This week on Blu-ray a Best Picture favorite comes to home video, the second season of an incredibly addicting HBO series hits HD, and a classic Pixar title finally gets a Blu-ray release. Briefly:
Hit the jump for special features details on all of the aforementioned releases.
‘Tis the season for lots of movies, fa la la la… oh, you know the rest. Always a crowded period, this holiday season saw Hollywood’s major releases packed into just a seven day span – leaving The Hobbit plenty of room to grow into a blockbuster. Part one of Peter Jackson’s trilogy ended its first week with $113.2 million in the US, and added another $10.1 million (estimated) to that total yesterday. Despite an onslaught of new titles – including Jack Reacher and This is 40 on Friday – An Unexpected Journey is expected to stay on top until Christmas Day, when Les Miserables has a chance to unseat it.
Here’s a look at Friday’s top five:
|| The Hobbit
|| Jack Reacher
|| This is 40
|| Rise of the Guardians
|| The Guilt Trip
This past weekend, I was invited to participate in a collegiate experience for Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, the prequel to 2001′s Monsters, Inc. Directed by Dan Scanlon (Tracy), Monsters University features the returning vocal talent of John Goodman as Sulley, Billy Crystal as Mike Wazowski and Steve Buscemi as Randall Boggs and takes place when the monsters were cutting their teeth in college. To get into the school spirit, we were invited to USC’s campus to attend a tailgate and the game against #1 ranked Notre Dame. But the real highlight of the day was getting to see not only a post-converted scene from the upcoming re-release of Monsters, Inc. in 3D, but the first footage from Monsters University itself!
Monsters, Inc. 3D screams into theaters starting December 19th, which will have to tide you over until the release of Monsters University on June 21st, 2013. Hit the jump for my review of the sneak peek footage.
The first trailer for Monsters Inc. 3D has been released. Since the smashing success of the 3D re-release of The Lion King, Disney has committed to bringing a number of the studio’s classics back to theaters in the 3D format. Pixar’s bounty of films is a natural fit, and in addition to Finding Nemo 3D later this month we’ll see the return of the loveable duo of Mike and Sully from Monsters. Inc this December. The Pete Docter-directed comedy ranks high on my personal list of Pixar favorites so I’m jazzed to see it on the big screen once again. Moreover, the engagement will act as a nice refresher before the release of Pixar’s prequel, Monsters University, next summer.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Monsters Inc. 3D opens on December 19th.
We’ve got some sci-fi, some comedy, some animated family fun and some drama in our poster round-up today. Let’s get to it:
- Looper, from director Rian Johnson and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, opens September 28th.
- That’s What She Said, a raunchy comedy starring Anne Heche, Alia Shawkat and Marcia Debonis, opens October 19th.
- Monsters, Inc. 3D will be re-released in theaters starting Wednesday, December 19th (just in time for the holidays).
- Arbitrage, a dramatic thriller starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Brit Marling, opens September 14th.
Hit the jump to see the new posters (via IMPAwards) along with the films’ synopses.
A couple of release date shifts have been announced. First up, Disney has made the decision to move the 3D re-release of Monsters Inc. up from January 18th, 2013 to the incredibly crowded holiday weekend of December 19th, 2012 (per Box Office Mojo). That date is already host to Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, the Tom Cruise actioner Jack Reacher, and Kathryn Bigelow’s war drama Zero Dark Thirty, not to mention Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby, and the Seth Rogen/Barbra Streisand comedy The Guilt Trip opening just five days later.
Hit the jump for more, including why this might be a smart move for Disney and release date news for Runner Runner.