New Blu-Ray releases to add to your collection
ANT-MAN Your imagination will explode with Ant-Man, an imaginative trip with a miniscule superhero and his army of ants as they save the world. It’s all about the magical Ant-Man suit, which allows master thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to shrink in scale but increase in strength. He must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a robbery that will save the world. The film succeeds on all levels, fully suspending disbelief as it plunges the audience relentlessly into an awe-inspiring experience that will blow your mind and take your breath away. Ant-Man took me back to two of my greatest films of all time: Fantastic Voyage, a 1966 medical science fiction film about a scientist who is nearly killed in an assassination attempt, and the medical team who shrink to microscopic size and venture into his body to repair damage to his brain; and The Fly (1958), which tells the story of a scientist who mutates into a human fly after one accidentally flew into his transportation machine and switches their DNA. It was followed by two sequels, Return of the Fly and Curse of the Fly. It was remade in 1986 as a film of the same name by director David Cronenberg. One of the things that was most important to director Peyton Reed was realising that, at its core, Ant-Man is a shrinking movie. “There’s a long history of cinematic movies from The Incredible Shrinking Man, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and just on up,” says Reed, “but this had to be 2015’s version of a shrinking movie and, by that, it means the bar is very, very high in terms of technology. It’s got to look photo-realistic. We have to believe that he’s shrinking and part of that is what are the methodologies? How are we going to do this? It used to be that you’d bring in the giant pencil or the giant baseball but we didn’t use any of that in the movie.” The fantastic bonus features include some great behind the scenes featurettes, a delightful audio commentary by director Peyton Reed and actor Paul Rudd, deleted and extended scenes, and a gag reel.
CINDERELLA bursts into glorious life on Blu-Ray with excellent features that take you into the creative process from page to screen, as well as behind the scenes clips and interviews. It’s an enchanting masterwork from legendary filmmaker Kenneth inspired by the classic fairy tale, bringing to life the beloved characters and timeless images from the studio’s 1950 animated masterpiece in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. It’s a spectacular cinematic experience for anyone who needs an invigorating injection of magic, romance and storytelling at its best. Read review
INSIDE OUT Disney•Pixar’s super-sensational Inside Out ventures inside the mind to find out and is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD. Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by light-hearted optimist Joy, whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear heads up safety, Anger ensures all is fair and Disgust prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else. The 2D Blu-Ray has some great features: Riley’s First Date? (In-Home Exclusive Animated Short Film) – Riley, now 12, is hanging out at home with her parents in San Francisco when potential trouble comes knocking: a boy shows up at the door. Can Mom and Dad’s emotions handle “Riley’s First Date?” LAVA (Theatrical Short Film) – Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, LAVA is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out – Inside Out filmmakers, from voice actors to animators to production crew, talk about their paths, their goals, the challenges they’ve faced and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Mixed Emotions – Inside Out’s filmmakers talk about how they decided which emotions to focus on in the story and how they went about creating each one’s distinct personality and visual identity. And Audio Commentary from directors Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen, and producer Jonas Rivera. Feature: Go behind the scenes of Inside Out
MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Continuing the epic, big-screen action adventure of a lifetime started in Marvel’s “The Avengers,” the Super Hero dream team is back to protect the world from the greatest threat mankind has ever. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) , Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner ), are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the mysterious Ultron (James Spader) emerges, the team must reassemble in order to stop the terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. The Blu-Ray 1-disc edition has some great features that include a making of featurette and a look at where it was filmed (including Johannesburg), and an insightful audio commentary by writer-director Josh Whedon. Read more
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Absolutely awesome and totally sensational, Mad Max: Fury Road is an ultimate hard core apocalyptic epic with heart! This is what filmmaking is all about – a visceral experience that relentlessly grabs hold of you from the first frame until the climatic ending. It is masterfully directed by George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, who plunges us into the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. With Mad Max: Fury Road, director/writer/producer George Miller unleashes a world gone mad with the concussive force of a high-octane road war as only he can deliver it. The mastermind behind the seminal Mad Max trilogy has pushed the limits of contemporary cinema to reimagine the beauty and chaos of the post-apocalyptic world he created and the mythical road warrior adrift within it. The Blu-Ray includes dome super features that take you behind the scenes, with exciting interviews and quips. Read review
TOMORROWLAND Dreamers Wanted…Disney invites you to an incredible world of epic imagination where anything is possible. Buckle your seat belt, as the director of The Incredibles takes your family on an action-packed thrill ride. Join former boy genius Frank (George Clooney), optimistic, science-minded teen Casey (Britt Robertson), mysterious Athena (Raffey Cassidy) and the brilliant David Nix (Hugh Laurie) in a world of pure Disney imagination. Tomorrowland, A World Beyond transports you on an inspiring and magical journey of wonder and adventure to a place where if you can dream it, you can do it. A screenplay by Lost writer & co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Damon Lindelof & Brad Bird & Jeff Jensen, Tomorrowland, A World Beyond definitely takes you on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of. Read more Feature: An Idea Becomes Tomorrowland