Marvel Hit ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Hits Blu-Ray In October

Ant-Man and the Wasp, which made over $617 million worldwide, is coming out on Blu-ray October 16 (it hits digital on October 2). As usual with Marvel titles, the extras on the disc are plentiful. Along with returnees Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, the movie co-stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Walton Goggins

Special features on the Blu-ray include several making-of featurettes (“Back in the Ant Suit: Scott Lang,” “A Suit of Her Own: The Wasp,” Subatomic Super Heroes: Hank & Janet,” “Subatomic Super Heroes: Hank & Janet,” “Quantum Perspective: The VFX and Production Design of Ant-Man and The Wasp,” Gag Reel and Outtakes, and director’s intro by Peyton Reed. Fans of deleted scenes will be treated to two sequences (“Worlds Upon Worlds” has Janet taking Hank through the quantum realm and “Sonny’s on the Trail,” which contains an extra scene with Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) and his crew).

Digital exclusives include the featurettes “10 Years of Marvel Studios: The Art of the Marvel Cinematic Universe” and “Online Close-Up Magic University.

Are you a fan of Ant-Man and the Wasp, and if you haven’t seen it, are you looking forward to its Blu-ray and Digital release? Feel free to comment below!

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Animated Adventure ‘Teen Titans GO! To The Movies’ Hits Blu-Ray In October

Teen Titans GO! To The Movies, the first project from the animated series to hit the silver screen, heads for Blu-ray and DVD October 30 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The story centers on the Teen Titans’ foray into making movies, as Robin (Scott Menville) is determined to get director Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell) to tell their story. The group’s venture to Hollywood is more than just a star studded affair, as the villain Slade (Will Arnett) is determined to thwart their plans!

Special features include the Lil Yachty music video “Teen Titans GO! Rap,” Storyboard Animatics (“Time Cycle” and “The Final Battle”), the mini-movie DC Super Hero Girls: The Late Batsby, the exclusive song (not in the film) “Everything Is Fake,” Red Carpet Mayhem, and the segments “Teen Titans GO! To The Movies: WB Lot Shenanigans” and “Teen Titans GO!: Translated.” The DVD version comes with one extra (“Storyboard Animatics”). Are you a fan of the Teen Titans GO! animated series, or were you a longtime fan of these DC Comic characters before the series even hit the air? Feel free to comment below!

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Brad Bird Beginnings And ‘Bao’ Highlight ‘Incredibles 2’ Blu-Ray Release

Incredibles 2, a bonafide box office hit that made over $604 million domestically, hits Blu-ray and DVD on November 6. The animated genre’s most beloved superhero family will undoubtedly lead to brisk home entertainment sales, the Blu-ray release comes with a plethora of special features.

Whether or not you prefer the original over the sequel, that opinion may change, as 10 deleted scenes highlight some of the extras on the Blu-ray version (the segments come with introductions). For fans looking into a bit of creative inspiration, the feature “Strong Coffee: A Lesson in Animation with Brad Bird” focuses on the director’s mentorship under legendary Disney animator Milt Kahl. The featurette also focuses on Bird’s early years at Disney Animation Studios and his work with Pixar. Audio commentary is also provided by supervising animators Alan Barillaro, Tony Fucile, Dave Mullins, and animation second unit and crowds supervisor Bret Parker

The beloved and emotionally resonant Bao is also featured on the Blu-ray version, and an accompanying featurette has director Domee Shi discussing how her love for food, and most importantly the bond she has with her mother, inspired the film. Bao, along with the animators audio commentary, are the extras featured in the DVD version.

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Blu-Ray Spotlight: Shailene Woodley Talks “Visceral” Experience of ‘Adrift’

Cinephiles can hit the open waters this week with Adrift, the true story of Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin), two sailors whose love for each other and adventurous streak is tested after they encounter a catastrophic hurricane. The film is based on Oldham’s book Red Sky in Mourning: The True Story of a Woman’s Courage and Survival at Sea.

“This movie draws you in,” said Woodley. “It’s almost as if you can smell the ocean yourself. You can feel the saltwater in your hair because that is what happens when you capture life in a way that is truthful and real versus fabricated. And they both have their pros and their cons but this movie takes you on a very visceral experience.

Special features include deleted scenes, several featurettes (“Survival at Sea,” “Braving the Elements,” “Journey), and feature commentary with director Baltasar Kormákur and Shailene Woodley (she also produces the film).

Click on the media bar to hear Woodley recount her initial meeting with Tami Oldham:

Adrift hits Blu-ray and DVD September 4 via Universal Home Pictures Entertainment.

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Ed Wood Feature ‘Take It Out In Trade’ Lands Blu-Ray Release In November

Director Ed Wood is best known for his films Plan 9 From Outer Space and Glen or Glenda, and his life was chronicled in Tim Burton’s acclaimed Ed Wood (featuring Johnny Depp as the eccentric filmmaker). Thanks to Alamo Drafthouse’s American Genre Film Archive, Wood’s Take It Out In Trade will be released as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on November 13. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, AGFA bought a film scanner to create new digital transfers of titles taken from the Something Weird library.

Shot over a course of three days in 1970, the feature is described as a “surreal sexploitation detective comedy” which features voiceover from Wood (who is also featured in drag in the flick as a character named Alecia).

“For decades, we’ve dreamed about discovering film elements for Take It Out In Trade,” said AGFA director Joe Ziemba. “We’re honored to help the world reassess Ed Wood’s importance as a ground-breaking queer filmmaker through our release of this movie with Something Weird.”

Special features on the disc includes a commentary track with director Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case), Joe Ziemba, and Ed Wood biographer Rudolph Grey. Also included is exclusive liner notes from Grey, reversible cover art, 70 minutes of unseen footage from Take It Out In Trade, and a bonus movie (the Ed Wood feature The Love Feast).

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‘Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection’ Delivers The Scares In August

With August coming to a close, a Blu-ray release that should be at the top of the list is Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection.

Universal is known for its conic monster flicks that also launched the careers of such icons as Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Lon Chaney Jr., and having these titles in one’s Blu-ray collection is a cinephile’s dream. Starting with 1931’s Dracula, the movies cover 25 years of cinema history ending with 1956’s The Creature Walks Among Us.

Special features include 13 feature commentaries, archival footage, behind-the-scenes documentaries, featurettes (on Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., makeup artist Jack Pierce), archival footage, and production photographs. Also included are 3D versions of Creature from the Black Lagoon and Revenge of the Creature, as well as the 1931 Spanish version of Dracula. Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection is available on Blu-ray starting August 28 via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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