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New Blu-ray Buzz: This Week's Picks
Let It Go! Frozen is finally here; Jennifer Lawrence and the gang set the '70s on fire in American Hustle; Keanu battles mystical creatures in 47 Ronin; Tom Hanks channels Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks; Idris Elba is Mandela and much more in new releases.
The Oscar-winning Disney insta-classic is here! Dreams do come true for Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Idina Menzel, as their animated adventure has proven to be one of the best in ages from the Mouse House. The visually stunning film showcases not one but two classic Disney princesses in the story of Anna (voiced by Bell), a modest princess and fearless optimist who teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) on an epic journey (encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, played by a goofy Gad) to find Anna's sister Elsa (Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Featuring the Oscar-winning song Let It Go, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes such bonus features as The Making of Frozen, deleted scenes with director intros, Let It Go music video, the original Disney short Get a Horse and more!
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David O. Russell's highly anticipated follow-up to Silver Linings Playbook is a force to be reckoned with, given its all-star cast and irresistible late '70s setting. The film is based on the true story of Irving Rosenfeld (played by a barely recognizable Christian Bale), a notorious financial con artist from the Bronx who, along and his Brit mistress/partner-in-crime Sydney (Amy Adams), was forced to work with out-of-control FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) to expose other con artists, mobsters and politicians -- including volatile New Jersey mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), who manages to keep his community afloat despite a recession. The tale of corruption is highlighted by Jennifer Lawrence as Rosenfeld's Long Island housewife, flaunting a loose-cannon demeanor that threatens to derail the entire operation.
Saving Mr. Banks
Tom Hanks channels Walt Disney himself opposite Emma Thompson's P.L. Travers in the charming, poignant Saving Mr. Banks -- the first film to dramatically portray the Mouse House legend onscreen. Banks takes a straightforward look at the volatile creative process, real-life struggle and untold backstory of how Mary Poppins made it to the big screen. Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie out of the beloved Travers book, but when the curmudgeonly and uncompromising Travers refused to yield to Disney's magical vision, his promise to his daughters turned into a 20-year quest to obtain the rights and find a way to please Travers. Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Bradley Whitford, Ruth Wilson, Melanie Paxson and Annie Rose Buckley also star.
Keanu Reeves returns to the action-adventure genre as a half-white, half-Japanese warrior who joins the fight of 47 leaderless samurai (aka Ronin) who vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people after a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind. Fighting their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors, the samurai must transform Keanu's character into a true hero -- and their most deadly weapon -- who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity. Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki and Tadanobu Asano co-star.
The Hidden Fortress
The entertaining 1958 adventure film from Japanese master director Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) is now on Criterion Blu-ray & DVD! A major influence on George Lucas' story for Star Wars and full of humor, breathtaking action and humanity, The Hidden Fortress stars Toshiro Mifune (Yojimbo) as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan’s fierce princess (Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. Special features include the 2003 documentary on the making of the film, part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create; a 2001 interview with George Lucas about Kurosawa; a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Catherine Russell and much more.
Samuel L. Jackson and Dominic Cooper display a winning chemistry in this pulpy page-turner of a thriller. Dominic plays up-and-coming District Attorney Mitch Brockden, a straight-arrow family man whose life takes a serious turn when he unintentionally commits a hit-and-run. The case ironically lands in his lap, and with a personal stake in it, he feels compelled to manipulate the proceedings to acquit Clinton Davis (Jackson), the accused criminal who was found with the body and blamed for the crime. When Davis walks away without a conviction, Mitch's worst fears come true when he learns that his actions freed a guilty man -- and he may be the next target of a serial killer. Also starring Gloria Reuben, Reasonable Doubt is directed by Peter P. Croudins and written by Peter A. Dowling (Flightplan, Antitrust).
Kill Your Darlings
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Daniel Radcliffe disappears into the role of Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg in this jazz-fueled indie drama, a previously untold tale of murder that brought together a young Ginsberg, On the Road writer Jack Kerouac (played by Jack Huston) and Naked Lunch scribe William Burroughs (played by Ben Foster) at Columbia University in 1944. The true story of their friendship -- and connection to murder -- played a key role in their development as artists, leading to the birth of the Beat Revolution of the '50s. Directed by John Krokidas, Kill Your Darlings also stars Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Elizabeth Olsen.
Monsters: The Complete Series
The fan-favorite '90s horror anthology series from the executive producer of Tales from the Darkside is now available for the first time in a complete set! Featuring awesome make-up effects from Oscar winner Dick Smith (The Exorcist), this collection features all 72 episodes on 9 discs, with tales of the scary, funny, grotesque and absurd boasting such guest stars as Lili Taylor, David Spade, Tony Shalhoub, Steve Buscemi, Gina Gershon, Linda Blair and Chris Noth, plus rockers Deborah Harry and Meatloaf!
The Patience Stone
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Afghanistan’s 2012 submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, The Patience Stone features a tour-de-force performance by actress Golshifteh Farahani as a young woman in a war-torn country who watches over her injured older husband, reduced to a comatose state after taking a bullet to the neck. After years of living under his control with no voice of her own, she begins to speak to the unconscious man openly -- extraordinary confessions without restraint – and begins a relationship with a young soldier, leading to her own self-discovery. Includes a "making-of" featurett.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Idris Elba takes on the incredible real-life journey of the late, iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela in this intense biopic. From his early life, education, and marriage to Winnie Mandela (Skyfall star Naomi Harris) to his 27-year prison sentence and becoming South Africa’s first democratically elected president, working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society, the film truly captures Mandela's charisma and grace and passion. The film also includes U2's Academy Award-nominated Best Original Song, Ordinary Love. Special features include Mandela: The Leader You Know, The Man You Didn’t and Feature Commentary with Director Justin Chadwick, a Tribute Video Gallery and more.