Universal Announces STEVEN SPIELBERG DIRECTOR’S COLLECTION Blu-ray; Will Include DUEL, THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS, and More

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Even though I don’t love every single one of his movies, Steven Spielberg will always be one of my favorite directors.  He was one of the key figures in making me a die-hard movie fan.  His worldwide influence is undeniable, he shaped Hollywood in the modern era, and he’s been going strong for decades (there are going to be so many Jaws retrospective pieces next year for the film’s 40th anniversary).  This fall, Universal will release a new 8-film Blu-ray collection of his work.  The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection will include digitally remastered versions of Duel and The Sugarland Express (both their first time on Blu-ray, and the first-ever widescreen presentation for Duel in the U.S. and Canada) as well as the Blu-ray debuts for 1941 (theatrical and extended versions) and Always.  The set also includes Jaws, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

Hit the jump for a list of special features.  Click here to pre-order.  The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th.

New to Blu-ray: THE LEGO MOVIE, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, HOUSE OF CARDS Season 2, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include an impossibly great movie based on a line of building blocks, the latest delightful film from Wes Anderson, a critically praised dramatic turn from Nicolas Cage, a documentary about male genitalia, and more.  Briefly:

Emmet Tours the LEGO Factory in Exclusive Clip from THE LEGO MOVIE Blu-ray

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It’s going to be incredibly hard for any animated film to top The LEGO Movie this year, let alone any other comedy period (though for some reason, I feel 22 Jump Street has a strong shot).  Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller crafted a hilarious, inventive, and soulful film based on a toy with zero mythology or backstory, and I personally can’t wait to revisit the film on Blu-ray in a few weeks.  In anticipation of the home video release of The LEGO Movie on June 17th, we here at Collider are happy to debut an exclusive clip from the collection of bonus features.  In this clip, Lord, Miller, and producer Dan Lin tour the actual LEGO factory with little Emmet in tow, giving fans a humorous look at how all LEGO figures are made.

Hit the jump to watch the The LEGO Movie Blu-ray clip.  The film is currently available as a digital download and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 17th.

Awesome Blu-ray Deal: ALIEN Anthology and PROMETHEUS Bundle $19.99 (78% Off)

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If you’ve been holding out for the Alien series on Blu-ray, today’s the day to act.  The four-film Alien anthology—which includes Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien: Resurrection—is currently on sale bundled with Ridley Scott’s sort-of-prequel Prometheus for a mere $19.99 on Blu-ray, which is a whopping 78% off.  That price would be great for just Alien and Aliens plus the extensive Anthology supplements, but throwing in the whole series makes it a very solid buy.

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NON-STOP Blu-ray/DVD Release Event at Air Hollywood with Presentation and Q&A from Director Jaume Collet-Serra and Art Director David Swayze

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With Jaume Collet-Serra’s exciting action thriller Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson
now available on Blu-ray/DVD, I recently covered a fun press day at Air Hollywood to promote the release.  Located in the San Fernando Valley, Air Hollywood is the world’s largest aviation-themed studio and has worked with every major studio and production company in Hollywood and beyond, providing sets, props, interior plane mock-ups, cockpits of all shapes and sizes, and even a standing airport terminal set.  Other recent movies that have used their services include Bridesmaids, Flight, Warm Bodies, Baggage Claim, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Million Dollar Arm.  Besides providing production friendly facilities, Air Hollywood also holds Fear of Flying classes, and recently launched the Open Sky for Autism program to assist families with autism in acclimating to air travel.

Our First Class adventure began onboard a 737 mock-up with the screening of a hilarious flight safety video spoofing key scenes from Non-Stop.  It was followed by a fascinating presentation by director Collet-Serra and art director David Swayze who used art and production stills from the movie to show how they choreographed original and exciting action in a confined space and were able to capture some of the cool shots.  Next was a brief Q&A that ended with an air turbulence simulation (without seatbelts!) followed by a personal tour of the facilities with Air Hollywood CEO Talaat Captan and COO Rob Shalhoub who showed us their extensive prop shop, other mock-up sets, the cockpit from the Lakers Champion Air airplane, and the original cockpit used in the 1980’s comedy, Airplane!  Hit the jump to read the presentation and Q&A.

AMISTAD Blu-ray Review

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A measure of a successful movie need not be limited to its box office take or its number of wins at the end of awards’ season, but should also take into account how well the story, cast, and visuals hold up upon subsequent viewings decades later.  For Steven Spielberg’s 1997 historical drama, Amistad, the four Oscar nominations took some of the sting out of a poor box office performance, but this 175-year-old tale of a struggle for freedom is, sadly, still very relevant to contemporary times.  Additionally, the film’s excellent cast is a treasure trove of both veteran actors and young up-and-comers who would go on to make a big name for themselves in later years.  Now that Amistad is available on Blu-ray, you can revisit the film for yourself.  Hit the jump for my Amistad Blu-ray review.

New to Blu-ray: TRUE DETECTIVE, NON-STOP, COSMOS, RAY DONOVAN, JACK RYAN, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a trio of very television offerings, a pair of new Criterion releases, and more.  Briefly:

GHOSTBUSTERS Gets 30th Anniversary Theatrical Re-Release This Labor Day Weekend; GHOSTBUSTERS II Will be Available for the First Time on Blu-ray

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It looks like the original Ghostbusters will make it onto contemporary movie screens well before the third film in the series even enters production.  The 30th anniversary of the 1984 classic is as good a time as any to organize a theatrical re-release, and that’s exactly what is coming this Labor Day weekend.  A restored and remastered version of Ghostbusters will play in more than 700 theaters starting August 29th.  It will be a great opportunity to introduce children and newcomers alike to the paranormal property starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver, and the late Harold Ramis.  Coincidentally, this year also marks the 25th anniversary of Ghostbusters II, which will be released on Blu-ray for the first time later this year.  Hit the jump for more.

New to Blu-ray: BREAKING BAD: The Complete Series, LONE SURVIVOR, ROBOCOP, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the non-limited edition complete series set of one of the greatest TV shows of all time, the latest from director Peter Berg, the supposedly “final” cut of Oliver Stone‘s historical epic Alexander, and a sci-fi remake from earlier this year that failed to make much of a splash.  Briefly:

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Blu-ray Trailer and Details; Available Soon on Disney Movies Anywhere and 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack

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Currently standing strong as my favorite movie of the year is Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Even though it opened just two months ago, we already have word on when the well-suited sequel will arrive on Blu-ray and home video.  As reported, the film will make its way onto Disney Movies Anywhere this August 19th, with a 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack available starting September 9th.  In order to drive the point home, we have the Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-ray trailer and full details on its home video release after the jump.  Click here to pre-order it on Amazon.

THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE SERIES Finally Coming to Blu-ray November 4th

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HBO’s The Sopranos has long been considered the “godfather” of this current Golden Age of Television, and though it paved the way for a number of other incredible series like Mad Men, The Wire, and Breaking Bad, it still just might be the best of the bunch.  HBO started releasing the James Gandolfini-fronted drama on Blu-ray in 2006, but inexplicably stopped after only releasing Blu-ray upgrades for seasons one and six.  Well now the entirety of The Sopranos is finally coming to Blu-ray later this year in a box set, complete a brand new featurette.  In addition to the extras that were included on the complete series DVD set, this new Blu-ray collection features “Defining a Television Landmark”, which runs 45 minutes in length and includes new interviews with everyone from Gandolfini and show creator David Chase, to director Steven Soderbergh and actor Jeff Daniels.

But the real draw here is finally being able to own all 86 episodes of quite possibly the best television show of all time in glorious high-definition when the set hits stores on November 4th.  Hit the jump for more, including a video clip from the new featurette.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Hits Blu-ray on September 9th; Will Not Include a New One-Shot

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Though the film came out a couple of months ago, you’ll have to wait a while to get Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Blu-ray.  Disney announced today that the Marvel sequel will be released on home video on September 9th, though it will be available for digital download via Disney Movies Anywhere on August 19th.  Bonus features details are broad and unspecific at this point, as the press release simply states that the Blu-ray will include “making-of featurettes, audio commentary, never-before-seen deleted scenes, bloopers, and more.”  Directors Joe and Anthony Russo previously told us that the Blu-ray will include about five minutes worth of deleted scenes, with one in particular involving Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson at the end of the second act.  Curiously, one thing the Blu-ray won’t have is a new Marvel One-Shot short film, which accompanied previous Marvel Blu-ray releases.

Hit the jump to check out the Captain America 2 Blu-ray cover art and to read the full press release from Disney.

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.

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