Warner Brothers had a catalog dump, and so now we’ve got Dave, The American President, Queen of the Damned and The Devil’s Advocate on Blu-ray. These come from directors Ivan Reitman, Rob Reiner, Michael Rymer, and Taylor Hackford, and star Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Stuart Townsend, Alliyah, Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino respectively. And our reviews of the lot follow after the jump.
It’s another great week for Blu-ray as Joss Whedon’s Marvel Phase One capper The Avengers hits home video, 22 Bond films get a stellar collector’s set release with Bond 50, and Part 1 of the animated adaptation of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns hits stores. Briefly:
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Just in time for the presidential election, the hit romantic comedy Dave, from director Ivan Reitman and screenwriter Gary Ross, debuts on Blu-ray on September 25th, for the first time since its 1993 theatrical release. The film tells the story about what happens when the U.S. President goes into a coma and a mild-mannered office manager, named Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline), with an uncanny resemblance is hired to impersonate him and fool not only an entire country, but also an increasingly suspicious First Lady (Sigourney Weaver).
At a press day for the Blu-ray release, director Ivan Reitman and producer Lauren Shuler Donner talked about how Gary Ross came to write the film, how the script was developed, what made Kevin Kline the right actor to pull off the dual role, why Sigourney Weaver was the perfect First Lady, and how they think young audiences will react to the film today. Reitman also talked about the huge interest in sequels these days, the status of another Ghostbusters film and the Twins sequel, Triplets, and how he thinks audiences will be knocked out by the story they’re telling in Hitchcock (due out November 23rd and starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren), which he’s producing, and Shuler Donner talked about the importance of focusing on character when you’re making superhero movies, like she’s done with the X-Men films. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
With Warner Bros. releasing Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray next week, earlier today I got to sit down with director Richard Donner to talk about the first two Superman movies. While the last decade has seen some exceptional comic book adaptations, Donner’s Superman is still one of my favorite films and it’s definitely one of the best comic book movies ever made. Even though it’s thirty something years old, the original Superman was the first time I believed a man could fly, and it’s a benchmark that every studio should look to when trying to bring a comic book to life.
Even though I could’ve talked to Donner for hours about what it was like to make the “Man of Steel’s” first two movies, with only ten minutes, I had to limit my questions. We talked about how Superman and Lois got back to civilization after he lost his powers in Superman II, when he first knew they could make people believe a man could fly, his reaction to being asked to complete his version of Superman II, and what’s up with the Goonies musical and Dave on Broadway. If you’re a fan of the first two Superman movies, I promise you’ll enjoy this interview.
At last night’s Saturn Awards, I was able to speak with director Richard Donner and Lauren Shuler Donner on the Red Carpet before the show. During the extended interview they both talked about how they’re trying to bring The Goonies and Dave to Broadway. And if you’re a fan of the X-Men movies, Shuler Donner talked about where they are with Deadpool and X-Men: First Class.
But the interesting thing I learned last night is Shuler Donner wants to produce Wonder Woman and she’s currently campaigning to get the job. You can see what she said about that project and everything else after the jump. I’ve time indexed the interview so you can watch the parts that interest you: