‘Lucky’ With Harry Dean Stanton Hits DVD In January

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Lucky, which features Harry Dean Stanton’s final (and, if not his best) performance, hits DVD January 2 via Magnolia Home Entertainment.

The feature centers on Lucky (Stanton), a 90-year-old atheist who’s living a seemingly mundane life in a desert town. Upon closer inspection, however, Lucky has enough friends at his local diner and bar to get him through the day. But Lucky understands his final days on this Earth may be just around the corner, and he’s having an understandably rough time facing his own mortality. Along with Stanton’s evocative work, the picture also features wonderful performances from David Lynch, Ron Livingston and Tom Skerritt.

Special features on the DVD include the segments “A Few Words from Harry Dean Stanton,” “Behind the Scenes: Harry Dean Stanton’s Final Film Take,” the theatrical trailer, and interviews with director John Carroll Lynch and writers/producers Logan Sparks and Dargo Sumonja.

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Posted by: Greg Srisavasdi

Blu-Ray Pick: Tom Hanks Shines In ‘A Hologram for the King’

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Now out on Blu-ray and DVD, A Hologram for the King stars Tom Hanks and is based on The New York Times best-selling novel by Dave Eggers. Hanks reunites with Cloud Atlas co-director Tom Tykwer for the film, and their collaboration is once again a creative success (unfortunately the film made just $4.1 million at the box office).

Alan Clay (Hanks) is a divorced businessman who is sent to Saudi Arabia to sell a hologram program to the king. Clay is initially a fish out of water in his surroundings but eventually finds his bearings with the help of his gregarious driver Yusef (a scene-stealing Adam Black) and a doctor (Sarita Choudhury) who immediately catches his eye. Ben Whishaw (Spectre) and Tom Skerritt also star in the feature, which was also penned by Tykwer.

Anchored by a nuanced performance from Hanks and solid storytelling from Tykwer, A Hologram for the King is an engaging comedy-drama about a middle-aged man’s attempts to find his place in the world amidst a mountain of stress (if he doesn’t land this hologram account, he can kiss his job goodbye). Unfortunately, adult driven stories, in the land of comic book franchises and animation flicks, often ignored by moviegoers until they hit the digital or the Blu-ray market, and hopefully A Hologram for the King will find its audience.

Special features on the Blu-ray include:

1. The Making of A Hologram for the King (19:57) – The featurette includes snippets from different interviews, including a discussion with Dave Eggers and Tom Tykwer, as well as solo interviews with Tom Hanks, Tom Skerritt (he plays Alan’s father), and Arabic advisor/dialect coach Jassim Alsaady.

2. From Novel To Screen: The Adaptation of A Hologram for the King (11:54) – This featurette has the full interview with Eggers and Tykwer. It’s an interesting conversation, as Tykwer’s appreciation and love for Eggers’ work is highly evident (he spent several years attempting to adapt Eggers’ novel What is the What).

3. Perfecting The Culture (10:14) – This segment focuses on Jassim Alsaady’s dialect work with Sarita Choudhury. Also included is an interview with Tom Tykwer and production designer Uli Hanisch, and they discuss the challenges of having Morocco double as Saudi Arabia.

4. Trailers – The Miss You Already, Society Cafe, and Love & Mercy trailers are also featured.

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ON THIS DAY IN MOVIES: ICE CASTLES

ice_castlesOn this day in 1979, COLUMBIA PCTURES celebrated the Los Angeles release of ICE CASTLES starring HOLLY-LYNN JOHNSON and ROBBY BENSON as skaters destined to ply their art on the frozen tears of fate. No, really…it’s like that and it has a theme song to match. Watch and listen to the clip:

ON THIS DAY IN MOVIES: M.A.S.H.

mash1On this day in 1970, 20TH CENTURY FOX released M.A.S.H. Directed by ROBERT ALTMAN from a script by RING LARDNER JR., this Oscar-winning black comedy set the standard for iconoclastic antiwar films. The largely unknown cast (at least then, anyway) included DONALD SUTHERLAND, ELLIOTT GOULD, TOM SKERRITT, SALLY KELLERMAN, ROBERT DUVALL, RENE AUBERJONOIS, ROGER BOWEN, GARY BURGHOFF and FRED WILLIAMSON. A true classic.

ON THIS DAY IN MOVIES: ICE CASTLES

ice_castlesOn this day in 1978, COLUMBIA PICTURES released ICE CASTLES. Directed by DONALD WRYE from a script by GARY L. BAIM, this popsicle of a schmaltz-fest was a real crowd pleaser. LYNN-HOLLY JOHNSON stars as a young girl whose dreams of becoming a world-class figure skater are dashed by a tragic accident. Enter ROBBY BENSON who manages to make everything better. The great supporting cast features COLLEEN DEWHURST, TOM SKERRITT and JENNIFER WARREN.