March 12, 2013

Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray titles:

Hit the jump for extras details on all of the aforementioned releases.

Cirque Du Soleil – Worlds Away (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)


The Blu-ray for the latest Cirque film comes with a making of documentary that’s sure to be fascinating, as well as a featurette focusing on star Erica Linz.

Hitchcock (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)


This disc comes with quite a few extras including a deleted scene, a documentary called Remembering Hitchcock, a featurette that centers on the makeup work done to transform Anthony Hopkins into the legendary filmmaker, behind-the-scenes cell phone footage from director Sacha Gervasi, and featurettes for the story, the cast, Hitch and Alma’s relationship, and Danny Elfman’s wonderful score.

Life of Pi [Blu-ray 3D]

Life of Pi [Blu-ray]


The Blu-ray release of Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’s gorgeous adaptation includes an hourlong, four-part documentary chronicling Lee’s very long journey to bring Life of Pi to the big screen, a 20-minute featurette for the film’s fantastic visual effects, an 8-minute featurette that focuses on bringing the tiger Richard Parker to life, a gallery of pre-production artwork, and storyboards.  The 3D disc exclusively includes a collection of deleted scenes and VFX progressions.

Ministry of Fear (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]


This Criterion release includes a video interview with author and Fritz Lang scholar Joe McElhaney as well as a trailer and an essay by Glenn Kenny.

Mulan / Mulan II (Blu-ray + DVD)


This Disney release includes a bounty of extras for the first film, and a couple for the sequel.  For Mulan, there’s an audio commentary by producer Pam Coats and directors Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, a collection of deleted scenes, a few behind-the-scenes featurettes, some music-centric featurettes and music videos, and trailers & sneak peeks.  For Mulan II, the disc comes with a 3-minute featurette that looks at the film’s voice talent, a few deleted scenes, and a music video for “I Wanna Be Like Other Girls.”

Rise of the Guardians (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy + UltraViolet)

Rise of the Guardians (Two-Disc Combo: Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy +UltraViolet)


The Blu-ray for DreamWorks Animation’s underrated late 2012 release includes an audio commentary by director Peter Ramsey and producers Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein, a couple of games for the kids, a 30-minute 4-part documentary that goes behind-the-scenes of the film, a short interview with author/executive producer William Joyce, an 11-minute featurette that focuses on the film’s voice actors, and previews.

Smashed [Blu-ray]


Director James Ponsoldt’s Sundance hit finally comes to home video, and the Blu-ray includes an audio commentary with Ponsoldt and star Mary Elizabeth Winstead, a 12-minute making-of documentary, a Q&A from the Toronto Film Festival, six deleted scenes, and the theatrical trailer.

Sound City (Blu-Ray)


As the Blu-ray for Dave Grohl’s music documentary was just announced, special features details are hard to come by at the moment. However, I’d be shocked if there weren’t some outtakes from Grohl’s jam sessions included on the disc.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary Edition (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)


The 25th anniversary edition of this animation/live-action classic is basically just the same extras that were on the previous DVD release.  The Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by director Robert Zemeckis, producer Frank Marshall, associate producer Steve Starkey, visual effects supervisor Ken Ralston, and co-writers Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman, 25-minutes worth of digitally restored HD Roger Rabbit shorts, an 11-minute featurete focusing on the Roger Rabbit character, a nearly 40-minute making-of featurette, a deleted scene, and more.

Willow (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)


Director Ron Howard’s fantasy film comes to Blu-ray for the first time ever, and the disc includes a collection of deleted scenes introduced by Ron Howard, a 23-minute documentary that chronicles the making of the film introduced by Howard, a 2001 documentary on visual effects with Dennis Muren, a person video diary from star Warwick Davis, and a montage of matte paintings from the film.

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