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October 15, 2013 - Our newest review covers Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro's big-budgeted sci-fi action spectacular. It's set in a near-future where human-operated giant robots (Jaegers) defend Earth's coasts from giant alien invaders (Kaijus). With aliens evolving,
one man (Charlie Hunnam) returns to piloting his old vessel. Available today, Warner's three-disc Blu-ray + DVD + DigitalHD UltraViolet combo pack serves up many hours of bonus features, including a del Toro audio commentary, an hour of making-of "Focus Points", the interactive Director's Notebook, deleted scenes, a blooper reel, animatics, concept art galleries, and more. Don't miss our review.

Twilight, Thirteen director Catherine Hardwicke picks up her first writing credit in a decade in Plush. The film tells of a married young rock star (Emily Browning) whose new guitarist (Xavier Samuel) is really into her. Co-starring Cam Gigandet and Frances Fisher, this steamy thriller hits DVD today after an extremely limited theatrical engagement last month, joined by teaser trailers, a music video, and outtakes. Full review.

October 14, 2013 - The Disney Channel animated series "Gravity Falls" makes its DVD debut this week in a disc titled Six Strange Tales. Those tales happen to be the first six episodes of a series about twin pre-teens sent to live with their great-uncle Stan in a town full of mysterious oddities.
The DVD includes a booklet reproduction of Mystery Book Journal #3. Our review.

Fantastic Voyage Blu-ray Review After Earth: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet HD Review

October 13, 2013 - Our coverage of last week's discs concludes with a review of Fantastic Voyage. This Academy Award-winning 1966 science fiction adventure shrinks down a team of five and a submarine to be injected into the body of a comatose scientist who alone holds secret knowledge about miniaturization. Starring Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence and directed by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea's Richard Fleischer, this CinemaScope production hits Blu-ray from Fox joined by an audio commentary, an isolated score, a storyboard-to-scene comparison, a visual effects featurette, and vintage marketing. Slide slide slippity-slide over to our complete review.

October 11, 2013 - The futuristic sci-fi thriller After Earth casts Will Smith and Jaden Smith as father and son. The two are the only survivors on a crash in the uninhabitable future Earth and fearless warrior Dad's two broken legs mean that young, inexperienced Kitai will have to be heroic on his own. Co-written and directed by The Sixth Sense's M. Night Shyamalan, this summer underperformer is now available in a Sony Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack that includes making-of featurettes, an alternate opening, and more. Review.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Blu-ray Review Captain Phillips Movie Review

Written and directed by producer Irwin Allen (The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea came to Blu-ray this week. This 1961 science fiction adventure stars Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre, and Robert Sterling as the most focal of those aboard a nuclear-powered submarine which intends to save the planet when a ring of fire forms around it, slowly raising the temperature to unlivable heights. Fox's BD includes an interview with Eden, an audio commentary, an isolated score, the featurette "Science Fiction: Fantasy to Reality", and the original trailer. Our review.

Another potential awards contender opens in theaters today and we've got a review. Captain Phillips tells the true story of an American cargo ship that in 2009 was hijacked by a band of four Somali pirates. Tom Hanks fills the title role in this newest docudrama from director Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum). Read all about it here.

October 9, 2013 - Today's new review covers The Croods. Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon, Lilo & Stitch) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps, Racing Stripes) wrote and directed this hit DreamWorks Animation comedy adventure about a family of prehistoric cave dwellers (voiced by Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and others) forced to adapt to changing times. Commencing Fox's distribution deal with the commercial powerhouse, the now-available Blu-ray + DVD + DigitalHD UltraViolet combo pack includes a guide to the film's fantastic hybrid creatures, an original short, deleted scenes, drawing lessons, and trailers. Don't miss our review.

October 8, 2013 - The Hangover Part III concludes one of the most commercially successful comedy trilogies of all time. This latest installment in the Todd Phillips-directed franchise rounds up Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and endangers them in a plot to retrieve millions of gold bars stolen by international criminal Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong). John Goodman and Melissa McCarthy join the cast. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray combo pack includes both mock and serious making-of featurettes, three extended scenes, and UltraViolet. Watch a clip from the movie as part of our review.

Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel DVD Review Robot Chicken: Season 6 Blu-ray Review

Summer thrill-seekers Phineas and Ferb team up with comic book superheroes Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Spider-Man in the Disney Channel crossover event "Phineas and Ferb": Mission Marvel. That hour-long special is joined by an additional 90 minutes of episodes, a comic book, and a collectible pull-out poster in Disney's recent DVD of the same name. Check out our review.

Our coverage of today's new releases continues with a review of the "Robot Chicken": Season 6 Blu-ray. The twenty newest episodes of this Emmy-winning stop-motion Adult Swim animated comedy are each treated to audio commentary and joined by deleted scenes, deleted animatics, deleted channel flips,
UltraViolet, and a wealth of making-of featurettes. The irreverent season sends up a wide assortment of pop culture from the past fifty years, from The Avengers, Pac-Man, and The Smurfs to Dr. Seuss, "Schoolhouse Rock", and E.T. Don't miss our two-page review.

October 4, 2013 - The independent dramedy Stuck in Love explores the romantic relationships of a fractured family of writers played by Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, and Nat Wolff. After a limited summer theatrical run, the film, which co-stars Logan Lerman and Kristen Bell, hits stores on Tuesday in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack that includes an audio commentary, a making-of featurette, and the trailer. Full review.

Gravity Movie Review The Big Parade: Blu-ray Book Review

Now in theaters, Gravity strands two American astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) in space with no communication and no obvious way home. Co-written and directed by Alfonso Cuarσn (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), this visually striking thriller kicks off the award season with some of the best reviews of the year. Here's ours.

October 3, 2013 - The 1925 World War I drama The Big Parade finally hit 5-inch disc this week, and we've got a review of Warner's Blu-ray edition. Directed by King Vidor (War and Peace), this silent film follows a wealthy young American soldier (John Gilbert) overseas to France, where he finds love (with Renιe Adorιe) and combat. This National Film Registry inductee is treated to a breathtaking restoration and joined by an audio commentary, MGM's half-hour featurette 1925 Studio Tour, the original trailer, and an illustrated 64-page Blu-ray book. Watch a clip from the film as part of our thorough critique.

Warner has announced a November 19th Blu-ray and DVD release for We're the Millers. This sleeper hit late summer comedy, which stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, will get an extended cut running nine minutes longer than its theatrical cut. Both edits will be joined by deleted scenes, outtakes, a gag reel, seven "Stories from the Road" shorts, and more in a Blu-ray combo pack and Two-Disc Special Edition DVD. For cover artwork, full details, and preorders, see the complete announcement.

We're the Millers: Extended Cut Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack cover art -- click for press release Elysium: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet -- click for larger view

Newly added to our oft-updated Upcoming Schedule pages are two summer theatrical openings just announced for DVD and Blu-ray release. Sony has scheduled a December 17th debut for Elysium, Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9, starring Matt Damon as a working-class ex-con in the future desperate to get to a paradisical space station to save his life. It will be available in a Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack housing an extended scene, an interactive exploration of the titular space station, a 3-part making-of documentary, and additional featurettes. Warner's driving action film Getaway, starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez, will reach stores on November 26th, joined by five making-of featurettes and UltraViolet. See Upcoming Cover Art for looks at each release's packaging.

This Is the End: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Review The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review

October 2, 2013 - This Is the End assembles a sextet of Judd Apatow players sending themselves up. The Apocalypse strikes up during James Franco's housewarming party, leaving him, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson to put their heads together to try to stay alive. Written and directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, this apocalyptic comedy is now available to own after grossing over $100 million in domestic theaters. Sony's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack includes deleted scenes, unused improvisations, a directors' audio commentary, marketing outtakes, alternate lines, and a number of making-of featurettes. This is our review.

Our newest DVD review covers "The Neighbors": The Complete First Season. Created by Dan Fogelman (Tangled, Cars, Crazy, Stupid, Love.), this ABC sitcom is set in a suburban New Jersey townhouse community whose newest residents are its only humans. The Weavers adjust to that crazy notion, while helping the aliens next door navigate life on Earth. Now available, the 3-disc set includes all 22 episodes plus deleted scenes and a gag reel. Full review.

October 1, 2013 - We've just posted our review of Disney's The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, this 1989 musical revived theatrical animation and began a Renaissance at Disney. Scripted and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog), the film features original songs by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who won its two music Oscars. Available today, this two-disc combo pack adds an hour of new bonus features to the many mostly retained from its 2-Disc Platinum Edition DVD. Look for our giveaway of this set soon and our review right now!

House of Wax: Blu-ray 3D/2D Review From Here to Eternity Blu-ray Review

September 29, 2013 - Our 2,000th and latest home video review looks at this week's Blu-ray 3D/2D debut of House of Wax. This hit 1953 thriller discovered Vincent Price's true calling as a horror character actor and rung in a brief golden age for 3D movies. Price plays a wax figure sculptor whose life's work goes up in flames, only for him to recreate it in an unlikely way. Warner's hybrid single disc includes a brand new audio commentary and 48-minute documentary, the original trailer, a newsreel on the film's 24-hour round-the-clock premieres, and Mystery of the Wax Museum, the 1933 Michael Curtiz film House remade. Don't miss our review.

September 27, 2013 - Another Academy Award Best Picture makes the leap to Blu-ray Disc next Tuesday with Sony's release of From Here to Eternity. Adapted from James Jones' best-selling novel, this drama shows us life at a Hawaiian military barracks just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, and Oscar winners Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed, this winner of eight Oscars is joined by a new graphics-in-picture track and lobby card reproductions in addition to an audio commentary and two featurettes carried over from its 2001 DVD. Full review.

August theatrical releases Planes and The World's End are both hitting DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on November 19th. For more details on each, see our November Release Schedule.

September 26, 2013 - Actor Guy Pearce returns to his native Australia to headline "Jack Irish", a series of made-for-television mysteries adapted from Peter Temple's novels. Melbourne criminal lawyer turned debt collector Jack Irish discovers some conspiracies involving former clients and family friends. Available on Tuesday, Acorn Media's Blu-ray + DVD combo pack serves up the first two feature-length installments, plus a behind-the-scenes featurette. Our review.

September 25, 2013 - The acclaimed indie coming-of-age dramedy The Kings of Summer is now on Blu-ray and we've got a review. Three teenage boys look to escape familial strain by moving into a house they build in remote woods. Co-starring Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, and Megan Mullally, this R-rated film is joined by a cast & crew audio commentary, deleted & extended scenes, and three making-of featurettes in a Sony-distributed CBS Films Blu-ray. Review.

Bates Motel: Season One Blu-ray Review

September 24, 2013 - Today's new review looks at Universal's "Bates Motel": Season One Blu-ray. Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, A&E's hour-long drama series centers on a 17-year-old Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his recently-widowed mom Norma (Vera Farmiga) as they move to small-town Oregon and try to open a motel, while dealing with covered-up crimes and uncovered conspiracies. Now available, the two-disc set holds the series' first ten episodes plus 25 minutes of deleted scenes, a 45-minute cast & crew discussion panel, UltraViolet, and, for a limited time, postcards of the found diary drawings. Full review.

Matilda: Special Edition Blu-ray cover art -- click for larger view Iron Man 3 Blu-ray Review Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

Matilda will finally get a widescreen presentation when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings it to Blu-ray on December 3rd. Adapted from Roald Dahl's novel and directed by Danny De Vito, who also stars along with Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, and Mrs. Doubtfire's Mara Wilson, this 1996 family fantasy will be joined by four previously released featurettes plus UltraViolet and the all-new "Afternoon Tea: A Very Magical Matilda Reunion." Click the thumbnail for a larger look at this Special Edition's cover art.

September 23, 2013 - Iron Man 3, the #1 movie of the year at the box office, hits DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow and we've got a review. At Christmastime, a bitter, brilliant would-be associate (Guy Pearce) and an intimidating terrorist (Ben Kingsley) keep Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and his armored suits busy. The Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by writer/director Shane Black and co-writer Drew Pearce, the new short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, over 15 minutes of deleted & extended scenes, two making-of featurettes, a gag reel, an exclusive preview of Thor: The Dark World, and, even more if you've got an iPad or iPod. Don't miss our thorough review, which includes a video clip of a deleted scene.

September 21, 2013 - Next Tuesday, Halloween gets a second Blu-ray edition and its first in six years. Directed, co-written, and scored by John Carpenter (The Thing), this influential and iconic 1978 horror movie finds a crazed killer escape from an institution on the fifteenth anniversary of his childhood murder to wreak havoc on his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois. Starring Donald Pleasence and, in her enduring big screen debut, Jamie Lee Curtis, this genre classic is treated to a new HD transfer supervised by cinematographer Dean Cundey, a new audio commentary reuniting Carpenter and Curtis, a new hour-long documentary on Curtis' 2012 charitable fan appearances, TV version footage, a 25th anniversary locations featurette, original marketing, and, for a limited time, a photo-illustrated Digibook packaging with an essay. Trick or treat? Read the review.

A Letter to Three Wives Blu-ray Review The Painting: Blu-ray + DVD Review

Our newest review looks at this week's Blu-ray debut of A Letter to Three Wives. This 1949 romantic dramedy stars Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, and Ann Sothern as wives who receive word that one of their friends has run away with their husband, prompting them to reflect on their marriages. Co-starring Kirk Douglas and Thelma Ritter, this won Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve) Oscars for Best Director and Best Screenplay. Fox's Blu-ray retains A&E's 1999 Darnell biography, an audio commentary by Mankiewicz's son and biographers, the original trailer, and a newsreel on the 1950 Academy Awards. Read all about it.

September 20, 2013 - Disney has announced a December 17th DVD and Blu-ray release date for the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced The Lone Ranger. The underperforming western adventure will be available as a lightweight single-disc DVD and in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack. For cover art and full details, see the press release.

Our newest review covers The Painting, a 2011 animated film called Le Tableau in its native France. This imaginative film is set inside a painting, where inhabitants have been divided based on their color or lack thereof. Representatives of all three classes embark on an adventure to find the artist who left their world unfinished years ago. Now available, GKIDS' Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes French and English soundtracks, a concept art slideshow, a half-hour making-of featurette, and trailers. Enter our review.

September 19, 2013 - The indie comedy Somebody Up There Likes Me centers on a young waiter (Keith Poulson) drifting through life and multiple marriages. Co-starring "Parks and Recreation"'s Nick Offerman (who also produced), this film written and directed by Bob Byington is now on DVD with promos, a Jason Schwartzman-moderated Q & A, an Offerman interview, and an audio commentary...for the wrong movie. Our review.

Autumn Sonata: Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

September 18, 2013 - We look at another of this week's Criterion Collection Blu-rays in our Autumn Sonata review. Cinema's two big Bergmans -- writer-director Ingmar and three-time Academy Award-winning actress Ingrid -- come together in this Swedish language drama. It tells the story of an mother visiting her estranged daughter (Liv Ullmann) for an unleashing of repressed emotion and secrets. Released in 1978, this film earned each Bergman an Academy Award (Ingrid for Lead Actress, Ingmar for Original Screenplay). Also available as a new two-disc DVD, Criterion's Blu-ray serves up over six hours of bonus features, more than half of them provided by the epic chronological making-of documentary. It also includes a new interview with Ullmann, an introduction by the director, a 1981 interview of Ms. Bergman, an historian's audio commentary, and a trailer. Don't miss this review.

September 17, 2013 - The independent drama Greetings from Tim Buckley stars Penn Badgley as Jeff Buckley, who in the spring of 1991 agrees to contribute to a Brooklyn concert celebrating the musician father he never knew. This unrated limited theatrical release hits DVD today from Tribeca Film and Cinedigm in a DVD that includes interviews with Badgley, co-star Imogen Poots, and director/co-writer Dan Algrant. Our review.

Today's new releases include the zombie apocalypse blockbuster World War Z, A&E's "Bates Motel": Season One, ABC's "Nashville": The Complete First Season, HBO's Emmy-nominated Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, the Blu-ray debuts of Richard Linklater's Slacker, Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata, and the Academy Award-winning 1949 drama A Letter to Three Wives, the indie films Somebody Up There Likes Me and Scenic Route. For more on these, check our release schedule for September 17th look for our detailed upcoming reviews.

September 16, 2013 - The IMAX documentary Space Junk 3D considers the debris from satellites and other manmade objects orbiting around the planet. Actor Tom Wilkinson narrates this 37-minute film, whose Blu-ray 3D/2D disc, available tomorrow, includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and gallery, a Wilkinson interview, and a section of HD IMAX 3D movie trailers. Review.

Slacker: Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review The Conjuring: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet cover art -- click to read the press release World War Z: Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review

Our newest review dissects tomorrow's Criterion Collection Blu-ray debut of Slacker, the first theatrical film written and directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise). Made for just $23,000, this influential 1991 indie hit spends a day in Austin, Texas, drifting from one group of ordinary people to another. Criterion's loaded disc includes three audio commentaries, Linklater's first feature film with another commentary, a half-hour of deleted and extended scenes, a 10th anniversary cast reunion, a making-of featurette, script excerpts, cast audition interviews, the trailer, and a substantial 70-page illustrated companion booklet with essays and production notes. Slack off.

Star Trek Into Darkness: Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Thrillers DVD Review

Recent Film Reviews:
• The World's End - The third film from the team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, this British comedy reunites five school friends (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, and Eddie Marsan) for a recreation of an epic 12-stop pub crawl in their sleepy hometown, where not all is as it seems. Directed by Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and co-starring Rosamund Pike and Pierce Brosnan, this Focus Features release is now in theaters.

Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• World War Z: Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy - The film that overcame a troubled production and a missed release date to become one of the summer's biggest blockbusters. Brad Pitt stars a former UN worker and family man forced to come out of retirement when a zombie apocalypse breaks out. Paramount's combo pack presents the film in an unrated, extended cut along with over 50 minutes of making-of featurettes.
• "Tales of the City": 20th Anniversary Edition - Adapted from Armistead Maupin's popular columns and novels, this acclaimed UK-produced 1993 miniseries premiered on PBS in 1994 to critical acclaim, record ratings, and lawmaker protest. It tells the stories of an assortment of individuals living in San Francisco in 1976, including a newly-moved young Cleveland woman (Laura Linney), her neighbor (Chloe Webb) and her gay roommate (Marcus D'Amico), and their eccentric landlady (Olympia Dukakis). Acorn Media's two-disc DVD includes audio commentary on three of the six episodes, more than a half-hour of behind-the-scenes rehearsal and production videos, and an 8-page booklet.
• Chasing Ice (Special Edition Blu-ray) - Jeff Orlowski's Academy Award-nominated feature debut documents accomplished nature photographer James Balog's project to capture melting ice glaciers using cameras set up in Iceland, Greenland, and Alaska. Now available, Cinedigm's loaded Special Edition Blu-ray includes an audio commentary, film festival Q & A highlights, the trailer, making-of featurettes, a 40-page collectible booklet, and more.
• Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack) - J.J. Abrams follows up his hit 2009 reboot by introducing Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) and opening an old secret that endangers Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and the USS Enterprise. Paramount's Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes seven making-up featurettes providing over 40 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.
• Behind the Candelabra (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) - This Emmy-decorated HBO biopic of Liberace and his young lover is supposedly the final directorial effort of Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven). The film sees a young movie dog wrangler (Matt Damon) move into the Las Vegas mansion of the closeted, flamboyant, world famous entertainer (Michael Douglas) and enter into a secret relationship marked by opulence and plastic surgery. Co-starring Rob Lowe, Scott Bakula, Paul Reiser, and Debbie Reynolds, it hits Blu-ray with a 15-minute making-of featurette and UltraViolet.
• Ping Pong - This documentary follows eight successful table tennis players aged 80 to 100 from around the globe to China's world championship tournament. Surprisingly fun and exciting, this 2012 UK theatrical release makes its US DVD debut tomorrow in a Docurama disc that includes 15 minutes of bonus features.
• "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia": The Complete Season 8 - Last fall's 10-episode stint saw guest appearances by P. Diddy and Guillermo del Toro in addition to the usual in-fighting, dark schemes, and comic callbacks. Fox's 2-disc DVD includes four audio commentaries by the stars/writers, deleted scenes, bloopers, and more.
• War Witch - Canada's third consecutive Best Foreign Language Film nominee, this Lingala drama written and directed by Kim Nguyen tells the story of a 12-year-old African girl kidnapped by rebels and indoctrinated into their violent lifestyle. Tribeca Film's DVD includes two making-of shorts.
• Now You See Me (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - One of the surprise hits of the summer movie season, this original thriller centers on a team of four magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco) who are able to pull improbable heists in front of large audiences to the bafflement of law enforcement (led by Mark Ruffalo and Mιlanie Laurent). Now available, Summit's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack presents the film in theatrical and extended cuts on Blu-ray along with a filmmakers' audio commentary, more than a half-hour of deleted scenes, "A Brief History of Magic", a making-of featurette, and two trailers.
• The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow - This 22-minute all-new Halloween short opens and closes in computer animation, but unfolds primarily in 2D. Doing his customary Smurfy Hollow exploration to win another autumn Smurfberry Hunt, Brainy Smurf gets tricked by Gutsy Smurf and trapped in a Gargamel cage. Retaining most of the movies' cast vocally, including Hank Azaria, Fred Armisen and Anton Yelchin, the special premieres exclusively on DVD with a low $6.99 list price.
• Arthur Newman (Blu-ray + DVD) - Academy Award winner Colin Firth plays a divorced, unemployed middle aged Florida man who fakes his death and intends to reinvent himself as an Indiana golf pro. Instead, he is joined on his road trip by a delinquent drifter (Emily Blunt) who's posing as her twin sister. Featuring the first screenplay in fifteen years from Becky Johnston (The Prince of Tides, Seven Years in Tibet), Arthur Newman is now available in a combo pack that includes a half-hour making-of featurette and a trailer.
• From Up on Poppy Hill (Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD) - Set in 1963 Yokohama, this coming-of-age drama, co-written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro, centers on high school students who discover secrets from the past while standing up to defend their beloved old clubhouse from pre-Olympic demolition. After a qualifying engagement last fall and a limited theatrical release in the spring, this film is now available to own in a loaded combo pack that includes English and Japanese versions, the entire film in storyboard form, Japanese trailers & TV spots, the US trailer, an English voice cast featurette, an interview of the director, Hayao Miyazaki's post-screening remarks, a post-earthquake press conference, Aoi Teshima's theme song music video, and a 16-page booklet.
• The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Released in 1977, this Disney animated classic strings together three 25-minute shorts produced over the preceding eleven years, including Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, the one that posthumously won Walt Disney his final Academy Award. The start of an ongoing franchise adapted from A.A. Milne's children's books,this full-length feature hits Blu-ray joined by the 2001 retrospective "The Story Behind the Masterpiece", the 1983 short Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, a Carly Simon music video, five new "Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh", a "Pooh Play-Along", Disney Intermission, and a kite.
• Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Thrillers - This 20-DVD box set gathers some of the studio's most acclaimed films, including seven nominees for the Best Picture Oscar and thirteen movies currently residing in the IMDb's Top 250. Spanning from the classic crime film The Public Enemy (1931) to Ben Affleck's The Town (2010), the set includes a diverse assortment of entertainment, including Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train and North by Northwest, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and Inception, Tim Burton's Batman, and the classic noirs The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. Heavy on '90s cinema, the 20-disc set also includes Goodfellas, The Shawshank Redemption, The Fugitive, Heat, Seven, L.A. Confidential, American History X, and Natural Born Killers. Rounding out the set are the 1970s' Dirty Harry and Dog Day Afternoon, and the director's cut of action franchise launcher Lethal Weapon.
• The English Teacher (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) - Julianne Moore plays a high school professor who helps a dejected former student (Michael Angarano) the personal play he wrote for his college thesis. Co-starring Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, and Nathan Lane, this R-rated indie comedy hits disc Tuesday after VOD and theatrical runs. Cinedigm's two-disc set includes a deleted scene, a trailer, and a half-hour making-of featurette.
• The Iceman (Blu-ray) - Michael Shannon adds to his cinema rogues gallery in this crime drama that casts him as Richard Kuklinski, a contract killer responsible for over a hundred deaths during a time he was also a devoted husband and father of two girls. Co-starring Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, and James Franco, this indie movie hits Blu-ray next Tuesday with a half-hour of interviews, the trailer, and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

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Pacific Rim (BD + DVD)
Fantastic Voyage (Blu-ray)
After Earth (BD + DVD)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Blu-ray)
The Croods (BD + DVD)
The Hangover Part III Combo
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Robot Chicken Season 6 BD
Stuck in Love (BD + DVD)
The Big Parade (Blu-ray)
This Is the End (BD + DVD)
The Neighbors: Season 1
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House of Wax (BD 3D/2D)
From Here to Eternity (BD)
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Pain & Gain (BD + DVD)
Don't Stop Believin': Journey
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