Agatha Christie Mystery ‘Crooked House’ Hits Blu-ray In January

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Agatha Christie had a successful cinematic run this year thanks to the success of Murder on the Orient Express, and another of her works is also available as Crooked House hits Blu-ray and DVD January 16.

The tale centers on Charles Hayward (Max Irons), a former spy turned private detective who investigates the death of a wealthy patriarch. Family secrets abound during his investigation as Hayward digs deeper into the lives of a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the patriarch’s widow (Christina Hendricks) and the family’s matriarch (Glenn Close). Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, the script was penned by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park).

Blu-ray extras include three featurettes (Agatha Christie: A Timeless Fascination, Whodunnit? – The Characters of Crooked House, and Elegance & Innovation: The Design of Crooked House). The DVD comes with the two featurettes (the Agatha Christie segment is a Blu-ray exclusive).

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Jeanne Moreau Classic ‘Elevator To The Gallows’ Hits Blu-Ray In February

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It’s amazing to think that Louis Malle was just 24 when he made the classic film noir Elevator to the Gallows. The 92-minute feature, headlined by late actress Jeanne Moreau and featuring an iconic score from Miles Davis, hits Blu-ray and DVD February 6.

The feature centers on lovers (Moreau, Maurice Ronet) who plan to murder her husband. Their plan eventually goes south, and the walls gradually close in on their existence. Along with Davis’ score and Malle’s assured direction, the feature also features the rich, black and white visuals of cinematographer Henri Decaë.

Special features on both versions include a 2005 interview with Moreau, archival interviews with Malle and Ronet, and original session pianist René Urtege, Malle’s student movie Crazeology (which features the Charlie Parker song of the same name), trailers, and a booklet featuring an essay from critic Terrence Rafferty, an interview with Malle, and a tribute by producer Vincent Malle.

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‘The Adventurers’ With Jean Reno And Andy Lau Hits Blu-Ray In January

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Screen icons Jean Reno (The Professional, Mission: Impossible) and Andy Lau (House of Flying Daggers, Saving Mr. Wu) is a dream come true, and their caper flick The Adventurers hits Blu-ray January 2nd via Well Go USA Entertainment.

The flick centers on Cheung Tan (Lau), a thief recently released from prison who immediately engineers a heist to steal jewels in Europe. Reno, seen earlier this year in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, plays the French detective who’s been on Cheung’s trail for years. Tony Yang (The Crossing) and Shu Qi (The Transporter, The Assassin) co-star as Cheung’s partners-in-crime.

Special features on the disc include three making of featurettes which includes interviews with the cast. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

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Stephen King Horror Smash ‘It’ Hits Blu-ray In January

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One of this year’s biggest hits with a worldwide haul of over $683 million, It is headed to Blu-ray and DVD on January 19 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, It centers on a group of kids who face off against an evil clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). The flick stars Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things). The sequel to It, which is set 27 years after the events of the original, is set for a January 6, 2019 release.

Click on the media bar to hear Stephen King talk about how he’s already watched It a second time (King was absolutely pleased with the theatrical version of It).

Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions come with three featurettes (“The Losers’ Club,” “Author of Fear,” “Pennywise Lives!”) and deleted scenes.

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‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’ With Dave Franco Hits Blu-Ray In December

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie featuring Dave Franco and Jackie Chan hits Blu-ray and DVD December 19 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.During its release the feature amassed nearly $120 million worldwide at the box office.

The narrative centers on Lloyd (Franco), a high school student who moonlights as night as a secret ninja warrior (a green one to be exact). Mentored by Master Wu (Chan), Lloyd and his fellow ninjas aim to defeat the evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux) who also happens to be Lloyd’s father!

Click on the media bar below to hear Justin Theroux talk about the universal appeal of the LEGO franchise:


Special features on the Blu-ray include numerous featurettes (“Team Supreme: Building Ninjago,” “Rumble in the Bricks,” “Rebrick Contest Winners”), two mini-movies (“Which Way to the Ocean,” “Zane’s Stand Up Promo,” “The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short”), several music videos, a LEGO Ninjago TV series sneak peak, several music videos, and deleted scenes. The DVD versions comes with deleted scenes and the TV series sneak peek.

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‘Stronger’ With Jake Gyllenhaal Hits Blu-Ray In December

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Stronger, directed by David Gordon Green (Manglehorn, Joe) and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, hits Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand December 19 via Lionsgate. An Oscar nominee for his work in the Los Angeles set thriller Nightcrawler, Gyllenhaal is definitely receiving his share of awards talk for Stronger.

The film is based on the true story of Jeff Bauman, a Bostonian who lost both of his legs at the 2013 marathon. Bauman, who helped law enforcement identify one of the bombers, was hailed as a hero due to his “Boston Strong” mentality, and the reality behind his tragic yet ultimately determined journey is captured to vivid effect by Gyllenhaal and Green. The film, based on Bauman’s bestselling memoir, co-stars Miranda Richardson and Clancy Brown.

Extras on the Blu-ray and DVD include the featurette “Faith, Hope & Love: Becoming Stronger.”

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