WINTER’S TALE Blu-ray Review

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Quentin Tarantino has complained about how one of the biggest problems with American cinema is that it’s afraid of big emotions.  Of melodrama that might descend into camp (or perhaps is camp to begin with).  And it’s true, more movies are likely to adapt an ironic distance than go for something earnest.  There’s a reason for that: when earnest doesn’t work, you get films like The Postman and The Room.  But that means some material just isn’t going to translate into American cinema, and that’s why Winter’s Tale is a boring disaster.  Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Will Smith star in this story of star-crossed lovers and miracles, and my Winter’s Tale Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

BREAKING BAD: The Complete Series Barrel Blu-ray Set Now Available After Being out of Print

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In news that will surely please any Breaking Bad completionist who didn’t get a chance to snag one of these up last year, the awesome Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel Blu-ray boxed set is once again available.  I’m not sure how much longer this deal will be around (good timing after the Emmy wins last night though), so you might want to snag it up ASAP.

The set features every episode of the show, plus a good deal of assorted ephemera, all packaged in one of the show’s signature body-dissolving barrels.  Hit the jump for more on the Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel or click here to buy it on Amazon.

New to Blu-ray: THE WALKING DEAD Season 4, ALL THAT JAZZ Criterion, THE DOUBLE, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest season of one of the most popular shows on TV, a musical classic on Criterion, one of the year’s underseen dark comedies, and more.  Check them out below:

THE WALKING DEAD Giveaway: Win Limited Edition “Tree Walker” Season 4 Blu-ray

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The Walking Dead season 4 is out on Blu-ray tomorrow, and we have a limited edition “Tree Walker” box set to give away to one lucky reader.  The “Tree Walker” set includes the extended episodes, featurettes, and commentaries of the typical season 4 Blu-ray, but comes in a cool, intricate package designed by McFarlane Toys.

Find out how to win the “Tree Walker” box set after the jump.

Blu-ray and DVD Deal: STARGATE ATLANTIS: The Complete Series Over 77% Off

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Today’s Gold Box Deal of the Day over at Amazon is for Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series on both Blu-ray and DVD.  The Blu-ray set of the sci-fi series is down from $199.99 to $44.99 at a hefty 78% off, while the DVD set of Stargate Atlantis is just $29.99 for a savings of 85%.  Those are pretty serious deals, so if you were a fan of the TV show, now’s your chance to own all five seasons.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Blu-ray Special Features Offers up a Look at the Visual Effects

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With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hitting Blu-ray/DVD this week, Sony has been releasing snippets of the movie’s bonus features.  Several days ago, we got a look at the film’s makeup design and application for Electro (Jamie Foxx), and today there’s a clip from the featurette regarding the movie’s visual effects.  Visual effects supervisor Jerome Chen explains that Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has become a bit of a daredevil, so that allowed the team to play with Spider-Man’s leaps and falls.  Additionally, animation supervisor Dave Schaub points out that they wanted to incorporate different moves into Spider-Man’s arsenal like scrambling on his weblines while swinging.  These featurettes are fun because they’re a reminder that even if you don’t like the movie, the work that goes into making it can still be interesting.

Hit the jump to check out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 visual effects featurette, and click here to buy the movie on Blu-ray or DVD.

New to Blu-ray: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN Criterion, TOY STORY OF TERROR!, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases are bountiful, as they include a rather disappointing superhero sequel, a Criterion Collection release of one of Alfonso Cuaron’s masterpieces, the latest Toy Story short, a Tom Hiddleston/Tilda Swinton-led vampire movie, and much more.  Take a look:

COMBAT CARL From TOY STORY OF TERROR Teaches You How to Cough Properly

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Pixar has occasionally shown a penchant for using the bonus features section of their Blu-ray releases to show off their stabs at 2D animation (all of the studio’s feature films use 3D computer animation).  Included on the upcoming Toy Story of Terror Blu-ray, the physical release of last year’s TV special (Matt’s review), is this Combat Carl PSA.  And I can get behind Combat Carl.

Why?  Not only is he voiced by Carl Weathers, who taught us how to act and gave us some amazing stew recipes on Arrested Development, but he also has a great message – don’t f*cking cough everywhere.  I travel a lot and I always see people, grown adults, coughing without covering their mouths.  That’s bush-league.  They don’t even try to use their hands, which is also a rookie mistake but at least demonstrates common courtesy.  Hit the jump so Combat Carl can teach you how to really cough.  Toy Story of Terror hits Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, August 19th.

Amazon Unveils TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Blu-ray Gift Set

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Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hasn’t even begun its second weekend in theaters yet, but the film’s Blu-ray is already available for pre-order!  We don’t even have an official release date for this thing yet, but according to the Amazon posting, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Limited Edition Gift Set comes with a collectible statue of Raphael because he’s the one that won their Amazon exclusive figure contest.

On top of that, the set also comes with Blu-ray 3D, DVD and digital HD copies of the film.  Hit the jump to read more about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray gift set.  The movie is currently in theaters and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Alan RitchsonNoel FisherJeremy Howard and Pete Ploszek.

New to Blu-ray: LOCKE, MUPPETS MOST WANTED, HERCULES, FILTH, BREATHE IN, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a wonderfully compelling drama told entirely from the confines of a car, a quartet of older animated Disney films getting an HD upgrade, a new Muppet movie, and more.  Briefly:

Sebastian Stan Learns How to Handle a Knife in Exclusive CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Blu-ray Clip

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While you may still be busy planning your second (or third, or fourth) trip to see Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters, you’ll be able to revisit Marvel Studios’ other massive 2014 hit very soon.  In anticipation of the release of the Captain America sequel on home video, we here at Collider are happy to debut an exclusive Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-ray clip that offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sebastian Stan’s stunt preparation for the film.  In order to properly portray the titular Winter Soldier, Stan went through extensive stunt training that involved getting extremely familiar with his knife and learning the choreography of the fight sequences, which Stan likens to learning a dance.  This is but a small peek at one of the various making-of featurettes that are included on the Winter Soldier Blu-ray.

Hit the jump to watch the Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-ray clip.  The film will be available on Digital 3D, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere starting August 19th, and will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and 3D Combo Pack on September 9th.

New to Blu-ray: DIVERGENT, OCULUS, NEED FOR SPEED, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a trio of films that opened earlier in the year, an 80s-set indie, and more.  Briefly:

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Blooper Reel Teased in Brief Clip

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We showed you some deleted scenes this morning, but with a month to go until the Blu-ray and DVD of the film hit shelves it appears as though we’re being inundated with special features from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Now we’re getting a teaser for a blooper reel from the film that, even at a scant 45 seconds, constitutes at least 10% of my exposure to this movie.  In fact, I may be the only person working for this site that hasn’t seen the film, so maybe I’ll be checking it out on one of the aforementioned physical media discs.  Not sure if I’ve ever seen a Robert Redford “blooper” before today.

Hit the jump to check out the Captain America: The Winter Soldier blooper reel. The film also stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. JacksonCaptain America: The Winter Soldier will be available to own on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on September 9th.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended Edition Adds 25 Minutes; Clip and Blu-ray Details Released

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition details have finally been released.  The extended version of Peter Jackson’s second film in his Hobbit trilogy adds 25 minutes to the running time, bringing the grand total up to 186 minutes.  That’s up from the 13 minutes added to An Unexpected Journey, but relatively tame compared to the Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings, the shortest of which clocked in at 218 minutes.  In addition to the added footage, the Extended Edition of The Desolation of Smaug also includes nine hours of new special features, including audio commentary with Jackson and co-writer Philippa Boyens and The Appendicies, a multi-part documentary focusing on various aspects of the film and trilogy.

Hit the jump to watch a clip of an extended scene and to get a look at the Blu-ray and DVD artwork.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition arrives on shelves November 4th, while the concluding installment The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

New to Blu-ray: NOAH, TWIN PEAKS: The Entire Mystery, THE BIG CHILL Criterion Collection, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the definitive, remastered Twin Peaks box set, a Biblical epic from Darren Aronofsky, a salsa dancing comedy, a new Criterion Collection addition with a killer soundtrack, a Werner Herzog box set, and more.  Briefly:

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