‘Spies In Disguise’ With Will Smith And Tom Holland Heads To Blu-Ray In March

Spies In Disguise, an animated feature toplined by Will Smith and Tom Holland, hits Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD on March 10.

The story centers on Lance Sterling (Smith), a super spy who is inadvertently turned into a pigeon by scientist Walter Beckett (Holland). This mishap may end up helping Lance, as he’s been framed as a bad guy by a dangerous terrorist (Ben Mendelsohn) who’s armed with weaponized drones. Along with the help of Walter and other pigeons, Lance aims to take down the bad guy and save the world in the process! The picture made over $166 million worldwide.

Special features on the Blu-ray include:

  1. Super Secret Spy Mode
  2. Infiltrating Blue Sky Studios
  3. The Top Secret Guide to Gadgets
  4. “Then There Were Two” Music Video
  5. “Freak of Nature” Music Video
  6. Making the Soundtrack “Then There Were Two”
  7. Making the Soundtrack “Freak of Nature”
  8. Gallery (Color Keys and Moment Paintings, Character Designs, Locations, Props and Gadgets Concept Art)

***The digital version comes with an segment titled “Lunch Break.”

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Bob Dylan Feature ‘Masked And Anonymous’ Hits Blu-Ray In March Via Shout Select

Music icon Bob Dylan has dabbled now and again with movies (Renaldo and Clara, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid) and his 2003 collaboration with director Larry Charles (Borat) is finally making its way to Blu-ray on March 10 as part of the Shout Select line.

The narrative centers on Jack Fate (Dylan), a troubadour who is spring from jail to topline a concert whose proceeds are allegedly going to poverty relief. The picture, co-penned by Dylan and Charles (both using a different pseudonym), is a freewheeling romp that received its share of mixed reviews upon its release. As with most of Dylan’s work, however, this project should merit a deeper look, and an all-star cast (John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Dern) should help the proceedings. 

Special features include commentary by Larry Charles, deleted scenes, “The Making of Masked and Anonymous,” and theatrical trailers. Are you excited for the release of Masked and Anonymous? Feel free to comment below!

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Acclaimed Clint Eastwood Drama ‘Richard Jewell’ Hits Blu-ray And DVD In March

Richard Jewell, director Clint Eastwood’s acclaimed film on the 1966 Atlanta Games bombing, hits Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on March 3 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The feature is based on Marie Brenner’s Vanity Fair article “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell.”

Paul Walter Houser plays the titular character, a security guard who discovers a bomb at the 1966 Atlanta Games. Jewell’s heroism is questioned by the FBI and the press, and he battles against the odds to clear his name. Rounding out the cast are Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Olivia Wilde and Jon Hamm. Billy Ray, who also penned the script for last year’s Terminator: Dark Fate, is the screenwriter.

Extras on the Blu-ray include the featurettes “The Making of Richard Jewell” and The Real Story of Richard Jewell.” The DVD version comes with “The Real Story of Richard Jewell.”

 

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Christian Bale Goes The Distance As Racer Ken Miles In Oscar Nominated ‘Ford v Ferrari’

Ford v Ferrari, which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, hits 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on February 11. The feature centers on American car designer Carroll Shelby’s (Matt Damon) and British driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) attempts to build a race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (the event took place in 1966).

Click on the media bar to hear Bale discuss what he loved about Ken Miles as a person:

Special features include the featurette “The 24 Hour Le Mans: Recreating the Course,” the 60 minute documentary “Bringing The Rivalry to Life,” and several pre-visualization sequences that aided director James Mangold and his crew throughout production. Are you a fan of Ford v Ferrari and is this one of your favorite Bale performances? Feel free to comment below!

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Ben Kingsley Cat And Mouse Thriller ‘Intrigo Death of An Author’ Hits Blu-Ray In March

  • Intrigo: Death of an Author, which is based on Håkan Nesser’s bestselling novel and his headlined by Ben Kingsley, hits Blu-ray, DVD and Digital March 17 via Lionsgate. The movie is now available On Demand.

The narrative centers on Alex Henderson (Kingsley) a novelist who agrees to give advice to an aspiring writer named Henry (Benno Fürmann). Henry’s novel centers on a husband (also played in the film by Fürmann) who plans on killing his wife after she divulges she is leaving him.

Henry’s story might actually be true, and ultimately he enters a cat and mouse game with Henderson.  Daniel Alfredson, whose directing credits include The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest and The Girl Who Played With Fire, helmed and co-wrote the feature.

Extras on the Blu-ray and DVD versions include “The Making of Intrigo” and A Portrait of Håkan Nesser.

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Director Deon Taylor Continues Cinematic Hunger With ‘Black And Blue’ Journey

One film I missed out on last year was Black and Blue, a cop drama centering on Alicia West (Naomie Harris), a police officer who is being hunted down by several corrupt cops (Frank Grillo plays one of the baddies). Tyrese Gibson co-stars as Milo, a liquor store employee who may be the only person whom Alicia can trust.

Black and Blue, which is now out on Blu-ray and Digital, features solid work from Gibson (in a dramatic role that harkens back to his inspired performance in Baby Boy) and Harris. Even with an Oscar nomination (Moonlight) under her belt, Naomie Harris is not an actress who has a plethora of leading roles in her resume. Thankfully, Taylor has a knack for casting the right actors for his respective projects (for first rate ensemble work, check out his underrated 2014 drama Supremacy).

“Here she is, Pirates of the Caribbean, 28 Days Later, the (James Bond films),” said Taylor. “Why hasn’t (Naomie Harris) been a lead? What’s going on? I feel that is what I am always looking for – people that have similarities like me which is no one took a chance with me. No one thought I could seize the opportunity. Now I always have an eye to (working with) people like that.”

Even with Black and Blue and the box office success of The Intruder, Taylor does not bask in complacency. Click on the media bar to hear Taylor discuss why, when it comes to directing, he’s always pushing forward.

Extras on the Black and Blue Blu-ray and DVD include deleted scenes and two featurettes (“Line of Fire” and “Be the Change in the Big Easy”).

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