Now out on Blu-ray and DVD, the first rate adventure/romance drama The Mountain Between Us centers on two strangers who are stranded in a remote area with little hope for survival. Photojournalist Alex Martin (Kate Winslet) and brain surgeon Ben Bass (Idris Elba) were the passengers on a chartered plane which crash lands in this snowy and unforgiving environment, and now both have their own viewpoints on how to proceed. Ben is determined to stay near the crash site and wait for help while Alex wants to traverse new ground in hopes of finding civilization. Though the dead pilot’s (Beau Bridges) dog is also a part of the story, The Mountain Between Us is essentially a visually arresting two hander. Filled with spot on performances between the leads, the feature also is blessed with natural chemistry between Elba and Winslet, and their growing affection towards each other is palpable.
Click on the media bar below to hear Winslet talk about shooting in the high altitudes featured in The Mountain Between Us:
The Blu-ray version comes with several featurettes, and audio commentary from director Hany Abu-Assad, and deleted scenes. The fourteen minutes worth of cut scenes are, like most of the film, beautiful eye candy, and it’s interesting to hear Abu-Assad’s commentary on why these scenes are left out. There’s a particular scene in a cave which is particularly eye-catching, but the filmmaker makes a point to show that each of these sequences repeated similar beats that were already part of the story.
The Mountain Between Us is now available on Blu-ray and DVD viaFox Connect.
Lucky, which features Harry Dean Stanton’s final (and, if not his best) performance, hits DVD January 2 via Magnolia Home Entertainment.
The feature centers on Lucky (Stanton), a 90-year-old atheist who’s living a seemingly mundane life in a desert town. Upon closer inspection, however, Lucky has enough friends at his local diner and bar to get him through the day. But Lucky understands his final days on this Earth may be just around the corner, and he’s having an understandably rough time facing his own mortality. Along with Stanton’s evocative work, the picture also features wonderful performances from David Lynch, Ron Livingston and Tom Skerritt.
Special features on the DVD include the segments “A Few Words from Harry Dean Stanton,” “Behind the Scenes: Harry Dean Stanton’s Final Film Take,” the theatrical trailer, and interviews with director John Carroll Lynch and writers/producers Logan Sparks and Dargo Sumonja.
Blade Runner 2049, one of this year’s most acclaimed films and a more than worthy follow up to Blade Runner, hits Blu-ray and DVD January 16 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The sequel centers on LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a replicant who is on a mission to find former officer Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), the notorious blade runner who has been missing for over 30 years. Robin Wright co-stars as K’s supervisor whose orders run counter to K’s ulterior motives.
Click on the media bar to hear why Harrison Ford decided to take on Blade Runner 2049:
Special features on the Blu-ray version include two featurettes (“Designing the World of Blade Runner 2049,” “To Be Human: Casting Blade Runner 2049“), three prologues (“2036: Nexus Dawn,” “2048: Nowhere to Run,” “2022: Black Out”) and a Blade Runner 101 series (Blade Runners, “The Replicant Evolution,” The Rise of Wallace Corp.,” “Welcome to 2049,” “Joi,” and “Within The Skies”). The DVD comes with the Blade Runner 101 segments.
Agatha Christie had a successful cinematic run this year thanks to the success of Murder on the Orient Express, and another of her works is also available as Crooked House hits Blu-ray and DVD January 16.
The tale centers on Charles Hayward (Max Irons), a former spy turned private detective who investigates the death of a wealthy patriarch. Family secrets abound during his investigation as Hayward digs deeper into the lives of a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the patriarch’s widow (Christina Hendricks) and the family’s matriarch (Glenn Close). Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, the script was penned by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park).
Blu-ray extras include three featurettes (Agatha Christie: A Timeless Fascination, Whodunnit? – The Characters of Crooked House, and Elegance & Innovation: The Design of Crooked House). The DVD comes with the two featurettes (the Agatha Christie segment is a Blu-ray exclusive).
It’s amazing to think that Louis Malle was just 24 when he made the classic film noir Elevator to the Gallows. The 92-minute feature, headlined by late actress Jeanne Moreau and featuring an iconic score from Miles Davis, hits Blu-ray and DVD February 6.
The feature centers on lovers (Moreau, Maurice Ronet) who plan to murder her husband. Their plan eventually goes south, and the walls gradually close in on their existence. Along with Davis’ score and Malle’s assured direction, the feature also features the rich, black and white visuals of cinematographer Henri Decaë.
Special features on both versions include a 2005 interview with Moreau, archival interviews with Malle and Ronet, and original session pianist René Urtege, Malle’s student movie Crazeology (which features the Charlie Parker song of the same name), trailers, and a booklet featuring an essay from critic Terrence Rafferty, an interview with Malle, and a tribute by producer Vincent Malle.
One of this year’s biggest hits with a worldwide haul of over $683 million, It is headed to Blu-ray and DVD on January 19 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, It centers on a group of kids who face off against an evil clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). The flick stars Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things). The sequel to It, which is set 27 years after the events of the original, is set for a January 6, 2019 release.
Click on the media bar to hear Stephen King talk about how he’s already watched It a second time (King was absolutely pleased with the theatrical version of It).
Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions come with three featurettes (“The Losers’ Club,” “Author of Fear,” “Pennywise Lives!”) and deleted scenes.