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IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'All the President's Men'

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:56

Journalism as we know it may not be long for this world, but thanks to All the President's Men, the noble profession is documented with unparalleled verisimilitude and genuine tension that may very well come as a surprise to modern audiences who depend on visual effects to provide their thrills.

All the President's Men hitting Blu-ray this Tuesday, November 12th.  This masterful chronicle of the story that brought down the President of the United States reveals that its power has only grown since its debut almost forty years ago.

IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Man of Steel'

Monday, 11 November 2013 13:02

Look!  Up on your 70-inch LED LCD flatscreen TV! 

It's a bird!  It's a plane!

It's Man of Steel on Blu-ray this Tuesday, November 12th!

IAR DVD Preview: 'As I Lay Dying'

Monday, 04 November 2013 10:08

It's hard to believe, but playing the cornrowed, hideously-grilled nightmare known simply as "Alien" isn't the most audacious thing James Franco has done recently.

The honor of supreme Franco-based audacity in 2013 undoubtedly rests with As I Lay Dying, an adaptation of the classic novel by William Faulkner.  It's not simply that the actor stars in the ambitious endeavor, but that he both directs and writes, providing a faithful take on one of the finest American novels of the twentieth century.

The fruit of his labors arrives on DVD this Tuesday, November 5th.

IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Bounty Killer'

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 11:21

"The Road Warrior meets Kill Bill."

So describes IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick of Bounty Killer, which hits Blu-ray, DVD, and iTunes today, October 29th.

IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Only God Forgives'

Monday, 21 October 2013 11:04

Only God Forgives plays rough.

On Blu-ray, Nicolas Winding Refn's latest is a cinematic haymaker that will send a glass-jawed audience reeling through a sweaty, gorgeous, strange, inimitably stylish, and unspeakably violent tale of vengeance.

IAR DVD Preview: 'Plush'

Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:19

Plush, now available on DVD and VOD, is a nimble little mynx of a movie.

IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Pacific Rim'

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 10:26

Welcome to the Shatterdome.

Listen, if you're watching Pacific Rim on a phone, tablet, laptop, or any other screen that isn't ostentatiously huge, then you're missing out.  Pacific Rim does big better than just about any recent blockbuster, and the only way to watch Guillermo del Toro's monster mash is on Blu-ray.

Luckily for you, Pacific Rim hits high definition this week, arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3D Blu-ray, and even a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set offering both formats.

Opening in theaters on November 27th is a new 3D computer animated musical-fantasy film entitled Frozen from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The new movie was directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, Wreck-It Ralph) and is inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen.” Frozen features the voice talent of Kristen Bell (Hit & Run) as Anna, Idina Menzel (Enchanted) as Elsa, Jonathan Groff (TV’s Glee) as Kristoff, and Josh Gad (The Internship) as the loveable snowman Olaf.

I recently had an opportunity to travel to the Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California and screen 30 minutes of the new film, as well as speak with the directors. While we will be running my full interview with Buck and Lee closer to the film’s release date, we wanted to tell you now about the footage we saw from Frozen, as well as the new animated short Get a Horse!

It's the Blu-ray set Gotham deserves and also the one it needs right now.  It's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. 

It's The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector's Edition.

Warner Bros. has finally rolled out a high definition presentation worthy of the armored, gadget-equipped home entertainment system at Wayne Manor.  Bruce Wayne will be letting crime run wild tonight.  His plans involve sipping on fernet branca with Alfred and Selina Kyle, followed by some snuggle time on the couch to bask in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.

Massive foodstuffs raining down from the sky is one thing.  Living food-animal hybrids rampaging through a jungle wilderness is quite another.

In this Friday's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, that's just what our animated heroes face as they return home to Swallow Falls.

Four years ago, Sony Pictures Animation brought Judi and Ron Barrett's beloved children's book to screens with a hyperkinetic comedy that proved to be a hit with both kids and adults.  In that film, inventor Flint Lockwood threw his island home into turmoil with his FLDSMDRM device, which turned water into food.  Flint was able to stop his invention, saving the town from cataclysmic storms of edible destruction.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 hits the ground running as Flint lands his dream job at a scientific company in San Franjose, where his friends have all relocated.  He soon discovers, however, that the FLDSMDRM has continued operating, turning the island into a wilderness populated by the likes of tacodiles, mosquitoasts, shrimpanzees, and cheesespiders.  With the beasts threatening to invade the mainland, Flint and his friends must head back to Swallow Falls to face the unexplored wilds and deactivate the FLDSMDRM once and for all.

Recently, IAR was lucky enough to be present for a press conference promoting the sequel, a press conference featuring co-directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, along with voice actors Bill Hader (The To-Do List), Anna Faris (The Dictator), Terry Crews (The Expendables), and Andy Samberg (Hot Rod), who voice Flint Lockwood, Sam Sparks, Officer Devereux, and Brent McHale.

The directors and cast enthusiastically discussed the sequel's genre jump, voicing very energetic characters, new characters, the thinking behind the foodimals, and the pressures of living up to the first film.

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