New to Blu-ray: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, ENTOURAGE: THE COMPLETE SERIES, THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL and More

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This week on Blu-ray, we’re finally able to delve into the deleted scenes from The Amazing Spider-Man, a few Christmas titles get Blu-ray releases, and the entirety of HBO’s Entourage hits the format.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for all the details.

The Amazing Spider-Man (Limited Edition Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD with Figurines)

The Amazing Spider-Man (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

The Amazing Spider-Man (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

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Director Marc Webb’s reboot wasn’t the cultural phenomenon that Sam Raimi’s originally trilogy was, but The Amazing Spider-Man did well enough to get things moving on a sequel rather quickly.  The film is available in three formats: a limited edition 4-disc package that includes the 2D and 3D versions of the Blu-ray and collectible figures, a regular 4-disc package with the 2D and 3D versions of the Blu-ray and no figures, and a package containing only the 2D Blu-ray and DVD.

The two 3D releases contain a couple of exclusive extras not found on the 2D disc, including a short featurette in which Webb talks about how filming in 3D works and a progression reel that details the creation of Spider-Man’s digital movements in the environment.

The extras found on all of the releases include an audio commentary with Webb and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, a seven-part, nearly 2-hour documentary that chronicles the process of bringing the reboot to life, a collection of deleted scenes, a lengthy batch of pre-visualization, an art gallery, image progression reels that detail how the all-digital scenes were made, stunt rehearsals, and a look at the video game.

Arthur Christmas (Three Discs: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

Arthur Christmas (Two Discs: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

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Aardman Animations took on the Christmas spirit with Arthur Christmas, and just in time for this year’s holidays the film is finally coming to home video.  The extras are identical on both the 2D and 3D releases, as they include a 13-minute making-of featurette, progression reels, and a short Elf Recruitment video.

Entourage: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]

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Relive all eight douche-filled seasons of HBO’s Hollywood-centered comedy series, as the complete series of Entourage hits Blu-ray.  The set includes a number of special features including commentaries, an interview with executive producer Mark Wahlberg, plenty of behind-the-scenes featurettes, and what looks to be the only new offering: a half-hour “goodbye” featurette called Hollywood Sunset: A Farewell to Entourage.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]

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Another Holiday offering comes by way of this Muppet-filled Christmas classic on Blu-ray.  The combo pack includes both the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film, as well as audio commentary from Brian Henson and some of the Muppets, a Muppet Holiday Sing-Along, a blooper reel, a behind-the-scenes look at Christmas around the world with Gonzo and Rizzo, and a profile of Gonzo.  Fun for the whole family!

Rashomon (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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Akira Kurosawa’s landmark film whose narrative is still being pulled from today gets the Criterion treatment.  The Blu-ray features a new digital restoration with the uncompressed monoaural soundtrack and some truly killer cover art.  The extras include an audio commentary by Japanese film historian Donald Richie, an interview with Robert Altman about the film, excerpts from the documentary The World of Kazuo Miyagawa focusing on the film’s cinematographer, an hourlong documentary featuring interviews with the cast and crew, an archival audio interview with actor Takashi Shimura, trailers, and of course a booklet featuring an essay by film historian Stephen Prince.

Sunset Boulevard [Blu-ray]

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A special features-filled Blu-ray release of Sunset Boulevard should make plenty of cinehpiles happy.  The disc includes an audio commentary by author Ed Sikov, a number of featurettes including Sunset Boulevard: The Beginning, Sunset Boulevard: A Look Back, The Noir Side of Sunset Boulevard, and Sunset Boulevard Becomes a Classic, a deleted scene, a Hollywood location map, and much, much more.

Sweet Home Alabama [Blu-ray]

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This Reese Witherspoon-fronted romcom favorite gets the HD treatment for its 10th anniversary.  The extras include a commentary by director Andy Tennant, nearly 20 minutes of deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and a music video for “Mine All Mine.”

They Live (Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]

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Just in time for Election Day, John Carpenter’s sci-fi satire comes to Blu-ray.  The extras include an audio commentary with Carpenter and actor Roddy Piper, a 10-minute interview with Carpenter about the film and its political themes, an interview with actress Meg Foster, a featurette on the film’s photography and audio, an interview with actor Keith David, the original making-of featurette, a collection of fake TV clips made for the film, TV spots, a still gallery, and trailers.

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