Spy, the action comedy featuring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, and Jude Law hits Blu-ray and DVD September 29 via Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. With a worldwide box office take of over $232 million, the film was one of this year’s biggest hits. This is director Paul Feig’s third successful collaboration with McCarthy, as the pair previously teamed up on The Heat and Bridesmaids.
The story centers on Susan Cooper (McCarthy), a humble CIA analyst who is thurst into a deadly operation after her partner (Law) ends up missing and another agent (Statham) is compromised. With two agents down for the count, it’s up to Cooper to go undercover and infiltrate a dangerous arms dealer’s operation.
The Spy unrated Blu-ray comes with a slew of bonus features, including an unrated cut that features an extra 10 minutes and fifteen alternate scenes.
Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions come with audio commentary from members of the film’s crew (director Feig, producer Jessie Henderson, fight coordinator Walter Garcia, gaffer John Vecchio, and cinematographer Robert Yeoman). The Unrated Cut, as well as eight-part behind the scenes segment “How Spy Was Was Made” are only available on Blu-ray
Bobby Cannavale, who also starred with Byrne in Adult Beginners, Allison Janney, Miranda Hart, and 50 Cent also star in the feature.
Available today on DVD and Blu-ray, THE EXPENDABLES 2 is a highly combustible, testosterone-driven action/adventure that reunites the team of former mercenaries from the first film in a story of murder and revenge set deep in enemy territory. Directed by SIMON WEST from a script co-written by star SYLVESTER STALLONE, the film features a crazy cast of famous film heroes that includes STALLONE, JET-LI, DOLPH LUNDGREN, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, BRUCE WILLIS, JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME, JASON STATHAM and CHUCK NORRIS. We spoke with WILLIS at the time of the film’s theatrical release and he admitted that doing an action-packed film is just another day at the office. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Although The Expendables 2 debuted at the #1 spot with $28.8 million, the sequel performed below the original’s $35 million opening two years ago. With the box-office clout of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis as well as the momentum gained from the original, The Expendables 2‘s box office numbers were definitely disappointing.
The Bourne Legacydid solid business in its second week, taking in $17 million (its domestic haul stands at $69.6 million). The feature proves that Jeremy Renner can carry his own franchise, and although Legacydidn’t receive the level of praise as its three predecessors, it’s safe to say the Bourne franchise is alive and kicking.
The stop motion animation project Paranormanchecked in at #3 with $14 million, followed by the Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign with $13.4 million. Unfortunately Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks and late singer Whitney Houston, had a sub-par debut, taking fifth place with just $12 million. Sparkle’s estimated budget is $14 million, so expect the film to easily make its money back and eventually turn a profit.
Rounding out the top ten, in descending order, are The Dark Knight Rises($11.1 million), The Odd Life of Timothy Green ($10.9 million), Hope Springs ($9.1 million), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days ($3.8 million), and Total Recall($3.5 million).
The Expendables 2 co-star Statham talks about the special bond between Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jason Statham)
Jason Statham reteams with Sylvester Stallone for The Expendables 2, a movie which enables fans to enjoy their favorite old school action stars fire a few rounds and blow stuff up. Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme are new additions to the crew, which also includes returnees Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“To me it means a lot,” says Statham about his Expendables experience. “A lot of the people you work with, they come back again and you always see the same faces and you get to make some good friends and they’re talented people. We all share similar interests – we love making action movies. So it’s a good day at the office.”
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Credit goes to Sylvester Stallone in believing that mixing in a group of older action stars (himself, Jet Li,Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger) along with slightly newer faces (Jason Statham) would translate into a runaway hit. The Expendableswas a box office smash back in 2010. With The Expendables 2, Stallone leaves the directing duties to Simon West, with vet Jean-Clause Van Damme and relative neophyte Liam Hemsworth joining in on the fun.
Take a look at the following behind the scenes feature for The Expendables 2, which hits theaters August 17.