Gravity on Blu-ray Disc Released February 25th, 2014

Posted in Blu-ray, Commentary, US Releases, Warner on March 3rd, 2014 by Dave

Gravity

Warner Home Video’s Academy Award winning movie Gravity saw Blu-ray release on February 25th, 2014.

The movie is science-fiction thriller, with the action taking place in Earth orbit.

Alfonso Cuarón wrote the screenplay with his son Jonás, and the film was largely created by special effects company Framestore.

The visual effects took more than three years to create, comprising over 80 minutes of its 91-minute running time.

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Thor: The Dark World on Blu-ray Disc Released February 25th, 2014

Posted in Blu-ray, Commentary, Disney on February 24th, 2014 by Dave

Thor: The Dark World

Marvel’s latest Thor: The Dark World is unleashed on Blu-ray this week by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, scheduled for a February 25 release.

The film is the second focused on the Marvel Comics character Thor and is the eighth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The screenplay was by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

Thor: The Dark World was converted to 3D in post-production.

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The Jungle Book on Blu-ray Disc Released February 11th, 2014

Posted in Blu-ray, Commentary, Disney, US Releases on February 16th, 2014 by Dave

The Jungle Book

February 11th, 2014 marked the arrival of the latest Disney Studios classic animation Blu-ray release - The Jungle Book.

The film was the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

The story was inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s tales about a feral child named Mowgli and was the last to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during its production.

The original story’s dark tone was lightened significantly for this family film.

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The Fifth Estate on Blu-ray Disc Released January 28th, 2014

Posted in Blu-ray, Commentary, Disney on February 3rd, 2014 by Dave

The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate is the latest DreamWorks Pictures Blu-ray title released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on January 28th, 2014.

The thriller film about the news-leaking website WikiLeaks was written by Josh Singer, based in-part on books by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and British journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding.

Critical reviews were mixed, with criticism over its screenplay and direction and positive responses to the performances.

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler on Blu-ray Disc Released January 14th, 2014

Posted in Anchor Bay, Blu-ray, Commentary on January 20th, 2014 by Dave

Lee Daniels' The Butler

One of the New Year’s eagerly anticipated titles is Lee Daniels’ The Butler, released on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment on January 14th, 2014.

The film is somewhat unique in that the story runs from the early 20th century, through the civil right era and up until Obama’s inauguration as the first Afro-American President.

The story was loosely based on the real life of Eugene Allen, and was the last film produced by Laura Ziskin.

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The Lone Ranger on Blu-ray Disc Released December 17th, 2013

Posted in Blu-ray, Commentary, Disney on December 26th, 2013 by Dave

The Lone Ranger

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment continues its holiday season with the Blu-ray release of the new movie version of The Lone Ranger on December 17th, 2013.

The film is based on the radio series of the same name, and relates the origin story of the Lone Ranger and Tonto.

It is the first theatrical film for the Lone Ranger and Tonto in more than 32 years, and being plagued with production and budgetary problems, faced possible cancellation.

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Prisoners on Blu-ray Disc Released December 17th, 2013

Posted in Blu-ray, Commentary, Warner on December 22nd, 2013 by Dave

Prisoners

Prisoners is a new key thriller on Blu-ray this month, released by Warner Home Video on December 17th, 2013.

The movie is about the abduction of two young girls in Pennsylvania, and the lengths their parents go to find them.

The cast is strong and tension is maintained throughout.

That said, some scenes may be a bit gruesome for more sensitive viewers and it is definitely not for kids.

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Mary Poppins on Blu-ray Disc Released December 10th, 2013

Posted in Blu-ray, Commentary, Disney on December 19th, 2013 by Dave

Mary Poppins

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has something special this Holiday Season with the December 10th Blu-ray release for the Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition.

After seeking the rights to the stories for some twenty years, Walt Disney finally released the film in 1964.

The film was a hit with audiences and won 5 Academy Awards.

This release coincides with Saving Mr. Banks in theaters.

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Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United on Blu-ray Disc Released December 3rd, 2013

Posted in Blu-ray, Commentary, Disney on December 14th, 2013 by Dave

Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s latest Marvel universe Blu-ray release is the animated Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United, which hit shelves December 3rd, 2013.

This new title is a ‘team up’ story featuring two Marvel super-heroes at opposite ends of the spectrum.

While Hulk is fiercely strong and somewhat impulsive, Iron Man depends on technology and cunning intelligence in his quest to quell evil.

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Drinking Buddies on Blu-ray Disc Released December 3rd, 2013

Posted in Blu-ray, Commentary, Magnolia on December 8th, 2013 by Dave

Drinking Buddies

Drinking Buddies is an interesting new indie Blu-ray title this week from Magnolia Home Entertainment, with release on December 3rd, 2013.

The movie written and directed by Joe Swanberg, and follows two co-workers at a craft brewery in Chicago.

The film is part of the Mumblecore movement, which is characterized by natural and unscripted dialogue, and as such the dialogue in the film was entirely improvised by the cast.

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