New to Blu-ray: THE MAZE RUNNER, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, THE SKELETON TWINS, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the year’s most successful YA adaptations, a reboot of a popular comic book property, an underrated indie featuring two SNL alums, and more.  Briefly:

New to Blu-ray: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, FRANK, TIME BANDITS Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the most popular films of the year, a wonderfully odd movie starring Michael Fassbender in a mask, the latest season of a sci-fi favorite, a Criterion upgrade for a Terry Gilliam film, and more.  Briefly:

HBO Confirms THE WIRE Has Been Remastered in HD; Will Be Available on HBO Go Starting December 26th

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A few months ago, word surfaced that HBO was working on remastering one of the best TV shows of all time, The Wire, for HD.  It was a curious prospect because creator/showrunner David Simon eschewed HD widescreen framing for the entirety of the show’s run, noting that the SD 4×3 aspect ratio was more like real life, and The Wire was not intended to play as a movie.  Alas, the report of HBO’s HD tinkering with the series has now officially been confirmed, as the network has announced that the remastered version of The Wire will be made available on HBO Go starting December 26th, followed by the HD edition of the series going up for digital purchase on January 5, 2015.  However, the network also confirmed that this new version of The Wire has a wholly different aspect ratio.  More after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, THE STRAIN, LEGEND OF KORRA Book Three, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include an ape-tastic sequel, the first season of Guillermo del Toro’s foray into television, the third season of a beloved animated series, and more.  Briefly:

Mondo Announces BOYHOOD SteelBook with 76 Minutes of Bonus Features

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Not only is Richard Linklater’s Boyhood a fantastic film, but it’s also quite the cinematic achievement.  Just in case you don’t know, Linklater completed the film over the span of 12 years and did so with the same cast and crew.  The movie begins with five-year-old Mason Jr. and sticks with him until he turns 18 with Ellar Coltrane portraying the character all the way through.

Mondo just announced that Boyhood will be Mondo x SteelBook #002.  If you’re in Canada, you’ll have two versions to choose from, a standard edition and a hand-numbered variant with a 16-page booklet.  Per usual, Mondo is only selling a select number of both copies, 4,000 of the standard edition and 2,000 of the variant to be exact, so you might have to act fast if you want to get your hands on it.  Hit the jump for more on the Mondo Boyhood SteelBook.

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Crack Up in Exclusive Featurette Clip from THE SKELETON TWINS Blu-ray

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One of the best films I saw at Sundance this past January was director Craig Johnson’s dark comedy The Skeleton Twins.  The film stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged twin siblings who are drawn back together after Hader’s character tries to commit suicide.  It’s at once sweet, funny, and sad, and Hader turns in a genuinely terrific dramatic performance.  Despite the serious subject matter, the picture has well-placed moments of humor, and in anticipation of the film’s release on home video, we here at Collider have been provided with an exclusive clip from one of the featurettes.  This behind-the-scenes clip focuses on the improvisation in the picture, with candid (and very funny) footage of Hader and Wiig trying to keep it together on set.

Watch the Skeleton Twins featurette after the jump.  The film will be released on Digital HD on December 2nd and on Blu-ray/DVD on December 16th.  I highly recommend checking it out.

Blu-ray Deal: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: EXTENDED EDITION for $29.99 (75% Off)

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There are plenty of good deals going down or about to go down ahead of Black Friday, and a great deal is now available for Lord of the Rings fans.  Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is The Lord of the Rings: Extended Editions for $29.99, which is 75% off the MSRP.  This is probably the best deal you’ll find on this set for a very long time, and even if you have the Extended Editions on DVD, the transfers are top-notch.  If you’ve thought about getting this set, today’s the day to pull the trigger.  Click here to buy.  Remember, Gold Box Deals expire at the end of the day.

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Sylvester Stallone Says THE EXPENDABLES 4 Will Be More Violent; Admits The PG-13 Rating For THE EXPENDABLES 3 Was a Mistake

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There was a lot of backlash when The Expendables 3 was rated PG-13 in order to garner a wider audience.  Between that move and the unfortunate leak that occurred several weeks before the film’s release, the sequel didn’t really hit the box office with its best foot forward.  And now franchise creator Sylvester Stallone is weighing in by saying that rating the film for more family friendly audiences was a “horrible miscalculation.”  Incidentally, he says this on the eve of the film’s Blu-ray release, which will feature an unrated version of the picture.  He also promises that The Expendables 4, should it happen, will be more violent.

Hit the jump Stallone’s comments on The Expendables 3 rating.  The film (along with the unrated cut) arrives in a Blu-ray combo pack (with Digital HD) on November 25th.  Mel GibsonHarrison FordWesley SnipesArnold SchwarzeneggerKelsey Grammer, Antonio BanderasJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry CrewsKellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor Ortiz, and Glen Powell also star.

New to Blu-ray: 22 JUMP STREET, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, THE WIND RISES, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the best comedy sequels ever made, another sequel that was at one point highly anticipated but bombed on release, a Frank Capra classic on Criterion, HD upgrades for Studio Ghibli fetaures, and more.  Briefly:

HERCULES Blu-ray Review

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In the words of the big man himself, Dwayne Johnson was born to play Hercules.  With apologies to Kellan Lutz, there’s only one man in Hollywood these days that could convince audiences that he bested the Nemean Lion, beheaded the Lernaean Hydra, and beat back the Erymanthian Boar, and that man is The Rock.  Unfortunately, Brett Ratner’s take on the Hercules legend chose not to explore the hero’s twelve labors, but to adapt Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya’s graphic novel, “Hercules: The Thracian Wars.”  Perhaps if that had been communicated more clearly in the film’s marketing, audiences (and maybe even critics) would have given Hercules more of a chance, since it’s a surprisingly fun action-adventure film that lets Johnson swing away while surrounding him with a strong supporting cast.  Now that the film’s available on Blu-ray, you can check it out for yourself.

Hit the jump for our Hercules Blu-ray review.

BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM Blu-ray Review

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Batman: Assault on Arkham, the latest effort from DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, casts Batman aside (for the most part) in order to focus on Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad.  The anti-hero team has gotten quite a bit of press lately for its planned live-action adaptation, so now’s a great time to take a look at one of the Suicide Squad’s animated iterations, now available on Blu-ray.

While Batman: Assault on Arkham takes the opportunity to cast Batman villains in lead roles, it doesn’t come close to exploring all the potential those characters offer.  The voice acting is spot on as usual and the animation style is a visual joy, but the half-baked plot and immature on-screen antics makes this a weak adaptation rather than a must-have addition to your collection.  Hit the jump for our Batman: Assault on Arkham Blu-ray review.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Blu-ray Clip: James Gunn on Designing Dancing Baby Groot

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There’s a lot to love about James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but when you wrap up your film with a baby version of one of the most lovable characters of the year dancing to the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” it’s bound to be one of the biggest takeaways.  In fact, dancing baby Groot became such a hit, an officially licensed toy version of the little guy is due in stores in December.

On top of that, come December 9th you can watch baby Groot dance it up all you want because that’s when the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray arrives and it includes bonus material covering how Gunn went about designing the character.  Hit the jump for a brief preview of the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray featurette.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Blu-ray Trailer Features Footage From AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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With the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-ray, Marvel has released a trailer highlighting not only the film, but the special features contained on the disc as well. Among those you’ll find some deleted scenes (like today’s spat between Gamora and Nebula), a behind-the-scenes look at the film with writer/director James Gunn and an exclusive look at Avengers: Age of Ultron. The newly released trailer has a few seconds of footage from that film as well.

Hit the jump to check out the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray trailer.  The film hits shelves on December 9th, and stars Chris Pratt, Dave BautistaLee PaceGlenn CloseBenicio Del Toro, Zoe Saldana, Karen GillanMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz and features the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.  Click here and here for more clips from the Blu-ray, and click here to pre-order.

James Gunn Discusses the Music on Morag and Chris Pratt Shows Off the Xander Crash Site Set in 2 New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Blu-ray Clips

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With the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray less than a month away, the promotional material is starting to pour in.  Yesterday we brought you that 16-bit teaser and now we’ve got two new clips from some of the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray featurettes to go along with it.  One focuses on director James Gunn’s use of music during the Morag scene and the other offers a peek at what it was like working on the Xander crash site set.

Hit the jump to check out the latest Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray clips and click here to pre-order the film, which hit shelves on December 9th.  Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris PrattZoe SaldanaDave BautistaLee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz and features the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.  [Update: We've added another clip featuring Cooper and Gunn talking about the voice of Rocket]

New to Blu-ray: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, BATMAN: The Complete TV Series, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS – The Lost Missions, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the best animated films of the year, a wrap-up for a recently cancelled TV series, a classic TV show on Blu-ray for the first time ever, a musical from Clint Eastwood, and more.  Briefly:

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