DVDizzy.com: APRIL 16-30, 2014 NEWS ARCHIVES
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April 28, 2014 - Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation stars Jimmy Stewart and Maureen O'Hara as a married couple who takes a month-long beachside vacation with their children and grandchildren. From the author of Father of the Bride, the director of Harvey and the screenwriterof The Grapes of Wrath, this 1962 family comedy is now on Blu-ray courtesy of Twilight Time's Limited Edition Series. It's joined by its trailer, a newsreel, an essay booklet, and an isolated score soundtrack. Don't miss our complete review.
April 27, 2014 - 2004's Best Picture winner, Million Dollar Baby, received a 10th anniversary Blu-ray earlier this year and we've just posted a review. Directed by Clint Eastwood and adapted by Paul Haggis (Crash), this drama tells the story of a dedicated female boxer (Hilary Swank) striving for success under the reluctant training of an aging veteran (Eastwood). Warner's new Blu-ray adds a new half-hour retrospective and an audio commentary by producer Albert Ruddy to a number of making-of featurettes plus a James Lipton interview of the three leads. Full review.
April 25, 2014 - We look at All the King's Men in our latest Blu-ray review. The 1949 winner of the Best Picture Academy Award, this drama adapted from Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren tells the story of a small town idealist (Broderick Crawford) who evolves into a powerful and corrupt state governor before the eyes of a journalist turned staffer (John Ireland). From The Hustler director Robert Rossen, this three Oscar-winner is treated to an isolated music track, its theatrical trailer, and an essay booklet in a Twilight Time disc limited to 3,000 copies. Full review.
April 24, 2014 - Our newest review covers Labor Day. Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno) directs and adapts this drama from Joyce Maynard's novel. In early September 1987, an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) lays low at the house of a shut-in single mother (Kate Winslet) and her teenage son (Gattlin Griffith). A Golden Globe nominee for Best Actress in a Drama and theatrical underperformer, this film hits stores next week in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack that includes filmmakers' audio commentary, ten minutes of deleted scenes, and a half-hour making-of featurette. Full review.
Another Woody Allen movie has come to Blu-ray and we've got a review. Broadway Danny Rose, Allen's 1984 comedy, tells the story of a personal manager who represents unpopular acts who move on at the first sign of success. Danny Rose (Allen) goes above and beyond when he agrees to pose as the beard of a Mob widow (Mia Farrow) who is the mistress of a lounge singer (Nick Apollo Forte) he represents. Available now but probably not for long, Twilight Time's Blu-ray is limited to a print run of just 3,000 copies. Our review.
April 22, 2014 - The 1954 prison drama Riot in Cell Block 11 finally reaches DVD and Blu-ray today from The Criterion Collection. Heavily based on a real 1952 Jackson, Michigan incident,this early film from Dirty Harry, Escape from Alcatraz director Don Siegel has prisoners rioting and demanding improvements in the penal system. Criterion's Dual-Format Edition includes excerpts from Siegel's autobiography and biography, an hour-long NBC radio program on the real riot, an audio commentary by film scholar Matthew H. Bernstein, and an essay booklet. Our review.
Warner will reissue the classic 1970 documentary Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music in a 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Revisited. The four-hour director's cut of the Oscar-winning film will be joined by brand new concert footage from Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez, Santana, The Who, and more in addition to a reproduction of Woodstock Festival tickets, articles from Life and The New York Times, and a Woodstock logo iron-on patch. The set will also hang on to bonus features from the film's Ultimate Collector's Edition release including interviews and eighteen "Untold Stories" performances.
April 21, 2014 - Take a look at Acorn Media's upcoming DVD release of "You, Me & Them": Series 1 in our newest review. This new British sitcom stars Anthony Head ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and Eve Myles as a couple whose life is complicated by the crazy relatives united by their May-December romance. Available next week, the two-disc DVD includes the show's first six episodes plus bloopers, cast interviews, and a set tour. Our review.
April 19, 2014 - Our newest review covers next week's 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray debut of Chances Are. From the director of Sister Act and Dirty Dancing, this 1989 romantic comedy tells the story of a married man (Christopher McDonald) who dies and is reincarnated as a young aspiring journalist (Robert Downey Jr.). His return complicates the life of the loving widow who hasn't gotten over him (Cybill Shepherd), her lawyer daughter (Mary Stuart Masterson) and his longtime best friend (Ryan O'Neal). Image Entertainment celebrates the film's quarter-century mark next Tuesday. Our thorough review.
April 17, 2014 - The LEGO Movie, the #1 movie of 2014 so far by both critical approval and box office gross, will come to home video two months from today. Warner has announced a loaded 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack as well as an Everything Is Awesome Edition wielding even more. For cover art, preorders, and complete details, see the press release.
Our newest review covers The Criterion Collection's recent Dual Format Edition release of The 400 Blows. The feature debut of Franηois Truffaut, this 1959 product of the French New Wave is regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. The semiautobiographical drama about a poor, troubled pre-teen boy is based largely on the critic-turned-director's own upbringing. Criterion's Blu-ray + DVD retains the extras assembled over their 15 years of distributing this classic, including two audio commentaries, two Truffaut interviews for 1960s French television, cast auditions, the trailer, and an essay. Our review.
April 15, 2014 - The first hit film of 2014 hit home video today and we've got a review. Ride Along stars Kevin Hart as an aspiring cop who tags along with his girlfriend's brother, a hardened vice detective (Ice Cube), for a day they'll never forget. Tim Story (Fantastic Four, Barbershop, Think Like a Man) directs this blockbuster buddy comedy, which Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack treats to an audio commentary, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and numerous making-of featurettes. Full review.
April 14, 2014 - Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actress, Philomena hits home video tomorrow. This drama from director Stephen Frears (The Queen) tells the remarkable true story of an Irish mother's (Judi Dench) and British journalist's (Steve Coogan) search for the child she gave up to nuns fifty years ago. Anchor Bay's Blu-ray includes a Dench interview, a Coogan Q & A, a short on the real Philomena, an audio commentary by Coogan and co-writer Jeff Pope, and a code for Digital HD UltraViolet. Don't miss our review.
April 12, 2014 - Our newest review covers the upcoming Blu-ray release of Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed. Gaffigan's fourth stand-up special will premiere on Comedy Central on April 27th then hit home video in this substantially extended version two days later. Full review.
April 11, 2014 - Don't miss our new review of the recent remastered Blu-ray edition of Fargo. The Coen brothers' revered crime comedy stars an Oscar-winning Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police officer investigating a triple homicide that is part of a staged kidnapping plot by a desperate car dealer (William H. Macy). Co-starring Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare, this 1996 film gets improved picture quality alongside an audio commentary by cinematographer Roger Deakins, the half-hour documentary "Minnesota Nice", a photo gallery, a cinematography article, and trailers. Full review.
April 10, 2014 - Our latest review covers the Blu-ray release of August: Osage County. Adapted from Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the film reunites a large Oklahoma family for the first time in years following the death of its patriarch. Earning Academy Award nominations for Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, this ensemble dramedy also stars Ewan McGregor, Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney, and Abigail Breslin. Now available, Weinstein's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by director John Wells and his cinematographer, deleted scenes with commentary, a writing featurette, and a making-of featurette. Read more...
April 9, 2014 - Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone channel two of their more iconic roles in Grudge Match, a comedy about world light heavyweight boxing champions who agree to square off thirty years after a rematch was cancelled. Co-starring Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, Jon Bernthal, and LL Cool J, this Christmas Day comedy is now available to own. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack includes over 45 minutes of bonus features, including alternate endings, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and interviews with heavyweight champions Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, and Larry Holmes. Get ready to rumble with our complete review.
April 8, 2014 - Our newest review looks at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This middle film in Peter Jackson's second epic Middle-Earth trilogy sends Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) looking for a stolen jewel and finding a giant dragon. The dwarves are back and taken prisoner by elves including Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Available today, Warner's 5-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack should satisfy those unwilling to wait for the inevitable Extended Edition. It includes over two hours of bonus features including production videos, trailers, and a 2013 live stream. Don't miss our full review.
One of the year's bigger Tuesdays to date, today sees the Blu-ray and DVD release of some of the first films of 2014 and the last ones of 2013. More on the five we're reviewing can be found on our April Schedule.
April 6, 2014 - Our coverage of this week's Blu-rays begins with a review of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. This spin-off to the lucrative low-budget horror franchise centers on two recent high school graduates whose lives become disturbed. Paramount's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack treats the film to theatrical and unrated cuts plus over 10 minutes of deleted scenes on Blu-ray. Don't miss our full review.
April 5, 2014 - The Invisible Woman tells the true story of a love affair between Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) and Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), a young actress. Fiennes directs a cast that also includes Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander. Available on April 15th, Sony's Blu-ray + DVD combo pack treats the Oscar-nominated drama to a commentary, festival panels, and additional Q & A sessions with Fiennes and Jones, plus the trailer. Our review.
April 4, 2014 - In theaters today, Captain America: The Winter Soldier adds to the continuing saga of Marvel's superhero. World War II supersoldier Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) finds himself in the middle of danger and conspiracy when attempts are made on the life of S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Co-starring Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, and Robert Redford, this action-packed sequel is directed by "Community" producers and brothers Anthony and Joe Russo from another script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World). Don't miss our film review of this likely hit.
At Middleton stars Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga as parents accompanying their respective teenagers on a tour of Middleton College. Separated from the group, they form a connection. Now available, Anchor Bay's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by Garcia and the filmmakers, an outtakes reel, and a slideshow music video for an original Garcia song. Our full review.
Recent Film Reviews:
Divergent - Adapted from the first book in Veronica Roth's best-selling young adult trilogy, tells the story of a teenaged girl (Shailene Woodley) in a dystopian future where people are divided into five factions. It's being groomed as the new Hunger Games, with Summit/Lionsgate even relying on that franchise's original timing. Theo James, Jai Courtney, Zoλ Kravitz, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn, and Kate Winslet co-star in this PG-13 sci-fi thriller that's expected to open #1 and be followed by sequels.
Muppets Most Wanted - In this sequel to the franchise's warmly-received 2011 revival, diabolical fugitive Constantine switches places with Kermit the Frog while the Muppets embark on a world tour in European locations near choice theft targets. Director James Bobin, screenwriter Nicholas Stoller, and Oscar-winning lyricist Bret McKenzie all return from the first film. Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell lead a human cast that likely shatters the record for most cameos in a film.
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Written and directed by Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums), this stylish comedy centers on a concierge (Ralph Fiennes) and his teenaged lobby boy (Tony Revolori) who find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery involving a wealthy dowager (Tilda Swinton) with a contested inheritance in 1932 Europe. The large cast also includes Jude Law, F. Murray Abraham, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, and Edward Norton.
The Monuments Men - George Clooney directs, produces, writes, and stars in this drama that tells the true story of a group of soldiers assigned to protect and retrieve priceless art at the end of World War II. The distinguished cast also includes Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin.
Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
The Jungle Book 2 (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy) - Living in a village and missing the wild, Mowgli (Haley Joel Osment) winds up back in the jungle with Baloo (John Goodman), where he is pursued by a vengeful Shere Khan (Tony Jay). Now available, Disney's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy combo pack includes two music videos, two deleted scenes, a recap of the original film, and a 15-minute making-of featurette.
Delivery Man (Blu-ray) - Vince Vaughn stars as a New Yorker who is surprised to learn that his sperm donations from twenty years ago have produced over 500 children, many of whom would like to know his identity. Co-starring Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders, this dramedy is now joined by a deleted scene, Vaughn improvisations, bloopers, and a making-of featurette.
The Past (Blu-ray + DVD) - Writer/director Asghar Farhadi's French language follow-up to his Oscar-winning Iranian film A Separation tells the story of a separated couple (The Artist's Bιrιnice Bejo and Ali Mosaffa) intending to finalize their divorce but whose intersecting families are weighed down by secrets and guilt. Now available, Sony's combo pack includes an audio commentary and Q&A session by Farhadi, a half-hour making-of documentary, and the film's US theatrical trailer.
The Great Beauty (The Criterion Collection Blu-ray + DVD) - The winner of the the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this Italian drama from Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be the Place) tells the story of a longtime member of Rome's high society (Toni Servillo) who takes stock of his life following his 65th birthday. The 1 Blu-ray, 2 DVD Dual-Format Edition release includes interviews with Sorrentino, Servillo, and co-writer Umberto Contarello in addition to deleted scenes and the film's trailer.
Saving Mr. Banks (Blu-ray + Digital HD Digital Copy) - Disney's drama about the contentious making of Mary Poppins received good reviews but fewer accolades than expected. Starring Emma Thompson as author P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, the film co-stars Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Ruth Wilson and Bradley Whitford. Now available, the Blu-ray + Digital HD Digital Copy set includes three deleted scenes, a look at Disney studio then and now, and a clip of Richard Sherman leading the cast and crew in song on the last day of filming.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Blu-ray) - This silent 1923 filming of Victor Hugo's novel stars Lon Chaney in the title role, the deformed outcast Quasimodo who makes his home in the titular Paris cathedral. Flicker Alley's Blu-ray includes a 1915 short featuring Chaney playing a different hunchback, a short behind-the-scenes newsreel clip featuring Chaney, an audio commentary and essay by Chaney historian Michael F. Blake, and HD videos displaying production photos and the original souvenir program.
The Wolf of Wall Street (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) - Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Actor, this latest collaboration of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio tells the true story of a white collar criminal, who found wealth in stock fraud. Co-starring Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Matthew McConaughey, and Rob Reiner, this 3-hour drama is joined by a 17-minute making-of featurette on Blu-ray.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) - Idris Elba plays the freedom-promoting South African leader who spent nearly 30 years in jail. Naomie Harris plays his social worker wife Winnie. From the director of The Other Boleyn Girl and Gladiator, Les Misιrables screenwriter William Nicholson comes this official biopic adapted from Mandela's autobiography. A Best Original Song Oscar nominee for U2's "Ordinary Love", this drama is now available to own in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack that includes director's audio commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, a making-of featurette, and tributes from notable admirers including Dan Rather and Al Gore.
Buck Wild (Blu-ray) - Horror comedy follows four young men on a Texas hunting trip where they run into a town of zombies. Released this week, Millennium Entertainment's Blu-ray includes the film's trailer and three deleted scenes.
Kill Your Darlings (Blu-ray + DVD) - Independent drama tells the true story about the shared young adulthood of Beat Generation icons Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), William Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston). Available tomorrow, Sony's Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack includes an audio commentary by the cast and filmmakers, a Q & A with the filmmakers, comments from the Toronto Film Festival red carpet, and deleted scenes.
Frozen (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy) - Disney Animation Studios' Oscar-winning 53rd musical adventure tells the story of two sisters, one with ice-producing powers that divide them. The Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy combo pack includes the Oscar-nominated new Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse!, four deleted scenes with intros from the directors, a featurette on Disney's historical attempts to adapt Hans Christian Andersen, and a making-of song performed by voice cast members.
American Hustle (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) - Based on the real Abscam operation of the 1970s, this Golden Globe-winning film from director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter) stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner as New Yorkers whose lives get mixed up in an FBI plot to expose corruption. Available Tuesday, Sony's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack includes over 20 minutes of deleted and extended scenes plus a making-of featurette.
Achmed Saves America (Blu-ray) - Jeff Dunham, the most successful ventriloquist of all time, gets into animation with next week's release of This hour-long special finds Achmed, the skeletal terrorist of Dunham's stand-up comedy act, arriving in the middle of the United States and being mistaken for a French exchange student, while his views are challenged. In stores before the special airs on CMT, Comedy Central's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by Dunham and collaborators and a short making-of featurette.
George Washington (Criterion Collection Blu-ray + DVD) - The feature debut of Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green, this 2000 film spends a memorable summer with poor adolescents in a small southern town. The decorated film is joined by two of Green's shorts made in the 1990s as a North Carolina School of Arts student, a 1969 Clu Gulager short that inspired him, a deleted scene, the trailer, audio commentary, a cast reunion, Green's 2001 "Charlie Rose" interview, and a booklet with an Armond White essay.
Easy Money: Hard to Kill (Blu-ray) - International thriller stars Joel Kinnaman ("The Killing", RoboCop) as an ex-con who returns to his old criminal ways out of necessity. The follow-up to a Swedish hit, this film is adapted from the novels of Jens Lapidus and executive produced by Safe House director Daniel Espinosa.
"The Middle": Season 4 - ABC's long-running sitcom about an Indiana family of five (headed by "Everybody Loves Raymond"'s Patricia Heaton and "Scrubs"' Neil Flynn) treats us to road tests, two graduations, a new tic, a new job, and an assortment of holidays. Warner's three-disc DVD holds all 23 episodes including the double-length season premiere in addition to deleted scenes and a gag reel.
Inside Llewyn Davis - Among 2013's most acclaimed films, this Coen Brothers comedy-drama spends a winter 1961 week in the life of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a talented and completely unsuccessful New York City folk singer. Co-starring John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and F. Murray Abraham, this CBS Films release hits DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow with the 42-minute making-of documentary "Inside Inside Llewyn Davis" and UltraViolet.
Samson and Delilah (Blu-ray) - Before The Ten Commandments, producer-director Cecil B. DeMille made The 1949 Biblical epic stars Victor Mature as the extraordinary strong man of Dan and Hedy Lamarr as the Philistine who loves him. Also featuring George Sanders and Angela Lansbury, this winner of two technical Oscars hits Blu-ray on Tuesday, a year after finally showing up on DVD, joined by a theatrical reissue trailer.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet) - The second installment in the blockbuster franchise adapted from Suzanne Collins' novels returns Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) to survival challenge when past victors square off in the Third Quarter Quell Hunger Games. The gamemaker has changed and so has the competition, but the stakes remain life or death. Now available, Lionsgate's two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack includes an audio commentary, five minutes of deleted scenes, and a 2½-hour making-of documentary.
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