One of the best super hero films of 2013, Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World hits Blu-ray/DVD this week and includes a brand new 15 minute Marvel One-Shot with Ben Kinsgley reprising his role as The Mandarin.
This year seems to be all about Tuppence for the folks at Disney. Disney celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Mary Poppins with a gorgeous new Blu-ray transfer.
The 2nd White House disaster movie of the year, White House Down is now available on Blu-ray/DVD.
One of the most beautiful CG animated films of the year, Monsters University, is now available on Blu-ray 3D and other home video/digital formats.
It is safe to say that the Pirate ship has been sufficiently plundered, so to be different the folks at the History Channel went in a different direction with their latest scripted series – Vikings. The 9 episode season 1 is now available in a slip-cased Blu-ray/DVD Set. If you are looking for a soapy, action filled show to veg on, this is one worth checking out.
I’m a sucker! That’s all there is to it, I own the last 4 Blu-ray releases of The Wizard of Oz. It is one of my favorite films of all time and while I hate the idea of slapping 3D onto classic films for no reason other than cheap marketing, I found myself getting sucked in and excited for the The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Edition 3D release.
In many ways the joke is on the audience, This is the End is not a real movie; it is just an excuse for a bunch of buddies to get together and get paid to throw a party. When your friends are James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride that’s pretty much all you need. You don’t need a script, or a director, or a plot, the fun is just watching these guys interact having fun together.
One of the biggest and most controversial movies of the year is Zero Dark Thirty from Director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker). The movie’s production caused quite a stir from the conservative media (what doesn’t get their panties in a bunch?) when it was revealed that the CIA was providing Bigelow’s team unprecedented access to information regarding the killing of American enemy number one Osama Bin Laden.
Lincoln is now available on Blu-ray/DVD in a simple, but elegant looking package.
Winner of several technical Oscars and Best Director, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi gets an absolutely gorgeous HD transfer in a nice full featured, simple Blu-ray package. After watching this, it is hard to argue that the movie did not deserve the Oscars that it received. Clearly a visionary feast for the eyes.
Is there a movie that Disney and Pixar isn’t giving the 3D treatment to? They must have found a way to do this quick and cheap because are churning out 3D re-releases like clockwork. Usually, this is the point where I would rail against this double dip. But for Pixar and animated movies the 3D coat of fresh paint actually works because a lot of these movies – especially Pixar films were made using 3D modeling and animation anyway.