Crispin Glover Reunites With Roger Avary As A Hitman In ‘Lucky Day’

Penned and directed by Oscar winning scribe Roger Avary, Lucky Day centers on Red (Luke Bracey), a just released convict who attempts to lead a law abiding life with his wife (Nina Dobrev) and daughter. A French hitman named Luc (Crispin Glover) has other plans in mind, as he is on a revenge mission to snuff out Red.

Glover previously worked with Avary on the Robert Zemeckis directed Beowulf (Glover voiced Grendel and Avary co-penned the film). That said, the actor didn’t have ample time to prepare for the role. “It was obvious this was a great character and I had 7 days from reading the script to being in front of the camera shooting,” said Glover. “Luckily it was a really good character and it worked out well.”

Click on the media bar to hear Glover talk about the biggest challenges of shooting Lucky Day:

Co-starring Clifton Collins, Lucky Day is now out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital. Special features on the disc include audio commentary from Avary and a making-of featurette.

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Ansel Elgort Drama ‘The Goldfinch’ Hits Blu-Ray And DVD In December

The Goldfinch, the latest film from BAFTA Award winner John Crowley (Brooklyn, Closed Circuit), hits Blu-ray and DVD on December 3. The feature comes out on Digital November 19.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Donna Tartt, the narrative centers on a young man named Theo (Ansel Elgort) who clings to a single work of art after a terrorist bomb claimed his mother’s life years ago. Theo’s tragedy has its share of repercussions, and the art piece he is holding (“The Goldfinch”) proves to be priceless. The ensemble cast includes Nicole Kidman, Oakes Fegley (as the younger Theo), Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, and Jeffrey Wright.

Special features on the Blu-ray include two featurettes (“The Goldfinch Unbound” and “The Real Goldfinch”) and 16 minutes of deleted scenes with commentary from Crowley. The DVD version comes with “The Real Goldfinch” featurette.

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Stan & Ollie’ Crafts Compelling Tale Of Iconic Comedy Team

Laurel & Hardy are as popular as they come when it comes to comedy teams, and thankfully Stan & Ollie is not your stereotypical cradle to the grave biopic of the performers. Director Jon S. Baird (Filth) focuses his narrative on a tour the pair took in 1953 towards the end of their respective career.

The picture’s opening moment begins in 1937, as Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) are at the top of their game. Laurel, who also writes the material for Laurel & Hardy, believes they should be getting a significant raise from movie producer Hal Roach (Danny Huston). Unfortunately Roach doesn’t see eye to eye with Laurel, and that rift would eventually lead to huge repercussions for both men.

Cut to 1953, and the pair’s movie career has all dwindled, even though they both have hopes for starring in a talked about Robin Hood project. To make a living they tour areas of Britain, and their journey takes doesn’t exactly start off with a bang due to a sparse audience. Shirley Henderson and Nina Arianda co-star as their loving wives Lucille Hardy and Ida Kitaeva Laurel.

Film buffs will surely love Baird’s attention to detail and the nuanced performances by Coogan and Reilly. One does not have to be a diehard fan of the two to actually appreciate the film, as Stan & Ollie is a resonant look at the inextricable connection between Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. It’s a film that was woefully overlooked last year, and hopefully now it will receive much more attention with its home entertainment release.

Special features on the Blu-ray include three deleted and extended scenes and several featurettes. An informative and lively 30-minute Q&A session, which features Baird, Henderson, Reilly, and Coogan, is also part of the extras.

Stan & Ollie is now out on Blu-ray and DVD via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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Jodi Benson Reflects On The “Wonderful Surprise” Of ‘The Little Mermaid’

The Little Mermaid 30th Anniversary Edition is now available on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray (the release came out on digital February 12).

With this release, The Little Mermaid is now the seventh title to become part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection, as it follows the classics Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Bambi, The Lion King, and Lady and the Tramp.

New special features on the disc includes original recording sessions of The Little Mermaid, the DCapella music video “Part of Your World,” a featurette on Walt Disney (Stories From Walt’s Office – Gadgets & Gizmos), and #TreauresUntold (which has Coop and Cami Ask The World stars Ruby Rose Turner and Olivia Sanabia interesting facts about The Little Mermaid).

The special feature that is a total must see is “Alan Menken & The Leading Ladies Song.” The segment has Menken sitting down and reminiscing with actresses Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Beauty and the Beast), Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas), Lillias White (Hercules), and Donna Murphy (Tangled). Each actress gets to sing a few notes with Menken and reflect on their Disney film experiences, and late lyricist Howard Ashman is also remembered during the conversation.

We interviewed Benson back in 1997 for an earlier release of The Little Mermaid, and in the clip below she talks about how she had “no idea” that The Little Mermaid, which she described as a “wonderful surprise,” was going to be a huge hit.

To listen to archival interviews with Benson, Howard Ashman, Roy E. Disney, and Alan Menken, check out the podcast Matt and Greg Used To Interview Movie Stars.

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Blu-Ray Spotlight: Kevin Hart Gets A Much Needed Education In ‘Night School’

Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish are the stars behind the comedy Night School, but it’s a talented ensemble cast that basically steals the show. Fans of the stars will probably satisfied by their banter, but there are a ton of jokes to go around in the comedy.

Teddy Walker (Hart) is a BBQ salesman who accidentally destroys his workplace during a romantic evening with his longtime girlfriend lisa (Megalyn Echikunwoke). After his huge mistake, Teddy turns to night school to get his GED and land another job. Teddy’s teacher, a tough nosed woman named Carrie (Haddish), is not charmed by his supposed charm, and this time out Teddy will actually have to be serious about school

Teddy’s classmates include a convict (Fat Joe) who attends class via Skype, a neglected housewife (24’s Mary Lynn Rajskub), a conspiracy theorist (Romany Malco), a clueless but loving dad (Rob Riggle), a waiter (Al Madrigal) who lost his job thanks to Teddy, and a rebellious youth (Anne Winters). Saturday Night Live vet Taran Killam rounds out the cast as Stewart, the high school principal who, along with having a strange fixation for the Morgan Freeman flick Lean on Me, has a bone to pick with Teddy.

Special features on the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD versions includes feature commentary, an extended cut of the flick (it runs four minutes longer at 115 minutes), gag reel, alternate opening, several featurettes and audio commentary from director Malcolm D. Lee (the DVD comes with the extended cut, delete scenes, and alternate opening). Fans of Night School should definitely check out the 13 minutes worth of deleted scenes, as they give more screen time to Teddy’s classmates and his girlfriend. These sequences are not features, by the way, are not in the extended version (which probably means the original version of the feature ran close to 130 minutes).

Night School is now available on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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Box Office Smash ‘The Meg’ Hits Blu-Ray Waters In November

The Meg, which amassed over $525 million worldwide, is hitting Blu-ray and DVD on November 13 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (its digital release is set for October 30).

Aside from the great idea of having action Jason Statham attempt to take down a 75-foot shark dubbed the Megaladon, the picture is also directed by ever ready veteran Jon Turteltaub, the filmmaker behind the successful National Treasure films and the 2013 charmer Last Vegas. Ruby Rose, Li Bingbing, and Rainn Wilson round out The Meg’s ensemble.

Special features on the disc include the featurettes “Chomp On This: The Making of The Meg” and “Creating The Beast.”

Were you a fan of The Meg and are you looking forward to its Blu-ray and digital release? Feel free to comment below!

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