This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a serious Oscar contender, an emotional father-son story, an 80s throwback, and more. Briefly:
Well it’s not every day we get to give away a frickin’ sword here at Collider, but today is that day! You can win an actual sword used in the production of director Yusry Kru’s Vikingdom, along with a poster and a copy of the movie on DVD. Starring Dominic Purcell, Conan Stevens, Natassia Malthe, Craig Fairbrass, and Jon Foo, Vikingdom centers on the forgotten King Eirick (Purcell) as he battles his way from hell and beyond to retrieve the mystical artifact, Odin’s Horn, before Thor and his army can unleash its powers to conquer the world.
Vikingdom is available now on DVD and Digital Download by Epic Pictures Releasing. Hit the jump to see how you can win!
The 1960s Batman TV series a camp classic and delightful take on the famous character. Some like him dark and brooding, but there’s no denying the fun of Adam West’s performance as the caped crusader, the “WHAM!” and “POW” title cards, and the unforgettable theme song just to name a few. However, aside from the 1966 movie, the series has been unavailable on home release due to legal entanglements regarding ownership. Thankfully, it looks like that obstacle has finally been overcome because the series is finally getting an official release. Conan O’Brien made the announcement on his Twitter feed. There are currently no other details other than Warner Bros. will release all 120 episodes together in a complete series box set.
Hit the jump to check out Conan’s tweet, which includes a photo of him standing next to the classic Batmobile. And be sure to check back with us as we get more details on this set. Same Bat-time. Same Bat-channel.
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).