The Iron Giant is one of my all-time favorite movies. I have two Iron Giant Mondo posters. I have a little Iron Giant toy on my desk. What I don’t have is the movie on Blu-ray because it’s not available in that format. The special edition DVD is nice, but writer-director Brad Bird made a visually impressive movie, and it’s worth a high-end Blu-ray release that not only looks good, but also has plenty of great extras.
Earlier today, Bird was asked on Twitter about when we might see the movie on Blu-ray. Bird explained that he’s spoken with Warner Bros. about it, but he wants more than a bare bones release. I couldn’t agree more. I know it’s kind of a cult film, but plenty of cult movies get excellent Blu-ray releases, and I think WB might be surprised at how many people want The Iron Giant to get the same treatment. As Bird points out, the only way to get an awesome The Iron Giant Blu-ray is to ask for it. Shoot @WBHomeEnt a tweet, and please be polite. And if you feel like crying today, hit the jump.
This week’s new Blu-ray releases are rather scarce, but they do include a new HD transfer of an underseen William Friedkin thriller and director Quentin Tarantino’s favorite film of 2013. Briefly:
It’s hard to know how to take Jackie Chan these days. The iconic action star turned 60 earlier this month, and his mileage is definitely showing. Movies like Chinese Zodiac appear to take that into account, using a lot of tricks and distractions to hide the fact that he simply can’t perform the eye-popping stunts that helped make him a household name. Recent films have tried to break him out of that mold completely, and this one seems to recognize the futility of the endeavor. Unfortunately, it can’t find a viable alternative, so it gussies up a scenario that the younger Chan would have eaten for breakfast. This time, too many cracks are showing. Hit the jump for my full Chinese Zodiac Blu-ray review.
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: