Paramount Home Media Distribution is releasing multiple Oscar® nominee Fences (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay) on Digital HD (February 24th) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (March 14th).
Features on the Blu-ray include: Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen; The Company of Fences; Building Fences: Denzel Washington; Playing the Part: Rose Maxon, and August Wilson’s Hill District.
August Wilson’s play Fences is a timeless – and therefore timely – story about an African American man dealing with race relations, marriage, fatherhood and a past that was never quite what he wanted it to be.
Fences is the story of a one-time promising baseball player, now working as a Pittsburgh garbage collector, and the complicated relationships with his wife, son, and friends.
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reprise their Tony Award-winning performances in the film – directed by Washington. The film’s ensemble cast includes Stephen Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Jovan Adepo and Saniyya Sydney.
Fences will be in theaters on December 25th. The intense new trailer follows the break.
The release of Universal’s Blackhat couldn’t be timelier. After all, if it’s so easy to crack open the cyber security at a major company like Sony, or a government website, might it not also be fairly simple to hack a nuclear reactor.
Michael Mann’s new thriller posits attacks on a Chinese reactor and another on a U.S. target that persuades investigative bodies from both countries to work together, however uncomfortably, to find the person/organization behind the attacks. It’s fast-paced (after an initially slower first act that sets things in motion) and smart about keeping things fairly easy for non-techies (like me) to follow.
Two of the best-received shows of the fall 2014-15 season have received full season orders from ABC: black-ish, a comedy about an African-American family where the father (Anthony Andrews) is afraid his kids have lost sight of their cultural heritage, and How To Get Away With Murder, a twisty, suspenseful series concerning a university professor (Viola Davis) who selects a select few students to work with her law firm – and a murder seen in flash-forwards, that finds those students trying to cover it up.
Viola Davis provides a master class in manipulation and you just don’t know who she really is other than brilliant. How to Get Away with Murder has a strong ensemble cast which drives this show through its twists and turns of a crazy ride which I am excited to experience.
Although I’m at the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) until Sunday, I did have a chance to see the premiere of How To Get Away With Murder and was very impressed. My mini-review appears after the jump.
Today’s release of The Help on DVD is cause for celebration because the film plays just as well on the small screen as on the big one. It’s also cause for great disappointment because of this lovely, lovely film getting terribly wronged by whoever put the bonus features together – they consist of two deleted scenes and a music video – total time: nine minutes, fifty-two seconds!
In the early ‘60s, when the Deep South was segregated, yet many rich white families had ‘help’ to cook, clean and raise their children, the inequality of ‘separate but equal’ was being seriously challenged for the first time, there were as many unsung idealists who helped pave the way for the civil rights movement to succeed. The Help is based on a novel about one such idealistic person – Skeeter, a young, college educated woman who persuades ‘the help’ to tell their stories for publication – and the two maids, Aibileen and Minny, who risk everything to share their stories with her.