The Last Jedi feels like a Star Wars movie made by a fan unafraid to take risks.

Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.

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Fantastic Bonus Features on 2-Disc Blu Ray

Even better, this is quite possible the most extras stacked disc ever awarded to a Star Wars film on it’s initial release. That’s damn exciting for those of us who loved the movie. Everyone else will only find more reasons to whine about The Last Jedi on this disc, if only because it essentially stars Rian Johnson. The biggest and most substantial feature is a 95-minute documentary about the making of the movie from Johnson’s point of view. It’s a fascinating presentation of what it’s like to be at the center of such a massive production, coming from a guy who loved the experience so much that he’s visually emotional as the project nears completion. The doc is filled with incredible footage, from the massive nippily milk puppet being helicoptered over to Luke’s isolated Irish island, to Carrie Fisher cracking wise with her castmates on her last day ever playing Princess Leia. It’s an extraordinary doc for those who care, featuring moments guaranteed for internet infamy (get ready for more jokes from Hamill about Johnson’s take on Luke and a Solo spoiler that’ll piss off anyone who didn’t consider the origin of a certain prop for ten consecutive seconds) as well as very quiet human moments that grounds a massive production in ways rarely seen on a DVD promo doc. It’s a special thing. It’s also very telling that the Rogue One DVD doc focused on Kathleen Kennedy and her team of producers, while Johnson is the focus here. But that’s a different discussion for a different day.

Since the main Last Jedi doc is such a specific director’s journey dealing with the day-to-day realities of film production, Johnson also gets a second 10 minute documentary about his theories on the nature of the force as well as a delightfully detailed audio commentary track over the feature. Both boast quite in depth discussions about the motivations behind his storytelling decisions and prove what a thoughtful and measured filmmaker he truly is (despite what you may have heard from WampaLover69 on Twitter). There are also three technical breakdowns of particularly challenging scenes that’ll be catnip for special effects nerds (running just over 30 minutes total), a wonderful peak at Andy Serkis’ pre-mo-cap performance and a half hour of deleted scenes with optional director’s commentary. In a pleasant surprise, there are actually some damn delightful dropped scenes here. For the sake of pacing and The Last Jedi not stretching to 3 hours, Johnson and co. made the right call cutting all the excess material. However, the hysterical deleted scenes with the frog force nuns are almost worth the price of the disc alone. It was actually worth cramming all of this material on the supplements disc for once. Thank god.

So what we have here is easily the best stand alone Star Wars Blu-ray release to date for easily the best Star Warsmovie since the 80s. 

From Marvel Studios comes the highly anticipated Captain America: Civil War, the third film in the Captain America franchise and the first film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War L to R: Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2016

Based on the beloved Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is directed by Emmy Award-winning directors Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

With each of the first two films in the franchise having different styles and tones, the Russo brothers explain how they approached “Civil War.” “The concept of Civil War is very important,” says Joe Russo. “Our goal was to tell the story in such a way that both sides have really compelling cases. Both Tony Stark and Steve Rogers individually as characters have very compelling points of view.  We wanted people to be conflicted and torn, which creates a sense of tension about what’s going to happen going forward after this film.”

While the Russo brothers wanted to continue the visceral tone established in “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” they also wanted that dynamic to permeate throughout the entire cast of characters.  “Every character in this film has a distinct voice,” says Anthony Russo. “After working together on ‘Winter Soldier,’ they deeply understand the tone that we like to bring to these films. It’s more grounded; it’s based in realism. There are also political undertones that reflect real world issues in the story, which gives it an immediacy for the audience.”

Bonus Features

  • Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight in their audio commentary and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the film.
  • The United We Stand, Divided We Fall feature takes us behind the scenes with two exciting doccies. This insightful behind-the-scenes journey reveals more about the characters, from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. It also looks at a landmark in the Marvel saga, examining their stories through exclusive footage and interviews. You will discover what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, and how the epic action sequences were filmed.
  • You can explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority in ”Captain America: The Road To Civil War”.
  • From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Universe with ”Iron Man: The Road to Civil War”.
  • Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange is an exclusive sneak peek behind and beyond the scenes of Doctor Strange.

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The Jungle Book is a must-have for anyone with a heart

The Jungle Book is now available on Blu-Ray in a super-fantastic double-disc edition that includes the 3D and 2D discs, as well as a load of fun features, including an entertaining and insightful audio commentary by multi-talented director Jon Favreau, who delivers a candid and humourous scene-by-scene perspective on this magical, larger-than-live, live-action epic adventure that showcases the art of animation, storytelling and filmmaking, blending live-action performances with stunning CG environments and extraordinary photo-real animal characters.

This is a film the world has been waiting for and it exceeds expectations, giving fervent fans more than they could ever have wished for, and newcomers an introduction that will lead to explorations of its rich history and the animated classics on DVD and Blu-Ray, earning fans across generations and rooting Mowgli and his animal friends and foes in hearts around the world.

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With iconic songs like Terry Gilkyson’s “The Bare Necessities” and the Sherman Brothers’ “I Wanna Be Like You,” the film’s soundtrack still inspires instantaneous humming and toe tapping today, and has been reworked for the new version.

Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Chef) directed The Jungle Book from a screenplay by Justin Marks (Top Gun 2, TV’s Rewind) that was based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and was inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, with an approach all its own. It was the last film that Walt Disney oversaw. He passed away in 1966, the year before the film’s release.

jungle-book-800The Jungle Book is an unforgettable epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera, and the free-spirited bear Baloo. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa, a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie, who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

Bonus features: 

  • The delightful Jungle Book Reimagined features director Jon Favreau, producer Brigham Taylor and visual effects supervisor Robert Legato talking about the years they devoted to reimagining this timeless tale, it looks at how Rudyard Kipling’s original stories and the classic animated film influenced their unique approach, how the technical wizardry enabled the team to create a believable and thrilling movie experience, and how they borrowed a page from Walt Disney’s innovative playbook to make it all happen. It also looks at the all-star voice cast who helped to bring the colourful character’s to life, as well as the musicians who underscored the emotional journey with a magical score.
  • I Am Mowgli follows 12-year-old Neel Sethi, who was selected from thousand of hopefuls worldwide to play Mowgli; it looks at Neel’s life before Hollywood came calling, his audition that sealed the deal, and his working relationship with Favreau. Neel also shares how filming Jungle Book was one wild ride, working alongside imaginary animals and performing some super stunts.
  • King Louie’s Temple: Layer by Layer reveals how the musical number was created featuring one man-cub, a gigantic and legendary ape, and an army of wild and wily monkeys in the Seeonee jungle.  It’s fun watching Christopher Walken having fun during the recording session bringing the big ape to life in the I Wann’a Be Like You sequence.

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An epic Super Hero journey like no other.

Fans of Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice are treated to 2 hours of features on the Blu-Ray release with 10 smashing bonus featurettes.

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BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs.  And with Batman and Superman at war with each other, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has ever known before. Nearly two years have passed since Metropolis suffered a battle unlike anything Earth has ever seen.  Many lives were saved, but one man can’t forget those lost in the annihilation, and now Bruce Wayne lives with a simmering rage that has begun to boil over into a feeling of powerlessness, the kind that turns good men into vengeful warriors.  Indeed, it’s the very stuff of nightmares that drives the Batman to leave his mark on the criminals of Gotham, even as he turns an eye toward the greater prize.

BatmanPit the two greatest heroes in the world against each other and the unthinkable becomes inevitable in the form of a truly seismic clash: Batman, the underground vigilante, a knight in the darkness, and Superman, the unbeatable alien in the sky—who can possibly win such a war?

 

 

 

The bonus features are:

  • Uniting The World’s Finest: A fascinating sneak peek at the future films of DCs bold new cinematic superheroes Wonder Woman, (releases in 2017 with Gal Gadot, who also stars in Batman vs Superman and will also star in Justice League), Aquaman (the character is set to appear in Justice League, followed by his solo film in 2018, starring Jason Momoa), Flash (set for release in 2018, starring Ezra Miller, who appeared as the crime-fighting hero in brief sequences in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will also be making a cameo in Suicide Squad, before teaming up with the other DC heroes inJustice League next year), and  Cyborg (set for release in 2020, starring Ray Fisher, the actor who plays Cyborg in Batman vs Superman.) There’s also a preview of Suicide Squad (releasing on August 5 this year),
  • Gods And Men: A Meeting Of Giants: Become a witness to history and discover how everything in Batman vs Superman’s pasts have beeb leading up to this ultimate, epic showdown.
  • The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder: Explore the origin, evolution and powerful impact on popular culture by the legendary Amazonnian Wonder Woman.
  • Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile: Batman’s newest ride is sleek, tough, loud and fast as hell. Host Sai Masekele goes under the hood of the celebrated vehicle, then puts rubber to the road.
  • Analysing A New Legacy Of Design: Superman: Experience the transformation as Henry Cavill goes from the earnest journalist in glasses and tweed to a powerful godlike being in a streamlined caped costume.
  • Analysing A New Legacy Of Design: Batman: From cape to cowl and from rugged body armour to carefully tailored suits, Batman’s outer gear perfectly camouflages and expresses the fury that simmers within.
  • Analysing A New Legacy Of Design: Wonder Woman: From her gladiator-influenced costume to her shield and sword, she is the mortal incarnation of a warrior goddess.
  • Analysing A New Legacy Of Design: The Batcave: Nature and technology exist side by side in Batman’s breathtaking and modernistic subterranean digs.
  • The Might And The Power Of A Punch: A dynamic and illustrative look at the power, physics and fascinating details that make the battle between Batman and Superman formidable.
  • The Empire Of Luthor: Explore the inception of an entirely new interpretation of Lex Luthor, including an examination of his storied history in the comics and what makes him tick.
  • Save The Bats: It delves into the cast and crew’s campaign to spread awareness for a worthy cause. In 2014, director Zack Snyder joined stars Ben Affleck and Amy Adams in a video to promote Save the Bats Week. The production even contributed materials recycled from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set to build new bat habitats to help these dying creatures. North American bats have been dying off lately due to the spread of a fungus called White Noise Syndrome, which has killed more than 6 million bats to date, as the species is on the brink of extinction.

 

Creed explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story

Creed reunites award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler with his “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, and explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story, starring Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role.

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Ryan Coogler directed from a screenplay he wrote with Aaron Covington, based on a story by Coogler.

It takes strength and determination to be a world-class fighter.  But for Adonis Johnson, even with boxing in his blood, it will take something more: Rocky Balboa.  To step out from the shadow of Apollo Creed, the father he never knew, Adonis must get Rocky back in the ring.

Although the former champ has been out of the fight game for some time, Adonis reminds him of the tough, young upstart he himself once was.  After some prodding, Rocky agrees to train him, his way.

The challenge of re-envisioning the ultimate underdog story that began with “Rocky” was one that writer/director Ryan Coogler considered even before he was out of film school.

“I grew up watching ‘Rocky’ movies with my dad; it was our thing,” he states.  “Rocky is a character that people just connect with—action fans, drama fans, hopeless romantics, even just movie fans—everyone likes ‘Rocky’ movies because they have something for everyone.”

The Bonus features include ‘Know the Past, Own the Future”, with the cast and crew talking about the challenges of building on the Rocky series; in ‘Becoming Adonis’ you can see how Michael B. Jordan prepared for the hardcore training sequences and fights; and there’s some interesting deleted scenes.

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An extraordinary adventure with a lot of heart, a lot of soul.

Moby-Dick is fiction; however In the Heart of the Sea brings to life the powerful saga that would fuel Melville’s defining and enduring novel.

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It is one of the greatest seafaring tales of all time: the Nantucket whaling ship Essex was attacked by a leviathan—a white whale of singular size and intent—leaving only a few of its crew to overcome near-impossible odds and live to recount their experience.

But in the almost 200 years since that harrowing voyage, the truth faded into history, eclipsed by the celebrated novel it inspired, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.

Now, with acclaimed director Ron Howard at the helm, the legend of the Essex, her courageous crew, and that mythic white whale comes to Blu-Ray for the first time in the epic adventure In the Heart of the Sea.

Moby-Dick is fiction; however “In the Heart of the Sea” brings to life the powerful saga that would fuel Melville’s defining and enduring novel.

Oscar winner Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”) directs the action adventure based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex.

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance.  The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.  But that told only half the story.  “In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive.  Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade.

It stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers, The Huntsman: Winter’s War) as the vessel’s veteran first mate, Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight Rises) as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw (Spectre, The Danish Girl) as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event three decades later helped bring the story to light.  Tom Holland (The Impossible) also stars as young seaman Tom Nickerson, and Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow, Suffragette) as the elder Nickerson, 30 years older.

Bonus Features

  • Director Ron Howard’s Captain’s Log, following the director’s film making voyage via exclusive production photos and his personal Twitter feed
  • Chris Hemsworth and Benjamin Walker dive into their character’s combative rivalry.
  • You can uncover the true stories of courage and obsession that inspired the classic novel Moby Dick.
  • There are also deleted and extended scenes.

 

 

Experience The Sensation Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens At Home

You don’t have to be a fan to enjoy the magnificent 2-disc Blu-Ray edition of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars 2Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records when it exploded on the big screen and became the cinematic event of a generation with over $2.05 billion worldwide.

Now, this epic experience from Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams takes us back again to a galaxy far, far away on a magnificent 2-disc Blu-Ray edition that’s a definite must for any collector. It is also available on DVD. Win a Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD and Cap!

Fans can now discover the complete story behind the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with insightful and entertaining in-depth documentary and bonus material that turns a spectacular cinematic experience into an intimate and rewarding journey at home.

Secrets are revealed at last through extensive footage, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers.  The features include:

  • Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey –  For the first time, discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers that takes you into the heart and soul of the film and its journey to film.
  • The Story Awakens: The Table Read – Cast members familiar and new reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the screenplay.  This is really a fantastic nostalgic trip.
  • Building BB-8 – Find out how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favourite in the Star Wars universe.
  • Crafting Creatures – Watch movie magic as filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life.
  • Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight – Go deeper into the epic, cinematic light saber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren.
  • John Williams: The Seventh Symphony – The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Wars and The Force Awakens.
  • ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force – An insider’s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the film’s visual effects.
  • Force For Change – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. See how the Stars Wars: Force for Change initiative has united Star Wars fans all over the globe to help others.

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Directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Lawrence Kasdan, Abrams and Michael Arndt,  Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by J.J. Abrams & Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt.

Interviews with: Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan     Producer Kathleen Kennedy    Harrison Ford     J.J. Abrams

The Good Dinosaur Is A Must For Animation Buffs!

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Pixar Animation Studio’s absolutely delightful The Good Dinosaur is now available on Blu-Ray, taking you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend named Spot.

If ever there was a Blu-Ray made for wannabe animators or anyone interested in animation, this is most definitely it.

The insightful and entertaining bonus features take you on an incredible journey into the world of animation, what it takes to be an animator, and how a film like The Good Dinosaur was created.

The features include a fantastic ‘Filmmaker’s Journey’, a hilarious ‘Every Part of the Dinosaur’, ‘Following the T-Rex trail’ and ‘True Lies About Dinosaurs’.

If this is not enough, there’s an excellent audio commentary with director Peter Sohn and his creative team, who intelligently deconstruct each scene and talk about how the film was made.

And, as an extra bonus, there’s the award-winning and Oscar-nominated animated short film Sanjay’s Super Team, a superb father and son story that compliments The Good Dinosaur.

In Sanjay’s Super Team, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.

Go behind the scenes of The Good Dinosaur and meet the creative team.

A Magical Adventure About The Origins Of  J.M. Barrie’s Beloved Characters

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Pan is now available on Blu-Ray and what a treat!

It’s a magical live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie, with Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables) as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund as James Hook; Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as Tiger Lily; newcomer Levi Miller as Peter; and Amanda Seyfried as Mary.

The awesome bonus features offers:

  • An in-depth look at the expanded world of J.M. Barrie’s  Peter Pan
  • How the filmmakers found the perfect Peter
  • Explores the backstory of Blackbeard’s fearsome reputation and how Hugh Jackman brought him to life
  • An immersive adventure through Neverland
  • An insightful audio commentary by director Joe Wright

The Story: Peter is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland.

There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily and a new friend named James Hook, Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.

Wright directed Pan from a screenplay written by Jason Fuchs.

From Page To Screen:  Bringing Pan To The Big Screen

Writing The Screenplay For Pan