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DISCussion: New on DVD and Blu-ray (1.28.2014)

Entertainment Fuse’s Recommendation of the Week for DISCussion, is the Formula One’s drama Rush. The DVD releases has deleted scenes and the Blu-ray behind the scenes documentaries and a documentary about the real events.

First Release
Rush (DVD and Blu-ray)
The Fifth Estate (DVD and Blu-ray)
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (DVD and Blu-ray)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (DVD and Blu-ray)
Last Vegas (DVD and Blu-ray)

Re-Release
The Long Day Closes (1992) (Blu-ray)
Apollo 13 (1995) (Blu-ray)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) (Blu-ray)

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Rush (DVD and Blu-ray) *Recommendation of the Week*

Directed by Ron Howard
Written by Peter Morgan
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl

Rush is a critically praised sports biographical movie about the rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), from when they were Formula Three drivers in 1970 to its peak in 1976.

Rush has been nominated for a number of awards, including four BAFTAs and two Golden Globes.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 89% (excellent)
Metacritic Rating: 75/100 (very good)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 8.0/10 (read our review)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Deleted scenes; Ron Howard: a director’s approach

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: Race for the checkered flag: the making of Rush; Explore the film’s writing, filming, casting, locations and costumes; The real story of Rush: an in-depth look at the inspiring events and characters of the true story behind Rush

Amazon Price: $17.99 (DVD), $21.99 (Blu-ray)

This week’s major new releases the controversial bio-pic about Julian Assange, The Fifth Estate and the animation sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 whilst Ron Howard has also earned a Blu-ray re-release of his 1995 movie Apollo 13.

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The Fifth Estate (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Bill Condon
Written by Josh Singer (screenplay). Daniel Domscheit-Berg (book ‘Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World’s Most Dangerous Website), David Leigh, Luke Harding (book ‘WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy’)
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney

Based on two books The Fifth Estate is a bio-pic about the ever controversial Julian Assange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. The Fifth Estate follows Assange founding WikiLeaks with Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and their mission to act as a watchdog. But the pair clash when they WikiLeaks receives one of the biggest American intelligence leaks in history and how best to reveal the information.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 38% (poor)
Metacritic Rating: 49/100 (average)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: The Submission Platform — Enter The Room Where The Secrets Are Kept And See It Come To Life, From First Inspiration, through Filming And Beyond

Amazon Price: $19.99 (DVD), $24.99 (Blu-ray)

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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Jeff Tremaine
Written by Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze (screenplay), Fax Bahr, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville, Adam Small, Jeff Tremaine
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll

The Jackass series has been a massive success on film and television and has a high rate of return. “Bad Grandpa” is a spin-off movie, using a hidden camera format as 86-year-old Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) travels across America to take his 8-year-old grandson, Billy (Jackson Nicoll) so his father can look after him. And of course the pair get up to shenanigans on their travels.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 61% (good)
Metacritic Rating: 54/100 (average)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Closed Caption

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: Disc 1 – Blu-Ray: new unrated cut and theatrical film; Deleted scenes; Alternate real-life reactions; Behind-the-scenes antics; ; Disc 2 – DVD: Theatrical film

Amazon Price: $16.99 (DVD), $19.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content 3.5 stars, Video 3.5 stars, Audio 3.5 stars, Extras 3 stars, Replay 3 stars (out of 5). Rent It.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Written by John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein, Erica Rivinoja (screenplay), Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Erica Rivinoja (story), Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett (characters)
Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin Bratt, Terry Crews, Will Forte, Kristen Schaal

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is the sequel to the hit 2009 animated movie. This sequel follows the events of the first movie with Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and his friends returning to Swallow Falls after he finds out his food creating device is still working and now making food based life forms.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 70% (good)
Metacritic Rating: 59/100 (average)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Filmmaker commentary; Anatomy of a foodimal; Production design: back in the kitchen; Awesome end credits; Cloudy Café: who’s on the menu?; Building the foodimals; The mysterious sasquash; Delicious production design; Cody Simpson “La Da Dee” music video & making of

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: More Delicious Fun!:; 4 deleted scenes; Foodimal-Funimal App: unlock even more foodimal fun by syncing to your Blu-ray; 4 fun mini-movies: ‘Attack of the 50-foot gummi bear”; “Steve’s first bath”; “Super manny”; “Earl scouts”

Amazon Price: $17.99 (DVD), $22.99 (Blu-ray), $29.96 (3D Blu-ray)

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Last Vegas (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Jon Turtletaub
Written by Dan Fogelman
Starring: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline

Four great actors unite for the comedy movie Last Vegas, following a group of four friends as the last single one of them, Billy (Michael Douglas) proposes to his much younger girlfriend and all of them celebrate in sin city.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes: 47% (average)
Metacritic Rating: 48/100 (average)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Filmmaker commentary; It’s going to be legendary; Four legends; The flatbush four

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: Shooting in Sin City; The Redfoo Party; Supporting ensemble

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

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content 3.5 stars, Video 5 stars, Audio 4.5 stars, Extras 2 stars, Replay 3.5 stars (out of 5). Recommended.

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The Long Day Closes (1992) (Blu-ray)

Written and directed by Terence Davies
Starring: Marjorie Yates, Leigh McCormack, Anthony Watson

From the Criterion Collection is the re-release of the British drama The Long Day Closes. The Long Day Closes is a semi-autographical movie from filmmaker Terence Davies (Of Time and the City, The Deep Blue Sea), following a lonely and bullied 11-year-old boy, Bud (Leigh McCormack) in 1950s Liverpool and finds refuge in cinema.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 75% (very good)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray; Audio commentary by director Terence Davies and director of photography Michael Coulter; Episode from 1992 of the British television series The South Bank Show with Davies, featuring on-set footage from The Long Day Closes and interviews with cast and crew; New interviews with executive producer Colin MacCabe and production designer Christopher Hobbs; Trailer; One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats; PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Koresky.

Amazon Price: $35.96 (Blu-ray)

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Apollo 13 (1995) (Blu-ray)

Directed by Ron Howard
Written by William Broyles Jr., Al Reinert (screenplay), Jim Lovell (book ‘Lost Moon’)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris

As well as Rush, Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 is being re-released onto Blu-ray. Apollo 13 is about the infamous disaster of the Apollo 13 space mission and how the astronauts onboard and ground control in Houston have to find a way to get the astronauts back to Earth safely.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes: 95% (excellent)
Metacritic Rating: 77/100 (very good)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 7.5/10

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $16.98 (Blu-ray)

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) (Blu-ray)

Directed by John S. Robertson
Written by Thomas Russell Sullivan, Clara Beranger (screenplay), Robert Louis Stevenson (novel)
Starring: John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Charles W. Lane, Nita Naldi

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most famous novels the 1920 silent version starring John Barrymore is one of the most famous early adaptations. Barrymore stars as Dr. Jekyll, a selfless scientist who ends up being pressured Sir George Carew (Brandon Hurst) who taunts Jekyll to experience the more sensual side of life. After experimenting on himself Jekyll’s personal demons come out in the form of Mr. Hyde.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 92% (excellent)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Musical score compiled by Rodney Saurer, performed by the mont alto motion picture orchestra; Dr. jekyll and mr. hyde, the 1912 thanhouser version, starring James Cruze (12 min., courtesy of film preservation associates); Dr. jekyll and mr. hyde, a 15-minute cut of the rival 1920 version, starring Sheldon Lewis, produced by Louis B. Mayer; “Dr. pyckle and mr. pride,” a 1925 slapstick parody starring Stan Laurel; “The transformation scene,” a rare 1909 recording

Amazon Price: $29.99 (Blu-ray)

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