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June 30, 2013 - Our latest review looks at the recent Season 1 DVD release of "Rectify". Created by Oscar-winning writer/director Ray McKinnon, Sundance Channel's first original scripted series centers on Daniel Holden,
a man released back to his tight-knit family after spending nearly twenty years on death row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend. He tries to adjust to freedom, small-town Georgia, and a dramatically changed world. Anchor Bay's two-disc set holds all six episodes plus a number of making-of featurettes supplying insight into characters, episodes, crew members, and the series at large. Don't miss our complete review.

June 27, 2013 - Our newest review covers 6 Souls, a psychological horror film that finally reaches the US five years after it was shot. Julianne Moore plays a psychologist whose values are shaken by a troubled young man (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who alternates in assuming the personalities of a number of real murder victims. After a limited theatrical release, Weinstein/Anchor Bay bring this critically drubbed movie to stores on Tuesday. Our Blu-ray review.

June 26, 2013 - Today's review looks at The Curtis Harrington Short Film Collection, a new Blu-ray + DVD combo from Flicker Alley. Before making thrillers like Night Tide and Games and directed "Dynasty" and "Charlie's Angels", a young Harrington wrote and directed trippy avant-garde shorts.
Five of those are assembled here along with his final film, the 36-minute 2002 drama Usher, his teenaged adaptation of the same Edgar Allan Poe short story, two extensive interviews given shortly before his 2007 death, and a 1966 government documentary short. Don't miss our complete review.

Paramount has announced that the Michael Bay-directed Pain & Gain will hit DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on August 27th. Based on a true story, the dark comedy stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie as personal trainers who delve into crime in 1990s Miami. Digital copy and UltraViolet are the only bonus features announced. For cover art and more information, see the press release.

June 25, 2013 - Available today, Acorn Media's Region 1 DVD "Jack Taylor": Set 1 gathers the first three feature-length installments of the Irish mystery television series. Iain Glen ("Game of Thrones", the Resident Evil series) portrays the title character, a hard-nosed police sergeant turned private investigator who plays by his own rules. He looks for a missing child, discovers a secret society of vigilantes, and attempts to uncover the truth in a 50-year-old church scandal. The three-disc set includes a photo gallery for each 90-minute episode. Our review.

Upside Down: Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray Review

June 24, 2013 - Upside Down stars Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst as young residents of twin planets with opposite gravities who fall for each other against the rules. This dystopian fantasy romance thriller marks the English language debut of Argentine writer-director Juan Solanas. After a brief theatrical run, it hits stores tomorrow from Millennium Entertainment in a Blu-ray 3D/2D disc that includes making-of featurette, deleted scenes, concept art, storyboards, pre-visualization animatics, and a trailer. Our review.

June 23, 2013 - In stores Tuesday, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone stars Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi as old-school magicians whose popularity is threatened by a flashy new street performer (Jim Carrey). Co-starring Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, and James Gandolfini, this PG-13 comedy will be available in a Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack that includes nearly a half-hour of deleted and alternate scenes, a gag reel, a David Copperfield interview, and more Steve Gray (Carrey). Our review.

June 21, 2013 - Disney's Academy Award-nominated 1983 animated featurette Mickey's Christmas Carol will make its Blu-ray debut in a 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack ($36.99 SRP) arriving November 5th. Joined by other unspecified cartoons to bring its 26-minute runtime up to 95 minutes, the short will also be available as a DVD + Digital Copy ($29.99 SRP). Cover art and preorders here.

Mickey's Christmas Carol: 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy -- click for larger view Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year: Gift of Friendship Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy -- click for larger view

On the same day, the studio will also release Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year in a "Gift of Friendship Edition" Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack. The direct-to-video 2002 movie makes use of the 1991 TV special Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too and adds some original content as well. It too will be available as a DVD + Digital Copy. Cover art here.

Movie 43: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review Monsters University Movie Review World War Z Movie Review

Our newest Blu-ray review covers Movie 43, a star-studded comedy anthology. It consists of more than a dozen crude shorts featuring the likes of Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Dennis Quaid, Greg Kinnear, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Richard Gere, Jason Sudeikis, Justin Long, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Duhamel, Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, Terrence Howard, and Chloλ Grace Moretz. Counting Peter Farrelly, Steven Brill, and Brett Ratner among its directors, the movie is now available in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack that includes the R-rated theatrical cut and an alternate cut with an entirely different frame story, a deleted Bob Odenkirk segment starring Julianne Moore and Tony Shalhoub, and a red band trailer. Home video review 1,921.

Pixar Animation Studios adds to its trend of brand expansion with the prequel Monsters University, now in theaters.
To fulfill his childhood dream, one-eyed Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) enrolls in Monsters University's scarer program, where he meets James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) and the two join a fringe fraternity of misfits to compete in Scare Games. A change of pace for the pioneers of computer animation, this college comedy is short on ambition but big on striking, colorful visuals and plenty entertaining. It is preceded by The Blue Umbrella, a new Pixar short you'll swear is part live-action. Our review.

In theaters today, World War Z puts the globe on edge with a zombie outbreak. Brad Pitt stars as a husband, father of two girls, and retired UN worker called back into action to help stave off the apocalypse. Adapted from the novel by Max Brooks, this drama is directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace) and co-stars Mireille Enos and David Morse. Don't miss our review.

The Bling Ring expands to 650 theaters nationwide today. Sofia Coppola writes and directs this R-rated crime dramedy based on the true story of California teenagers who broke into the homes of celebrities and stole over $3 million worth in clothing, accessories, and cash. Relative newcomers Katie Chang and Israel Broussard head a cast that also includes Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, and Leslie Mann. Our review.

June 20, 2013 - Our newest review looks at "Workaholics": Season Three, the twenty newest episodes of Comedy Central's hit sitcom. More inappropriate adventures are in store for Anders, Adam, and Blake, as they try to impress their elders, survive a supermoon, find love on Valentine's Day, and live it up at and beyond their telemarketing job. Now available, the two-disc Blu-ray presents all of the episodes uncensored and with "Drunkmentary" as well as a long blooper reel, alternate lines, three "The Other Cubicle" web shorts, and Montez's music video. Full review.

June 17, 2013 - Jack the Giant Slayer puts its twist on an old familiar fairy tale. Farm boy Jack (Nicholas Hoult) sells a horse for beans, one of which sprouts an enormous beanstalk which lifts up a young princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) and puts her among legendary giants. In response, Jack and members of the king's guard (Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci) form a rescue party. This big budget, effects-laden action adventure comes from director Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns) and his Oscar-winning The Usual Suspects screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie. In stores tomorrow, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack includes the BD-exclusive interactive "Become a Giant Slayer", deleted scenes, a gag reel, and an Xbox Live Gold trial. Climb down our full review.

Quartet Blu-ray Review A Good Day to Die Hard: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review Man of Steel Movie Review

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.

Cinema's most enduring superhero 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 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.

Lilo & Stitch and Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD Review The Emperor's New Groove & Kronk's New Groove: 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD Review

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.

The Newsroom: The Complete First Season Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet 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 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.

Oblivion: Retaliation Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet cover art -- click to read the press release Oblivion: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet cover art -- click to read the press release G.I. Joe: Retaliation Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet cover art -- click to read the press release

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: Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet Review Identity Thief: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet Review Wild Strawberries: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

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.

Dark Skies: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Review Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review Dirty Mary Crazy Larry & Race with the Devil: Action-Packed Double Feature Blu-ray Review

Warm Bodies: Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet Review My Neighbor Totoro Blu-ray + DVD Review

Howl's Moving Castle Blu-ray + DVD Review Stand Up Guys: Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy Review A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Blu-ray Review

Recent Film Reviews:
• The Hangover Part III - Director Todd Phillips lets go of the many hallmarks of a franchise never intended to be one 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).
• 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).

Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Warm Bodies (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) - Adapted from Isaac Marion's novel, one of winter's most acclaimed films 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 comedy 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.
• Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - A familiar Grimm fairly tale is the springboard for this fantasy action flick. 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 in a 3-disc combo pack that includes an unrated extended cut, three making-of featurettes, and UltraViolet.
• Life Is Sweet (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - The third theatrical film from writer/director Mike Leigh becomes his third film admitted into the Criterion Collection. This dramedy 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.
• Dirty Mary Crazy Larry & Race with the Devil: Action-Packed Double Feature Blu-ray - First, Peter Fonda plays an aspiring race car driver who robs a supermarket and gets one more person (Susan George) in the getaway car than planned. Then, 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! Factory's fully-loaded BD.
• Dark Skies (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - Sci-fi horror film 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.
• My Neighbor Totoro (Blu-ray + DVD) - 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. Hayao Miyazaki's 1988 fantasy is presented in English, Japanese, and 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.
• Priest of Evil - Adapted from a series of best-selling crime novels, this 2010 Finnish thriller 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.
• The Numbers Station - John 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 Malin Akerman). The partners become endangered when their secure station is compromised. RLJ Entertainment's Blu-ray includes a 15-minute making-of featurette.
• 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.
• Howl's Moving Castle (Blu-ray + DVD) - Hayao Miyazaki's 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.
• 3:10 to Yuma (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - 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.
• Beautiful Creatures (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - 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 is joined by deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, and trailers.
• Stand Up Guys - Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin come together as old reunited criminal friends in this R-rated comedy. 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.
• In the Cut & Trapped (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. i>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).

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In Theaters:
• Monsters University
• World War Z
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• Man of Steel
• The Internship
• The Hangover Part III
• The Great Gatsby
Iron Man 3
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Review
Latest Reviews (rated):
Rectify: Season 1
6 Souls (Blu-ray)
Curtis Harrington Shorts BD
Jack Taylor: Set 1
Upside Down (Blu-ray 3D)
Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Movie 43 (BD + DVD)
Workaholics: Season 3 (BD)
Jack the Giant Slayer (BD)
Quartet (Blu-ray)
A Good Day to Die Hard (BD)
Oz the Great and Powerful
Pusher (Blu-ray)
Lilo & Stitch (2MC Combo)
Emperor's New Groove & Kronk's New Groove Combo
The Newsroom: S1 (Combo)
Escape from Planet Earth 3D
Identity Thief (BD + DVD)
Wild Strawberries (CC BD)
Warm Bodies (Blu-ray + DC)
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (Blu-ray 3D Combo)
Life Is Sweet (Criterion BD)
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry & Race with the Devil (BD)
Dark Skies (BD + DVD + UV)
My Neighbor Totoro (BD)
Priest of Evil
The Numbers Station (BD)
Swimming to Cambodia
Howl's Moving Castle (BD)
3:10 to Yuma (Criterion BD)
Beautiful Creatures (Combo)
Stand Up Guys (Blu-ray)
Jack the Giant Slayer: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Review
In the Cut & Trapped (BD)
A Common Man (Blu-ray)
Tomorrow You're Gone (BD)
Physical Evidence & The Anderson Tapes (Blu-ray)
Inside...Charles Swan III (BD)
Fraggle Rock: Meet Fraggles
The Guilt Trip (BD + DVD)
Jack Reacher (BD + DVD)
Barrymore (Blu-ray)
Shanghai Noon (2MC BD)
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