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 Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Alison Brie. Hit the jump for more on The LEGO Movie Blu-ray.
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:
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 review of the Blu-ray.
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:
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.
Criterion has recently released Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color, Errol Morris’ A Brief History of Time, and Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress on Blu-ray. What do these films have in common? Absolutely nothing. My review of all three on Blu-ray follows after the jump.
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:
Few filmmakers are better suited to the world of stop-motion animation than Wes Anderson. The director has fine-tuned his visual aesthetic over the course of his career, bringing quick and stable camera movements, gorgeous set designs, and specific yet vibrant color palettes to the forefront of his signature style. After a swell run films that made him one of the most exciting directors in the business, Anderson expanded his scope to the sea (Life Aquatic) and international locales (Darjeeling Limited) before diving into the world of stop-motion animation for his 2009 film Fantastic Mr. Fox.
The result is a highlight of an already impressive career, and the impeccable Roald Dahl adaptation is finally a part of the Criterion Collection. Read my review of the Fantastic Mr. Fox Criterion Blu-ray after the jump.
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include Martin Scorsese’s latest, the 2014 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, a long-delayed Dean Koontz adaptation, some very popular TV comedies, a few new additions to the Criterion library, and more. Briefly:
It’s hard not to be impressed by blockbusters right now. 2013’s top three films were The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Iron Man 3 and Frozen. All good to great movies. Catching Fire proved the most successful of the lot, grossing well over $400 million, and even outperformed the first film. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, who is forced to compete in a battle royale yet again in the savage Quarter Quell with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) at her side, and with her love Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) watching from a distance. My review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire follows after the jump.
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include an animated Disney box office juggernaut, a major Oscar contender that was shut out at the recent Academy Awards ceremony, the behind-the-scenes story of Mary Poppins, a criminally underseen film about Allen Ginsberg, and more. Briefly:
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest, underrated film from the Coen brothers, an unforgivingly dark Christian Bale drama, a Criterion release of director David Gordon Green’s feature debut, and more. Briefly:
Available today on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download is director Francis Lawrence’s sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. While some were wary about a new director taking over the insanely popular franchise from Gary Ross, Lawrence turned in a pleasantly surprising and thrilling feature that stood head and shoulders above most of the big studio tentpoles released last year. In anticipation of the film’s home video release, we here at Collider are happy to debut an exclusive clip from the bounty of bonus features included on the Blu-ray. This particular clip focuses on how the Catching Fire team turned a parking garage into the impressive training compound in the film. The sequel stars Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer.
Hit the jump to watch the bonus features clip. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is available on home video now.
This week’s new Blu-ray releases includes the most recent winner of the Best Picture Oscar, the highest grossing film of 2013, an American remake of a South Korean revenge classic, a few older titles, and more. Briefly:
Today, Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is the giant box set, The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Limited Collector’s Edition, which is the definitive edition of the Hollywood classic. It contains the 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet copy as well as a 52-page hardcover photo book, ruby slippers sparkle globe, collectible award pin set, a journal, and a map of Oz. There’s also a 4GB “Wicked Witch of the East” flash drive for people who like their flash drives to look like severed legs. If you’ve been waiting to add The Wizard of Oz to your collection, this is the edition to have, and this is the day to do add it since it will be $54.99 for today only. Click here to buy it.
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