“Silent Space Version” of GRAVITY Arrives in February on Blu-ray

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How about taking a little break from the Interstellar mania and revisiting Alfonso Cuarón’s Academy Award winner Gravity?  Warner Bros. is actually already releasing a new version of the Gravity Blu-ray, the Diamond Luxe Edition.  Not only will the new set feature three brand new bonus featurettes and Dolby Atmos audio technology, but it’ll also give you the option to watch the “Silent Space Version” of the film as well so that you can “experience the film without music for a surprising cinematic experiment.”

The product does feel a little like a cash grab and it seems crazy to strip the film of Steven Price’s Academy Award winning score, but curiosity might get the best of me.  Hit the jump for more on the Gravity Diamond Luxe Edition.

Director James Gunn Goes 16-Bit to Reveal a Sneak Peek at the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Blu-ray Special Features

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A small piece of advice to Marvel and director James Gunn: Do not put any kind of 16-bit video game version of anything in your marketing materials because we will want to play that video game oh so very badly.  On his Facebook page, Gunn has provided a sneak peek at the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray special features, but he introduces it with a 16-bit opening where we see Star-Lord side-scrolling through a cave.  I want this game now and it will probably never exist unless someone creates an unofficial version.  Someone: go create an unofficial version.

Hit the jump to check out a preview of the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray special features, and click here to pre-order the film, which hits shelves on December 9th and stars Chris PrattZoe SaldanaDave BautistaLee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly, and Peter Serafinowicz, and features the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN Ultimate Edition and ALIEN 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Reviews

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20th Century Fox has released two of Ridley Scott’s best films in new special editions.  Those films are Alien and Kingdom of Heaven.  One of these editions offers supplements and commentaries never before put to Blu-ray, while the other is a repackaged version of previous editions, where the only new element are some collectables.  My review of both follows after the jump. 

New to Blu-ray: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended Edition, MALEFICENT, THE SOPRANOS Complete Series, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the Extended Edition of the second Hobbit movie, quite possibly the greatest TV series ever made in HD form, an Angelina Jolie-fronted Disney redo, one of the summer’s bigger bombs, one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final performances, a twisty indie, and more.  Briefly:

New to Blu-ray: DELIVER US FROM EVIL, WISH I WAS HERE, BEGIN AGAIN, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the most recent film from the director of Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange, a nice indie music dramedy produced by Judd Apatow, Zach Braff’s long-awaited directorial follow-up to Garden State, and more.  Briefly:

New to Blu-ray: SNOWPIERCER, MAD MEN: The Final Season Part 1, LA DOLCE VITA Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest from filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, one of the best shows on television, a Federico Fellini classic, and more.  Briefly:

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Pretend to Be a Dragon in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended Edition Clip

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One of the more impressive aspects of director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was the characterization of the titular dragon.  Benedict Cumberbatch not only provided the voice for the sleepy/cranky character, but he did performance capture as well that was then used to inform the animation of the dragon’s movements.  In anticipation of the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition on Blu-ray, a behind-the-scenes clip has been released that shows Cumberbatch performing as Smaug.  It’s a pretty fun watch, and you can definitely see how Cumberbatch’s movements influenced the finished product.  Additionally, Warner Bros. has released an assortment of other clips (both from the film and behind-the-scenes) from the EE release that are sure to pique interest, and we’ve included them as well.

Take a look at the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition clips after the jump.  The film will be available on Blu-ray 3D and DVD on November 3rd, and is currently available on Digital HD.

James Gunn Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2, Discusses Possible Additions to the Team

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With Guardians of the Galaxy crossing $700 Million at the global box office (and the Blu-ray hitting on December 9th) it’s definitely a positive thing that writer/director James Gunn is already hard at work on the sequel, in fact he commenced work on the script on the Sunday after the film opened to larger-than-projected box office.  As a side note, back in January who would have thought this film would have been the biggest grosser of 2014 by a country mile?

Anyway, Gunn recently spoke about the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and, while is comments were of course slight (they sort of have to be at this point) they’re interesting enough to warrant a small mention.  Hit the jump for more on Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  The original film incidentally will have a ton of special features when it does get that Blu-ray release in December. Definitely picking that one up.

New to Blu-ray: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, FARGO Season 1, Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the biggest superhero movies of the year, two very popular—and very different—cable TV series, a collection of Steven Spielberg films, a Ben Stiller comedy classic, and more.  Briefly:

Exclusive MALEFICENT Blu-ray Clip Reveals How Linda Woolverton Developed the Iconic Villain’s Backstory

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Maleficent is one of the most iconic Disney villains we’ve got, but she can’t carry a feature film on reputation alone.  Maleficent scribe, Linda Woolverton, had to figure out a way to turn her into a main character that the audience could connect to and care about, and in order to do that, she had to come up with a convincing reason for why Maleficent would place a curse on an infant child.

Hit the jump for an exclusive Maleficent Blu-ray clip detailing how Woolverton came up with the idea to turn the character into a fairy and then strip her of her wings.  The movie stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville, Imedla Staunton, Juno Temple, Sam Riley and Brenton Thwaites, and hits DVD and Blu-ray on November 4th.

Exclusive X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Blu-ray Clip Shows Cerebro Bringing Generations Together

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is now available on Blu-ray, and today we’re pleased to bring you an exclusive clip from the special features.  The clip points out fourteen years have passed between the original X-Men and the latest installment, and how that gulf has been bridged not only by the DOFP‘s plot, but by the actors in between.  In the clip, Hoult explains how walking through Cerebro alongside Hugh Jackman is his “childhood come to life”, and Jackman reminds us that the very first thing he ever shot for the X-Men franchise was a scene that took place inside Cerebro.

Hit the jump to check out the X-Men: Days of Future Past Blu-ray clip, and click here here to order the Blu-ray.

THE ROVER Blu-ray Review

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There is probably a sizable percentage of people who hate Robert Pattinson for no good reason.  The Twilight star became an intense object of affection and lust for those team Edward, and for anyone who witnessed that obsessive fandom (especially those who saw it up close), it can be off-putting even if it bears little on the person’s talents.  Considering that Pattinson starred in five of the biggest movies of the last decade, he’s made some of the smartest career moves of anyone who has been suddenly thrust into superstardom: He’s now making an effort to work with talented auteurs in roles that only trade on his fame in the sense that he helps get the movies financed.  Not only has he made two movies with David Cronenberg, he also starred in the David Michod film The Rover.  And as for the latter, he’s excellent in it.  My review of the Blu-ray of The Rover follows after the jump. 

THE EXPENDABLES 3 Blu-ray Includes an Extended Unrated Cut of the Film With 5 Minutes of Additional Footage

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There was a lot of griping from the fan base when it was revealed that The Expendables 3 would be rated PG-13, so you guys should take heart in the fact that the upcoming Blu-ray release of the film will indeed include an Unrated Cut that is five minutes longer than the theatrical version.  Will the new cut contain all of the action and intensity you’d expect from a more mature rating?  It’s too early to tell, but there’s at least a sliver of hope for the fans.

Hit the jump for more on The Expendables 3 Blu-ray.  The film (along with the unrated cut) arrives in a Blu-ray combo pack (with Digital HD) on November 25th.  Sylvester Stallone, Mel GibsonHarrison FordWesley SnipesArnold SchwarzeneggerKelsey Grammer, Antonio BanderasJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry CrewsKellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor Ortiz, and Glen Powell all star.

New to Blu-ray: EDGE OF TOMORROW, OBVIOUS CHILD, SLEEPING BEAUTY, and More

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This week’s bounty of new Blu-ray releases include one of the most entertaining films of the year, a Disney classic, an underseen gem from this past summer, the previous season of shenanigans from AHS, and more.  Briefly:

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Blu-Ray and DVD to Arrive December 9th; Will Include Exclusive Look at AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Eager to watch Guardians of the Galaxy as much as you want?  You’ve only got two more months to go because come December 9th, the film will be available to own.  A Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray and DVD option recently became available for pre-order on Amazon and now Marvel Entertainment has unveiled what you’ll get in addition to the film if you purchase either of them.

If December 9th is too far down the line, you’ll also have the option to buy the film on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on November 18th.  Hit the jump for more on the Guardians of the Galaxy special features menu.  Guardians is currently the top grossing film of the year having accumulated over $320 million at the domestic box office.  The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro.

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