On Tuesday, May 21st, you can experience the epic cross-country oddity of The Griswold family all over again, as Vacation arrives on an extras-packed 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray.
That's right, kids, it's been a full three decades since the comedy franchise kicked off with the 1983 hit directed by Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day) and written by John Hughes (The Breakfast Club), that Eighties chronicler of Middle American lives who based the story on his own family roadtrip to Disneyland as a child.
The 30th Anniversary Edition includes a commentary track from Ramis and the cast, a long with a number of goodies. Most notably, a high definition, 85-minute "Inside Story" documentary thoroughly examines the making of this classic comedy.
All of this got us thinking about Clark W. Griswold, the hapless hero played in all four Vacation films by Chevy Chase (Caddyshack). The head of the Griswold clan, Clark continually tries the patience of his loving wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) and misunderstands his kids, Rusty and Audrey (Anthony Michael Hall and Dana Barron in the first film). Clark's a quintessential American protagonist. He's a family man and a dreamer, a possessed of limitless vision, good intentions, hope, and naivety. Nonetheless, he leaves a trail of destruction where ever he goes.
As a father, Clark Griswold is always dispensing priceless nuggets of paternal insight. Even when he's egregiously screwing up, Clark is happy to offer up his own unique brand of wisdom. So, with the 30th Anniversary Edition of Vacation arriving on Tuesday, IAR has compiled a list of ten moments in which Clark W. Griswold shares lessons worth knowing.
Available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning May 7th is the hit action film Jack Reacher, which stars Tom Cruise and is based on the popular series of novels by author Lee Child. The film was written and directed by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and in addition to Cruise features an excellent cast that includes Rosamund Pike (An Education), David Oyeleowo (Middle of Nowhere), Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Academy Award-nominee Richard Jenkins (The Company You Keep), Academy Award-winner Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now), and acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog (The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to travel to Paramount Pictures' backlot in Los Angeles, California to talk with 2nd Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator Paul Jennings and Stunt Driver Joey Box about Jack Reacher. The stuntmen discussed the movie, choosing the 1971 Chevelle Super Sport vehicle for the film, training with Tom Cruise to drive, how Steve McQueen's Bullitt inspired the chase scenes in the film, and shooting the sequence where Cruise jumps out of the car while it's moving.
In Jack Reacher, out today on Blu-ray and DVD, the title character is a drifter, a loner concerned only with justice.
As played by Tom Cruise, the hero of no fewer than seventeen bestselling Lee Child novels pummels his way across the screen, stopping at nothing until his hand is around the bad guy's throat. Reacher's not the kind of guy who is terribly concerned about the kind of car he's seen driving in.
Yet in the story, he ends up behind the wheel of an automotive dream: a red 1971 Chevelle Super Sport, as prime a cut of American muscle car meat as has ever hit the highway.
Now, thanks to the Reach for Reacher Contest, a group of fans are each attempting to win their own Reacher-style Chevelle through sheer determination, desire, and tenacity.
Actress Natalie Martinez first gained attention for her leading role opposite action star Jason Statham in Death Race, but has recently earned critical acclaim for her performance in two gritty action thrillers. The first was for her role in last year’s cop drama End of Watch, the second came earlier this year in director Allen Hughes’ crime noir film Broken City starring Mark Wahlberg, which will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning April 30th.
In Broken City Martinez plays Natalie Brown, the actress girlfriend of ex-cop-turned-private eye Billy Taggart (Wahlberg). Early in the film, Taggart is arrested for the murder of the man who raped and killed Natalie’s 16-year-old sister. His police Captain (Jeffrey Wright) and the Mayor (Russell Crowe) decide to help Taggart by eliminating the evidence against him, making the murder look like self-defense, yet forcing him to leave his position with the police in shame. The film’s story begins when seven years later the Mayor asks Billy to return the favor and investigate his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who he believes is cheating on him. However, Taggart soon realized that things are not as they seem and the Mayor may be involved in several crimes himself. Meanwhile, the years of guilt start to weigh heavy on Billy and begin to tear a riff in his relationship with Natalie, who is still haunted by the ghost of her sister and is trying to move on with her own life.
I recently had a chance to speak with actress Natalie Martinez about her work on Broken City, as well as her new TV series Under the Dome based on the novel by Stephen King. The up and coming young actress discussed Broken City, her character, working with actor/producer Mark Wahlberg, director Allen Hughes, her favorite cop genre movies, what she looks for when choosing a role, Under the Dome, her character on the show, and working with producers Stephen King and Steven Spielberg.
Available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning April 30th is the latest comedy from director Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) called The Guilt Trip. The film was written by Tangled scribe Dan Fogelman, and features the unusual comedy duo of iconic performer Barbra Streisand (Meet the Fockers), and Seth Rogen (50/50).
IAR is proud to present this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the Blu-ray/DVD of The Guilt Trip.
Available for digital download beginning April 22nd, as well as Blu-ray and DVD May 7th is the hit action film Jack Reacher, which stars Tom Cruise and is based on the popular series of novels by author Lee Child. The film was written and directed by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and in addition to Cruise features an excellent cast that includes Rosamund Pike (An Education), David Oyeleowo (Middle of Nowhere), Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Academy Award-nominee Richard Jenkins (The Company You Keep), Academy Award-winner Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now), and acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog (The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to travel to Paramount Pictures' backlot in Los Angeles, California to talk with Fight Coordinator Robert Alonzo about Jack Reacher and even learn a fight sequence from the film. The accomplished Fight Coordinator discussed the movie, working with director Christopher McQuarrie, choosing the Keysi Fight Method, rehearsing with Tom Cruise, and choreographing the film's bar fight scene, as well as teaching Philbrick a fight sequence and if IAR's Managing Editor now has the skills to actually handle himself in a real life fight situation.
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.
Available on DVD and VOD beginning May 21st is the new comedy/drama Picture Day form writer/director Kate Melville (TV's Degrassi: The Next Generation). The film stars Tatiana Maslany (The Vow), Spencer Van Wyck (The Lesser Blessed), Steven McCarthy (The Skulls), Susan Coyne (TV's Slings and Arrows), and newcomer Mark DeBonis.
IAR is proud to present the exclusive trailer premiere of Picture Day.
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.
At WonderCon 2013 in Anaheim, California on Friday, actors Matt Bomer (Magic Mike) and Molly Quinn (TV's Castle), as well as screenwriter Bob Goodman (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), and casting/voice director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) appeared in front of a packed arena crowd for the world premiere of the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie - Superman: Unbound, which was followed by a panel discussion about the film.
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had a chance to speak with Matt Bomer, Molly Quinn, Bob Goodman, and Andrea Romano before the screening and panel on Friday about their new film. The actors and filmmakers discussed the new movie, its impressive cast, the classic Geoff Johns written comic book it is based on, and the legacy of Superman.