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DISCussion: New on Blu-Ray and DVD (4.01.2014)

The classic Coen Brothers movie Fargo has earn a remastered Blu-ray re-release and is the DISCussion Recommendation of the Week. The remastered version comes with a commentary from Director of Photography Roger Deakins and a featurette.

 

First Releases

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (DVD and Blu-ray)

47 Ronin (DVD and Blu-ray)

Knights of Badassdom (DVD and Blu-ray)

The Pirate Fairy (DVD and Blu-ray)

Re-Releases

Fargo (1996) (Blu-ray)

Once (2007) (Blu-ray)

Two Mules for Sister Sara (Blu-ray)

Rooster Cogburn (Blu-ray)

King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) (Blu-ray)

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Fargo (1996) (Blu-ray) *Recommendation of the Week*

Directed by Joel Coen
Written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
The dark crime comedy Fargo is one of the Coen brothers most well known and beloved movies, earning seven Academy Awards, winning two for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress for Frances McDormand.

Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) is struggling car salesman who tries to solves his money problems by hiring two criminals to kidnap his wife so his father-in-law can pay the ransom. But everything that can goes wrong does go wrong and the heavily pregnant Sherriff Marge Gunderson (McDormand) has to investigate when the body count starts to rise.


Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes):
94% (excellent)
Metacritic Rating: 85

Entertainment Fuse Score: 8.5

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Audio Commentary with Director of Photography Roger A. Deakins; Trivia track; Still photo gallery; Minnesota Nice featurette; American Cinematographer article

Amazon Price: $16.99 (Blu-ray)

 

The comedy sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and action-fantasy movie 47 Ronin are the two big DVD and Blu-ray releases of the week and on offer from the re-release front there is a musical, a clash of monsters and two westerns.

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Adam McKay
Written by Will Ferrell, Adam McKau
Starring: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Meagen Good, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig
After nine years Will Ferrell and his cohorts return for the long-awaited sequel to the 2004 comedy movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Set seven years after the events of first movie Ron Burgundy’s (Ferrell) marriage with Veronica (Christina Applegate) breaks down when she is promoted and he is fired. He finds a way back into the broadcast journalism when he is recruited for the first 24-hour news channel and with his team change journalism forever, for the worst.


Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes):
74% (good)
Metacritic Rating: 61
 

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: N/A

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: Commentary by Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner; Featurette: Behind-The-Scenes; Featurette: Behind-the-Scenes: Newsroom; Additional Scenes: Deleted Scenes; Additional Scenes: Extended & Alternate Scenes; Bloopers: Gag Reel • Featurette: Previsualization; Featurette: Line-O-Rama; Featurette: Auditions; Additional Scenes: Welcome to the Dolphin Show; Additional Scenes: Catfight; Featurette: Benefit for 826LA: “Spoiler Alert”; Additional Scenes: News-O-Rama

Amazon Price: $16.99 (DVD), $16.99 (Blu-ray)

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47 Ronin (DVD and Blu-ray)
Directed by Carl Rinsch
Written by Chris Morgan, Hossein Amini (screenplay), Chris Morgan, Walter Hamada (story)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada

The historical-fantasy movie 47 Ronin was troubled production, being delayed numerous times and was a box-office bomb for Universal. 47 Ronin is based on a famous Japanese legend about 47 masterless samurais who seek revenge for their Lord who was betrayed by the Shogun. Keanu Reeves plays Kai, a half-Japanese, half-British slave who is recruited by the Ronins to help them in their defense.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 12% (awful)
Metacritic Rating:29

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Deleted Scenes; Re-forging the Legend

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: Digital Copy of 47 Ronin (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Deleted Scenes; Re-forging the Legend; Keanu & Kai; Steel Fury: The Fights of 47 Ronin; Myths, Magic & Monsters: The FX of 47 Ronin

Amazon Price: $17.99 (DVD), $22.99 (Blu-ray), $27.99 (3D Blu-ray)

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Knights of Badassdom (DVD and Blu-ray)
Directed by Joe Lynch
Written by Kevin Dreyfuss, Matt Wall
Starring: Steve Zahn, Ryan Kwanten, Summer Glau, Margarita Levieva, Jimmi Simpson, Peter Dinklage
Knights of Badassdom is a comedy movie about a Live-Action Role Playing battle going when the participants’ fantasy turns into reality after someone in the game buys a real spell book on eBay.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 33% (poor)
Metacritic Rating: N/A

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: San Diego Comic-Con panel; Interviews with Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and more; Summer Glau hottie montage; Behind-the-scenes featurettes

Amazon Price: $16.98 (DVD), $19.99 (Blu-ray)

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The Pirate Fairy (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Peggy Holmes
Written by J. M. Barrie (novel)
Starring: Mae Whitman, Christina Hendricks, Tom Hiddleston


The Pirate Fairy is the latest movie in Disney successful Tinker Bell series. This time Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman, Scott Pilgram vs. the World) and her friends go after Zarina (Christina Hendricks, Drive) who flies away and joins forces with the pirates of Skull Rock. Tom Hiddleston stars as a young Captain Hook.
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes: 57% (average) 
Metacritic Rating: 51
 

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Croc-u-mentary; “Crocky” and his real-life relatives are the subject of this funny documentary

Amazon Price: $19.96 (DVD), $24.99 (Blu-ray)

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Once (2007) (Blu-ray)

Written and directed by John Carney
Starring: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová

The Irish movie Once was very successful, winning the Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film and the Academy Award for Best Original Song as the movie follows an Dublin busker (Glen Hansard) and a Czech immigrant (Markéta Irglová) who share a passion for music and explore their lost loves.


Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 97% (excellent)
Metacritic Rating: 88
Entertainment Fuse Score: 9.0

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $17.99 (Blu-ray)

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Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) (Blu-ray)
Directed by Don Siegel
Written by Albert Maltz (screenplay), Budd Boetticher (story)
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine
The western Two Mules for Sister Sara tells the story of American mercenary, Hogan (Clint Eastwood) in Mexico during the French invention in the 1860s, saving a nun, Sara (Shirley MacLaine) who is chased by the French because she is aiding the Juarista rebels.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 75% (very good)
Metacritic Rating: N/A
Entertainment Fuse Score: 7.5

Amazon Price: $13.86 (Blu-ray)

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Rooster Cogburn (1975) (Blu-ray)

Directed by Stuart Millar
Written by Martha Hyer (screenplay), Charles Portis (characters)
Starring: John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn

Rooster Cogburn is a sequel to the Oscar winning 1968 Western True Grit. John Wayne reprises his role as the U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn who agrees to help Eula Goodnight (Katharine Hepburn) track down her father’s murderers.
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 43% (poor)
Metacritic Rating: N/A

Entertainment Fuse Score: 6.5

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Digital Copy of Rooster Cogburn (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Theatrical Trailer

Amazon Price: $13.86 (Blu-ray)

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King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) (Blu-ray)

Directed by Ishirō Honda
Written by Shinichi Sekizawa
Starring: Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yu Fujiki, Ichirō Arishima, Mie Hama, Shoichi Hirose, Haruo Nakajima

King Kong and Godzilla are two of the best known monsters in cinema and in the 1962 Japanese movie they finally face off against each other when the chairman of a pharmaceutical company brings King Kong to Japan to promote his miracle cure: makes sense to me.


Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 33% (poor)
Metacritic Rating: N/A
Entertainment Fuse Score: 4.5 

Amazon Price: $13.86 (Blu-ray)

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