Blu-ray, releasing next Tuesday from Sony Pictures Classics, includes an audio commentary, an hour-long making-of documentary, deleted scenes, visual effects demonstrations, a Toronto International Film Festival red carpet featurette, and the trailer. Our review.
Recent Film Reviews:
Oz the Great and Powerful - Serves as a prequel to one of the most beloved films of all time. Directed by Spider-Man's Sam Raimi, this big budget fantasy sends a carnival magician (James Franco) from 1905 Kansas to the magical world of Oz, where he is greeted by witches (Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams) as the wizard who will fulfill a prophecy. Expected to be the first big hit of 2013, the film opens in the same off-season time of year in which Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland soared and John Carter flopped.
Beautiful Creatures - Adapting the first in a young adult novel series, this PG-13 supernatural teen romance pairs South Carolina insomniac bookphile Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lena (Alice Englert), the new-in-town niece of a famous recluse (Jeremy Irons). Co-starring Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, and Emmy Rossum, this Twilight-esque film is primed to do some strong Valentine's Day business.
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Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - The popular, prosperous Las Vegas franchise samples its current shows around a narrative involving a young woman's search for an aerialist who has fallen into a dream world. Written and directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia) and executive produced by James Cameron, the film is joined by "A Day in the Life with Erica Linz" (the lead actress), a making-of short, a commercial for Las Vegas shows, a coupon for 20% off select US and Canada shows, and UltraViolet.
This Must Be the Place (Blu-ray) - Sean Penn stars as an aging former glam rock star living in Dublin who returns to America for his father's death and winds up searching for the old Nazi war criminal who tormented his father in Auschwitz. Italian writer-director Paolo Sorrentino makes his English language debut on this strange film, which co-stars Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, and Harry Dean Stanton.
Mulan & Mulan II (2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD) - Disney's 1998 animated feature stuck to the renaissance formula and was better received by critics and moviegoers than its immediate predecessors. Based on the ancient Chinese legend, it tells the story of a young woman who poses as a man to take her aging father's place in China's army assigned to defend against Hun invasion. The 1 Blu-ray, 2 DVD 2 Movie Collection combo pack pairs the film with its 2005 direct-to-video follow-up and accompanies them with an audio commentary, 11 deleted scenes, 6 music videos, and numerous making-of shorts.
Zero Dark Thirty - A young CIA agent (Jessica Chastain) dedicates herself to finding Osama bin Laden, going to great lengths to establish a connection that will help locate the terrorist leader and bring him to justice. From The Hurt Locker's Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, this acclaimed drama features a large cast of talented actors. Sony's DVD includes four featurettes and UltraViolet.
"MADtv: The Complete Second Season" - Shout! Factory picks up where Warner Home Video left off nine years ago, releasing the 22 episodes of the 1996-97 season of Fox's answer to "Saturday Night Live." With guest hosts including Christina Applegate, Neve Campbell, Queen Latifah, Rodney Dangerfield, Mark Curry, and Pauly Shore, the season sends up the likes of Michael Jackson, Demi Moore, Toy Story, The Godfather, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Dennis Rodman, Kathie Lee Gifford, O.J. Simpson, Snoop Doggy Dogg, John Grisham, Jane Eyre, Ike and Tina Turner, Sinbad, and the '96 presidential election with parodies, impressions, animated shorts, sketches, and musical performances.
Rise of the Guardians - Based on William Joyce's book series, this DreamWorks Animation flop finds Jack Frost joining the super team of legendary figures (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Sandman) to save the world from nasty boogeyman Pitch Black. It hits stores Tuesday in a set designed for Easter business. The two-disc combo pack includes an audio commentary, a making-of documentary, a voice cast featurette, an interview with Joyce, two BD-exclusive games, DVD-ROM printables, a downloadable digital copy, UltraViolet, and, for a limited time, two hopping egg toys.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD) - Victor Hugo's novel comes to life in the Broadway-esque fashion of Disney's '90s animation renaissance with songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz and the directors of Beauty and the Beast. It hits stores in a 2 Movie Collection, 3-Disc Special Edition alongside its direct-to-video 2002 sequel The Hunchback of Notre Dame II. Extras include an audio commentary, the Jason Alexander-hosted Disney Channel making-of special, a multi-language reel, a Movie Surfers look at the sequel with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Hugo's poem, and DVD games and activities.
Wreck-It Ralph (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - This Oscar-nominated animated comedic adventure follows the titular dejected villain (voiced by John C. Reilly) of a 30-year-old 8-bit video game into the colorful universes of his arcade neighbors. Extras on Disney's 4-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition include Best Animated Short Oscar winner Paperman, a Disney Intermission "Gamer's Guide" hosted by Chris Hardwick, a making-of featurette, deleted and alternate scenes, plus faux video game commercials.
Samson and Delilah - Seven years before The Ten Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille produced and directed this Biblical epic, which tells the ancient story of a super strong man (Victor Mature) and the Philistine woman (Hedy Lamarr) in love with him. Co-starring Angela Lansbury and George Sanders, this Oscar-winning 1949 hit finally, legally hits DVD with a dramatic new restoration.
"Tosh.0": Cardigans Plus Casual Sweaters - The Walmart exclusive 3-disc DVD holds fifteen chronological episodes from Seasons 1 and 2, extending Web Redemption to the likes of Tron Guy, the Nintendo 64 Kid, and David After Dentist. Nearly two hours of extras include Daniel Tosh's extended spoil of the movie Orphan, blog crew member interviews, and extended Web Redemption interviews.
The Intouchables (Blu-ray) - This French dramedy tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a poor young black man (Omar Sy) and a wealthy widowed quadriplegic (Franηois Cluzet). A huge hit in most parts of the world and respectable performer in limited U.S. release, this award-winning Weinstein Company release comes to Blu-ray via Sony with deleted scenes and UltraViolet.
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