New to Blu-ray: IRON MAN 3, THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: Ultimate Collector’s Edition, HANNIBAL: Season One, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s bountiful new Blu-ray releases:

V/H/S/2 Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. V/H/S/2 opens today in limited release.]

The horror anthology sequel V/H/S/2 is a mixed bag, both in terms of the horror shorts it presents and the identity the franchise is trying to acquire. Arriving a year after its predecessor, it’s clear that V/H/S/2 is meant to be the first of what should be an ongoing series where fan-favorite indie directors step behind the camera to deliver a horror short. The sequel attempts to reduce the flabbier aspects of the original, but it also feels more standardized and therefore less exciting. Additionally, two of the four shorts come across as underdeveloped or rushed. But the ones that work are worth the price of admission, and make the strongest case for the existence of a V/H/S franchise.

Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto Talk V/H/S/2, Working as a Directorial Team, Future Collaborations, THE RAID 2, and More

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When it comes to Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto I’m a new, but passionate fan.  Last year Evans gave us The Raid: Redemption, a feature-length action masterpiece of balls-out violence and ass-kicking badassery.  Earlier this year Tjahjanto contributed the standout segment “L for Libido” to the horror anthology The ABC’s of Death, and managed to create horror landscape so perverse and captivating that when the short film’s few minutes were up I was, at the same time, glad it was over and dying to see more.  For V/H/S/2 Evans and Tjahjanto teamed up to give us “Safe Haven”, an epic slaughter grounded in a fascinating mythology that combines Evans’s visceral cinematic style with Tjanhanjto’s eye for twisted terrors.  For me, David Bruckner’s “Amateur Night” was the prize winner of the first V/H/S, and this time around it’s “Safe Haven” that stands as the absolute apex of the film’s achievements.

Last week I jumped on the phone for an interview with Evans and Tjahjanto.  We discussed their first time working as co-directors, the difficulty of staying within the time constraints, playing with the found footage format, the possibility of turning “Safe Haven” in to a feature film, Tjahjanto’s upcoming film The Night Comes for Us, and more. I also got a quick update on The Raid: Berandal.  V/H/S/2 also features segments by Jason EisenerAdam Wingard, Simon BarrettEduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale. Check out the full interview after the Jump.  Please be aware that there are some spoilers. 

Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett Talk V/H/S/2, Returning to the Found Footage Format, Why They Enjoy Anthologies, Their Partnership, and More

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If you’re not already familiar with Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, you probably will be soon.  The creative duo has been vitalizing the indie horror scene with their contributions to anthologies like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, and with their anticipated festival hit You’re Next finally coming to theaters in August and new projects already lined up (Dead Spy RunningThe Guest), Wingard and Barrett are poised to make quite an impression in the coming year.

For V/H/S/2, the team returns to the franchise with “Tape 49” and “Clinical Trials Phase 1”.  While V/H/S met with mixed reviews, the second installment has been praised as a leaner, meaner, more ambitious follow-up with higher stakes and bigger payoffs.  Earlier this week I jumped on the phone for an interview with Wingard and Barrett.  We discussed the lessons they learned on the first film, feeling more comfortable with the found footage format the second time around, what they like about working on anthology films, they’re success as creative partners, and more.  V/H/S/2 also features segments by Jason EisenerGareth Evans and Timo TjahtjantoEduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale.  Check out the full interview after the jump.

First Red-Band Trailer and New Images for V/H/S/2

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The first red-band trailer for horror anthology V/H/S/2 is now available along with a couple of new images.  There’s plenty of blood, boobs and scares to warrant the red-band tag on this particular trailer.  We get glimpses of group suicides, exploding bodies, monstrous creatures and lots and lots of aliens.  Looks like a worthy successor to the original and it’s only a few weeks away!

Directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans and Jason Eisener, V/H/S/2 will be on iTunes/On Demand June 6, 2013 and in theaters July 12, 2013.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out some new stills from the film.

New Posters for RUSH, THE WAY, WAY BACK, RED 2, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, CARRIE and V/H/S/2

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We’ve got quite a few new posters to share this evening.  Briefly:

  • Rush – The new poster for director Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, and Olivia Wilde.  The film opens on September 20, 2013.
  • The Way, Way Back – A new poster for the Sundance hit takes the film’s water park theme to heart.  The pic stars Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, and Toni Collette and opens on July 5th.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Red 2 – A couple of new character posters for the sequel showcase stars Helen Mirren and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  The film opens on July 19th.
  • Before Midnight – A photoshop heavy debut poster for the third film in Richard Linklater’s Before series.  The film stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and opens on May 24th.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Carrie – A new UK poster for director Kimberly Peirce’s remake shows the intensity of star Chloe Grace Moretz.  The film also stars Julianne Moore and opens on October 18th.
  • V/H/S/2 – The poster for the horror anthology sequel is rather teasing, but nonetheless straightforward.  The film opens on July 12th.  Read Matt’s review here.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.

SXSW 2013: V/H/S/2 Review

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The horror anthology sequel V/H/S/2 is a mixed bag, both in terms of the horror shorts it presents and the identity the franchise is trying to acquire.  Arriving a year after its predecessor, it’s clear that V/H/S/2 is meant to be the first of what should be an ongoing series where fan-favorite indie directors step behind the camera to deliver a horror short.  The sequel attempts to reduce the flabbier aspects of the original, but it also feels more standardized and therefore less exciting.  Additionally, two of the four shorts come across as underdeveloped or rushed.  But the ones that work are worth the price of admission, and make the strongest case for the existence of a V/H/S franchise.

Midnight and Shorts Lineups for SXSW 2013 Include LORDS OF SALEM, V/H/S/2, YOU’RE NEXT, and More

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Just last week the official lineup for the upcoming 2013 SXSW Film Festival was announced, and today the fest has unveiled its lineups for the midnight and shorts categories.  While films like Before Midnight, Much Ado About Nothing, Evil Dead, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will screen in the film festival’s other sections, the midnight lineup includes films like Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem, the anthology sequel V/H/S/2 (which recently changed its title from S-V/H/S), and the much buzzed-about horror pic You’re Next.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full lineup.

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