Marvel brings the thunder on Blu-ray this week. The God of Thunder, actually.
Thor: The Dark World arrives on 2D and 3D Blu-ray this Tuesday, February 25th, transporting audiences back to the most cosmic setting in Marvel's Cinematic Universe in stunning high-definition.
Available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning February 11th is the science fiction action film Ender's Game from director and screenwriter Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine). The movie is based on the popular series of books by Orson Scott Card and features an excellent cast that includes Asa Butterfield (Hugo), Academy Award-nominees Harrison Ford (Paranoia), Hailee Steinfeld (Romeo & Juliet), Abigail Breslin (The Call), Viola Davis (The Help), and Academy Award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of visiting Digital Domain in Los Angeles and speaking with filmmaker Gavin Hood and stunt coordinator Garrett Warren for an extended interview about their work on Ender's Game. Philbrick had a chance to speak with Hood about using motion capture, filming the movie, and a possible sequel, while both Hood and Warren discussed training the actors in zero gravity, and Philbrick even had a chance to experience zero gravity for himself, and be directed by Hood while operating the motion capture camera.
For me, English born and Australian raised actor Dominic Purcell is one performer that I’ve always really enjoyed watching. His work is consistently committed, driven, and thoroughly interesting.
I first became aware of Purcell when he played Dracula in Blade: Trinity. He would eventually go on to appear in such films as Killer Elite, Straw Dogs, and Assault on Wall Street. But I’ll always remember him best as wrongly convicted convict Lincoln Burrows on the hit series Prison Break. Now the actor returns with a bold new “sword-and-sandal” genre film entitled Vikingdom, which was released on DVD and Digital Download January 21st.
Vikingdom was directed by Yusry Kru and tells the story of a forgotten king, Eirick (Purcell), who is tasked with the impossible job of defeating Thor (Conan Stevens), the God of Thunder. In addition to Vikingdom, Purcell will soon reunite with his Killer Elite co-star Robert De Niro, as well as John Cusack for the new crime thriller The Bag Man, which opens in theaters on February 28th.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dominic Purcell about Vikingdom, as well as The Bag Man and his thoughts on the ending of Prison Break. The talented actor candidly discussed his new movie, his reservations to making a “sword-and-sandal” genre movie, wearing a Viking costume, using the popular character of Thor as the movie’s villain, working with filmmaker Yusry Kru, what he is looking for from a director when he is on set, reuniting with Robert De Niro for The Bag Man, if he learned anything new about acting from working with the cinematic legend for a second time, and his disappointment over the way Prison Break ended.
Available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning January 28th is the hit film Last Vegas, which was directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure), and written by Dan Fogleman (The Guilt Trip). The movie stars Academy Award-winners Michael Douglas (Wall Street), Robert De Niro (Raging Bull), Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda), and Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard), as well as Jerry Ferrara (HBO's Entourage), Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (Freelancers), Michael Ealy (Underworld: Awakening), and Romany Malco (The 40-Year-Old Virgin).
You know that nightmare where you're locked in an industrial freezer, slowly shivering to death with no company except for slabs of dangling pig meat?
Wait, you don't have that nightmare? Am I the only one?
Well, I won't be for long. Not now that Freezer is available on Blu-ray.
With Machete Kills hitting Blu-ray today, fans of action and over the top comedy can bring the titular one man wrecking machine into their living rooms and onto all their devices.
Buckle up and prepare to ride shotgun with Danny Trejo for a full-tilt adventure that doesn't skimp on explosions, sexy ladies, big guns, cackling villains, blood, splatters, car chases, gleefully goofy reveals, boobs, and nameless henchmen mowed down by Machete.
One of the smaller independent films on a lot of film critics top ten list last year was Short Term 12, which premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and won both the Grand Jury Narrative Feature Award and the Narrative Audience Award. The film is based on writer/director Destin Cretton’s short film of the same name, and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning January 14th.
The film stars Brie Larson, who earned a Critic’s Choice and Independent Spirit Award-nomination for her performance, as a 20-something supervising staff member of a foster care facility named Grace, who navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend Mason (John Gallagher, Jr.). The film also boasts excellent performances from young cast members Kaitlyn Dever (Justified), Kevin Hernandez (The Sitter), and Keith Stanfield, who also starred in the original short film.
I recently had a chance to speak with writer/director Destin Cretton about his work on Short Term 12. The first time feature filmmaker discussed his movie, how he came up with the idea for the screenplay, discovering Keith Stanfield, casting Brie Larson and John Gallagher, Jr., the project’s critical success, composing his shots, the quick shoot, and the true stories from foster care facility counselors that he incorporated into the film.
Lately, to call a movie a romantic comedy almost seems like a slight; the label kicks up mental dust of meet-cutes, shallow wish-fulfillment, and contrived obstacles to fatuous love.
With Enough Said arriving on Blu-ray this week, though, audiences can be reminded of the genre's inherent strengths. And in high definition, no less.
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.
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.