New to Blu-ray: SKYFALL, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, WEEDS Season Eight and More

     February 15, 2013

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This week on Blu-ray the latest James Bond film hits home video, a swell new coming of age pic is released, and the final season of a Showtime staple hits HD.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for special features details.

Bully [Blu-ray]

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The anti-bullying documentary comes with the theatrical cut and a “special version” of the film that’s edited for a younger audience, though this new cut is only available on the Blu-ray.  The extras also include a batch of deleted scenes, a featurette that focuses on an entire middle school that got involved with The Buly Project’s “1 Million Kids” campaign, the Good Morning America appearance by Alex, thoughts from Meryl Streep and Kevin Jennings, and a number of short featurettes/pieces on the film and Alex.

The Kid with a Bike (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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This Cannes Grand Jury Prize-winner gets the Criterion treatment, which includes a 74-minute interview with directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, a 19-minute interview with actress Cecile De France, a rather short interview with actor Thomas Doret, and a half-hour featurette that covers the making of the film.

The Man with the Iron Fists (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)

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RZA’s directorial debut features action aplenty, and this Blu-ray release includes both the theatrical version and a longer, 107-minute unrated cut of the film.  The extras are rather slim, as the disc comes with a small collection of deleted scenes, and three incredibly short featurettes on the making of the film that you likely already saw pre-release.

Nurse Jackie: Season Four [Blu-ray]

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Season four of the Showtime series includes commentaries on three episodes, all of which include Edie Falco and executive producer Richie Jackson, along with a gag reel, a 13-minute profile of castmembers Stephen Wallem, Lenny Jacobson, and Arjun Gupta, and a 10-minute featurette called Cruz Control with Bobby and Jake Cannavale.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower [Blu-ray]

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This was one of my favorite films from last year, and the Blu-ray comes complete with some rather interesting extras.  Included are two separate audio commentaries: one with writer/director Stephen Chbosky, and one with the Chbosky and the entire main cast.  The disc also includes deleted scenes with optional commentary by Chbosky, dailes with optional commentary by Chbosky, and a short featurette called Best Summer Ever.

The Sessions [Blu-ray]

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The Sundance hit comes to Blu-ray with minimal special features, as the disc’s extras consist of a collection of short featurettes that focus on Helen Hunt and John Hawkes’s work in the film, the real-life inspiration, and writer/director Ben Lewin’s genesis of the project.  There are also two deleted scenes.

Silent Hill: Revelation (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)

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The bonus features on the Silent Hill sequel are practically non-existent, as the disc only includes a 3-minute “Look Inside” promo and a theatrical trailer.  Slim pickens, indeed.

Skyfall (Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy)

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Now this is a Blu-ray.  The James Bond film’s home video release is packed with extras, including two audio commentaries: one with director Sam Mendes and one with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson as well as production designer Dennis Gassner.  Also included is an hour-long documentary covering the making of the film from every angle, divided up into shorter sections.  The disc also includes a 4-minute look at the film’s world premiere, the theatrical trailer, and a soundtrack promo spot.

Weeds: Season Eight [Blu-ray]

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The final season of Showtime staple Weeds comes with a fair amount of extras, including audio commentaries on three episodes, an extended gag reel, Everyday Advice from Guru Doug, a look into the season’s focus on “big pharma” and “big tobacco”, deleted scenes, and an 11-minute roundable in which the show’s producers discuss the final season.

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