Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Queen Mega DVD Set From Eagle Rock Entertainment On Nov. 19

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Just when you thought that it couldn’t get any better, it suddenly did.   Eagle Rock Entertainment announced this past week that a six-disc, four-concert mega collection of all-things Queen has been added to its Nov. 19 release calendar.

At the core of the collection is the new-to-DVD release of Queen: Live in Rio, a 16 number set filmed live in front of 250,000 fans during the Rock in Rio Festival in January of 1985.
Teaming with Queen: Live in Rio are both sell-out concerts featured in the Queen: Live at Wembley Stadium 25th Anniversary Edition (a 27-song extravaganza), the 1981 Queen: Rock Montreal concert (a 26-song set) and the 1982 live concert, Queen: On Fire – Live at the Bowl (which comes loaded with a bonus disc featuring additional performances in both Tokyo and Vienna as part of the “Hot Space” tour).

When you add it all up, fans of Freddy Mercury and Queen get ten solid hours worth of entertainment!

Also added to the release calendar on Nov. 19 and DVD and Blu-ray editions of Cliff Richard: ''Still Reelin' And A-Rockin'.   Filmed lived in Sydney, Australia earlier this year, this 28 song set features the likes of “Willie And The Hand Jive,” “Singing The Blues,” “Reelin' & Rockin',” “Devil Woman” and “The Young Ones.”

Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes documentary.

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Virgil Films And Entertainment's Kiss The Water To DVD On Jan. 7

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Her name was spoken by those who knew of her skills with great reverence.  Indeed, Queen Elizabeth awarded her the British Empire Medal to celebrate and acknowledge her work — she apologized for not being able to attend the ceremony and meet Her Majesty as there was no one about to care for her dog in her absence.   The Queen understood and took no slight.

Prince Charles, who was a fan of her handcrafted work (her finished products had names like Green Butt and the Woolly Hugger), would later journey to Scotland and present the British Empire Medal to her in person.   Think about that for a moment — the likely future King of England journeying to Scotland to seek out a commoner.  Such high praise indeed!

Virgil Films & Entertainment will open Q1’14 with the Jan. 7 DVD debut of documentary filmmaker Eric Steel’s Kiss the Water, a loving tribute to the late goddess of salmon fishing lures, Megan Boyd.

In the remote Scottish village of Kintradwell (about 40 miles north of Inverness in the northern most reaches of Scotland) Megan Boyd fashioned the most incredible Atlantic salmon fishing lures known to man.   Her work was coveted by both those fished the golden trophy and those who sought the lures for their art.  

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyShe created her lures; her art in a hut by the shore and lived nearby without modern conveniences — including electricity — and never sold her work to the locals for more than the equivalent of a dollar during the five decades that she toiled at her craft.   

However, her individual fishing lures — just small trinkets — are now valued by collectors at over a thousand dollars each … and the irony of it all, she never caught or killed a salmon!!!

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Breaking Glass Pictures Tabs Dec. 3 For Director Dan Hunt's Mr. Angel Documentary

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Breaking Glass Pictures has added documentary filmmaker Dan Hunt’s Mr. Angel to its Dec. 3 DVD release calendar.   

Mr. Angel was filmed over a seven year period and the result is a riveting look at the life of Buck Angel, a former fashion model, an award-winning actor in the adult film industry and a transgender rights advocate.   One look at Buck Angel — a buff, shaved-headed tattooed hulk — and you might be surprised to learn that “he” was born female and has not undergone any surgical alterations.  

Interviews with industry colleagues, including Jenna Jameson and Ron Jeremy, plus Buck Angel’s wife, Elayne Angel — a professional body piercer and modification artist — are included in Hunt’s feature-length documentary.

Bonus features include deleted scenes and two featurettes — “Reflections from Buck’s Colleagues” and “Reflections from Buck’s Family” — and a photo gallery.

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Image Entertainment Expands January 2014 DVD Release Calendar

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With Danny Trejo starring in Voodoo Possession on Jan. 14 and director Evan Tramel’s Black Water Vampire following on Jan. 21, plus the six-strong selection of Criterion Collection Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs in place — including the much anticipated It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (2 Blu-ray/3 DVD Combo Pack) on Jan. 21 — Image Entertainment is off to a rip-roaring start for Q1’14.

But Image is not done yet!  This past week they added to the mix with the Jan. 7 single-disc DVD SKU titled Two Great Stage Plays: In Sickness and in Health/To Love and to Cherish (the former starring Chico Benymon, Jennifer Freeman, Roger Guenveur Smith and Golden Brooks, while the latter showcases the talents of Mel Jackson, Denise Boutte, Tommy Ford, Tammy Townsend, Mishon Ratliff and Shirley Murdock).

The following week, Jan. 14, a number of DVD product offerings were also announced … these include: Ancient Secrets of the Bible: Angel Encounters (a double-disc set), Best of Jack Hanna's Into the Wild (also two discs), director Emile Ardolino’s Chances Are (teaming Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey Jr., Ryan O'Neal and Mary Stuart Masterson), Double Feature: I Will Follow/24-Hour Love and New Three Stooges: Cartoon Classics (a two disc collection).

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Death Wish: 40th Anniversary Edition On Blu-ray From Warner Home Video Feb. 4

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Warner Home Video has expanded its Blu-ray product offerings that have a Feb. 4 street date with two new additions this week.   Of note, already in place is filmmaker Clint Eastwood’s Best Picture-winner, Million Dollar Baby: 10th Anniversary Edition.

Getting the “anniversary edition” Blu-ray treatment is director Michael Winner’s 1974 film adaptation of the Brian Garfield urban vigilante novel, Death Wish: 40th Anniversary Edition.  This iconic Charles Bronson crime thriller spawned not one, but four sequels.   

No word as of yet as to any bonus nuggets included with this Blu-ray launch.

On Feb. 4 also look for the Blu-ray debut of director Brad Silberling’s City of Angels, starring Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan.

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One Direction: This Is Us On DVD And Blu-ray From Sony Pictures Home Entertainment On Dec.17

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will celebrate the latest boy band’s 15 minutes of fame on Dec. 17 with the three-SKU product push for filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s One Direction: This is Us.   The ARR is 109 days and the box office haul for this London 02 Arena concert film currently stands at $28.9 million.

Planned for release are a stand-alone DVD edition, plus two Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs — one with and one without a 3D viewing option.   All three SKUs include UltraViolet.   

Bonus features include a trio of featurettes and the music video titled “Best Song Ever”  — exclusive to the Blu-rays are additional concert footage and three additional featurettes.

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Lionsgate Home Entertainments Says You're Next On Jan. 14

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It would appear that Lionsgate Home Entertainment has turned to Q1’14 for its new Blu-ray and DVD product announcements.

Streeting on Jan. 14 is director Adam Wingard’s mixed-genre murder thriller (home invasion) and horror film, You’re Next.  The ARR for separate Blu-ray and DVD releases (both include UltraViolet) works out to 144 days and the box office tally was $18.5 million.

Bonus goodies include two commentary options — both with director Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, with or without actors Sharni Vinson and Barbara Crampton — and the featurette titled “No Ordinary Home Invasion: The Making Of You're Next.”

Also heading home as DVD and Blu-ray SKUs (with UltraViolet) on Jan. 14 is director James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now.   The ARR is 165 days and the box office take was a light $6.8 million.