New to Blu-ray: CHEAP THRILLS, THE LIFE AQUATIC Criterion, RED RIVER Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a Criterion Collection HD upgrade, a new addition to Criterion, a buzzworthy comedy thriller, a caper remake that was unceremoniously released, and more.  Briefly:

Watch: Trailer for TWIN PEAKS Blu-ray Set Teases 90 Minutes of Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes [Updated with Blu-ray Details]

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Anybody in the mood for pie?  A Twin Peaks Blu-ray trailer has been released online for the highly anticipated box set Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, and it offers fans a look at the long-desired deleted scenes from director David Lynch’s prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.  Though Twin Peaks has been released on DVD before, this Blu-ray set will also include Fire Walk With Me along with both seasons of the TV series, and it will likely have a bounty of new bonus features to dive into.  The most exciting new material is the deleted scenes, and there will be a whopping 90 minutes worth included on the Blu-ray set.  The footage looks pretty great from this first look trailer, and I’m eager to find out what else the box set entails.

Hit the jump to watch the Twin Peaks Blu-ray trailer.  Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery will be released on July 29th. [Update: The trailer and box are have been officially unveiled, in addition to a press release listing the slew of bonus features that will be included on the set.]

New to Blu-ray: HER, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, FAST & FURIOUS 6-Movie Collection, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the best films of 2013, quite possibly the most popular new TV series of last year, a pair of films that failed to catch on at the box office earlier this year, and a box set of an ongoing feature film franchise.

New to Blu-ray: LABOR DAY, THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, SOPHIE’S CHOICE, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases includes the latest from filmmaker Jason Reitman, an independently produced retelling of the Hercules tale, one of Meryl Streep’s three Oscar-winning roles, and more.  Briefly:

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Special Edition Blu-ray Electro Bust Is a Bust

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hasn’t even opened in the U.S. yet, but Sony is already letting people pre-order the “Electro Collector’s Edition”, which is the 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD bundled with a bust of Electro.  The bust not only looks like cheap plastic, but it’s creepy to boot.  Even if you end up really, really liking this movie, how much do you have to like it to say to yourself, “Yes, I would like Jamie Foxx sneering at me every time I walk through my home.  I can’t imagine this haunting my dreams in any way.”  I suppose it could be worse.  They could’ve have done a bust featuring Green Goblin.

Hit the jump to check out the full bust.  No release date for the collector’s set has been announced.

Want to See a High-Quality Blu-ray Release for THE IRON GIANT? Brad Bird Says You Should Ask Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

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The Iron Giant is one of my all-time favorite movies.  I have two Iron Giant Mondo posters.  I have a little Iron Giant toy on my desk.  What I don’t have is the movie on Blu-ray because it’s not available in that format.  The special edition DVD is nice, but writer-director Brad Bird made a visually impressive movie, and it’s worth a high-end Blu-ray release that not only looks good, but also has plenty of great extras.

Earlier today, Bird was asked on Twitter about when we might see the movie on Blu-ray.  Bird explained that he’s spoken with Warner Bros. about it, but he wants more than a bare bones release.  I couldn’t agree more.  I know it’s kind of a cult film, but plenty of cult movies get excellent Blu-ray releases, and I think WB might be surprised at how many people want The Iron Giant to get the same treatment.  As Bird points out, the only way to get an awesome The Iron Giant Blu-ray is to ask for it.  Shoot @WBHomeEnt a tweet, and please be polite.  And if you feel like crying today, hit the jump.

New to Blu-ray: SORCERER, BIG BAD WOLVES, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases are rather scarce, but they do include a new HD transfer of an underseen William Friedkin thriller and director Quentin Tarantino’s favorite film of 2013.  Briefly:

CHINESE ZODIAC Blu-ray Review

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It’s hard to know how to take Jackie Chan these days. The iconic action star turned 60 earlier this month, and his mileage is definitely showing. Movies like Chinese Zodiac appear to take that into account, using a lot of tricks and distractions to hide the fact that he simply can’t perform the eye-popping stunts that helped make him a household name. Recent films have tried to break him out of that mold completely, and this one seems to recognize the futility of the endeavor. Unfortunately, it can’t find a viable alternative, so it gussies up a scenario that the younger Chan would have eaten for breakfast. This time, too many cracks are showing. Hit the jump for my full Chinese Zodiac Blu-ray review.

THE LEGO MOVIE Blu-ray Coming June 17th with “Everything Is Awesome” Edition That Includes an Exclusive LEGO Minifigure and Bonus Content

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With its international box office easily climbing past $400 million, there’s no doubt that The LEGO Movie struck a chord with audiences.  Now fans can bring the frenetic fun home with them when The LEGO Movie Blu-ray becomes available on June 17th.  Not only will the animated family-friendly film come in a Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-Disc Special Edition, and Digital varieties, but there will also be an “Everything Is Awesome” Edition with exclusive LEGO Minifigure and more.  Click here to pre-order either version on Amazon.

The film features the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Will FerrellElizabeth BanksMorgan FreemanLiam NeesonWill ArnettNick OffermanCharlie DayChanning TatumJonah Hill, and Alison Brie.  Hit the jump for more on The LEGO Movie Blu-ray.

New to Blu-ray: THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, RIDE ALONG, REALITY BITES: 20th Anniversary Edition, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include two directorial projects from Ben Stiller (one from 1994 and one from 2013), a recent Best Picture Oscar nominee, a surprise comedy hit, a directorial effort from Sam Rockwell, and more.  Briefly:

THOR: THE DARK WORLD Blu-ray Review

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As the Marvel movie juggernaut thunders on, we’re beginning to realize how carefully they’ve thought all this out. Kevin Feige and Co. have built their franchise for the long haul, which means pausing to take a breath every now and then instead of constantly trying to top the previous entries (and eventually crashing to the earth as a result). Captain America: The Winter Soldier shows us how that equation can expand this universe in unexpected directions, but the process also creates its share of placeholders: solid movies that nonetheless do little more than entertain us while their creators ramp up for the next mindblower. Case in point: Thor: The Dark World. Hit the jump for my full Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray review.

New to Blu-ray: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES, A FIELD IN ENGLAND, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the second installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, a French New Wave classic, a very darkly comedic ensemble drama, the latest from filmmaker Ben Wheatley, and more.  Briefly:

47 RONIN Blu-ray Review

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The story of the Forty-seven Ronin is well known in Japan, and has been since the historical event occurred early in the 18th century.  It’s not nearly as common knowledge on these shores, but that’s something that Carl Rinsch’s 47 Ronin adaptation looked to change.  Keanu Reeves stars in this tale that reimagines the factual story of revenge, honor, and loyalty as one set within a world rich with the fantastical elements of Japanese folklore.  In its theatrical release, 47 Ronin was a box office dud, never coming close to making its reported $175 million budget back.  Perhaps it was simply a case of the wrong movie at the wrong time.  Since the quality of the production is surprisingly high, 47 Ronin might find new life on home video.  Hit the jump for my 47 Ronin Blu-ray review.

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, and THE HIDDEN FORTRESS Criterion Blu-ray Reviews

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Criterion has recently released Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color, Errol MorrisA Brief History of Time, and Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress on Blu-ray.  What do these films have in common? Absolutely nothing.

Hit the jump for my Blue is the Warmest Color Blu-ray review, my A Brief History of Time Blu-ray review, and my The Hidden Fortress Blu-ray review.

New to Blu-ray: ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, 47 RONIN, THE PIRATE FAIRY, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases are light on quantity, but include three different cuts of a long-awaited comedy sequel on one home video release, a big-budget 2013 film that went largely unseen, and Tom Hiddleston as Captain Hook.  Briefly:

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