This week on Blu-ray a number of 2012 titles hit home video in the absence of older films. Briefly:
- The Apparition (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraViolet Digital Copy Combo Pack) – $19.99 (33% off)
- Lawless [Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy] – $22.99 (43% off)
- Luck: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] – $50.99 (36% off)
- Men in Black 3 (Two Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) – $19.99 (51% off)
- ParaNorman (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) – $27.99 (44% off)
- Sparkle (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] – $19.96 (45% off)
- Step Up Revolution [Blu-ray + 3D Blu-ray + Digital Copy] – $19.99 (50% off)
Hit the jump for all the details.
Though the film only just hit theaters a few months ago, the supernatural thriller The Apparition is already headed to Blu-ray. The pic’s measly box office probably won’t result in big business on home video, but fans can find a few featurettes thrown into the home video release including “The Dark Realm of Paranormal,” “Haunted Asheville,” “The Experiment of The Apparition,” and “The Apparition: A Cinematic Specter.”
Director John Hillcoat’s ruthless period drama comes to Blu-ray complete with some intriguing extras. The disc includes an audio commentary by Hillcoat and author Matt Bondurant, a collection of deleted scenes, a 20-minute featurette called “Lawless: The True Story of the Wettest County in the World,” and two shorter featurettes: “Franklin County, Virginia: Then and Now” and “The Story of the Bondurant Family.”
HBO’s horse racing series only lasted one series before being cancelled on account of increasing horse deaths, but fans of David Milch’s drama can now own the first season in HD. Details by way of special features and extras are hard to come by at the moment, but I imagine Milch and executive producer Michael Mann provided some fascinating content to rummage through.
The third installment of the Men in Black franchise surprisingly wasn’t terrible, and the Blu-ray includes plenty of goodies that provide a look behind-the-scenes of the film. The extras include a nearly half-hour making-of featurette called “Partners in Time: The Making of MIB3,” a look at the film’s period work called “The Evolution of Cool: MIB 1960s vs. Today,” a visual effects featurette “Keeping it Surreal: The Visual FX of MIB 3,” a scene-by-scene making-of featurette “Scene Investigations,” visual effects progression reels, a gag reel, and a music video for Pitbull’s “Back in Time.”
Laika Studios crafted one of the best films of the year with the stop-motion animated ParaNorman, and now fans can own the charming pic on Blu-ray. The disc doesn’t skimp on special features, as the set includes an audio commentary with writer/co-director Chris Butler and co-director Sam Fell, a 40-minute featurette collection that details the making of the stop-motion animated pic called “Peering Through the Veil,” seven shorter featurettes, and preliminary animatic sequences.
This musical remake acted as Whitney Houston’s last film, and the Blu-ray disc fittingly includes a 20-minute featurette called “A Tribute to Whitney Houston” in which the cast and crew share memories of the actress/artist. The extras also include an audio commentary from director/producer Aslim Akil, an extended performance for “Hooked on Your Love,” a making-of featurette called “A Dream Come True,” another featurette focusing on the film’s choreography “A Sparkling Performance,” a featurette that looks at the film’s actors called “Sparkle and Shine,” and a music video for “Celebrate.”
The other music-heavy release hitting stores this week is the latest installment in the Step Up franchise. The disc comes with an audio commentary by director Scott Speer and castmembers Katrhyn McCormick and Ryan Guzman, four featurettes that delve into the making of the film, a 24-minute feature that plays all the flash mob sequences back-to-back, and music videos for “Goin’ In” and “Hands in the Air.”
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