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IAR PRESS CONFERENCE COVERAGE: 'Fury'

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 11:09

Fury is a World War II movie through and through, but it's not quite like any World War II movie you've ever seen.

The latest from writer-director David Ayer (End of Watch, Sabotage), Fury presents the greatest armed conflict in the history of the human race from a vantage point that's rare in war films.

That vantage point is Fury, a Sherman Tank manned by five soldiers for whom it is their home, their workplace, their burden, and perhaps their salvation.  The titular tank has seen some of the harshest fighting in the war, and as the curtains go down on the European Theater in 1945, its battle-scarred crew must roll into the fray once more, striking at the heart of Germany in the waning days of the war.

Brad Pitt (World War Z) stars as Sergeant Wardaddy, while the rest of Fury's crew is played by Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Jon Bernthal (AMC's The Walking Dead), Michael Pena (End of Watch), and Shia LaBeouf (Nymhomaniac).

IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick was on hand for the Los Angeles Fury press conference, where he was able to discuss the making of this brutal and uncompromising WWII film with David Ayer and stars Lerman, Pena, and Bernthal.

Apparently there are at least a million ways to die in the west.

Thanks to Blu-ray, there are two different ways to watch A Million Ways to Die in the West: the R-rated theatrical version and an unrated extended edition. 

And since it's Blu-ray, both versions of Seth MacFarlane's western comedy are in pristine high definition.

The cost of freedom, according to no less a source than Captain America, is high.

The cost of one of the year's best reviewed and most loved blockbusters on Blu-ray, however, is much more affordable. 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits the high definition format this Tuesday, September 9th, and while there are no shortage of ways to view Cap's latest adventure, Blu-ray is undoubtedly the way to go.

The Walt Disney Animation Studios have been on an unprecedented roll, a hot streak that propelled Frozen to historical status as the biggest animated film of all time.Anyone worried that the legendary studio is attempting to recreate that fairy tale with its next film can rest easy. 

In fact, fans can expect the thrill of the new this November, because Big Hero 6 is something without precedent from the animation experts at Disney.

The studio's next animated event, Big Hero 6, is a loving riff on superhero comics, manga, and blockbuster adventure, all nestled snugly in an affecting story that belongs to the finest Disney tradition, a boy-and-his-buddy tale that in some ways evokes classic Disney relationships like the one between Mowgli and Baloo.

Set in a high-tech city that is a stunning funhouse mirror of our own high-tech culture, the studios' 54th animated feature follows Hiro Hamada, a teenage robotics prodigy who, with his trusty robo-sidekick Baymax, assembles an unconventional team of superheroes to protect their home.

IAR was recently lucky enough to be invited to Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, where we, along with select other entertainment journalists, were lucky enough to see a substantial slice of Big Hero 6, as well as a unique look behind the scenes at the making of the film, talking with the filmmakers tackling the unfathomably complex process of creating a whole world from scratch.

IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Draft Day'

Monday, 01 September 2014 21:06

The 2014 NFL football season kicks off this Thursday.

What better way to pregame than to catch Draft Day on Blu-ray?

Jarhead was a film about he long stretches of war where nothing actually happens, a meditation on a sniper's experience in a war that didn't require his skills.  It was focused on the anticipation of battles that never erupted.

In Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, the dogs of war are howling and the battle is joined in full-blown combat.

IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Transcendence'

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 06:09

Yesterday, Dr. Will Caster was only human.

Today, he's a digital demigod.

With Transcendence  hitting Blu-ray today, July 22nd, Johnny Depp is the ghost in the machine and that machine is your Blu-ray player.

The Avengers are, as everyone now knows, Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

The Guardians of the Galaxy are basically Space's Strangest Anti-Heroes. 

They're a team of criminals, rogues, and weirdos.  They're the last team you'd expect to save the universe, but when Guardians of the Galaxy opens on August 1st, that's exactly what Marvel's newest big screen adventurers will be doing. 

So far in Phase 2 of building its Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios has stuck to sequels following familiar neon gods Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America.  With Guardians of the Galaxy, director and co-writer James Gunn (Super, Slither) introduces an entirely new set of characters and a far-out new setting that seriously expands the scope of this comic book cosmos.

To showcase the upcoming event movie, 150 IMAX 3D theaters across North America participated in a sneak peek event tonight.  IAR was on hand at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood to witness 17 minutes of Guardians of the Galaxy in the jumbo format.

Three years.

Three weeks.

That's how it breaks down.

My press tour promoting my film The Signal basically comes down to how well I could summarize a three year journey into snippets of 15 minute interviews. It's been a whirly ride of hotels, conversations, planes, trains and automobiles (please tell me you've seen that film).

Each city, each stop an epic recap of set shenanigans, seemingly insurmountable struggles, and film god miracles. You sit across from all sorts of people asking you all sorts of crazy questions -- dragging up different memories -- some looking for the 5 minute pitch, some the 5 second pitch... if that's possible.

With a tenth anniversary Ultimate Cut Blu-ray arriving this week, Oliver Stone's Alexander has finally achieved its full expression, chronicling the life of Alexander the Great in a truly epic spectacle.

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