Who doesn’t already own a copy of ID4? For those that don’t, you can get it on Google Play video for .99 cents this weekend. Starting today, fans can go exclusively to Google Play and purchase the film for the discounted price, with all of Fox’s net proceeds benefiting Earth Day Network and their Trees for the Earth initiative. The offer is available HERE. It’s one of my top 30 favorite films, but even I wouldn’t get it on Google Play. It isn’t like it’s a service that’s easily accessible. However if you have it, there’s no reason not to get ID4 this weekend.
Fox Home Entertainment is having a big blow-out at Comic-Con. They are hosting a screening of X-Men: Days of Futures Past Rogue Cut Saturday night and if you purchase or pre-order Blu-rays at the convention, you’ll get treated to some truly gorgeous (or at least weird) custom cover art. I don’t get why the Big Trouble in Little China artwork looks like Jack Sparrow….The Edward Scissorhands packaging looks GORGEOUS! How many times can people buy The Terminator on Blu-ray? Take a look at the gallery below.
Just in time for the scariest night of the year, MGM and Fox Home entertainment are reissuing 13 horror classics to make your Halloween a spookier one. Each will have a limited edition Skuzzles faceplate.
Titles include five-time Oscar® winner The Silence of the Lambs, the original Carrie (starring Sissy Spacek), cult film Killer Klowns From Outer Space (a personal favorite), the first Child’s Play and ten more.
You may have noticed a series of new releases from Fox Home Entertainment that are more than a little familiar. In honor of 20th Century Fox’s 75th Anniversary, FHE is reissuing more than 300 of the company’s most well-loved films – and bringing many titles [Alien Anthology, Moulin Rouge…] to Blu-ray for the first time. In addition to single releases, there will also be double and triple features as well as Classic Quads – and a deluxe 75th Anniversary Commemorative Set. Here are a few titles to whey your appetite: Romancing the Stone, All That Jazz, The Devil Wears Prada, The Full Monty, M*A*S*H, Alien, Aliens, Juno.
For more details the official FHE press release follows the jump.
Martin Scorsese is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, and yet very few people are aware that as influential as he is, he was influenced to the same kind of degree by Elia Kazan [On the Waterfront, Splendor in the Grass]. Scorsese’s documentary, A Letter to Elia, will run alongside Kazan’s America, America on September 27th at the New York Film Festival, and will be broadcast on PBS on October 4th.
Fox Home Entertainment’s The Elia Kazan Collection – Selected by Martin Scorsese will be released on November 9th and will include A Letter to Elia along with fifteen of Kazan’s films [including the three mentioned above].
It’s that time of the year where we all sit back and take stock on the year that just went by. I have to say this has been a pretty, ok year personally and professionally. Entertainment wise, I think it goes down as one of the worst years in a long time – bad movies, bad tv, and no-talent reality tv “stars” behaving badly. I’m going to look on the bright side and give you the best Blu-rays of the year. All are available in stores now, so this list also doubles as a Holiday buyer’s guide. With limited verbiage on my part and in no particular order here are the best Blu-ray’s of 2009.
Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collection
The Wizard of Oz Deluxe Set could have easily been the best Disk of 2009; it’s an absolutely gorgeous transfer for one of the greatest movies of all time. And this set is feature packed. Warner Home Video cheaped out in two ways 1) They included a horrible print of the Dreamer of Oz TV movie with John Ritter and 2) Most of the extras are in Standard Def. But there’s hours of good stuff wade through.
Ok, I’m getting a little annoyed with Fox. For some reason they have stopped sending out Blu-rays for review. It’s an alarming, but not surprising trend that studios are cutting critics out; I think this summer is the summer where there have been more Cold Openings than any in recent memory – especially for most of the garbage released in August. I can certainly understand their reasoning. Why should they screen their crappy films for critics when they know most likely we won’t like it and it still goes on to make hundreds of millions before the word gets out how horrible it is. Terminator, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine all prove that with enough marketing studios can shovel junk and the masses will lap up. Now they are doing the same thing with providing DVD/Blu-ray screeners and I guarantee you the Blu-ray will probably do gangbuster business. So I actually went out and paid my own money to get X-Men Origins: Wolverine, ok, I Netflixed it.
Here’s the thing, I kind of liked Wolverine in the theaters, I forgave a lot of the more idiotic moments in the movie because I thought the strength of the first two acts outweighed the horrible 3rd act. Sitting through this movie a third time (I watched it on a international flight a few weeks ago) in the comfort of my own home was a real struggle because I knew what’s coming and it’s like this dark cloud that prevents me from enjoying the first 2 acts a third time around. There’s just too much in the movie that makes no sense, it’s frustrating to watch. Like Gambit’s fight with Logan, there’s absolutely no reason for this fight to happen other than the director thought it was cool.
In season two of Burn Notice, Michael Westen [Jeffrey Donovan] found himself between a rock and a hard place when Carla [Trisha Helfer] began to squeeze him into taking assignments for her – forcing him to track her down and get her out of the picture so that he could return to the task of getting his burn notice pulled.
Without sacrificing any of the series’ fun stuff – the MacGyver-like spycraft; the breezy narration and the camaraderie between Westen, Fiona [Gabrielle Anwar] and Sam Axe [Bruce Campbell]; the love-hate relationship between Westen and his mother, Madeline [Sharon Gless], and Michael’s Simon Templar-like helping people with their problems – creator Matt Nix and his writing team added a further layer in Michael’s efforts to get Carla off his metaphorical back. The edge that had been mostly an undercurrent on the show became much keener and came into sharper focus.
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is one of the better attempts to adapt videogames for film. It doesn’t quite make it, but it is entertaining and the ton of features shows that they were trying really hard to get it right…
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-li is a movie that features some of the wittier martial arts choreography to be filmed in the last few years, and there’s a clever – even wistful – parallel father/daughter arc that shows Chun-Li [Kristin Kreuk] to be treasured by her father [Edmund Chen], and Bison’s [Neal McDonough] daughter used solely as a repository for the last of the goodness in his soul.
What the hell? Do these studios think we’re made of money? Dec. 2nd is shaping up to be a huge day for Blu-Ray releases. We have The Dark Knight, Prince Caspian, X-Files and now this, one of the all time great Sci-Fi flicks The Day The Earth Stood Still. Just in time to remind us how the upcoming Christmas Keanu remake will inevitably fail by comparison. Whooaaa…. The new Blu-ray version looks like an nice package. It’ll contain, as the press release says, “two amazing new Blu-ray games,” (can you smell the suckage?) Gort Command!,” an arcade-style shooting gallery game and “Interactive Theremin: Create Your Own Score,” where viewers can re-score the film’s opening sequence. Both the BD and DVD versions of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL Special Edition feature all-new and exclusive bonus materials including legendary composer and Academy Award®-winner*** Bernard Herrmann’s isolated score; film and sci-fi featurettes – including a “Making Of The Day The Earth Stood Still” and “Decoding Klaatu Barada Nikto: Science Fiction As A Metaphor” – an audio presentation of the original short story; commentaries from Robert Wise and other film and music historians; and more. I will say, DVD games suck, but the Create Your Own Score thing, intrigues me. The Blu-ray and DVD versions will also include:
• New: Exclusive First Look At The New Movie The Day The Earth Stood Still Starring
Keanu Reeves And Jennifer Connelly
• New & Exclusive To BD: Interactive Theremin: Create Your Own Score
• New & Exclusive To BD: Gort Command!: Interactive Game
• Commentary by Robert Wise and Nicholas Meyer
• New: Commentary by Film & Music Historians John Morgan, Steven Smith, William Stromberg and Nick Redman
• New: Isolated Score Track
• New: The Mysterious, Melodious Theremin
• New: The Day The Earth Stood Still Main Title Live Performance By Peter Pringle
• New: The Making of The Day the Earth Stood Still
• New: Decoding “Klaatu Barada Nikto”: Science Fiction as Metaphor Featurette
• New: A Brief History of Flying Saucers Featurette
• New: The Astounding Harry Bates Featurette
• New: Edmund North: The Man Who Made the Earth Stand Still Featurette
• New To Disc: Race To Oblivion: A Documentary Short Written And Produced By Edmund North
• New To Disc: Farewell To The Master: A Reading By Jamieson K. Price Of The Original
Harry Bates Short Story; Audio Only
• New: Interactive Pressbook
• Fox Movietonews from 1951
• Original Theatrical Trailer & Teaser Trailer
• Advertising Gallery
• Behind-The Scenes Gallery
• Portrait Gallery
• Production Gallery
• Spaceship Construction Blueprints
• Shooting Script