Steven Spielberg Epic ‘Ready Player One’ Hits Blu-Ray In July

Director Steven Spielberg’s latest hit Ready Player One hits Blu-ray and DVD on July 24. The project was released this year to much fanfare thanks to the monumental popularity of Ernest Cline’s book of the same name.

The narrative centers on Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a youth who escapes his downtrodden life by living in the virtual universe known as OASIS. When late OASIS creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance) creates a contest to in which the winner will inherit the world, Wade joins several friends (including Bates Motel’s Olivia Cooke) in an attempt to grab the coveted prize.

Special features on the Blu-ray include “Game Changer: Cracking the Code,” “Effects for a Brave New World,” “Level Up: Sound for the Future,” “High Score: Endgame,” “Ernie & Tye’s Excellent Adventure,” and “The ’80’s: You’re The Inspiration.” The DVD version comes “The ’80’s: You’re The Inspiration.”

 

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Comedy Classic ‘King of Hearts’ Hits Blu-Ray In June With 4K Restoration

King of Hearts

King of Hearts, a comedy classic headlined by Alan Bates (The Fixer, Women in Love), hits Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms June 12. As part of the Cohen Film Collection, the feature was rereleased this year and received a 4K restoration.

Set in World War I, the story centers on Private Plumpick (Bates), a Scottish soldier tasked with disarming a bomb in a French village. The town is mainly deserted, though former psychiatric patients who escaped after the villagers’ exodus remain. Accepted into the environment as the “King of Hearts,” Plumpick gradually prefers the literal inmates running the asylum dynamic over the war that is at their door. Geneviève Bujold (Obsession, Choose Me) co-stars in the Philippe de Broca directed feature. Last but definitely not least, Oscar winning composer Georges Delerue (Contempt, Jules and Jim) provides the score.

Special features include audio commentary from film critic Wade Major, a new interviews with Bujold and cinematographer Pierre Lhomme, and the 2018 rerelease trailers (U.S. and French).

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Uma Thurman And Tim Roth Caper-Comedy ‘The Con Is On’ Hits Blu-Ray In July

The Con Is On, which stars Pulp Fiction actors Uma Thurman and Tim Roth, hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital July 24 via Lionsgate. The project centers on a con-artist couple named Harriet and Peter (Thurman, Roth) who attempt to pull off a jewel theft operation in Los Angeles to pay off a gangster (Designated Survivor’s Maggie Q). Alice Eve co-stars as Peter’s ex-wife, with Parker Posey (Superman Returns) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) rounding out the ensemble. The feature was previously titled The Brits are Coming

It’s great to see Uma Thurman and Tim Roth ham it up in the trailer, and Alice Eve, who’s usually one for dramatic fare (The Stolen, Cold Comes The Night), also looks like she’s having a good time. We’ll be checking out the Blu-ray closer to its release date, but until then, check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

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Action Packed ‘Tomb Raider’ With Alicia Vikander Hits Blu-Ray In June

Tomb Raider, a featuring starring Alicia Vikander taking on the role of Lara Croft, hits Blu-ray and DVD June 12 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. One of feature’s biggest draws, along with Vikander, is director Roar Uthaug is adept at crafting character driven, humanistic stories within an epic canvas. His previous feature The Wave exemplified the merging of micro and macro style storytelling, and hopefully those elements are featured in Tomb Raider (we’ll be reviewing this title closer to its Blu-ray release). Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Wu round out the ensemble.

Tomb Raider special features include four featurettes (“Tomb Raider: Uncovered,” “Croft Training,” “Breaking Down the Rapids,” “Lara Croft: Evolution of an Icon”) that center on the making of the movie. The DVD version comes with the “Tomb Raider: Uncovered” segment.

Have you seen Tomb Raider? If so, comment below and offer up your thoughts on the flick!

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Claude Berri Coming-of-Age Classic ‘The Two of Us’ Hits Blu-ray In May

The Cohen Film Collection is focuses on spotlighting and preserving some of cinema’s most seminal works (they did wonderful work with Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn), and on May 29 they are releasing The Two of Us on Blu-ray and DVD.

Director Claude Berri is primarily known stateside for his resonant epics Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring, and The Two of Us marks Berri’s directing debut. Centering on an 8-year-old Jewish boy (Alain Cohen) who forms a bond with an anti-Semitic elderly man (Michel Simon), the picture was inspired by Berri’s upbringing in wartime France. Berri was also an accomplished producer, with Milos Forman’s Valmont and Jean-Jacques Annaud’s The Lover among his credits. 

The feature is presented with a new 4K restoration, and both versions come with an audio commentary with film critic Wade Major, and the 2017 rerelease trailer. 


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‘Greaser’s Palace’ From Robert Downey Sr. Hits Blu-Ray In June

Greaser's Palace

Greaser’s Palace, considered one of director Robert Downey Sr.’s finest works, makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut June 4 via Music Box Films Home Entertainment. The picture, a surreal parable on the life of Christ, centers on a drifter named Jessy (Allan Arbus) whose dreams of singing and dancing are realized when he discovers a saloon called The Palace. Robert Downey Jr., who in past interviews has praised his father’s work, is also featured in the flick (he’s billed as “small boy in covered” wagon”).

The film was remastered with a high-definition transfer and extensive color correction was applied to the original negatives. Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include liner notes from late filmmaker Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) and an interview with Downey Sr. conducted by Rudy Wurlitzer (screenwriter of the classics Two Lane Blacktop and Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid).

What are your favorite films of Robert Downey Sr.? Feel free to comment below!

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