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.

New to Blu-ray: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXCTINCTION, CHEF, 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest explosion-filled effort from Michael Bay, a small-scale indie from Jon Favreau, the return of Jack Bauer, and more.  Briefly:

Exclusive CHEF Food Truck Graphics Celebrate Jon Favreau’s Filmography in Pun-Tastic Fashion

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After making three films on a very large scale (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Cowboys & Aliens), director Jon Favreau opted to go much smaller on his most recent feature, Chef.  The result is a character-centric dramedy about a man who starts up a food truck business in the hopes of reconnecting with his family and getting back in touch with his artistic freedom.  In conjunction of Chef’s release on Blu-ray and DVD today, we here at Collider have been provided with four exclusive Chef food truck graphics that bring the punnery to Favreau’s filmography.  Stop by the Elf Eatery for some breakfast food, or hit up the Swingers truck for cocktails and wings.

Take a look at the Chef food truck graphics after the jump, and click here to buy the film on Blu-ray.

STAR TREK: THE COMPENDIUM Blu-ray Review

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Paramount committed an egregious faux pas last year with its release of Star Trek: Into Darkness by sprinkling different extras on different Blu-rays.  If you bought your disc at Target, you got one set of extras.  If you bought it at Best Buy, you got a different set.  If you wanted all of them, you basically had to buy multiple copies of the same movie, then vent your fiery wrath across the Internet.  Trekkies hit the roof and with good reason: it took the double-dipping crime to a whole new level.  The new Star Trek Compendium is intended to correct that issue, and I suppose it does… if you’re waiting for all those features in a single collection.  Unfortunately, it compounds the original sin with a whole new one and slaps a higher price on the results in the bargain.  That leaves a sour taste behind for a collection that should have come as a huge relief to long-suffering fans.  Hit the jump for my full review.

Exclusive TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Concept Art Gives You an Early Look at Michael Bay’s Film

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As Transformers: Age of Extinction gears up for its Blu-ray release we’re getting a peak at some of the special features of the disc and they’re certainly impressive.  In a time when supplementary features seem to be on the wane, this one definitely seems like it’s going all out which is something I certainly appreciate.  Michael Bay is definitely a master craftsman in many regards, so getting a look at his process is fascinating.

We have some exclusive concept images to share with you guys that take a look at the evolution of some of the designs of the film.  Hit the jump for the exclusive Transformers: Age of Extinction concept art.  The movie hits Blu-ray tomorrow.  Click here to buy it on Amazon.

GHOSTBUSTERS and GHOSTBUSTERS II (Mastered in 4K) Blu-ray Reviews

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Ghostbusters was a cultural phenomenon, and hasn’t left pop culture since it was released in 1984.  Then again, it would be hard to forget considering co-writer Dan Aykroyd has been promising a third entry in the franchise since the nineties.  To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the first film (and the twenty-fifth of the sequel Ghostbusters II) Sony has packaged both together with new extras and the best transfers yet of the films.  The first film remains a classic, while the sequel is not without pleasures.  Both star Bill Murray, Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts, and both were directed by Ivan Reitman.  My review of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II on Blu-ray follows after the jump. 

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