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When one thinks of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films, "hilarious hijinks" is probably not the first thing that springs to mind. Yet, that’s what we have to share today in this amusing clip of bloopers and gag reel material from the filmmaker’s second foray into a place where "no man has gone before", Star Trek Into Darkness.
Those who are still using Netflix's DVD service may find that your shipments have been processing a bit slower. That might be the case if you're in the habit of mailing back your DVD too close to the weekend, as Netflix is no longer processing shipments on Saturday.
Soon, Blockbuster will be no more. The truth is, for many of us, the store has been history for a while, but news that the chain of video stores is closing its last remaining doors is reason enough to wax nostalgic over the place it had in many of our video-watching lives. When factoring in my own personal history with home video, Blockbuster was really just a blip on a timeline full of more memorable ways to get my movie fix.
2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of Steven Spielberg's Oscar winning film Schindler's List, and Universal is acknowledging the milestone by giving the film a Blu-ray release with a 20th Anniversary Limited Edition. Set to arrive in March, the Blu-ray Combo Pack will include the film on Blu-ray and DVD as well a digital copy and UltraViolet.
Bart Layton’s The Imposter premiered to acclaim at the 2012 Sundance Festival. The film went on to air at other international and local festivals, earning the Grand Jury Documentary prize at the Miami International Film festival. The bottom line: a lot of people like it, and if you have gotten a chance to catch the documentary, you’ll be able to do so when The Imposter hits DVD on January 22, 2013.
In 1949, the biblical tale was told in the theatrical epic Samson and Delilah, which was later nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two. More than sixty years later, Paramount Home Entertainment has restored the classic film, making it available on DVD for the first time ever on March 12, 2013.
I know very little about the Lithuanian basketball team, who medaled in the sport during the 1992 Olympics, the same year Jordan, Pippin, Byrd, Johnson, and Barkley tore up the floor to win gold. The U.S. men’s basketball team has gone on to become a legendary story, but for director Marius A. Markevičius, the better story was the tell of the Lithuanian team’s journey out of the Iron Curtain and on to the world’s stage at the Olympics games.
The first flick popping on to DVD is Annie Clause is Coming to Town, a flick that inconceivably places Santa’s daughter, Annie, in modern day Los Angeles, where she must choose a new mate to take over as Santa Claus. Legit. This gem of a film will hit DVD on October 9th. If you are looking for more heartwarming tales to cheer you up while you toast your toes near the fire, October 16 will be a better date to look for Christmas movies.
Sensual Swedish lesbian drama Kiss Me (originally Kyss Mig) got an English name and release date over the summer, but if you didn’t catch the drama, you'll be able to pretty soon. The film follows a young woman who embarks on an affair with another woman just before she is supposed to be married to a man named Tim. If that sounds intriguing, copies will be available via Wolfe Video on DVD and digital starting on September 25.
The Dictator features scenes ranging from Admiral General Aladeen discovering masturbation for the first time, to a scene where he helps deliver a baby, but then tries to throw it in a trash can when he realizes it's a girl. One unforgettable scene that didn't make it into the final film, shows Aladeen being assaulted by a woman who's trying to kill him with her comically oversized breasts.
The nonprofit service seems to specialize in the obscure and the old, establishing itself as an archive for “researchers, historians and scholars,” according to their site. The hook of the service is that it’s all totally legal (because the titles exist in the public domain) … and all totally free.
There are two types of people in the world: people who love John Carpenter's They Live, and godless heathen sissypants commie bastards. That right there is a fact. Those of you who are in the former category will be thrilled to hear that Scream Factory, a spinoff of Shout! Factory focusing on cult-classic movies, has announced a new Blu-ray and DVD special edition of They Live, set to arrive on November 6th.
It's only appropriate that a movie featuring an ode to merchandising would line up a new release to celebrate the quarter-century mark, even if they did miss releasing it on the actual anniversary by a month or so. Yes, the Spaceballs: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray is set to hit shelves on August 7th, and we've got a trailer to get you in the mood.
Now Warner Bros. is celebrating Blade Runner's birthday in style with a massive 4-disc Blu-ray collector's set that includes five versions of the film (including the workprint), two behind-the-scenes books, brand-new content, and your very own flying car. Well, a model of Blade Runner's iconic "Spinners," anyway.
While we're waiting the few remaining weeks until the Blu-Ray release date, the folks over at Universal have posted a clip from the restored film, and it's all kinds of purty. Brody and Hooper's demands to close the beaches have never looked so good. And check out that anchor jacket!
With Hunger Games set to release on August 18th, last night Lionsgate premiered a clip from the special features showing how director Gary Ross and company put together a scene where Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) hauls ass through a burning forest. Now you HG fans who couldn't make it so San Diego this year can watch it below. Props to Ross for not wussing out and using CGI fire.
For those of you OHGs out there who are down in the dumps that you can't be in San Diego getting the stars of the movie to sign your stuff, maybe you can take some solace from this new trailer that highlights the bonus features you'll be getting on the Hunger Games Blu-ray and DVD releases.
While the Prometheus Blu-ray set went up for pre-order on Amazon a week before the movie even opened here in the states, but we still don't have any official word or dates for the much-anticipated release. What we do have, however, is an early glimpse at what bonus features the Prometheus Blu-ray is likely to be packing.
Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition is set to debut on Blu-ray on July 31st for a list price of $14.99. While Recall has had a Blu-ray release before, this edition features a new high-def transfer of the film. It also includes a brand-new interview with director Paul Verhoeven and a "restoration comparison" to highlight the improvements of the new transfer.
Fans of Universal's movie monsters will be getting a perfect Halloween present this year. Universal has announced that movies featuring Universal icons such as Dracula and Frankenstein's monster will be coming to Blu-ray in the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection set. The collection hits shelves on October 2nd, packing in restored versions of eight films, over 12 hours of bonus features, and a 48-page collectible booklet.
First up is the Joss Whedon commentary, which isn't terribly surprising but is exciting. Anyone who's followed Joss and his work over the years knows that he's passionate about these characters and that his commentaries are often hilarious and insightful. The Avengers commentary shouldn't disappoint.
In a perfect world, The Cabin in the Woods would have made a zillion dollars and earned the devotion of more than just the small handful of us who saw it and have been evangelizing about it ever sense. But there's still hope. Cabin is the sort of movie that has a tendency to blow up and find a huge following on DVD
There's no question that The Avengers will be on quite a few Christmas and birthday wish lists this year. Now the folks over at Disney have decided to stoke the fire even higher with this kickass Blu-ray trailer that has damn near convinced me to blow off work and go watch the movie in the theater again right now.
The set will include all four Indy flicks: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, Last Crusade, and the one we all tried to forget about, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Finally getting the films on Blu-ray would be exciting enough, but they've also been meticulously cleaned up by Steven Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt.
The films have all been digitally restored and remastered in 1080p, with DTS-HD Master Audio. In addition to the bonus features on each film, the set will also include a 50-page collectible book filled with "storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs, and much more." The set will list for $299.98, but you can pre-order a copy right now from Amazon.