DVDizzy.com: JUNE 1-15, 2013 NEWS ARCHIVES
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June 15, 2013 - Today's new Blu-ray review looks at Quartet, a British dramedy marking the directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman. Academy Award-winning writer Ronald Harwood adapts his West End play set in a retirement home for musicians. There, three aging opera singers (Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay and Pauline Collins) try to get their just-arrived soprano (Maggie Smith) to reunite with them for an important fundraising gala. Earning Smith a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, this independent film hits Blu-ray on Tuesday from The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay joined by a Hoffman commentary and six short making-of featurettes. Our review.
June 14, 2013 - Bruce Willis reprises his most iconic role in A Good Day to Die Hard. In this fifth entry to the action franchise, death-defying cop John McClane journeys to Moscow to help out his estranged son (Jai Courtney), who, unbeknownst to Dad, is a CIA agent hard at work on a high-profile case. Explosions, shattered glass, and a signature catchphrase ensue. Now available, Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes both the R-rated theatrical cut and an unrated extended cut on Blu-ray plus an audio commentary, deleted scenes, an hour-long making-of documentary, concept art and storyboard galleries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, trailers, and UltraViolet. Yippee-ki-yay.
One of cinema's most enduring superheroes gets a reboot in Man of Steel. Watchmen, 300 director Zack Snyder presents a new Superman (Henry Cavill), whose Krypton origins and Earth upbringing are detailed before he squares off with a still resentful General Zod (Michael Shannon) while catching the attention of journalist Lois Lane (Amy Adams). Co-starring Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, scripted by Batman Begins' David S. Goyer and produced by Christopher Nolan, this Warner Bros./DC Comics film opens to giant expectations in over 4,200 theaters today. Our review.
June 13, 2013 - One DVDizzy.com will win Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy in our newest giveaway. Grab twenty-five entries now and return daily through June 27th to improve your odds of winning! More.
Disney's big budget fantasy Oz the Great and Powerful returns us to the universe of L. Frank Baum's beloved book series. Directed by Spider-Man's Sam Raimi, the film follows 1905 carnival magician Oz (James Franco) into a colorful world bearing his name. There, he is expected to fulfill a prophecy and slay a wicked witch, but which of the three witches (Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz) is it? The two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes a featurette on Walt Disney's attempts to adapt Baum, Franco's personal making-of documentary, a Second Screen feature for those with second generation iPads, and various behind-the-scenes pieces. Your Disney Movie Rewards code not only nets you a downloadable digital copy and $8 toward seeing The Lone Ranger in theaters, it also gives you a chance to get the film's Blu-ray 3D for under $6. Watch a bonus features excerpt on the influence of classic Disney animation on production design as part of our full review.
June 12, 2013 - Pusher remakes the first film of Drive writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn. Prince of Persia's Richard Coyle plays a London drug dealer for whom the time to repay his growing debt to Turkish mobsters is running out. After a limited fall theatrical release, this crime thriller hits Blu-ray from Anchor Bay with a making-of featurette and a premiere Q & A session with the filmmakers. Our review.
June 11, 2013 - Today's new Blu-ray releases include Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Criterion Collection's Blu-ray debut of Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries, HBO's "The Newsroom": The Complete First Season, 2 Movie Collection combo packs headed by The Emperor's New Groove and Lilo & Stitch, and the blockbuster fantasy Oz the Great and Powerful, which we'll have a review and a giveaway of shortly. For more on these and other new discs, check out our oft-updated, far-reaching Upcoming Release Schedule.
Another Disney animated classic hits Blu-ray today with its direct-to-video sequel by its side. Lilo & Stitch stands the studio's last big traditionally animated hit. The 2002 comedy centers on the unlikely friendship formed between an alien experiement and a lonesome Hawaiian girl. The sequel, 2005's Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, tests that friendship when Stitch's goodness levels drop in response to a series of malfunctions that are part of a larger issue. The 3-disc 2 Movie Collection recycles the films' DVDs, which provide the combo pack with its only bonus features. Watch a clip as part of our full review.
June 10, 2013 - The last of 2012's major Oscar contenders will finally hit home video on August 20th with Sony's DVD and Blu-ray release of Amour. Nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actress, and Original Screenplay and the winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this French drama will hit disc joined by a making-of featurette and a Q & A session with Austrian writer/director Michael Haneke. For cover artwork and more information, see the press release.
June 8, 2013 - Our newest review covers Tuesday's Blu-ray debut of The Emperor's New Groove & Kronk's New Groove. The original 2000 film is among the most highly regarded films by Disney Animation of its era. Its direct-to-video sequel, arriving in 2005, promotes Patrick Warburton's dim-witted henchman to leading man. In this 3-disc combo pack, the two comedies share a Blu-ray and also have their in-print 2005 DVD editions recycled. The Blu-ray packs a surprise in the bonus features department. Watch a clip from Emperor's as part of our complete review.
June 7, 2013 - Wedding Crashers stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson reunite in The Internship, a comedy film opening in theaters today. The two play best friends and recently unemployed wristwatch salesmen who take their old school ways to Google where they join college students in competing for jobs at the technology giant. Shawn Levy (Date Night, Night at the Museum) directs this PG-13 film, which Vaughn wrote along with The Watch's Jared Stern. Slide on down to our movie review.
Our coverage of next week's new discs continues with our review of HBO's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack release of "The Newsroom". The newest television series from Aaron Sorkin, the Oscar-winning scribe of The Social Network and Moneyball and Emmy-winning creator of "The West Wing" and "Sports Night", this hour-long drama centers on a cable news series whose anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) strives to restore some dignity to his profession. With his ex-girlfriend (Emily Mortimer) as executive producer and his seasoned boss (Sam Waterston) defending him with executives, Will reports on real stories from the recent past. Equipped with previews, recaps, "Inside the Episode" Sorkin interviews, five audio commentaries, four deleted scenes, and two making-of featurettes, the ten episodes fill four single-sided Blu-rays and two double-sided DVDs. Get the full story in our thorough review.
June 5, 2013 - Right now, in-stock Criterion Collection DVDs and Blu-rays are currently 50% off on Amazon.com. The deep discount puts most of the esteemed line's Blu-rays under $20 and DVDs under $15. Browse, save, and support this site here.
June 4, 2013 - One of the spring's best-reviewed and best-attended theatrical releases has staked out a mid-summer home video debut. 42, the true story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, will be available from Warner on July 16th in a single-disc DVD and a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet. Starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, this PG-13 drama will be joined by a featurette on DVD and three on Blu-ray. For more information and cover art, check out the press release.
The futuristic action thriller Oblivion will hit home video on August 6th from Universal. Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman star in Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski's adaptation of his own graphic novel. The two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet combo pack will include an audio commentary by Cruise and Kosinski, deleted scenes, M83's isolated score, and a five-part making-of documentary. See the press release for cover art and full details.
Paramount has scheduled a July 30th Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The second live-action film adapted from Hasbro's franchise, this adventure adds Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson to retuning cast including Channing Tatum. It will be available as a single-disc DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD, and a three-disc Blu-ray 3D combo pack with UltraViolet, an audio commentary, and other bonus features. See the announcement for complete details.
Escape from Planet Earth hits stores today, more than seven years after being first announced. This computer-animated sci fi family comedy follows extraterrestrials to our planet, where an American general locks them up and plans to exploit their intelligence. An unexpectedly strong performer in theaters last winter, this Weinstein Comedy release features the voices of Rob Corddry, Brendan Fraser, William Shatner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, and Sofia Vergara. Anchor Bay's four-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet combo pack includes an audio commentary, alternate takes & deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, an Owl City music video and additional song performances. Escape to our full review.
June 3, 2013 - Today's new review covers the hit buddy comedy Identity Thief. Jason Bateman plays Sandy, a mild-mannered Denver businessman whose life is upended when a Florida woman (Melissa McCarthy) steals his identity and goes wild. To make things right for his family and new employer, Sandy tries to find the titular thief and bring her home by cross-country road trip. Directed by Horrible Bosses' Seth Gordon, the film hits stores tomorrow in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet combo pack holding both its R-rated theatrical cut and an unrated extended one, plus alternate takes, a gag reel, two making-of featurettes, an Easter egg, and a tour of Robert Patrick's Skiptracer's van. Review.
May 31, 2013 - Our last review of May looks at next month's Criterion Collection Blu-ray debut of Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries. This 1957 Swedish drama follows an old, widowed professor (Victor Sjφstrφm) on a road trip to receive an honorary degree, during which he is subjected to frightening nightmares and old memories. The Blu-ray includes a Bergman introduction to the film, an historian's audio commentary, a 90-minute 1998 Swedish television documentary devoted to the director, and 17 minutes of behind-the-scenes production footage. Review.
May 30, 2013 - Today's new Blu-ray review covers Warm Bodies, one of the winter's best-reviewed and best-attended films. Adapted from Isaac Marion's novel, it tells of a romance between a young zombie (Nicholas Hoult) and the human girl (Teresa Palmer) he saves. Adapted and helmed by 50/50 director Jonathan Levine, this PG-13 film co-stars John Malkovich, Rob Corddry, and Analeigh Tipton. In stores next Tuesday, Summit's Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet edition includes an audio commentary by the director and stars plus over two hours of video extras including deleted scenes, a gag reel, numerous making-of featurettes, and the trailer. Cozy up with our review.
May 28, 2013 - A familiar Grimm fairly tale is the springboard for the fantasy action flick Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. The Avengers' Jeremy Renner and Prince of Persia's Gemma Arterton play the titular siblings who after being traumatized by a witch as children devote their energies to catching and killing evil witches. Written and directed by Norway's Tommy Wirkola and co-starring Famke Janssen and Peter Stormare, this film hits stores next month in a three-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack that includes an unrated extended cut, three making-of featurettes, and UltraViolet. Full review.
Today, the third theatrical film from writer/director Mike Leigh becomes his third film admitted into the Criterion Collection. Life Is Sweet (1991) centers on a working class British family consisting of a long married couple (Jim Broadbent and Alison Steadman) and their twin twentysomething daughters (Jane Horrocks and Claire Skinner). Also featuring Timothy Spall, Stephen Rea, and David Thewlis, this acclaimed comedy is joined by Leigh's five Five-Minute Films produced for the BBC in 1975 with an audio introduction, a brand new audio commentary by the director, and an hour-long audio interview from 1991. Don't miss our thorough review.
May 26, 2013 - Today's new Blu-ray review looks at Shout! Factory's upcoming Action-Packed Double Feature which holds two fondly remembered Peter Fonda films from the 1970s. In Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, Fonda plays an aspiring race car driver who robs a supermarket and gets one more person (Susan George) in the getaway car than planned. In Race with the Devil, two married couples (played by Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, and Lara Parker) driving to Aspen in a lush RV have their vacation derailed by a brush with a deadly small town cult. Each film is joined by original marketing, a retrospective featurette, and an audio commentary in Shout!'s fully-loaded BD. Full review.
May 25, 2013 - The sci-fi horror film Dark Skies adds another low-budget thriller to the resume of Paranormal Activity and Insidious producer Jason Blum. The film centers on a financially struggling family (headed by Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Kadan Rockett, and Real Steel's Dakota Goyo) which experiences a number of hard-to-explain home disturbances. After a modest winter theatrical run, this Dimension Films release hits stores next Tuesday in an Anchor Bay Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack that includes a feature audio commentary plus deleted and alternate scenes with commentary. Click here for our complete review.
May 24, 2013 - We've just launched another giveaway, this one to send one lucky US or Canadian reader a copy of Disney's just-released My Neighbor Totoro Blu-ray + DVD combo pack. Take a bunch of entries right now and come back each day through Thursday to improve your odds. (And don't forget to do the same in our Howl's Moving Castle Giveaway). Details and entry form.
May 23, 2013 - Our newest Blu-ray review covers My Neighbor Totoro, the 1988 Hayao Miyazaki film. In 1950s Japan, a family moves to the countryside where the two young daughters discover some interesting creatures in and outside of their new house. Now available, Disney's Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes the entire film in storyboard form, a featurette on the English voice cast (which is headed by sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning), a half-hour TV documentary visiting the locations that influenced the film, trailers, an interview with Miyazaki composer Joe Hisaishi, and an assortment of retrospective making-of shorts. Watch a clip from the film as part of our thorough review.
In theaters today, The Hangover Part III ends a blockbuster trilogy while kicking off the summer movie season. Director Todd Phillips lets go of the many hallmarks of a franchise never intended to be one in order to take Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Stu (Ed Helms) on a dark adventure with Bangkok prison escapee Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) to pay back an angry crime boss (John Goodman). Check out our review.
May 22, 2013 - The 2010 Finnish thriller Priest of Evil comes to Region 1 DVD next week from Shout! Factory and we've got an early review. Adapted from a series of best-selling crime novels, the film tells the story of a conscientious Helsinki police detective (Peter Franzιn) investigating a series of train station murders while still haunted by the death of his own teenaged daughter two years earlier. In stores Tuesday, the film is joined by its original trailer. Full review.
May 21, 2013 - John Cusack and Malin Akerman star in The Numbers Station, an action thriller that hits DVD and Blu-ray next week after a very limited spring engagement. Cusack plays a weary veteran CIA black ops agent reassigned to the titular workplace where number codes are broadcast to field agents (by the likes of Akerman). The partners become endangered when their secure station is compromised. RLJ Entertainment's Blu-ray includes a 15-minute making-of featurette. Our review.
Our newest review covers next week's long-awaited US DVD debut of Swimming to Cambodia, the first film adapted from Spalding Gray's award-winning monologues. This one-man show finds the actor/playwright discussing Cambodian history by way of his experiences shooting The Killing Fields in Thailand. Shout! Factory's disc includes a brand new 17-minute interview of the film's Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme. Full review.
US and Canadian readers can win Disney's Blu-ray + DVD combo pack of Howl's Moving Castle in our new giveaway. Take up to twenty-five easy entries right now and return each day through May 30 to increase your odds! Full details and entry form.
May 20, 2013 - We look at Howl's Moving Castle, one of two animated films from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli making their American Blu-ray debuts this week in a Disney Blu-ray + DVD combo pack. This 2004 fantasy adapted from Diana Wynne Jones' novel was a huge hit in its native Japan and a Best Animated Feature Oscar nominee in America, where its voice cast includes Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, and Josh Hutcherson. A young hat shop worker cursed to looking and feeling 90 years old gets aboard the titular mechanical vessel of a fabled wizard. Extras include trailers and TV spots (now in HD), a featurette on Miyazaki's visit to Pixar, an interview of English version director Pete Docter, a piece on the English voice cast, and storyboards of the entire film. Don't miss our detailed review.
Our newest Blu-ray review covers the Criterion Collection's recent release of 3:10 to Yuma. Adapted from an Elmore Leonard short story, this 1957 Western tells the story of a captured outlaw (Glenn Ford) whom authorities and a cattle rancher (Van Heflin) try to quietly transfer to prison via the titular train without his gang finding out. The Blu-ray includes 2013 interviews with Leonard and Ford's son and biographer Peter Ford. Our review.
May 18, 2013 - After bombing in theaters, Beautiful Creatures gets another chance to find an audience on Tuesday, when it comes to DVD and Blu-ray. Adapted from the bestselling young adult novel series, this supernatural drama centers on two literate Southern teens (Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert) who begin a romance against wisdom. Co-starring Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Viola Davis, this Warner Bros. release gets a Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack that includes deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, and trailers. Watch clips as part of our complete review.
May 17, 2013 - August 6th will be the next big day for Disney animation on Blu-ray. That Tuesday will bring new anniversary edition combo packs of The Sword in the Stone (50th Anniversary), Robin Hood (40th Anniversary; $36.99 SRP), and Oliver & Company (25th Anniversary). Sword and Robin will each include downloadable digital copies and carry a list price of $36.99 SRP. Sword will add a new alternative opening where Wart Meets Merlin to classic DVD bonus features including the cartoon shorts A Knight for a Day and The Brave Little Tailor, the excerpt "All About Magic", and the featurette "Music and Magic: The Sherman Brothers." Robin Hood will add the never-before-seen deleted storyline "Love Letters" to recycled extras including an alternate ending, art gallery, sing-along, Song Selection, and the Mickey Mouse short Ye Olden Days. Simply a Blu-ray + DVD, Oliver will have a reduced retail price of $29.99 SRP. Click here for cover art and preorders.
A week later, we'll finally get the long-advertised The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray debut of The Muppet Movie. The gang's first theatrical outing, released in 1979, will be available in a Blu-ray + Digital Copy ($26.50 SRP) and a DVD ($19.99 SRP). August 20th will see the Blu-ray debut of the 2002 theatrical sequel Return to Never Land in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo along with a new DVD + Digital Copy edition, as well as a DVD + Digital Copy release of its predecessor, Peter Pan.
May 16, 2013 - Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin come together as old reunited criminal friends in the R-rated comedy Stand Up Guys. Val (Pacino) has just been paroled after 28 years in jail. Now, his best friend Doc (Walken) is supposed to kill him by tomorrow morning. But the night is young for these old friends. Available next Tuesday, Lionsgate's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by director Fisher Stevens, a making-of featurette, an interview with Jon Bon Jovi whose original song drew a Golden Globe nomination, deleted scenes, and UltraViolet. Read our review.
Recent Film Reviews:
The Great Gatsby - Reuniting director Baz Luhrmann with Romeo + Juliet leading man Leonardo DiCaprio, this lavish 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's great American novel casts Tobey Maguire as the narrative next-door neighbor of the mysterious titular millionaire (DiCaprio) in 1920s New York. Co-starring Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, and Isla Fisher, Warner Bros.' big budget drama opens to some critical scorn months after its planned Christmas release date.
Iron Man 3 - A year after teaming up with The Avengers, Robert Downey Jr. steps back in and around the armored suit, as a terrorist (Ben Kingsley) declares war on America's president around Christmastime. In addition, War Machine (Don Cheadle) is rebranded the Iron Patriot, Tony befriends a kid in Tennessee, and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) is charmed by a scientist on the rise (Guy Pearce).
Jurassic Park 3D - We take a look at how twenty years have aged Steven Spielberg's smash hit adventure and how the public's perception of the film has changed.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
In the Cut (Double Feature Blu-ray) - In the Cut stars Meg Ryan as an urban high school teacher who begins a relationship with an NYPD detective (Mark Ruffalo) investigating a string of grisly murders. Directed by Jane Campion (The Piano), the 2003 thriller is presented in an uncut director's edition. Trapped stars Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend as a wealthy couple whose asthmatic young daughter (Dakota Fanning) is kidnapped for ransom (by Kevin Bacon, Courtney, Love, and Pruitt Taylor Vince).
A Common Man (Blu-ray) - A remake of the Indian film A Wednesday, this PG-13 Sri Lankan thriller finds Ben Kingsley adding to the terror threats he delivers as The Mandarin in Iron Man 3. Kingsley stars in the title role as an average citizen who has distributed five bombs around a major city which he threatens to detonate if his demands are not met. Chariots of Fire's Ben Cross co-stars.
Tomorrow You're Gone (Blu-ray) - Stephen Dorff plays a ex-convict released from jail with mental and criminal baggage. He meets up with Michelle Monaghan while trying to do right by his powerful friend, The Buddha (Willem Dafoe). Matthew F. Jones adapts his own novel for Down in the Valley director David Jacobson.
Physical Evidence & The Anderson Tapes (Double Feature Blu-ray) - Anderson Tapes stars an in-between Bonds Sean Connery as an ex-con who rounds up a gang to return to his thieving ways. Co-starring Dyan Cannon and introducing Christopher Walken, this 1971 New York thriller was directed by Sidney Lumet and adapted from a bestselling novel by his Oscar-winning Dog Day Afternoon screenwriter Frank Pierson. 1989's Physical Evidence stars Burt Reynolds as a suspended Boston cop accused of murder who is represented by an ambitious public defender (Theresa Russell).
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (Blu-ray) - Roman Coppola, son of Francis, brother of Sofia, and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Moonrise Kingdom, writes, directs, and produces this independent comedy. Charlie Sheen claims the title role, playing a graphic designer in 1970s California who uses fantasies to help him through a tough break-up. Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Katheryn Winnick, Patricia Arquette, Aubrey Plaza, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead co-star in this limited winter theatrical release. Lionsgate's disc includes a Coppola audio commentary, an interview with artist Charles White III, and a half-hour making-of documentary.
"Fraggle Rock": Meet the Fraggles - This new compilation gathers six episodes from the first two seasons of Jim Henson's 1980s musical children's television series.
The Guilt Trip (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen play a mother and son taking a cross-country road trip in the PG-13 comedy From screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Tangled, Crazy, Stupid, Love.) and director Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), this December theatrical release is now available to own just in time for Mother's Day. Paramount's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes over an hour of bonus features on Blu-ray including deleted scenes, alternate openings and ending, and assorted behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Jack Reacher (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Tom Cruise proves age and height are just numbers as he returns to action hero mode in this mystery adapted from Lee Child's best-selling detective novels. Elusive ex-military cop Reacher pops up to help a attorney (Rosamund Pike) defending an Iraqi veteran accused of the sniping murders of five random Pittsburgh citizens. Co-starring Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, and Werner Herzog, this PG-13 film was adapted and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the Oscar-winning writer of The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie. Now available, Paramount's combo pack includes an audio commentary by Cruise and McQuarrie, a second commentary/isolated music track, three making-of featurettes, and UltraViolet.
Barrymore (Blu-ray) - Reprising the role that won him a Tony on Broadway, Christopher Plummer portrays alcoholic screen and stage actor John Barrymore as he prepares for a Richard III audition he hopes will supply a comeback in 1942. After a limited big screen run, this is now available to own with an hour-long documentary that includes new interviews with Julie Andrews, Helen Mirren, and just about everyone associated with the production.
Shanghai Noon & Shanghai Knights (2 Movie Collection Blu-ray) - Jackie Chan plays Chon Wang, a member of China's Imperial Guard looking to save a princess in 1880s Carson City, Nevada. Owen Wilson is easygoing bandit Roy O'Bannon, who reluctantly teams up and in the sequel heads to England to restore Chon's family's honor. The two Touchstone Pictures films are joined by most of their DVD bonus features, including three audio commentaries, eighteen deleted scenes, and an Uncle Kracker music video.
Mama (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet - Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain stars as one of the guardians assigned to two young children missing for five years. Guillermo del Toro produced this hit horror film, which is joined by a filmmaker audio commentary, deleted scenes, the original Spanish short on which the movie is based, two making-of featurettes, a DVD, and digital copy and UltraViolet codes.
The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernαndez (Blu-ray) - In the final film of his long career, Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine stars as a failed actor still bitter he never got to be the hero in a western. He impresses the Latino staff of a nursing home with his brief encounter with the titular Mexican singer. Co-starring Barry Corbin and Tony Plana, this unrated dramedy is joined by a director's audio commentary, making-of featurette, and a trailer.
Silver Linings Playbook (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) - Jennifer Lawrence became the second youngest Best Actress winner in Oscar history for her role as a widowed Philadelphian who trains for a dance competition with a troubled man (Bradley Cooper) just released from a psychiatric hospital. Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, and Chris Tucker co-star in this comedy-drama adapted and directed by The Fighter's David O. Russell. Anchor Bay's two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet combo pack includes over 90 minutes of bonus features, including deleted scenes, Q & A highlights, a making-of documentary, a dance tutorial, and behind-the-scenes shorts.
Strictly Ballroom (Blu-ray) - The first film of Baz Luhrmann, the writer/director of Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet, becomes the last of his to hit Blu-ray, arriving just ahead of The Great Gatsby's theatrical release. This PG-rated 1992 Australian comedy centers on an unlikely pairing for a championship ballroom competition. Lionsgate brings this Miramax sleeper to high definition with a making-of retrospective, a 1986 Australian TV documentary on dancers, a deleted scene, a Luhrmann-narrated gallery, and a filmmakers' audio commentary.
Funny Girl (Blu-ray) - Adapted from the Broadway musical, this 1968 Columbia Pictures film directed by Roman Holiday's William Wyler tells the true rags-to-riches story of comedienne Fanny Brice. In her film debut, Barbra Streisand won the Best Actress Oscar, one of eight Academy Awards for which this hit film was nominated. Co-starring Doctor Zhivago's Omar Sharif, the film sports a stunning 4K restoration and is joined by two vintage featurettes on its Amazon-exclusive BD.
The Hoax (Blu-ray) - Richard Gere stars as Clifford Irving, a man who in the early 1970s claimed to have been asked by reclusive, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes to help him write his exclusive autobiography. Lasse Hallstrφm (The Cider House Rules) directs a cast that includes Alfred Molina, Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis, Julie Delpy, Stanley Tucci, and Eli Wallach. Echo Bridge's Blu-ray adds twenty minutes of never-before-seen footage, but drops a number of features from the film's original DVD.
Ship of Fools & Lilith (Double Feature Blu-ray) - These two black and white Columbia Pictures dramas from mid-1960s adapt popular contemporary novels. Produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, Ship follows a German ocean liner on its return voyage from Mexico in 1933. Nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture and winning wto, its ensemble cast includes Vivien Leigh, Lee Marvin, Oskar Werner, and Jose Ferrer. Lilith, from writer-director Robert Rossen (The Hustler, All the King's Men stars a young Warren Beatty as an Army veteran who starts working at an insane asylum, where he takes special interest in the title character (Jean Seberg). The movie includes some of the first film appearances from Gene Hackman, Jessica Walter, and Peter Fonda.
Gangster Squad (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - This action drama tells the somewhat true story of an undercover team assembled by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1949 to take down the powerful mobster Mickey Cohen. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, and Emma Stone star in this R-rated film directed by Zombieland's Reuben Fleischer. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack includes an audio commentary, a picture-in-picture viewing mode, deleted scenes, an hour-long documentary on the real Mickey Cohen, and nearly an hour of making-of featurettes.
The Details (Blu-ray) - This independent dark comedy stars Tobey Maguire as a Seattle obstetrician whose marriage and life begin unraveling starting with a raccoon problem. Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert, Kerry Washington, and Ray Liotta co-star. The Blu-ray includes an alternate beginning and an alternate ending.
The Impossible (Blu-ray) - This drama tells the true story of one family's experience in the 2004 tsunami. While spending Christmas in Thailand, Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor), and their three sons are divided by the disastrous giant waves of the Indian Ocean. An Academy Award nominee for Best Actress, this English-language Spanish drama hits Blu-ray from Summit/Lionsgate with an audio commentary from the inspiration for Watts' heroine, two making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, a trailer, and UltraViolet.
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