DVD Spotlight: ‘Ruben Brandt, Collector’ Delves Into Art’s Everlasting Power

The ambitious and immersive animated film Ruben Brandt, Collector centers on the titular character (Iván Kamarás), a psychotherapist who has mental issues of his own. To rid himself of his nightmares, Ruben enlists several of his patients to steal 13 paintings from several of the world’s most renowned museums.

Directed by Hungarian animator Milorad Krstic, Ruben Brandt, Collector is a seamless blend of pop art and film noir, and the feature is littered with references in both the art world and cinema.

“The moment I got to the audition and saw the first concept,” said Kamarás. “I saw the first few frames of the whole movie – the animation was colored and sometimes it wasn’t. Sometimes it was a sketch – animatics it’s called. I immediately could see what potential this movie had and how much power it had on me.”

Click on the media bar to hear Kamarás discuss how the power of art is front and center with Ruben Brandt, Collector:

Ruben Brandt, Collector is now out on DVD and Digital via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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Sylvester Stallone Action Flick ‘Escape Plan: The Extractors’ Hits Blu-Ray In July

Escape Plan: The Extractors, the third installment of the Escape Plan series hits Blu-ray and DVD on July 2 via Lionsgate. This time out Ray (Sylvester Stallone), Trent (Dave Bautista) and Hush (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) team up to free Breslin’s girlfriend (Jaime King) and a tech mogul’s daughter from a Latvian prison.

John Herzfeld, who directed 2 Days in The Valley and worked with Sylvester Stallone in 2014’s Reach Me, is the flick’s director and co-writer. The feature also stars Devon Sawa (Nikita), Daniel Bernhardt and Harry Shum Jr. (Glee).

Special features include the featurette “The Making of Escape Plan: The Extractors” and commentary with Herzfeld, Stallone, Sawa, and Bernhard. Are you a fan of the Escape Plan series? Feel free to comment below!

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‘George Carlin: 40 Years Comedy’ Lands DVD Release In May

Hitting DVD May 7 via MPI Media Group, George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy was the comedian’s 10th special for HBO. Broadcast live from the Wheeler Theater (Aspen, Colorado), the program featured a career retrospective that was hosted by Jon Stewart (he also interviewed Carlin in the special).

Though Carlin would also have a film career with such films as Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, and Dogma (director Kevin Smith was a huge fan of Carlin’s work), stand-up comedy was his creative bread and butter.

The special featured three new pieces from Carlin (“Advertising,” “Pets,” and “American Bulls**t”). Also included are archival clips from the first four decades of Carlin’s career.

What was your favorite George Carlin special or comedic bit? Or were you mainly a fan of his movies who still hasn’t checked out his stand-up? Feel free to comment below!

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Ol’ Blue Eyes Documentary ‘Sinatra In Palm Springs’ Hits Blu-ray And DVD In June

Thanks to iconic songs, Frank Sinatra’s name is synonymous with New York, Chicago, and even Los Angeles (thanks to the track “LA Is My Lady”). That being said, Sinatra’s true home was in the desert, and this passion is spotlighted with the documentary Sinatra in Palm Springs – The Place He Called Home.

The desert town was the main residence during his marriage to actress Ava Gardner, and for the rest of his life the entertainer lived on the fabled Rancho Mirage compound on Frank Sinatra Drive.

Featuring over 70 movie and TV show clips and archival footage, the documentary also contains interviews with Barbara Sinatra, entertainer Trini Lopez, comedian Tom Dreesen, and restaurateur Mel Haber.

Sinatra in Palm Springs – The Place He Called Home hits Blu-ray and DVD on June 11 via Shout! Factory.

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Regina King Relished The Family Dynamic Of ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

If Beale Street Could Talk, based on James Baldwin’s acclaimed novel, was met with critical acclaim last year and netted an Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Regina King

Directed by Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins, the narrative centers on Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James), a young couple in 1970s Harlem who are having a baby. When Fonny is thrown in jail for a crime he did not commit, Tish and her family (Regina King plays Tish’s mother) do whatever it takes to get Fonny out of jail.

Click on the media bar to hear Regina King talk about the family dynamic of If Beale Street Could Talk:

Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD editions include deleted scenes, a featurette (“If Beale Street Could Talk: Poetry in Motion”), and audio commentary from Barry Jenkins. If Beale Street Could Talk hits DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, March 26.

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‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ Lands Blu-Ray Release In May

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, which made over $101 million domestically, hits Blu-ray, 4K UHD, and DVD on May 7.

The film features the voices of Chris Pratt (Emmet), Elizabeth Banks (Lucy), Will Arnett (Lego Batman), Nick Offerman (MetalBeard), Alison Brie (Unikitty) and Charlie Day (Benny). Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the directors and writers behind 2014’s The Lego Movie, penned the screenplay.

Special features include an “Everything Is Awesome” Sing-Along (not available on DVD), deleted scenes, commentary from the filmmakers, the Lego movie short Emmet’s Holiday Party, several featurettes on the making of the flick, and the “Super Cool” music video (featuring Beck, Robyn, and The Lonely Island).

Are you a fan of The Lego 2 Movie: The Second Part and the Lego films in general? Feel free to comment below!·

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