Sandra Bullock and George Clooney struggle for survival above Earth inGravity; the mighty Thor is back inThe Dark World; Will Forte and Bruce Dern head toNebraska; James Franco stirs up trouble for Jason Statham inHomefrontand more in new releases.
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New on Blu-ray & DVD: February 25
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney struggle for survival above Earth in Gravity; the mighty Thor is back in The Dark World; Will Forte and Bruce Dern head to Nebraska; James Franco stirs up trouble for Jason Statham in Homefront and more in new releases.
The Oscar-nominated Gravity puts the audience in the spacesuits of a pair of astronauts struggling to survive after a disaster in space separates them from their ship. Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. On a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes and the shuttle is destroyed, leaving the astronauts completely alone -- tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. Can they figure out a way to make it home alive? Bonus features include shot breakdowns and the featurettes Sandra's Surprise!, Gravity Mission Control, Collision Point: The Race to Clean Up Space (narrated by Ed Harris) and the short film Aningaaq.
Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picure, Nebraska stars Bruce Dern as a stubborn, somewhat cantankerous Wyoming man who thinks he's struck it rich after receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail. Determined to collect his supposed $1 million prize in the next state, his son (played by Will Forte) finally gives in and takes him on a road trip to Nebraska to claim the fortune, and to also spend some time with his equally eccentric family, who suddenly become very interested in his "winnings." Also starring June Squibb, Stacy Keach and Bob Odenkirk, the Nebraska Blu-ray Combo Pack includes The Making of Nebraska, a six-part featurette covering the film's script, cast and characters, locations, shooting in black and white and more.
Thor: The Dark World
Marvel/Walt Disney Pictures
Following the events of The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World finds Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins back for the sequel that finds the classic Marvel Comics character battling to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself -- an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith (played by Christopher Eccleston) looking to plunge the universe back into darkness. In order to defeat his powerful enemy, Thor must forge an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save the people he loves -- and the universe itself. Marvel's Thor: The Dark World also stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander and features a gag reel, never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes, the Marvel One-Shot short film All Hail the King, a preview of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, audio commentary and much more.
Jason Statham plays a former DEA officer and devoted single dad who relocates to the Louisiana bayou, only to be forced to battle vengeful bikers and meth kingpins in the gritty action-thriller Homefront. Co-written by Sylvester Stallone, the film stars Jason as Phil Broker, a family man who moves off the grid with his daughter to a seemingly quiet bayou backwater to escape his troubled past. But when Broker's daughter gets involved in a playground scuffle with a bully at school, the boy's meth-addict mother (played by Kate Bosworth) recruits her drug kingpin brother Gator (James Franco) to rattle the Broker cage, forcing Broker back into action in order to save his family and the town. Winona Ryder, Clancy Brown, Frank Grillo and Rachelle Lefevre co-star.
L.A. Law: Season One
The signature series of the late '80s/early '90s is now on DVD for the first time! An ensemble cast featuring Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins, Michele Greene, Jimmy Smits, Michael Tucker, Susan Ruttan and Richard Dysart star in this Emmy-winning series about fictional law firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney & Kuzak, where a team of ambitious and competitive attorneys must face the conflicts between their personal desires, their obligations as lawyers, and their principles as human beings. The collectible DVD set contains all 22 first-season episodes as well as new interviews with creator Steven Bochco, Jimmy Smits, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Susan Ruttan and more!
Blue Is The Warmest Color on Criterion
The controversial Cannes Film Festival hit hailed by Steven Spielberg is now on Blu-ray & DVD from Criterion! A courageous tale of a young woman’s experiences of first love and sexual awakening, newcomer Adèle Excharpoulos plays a high schooler who plunges into a thrilling relationship with a female twenty something art student, played by Léa Seydoux. Bonus features include new English subtitle translation and a booklet featuring an essay by critic B. Ruby Rich.
Tess on Criterion
A young Nastassja Kinski stuns in this 1979 film directed by Roman Polanski in his prime, now on Criterion Blu-ray & DVD. An adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles, the film follows the struggles of a strong-willed peasant girl (Kinski) after her father sends her to local aristocrats to capitalize on a rumor that their families are from the same line, resulting in unexpected sex, class, betrayal, and revenge. The new 4K digital restoration supervised by Polanski, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray includes such bonus features as Once Upon a Time . . . Tess, a 2006 documentary on the film; three programs on the making of the film; an interview with Polanski from a 1979 episode of The South Bank Show; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Colin MacCabe and more.
King of the Hill on Criterion
Director Steven Soderbergh's long-absent masterpiece returns on Criterion Blu-ray and DVD. Set in St. Louis during the Great Depression, the touching King of the Hill stars Jesse Bradford as a resourceful and imaginative adolescent who must survive on his own in a run-down hotel after his tubercular mother is sent to a sanatorium. during his salesman father’s long business trips. Karen Allen, Adrien Brody, Katherine Heigl, Lauryn Hill, Elizabeth McGovern and Spalding Gray co-star. Special features include new interviews with Soderbergh and A. E. Hotchner, author of the memoir on which the film is based; Against Tyranny, exploring Soderbergh’s unique approach to character subjectivity; The Underneath, Soderbergh’s 1995 follow-up feature; and a booklet featuring an essay by critic Peter Tonguette, a 1993 interview with Soderbergh, and an excerpt from Hotchner’s 1972 memoir.
Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season
The third season is here on Blu-ray & DVD! Follow the fantastical adventures of unlikely heroes Finn & Jake in one of Cartoon Network’s most popular series as they traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants!
The Shadow on Blu-ray
Who knows what evil lurks in the shadow of men? The Shadow knows! Alec Baldwin stars in this updated version of the classic crime-fighting superhero from visionary filmmaker Russell Mulcahy. The Shadow takes on his most dangerous nemesis yet: the last descendant of the great Genghis Khan whose weapon of choice is an atomic bomb. With the fate of humanity hanging in the balance, they square off for a spectacular battle in a dazzling mixture of mind-blowing special effects, humor and a dose of the macabre that will hold you spellbound! John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle, Ian McKellen, Jonathan Winters and Tim Curry co-star. Bonus features include new interviews with director Mulcahy, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller, Production Designer Joseph Nemec, III., Director of Photography Stephen H. Burum and Writer David Koepp.