New to Blu-ray: BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS PART 2, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, DIE HARD: 25th Anniversary Collection, and More

     January 29, 2013


This week on Blu-ray, the caped crusader’s animated iteration comes to a close, Sam Rockwell and Co. get their crazy on, and a classic action series that has been copied to no end gets a 25th anniversary collection.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for the special features details.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 (plus bonus features) (Animated Feature)


The concluding chapter of this animated adaptation of the popular Frank Miller comic comes loaded with extras including a 44-minute featurette called From Sketch to Screen: Exploring the Adaptation Process, a 9-minute featurette examining the Batman/Superman dynamic called Superman vs. Batman: When Heroes Collide, another 14-minute featurette focusing on Joker called The Joker: Laughing in the Face of Death, 68-minutes worth of additional animated Batman episodes, a digital comic excerpt, and the theatrical trailer.

Cold Light of Day [Blu-ray]


This actioner starring Bruce Willis and Henry Cavill made nary a whimper as it entered and exited theaters quickly, and details regarding the disc’s special features are nonexistent at this point.  Don’t expect much, though.

Die Hard: 25th Anniversary Collection (Die Hard / Die Hard 2: Die Harder / Die Hard with a Vengeance / Live Free or Die Hard / Decoding Die Hard) [Blu-ray]


Just in time for the release of the fifth Die Hard film, A Good Day to Die Hard, this (almost) complete box set hits stores containing all the previous entries in the franchise.  The bonus features on the individual discs remain, but the collection also comes with a disc called Decoding Die Hard which includes a number of extras including a featurette on the casting, evolution, and legacy of John McClane, one focusing on the character’s many sidekicks, another centering on the series’ villains, a couple of featurettes for the action sequences and visual effects, one that centers on the series’ effect on pop culture, and more.

Hotel Transylvania (Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)


The Halloween-geared animated feature comes loaded with a nice set of special features including an audio commentary by director Genndy Tartakovsky, producer Michelle Murdocca, and visual effects supervisor Daniel Kramer, an animated short story called Goodnight Mr. Foot, 6 minutes of deleted scenes, a voice cast featurette, a short featurette that centers on the creation of the castle, progression reels, and more.

Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Season 3 [Blu-ray] (Original U.K. Version)


Though the third season of the popular soap series only just started airing here in the states, you can get a jump on things with the home video release of Downton Abbey season three.  The bonus features include a 50-minute featurette that focuses on the first two seasons of the show, a pair of featurettes that center on the weddings of Lady Mary and Lady Edith, a Downton in 1920 featurette that covers the history of the period, a 9-minute look at Shirley MacLaine’s guest role, a behind-the-scenes look at the finale, and more.

Paranormal Activity 4: Unrated Edition/Rated Version (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)


The fourth entry in the beloved found footage franchise didn’t quite do as well as its predecessors at the box office, but fans of Paranormal Activity can now own both an unrated and a rated version of the film on Blu-ray.  The disc includes nearly 30 minutes of deleted scenes from the film.

Seven Psychopaths (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]


This Blu-ray is incredibly light on special features, as it only includes a few very, very short featurettes that focus on the cast and locations.

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