Animated Adventure ‘Teen Titans GO! To The Movies’ Hits Blu-Ray In October

Teen Titans GO! To The Movies, the first project from the animated series to hit the silver screen, heads for Blu-ray and DVD October 30 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The story centers on the Teen Titans’ foray into making movies, as Robin (Scott Menville) is determined to get director Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell) to tell their story. The group’s venture to Hollywood is more than just a star studded affair, as the villain Slade (Will Arnett) is determined to thwart their plans!

Special features include the Lil Yachty music video “Teen Titans GO! Rap,” Storyboard Animatics (“Time Cycle” and “The Final Battle”), the mini-movie DC Super Hero Girls: The Late Batsby, the exclusive song (not in the film) “Everything Is Fake,” Red Carpet Mayhem, and the segments “Teen Titans GO! To The Movies: WB Lot Shenanigans” and “Teen Titans GO!: Translated.” The DVD version comes with one extra (“Storyboard Animatics”). Are you a fan of the Teen Titans GO! animated series, or were you a longtime fan of these DC Comic characters before the series even hit the air? Feel free to comment below!

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Brad Bird Beginnings And ‘Bao’ Highlight ‘Incredibles 2’ Blu-Ray Release

Incredibles 2, a bonafide box office hit that made over $604 million domestically, hits Blu-ray and DVD on November 6. The animated genre’s most beloved superhero family will undoubtedly lead to brisk home entertainment sales, the Blu-ray release comes with a plethora of special features.

Whether or not you prefer the original over the sequel, that opinion may change, as 10 deleted scenes highlight some of the extras on the Blu-ray version (the segments come with introductions). For fans looking into a bit of creative inspiration, the feature “Strong Coffee: A Lesson in Animation with Brad Bird” focuses on the director’s mentorship under legendary Disney animator Milt Kahl. The featurette also focuses on Bird’s early years at Disney Animation Studios and his work with Pixar. Audio commentary is also provided by supervising animators Alan Barillaro, Tony Fucile, Dave Mullins, and animation second unit and crowds supervisor Bret Parker

The beloved and emotionally resonant Bao is also featured on the Blu-ray version, and an accompanying featurette has director Domee Shi discussing how her love for food, and most importantly the bond she has with her mother, inspired the film. Bao, along with the animators audio commentary, are the extras featured in the DVD version.

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Ed Wood Feature ‘Take It Out In Trade’ Lands Blu-Ray Release In November

Director Ed Wood is best known for his films Plan 9 From Outer Space and Glen or Glenda, and his life was chronicled in Tim Burton’s acclaimed Ed Wood (featuring Johnny Depp as the eccentric filmmaker). Thanks to Alamo Drafthouse’s American Genre Film Archive, Wood’s Take It Out In Trade will be released as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on November 13. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, AGFA bought a film scanner to create new digital transfers of titles taken from the Something Weird library.

Shot over a course of three days in 1970, the feature is described as a “surreal sexploitation detective comedy” which features voiceover from Wood (who is also featured in drag in the flick as a character named Alecia).

“For decades, we’ve dreamed about discovering film elements for Take It Out In Trade,” said AGFA director Joe Ziemba. “We’re honored to help the world reassess Ed Wood’s importance as a ground-breaking queer filmmaker through our release of this movie with Something Weird.”

Special features on the disc includes a commentary track with director Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case), Joe Ziemba, and Ed Wood biographer Rudolph Grey. Also included is exclusive liner notes from Grey, reversible cover art, 70 minutes of unseen footage from Take It Out In Trade, and a bonus movie (the Ed Wood feature The Love Feast).

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Blu-Ray Spotlight: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Goes “Beyond The Battle” With In-Depth Extras

Avengers: Infinity War is a title many Blu-ray, DVD, and digital enthusiasts will scoop up. Aside from the title being one of Marvel’s best features, the disc is worth picking up on Blu-ray thanks to its in-depth look at the storyline’s epic battles on Wakanda and Titan.

“Beyond The Battle: Wakanda” and “Beyond The Battle Titan” offer up different looks at how the cast, filmmakers and special effects team worked in different environments to pull off these visually arresting sequences. The Titan confrontation between Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Thanos (Josh Brolin) is the centerpiece of the impressive Titan feature, as witness how the actors collaborate on their collaboration.

There are ten minutes worth of deleted scenes, one of which has Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) attempting to keep paparazzi way from Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). There’s also a bit more banter among the Guardians as they try to find Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and it’s a sequence set to Ace Frehley’s “New York Groove.”

The commentary track, which features filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo and the screenwriters (Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley), features a deeper look into the story. One interesting fact discussed during the talk centered on Iron Man’s pivotal moment with Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Without giving away any spoilers, that moment was actually going to be much shorter, but the Russos decided to elongate the exchange for dramatic effect.

Avengers: Infinity War is an excellent movie and worth picking up just for the overall quality, but thankfully the Blu-ray has enough special features to make this a much more value added purchase.

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HBO Documentary ‘Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge’ Hits Blu-Ray In September

Though its bread and butter has been covering the music landscape, Rolling Stone has also been an iconic publication thanks to its dedication to hard hitting and culture defining journalism. HBO Documentary Films’ Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge, hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 11 via Shout! Factory.

Narrated by Jeff Daniels and directed by Alex Gibney (Zero Days, The Armstrong Lie), the six part documentary features performances from The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, and The Clash. Chance the Rapper, Bob Dylan, and John Lennon are also spotlighted on the project. Co-founder Jann Wenner described the documentary as a “love letter to the magazine.”

Special features include deleted scenes with extended interviews with Cameron Crowe, Ice-T, Gus Wenner, Jane Wenner, Janet Reitman, Matt Taibbi, and Victor Juhasz.

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True Story Comedy ‘Tag’ Lands Blu-Ray Release In August

The ensemble comedy Tag hits Blu-ray and DVD on August 28 and arrives on digital platforms August 17.

Penned by Mark Steilen (Mozart in the Jungle) and Rob McKittrick (Waiting), Tag centers on several friends (Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Burress) who have been playing an ultra competitive game of tag. The storyline is based on the Wall Street Journal article “It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It.” Leslie Bibb, Rashida Jones, Annabelle Wallis, and Isla Fisher round out the cast. With an estimated budget of $28 million, the feature grossed $74 million worldwide.

Click on the media bar to hear Jeremy Renner discuss the stylized Tag sequences of the feature:

 

Special features on the disc include bloopers, deleted scenes and the featurette “Meet the Real Tag Brothers.”

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