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DISCussion: New on DVD and Blu-ray (5.13.2014)

The adaptation of Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta is being re-released onto Blu-ray and is Entertainment Fuse’s Recommendation of the Week. This Blu-ray re-release also comes with a Digital Copy.

First Release
Her (DVD and Blu-ray)
I, Frankenstein (DVD and Blu-ray)
Stalingrad (2013) (DVD and Blu-ray)
That Awkward Moment (DVD and Blu-ray)
Stranger by the Lake (DVD and Blu-ray)

Re-Release
Fast & Furious 6 Movie Collection (DVD and Blu-ray)
Overlord (1975) Blu-ray)
V for Vendetta (2006) (Blu-ray)

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V for Vendetta (2006) (Blu-ray) *Recommendation of the Week*

Directed by James McTeigue
Written by Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski (screenplay), David Lloyd, Alan Moore (uncredited) (graphic novel)
Starring: Hugo Portman, Natalie Portman, Stephen Rea, John Hurt

Based on Alan Moore’s excellent graphic novel V for Vendetta was adapted by The Matrix‘s The Wackowskis and serves as James McTeigue’s directorial debut, having served as the first assistant director on The Matrix Trilogy.

In the future a fascist regime has taken over Britain and ruled with an iron fist by High Chancellor Adam Sutler (John Hurt). But resistance is offered by a mysterious freedom fighter and victim of the regime, a masked man only known as V (Hugo Weaving). With the help of a young woman, Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) he sets out to lead the British people to overthrow the government and get his own personal revenge.

V for Vendetta has become a pop-culture phenomenon with the Guy Fawkes masks being used as a symbol for protest.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 73% (good)
Metacritic Rating: 62/100 (good)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 8.6/10

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $13.47 (Blu-ray)


The big new release of the week is Spike Jonze’s critically acclaimed Her and a boxset of The Fast and the Furious series is being re-released. Fans of war movies have two offerings this week.

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Her (DVD and Blu-ray)

Written and directed by Spike Jonze
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson

Spike Jonze and Joaquin Phoenix returned with the critically acclaimed sci-fi movie Her, earning five Oscar nominations and winning the prize for Best Original Screenplay.

In the future Theodore (Phoenix) is a lonely writer who has recently broken up with his wife (Rooney Mara). He gets a new self-conscious operating system known as Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) and soon start to have a relationship, raising the question is it possible for the pair to fall in love?

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 94% (excellent)
Metacritic Rating: 90/100 (excellent)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 9.0/10 (read our review)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $14.99 (DVD), $22.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content 5 stars, Video 4.5 stars, Audio 4 stars, Extras 3.5 stars, Replay 3 stars (out of 5). Highly Recommended.

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I, Frankenstein (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Stuart Beattie
Written by Stuart Beattie (screenplay), Kevin Grevioux, Stuart Beattie (story), Kevin Grevioux (graphic novel)
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Stahovski, Miranda Otto, Socratis Otto, Jai Courtney, Kevin Grevioux

Released in January I, Frankenstein is already a leading contender to be one of the worst movies of 2014 as Frankenstein’s Monster known as Adam (Aaron Eckhart) is forced into a war between gargoyles and demons.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 4% (awful)
Metacritic Rating: 30/100 (poor)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $14.96 (DVD), $19.96 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content 2 stars, Video 4 stars, Audio 4.5 stars, Extras 3.5 stars, Replay 1.5 stars (out of 5). Skip It.

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Stalingrad (2013)(DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk
Written by Ilya Tilkin, Sergey Snezkhin
Starring: Petr Fedorov, Yanina Studilina, Dmitriy Lysenkov, Andrey Smolyakov, Maria Smolnikova, Thomas Kretschmann, Heiner Lauterbach

The war movie Stalingrad was a big hit in its native Russia and was a Russian attempt at a blockbuster as a group of Soviet soldiers hold a strategically important building during the Battle of Stalingrad.

This is the second movie that Thomas Kretschmann has starred in called Stalingrad.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 48% (average)
Metacritic Rating: 49/100 (average)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: N/A

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: Includes The Making of Stalingrad

Amazon Price: $27.88 (DVD), $19.99 (Blu-ray)

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That Awkward Moment (DVD and Blu-ray)

Written and directed by Tom Gormican
Starring: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas

Zac Efron has just secured a big hit with the comedy Neighbors, but he started 2014 with a much weaker comedy, That Awkward Moment. Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) are three friends in New York who pledge to stay single after Mikey (Jordan) gets divorced. But the pact is complicated when they all find the potential The One.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes: 22% (very bad)
Metacritic Rating: 36/100 (poor)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Threesome: more awkward moments; Meet the characters featurettes

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: Moment of truth: behind the scenes; Extended gag reel

Amazon Price: $14.99 (DVD), $16.99 (Blu-ray)

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Stranger by the Lake (Blu-ray)

Written and directed by Alain Guiraudie
Starring: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou

The French movie Stranger by the Lake was a hit at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, being screened at the Un Certain Regard and won the Best Director and Queer Palm prize.

During the summer time at a lakeside in rural France Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps) is a gay man who falls for a dangerous man, Michel (Christophe Paou), despite his better judgement.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 94% (excellent)
Metacritic Rating: 82/100 (very good)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Interview with director Alain Guiraudie (HD); Deleted Scenes* (HD); Alternative Ending* (HD); 2 Short Films by Alain Guiraudie (SD); US & UK Theatrical Trailers (HD); Other Strand Releasing Trailers

Amazon Price: $32.98 (Blu-ray)

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Fast & Furious 6 Movie Collection (DVD and Blu-ray)

The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Directed by Rob Cohen
Written by Gary Scott Thompson, Erik Bergquist, David Ayer (screenplay), Gary Scott Thompson (story), Ken Li (article “Racer X”)
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Directed by John Singleton
Written by Michael Brandt, Derek Haas (screenplay), Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Gary Scott Thompson (story)
Starring: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, James Remar

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Directed by Justin Lin
Written by Chris Morgan (screenplay), Gary Scott Thompson (characters)
Starring: Lucas Black, Sung Kang, Bow Wow, Brian Tee, Nathalie Kelley, Jason Tobin

Fast and Furious (2009)
Directed by Justin Lin
Written by Chris Morgan (screenplay), Gary Scott Thompson (characters)
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Fast Five (2011)
Directed by Justin Lin
Written by Chris Morgan (screenplay), Gary Scott Thompson (characters)
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Sung Kang

Fast and Furious 6 (2013)
Directed by Justin Lin
Written by Chris Morgan (screenplay), Gary Scott Thompson (characters)
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Sung Kang, Luke Evans, Gina Carano

The Fast and the Furious series has made over $1 Billion worldwide and has a massive fanbase. Starting in the underground Los Angeles racing scene the series because world trotting action franchise.

The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 53% (average)
Metacritic Rating: 58/100 (average)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 7.0/10

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 36% (poor)
Metacritic Rating: 38/100 (poor)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 3.3/10

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 36% (poor)
Metacritic Rating: 46/100 (averate)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 6.0/10

Fast and Furious (2009)
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 27% (bad)
Metacritic Rating: 45/100 (average)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 5.0/10

Fast Five (2011)
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 77% (very good)
Metacritic Rating: 67/100 (good)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 5.8/10 (read our review)

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 68% (good)
Metacritic Rating: 61/100 (good)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 6.5/10 (read our review)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: The Fast and the Furious: The Making of The Fast and the Furious; Feature Commentary with Director Rob Cohen; Racer X: The Artiicle That Inspired The Movie; Deleted Scenes; Multiple Camera Angle – Stunt Sequence; Movie Magic Interactive – Special Effects; Featurette on Editing for the Motion Picture Association of America; Visual Effects Montage; Storyboards-To-Final Feature Comparison; Ja Rule “Furious” Music Video; Caddillac Tah “POV City Anthem” Music Video; Saliva “Click Click Boom” Music Video; Music Highlights; Theatrical Trailer; Production Notes; Cast and Filmmakers; DVD-ROM Features; Recommendations; DVD Newsletter; The Fast and the Furious Special Offers: 2 Fast 2 Furious:   Choose Your Ride – Themed Menus; Spyder Exclusives – Spotlight on Tyrese Gibson; Spyder Exclusives – The Spyder; Spyder Exclusives – Driving School with Tyrese; Evo VII Exclusives – Spotlight on Paul Walker; Evo VII Exclusives – Mitsubishi Spot; Evo VII Exclusives – The Evo VII; Evo VII Exclusives – Driving School with Paul; S2000 Exclusives – Spotlight on Devon Aoki; S2000 Exclusives – The S2000;  S2000 Exclusives – Driving School with Devon; Inside 2 Fast 2 Furious; Feature Commentary with Director John Singleton; Deleted Scenes; Outtakes; Tricking Out a Hot Import Car; Supercharge Stunts; Making Music with Ludacris; Animated Anecdotes; Cast and Filmmakers; DVD-ROM Feature – Key to Unlock a New Car: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift: Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Diretor Justin Lin; Drifting School; Cast Cam; The Big Breakdown: Han’s Last Ride; Tricked Out to Drift The Real Drift King; The Japanese Way; Don Omar “Conteo” Music Video; Feature Commentary with Director Justin Lin: Fast & Furious (2009): Gag Reel; Feature Commentary with Director Justin Lin: Fast Five: Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; Dom’s Journey; Brian O’Conner: From Fed to Con; Enter Federal Agent Hobbs; Feature Commentary with; Director Justin Lin (Extended Version Only); Fast & Furious 6: Deleted Scenes; The Making of Fast & Furious 6: The Fastest of Them All; The Making of Fast & Furious 6: Reuniting the Team; The Making of Fast & Furious 6: Letty’s Return; The Making of Fast & Furious 6: The Mastermind and the Mole; On the Set with Vin; Feature Commentary with Director Justin Lin

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: The Fast and the Furious: Digital Copy of The Fast and the Furious (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Dom’s Charger; Quarter Mile at a Time; The Fast and the Furious Video Mash-Up; BD-Live: Custom Download Center; BD-Live: Custom My Scenes Sharing; BD-Live: Custom The Fast and the Furious Video Mash-Up; Deleted Scenes with Optional Director Commentary; Hot Off the Street; Paul Walker Public Service Announcement; More Than Furious; Tricking Out a Hot Import Car; Turbo Charged Prelude to 2 Fast 2 Furious; Sneak Peek at 2 Fast 2 Furious; Fast and Furious Soundtrack Spot; Speed News Wrap; Crash Montage; Feature Commentary with Director Rob Cohen; D-BOX: 2 Fast 2 Furious: Digital Copy of 2 Fast 2 Furious (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Fast Females; Hollywood Impact; BD-Live: Generic Download Center; BD-Live: My Scenes Sharing; Actor Driving School; Actor Spotlights; Furious Afterburners; D-BOX: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift: Digital Copy of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Dirft (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Making of the Fast Franchise; Drift: A Sideway Craze; Custom Made Drifter; BD-Live: Generic Download Center; BD-Live: My Scenes Sharing; Welcome to Drifting; Far East Movement “Round Round” Music Video; Fast 3 Soundtrack Spot; D-BOX: Fast & Furious (2009): Digital Copy of Fast & Furious (2009) (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); U-Control – Take Control; U-Control – Virtual Car Garage and Tech Specs; Under the Hood – Muscle Cars; Under the Hood – Imports; Getting the Gang Back Together; Driving School with Vin Diesel; Shooting the Big Rig Heist; Races and Chases;  High Octane Action: The Stunts; South of the Border: Filming in Mexico; Fast & Furious Video Mash-Up; Los Bandoleros; Theatrical Trailer; “Blanco” Music Video by Pitbull Featuring Pharrell; Feature Commentary with Director Justin Lin; D-BOX; BD-Live – Video Mash-Up; BD-Live – My Scenes Sharing; BD-Live – My Chat; BD-Live – My Commentary: Disc 5 – Fast Five:Digital Copy of Fast Five (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); BD-Live: Second Screen; The Big Train Heist; Reuniting the Team; A New Set of Wheels; Dom vs. Hobbs; On Set with Director Justin Lin; Inside the Vault Chase; Tyrese TV; My Scenes; D-BOX; pocket BLU App; Fast & Furious 6: Digital Copy of Fast & Furious 6 – Extended Version (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.); Take Control; Planes, Tanks, and Automobiles: The London Chase; Planes, Tanks, and Automobiles: Highway Heist: The Convoy Attack; Planes, Tanks, and Automobiles: The Antonov Takedown; Planes, Tanks, and Automobiles: Dom and Letty Race Again; It’s All About the Cars: On the Set with Vin; It’s All About the Cars: Gearhead’s Delight; It’s All About the Cars: The Flip Car; Hand to Hand Fury

Amazon Price: $42.78 (DVD), $59.99 (Blu-ray)

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Overlord (1975) (Blu-ray)

Directed by Stuart Cooper
Written by Stuart Cooper, Christopher Hudson
Starring: Brian Stirner, Davyd Harries

The Criterion Collection is the war movie Overlord, following a young soldier before the D-Day landings and has premonitions of his own death.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes: 92% (excellent)
Metacritic Rating: 88/100 (excellent)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $24.99 (Blu-ray)

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