Life of Pi;Hitchcock;Rise of the Guardians;WillowandWho Framed Roger Rabbit?celebrate 25 years and much more out this week.
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New on Blu-ray & DVD: March 12
20th Century Fox
Life of Pi; Hitchcock; Rise of the Guardians; Willow and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? celebrate 25 years and much more out this week.
20th Century Fox
Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins portrays the title legend in this amusing film about the Master of Suspense and his efforts to create one of the most famous horror films in cinema history. Based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello, the film is a love story about Hitch and his wife/partner Alma Reville, played by Helen Mirren, during the making of the legendary director's seminal horror film. Hitchcock also stars James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, Michael Stuhlbarg as Lew Wasserman, Toni Collette as Hitchcock's secretary Peggy, Michael Wincott as Ed Gein, Kurtwood Smith as Geoffrey Shurlock, Richard Portnow as Barney Balaban and Danny Huston as Whitfield Cook. Bonus features include a deleted scene and behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Life of Pi
20th Century Fox
Director Ang Lee's Oscar-winning adaptation of the philosophical survival/adventure tale follows Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma), the son of an Indian zookeeper, who seeks refuge on a lifeboat after his freighter sinks, adrift alone in the Pacific in tight quarters with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Half-delusional with thirst and hunger, how can Pi survive his epic journey? Tobey Maguire also stars as Yann Martel, the writer interviewing him; Gerard Depardieu plays The Chef, Tabu plays Pi's mother; and Irrfan Khan plays the adult Pi. Also available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, bonus features include behind-the-scenes documentaries, stills gallery and digital copy.
Rise of the Guardians
Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law lend their vocal talents to this action-packed family film that teams up Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Sandman together for the first time in an effort to protect the hopes and dreams of children everywhere when the evil spirit Pitch threatens to take over the world. The Rise of the Guardians Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Pack with UltraViolet includes a pair of fun hopping toy Easter eggs inspired by the ones seen in the film, along with a multitude of special features that take viewers behind-the-scenes, plus interactive games Jack Frost Snowball Showdown! and Rock, Paper, Scissors with Sandy.
This Must Be The Place
In this quirky road trip film, Sean Penn is Cheyenne, a wealthy, middle-aged, Robert Smith-styled rock star who becomes bored in retirement and chooses to track down his late father's tormentor at Auschwitz, a Nazi war criminal who is hiding out in the United States. Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Harry Dean Stanton also star in addition to Talking Heads frontman David Byrne as himself (whose song provides the film's title). At heart a story of an estranged father and his rebellious son who must learn to grow up, the film boasts one of Penn's bravest – and most amusing -- performances in years
Willow 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray
20th Century Fox
The classic fantasy adventure written and produced by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard celebrates its 25th anniversary with its first-ever Blu-ray release, featuring an all-new digital transfer and never-before-seen bonus features such as deleted scenes and a personal video diary by Warwick Davis. When young Willow Ufgood (Davis) finds an abandoned baby girl, he learns she is destined to end the reign of the wicked Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh). In order to protect the child, Willow must team up with a rogue swordsman (Val Kilmer) and overcome the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray
Celebrating its 25th anniversary on Blu-ray, director Robert Zemeckis' frenetic foray into Toon Town combines live action with traditional hand-drawn animated characters, including a pantheon of some of the most famous cartoon characters of all time. Bob Hoskins stars in this 1940s film noir mystery that finds cartoon hero Roger Rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer) framed for murder after he learns that his wife, Jessica Rabbit (voiced by Kathleen Turner), has been having an affair -- by playing patty cake with the owner of the Acme corporation. Bonus features include Roger Rabbit Shorts, Who Made Roger Rabbit?, deleted scenes and more.
The Blob on Blu-ray
The '50s sci-fi classic starring a young Steve McQueen vs. a killer blob from outer space gets the Criterion treatment with this all-new Blu-ray featuring a high-definition digital restoration, commentaries, an essay by critic Kim Newman and Blobabilia!, a treasure trove of rare stills, posters, props (including the blob itself!) and other ephemera.
Brother Bear 1 & 2
The heartwarming and hilarious tales of Disney's Brother Bear (a 2003 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature) and its sequel are together for the first time on Blu-ray, with a forest full of fun bonus content including a deleted song, deleted scenes, hilarious animated outtakes, bear legends and sing-along songs.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame I & II on Blu-ray
The majestic musical Quasimodo adventure and its sequel are now together on Blu-ray for the first time, featuring the vocal talents of Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander and Tom Hulce and a magnificent score by Academy Award Winning composer Alan Menken (Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin). Bonus features include Behind the Scenes with Jennifer Love Hewitt and A Gargoyle’s Life.
Mulan I & II on Blu-ray
The animated Disney adventure celebrates its 15th anniversary with a two-movie collection presented for the first time on Blu-ray. The classic Chinese folktale of a young maiden who secretly joins the army in her father's place and becomes one of China's greatest heroes features the vocal talents of Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, Pat Morita, Donny Osmond and Lea Salonga. The adventure continues in Mulan 2, as newly engaged Mulan and Shang journey to a distant city in a valiant quest to save their beloved empire. Bonus features include 11 deleted scenes, 15 Backstage Disney featurettes and six music videos.
Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away
Paramount Home Entertainment
Go on a wondrous journey with the famed Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away on Blu-ray 3D in this awe-inspiring film executive produced by James Cameron and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Adamson (The Chronicles of Narnia, Shrek). With cameras that sometimes soar 70 feet in the air, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away gives viewers a perspective they'd never get ringside. Bonus features include a making of featurettes, a look at a day in the life with the film’s star, Erica Linz, and a 20% discount offer on select Cirque du Soleil LIVE shows in the U.S. and Canada.