This week’s new home video releases include a couple of long-awaited box sets, an even longer cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (read our review here), and a classic from filmmaker D.W. Griffith. Briefly:
The finale of Showtime’s award-winning drama series Dexter is now in the books, but you can have all eight seasons together on Blu-ray/DVD in just a few weeks. Dexter: The Complete Series Collection will be released on Blu-ray/DVD in two collectible gift sets starting November 12th. The cheaper collection will run you $259.99 (43% off), and the deluxe edition will be $380.99 (30% off).
Hit the jump for more details and images for Dexter: The Complete Series Collection. In addition, Amazon is offering up to 60% off Dexter Seasons One Through Seven on Blu-ray.
The details for the highly-anticipated (speaking personally) home video release of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim are now available. The epic robot-vs-monster movie will be released on October 15th in a variety of formats, including digital downloads from all the usual suspects, plus:
- Limited Edition 3D Blu-ray Gift Pack
- 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack (3D Blu-ray/2D Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet)
- Blu-ray Combo Pack (2D Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet)
- Two-Disc Special Edition DVD
Pacific Rim stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman. Hit the jump for details on all of the various versions of Pacific Rim on home video, along with special features and box art images. You can also pre-order the Blu-ray on Amazon here.
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is 24: The Complete Series. When 24 first started airing, it was a moderate hit, but its popularity didn’t explode until it came to DVD. It was absolutely perfect for binge viewing. The show doesn’t really work in syndication because it had to be appointment viewing. DVD is the ideal format for the show, and now you can own all eight seasons plus 24: Redemption for $109.99, which is 69% off the MSRP of $349.98. That’s a good price to see hours upon hours of Jack Bauer screaming and torturing people. It will also get you ready for 24: Live Another Day, a 12-episode limited series that will air in May 2014.
Click here to buy the set. This deal will be good for today only.
The ultimate Twilight collectors set has finally been announced. While it was all but guaranteed that Twilight fans would be getting a comprehensive Blu-ray collection now that the Twilight saga is complete, we didn’t know for sure when the set might hit shelves. It was announced today that Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga will be released on both Blu-ray and DVD on November 5th, and it’s quite the set. The collection includes all 5 Twilight films on either 10 Blu-ray discs (plus Digital HD UltraViolet) or 12 DVDs, plus an exclusive photo album.
In addition to the over 10 hours of extras that have previously been released on home video, Twilight Forever includes over two hours of new bonus content, including retrospective interviews with the cast and previously unreleased behind-the-scenes footage. This is a pretty extensive collectors item, and should make for a swell holiday gift. Hit the jump to get a closer look at the box set and to read a full list of the special features.
If for some reason you thought The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey needed to be even longer and filled with material that slowed down the plot, then you should get ready for the upcoming extended edition. Warner Bros. will release the extended edition, which contains 13 minutes of additional footage, on digital platforms on October 22nd. On November 5th, the extended edition will be released on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD along with nearly nine hours of new bonus features. For me, that’s worth way more than the 13 extra minutes. Also, if nine hours of bonus features becomes the norm for each extended edition, that’s pretty damned impressive to have 27 hours of bonus material spread across three movies.
Hit the jump for full details and pricing. [Update: The first clip from the Extended Edition has been released online and is now included after the jump.]
Game of Thrones recently wrapped its third season, and now fans can get ready to relive all their favorite horrifying moments like The Red Wedding and Theon getting tortured to no end. The third season is set to arrive on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on February 18, 2014, and as HBO has done in past years, they’ll be releasing a special edition through Best Buy. But this time, fans will get to choose the box art for the set. The standard edition will be a slipcase with the dragon shadow from the poster. But for the special edition, fans can choose from the character posters, the sigils of boring houses Tyrell, Baratheon, and Tully, or the sigils for cool houses Stark, Targaryen, and Lannister. The only downside in voting for the last group is that they were already used in for past special edition box sets.
Hit the jump to find out how to vote, and click here to pre-order the standard edition.
In celebration of the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film Mama debuting on Blu-ray and DVD today, we were invited along to take a tour of the darker side of Hollywood. Sure, it’s all fame and fortune for the relative few who make it in this town, but the ones who came close – and the stars who think themselves invincible – sometimes meet a grisly end. In this city of glitz and glamour there’s plenty of gruesome gore to be found, and the folks at Starline Tours know just where to look. Hit the jump to come along on our recap of the tour that took us through some of Hollywood’s most famous haunts and be sure to check out writer-director Andres Muschietti’s Mama, now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is a big one. The site is offering the massive, super-duper special edition Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection for $249.99, which is 50% off its normal price. If you ever considered picking up this bad boy, today’s the day to do it. It contains all 8 movies on Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet plus all previously released materials, more than 10 hours of new-to-disc bonus content, and 5 hours of never-before-seen material. There are also other fun goodies such as a fabric map of Hogwart’s, a blueprint of the school’s interior, a set of concept art prints, a set of sketch prints, a replica of Voldemort’s Horcrux locket, and two books containing images of key props and labels from the production. You’re going to get your money’s worth. Remember, Gold Box Deals are only good until midnight, or until supplies run out.
Click here to go buy it.
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We have a new trailer today for Sexy Evil Genius, the feature debut from TV series director Shawn Piller (Haven). Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) stars as Nikki, the ex-girlfriend with severe abandonment issues who invites all of her former lovers out to a bar and lures them into a sadistic game of revenge. If nothing else, this trailer is worth a watch for Sackhoff’s fantastic evil laugh.
Also starring Seth Green, William Baldwin, Michelle Trachtenberg and Harold Perrineau, Sexy Evil Genius will be available on DVD and Digital Download on April 9th. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out some stills from the movie.
Double-dipping is a dirty word among movie fans, who have grown increasingly weary of shelling out more money for a multiple versions of a given film. There can be a benefit to the practice, however, especially for consumers eager to pick up multiple movies quickly and efficiently without a lot of fuss. Warner Bros – one of the most notorious practitioners of double-dipping – has recently dived into its archives for a series of “Best of” DVD Collections. Their Best Picture compilation – consisting of 20 films that snagged the top trophy their respective years – ranks as one of the most reliable, marred by a few embarrassing hiccups. Hit the jump for my full review.
Mid-March has been claimed by The Hobbit. Warner Bros. has announced that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be arriving on Digital Download on March 12th. For those who want to wait a week, the film will arrive on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and 2-Disc DVD Special Edition on March 19th. Furthermore, Peter Jackson will host a live first look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Sunday, March 24th at 3:00 PM EST. If you want in, you’ll have to have the UltraViolet code that comes when you buy the 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, or DVD. An edited version will be archived on the official website (and I’m sure it will be bootlegged to hell during the live-stream).
Hit the jump for a full list of special features. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be available on 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on 5-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, and on 2-Disc DVD Special Edition for $28.98 (All prices MSRP). The press release doesn’t say if the 3D Blu-ray will run at 48fps (I don’t know if that’s even possible).
Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s perplexing drama The Master was certainly one of the most thought-provoking films of 2012, and now you can continue to (attempt to) unravel the puzzle at home with the Blu-ray and DVD release. The Weinstein Company announced today that The Master will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 26th. The combo pack’s special features include “Back Beyond,” which is a collection of outtakes and additional scenes edited to music by composer Johnny Greenwood, “Unguided Message,” which is an 8-minute short/behind-the-scenes look at the film, and a group of teasers and trailers which as we all know included footage not shown in the film.
As a bonus, an additional special feature will be added to the combo pack by way of John Huston’s fantastic 1946 documentary about WWII veterans Let There Be Light. Hit the jump to check out the full press release and cover art.
Though we previously saw a leak of some possible special features and specs, the official details regarding the Blu-ray release of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus have finally been unveiled. Two versions of the film will be available: a basic, 2-disc Blu-ray, and a special features-packed 4-disc collector’s edition. The collector’s edition includes both the 2D and 3D versions of the film as well as a DVD and digital copy, but the real treasure is in the extras. A whopping seven hours of special features are included on the collector’s edition including two sets of commentaries (yes, Damon Lindelof did one), 15 minutes of deleted scenes, and five featurettes.
A Blu-ray trailer has landed online that teases the multitude of extras, and it promises that “questions will be answered.” In the video we see Scott tease that we’ll “find out who this race was” in the sequel to Prometheus, and some hotly discussed issues (such as whether this is the same planet as in Alien) are addressed. Moreover, another video has surfaced in which Scott explains that seeing The Social Network convinced him to shoot Prometheus using the RED camera. Hit the jump for much more.
Next month, Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus will hit Blu-ray, and it will contain a slew of special features including 15 minutes of deleted scenes. One of those scenes will let us listen to the Engineer’s voice. You may recall [spoilers for those who haven't seen the movie yet] that the Engineer stays silent when David speaks to him (click here for what David (Michael Fassbender) said). In the deleted scene, we hear that the Engineer speaks in a guttural voice, which fits the character’s size and build, but doesn’t feel too original. Prometheus has a lot of problems, but letting the Engineer stay silent and mysterious isn’t one of them.
An unused track from the film has also leaked online, and it was reportedly supposed to be used during the scene where Shaw (Noomi Rapace) ventures out into a storm to retrieve the decapitated head of an Engineer. I’m not sure if the music would have fit the scene (I only saw the movie once), but it would certainly fit a bevy of trailers for sci-fi action movies. Hit the jump to check out the deleted scene and the unused track. Prometheus hits Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on October 11th.