Released this week on Blu-ray and DVD, It is obviously a must have disc as it’s one of the best adaptations of Stephen King’s work (it’s right up there with The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me).
Though both versions come with several featurettes (“The Losers Club,” “Author of Fear,” “Pennywise Lives!”), the biggest addition for this initial version of the release lie in the deleted scenes. Be warned, there are spoilers in the succeeding paragraphs!
The biggest deleted scene is an alternate ending to It, as Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) goes off on a vacation with his parents, and it’s a trip that the family argued over since it meant a great deal to Bill’s late brother Georgie (this argument is also a deleted sequence). Both scenes add more depth to Bill’s relationship with his family, but by cutting both sequences director Andy Muschietti narrowed his focus on the children.
Click on the media bar to hear Stephen King talk about why It is a special movie:
Even by placing the kids front and center in the film, there are a couple of kids who get a short shrift with their characters. Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff) is seen earlier practicing for his bar mitzvah and being pressured by his father, but unfortunately his character is the least developed out of the Losers’ Club by the film’s closing moments. Viewers who wanted more of Stan will be happy to see he delivers an impassioned speech at his bar mitzvah in a scene that ties together respective struggles of the Losers’ Club when they are temporarily separated. It’s understandable that, with a running time of 135 minutes, various scenes would be left on the cutting room floor and it’s great they’re now available for viewing.
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.
Directed by Jurassic World filmmaker Colin Trevorrow, The Book of Henry centers on Susan Carpenter (Naomi Watts), a waitress and single mother to 11-year-old Henry (Jaeden Lieberher) and 8-year-old Peter (Jacob Tremblay). When Henry suspects his classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler) might be in danger, he is determined to help her out. When Susan discovers Henry’s “book” which details mission, she embarks on a journey to execute her son’s plan.
Watts, who previously worked with Lieberher on St. Vincent, was immediately drawn to The Book of Henry. “The script really delivered on the first read,” said Watts. “I read it very quickly. The characters were all beautifully defined and I loved this woman who was struggling to be the best mom she could be and didn’t have the resources to be her best at all times and really relied, in this sort of co-dependent relationship with her eldest son, who’s this genius, and she’s kind of got no faith in herself so she really depends on him.”
Click on the media bar to hear Watts talk about her unspoken and synchronized collaboration with Trevorrow.
Director Colin Trevorrow scored a huge hit with Jurassic World, but before that he received accolades for his crafty indie drama Safety Not Guaranteed. Now the versatile filmmaker tries his hand with the coming of age genre with The Book of Henry. The great news, right off the bat, is the ensemble cast is top notch.
The story centers on a suburban mom named Susan (Naomi Watts) who works at a diner with her close friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman).Susan’s blessed with Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), her 11-year-old son who has an active imagination and isn’t afraid of stepping outside that proverbial box. Henry is also a wonderful older brother to Peter (Room’sJacob Tremblay) and he’s also attempting to help a classmate (Maddie Zielger) who harbors a dangerous secret. Will Henry’s overreaching need to help land him in trouble or will he change everyone’s lives in the process?
The picture opens nationwide June 16th and the trailer just made its debut today. It’s wonderful to have a movie that’s not an animated or super hero flick come out this summer, and we’re hoping this movie reaches similar creative heights of previous coming of age dramas (most notably Stand By Me). Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
The Confirmation centers on Walt (Clive Owen), a carpenter who takes care of his kindhearted eight-year-old son Anthony (Jaeden Lieberher) while his ex-wife (Maria Bello) and her new husband (Matthew Modine) go out of town.
Walt’s relationship with Anthony isn’t exactly a solid one, but during their weekend misadventures in finding Walt’s stolen toolbox, the pair form a gradual bond.
The story behind The Confirmation comes from a personal place, as director/writer Bob Nelson’s (Nebraska) father was a tradesman who also would lose his toolbox. Inspired by such films as Winter’s Bone and The Bicycle Thief, Nelson wanted to infuse The Confirmation with a healthy dose of realism. Our Hollywood Outbreak interview with Clive Owen and Jaeden Lieberher is below, and if you want to check out my thoughts on the film (I loved it!), check out our new podcast CinemAddicts.
The Confirmation (PG-13, 90 minutes), co-starring Patton Oswalt and Tim Blake Nelson, opens Friday in select theaters and On Demand.