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.

New to Blu-ray: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended Edition, MALEFICENT, THE SOPRANOS Complete Series, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the Extended Edition of the second Hobbit movie, quite possibly the greatest TV series ever made in HD form, an Angelina Jolie-fronted Disney redo, one of the summer’s bigger bombs, one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final performances, a twisty indie, and more.  Briefly:

New to Blu-ray: LOCKE, MUPPETS MOST WANTED, HERCULES, FILTH, BREATHE IN, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a wonderfully compelling drama told entirely from the confines of a car, a quartet of older animated Disney films getting an HD upgrade, a new Muppet movie, and more.  Briefly:

Weekend Box Office: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Lands with $94 Million

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The fact that we all saw it coming doesn’t make it any less impressive.  Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has just set a new opening record for August with an estimated $94 million.  In fact, ‘demolished’ is probably a more accurate term.  The previous box office benchmark was $69.3 million, set back in 2007 by The Bourne Ultimatum.  The weekend’s other new release, the James Brown biopic Get On Up, came in third with an estimated $14 million.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Guardians of the Galaxy $94,000,000 $94
2.  Lucy $18,300,000 $71
3.  Get On Up $14,000,000 $14
4.  Hercules $10,700,000 $52.3
5.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $8,700,000 $189.3
6.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $6,424,000 $47.6
7.  The Purge: Anarchy $5,551,000 $62.9
8.  Sex Tape $3,550,000 $33.9
9.  And So It Goes $3,344,000 $10.4
10.  A Most Wanted Man $3,324,000 $7

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Weekend Box Office: LUCY Shines with $44 Million; HERCULES Takes Second with $29 Million

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2014’s summer box office got a rare ray of sunshine this weekend thanks to Lucy.  The sci-fi/action pic easily claimed first place with an estimated $44 million from 3,173 locations – the highest debut for star Scarlett Johansson outside of her Marvel Universe appearances.   Hercules had to settle for a second place, though the action/adventure’s estimated $29 million from 3,595 locations also beat expectations.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Lucy $44,025,000 $44
2.  Hercules $29,000,000 $29
3.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $16,400,000 $172
4.  The Purge: Anarchy $9,896,000 $51.2
5.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $9,303,000 $35.1
6.  Sex Tape $5,975,000 $26.8
7.  Transformers: Age of Extinction $4,600,000 $236.3
8.  And So It Goes $4,552,000 $4.5
9.  Tammy $3,400,000 $78.1
10.  A Most Wanted Man $2,717,000 $2.7

 

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Friday Box Office: LUCY Shows More Muscle Than HERCULES on Opening Day

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It looks like Universal’s decision to move up the release date for Lucy will go down as one of the summer’s smartest plays.  Director Luc Besson’s sci-fi pic was supposed to open in August – not exactly an endorsement of its strong box office potential.  But arriving two weeks earlier than planned, Lucy is now aiming for one of the best sci-fi debuts of 2014 with at least $45 million.  That’s double what the R-rated title was originally projected to earn and is more than enough to make fellow newcomer Hercules look puny by comparison.  The action pic starring Dwayne Johnson came in second on Friday and should earn $28 million on its debut weekend.  That’s right on track with early projections for the film, though the number was supposed to equal a first place finish for the son of Zeus.

Hit the jump for Friday’s top five.

HERCULES Images: Dwayne Johnson Battles a Lion, a Giant Boar, and Puny Humans

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Paramount Pictures has released a collection of high-resolution Hercules images from director Brett Ratner’s upcoming sword-and-sandals actioner.  The film is a revisionist take on the classic myth and takes place after Hercules’ famous twelve labors, as we find him “traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.”  Dwayne Johnson takes on the lead role this time around, and as gleaned by these new images, he looks to have his hands full with plenty of foes—both human and non-human.  Also clear from these new images: the man can wear the hell out of a lion hat.

Hit the jump to check out the new Hercules images.  The film also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina Shayk.  Hercules opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 25th.

Extended HERCULES TV Spot: Dwayne Johnson Battles a Hydra

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Paramount Pictures has released a new, extended Hercules TV spot for director Brett Ratner’s upcoming actioner.  The “revisionist take” on the classic myth takes place after Hercules’ famous twelve labors, as we find him “traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.”  This new footage sells the film’s action angle quite hard, while also revealing that Johnson won’t be denied a few entertaining quips here and there.  I’m a big fan of Johnson, but I’m finding it hard to get excited about Hercules.  The phrases “Inspired” and “Directed by Brett Ratner” don’t exactly go together, but I was hoping for at least some sense of something new or interesting here.  Johnson’s charisma goes a long way, though, so hopefully his presence makes the pic worthwhile.

Hit the jump to watch the new Hercules TV spot.  The film also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina ShaykHercules opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 25th.

HERCULES Motion Poster, Plus New Posters for MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, SEX TAPE, THE BEST OF ME, and THE CAPTIVE

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Some new posters have landed online.  Briefly:

  • Hercules – A new Hercules motion poster for director Brett Ratner’s sword-and-sandals take on the classic story teases the “Dwayne Johnson vs. Lion” showdown.  The film opens in theaters on July 25th.
  • Magic in the Moonlight – A debut international poster for writer/director Woody Allen’s latest shows the skeptical Colin Firth as Emma Stone’s character supposedly communicates with spirits.  The film opens stateside on July 25th.
  • Sex Tape – A new poster for director Jake Kasdan’s comedy puts a playful spin on the technology-enhanced premise.  Starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, the film opens on July 18th.
  • The Best of Me – A familiar debut poster for the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan.  The film opens on October 17th.
  • The Captive – A striking first poster for director Atom Egoyan’s upcoming drama, starring Ryan Reynolds.  The film opens in theaters on September 5th.

Hit the jump to check out posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.

New Posters for TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, HERCULES, EARTH TO ECHO, ADDICTED, and LUCY

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We’ve got a selection of new posters from the following films:

  • AddictedBille Woodruff’s drama starring Kat Graham, Boris Kodjoe, and Sharon Leal opens October 10th.
  • Earth to EchoDave Green’s sci-fi family film starring Teo HalmBrian “Astro” BradleyReese Hartwig, and Ella Linnea Wahlestedt opens July 2nd.
  • HerculesBrett Ratner’s mythological epic starring Dwayne JohnsonJohn HurtIan McShaneJoseph FiennesPeter MullanRufus SewellRobert Maillet, and Irina Shayk opens July 25th.
  • LucyLuc Besson’s action-thriller starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman also opens July 25, 2014.
  • Transformers: Age of ExtinctionMichael Bay’s fourth installment that stars Mark WahlbergNicola PeltzJack ReynorStanley TucciKelsey GrammerSophia MylesLi BingbingT.J. MillerHan Geng, and Titus Welliver opens June 27th.

Hit the jump to check out the new posters.

New HERCULES Trailer: Dwayne Johnson Is the Demigod of War

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Paramount has released a new Hercules trailer and poster.  Director Brett Ratner‘s “revisionist take on the classic myth” takes place after Hercules’ famous twelve labors, and has him “traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.”  As this new trailer shows, there’s a bit of God of War in the mix as the violent hero’s innocent family is killed by the gods, so the hero goes to take violent revenge.  And while I’m sure Hercules will be far less of a dick than God of War‘s Kratos, there will still be plenty of battles against Greek mythological monsters.

Hit the jump to check out the Hercules trailer and poster.  The film opens in 3D on July 25th and stars Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina Shayk.

First TV Spot for Brett Ratner’s HERCULES Starring Dwayne Johnson

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The first TV spot for Brett Ratner‘s Hercules has gone online.  Not to be confused with the Hercules movie that came out earlier this year, Ratner’s take on the Greek legend is billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.”  The story takes place after Hercules’ famous twelve labors, and has him “traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.”  This TV spot contains some new footage including Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) throwing a goddamn horse.

Hit the jump to check out the Hercules TV spot.  The film also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina ShaykHercules opens in 3D on July 25th.

First Clip from HERCULES Starring Dwayne Johnson

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On the heels of the first trailer, Paramount has released a Hercules clip with new footage.  Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) and his army walk into a trap set by ferocious, painted warriors.  Hercules puts on his lion head, declares he is not afraid, and then . . . the clip cuts away.

John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina Shayk also star.  Brett Ratner directed the July 25 release.  Check out our interview with Johnson here and watch the Hercules clip after the jump.

Dwayne Johnson Talks HERCULES, Using Yak Hair, Working with Brett Ratner, Almost Getting Russell Crowe on Board, and More

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Last week at CinemaCon, I was able to participate in a great roundtable interview with Dwayne Johnson for his upcoming film Hercules.  Not to be confused with the Hercules movie that came out earlier this year, Brett Ratner’s take on the Greek legend is billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.”  The story takes place after Hercules’ famous 12 labors, and has him “traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.”  As you can see in the trailer, Johnson looks like he’s having a lot of fun in the role.  The film also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph FiennesPeter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina ShaykHercules opens in 3D on July 25th.

During the extended interview Johnson talked about how the project came together, the tone (which he compares to Gladiator and 300), his look in the film and why he wanted it to stay under wraps during production, why he wanted Ratner to direct, how it’ll be PG-13 but they “pushed the limit,” why they filmed in Budapest, and so much more.  In addition, Johnson revealed they almost got Russell Crowe in the film but “we just couldn’t make the schedules align.”  Hit the jump for the interview.

CinemaCon Video Blog: TRANSFORMERS 4,TMNT, LUCY, FAST & FURIOUS 7, UNBROKEN, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, MINIONS, JURASSIC WORLD, and More

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With CinemaCon in full swing in Las Vegas, over the past 24 hours I’ve managed to see the first footage from a lot of upcoming movies from Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios.  Yesterday, Paramount unveiled the first teaser trailers for Hercules and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a lot of footage from Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Today, Universal showed attendees footage from Luc Besson’s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken (which looks like it’s going to be an awards contender), Fifty Shades of Grey, Fast & Furious 7, Minions, Dumb and Dumber To, a CGI-only trailer with voice over for Jurassic World, and a lot more.  Like previous years, Universal’s presentation really impressed me with the wide variety of great looking movies.  Hit the jump for more.

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