Arriving on DVD and Blu-ray shelves today, THE CHANGE-UP is a raunchy, hard R-rated body-switching comedy that sees life-long pals with diametrically opposed personalities miraculously living each other’s lives. For staunch, buttoned-down Dave, that means waking up to a stress-free life of no responsibility. While perpetual man-child Mitch wakes up to a wife and three small kids. Directed by DAVID DOBKIN (WEDDING CRASHERS) from a script by JON LUCAS and SCOTT MOORE (THE HANGOVER), the cast features JASON BATEMAN, RYAN REYNOLDS, LESLIE MANN, OLIVIA WILDE and ALAN ARKIN.
Given the opportunity to play a party-guy suddenly surrounded by a noisy, disruptive family, BATEMAN gets a chance to display big, broad comedy chops. During the press conference to promote the original release of the film, he talked about getting comfortable with his tiny co-stars. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
American Idol season two champ Ruben Studdard has also been pursuing a career in acting, and he stars in the straight to DVD holiday stage play The Perfect Gift (Image Entertainment, 90 minutes, Not Rated)with Golden Brooks (Girlfriends) and Darius McCrary. The story has the velvet teddy bear (I know, it’s been ages since that AI reference) playing a family man who still hasn’t married his longtime soulmate (Brooks). Eventually he learns the true meaning of giving and self-sacrifice (hence the title).
Special features on the 2-Disc set include a photo gallery, the segments “Buddy Tells The Jokes” and “Gramps Sings,” as well as a bonus CD (two songs, one of which features Studdard). The DVD was released this week and is available at select Wal-Mart stores and on Amazon.com.
The family film Dolphin Tale, headlined by Morgan Freeman and Harry Connick Jr., comes out on Blu-ray and DVD December 20th. The movie, which made over $67 million domestically, is the true story of an injured bottlenose dolphin who was rescued off the Florida coast and recovered at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Each version includes a gag reel and additional scenes, with the Blu-ray Combo Pack and the Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack also enabling fans to download a digital version of the film (the 3D version also features the film in 3D).
Click on the media bar and listen to Connick Jr. talk about working with Freeman on the film, which was directed by Charles Martin Smith (the filmmaker behind Never Cry Wolf):
Premiering on DVD and Blu-ray today, CRAZY STUPID LOVE is a romantic comedy that is actually romantic and funny, two things many modern rom-coms forget to be. Relating the story of a man whose marriage falls apart, forcing him into the cold world of contemporary dating under the tutelage of his lady-killer pal, the film is sharp and smart. Co-directed by GLENN FICARRA and JOHN REQUA (I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS) from a script by DAN FOGELMAN (TANGLED), the cast includes STEVE CARELL, JULIANNE MOORE, RYAN GOSLING, EMMA STONE, MARISA TOMEI and KEVIN BACON. A former child star, RYAN GOSLING is known to most movie-goers as an intense, dramatic actor and, while he’s always wanted to try comedy, he tells us he only comes off looking good because of the people around him. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Coming to video for the first time, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is the much-talked-about. big-screen adaptation of SARA GRUEN’S best-selling 2006 novel about love and danger under the Big Top. Set in the 1930s against a circus backdrop, the film is directed by FRANCIS LAWRENCE (I AM LEGEND) and stars REESE WITHERSPOON, ROBERT PATTINSON, CHRISTOPH WALTZ, HAL HOLBROOK and TAI, a 42-year-old elephant whose ability to charm rivals that of the film’s human stars.
Ultimately, a story of love, redemption and second chances, it’s no wonder that the novel has built such an enormous fan base. And, because of that fan base, screenwriter RICHARD LaGRAVENESE worked together with GRUEN to make sure the romance properly translated to the screen. During our recent interview with ROBERT PATTINSON, he talked about how, at its heart, the film is a great love story. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Available on DVD and Blu-ray today, CARS 2 is the follow-up to Disney/Pixar’s 2006 animated family film that became one of the studio’s most polarizing movies with critics and audiences. This time around, most of the original cast is reunited (PAUL NEWMAN’S character of Doc Hudson is sorely missed) and, instead of being set on America’s iconic Route 66, the racing action takes place in Tokyo, London and Italy. Co-directed by JOHN LASSETER (from his own story), the voice talent includes LARRY THE CABLE GUY, BONNIE HUNT, JOHN RATZENBERGER, OWEN WILSON, MICHAEL CAINE, EMILY MORTIMER, EDDIE IZZARD and JOHN TURTURRO.
Doing press for the original film back in ’06, LASSETER talked to us about the genesis of his idea for the film. (CLICK ON MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)