Team Marketing, with their annual BCS Bowl Game series,
takes it up a notch on Feb. 26 with Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs (with Digital Copy)
for this year’s match ups.
Leading the parade (well, of course, depending on your
favorite team) is the 2013Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
teaming legendary coach Bill Synder’s feisty K-State Wildcats — with their
Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein — against the Oregon Ducks and their
Heisman finalist Kenjon Barner.
Other Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs included in the mix are: 2013
Discover BSC National Championship (Alabama vs. Notre Dame), 2013
AT&T Cotton Bowl (Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma), 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl
(Florida vs. Louisville), (Florida State vs. Northern
Illinois) and the 2013 Rose Bowl Presented by Vizio (Stanford vs. Wisconsin).
Paramount Home Media Distribution will be flying on Feb. 19
with a newly minted edition of director Tony Scott’s 1986 smash Top
Gun on Blu-ray.Not just any
Blu-ray, but a 3D presentation of the Tom Cruise action flick — it will also be
making an IMAX theatrical debut as a 3D presentation nationwide on Feb. 8, so
the buzz should be good for retail action.
According to Paramount, the film was re-mastered from the
original negative scans and then converted to 3D under the direct supervision
of the late Tony Scott.
The two-disc Blu-ray SKU (with UltraViolet) will feature
both 3D and 2D presentations, with bonus goodies that include commentary from
filmmaker Tony Scott, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and co-writer Jack Epps, Jr.,
a six-part documentary on the film’s production, four music video, a pair of
featurettes and an interview with Tom Cruise.
In other release news this week, look for the Comedy Central
DVD presentation of Kristen Schaal: Live at the Fillmore to also street on Feb. 19.
This is her first stand up special, which was taped live
this past June at the legendary Fillmore in San Franscisco.Between regular stints on the Daily
Show as a “special correspondent,” a hectic stand up comedy schedule,
movie appearances and voice work … you have to wonder when she finds time to
For fans, the DVD release Kristen Schaal: Live at the
Fillmore is welcome news … it arrives uncensored and with extra
material not included in the Comedy Central cable presentation.
Not done yet!On
Mar. 12 a fully restored presentation of director Cecil B. DeMille’s 1949
Technicolor biblical epic, Samson and Delilah — starring Victor
Mature and Hedy Lamarr — will be making its long-awaited debut on DVD.
Mill Creek Entertainment reveals plans this past week for a
massive priced-to-sell DVD release slate that is primed for delivery to retail
on Feb. 19.
The 18-SKU onslaught is a blend of theatrical releases and
kidvid product offerings — nothing priced above $12.98, with most priced at
For starters there are a total of ten different triple
features (double-disc SKUs) containing such combinations as writer/director
Stephen Sommers’ Deep Rising (1998, Treat Williams, Kevin J. O’Connor and Famke
Janssen), The Puppet Masters (1994, Donald Sutherland) and The
Minion (1998, Dolph Lundgren) or the comedy triple-bill of It's
Pat (1994, Julia Sweeny), Cabin Boy (also 1994, Chris Elliot),
McKlusky, C.I. (2002, Dave Sheridan).
See page 12 of this week’s edition of the DVD & Blu-ray Release Report for a
complete listing of all of the Mill Creek Entertainment three-film sets heading
home on Feb. 19. Link to Report: DVD & Blu-ray Release Report
On the kidvid front there are seven different SKUs to select
from, including the three-disc, 32-episode animated series, Beverly
Hills Teens, Volume One, the four-disc collection of The
Wacky World of Tex Avery, Volume One (40 animated episodes) and Street
Sharks: The Complete Series (a four-disc collection featuring all 40
And lastly there is the bargain priced (just $9.98)
three-disc set titled 12 Family Movie Favorites.
It has been six years since the film adaptation of the video
game, Silent Hill, made a nice splash theatrically.We had expected a sequel sooner … it finally
arrived this year from writer/director Michael J. Bassett as a 3D film release
titled Silent Hill: Revelation.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment will be moving it to
the home entertainment arena on Feb. 12 as a three-SKU release — DVD,
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and 3D/2D Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (all sporting
The ARR is 109 days and the box office take was a little
light at just $17.5 million.
Writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green’s award-winning drama
about life — dealing with what life throws your way — in the Bronx, Gun
Hill Road, will be making its DVD debut on Mar. 5 courtesy of Virgil
Films & Entertainment.
The ARR is a leisurely 578 days and the box office take in
the film’s limited run was $148,994.
Enrique (Esai Morales — La Bamba, plus numerous TV series … NYPD
Blue, Vanished, Jericho, Fairly Legal, etc.) is
fresh from a three-year jolt in prison and back home in the Bronx.Life there would be tough enough, but he soon
learns that his wife (Judy Reyes — Scrubs) is having an affair … and,
worst yet, for a tough-as-nails felon it comes as quite a jolt that his teenage
son, Michael (played brilliantly by Harmony Santana), is a blossoming transgender
and into crossdressing.
Filmmaker Green could have taken the film in a number of
depressing … it is a long list of choices.Instead he elected to focus on the relationship between the father and
son, which makes for a compelling film (hence the festival awards and
It comes as no surprise that Enrique’s first reaction is to
“correct” Michael’s behavior, which pretty much means molding him into a junior
version of himself.Its only when he
realizes that his life isn’t all that great that he begins to accept his son
for who he is … it is not an easy path.
A Korean filmmaker, an 18th century French
novelist and the intrigue of Shanghai all come together in Well Go U.S.A.’s
Feb. 12 DVD and Blu-ray release of Dangerous Liaisons.
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos 1782 work, Les Liaisons Dangereuses,
has been brought to the screen several times, including director Stephen Frears
lavish 1988 film interpretation with Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle
Then there was Milos Forman’s Valmont
(1999) and who could forget Roger Vadim’s 1959 Les Liaisons Dangereuses
and its vision of post-war France as the battleground for the infamous games of
sexual intrigues (starring Jeanne Moreau, Gérard Philipe and Annette Vadim).
For director Jin-Ho Hur (April Snow, Happiness,
in August, etc.) the setting is — and in many ways very appropriate —
1931 Shanghai.A corrupt China, the
storm clouds of war with Japan rumbling in the distance and the “Paris of the
East” filled with the tensions of money, sex and power.Perfect!
This magnificently mounted production showcases the extraordinary
talents of Cecilia Cheung (Lost in Time, Fly Me to Polaris, etc.),
Jang Dong-gun (My Way, Friend, The Promise) and Zhang Ziyi
Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, etc.) in the
pivotal roles made famous over 200 years ago.Some new twists and adapted for the period, but the game is the same!
Presented Mandarin, with English subtitles, bonus features
include two featurettes — “The Making of Dangerous Liaisons” and “Behind the
Midnight Releasing has screen legend Franco Nero — Django
himself, no less — ready for some post-apocalyptic action on Feb. 19 in writer
/director Marco Rosson’s sci-fi thriller, New Order.
Twenty years in the future we find a bleak world where 90
percent of the population has been killed off by a viral plague … they were the
lucky ones.What remains are devastated
cities and a plague that continues unabated with no cure in sight.
But there is hope!Dr. Van Morgen (Franco Nero) has taken over
the research of his colleagues, who may (or may not) have been close to
discovering a cure before they went comatose.To move things along, he recruits five survivors who appear to be immune
to the virus … his hope is that they will be the final piece to the puzzle.
If you are a genre fan, your knee-jerk reaction to this set
up is that these five are just victims being stashed away at a remote cabin for
zombie hoards (or cannibals; rogue bikers; inbred hillbillies … take your pick)
to attack and in the process wipe out mankind’s only hope for salvation.
But Rosson throws us a curve in his debut outing as feature
film director with an even more difficult puzzle for Van Morgen to solve.His test subjects are starting to go
insane!!Is the cure worst that plague
Bonus features on the DVD release of New Order include deleted
scenes and a behind-the-scenes production featurette.
The 12th Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival
concluded its four days of film screenings (39 films in all) at the end of
October with the honor of the closing night selection being that of
actor-turned-director Fred Thomas Jr.’s 24-Hour Love.
In his directorial debut, Thomas deftly juggles seven
stories of love and relationships, complete with a range of emotions that run
the gamut from joy and laughter to drama and pain … love is, as his stellar
cast discover in their various relationships, more than just romance.
Included in the ensemble cast are Malinda Williams, Lynn
Whitfield, Tatyana Ali, Keith Robinson, Eva Marcille, Flex Alexander and Chico
Image Entertainment has selected Mar. 19 as the DVD debut
date for 24-Hour Love.
In other release news from Image this week, director Andrew
Weiner’s The Frankenstein Theory will be heading to DVD on Mar. 26.
In an interesting twist on Mary Shelley’s classic horror
tale, a group of academics head off to frozen wastelands of the Arctic to
investigate — and document — the possibility that her literary creation was
based on fact. They soon discover that
some tales of horror are best left at that, just stories to be read … not
experienced first hand!