IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Mad Max Trilogy'

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 11:03

Start your engines, Rogues.

The high octane travails of Mad Max Rockatansky take place in the not too distant future, but today, fans of the classic action series can bring the post-apocalyptic future into their homes with the complete Mad Max Trilogy on Blu-ray.

This Father's Day, you can give your progenitor a gift of incalculable value, a gift of onscreen charisma and machismo unparalleled in today's cinematic landscape.

That's right, Rogues, give your father the Clint Eastwood 20-Film Collection, available on high definition Blu-ray as of today, June 4th, just in time for the parental holiday.

Nazneen Contractor may not yet be a household name, but trust us, she's heading for stardom at warp speed.

A veteran of stage and screen, as well as a formidable dancer, the actress is familiar from her performances on television series such as Rules of Engagement, The Border, and Last Resort.  She is perhaps best known, however, for her more-than-meets-the-eye role as Kayla Hassan on the eighth season of Fox's 24.

With Star Trek Into Darkness, Contractor is making her debut appearance in a massive franchise blockbuster.  Now playing in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D nationwide, the follow-up to the 2009 reboot returns director J.J. Abrams to the series.  The secretive story finds an act of terrorism rocking the Federation from within Starfleet itself.  When the U.S.S. Enterprise is tasked with capturing the culprit, it's a quest that will test Captain Kirk and potentially cost him his crew.

IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Cloud Atlas'

Monday, 13 May 2013 08:12

With Cloud Atlas arriving on Blu-ray, audiences can experience a film that's unlike any other they've ever seen, and they can do it from the comfort of their own home.

On Tuesday, May 15th, one of last year's most underrated and misunderstood movies finally hits shelves both physical and virtual on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download.  But if you want to truly feel the scope, size, and emotion of Cloud Atlas, only the topnotch presentation provided by Blu-ray will do.

This Friday, May 3rd, Marvel Studios cuts the ribbon on Phase 2 with the nationwide release of Iron Man 3.

Hard to believe that it was just five years ago (almost to the day) that Tony Stark first declared "I am Iron Man."  That first film in this series marked the kick-off to Marvel's shared universe of cross-pollinating franchises, and last year's The Avengers represented the culmination of Phase 1.

When last we saw Stark, he was enjoying shawarma with his fellow superheroes after saving New York from alien invasion and nuclear devastation.  In Iron Man 3, though, Tony's been unmoored by his Avengers experience, obsessed with improving his armor to defend from the next inevitable threat.  When that threat arrives in the form of Iron Man's comic book archnemesis the Mandarin, it's worse than Tony could have imagined, and our hero must battle this unprecedented foe while also defending against a dangerous and powerful new technology.

Robert Downey Jr. reprises his starring role as genius billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark, joined once again by Gwyneth Paltrow as the love of his life Pepper Potts and Don Cheadle in his second turn as Tony's best friend/fellow superhero James "Rhodey" Rhodes.  These franchise fixtures star alongside new additions Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin and Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian, a fellow tech-titan with eyes on Pepper and plans for a new innovation called Extremis.

IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick was present at the Iron Man 3 press day in Los Angeles.  Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, and Guy Pearce were on hand to discuss the sequel's relationship to The Avengers, some big character arcs, bringing Mandarin to the screen, improvisation, suiting up as big-time superheroes, green screen, new director Shane Black, and Tony Stark's cinematic future.

IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Gangster Squad'

Monday, 22 April 2013 10:15

This week, the law comes down on Mickey Cohen like a ton of bricks.

On Tuesday, April 23rd, Gangster Squad finally arrives on Blu-ray combo pack, bringing the battle for the soul of Los Angeles into your living room and all your high-tech devices.


Wednesday, 17 April 2013 09:20

Tom Cruise has saved the planet onscreen a time or two, but in Oblivion, hitting theaters this Friday, the battle for Earth ended decades ago.

A rare event movie that's also an original work of science fiction, Oblivion takes place sixty years after a massive war with alien invaders left humanity intact, but utterly devastated Earth. 

While most of the species has departed for greener pastures elsewhere in the solar system, Jack Harper is tasked with repairing the high tech drones that protect the last of the planet's resources from remaining aliens called "Scavs."  After years of lonely work on Earth, Harper and his partner Victoria are in the final weeks of their assignment when a series of incidents – an encounter with creatures on the surface and the crash of a space capsule carrying a beautiful woman who seems to know Harper – upend his notions of himself and the universe.

The film is the sophomore feature for director Joseph Kosinski, who holds the title of highest-grossing first-time director thanks to Tron: LegacyCruise (Jack Reacher) stars as Jack Harper, and the supporting cast includes Morgan Freeman (Olympus Has Fallen), Olga Kurylenko (To The Wonder), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (HBO's Game of Thrones), and Zoe Bell (Death Proof).

IAR was among the outlets present on the Universal lot to take a peek at some of Oblivion's impeccably designed hardware and speak to the creative figures behind the film.  Kosinski, Kurylenko, and Freeman were all on hand to discuss the origins of Oblivion, the attraction of the project, crafting original sci-fi, working with Tom Cruise, building up a sense of mystery, participating in onscreen action, and making movies that leave the audience talking.


Wednesday, 10 April 2013 10:31

42, hitting theaters nationwide this Friday, April 12th, is a film that not only presents a historical story with vitality and emotion, but it is a cinematic testament to real life courage and true heroism.

There's no shortage of heroes at our multiplexes, but more often than not our onscreen heroes wear spandex costumes and perform acts of elaborate, visual effects-aided derring-do. 

The new drama 42 focuses on the heroism of Jackie Robinson, who in 1947 broke the color barrier, becoming the first African American to play Major League Baseball.  42 isn't simply a biopic tracing Robinson's life story, however.  It takes place over several years and focuses on both Robinson and Branch Rickey, the General Manager with the vision and wherewithal to sign Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Facing opposition and entrenched racism from the public, the press, and even other players, Number 42 and the coach met their critics with grace, humility, talent, and endurance.  In the process, the two men changed not just the game, but the country.

Chadwick Boseman (TV's Persons Unknown and Lincoln Heights) stars as Jackie Robinson, with Harrison Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark) as Branch Rickey.  Oscar-winning LA Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland (A Knight's Tale, Payback) directs the film from his own script.

At the Los Angeles press day for 42, Boseman, Ford, and Helgeland were all hand to share their enthusiasm for the film.  All three members of this trio were happy to discuss the real life history, how 42 developed at Legendary Pictures, casting Boseman in the role of a lifetime, playing against a star of Ford's caliber, and collaborating with Rachel Robinson.

IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Lincoln'

Monday, 01 April 2013 10:50

Lincoln, now available on Blu-ray and DVD, isn't a chronicle of Abraham Lincoln's life, from his humble beginnings through his surprising ascent to the presidency and his eventual assassination at Ford's Theater.

Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, March 26th, Killing Them Softly is a crime tale with a lot on its mind.

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