A Star Is Born, which received 9 Critics’ Choice nods (including Best Picture), hits Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD February 19 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The narrative, directed by Bradley Cooper, centers on a successful music artist named Jack (Cooper) who finds a kindred soul in Ally (Lady Gaga). As Ally’s “star” continues to rise, Jack’s alcoholism and physical ailments drives him down a much darker path.
Included in the package are nearly 10 minutes of never-before-seen musical performances by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga which is featured in the “Jam Sessions and Rarities” special feature (“Baby What You Want Me To Do,” “Midnight Special,” “Is That Alright”). Other extras include the featurette “The Road to Stardom: Making A Star Is Born,” several music videos (“Shallow,” “Always Remember Us This Way,” “Look What I Found,” “I’ll Never Love This Way”)
First Man, the acclaimed film based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, hits Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD January 22 via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Ryan Gosling reunited with La La Land filmmaker Damien Chazelle to play Armstrong, and the story centers on Armstrong’s journey to become the “first man” to walk on the moon.
The picture received 10 Critics’ Choice nominations, including for Best Picture, Best Actor (Gosling), Best Supporting Actress (Claire Foy), and Best Director (Chazelle).Click on the media bar to hear Gosling talk about the opportunity to work with astronauts during the production of First Man.
Special features on the Blu-ray include deleted scenes, audio commentary (from Chazelle, editor Tom Cross, and screenwriter Josh Singer), and several featurettes (“Shooting for the Moon,” “Preparing to Launch,” “Giant Leap in One Small Step,” “Mission Gone Wrong,” and “Putting You In The Seat,” “Recreating the Moon Landing,” “Shooting at NASA,” and “Astronaut Training”).
Gene Hackman has not starred in a film since 2004’s Welcome To Mooseport, and if you literally miss his voice then We, The Marines may be part of your holiday shopping.
Narrated by Hackman, the film takes a first-hand look at the men and woman who become part of the U.S. Marine Corps. The project was initially produced for permanent exhibition in the Giant Screen Medal of Honor Theater at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Hackman played a Marine in the 1984 feature Uncommon Valor.
We, The Marines will be released in a 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and Digital copy set on December 11 via Shout! Factory.
Bad Times at the El Royale, the latest film from Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard, hits Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD on January 1 via Fox Home Entertainment.
The thriller centers on seven strangers who converge at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel where all of these fates will eventually align. Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, and Chris Hemsworth (who also starred in Cabin in the Woods) are among the ensemble. The feature clocks in at 141 minutes.
Special features on both the Blu-ray and DVD versions include a photo gallery and the featurette “Making Bad Times at the El Royale.” Have you seen Bad Times at the El Royale? Feel free to comment below!
The Guilty, a Danish thriller which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD February 5 via Magnolia Home Entertainment.
Police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren, delivering one of this year’s best performances) is banished to desk work as an emergency dispatcher. Before clocking out of his night shift gig, he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman. Using his quick trigger instincts, Holm will do whatever it takes, even if it means jumping over a few bureaucratic hoops, to ensure the woman’s safety. The picture, directed by Gustav Möller, is a well written, nail-biting narrative that simply doesn’t let up, and one can assume that the film will eventually be remade in the U.S. Though reminiscent of the Tom Hardy feature Locke (both films rely heavily on phone conversations), The Guilty refreshingly stands on its own.
Special features on the disc have yet to be released, but we’ll be reviewing this title once it streets in February. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Night School, the Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish comedy which made over $76 million at the box office, hits Blu-ray and DVD January 1 via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The project centers on Teddy Walker (Hart), a salesman who is trying to get his GED and find a new job. Teddy’s keeping his night school activities secret from his rich fiancée (Megalyn Echikunwoke), but that isn’t the least of his problems. With a no-nonsense teacher named Carrie (Haddish) giving him the business and Teddy’s old rival Stewart (Taran Killam) serving as the school principal, Teddy’s education journey is headed for disaster.
Special features on the Blu-ray include an extended cut of the film, an alternate opening, deleted scenes, featurettes and a gag reel (the DVD also has the extended cut, alternate opening and deleted scenes).