New To Blu: Ryan Gosling Gives Comedy A Shot In ‘Crazy Stupid Love’

crazy-stupid-love-bluPremiering on DVD and Blu-ray today, CRAZY STUPID LOVE is a romantic comedy that is actually romantic and funny, two things many modern rom-coms forget to be. Relating the story of a man whose marriage falls apart, forcing him into the cold world of contemporary dating under the tutelage of his lady-killer pal, the film is sharp and smart. Co-directed by GLENN FICARRA and JOHN REQUA (I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS) from a script by DAN FOGELMAN (TANGLED), the cast includes STEVE CARELL, JULIANNE MOORE, RYAN GOSLING, EMMA STONE, MARISA TOMEI and KEVIN BACON.  A former child star, RYAN GOSLING is known to most movie-goers as an intense, dramatic actor and, while he’s always wanted to try comedy, he tells us he only comes off looking good because of the people around him. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

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CRAZY STUPID LOVE is available on DVD and Blu-ray today

New To Blu: Romance Rocks The Big Top In ‘Water For Elephants’

water-for-elephants-bluComing to video for the first time, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is the much-talked-about. big-screen adaptation of SARA GRUEN’S best-selling 2006 novel about love and danger under the Big Top. Set in the 1930s against a circus backdrop, the film is directed by FRANCIS LAWRENCE (I AM LEGEND) and stars REESE WITHERSPOON, ROBERT PATTINSON, CHRISTOPH WALTZ, HAL HOLBROOK and TAI, a 42-year-old elephant whose ability to charm rivals that of the film’s human stars.
Ultimately, a story of love, redemption and second chances, it’s no wonder that the novel has built such an enormous fan base. And, because of that fan base, screenwriter RICHARD LaGRAVENESE worked together with GRUEN to make sure the romance properly translated to the screen. During our recent interview with ROBERT PATTINSON, he talked about how, at its heart, the film is a great love story. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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New To Blu: John Lasseter’s Need For Speed Is At The Heart Of ‘Cars 2’

cars-2-blu-ray-combo-pack-270x322Available on DVD and Blu-ray today, CARS 2 is the follow-up to Disney/Pixar’s 2006 animated family film that became one of the studio’s most polarizing movies with critics and audiences. This time around, most of the original cast is reunited (PAUL NEWMAN’S character of Doc Hudson is sorely missed) and, instead of being set on America’s iconic Route 66, the racing action takes place in Tokyo, London and Italy. Co-directed by JOHN LASSETER (from his own story), the voice talent includes LARRY THE CABLE GUY, BONNIE HUNT, JOHN RATZENBERGER, OWEN WILSON, MICHAEL CAINE, EMILY MORTIMER, EDDIE IZZARD and JOHN TURTURRO.
Doing press for the original film back in ’06, LASSETER talked to us about the genesis of his idea for the film. (CLICK ON MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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BLU-RAY REVIEW: NICOLAS CAGE & NICOLE KIDMAN TERRORIZED IN ‘TRESSPASS’

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A Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman thriller, directed by Joel Schumacher should be the type of high concept film that opens a box-office weekend.  However, that’s not the case when the film is Trespass, Mr. Schumacher’s cinematic riff on the home invasion genre (done best, of course, with the 1955 Humphrey Bogart feature The Desperate Hours).

Since Trespass received a scant theatrical release (it also hit VOD during its October 14th theatrical debut), one assumes the result is a creative train wreck.  At a digestible 90 minutes, that’s far from the truth, especially if you keep your expectations at a moderately low level.

As Kyle, a married businessman with a specialty in diamonds, Nicolas Cage has the meatiest role, and the destructive (and scenery chewing) game of chess between him and the lead thief (Ben Mendelsohn, the terrifying villain from Animal Kingdom) elevate Trespass from a once perceived narrative abyss.

Nicole Kidman is Kyle’s wife Sarah, a woman just isn’t on the same page with her hubby or her rebellious daughter (Liana Liberato who, as in her work in Trust, gets put through the ringer).  When their wealthy abode is crashed by several crooks (including Twilight’s Cam Gigandet and Dash Mihok), the family does whatever it takes to survive the night.

In the five minute featurette (Trespass: Inside The Thriller), Schumacher briefly talked about the “cross-currents” of secrets and lies within the family and the thieves, and that’s another interest aspect of the film.  Shooting a picture mainly inside a house (the picture was shot in Shreveport, Louisiana) must have been a welcome challenge for Schumacher, as well as his desire to reunite with Cage (8 MM) and Kidman (Batman Forever).

When armed with pulpy material, it behooves filmmakers to push a perceived sub standard genre on a visual level.  David Fincher was up to the task with his own home invasion film, Panic RoomRoman Polanski’s claustrophobic touch is felt in such thrillers as Repulsion and The ApartmentSchumacher, who has directed his share of first rate work (Tigerland, Falling Down, Phone Booth), is on visual auto-pilot with this outing.

Based on the requisite twists that come with the story and the action sequences, Trespass is definitely watchable.  If seeing Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage get beaten and bullied for an hour and a half is your cup of tea, then you need a therapist.  Until then, Trespass, should fit the bill.


Trespass: Rated R, 90 minutes. Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround.  Special features: Five minute featurette which contains interviews with Schumacher, Cage, Liberato, Mendelsohn, Gigandet, and Kidman. The film comes in DVD and Blu-ray versions.  A Blu-ray & DVD combo pack also includes a free digital copy.

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New To Blu: Kevin Smith Goes Rogue With ‘Red State’

redstateblurayAvailable today on DVD and Blu-ray, RED STATE is a thriller about three promiscuous teens lured into a nightmare hostage situation by an obsessed fundamentalist cult hell-bent on teaching them a lesson. Heavily armed, the group readies for a battle when authorities discover the teens missing. Written and directed by KEVIN SMITH, the cast features MICHAEL ANGARANO, NICHOLAS BRAUN, MICHAEL PARKS, STEVEN ROOT, MARC BLUCAS and MELISSA LEO. A hit at the Sundance Film Festival, the film became even more controversial when SMITH sold the distribution rights to himself and announced plans to tour it around the country in conjunction with a live performance before eventually releasing it to theaters. During an interview we conducted during the summer, BLUCAS talked about his role in the film and voiced support for SMITH’S unique plan.
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RED STATE is available on DVD and Blu-ray today

New To Blu: ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean- On Stranger Tides’

on-stranger-tides-bluArriving on DVD and Blu-ray shelves today, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES marks the fourth outing for JOHNNY DEPP’S offbeat Capt. Jack Sparrow as he searches for the elusive “fountain of youth.” Directed by ROB MARSHALL, the cast also includes PENELOPE CRUZ, GEOFFREY RUSH, IAN McSHANE, GEMMA WARD, RICHARD GRIFFITHS, JUDI DENCH and KEITH RICHARDS. A throwback to the beginning of the series and telling a much simpler story than the previous sequels, the movie is still epic with a running time of just over two hours.

At a press conference for the films original release, DEPP talked to reporters about how lucky he feels to be able to take on characters such as Capt. Jack. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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