DVDizzy.com: JULY 16-31, 2013 NEWS ARCHIVES
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July 30, 2013 - The 1986 drama Quicksilver stars Kevin Bacon as a stockbroker who becomes an urban bike messenger after losing his family's life savings on an options trade. Co-starring Jami Gertz, Paul Rodriguez, Louie Anderson, and Laurence Fishburne, this Columbia Pictures release makes its Blu-ray debut next Tuesday from Image Entertainment. Review.
The independent horror movie Under the Bed explores how life is made difficult for a troubled teenager and his younger brother by visits from a persistent monster in the titular locale. Available today, XLrator Media's DVD includes a trailer. Review.
July 29, 2013 - Today's new review looks at G.I. Joe: Retaliation. This delayed sequel to 2009's tepidly received film mixes things up with extensive personnel changes. Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis join the cast, while Step Up 2's Jon M. Chu assumes the director's chair and the duo who penned Zombieland assume screenwriting duties. As a convincing impersonator of the United States President (Jonathan Pryce) supplies the entire world with nuclear threat, three surviving G.I. Joes (led by Johnson) team up with their unit's namesake (Willis) and some adversaries to save the day. In stores tomorrow, Paramount's Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes an audio commentary, three deleted scenes, a 73-minute 8-part making-of documentary, and UltraViolet. As knowing is half the battle, read our review to know much more.
July 26, 2013 - Our newest review covers this week's Criterion Collection Blu-ray debut of The Ice Storm. Two-time Academy Award winner Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain) directed this 1997 independent drama. Adapted from Rick Moody's novel, it spends a week in November 1973 with two troubled families of New Canaan, Connecticut. Gathering the perspectives of both experimental teenagers (Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood, Christina Ricci) and their malaise-battling parents (Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver). Criterion's Blu-ray hangs on to all the bonus features from their two-disc DVD including an audio commentary by Lee and screenwriter James Schamus, deleted scenes, a cast retrospective, three crew audio interviews, Lee and Schamus' museum panel, and the original trailer. Chill out with our review.
Sony has scheduled an October 1st Blu-ray debut for From Here to Eternity, the World War II drama that won the 1953 Academy Award for Best Picture. This 60th anniversary release will add "Eternal History", a brand new graphics-in-picture track to an audio commentary by director Fred Zinnemann's son Tim and actor Alvin Sargent and the vintage featurettes "Fred Zinnemann: As I See It" and "The Making of From Here to Eternity." For cover art, more information, and preorders, see the full press release.
July 25, 2013 - Today's new review looks at Aftershock, a disaster horror movie starring, co-written, and produced by Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever). An American dad on vacation is among those affected by a severe earthquake in Chile. Nicolαs Lσpez directs the international cast of this limited release thriller which hits Blu-ray on August 6th with an audio commentary, making-of featurette, and hidden camera prank short. Our review.
July 23, 2013 - Anchor Bay has announced they'll release a new 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray of John Carpenter's original horror classic Halloween well in time for the holiday itself. Reaching stores September 24th, the disc will sport an all-new HD transfer personally supervised by cinematographer Dean Cundey, a new 7.1 remix in addition to the original monaural mix, a new audio commentary by Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis, the new featurette "The Night She Came Home" with Curtis, and selected legacy features from past releases. For more details and a look at the first printing's limited edition book packaging, see the full press release.
The action thriller Erased stars The Dark Knight's Aaron Eckhart as a former CIA agent living in Belgium whose place of work disappears without a trace. He and his teenaged daughter (Liana Liberato) have more questions than answers as they are targeted for death by a far-reaching corporate conspiracy. After a limited theatrical run, Erased is now on Blu-ray with a short making-of featurette. Review.
July 22, 2013 - The infamous 1987 comedy Ishtar skips DVD and turns up on Blu-ray next month from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Written and directed by two-time Oscar nominee Elaine May (The Birdcage, Heaven Can Wait), this critically reviled farce stars New Hollywood legends Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty as down on their luck New York songwriters who take a job in a Moroccan lounge and wind up in the middle of a Middle Eastern Cold War standoff. Co-starring Isabelle Adjani and Charles Grodin, this box office bomb hits high definition on August 6th in a new 105-minute Director's Cut. Our review.
Our newest review looks at tomorrow's Criterion Collection Blu-ray of Babette's Feast. Winner of the 1987 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this Danish drama adapts a short story by Out of Africa's Karen Blixen which tells the story of a French refugee who wins the lottery and then plans to serve an ornate meal for twelve in celebration of the pastor at the simple Lutheran congregation she has called home for fourteen years. Babette's hits Blu-ray with new interviews with director-screenwriter Gabriel Axel and leading lady Stιphane Audran, a new visual essay from filmmaker Michael Almereyda, the 1995 feature documentary "Karen Blixen - Storyteller", an interview on French cuisine, booklet including Blixen's original 1950 short story, and the original trailer. Dinner is served in our full review.
July 19, 2013 - Today's new review covers Image Entertainment's upcoming Blu-ray debut of Peggy Sue Got Married. Directed by The Godfather's Francis Ford Coppola, this 1986 romantic comedy fantasy was a hit with moviegoers and picked up three Academy Award nominations. The film stars Kathleen Turner as a recently-separated mother of two who attends her 25-year high school reunion, only to be magically whisked back to her senior year in the spring of 1960. Co-starring a young Nicolas Cage and featuring some of the earliest film appearances of Jim Carrey, Helen Hunt, Joan Allen, and Catherine Hicks, Peggy Sue finally has its Oscar-nominated cinematography restored to its intended widescreen aspect ratio. The disc is available on July 30th, but you can read our review right now.
July 18, 2013 - The sword and sorcery flick Solomon Kane centers on a titular character conceived by Conan the Barbarian and Kull creator Robert E. Howard back in 1928. This long-shelved R-rated UK fantasy sees Solomon (James Purefoy) try to save his soul after swearing off violence. Co-starring Pete Postlethwaite, Max von Sydow, and Peter Pan's Rachel Hurd-Wood, this limited US release is now available in a Weinstein/Anchor Bay Blu-ray that includes an audio commentary, a deleted scene, a making-of featurette, concept art, a visual effects breakdown, and interviews with Purefoy and writer/director Michael J. Bassett. Read our review.
Paramount has announced and issued cover art for their September 10th Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D combo pack editions of Star Trek Into Darkness. J.J. Abrams' sequel to his esteemed 2009 reboot sends the crew of the Enterprise on a manhunt following an act of terror on Earth. On Blu-ray, this acclaimed follow-up will be joined by seven making-of featurettes. The film will also be available on a single-disc DVD and in a Limited Edition Gift Set with a life-sized Starfleet Phaser replica. For artwork, preorders, and full details, see the complete press release.
July 17, 2013 - We've updated our DVD and Blu-ray release schedules for the months of July, August, and September & Beyond, the lattermost of which includes an assortment of preorders for films that have just recently opened in theaters, including Despicable Me 2, Monsters University, and World War Z. Remember that Amazon preorders through our links support this site at no additional cost to you!
July 16, 2013 - In today's review, we look at the new Evil Dead. Somewhere in between sequel and remake, this reboot of Sam Raimi's esteemed horror franchise follows a group of young people to a cabin in the woods, where ominous things befall them in conjunction with the curse of an ancient text. Now available, Sony's Blu-ray + UltraViolet edition includes a cast and filmmaker audio commentary plus five making-of featurettes. Our review.
July 15, 2013 - Today's review explores the Jackie Robinson biopic 42. Chadwick Boseman plays the legendary baseball player who is invited to break Major League Baseball's color barrier by Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) in 1947. Met with opposition and taunts, Robinson became baseball's first black superstar. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Payback, A Knight's Tale) this period drama was a hit in theaters and comes to home video tomorrow. Warner's combo pack includes three making-of featurettes on Blu-ray, one on DVD, and an UltraViolet stream of the film. Step up to the plate for our complete review.
July 14, 2013 - Our newest review covers one of the most esteemed of silent films. The 1923 comedy Safety Last! stars Harold Lloyd as a man pretending his job as a department store fabric clerk is more important than it is. To collect a $1,000 payout for attracting business, he winds up climbing a 12-story skyscraper to much fanfare in an iconic climax paid frequent homage. Criterion Collection's recent Blu-ray debut of the film includes an audio commentary, a complete two-hour 1989 documentary on Lloyd from PBS' "American Masters", three short films featuring Lloyd's bespectacled persona (all with commentary), two score options, an introduction from Lloyd's granddaughter, an interview with composer Carl Davis, and a piece on the film's still-impressive in-camera visual effects. Don't miss our review.
July 13, 2013 - In today's review, we look at The Kentucky Fried Movie, the 1977 film debut of Airplane! and Naked Gun creators David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker. John Landis (Animal House, The Blues Brothers) directs the former theater group's raunchy sketch comedy composed of parodies of news programs, commercials, movies, and television. The "feature attraction" is a 30-minute kung fu spoof A Fistful of Yen. Shout! Factory's recent Blu-ray Disc includes a filmmaker audio commentary, an hour-long retrospective interview with the Zucker brothers, and the original trailer. Our review.
July 10, 2013 - Today's new review covers the Blu-ray debut of Mel Brooks' first feature film, The Producers. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, this classic 1968 comedy stars Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder as two men who team up to put on the atrocious Broadway musical Springtime for Hitler to their own personal gain. Now available, Shout! Factory's two-disc Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack Collector's Edition hangs on to the film's one-hour 2002 retrospective documentary full of cast and crew interviews, a deleted scene, the original trailer, and a gallery of production design sketches while adding a new 19-minute interview with writer/director Brooks. Stroll on over to our thorough review.
July 9, 2013 - Dead Man Down reunites actress Noomi Rapace with the director of the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This English language thriller stars Colin Farrell as a gang enforcer with a secret who befriends a bitter neighbor scarred by a car accident (Rapace). Co-starring Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper, this FilmDistrict flop is available today with three making-of featurettes in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Our review.
July 8, 2013 - We take a look at tomorrow's Blu-ray release of Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special. This half-hour 2012 Adult Swim program puts the comic book giant's rich library of characters to irreverent use. Featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Lex Luthor, Bane, The Riddler, The Flash, and countless other personalities, the special hits high definition with two audio commentaries, "Chicken Nuggets" video commentary snippets, thirteen deleted sketches, making-of featurettes, a DC Entertainment Tour, UltraViolet, and more. Soar over to our review.
Warner has announced an August 27th Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD release date for The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann's lavish adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's celebrated novel starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. The 1920s drama will be available as a Two-Disc Special Edition, a Blu-ray + DVD, and a Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, each fitted with UltraViolet, over ninety minutes of bonus features including deleted scenes, and a unique cover design. Check out all three covers, watch the trailer, and learn more about your choices here.
Our newest review covers this week's DVD release of "Portlandia": Season Three. IFC's Emmy-nominated offbeat sketch comedy series stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein as a variety of eccentric Portland residents. This two-disc set holds the special "Winter in Portlandia" and all ten of the episodes that followed, plus two deleted scenes and nine "Kumail Tours Portlandia" shorts. Third season guest stars include Kyle MacLachlan, Chloλ Sevigny, Roseanne Barr, Bill Hader, Jim Gaffigan, Matt Lucas, Jeff Goldblum, Rose Byrne, '90s MTV VJs, Martina Navratilova, and George Wendt. Don't miss our full review.
July 1, 2013 - With the second half of the year beginning today, we take a look back at the best and worst films of 2013 so far, plus the twelve upcoming movies we're most excited for. Check out The Films of 2013: Mid-Year Report.
Recent Film Reviews:
Monsters University - 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.
World War Z - Brad Pitt stars as a husband, father of two girls, and retired UN worker called back into action to help stave off a zombie 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.
The Bling Ring - 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.
Man of Steel - Rebooting cinema's most enduring superhero, 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.
The Internship - Wedding Crashers stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson reunite in this PG-13 comedy that casts them as 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 from a script by Vaughn and The Watch's Jared Stern.
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:
"Rectify" (Season 1) - 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.
6 Souls (Blu-ray) - This long-shelved psychological horror film stars Julianne Moore as 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.
The Curtis Harrington Short Film Collection (Blu-ray + DVD) - Before making thrillers like Night Tide and Games and directing "Dynasty" and "Charlie's Angels", a young Harrington wrote and directed trippy avant-garde shorts. Five of those are assembled in this Flicker Alley/Drag City combo pack 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.
"Jack Taylor": Set 1 - Acorn Media's DVD 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.
Upside Down (Blu-ray 3D + 2D) - Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst play 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 Blu-ray in a hybrid disc that includes a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, concept art, storyboards, pre-visualization animatics, and a trailer.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi play 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 is joined by nearly a half-hour of deleted and alternate scenes, a gag reel, a David Copperfield interview, and more Steve Gray (Carrey) in Warner's combo pack.
Movie 43 (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Star-studded comedy anthology 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 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.
"Workaholics": Season Three (Blu-ray) - 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.
Jack the Giant Slayer (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - In this adventurous twist on the 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. Warner's combo pack includes the BD-exclusive interactive "Become a Giant Slayer", deleted scenes, a gag reel, and an Xbox Live Gold trial.
Quartet (Blu-ray) - In this 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 joined by a Hoffman commentary and six short making-of featurettes.
A Good Day to Die Hard (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Bruce Willis reprises his most iconic role 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.
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