‘RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES’ HITS BLU-RAY & DVD DECEMBER 13th

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which exceeded expectations to take in over $175 million domestically over the summer, is headed to Blu-ray and DVD on December 13th (and December 7th internationally).

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent over the exact Blu-ray Special Features breakdown this morning, so here are the goods:

Deleted Scenes: (“Alpha Gets Shot,” “Will’s Meeting with Lab Assistants,” “Will Discovers Caesar Has Solved Puzzles,” “Caesar Plays with Bicycle,” “Caesar Questions His Identity,” “Caesar Bites Off Neighbor’s Finger,” “Will Ignores the Risks of an Airborborne Mutated Virus,” “Rodney Gives Caesar a Cookie,” “Rocket Gets Hosed by Dodge,” “Caesar Destroys the Lab and Koba’s Attempted Revenge on Jacobs,” “Caesar Pushes Helicopter,” “Koba with Shotgun.”

Featurettes: “Pre-vis for The Future,” “Capturing Caesar – Script to Screen,” “Studying the Genius of Andy Serkis,” “Multi-Angle: Rocket Cookie Scene,” “A New Generation of Apes,” “Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries,” “Breaking New Sound Barriers: The Music and Sound Design of The Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”

Commentary: Two separate tracks, one with director Rupert Wyatt, and the second with writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

Extra features: Ape Facts (Gorilla, Orangutan, Chimpanzee), Character Concept Art Gallery, Three Theatrical Trailers.

Click on the MEDIA BAR to hear James Franco (Neuroscientist Will Rodman) and Andy Serkis (Caesar) explain why they signed onto Rise of the Planet of the Apes:

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‘OUR IDIOT BROTHER’ HEADS TO BLU-RAY, DVD NOVEMBER 29TH

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Our Idiot Brother, a comedy which reunites Paul Rudd and director Jesse Peretz (they worked together on the 2001 film The Chateau), hits Blu-ray and DVD November 29th.  Special features on both versions includes an audio commentary from Peretz, “The Making of Our Idiot Brother” featurette, and deleted scenes.

While promoting her Fox series New Girl, Zooey Deschanel talked about the premise of Our Idiot Brother, which also features Emily Mortimer, Elizabeth Banks, and Rashida Jones:

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Have you seen Our Idiot Brother? Being a huge fan of Rudd’s, I haven’t checked out the critically maligned How Do You Know or Our Idiot Brother, so I’ll probably have a Rudd movie marathon come late November (How Do You Know can definitely wait another month on my movies to watch list).

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New To Blu: Malick Polarizes Audiences With ‘The Tree Of Life’

tree-of-life-blu-ray-cover-artAvailable today on DVD and Blu-ray, TERRENCE MALICK’S controversial family drama THE TREE OF LIFE premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival to both cheers and jeers. It’s the usual reaction to MALICK’S work, which tends to polarize audiences because of his languid pacing and non-linear approach to storytelling. The director’s first film in six years, THE TREE OF LIFE is as visually arresting as it is frustrating in conveying this difficult story of family dynamics. The impressive cast includes BRAD PITT, SEAN PENN, JESSICA CHASTAIN, FIONA SHAW, KARI MATCHETT and JOANNA GOING.

Later at the festival, PITT met with the press to talk about the film and his experience of working with MALICK. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE TREE OF LIFE is available on DVD and Blu-ray today

New To Blu: ‘The Pee-Wee Herman Show On Broadway’

pee-wee-broadway-bluAvailable now on Blu-ray, THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW ON BROADWAY  is the brainchild of actor PAUL REUBENS and originated more than 30 years ago at The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles as PEE-WEE’S PLAYHOUSE. After amassing a sizeable cult following, the show went on to major television and feature film success. A minor tabloid scandal sidelined the character into self-imposed exile for almost 20 years until REUBENS decided to revive the show earlier this year. Slightly updated for the times, THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW ON BROADWAY  retains all of its original charm and offbeat subversion. We sat down with PAUL REUBENS/PEE WEE HERMAN at the time of his Los Angeles engagement to talk about the long-awaited and much-anticipated return of PEE WEE’S PLAYHOUSE.
PEE-WEE HERMAN’S PLAYHOUSE ON BROADWAY is available on DVD and Blu-ray today

BUDDY FLICK ’30 MINUTES OR LESS’ HITS BLU-RAY AND DVD NOVEMBER 29TH

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The buddy/action comedy/pizza delivery boy rob a bank film 30 Minutes or Less had an interesting premise, and it featured the reunion of Zombieland filmmaker Ruben Fleischer and Jesse Eisenberg.  Unfortunately, it made just a bit over $37 million at the box office over the summer, but expect a bit more attention for this movie when it hits Blu-ray and DVD November 29th.

Special features on both versions include deleted scenes, outtakes, and a featurette titled “Blowing Up with the Cast & Crew of 30 Minutes or Less.  Blu-ray owners are treated to a picture-in-picture commentary with Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, and Fleischer.  An extra featurette (“The Perfect Crime: Action and Comedy in 30 Minutes or Less”) on the Blu-ray version delves into the action scenes in 30 Minutes or Less.

Click on the media bar and hear Ansari and Eisenberg elaborate on why 30 Minutes or Less is a unique comedy:

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BRUCE WILLIS, 50 CENT, RYAN PHILLIPPE GET ‘SET UP’ ON BLU-RAY SEPTEMBER 20TH

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A Bruce Willis movie headed straight to Blu-ray and DVD??  The times they are a-changing, but from the looks of the trailer, Set Up has the ingredients of a solid, tough guy, B-movie flick.

There’s the betrayal (Ryan Phillippe is a crook who double crosses his buddy, played by 50 Cent), and a mob boss (Willis) who hates being played for a chump.  Mix in a couple of intimidating character actors (James Remar from Dexter and The Expendables’ Randy Couture) and a film noir-esque title (anyone recall the first rate 1949 Robert Ryan feature The Set-Up?), and you have potential.

The picture hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 20th, and special features include an audio commentary from co-writer/director Mike Gunter, a featurette on the making of the movie as well as the segment “Weapons on the set of Set Up,” and interviews with the cast and crew.

Ryan Phillippe, seen this year as a privileged, misogynistic punk in The Lincoln Lawyer, explains why he loves playing the villain:

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Below is the Green Band trailer to Set Up (my favorite line from the clip is Willis’ remark, “God ain’t here – God has left Detroit!”)



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