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DISCussion: New on DVD and Blu-ray (10.7.14)

"New on DVD and Blu-ray this Week!"
New on DVD this week, there are some great new releases including Live, Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow, Obvious Child and To Be Takei, but we have chosen the re-release of Sergio Leone's classic, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as our Recommendation of the Week. New Release: Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) A Million Ways to Die in the West – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) Million Dollar Arm – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) Obvious Child – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) The Grand Seduction – (DVD and Instant) To Be Takei – (DVD and Instant) Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) Sharknado 2: The Second One – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) Re-Release: Sleeping Beauty (1959) - Diamond Edition – (Blu-ray Combo Pack) The Good the Bad and the Ugly (1966) – (Blu-ray) *Recommendation of the Week*   New on DVD The Good the Bad and the Ugly (1966) – (Blu-ray) *Recommendation of the Week* Directed by Sergio Leone Written by Luciano Vincenzoni (screenplay and story), Sergio Leone (screenplay and story), Agenore Incrocci (screenplay), Furio Scarpelli (screenplay) and Mickey Knox (English version) Starring: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef The third in Sergio Leone's “The Man With No Name” trilogy, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly follows Blondie (Eastwood), Angel Eyes (Van Cleef) and Tuco (Wallach) as they form unlikely partnerships in the name of making a quick dollar. Featuring one of Ennio Morricone's greatest film scores (and by extension, one of the greatest scores of all time), The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is a classic Italian spaghetti western at its near-perfect. Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 97% (Certified Awesomeness) Metacritic: 90 (Incredible) IMDB: 9.0 (Just buy it already) DISC DETAILS Amazon: $16.99 (Blu-ray)   New on DVD Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) Directed by Doug Liman Written by Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay), Jez Butterworth (screenplay), John-Henry Butterworth (screenplay) and Hiroshi Sakurazaka (novel All You Need is Kill) Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton The poorly-titled Edge of Tomorrow (should have stuck with the source material's All You Need is Kill, although, it was recently “corrected” to Live. Die. Repeat on the DVD cover) features Tom Cruise in a very unlikely roll of a bumbling Army Major put in charge of media relations. Going against higher command, he is forced into ground combat, where a freak accident transforms his life into a “reset button” for the day. With each death, Cruise is doomed to repeat the same day from the beginning, living life much like that of a first-person video game. Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 90% (Excellent) Metacritic: 71 (Very Good) IMDB: 8.0 (Excellent) Entertainment Fuse: 7.5/10 (Read our Review) DISC DETAILS Special Features: The “Adrenaline Cut” highlight reel of the ground invasion sequence; Several behind-the-scenes featurettes; Deleted scenes Amazon: $19.99 (Blu-ray); $14.99 (DVD); $3.99/$14.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy) Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 4.5 stars(out of 5); Video: 5 stars; Audio: 5 stars; Extras: 3 stars; Replay: 3.5 stars. Highly Recommended.   New on DVD A Million Ways to Die in the West – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) Directed by Seth MacFarlane Written by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson Seth MacFarlane's (Family Guy) follow up to his directorial debut, and widely-successful Ted. Featuring MacFarlane as an inept and sheepish farmer, A Million Ways to Die in the West follows him as he gears up to confront his new-found lover's gunslinging husband. Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 33% (Very Bad) Metacritic: 44 (Bad) IMDB: 6.2 (Good) Entertainment Fuse: 6.5/10 (Read our Review) DISC DETAILS Amazon: $22.96 (Blu-ray); $16.99 (DVD); $4.99/$14.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)   New on DVD Million Dollar Arm – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) Directed by Craig Gillespie Written by Thomas McCarthy (screenplay) Starring: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin Jon Hamm stars as a struggling baseball recruiter that turns to Indian cricket to revitalize his career. Million Dollar Arm is the story of Hamm's recruits as they transition from bowling to pitching. Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 62% (Fresh) Metacritic: 56 (Okay) IMDB: 7.2 (Very Good) Entertainment Fuse: 7/10 DISC DETAILS Amazon: $17.99 (Blu-ray); $17.99 (DVD); $14.99 (Instant Buy)   New on DVD Obvious Child – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) Directed and written by Gillian Robespierre Starring: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman Standup comic Donna Stern's (Slate) crude and unflinching humor is a direct reflection of her personal life. When Stern becomes unexpectedly pregnant, she is forced to reconsider what it means to be an independent woman, and embarks on a journey of self-empowerment. Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 88% (Very Good) Metacritic: 75 (Very Good) IMDB: 6.9 (Good) DISC DETAILS Amazon: $20.98 (Blu-ray); $12.99 (DVD); $3.99/$12.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)   New on DVD The Grand Seduction – (DVD and Instant) Directed by Don McKellar Written by Michael Dowse and Ken Scott Starring: Brendon Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban In order to secure a bid for the construction of a job-creating factory, a small Newfoundland village must first find themselves a new doctor. Going to great lengths to impress their prospective MD, the town is dead-set on getting themselves a doctor. Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 60% (Fresh) Metacritic: 57 (Okay) IMDB: 7.0 (Very Good) DISC DETAILS Amazon: $22.98 (DVD); $3.99/$12.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)   New on DVD To Be Takei – (DVD and Instant) Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot Starring: George Takei, Brad Takei, Walter Koenig The pop-culture explosion of Star Trek star, George Takei is explored in this compelling documentary. Exploring the many ways Takei has effected culture and his role in promoting sexual equality are profiled alongside his rise to internet stardom. Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 90% (Excellent) Metacritic: 67 (Good) IMDB: 6.9 (Good) DISC DETAILS Special Features: 16 Deleted Scenes Amazon: $17.98 (DVD); $6.99/$12.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy) Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 3.5 stars(out of 5); Video: 4 stars; Audio: 3.5 stars; Extras: 3 stars; Replay: 2 stars. Recommended.   New on DVD Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) Directed by Beth Aala and Mike Myers Starring: Shep Gordon, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas Mike Myers, in his directorial debut, decides to profile the incredible story of Hollywood insider and entertainment manager, Shep Gordon. Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 76% (Good) Metacritic: 64 (Good) IMDB: 6.8 (Good) DISC DETAILS Amazon: $26.99 (Blu-ray); $22.48 (DVD); $3.99/$12.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)   New on DVD Sharknado 2: The Second One – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante Written by Thunder Levin (of course the guy who wrote Sharknado 2 is named Thunder) Starring: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox Plot? What Plot? Its a movie about a tornado full of sharks. Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 56% (Rotten) Metacritic: N/A (Too good for TV movies, eh Metacritic?) IMDB: 4.6 (Bad) DISC DETAILS Amazon: $12.99 (Blu-ray); $9.99 (DVD); $3.99/$12.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)   Re-Release:   New on DVD Sleeping Beauty (1959) - Diamond Edition – (Blu-ray Combo Pack) Directed by Clyde Geronimi Written by Erdman Penner (story adaptation), Charles Perrault (story “Sleeping Beauty”), Joe Rinaldi (additional story), Winston Hibler (additional story), Bill Peet (additional story), Ted Sears (additional story), Ralph Wright (additional story) and Milt Banta (additional story) Starring: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 91% (Excellent) Metacritic: N/A IMDB: 7.4 (Very Good) DISC DETAILS Special Features: Audio Commentary with John Lasseter, Leonard Maltin and Andreas Deja; "Picture Perfect: The Making of Sleeping Beauty" featurette; "Eyvind Earle: The Man And His Art" featurette; "The Sound of Beauty: Restoring a Classic" featurette; "Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains" featurette; "Disney Animation: Artists in Motion" featurette; Deleted Scenes; "Once Upon A Parade" featurette; and karaoke-style song "Once Upon A Dream" Amazon: $19.99 (Blu-ray); $17.99 (DVD) Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 4 stars(out of 5); Video: 4.5 stars; Audio: 4.5 stars; Extras: 2.5 stars; Replay: 3 stars. 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