Disney and Fox, Working Together, Bring You Star Wars Movie Digital Downloads

Monday, April 6, 2015 at 7:31 pm

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We've seen figure sets, signs at Walmart, and hastily removed blog posts that suggested this was on the way. Now, in a co-branded press release, there is confirmation - Lucasfilm, Disney and Star Wars are making all six Star Wars cinematic episodes available digitally starting April 10th. Yes, they are, as best we can tell, the Blu-ray cuts, so no non-firing Greedo or unblinking Ewoks. Each one will come with at least two new extras, however, as well as some previously released featurettes and deleted scenes. New "Discoveries From Inside" will focus on design elements like weapons, costumes and matte paintings, while "Conversations" focus on collaborators like Doug Chiang and Ben Burtt.

But the best news may be what isn't said - the fact that Disney and Fox (who still own Empire and Jedi home entertainment rights, and own A New Hope forever) made this happen indicates they're willing to work together on Star Wars stuff, and if the will were ever to exist, those non-Special Editions that first-gen fans like me keep hoping for no longer seem entirely impossible. Unlikely, as long as George Lucas lives and nobody wants to hurt his feelings...but not impossible.

TR Interview: Dredd Producer Adi Shankar on How The Voices Is His Garfield-Meets-Deadpool

Monday, April 6, 2015 at 6:30 am

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You might not know producer Adi Shankar's name, but you know his work. Dredd first and foremost, of course, but also his "bootleg universe" shorts featuring characters he doesn't own the rights to, like Venom, Punisher, the Power Rangers and James Bond.

The Voices, out on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow, is not on the face of it a comic-book property, but a very dark comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as a schizophrenic who kills women at the behest of his pets. Yet its roots are more comic-based than you'd think - Persepolis creator Marjane Satrapi is the director, and as Shankar revealed to us, his inspiration came very much from some familiar properties.

Shankar, who also acts in the film, was kind enough to talk to us about it all.

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Blu-ray Today: In Case You Wondered Where Hayden Christensen and Nicolas Cage Have Been

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Outcast - You know you want to fucking watch this. Don't even front like you don't.

Nicolas Cage. Hayden Christensen.

Templar Knights. Fake Accents.

In China.

I am imagining that their characters are coarse, rough and get everywhere. That "wigging out" is a phrase that has a double-meaning in this case. Or that the proceedings are highly enjoyable...from a certain point of view (the inebriated kind).

Cage needs the money. Christensen needs any kind of work whatsoever. It's like The Expendables of desperation getting medieval on our asses, with gratuitous Chinese references in a grab at international box-office dollars that's such a longshot, it's like either man finding a good script to be attached to again.

I guess what I mean is that I wanna see this. Even if you somehow convince me that you don't.

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Indie Picks' List of 150 Independent Video Stores Still Open in North America

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm

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Attention old guys who still like video stores! They live on!

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The Decline of Western Civilization is Coming to Blu-ray! Oi! Oi! Oi!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10:37 am

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Attention metal heads, punkers, New Wavers, hardcore enthusiasts, nihilists, unhappy mutants, and tattooed love boys everywhere! The most important movies of all time are finally - FINALLY - coming to home video.


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Blu-Ray Today: Gates of Hell, Gates of Heaven, Gates of Hobbits

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 6:30 am

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The Beyond - If you count yourself as a horror fan of any stripe, then you're likely already familiar with Lucio Fulci's 1981 horror classic The Beyond. The film, about a hotel that is resting on the mouth of Hell, is colorful, oddly paced, and wonderfully gory. It is perhaps the prime example Italian Euroschlock, definitely a proud genre for genre fanatics. The film will be released in a special three-disc set from Grindhouse releasing, which includes a soundtrack CD (those Italian horror films had some pretty groovy soundtracks). Also, the cover glows in the dark. The Beyond straddles a wonderful line between chintzy trash and cinema classic. I encourage you to check it out.

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Blu-Ray Today: Power Man, Dead Boyfriends, and the Wrath of God

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Halo: Nightfall - Essentially a piece of decently budgeted and officially sanctioned fan fiction, Halo: Nightfall is both frustrating and fulfilling. Frustrating, because it establishes a larger universe of possibilities in a whole universe dominated by a human-Covenant war, only to zero on on one tiny, semi-doomed mission to a mostly uninhabited planet; satisfying, in that it doesn't need to betray its source material to please a wider audience.

During an uneasy truce, a Covenant soldier detonates a bio-weapon formed from a compound that was created when Master Chief destroyed the first Halo ring. A team of Spartans is sent to the nearest planet to set of a nuke and ensure no more of said compound remains, but the barren planet features swarms of deadly flying worms who attack any form of technology they detect. With one spaceship left that will only carry two of the team to safety, tensions fray and personal concerns threaten to derail the mission.

The main thing to take away from this? Mike Colter is an awesome badass as team leader Jameson Locke, and he'll be a fine Luke Cage on Marvel's Netflix series.

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Swedish Masters of the Universe Blu-ray Uses Fan Art Without Permission

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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Dave Rapoza

It's an odd choice - in Dolph Lundgren's native land, I guess they didn't think Frank Langella was enough of a threat for the homegrown hero, so the Blu-ray distributors just grabbed some Skeletor fan art off the web. Now, legally, artist Dave Rapoza is right in acknowledging he doesn't own the character (he may not be right in thinking Cannon is responsible - it's probably a local PR snafu), but technically they should at least pay him work-for-hire rates as they would anyone else they might get in-house to create a Skeletor for the poster. Naturally, they're counting on him not coming to Sweden and making it a court issue there.

They also probably know that given Rapoza's actual, for-hire work on League of Legends and X-Men: Days of Future Past, they couldn't afford him. However, if Sony sees this and decides to sign him on for the new movie, it'll probably be all good.

Most baffling of all in this equation? Why anyone would not sell the shit out of Frank Langella in that movie, when everyone agrees he's the best thing in it.

Full Daredevil Trailer Highlights "Dark Corners" of the Marvel Universe

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 8:38 am

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There will be blood. A whole lot of it, apparently.

Also Scott Glenn being super Scott Glennish, Vincent D'Onofrio all scary as the Kingpin...and more bruises and blood. His costume may not be red, but his body sure is. It's like Netflix is doing its absolute best to make us forget Disney owns Marvel...but they throw in a joke at the end just so we kinda remember. I feel bad for parents who have to tell their kids this is a Marvel show they can't watch yet.

As of yet it still doesn't hint at the better costume we've heard is coming, but it does make the torn sweatshirt one look not quite so bad in motion.

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Blu-ray Today: Dominatrixes, Wrestling Dogs, and Legends Conclude

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6:30 am

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R100 - One hates to second-guess Drafthouse Films, particularly when they release movies like this that no other American distributor would touch, and they send yours truly to a sex dungeon as part of their publicity outreach. But it nonetheless seems to me that they should have picked a release date following Fifty Shades of Grey, so they could tout their movie's actual BDSM cred. Although for fairness' sake, let it be said that the dominatrixes onscreen here violate safe consent laws just as much as Christian Grey does, and their "victim" is just as turned on by it. They also have super powers, like the ability to generate infinite amounts of spit and the power to swallow humans alive, thanks to the fact that the entire story is a movie within another movie about a hundred year-old film director who made what we see as his own personal fetish.

It's an insane movie, from the director of the equally nutty kaiju parody Big Man Japan, and it cries out for supplemental material, but all you really get is a 12-page booklet and some trailers. For obvious reasons, this should fare better in the privacy of peoples' homes than it did in theaters.

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