Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New Releases On Blu Ray & DVD: 4/23/13

The biggest new release on Blu ray and DVD this week is Ruben Fleischer's GANGSTER SQUAD, which was released earlier this year to bad reviews and poor box office. Still, with a cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Michael Peña, and Giovanni Ribisi, it's one to rent at least. If you purchase it you get these Special Features: commentary with director Fleischer, deleted scenes, and several featurettes.

Next up, Sergio G. Sánchez's THE IMPOSSIBLE, which depicts Ewan McGregor and an Oscar nominated Naomi Watts caught with their family in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, also hits Blu ray and DVD today. Special Features: Audio Commentary with Director J.A. Bayona, writer Sergio G. Sanchez, producer Belén Atienza and Maria Belón, trailer, deleted scenes, and a few featurettes.

Steven Spielberg's 1993 crowd pleaser JURASSIC PARK was recently re-released in 3D theatrically, so now there's a 3D Blu ray release for those who don't want to leave their home (and their new 3D TVs). The 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet package also features a smattering of bonus material like storyboards, footage of pre-production meetings, Special Effects supervisor Phil Tippett's animatics, trailers for all 3 JURASSIC PARK movies and the obligatory "making of" featurette.

A movie I didn't care for (and didn't even review), Gus Van Sant's PROMISED LAND (aka that movie about fracking) written by and starring Matt Damon and The Office's John Krasinski, also drops on the market today in a 2 disc Blu ray edition and a single disc DVD. Special features are one "making of" featurette and one extended scene. Hmm, sounds as slight as the film itself.

Also out today: Michael Tiddes' Marlon Wayans headed horror comedy A HAUNTED HOUSE, Ken Burns' 2012 documentary THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, and the Blu ray release of Jack Clayton's 1974 version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's THE GREAT GATSBY, starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, just in time for the new Baz Luhrmann 3D adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio which opens on May 10th.

More later...

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