Rob Marshall is one of cinema’s most successful filmmakers, as he’s taken on highly touted projects in narrative (Memoirs of a Geisha, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and musical (Into the Woods, Chicago) form.
His latest project Mary Poppins Returnshas grossed over $348 million worldwide, and the feature debuts today on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD.
During the home entertainment press day for Mary Poppins Returns, Marshall divulged that Mary Poppins was the first film he ever saw.
“I was four years old,” said Marshall. “I saw it in a movie theater and it changed the course of my life even as a four-year-old. It stays with you so deeply (and) it means so much to everyone.”
Click on the media bar to hear Marshall explain why making Mary Poppins Returns was a “rare” and “extraordinary” experience.
Special features on the Mary Poppins Returns Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD versions include a trip down Cherry Tree Lane with Dick Van Dyke, deleted scenes, the deleted song “The Anthropomorphic Zoo,” and a sing-along version that includes the Oscar nominated track “The Place Where Lost Things Go.”
Along with being an acclaimed director, Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Mask) has also made his mark as a movie historian and interviewer. His latest film The Great Buster: A Celebration, hits Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on April 2 via Cohen Film Collection.
The documentary spotlights the life and career of Buster Keaton one of the silent era’s great comedians. Mel Brooks, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Dick Van Dyke and Johnny Knoxville are among the interviewees featured in the project. The disc comes with an interview with Bogdanovich called “Conversations from The Quad,”
During his writing and interviewing career, Bogdanovich has released such seminal books as This Is Orson Welles and Who the Devil Made It: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors. The Great Buster: A Celebration won the Best Documentary on Cinema prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival.
The Kid Who Would Be King, the latest film from Attack the Block filmmaker and screenwriter Joe Cornish hits 4K Ultra-HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on April 16. The feature made $25 million worldwide.
The feature centers on Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis), a youth who discovers he has abilities beyond his belief after he wields the mythical Sword in the Stone. With the help of his friends and Merlin (Patrick Stewart), Alex is on a mission to stop the all powerful Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson).
Special features include deleted scene, the Lay Lay music video “Be The King,” and several featurettes (Origins of a King, Young Knights, Merlin’s Magic (x4), The Two Merlins, Knight School, The Two Merlins, Meet Morgana, Movie Magic).
Creed IIwas a box office smash, amassing over $213 million worldwide. Equaling that achievement is the film’s pinpoint storytelling execution, as it did not suffer the sophomore slump that befalls most sequels.
This time out Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) is the heavyweight champ who seems to have nothing left to prove. When Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren, delivering an excellent, world weary performance), challenges him to a boxing match, Adonis doesn’t hesitate to step in the ring and defend his title. With Ivan killing Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in the ring years ago, Adonis is out for a bit of retribution, but this time Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is not in his corner. Tessa Thompson rounds out the cast as Bianca, Adonis’ dedicated partner.
Running at 130 minutes, the picture had a ton to live up to thanks to the overwhelming success of Creed, and it absolutely scores a knockout punch, giving fans of the franchise equal time with Adonis and Rocky’s respective journeys. Steven Caple Jr. (The Land) directs the story sans a hitch, moving the story at a refreshingly brisk clip.
Special features on the Blu-ray and 4K UHD versions include deleted scenes and several featurettes (Fathers & Sons, Casting Viktor Drago, The Women of Creed II, and The Rocky Legacy). The deleted scenes are a must see, as one sequence has Rocky delivering a moving eulogy for pugilist Spider Rico (Pedro Lovell) who appeared in Rocky and Rocky Balboa. Another sequence features a post match encounter among Adonis and Viktor that should have been kept in the feature (Rocky and Ivan also share a moment). The final two deleted scenes give us more time with Adonis and Bianca (one sequence is an extended moment at Max’s Steaks).
If Beale Street Could Talk, the latest film from Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, hits Blu-ray and DVD on March 26 (the digital version debuts March 12). The 1970s set project, based on the James Baldwin novel, centers on a couple persevering through tragic times.
Friends since childhood, Harlem denizens Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) are engaged with a baby on the way. Their plans take a nightmarish turn after Fonny is falsely accused of rape, and now Tish and her family will do everything it takes to ensure Fonny’s release from prison. The film received three Oscar nods, including Best Adapted Screenplay (screenwriter Barry Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Regina King), and Best Original Score (Nicholas Britell).
Special features on both versions include deleted scenes, audio commentary by Jenkins and the featurette “If Beale Street Could Talk: Poetry in Motion.”
Clint Eastwood’s latest film The Mulehits Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD on April 2 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Viewers who prefer checking out their films via Digital will be able to check out the film on March 19.
The project, penned by Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Nick Schenk, is inspired by the New York Times Magazine article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-year-old Drug Mule.” Eastwood stars in the film as Earl Stone, an elderly horticulturalist who is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine for a drug cartel. Bradley Cooper, who worked with Eastwood on American Sniper, co-stars.
Special features on the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD editions include the featurette “Nobody Runs Forever: The Making of The Mule” and the Toby Keith music video “Don’t Let the Old Man In.” The DVD extras include the featurette but not the music video.