DVDizzy.com: OCTOBER 16-31, 2013 NEWS ARCHIVES
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October 31, 2013 - Broken, last January's selection for Film Movement's Film-of-the-Month Club, hits general retail on Tuesday. Heavily inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird, this contemporary British drama looks at life's challenges for three families sharing a London block. Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, and newcomer Eloise Laurence head an ensemble cast in this 2012 Cannes Film Festival premiere. Its DVD includes a half-hour of interviews, the unrelated short film The Way the World Ends, biographies, and trailers. Read our review.
Larry David and his "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" colleagues write and produce the HBO movie Clear History. David also stars as Nathan Flomm, a disgraced car marketer who reinvents himself on Martha's Vineyard. When his old boss (Jon Hamm) moves to the island, Flomm plot revenge. Directed by Superbad's Greg Mottola and co-starring Danny McBride, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Bill Hader, Amy Ryan, Eva Mendes, and J.B. Smoove, this 100-minute comedy hits stores on Tuesday in a Blu-ray that includes UltraViolet and a digital copy. Full review.
Lovelace casts Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace, the star of the iconic 1970s adult film Deep Throat. From award-winning documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, this biopic shows us the behind-the-scenes ups and downs of Lovelace and her manager/husband Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard). Co-starring Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Bobby Cannavale, James Franco, and Adam Brody, this limited summer theatrical release hits disc next Tuesday joined by a making-of featurette. Our Blu-ray review.
October 29, 2013 - The Way, Way Back gives Oscar-winning screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) their follow-up and their directorial debut. This indie comedy centers on a 14-year-old boy (Liam James) forced to spend summer vacation with his mother (Toni Collette) at the beach house of her boyfriend (Steve Carell). Co-starring Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Maya Rudolph, Faxon, and Rash, this acclaimed summer sleeper is now available to own. Our review looks at Fox's Blu-ray, which includes deleted scenes, UltraViolet, and 40 minutes of making-of featurettes. Read on.
October 28, 2013 - Monsters University, the fourteenth feature film of Pixar Animation Studios, hits stores tomorrow and we've got a review. This prequel takes us back to Mike and Sulley's college days, where they form a rivalry until an expulsion from MU's hallowed scarer program requires them to join forces with a frat of misfits to compete in the annual Scare Games. Our review covers the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy. One of four physicals editions available, the three-disc set includes Pixar's short The Blue Umbrella, an audio commentary, an extensive art gallery, deleted scenes, and a number of making-of featurettes. Watch a scene from the movie and one deleted in story reel format as part of our thorough review.
Coming Home for Christmas stars Carly and Britt McKillip as estranged sisters who attempt to reunite their family in their old home. Co-starring Amy Jo Johnson and George Canyon, this new holiday movie hits DVD tomorrow with a making-of featurette, a trailer, a vudu digital copy, and a Norman Rockwell reprint. Our review.
October 25, 2013 - Our last review subject timed to the Halloween season is The Uninvited, a 1944 ghost story that made its overdue DVD and Blu-ray debuts this week from The Criterion Collection. Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey star as siblings who move into a cliffside mansion that appears to be haunted by the former owner. Co-starring Donald Crisp and Gail Russell, this highly regarded horror film hits Blu-ray with a new visual essay, two radio adaptations, a trailer, and an essay booklet. Full review.
October 24, 2013 - Last week, Anchor Bay Entertainment released two films with the same title to DVD and Blu-ray. Today, we've got reviews of each of those Blu-ray editions. The 1995 horror movie Embrace of the Vampire (1995) stars Alyssa Milano ("Charmed", "Who's the Boss?") as a virginal college freshman who is targeted by a desperate, lonely vampire (Martin Kemp) in the days leading up to her 18th birthday. Just released, the 2013 remake applies the same plot to a new Charlotte (Sharon Hinnendael), a socially awkward orphan attending college on a fencing scholarship. These two direct-to-video outings are presented in unrated cuts with no bonus features. Our reviews: 1995's Blu-ray, 2013's Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack.
October 22, 2013 - Our newest review covers The Criterion Collection's recent Blu-ray release of I Married a Witch. This 1942 comedy stars Veronica Lake as vengeful witch released from centuries of captivity just as the descendant (Fredric March) of the man who had her burned at the stake is about to get married and be elected governor. Fantastical hilarity ensues. The Blu-ray includes the original trailer, an essay booklet, and a 20-minute radio interview of director Renι Clair. Don't miss our full review.
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Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn reunites with Ryan Gosling in the drama Only God Forgives, which hits stores today after a limited summer theatrical release. Gosling plays an American expatriate in Bangkok whose mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) wants him to avenge his brother's death. The Weinstein/Anchor Bay Blu-ray includes a commentary and two interviews with writer/director Refn, an interview with composer Cliff Martinez, 12 behind-the-scenes clips, and two free downloads from Martinez's distinctive score. Read the review.
October 21, 2013 - Our latest review covers Before Midnight, the third installment in the Richard Linklater-directed series of conversational European romance films. It finds Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) together on vacation in Greece with their twin daughters and ready to re-evaluate the relationship that began on a train 18 years earlier. One of the year's most highly acclaimed films, this drama hits Blu-ray tomorrow with an audio commentary, a Q & A session, a making-of featurette, its trailer, and UltraViolet. Our review.
October 17, 2013 - The Conjuring, a summer hit with both audiences and critics, comes to Blu-ray and DVD next week and we've got an early review. Based on true case files, this horror movie stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as a married couple of paranormal investigators called in to look at the troubling new house of a Rhode Island family of seven (headed by Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston). Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack includes interviews with the real Lorraine Warren, the real Perron family, and filmmakers including heralded director James Wan (Insidious). Full review.
October 16, 2013 - Today's new review looks at "The Fall": Series 1. This British drama series stars Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files") as a London detective who's assigned to head an investigation into a series of Belfast murders that seem to be the work of one twisted mind (Jamie Dornan, "Once Upon a Time", Fifty Shades of Grey). Now available, Acorn Media's two-disc DVD holds all five hour-long episodes plus a behind-the-scenes featurette. Our review.
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.
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.
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 + Digital HD 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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House of Wax (Blu-ray 3D/2D) - Our 2,000th home video review looks at the hit 1953 thriller that 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.
From Here to Eternity (Blu-ray) - Adapted from James Jones' best-selling novel, this Best Picture-winning 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.
"Jack Irish": Set 1 (Blu-ray + DVD) - Guy Pearce returns to his native Australia to headline this 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. Acorn Media's combo pack serves up the first two feature-length installments, plus a behind-the-scenes featurette.
The Kings of Summer (Blu-ray) - In this acclaimed indie coming-of-age dramedy, 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.
"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.
Iron Man 3 (Blu-ray Disc) - 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.
Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray - 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.
A Letter to Three Wives (Blu-ray) - 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.
The Painting (Blu-ray + DVD) - This imaginative French animated 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. GKIDS' combo pack includes French and English soundtracks, a concept art slideshow, a half-hour making-of featurette, and trailers.
Somebody Up There Likes Me - Indie comedy 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.
Autumn Sonata: Criterion Collection Blu-ray - Cinema's two big Bergmans -- writer-director Ingmar and three-time Academy Award-winning actress Ingrid -- come together in this 1978 Swedish language drama. It tells the story of an mother visiting her estranged daughter (Liv Ullmann) for an unleashing of repressed emotion and secrets. The film earned each Bergman an Academy Award (Ingrid for Lead Actress, Ingmar for Original Screenplay). 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.
Greetings from Tim Buckley - This independent drama 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 joined by interviews with Badgley, co-star Imogen Poots, and director/co-writer Dan Algrant.
Space Junk 3D (Blu-ray 3D/2D) - IMAX documentary considers the debris from satellites and other manmade objects orbiting around the planet. Actor Tom Wilkinson narrates this 37-minute film, whose hybrid BD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and gallery, a Wilkinson interview, and a section of HD IMAX 3D movie trailers.
Slacker (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - Made for just $23,000, this influential 1991 indie hit written and directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise) 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.
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