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DISCussion: New on DVD and Blu-ray (11.12.2013)

Is it a bird? Is a plane? No, it's a Superman film! Man of Steel is now out DVD and Blu-ray and it is Entertainment Fuse's Recommendation of the Week, as it comes out on a number of formats, including a couple of collector's versions.

First Release
- Man of Steel (DVD and Blu-ray)
- Turbo (DVD and Blu-ray)
- Frances Ha (Blu-ray/DVD Edition)
- Blackfish (DVD and Blu-ray)

- Akira (1988) (DVD and Blu-ray)
- City Lights (1931) (Blu-ray)
- All the President's Men (1976) (Blu-ray)
- JFK (1992) (Blu-ray)
- Thirteen Days (2000) (Blu-ray)
- Nosferatu (1922) (Blu-ray)

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

Directed by Zack Snyder 
Written by David S. Goyer (screenplay), Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer (story), Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster (comics)
Starring: Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe

The return of Superman in the reboot movie Man of Steel was one of the most anticipated movies of 2013. Man of Steel retells the origins story with a dream cast, with Henry Cavill donning the cape after missing out on the role for Superman Returns, has Zack Snyder (Watchmen) in director's chair, David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy) writing and Christopher Nolan producing.

In Krypton's dying days Jor-El (Russell Crowe) sends his only son to Earth as the crazy General Zod (Michael Shannon, Take Shelter) attempts a military coup. On Earth, Jor-El's son, Kal-El, raised as Clark Kent (Cavill) travels the globe, saving people as journalist Lois Lane (Amy Adams) tries to find out who this is mysterious rescuer is. But when Zod comes to Earth, threatening the planet if Kal-El does not surrender, the Kryptonian accepts his destiny to become one of the greatest superheroes.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 56% (average)
Metacritic Rating: 55/100 (average)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 8.3/10 (read our review)


DVD Special Features: Strong characters, legendary roles The cast reveals what it means to carry on the tradition of Superman All-out action Taking super hero action to spectacular heights of realism

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: Journey of Discovery: Creating Man of Steel Watch the movie with Zack Snyder as he shares the incredible journey to reimagine Superman All-out action Taking super hero action to spectacular heights of realism Planet Krypton The world's first exploration of Krypton and its lost society

Amazon Price: $16.99 (DVD), $19.99 (Blu-ray), $22.99 (3D Blu-ray), $44.99 (Collector's Edition), $44.99 (Limited Edition)

There are three other First Releases this week, including the animated movie Turbo and the documentary Blackfish. There are many re-releases that should appeal to a number tastes with movies ranging from Akira to All the President's Men.

Turbo (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by David Soren
Written by David Soren, Robert Siegel, Darren Lemke (screenplay), David Soren (story)
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Michelle Rodriguez, Samuel L. Jackson

Turbo is Dreamwork Animations' second movie of 2013 and it was considered a disappointment for the standards of the studio. Ryan Reynolds stars as Theo, aka Turbo, a garden snail who dreams of being racer and win the Indy 500 when a freak accident with nitrous oxide allows him the chance to arrive his dream.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 67% (good)
Metacritic Rating: 58/100


DVD Special Features: Closed Caption; Champion's corner; Team Turbo: tricked out; Be an artist! and more 

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: Disc 1: Turbo Blu-Ray:; Smoove moves's music maker; Meet tito deleted scene; The race storyboard sequence; Be an artist!; Shell creator game; World of DreamWorks animation; ; Disc 2: Turbo DVD and digital copy:; Turbo for portable media players

Amazon Price: $17.99 (DVD), $22.99 (Blu-ray), $24.99 (3D Blu-ray), $15.99 (DVD + Toy), $22.79 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Toy)

Frances Ha (Blu-ray/DVD Edition)

Directed by Noah Baumbach
Written by Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver

From indie director Noah Baumbach (Greenberg) is the critical acclaimed dramedy which he wrote with his star Greta Gerwig (Arthur). Gerwig stars as Frances Halladay, a 27-year-old who aims to be a dancer and ends up at a lost when her friend and roommate moves out.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 93% (excellent)
Metacritic Rating: 82/100 (very good)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 9.5/10


DVD Special Features: New high-definition digital master, with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio on the BD; New conversation between filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and Noah Baumbach; New conversation between actor and filmmaker Sarah Polley Greta Gerwig; New conversation about the look of the film between Baumbach, Levy and Dangin; Trailer; PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by playwright Annie Baker

Amazon Price: $34.99 (Blu-ray/DVD Edition)

Blackfish (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Written by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Eli Despres, Tim Zimmermann

Blackfish is considered one of the best documentaries movies of the year, a movie that focuses on Tiikum, a performing killer whale who killed three people and looks at the cruel treatment these large creatures are forced to undergo in captivity.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 98% (excellent)
Metacritic Rating: 83/100 (very good)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 9.0/10


DVD Special Features: A note from director Gabriela Cowperthwaite; Kanduke; "Death by Mosquito" in marine parks; Orca teeth show the stress of Orcas in captivity; Recollections of a former SeaWorld trainer; The truth about wild whales; Alternatives to captivity; Director and producer commentary

Amazon Price: $22.93 (DVD), $19.99 (Blu-ray)

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

Akira (1988) (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Katsuhrio Otomo
Written by Katsuhiro Otomo, Izo Hashimoto (screenplay), Katsurhiro Otomo (manga)
Starring: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Taro Ishida, Mizuho Suzuki

Akira is famous of being one of the first anime movies to be a success in the West and a highly movie in the genre. Based on a long manga series Akira is set in the year 2019 after World War III. Tokyo has been nuked and Neo-Tokyo stands in its place and youth violence and terrorism is rampant. Shotaro Kaneda (Mitsuo Iwata) and his biker gang end up being involved in a world involving psychics, secret military programs, terrorists and political corruption.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes: 87% (excellent)
Metacritic Rating: 76/100 (very good)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 10/10


DVD Special Features: Interview with Japanaese Director (Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles); Storyboard collection; The Writing on the Wall (Still menus with screen captures and translated text0,li. Original Japanese trailers (Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles); Original Japanese commercials (Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles); Restoring Akira (Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles); Glossary (still menus with navigational buttons); U.S. trailer (2013); Trailers

Amazon Price: $21.23 (DVD), $24.99 (Blu-ray)

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

City Lights (1931) (Blu-ray)

Written and directed by Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers

City Lights is a silent comedy from the master of the genre Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin respires his role as The Trump who falls in love with a blind flower girl who accidently thinks he is a wealthy man.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 98% (excellent)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 8.0/10


DVD Special Features: New, restored 4K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Chaplin Today: City Lights, a 2003 documentary on the film's production; New audio commentary by Charlie Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance; Chaplin Studios: Creative Freedom by Design, a new interview program; Archival footage from the production of City Lights, including film from the set; Excerpt from Chaplin's short film The Champion (1915); Trailers; PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins and more

Amazon Price: $34.99 (Blu-ray)

All the President's Men (1976) (Blu-ray)

Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Written by William Goldman (screenplay), Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward (book)
Starring: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman

When Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein discovered the Watergate scandal their names were permanently etched in history. The rights to their book was quickly brought by Robert Redford and it was one of the main Oscar challenging films of 1976, winning four awards, including Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. Redford and Dustin Hoffman play the journalists and Alan J. Pakula (Sophie’s Choice) directs.

Starting with the break-in of the DNC headquarters and young journalist Woodward and experience political journalist Bernstein are assigned the story. They start to under a web of corruption within the Nixon White House as they uncover the truth.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 98% (excellent)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 9.5/10


DVD Special Features: Featuring the captivating all-new acclaimed documentary All The President's Men Revisited narrated by executive producer Robert Redford which brings Watergate to life, providing a nostalgic look at the archival footage.; Additional documentaries; Featurettes; Commentary; Vintage interview; Trailer

Amazon Price: $13.99 (Blu-ray)

JFK (1992) (Blu-ray)

Directed by Oliver Stone
Written by Oliver Stone, Zachary Sklar (screenplay), Jim Garrison (book 'On the Trail of the Assassins'), Jim Marrs (book 'Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy')
Starring: Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Joe Pesci, Gary Oldman

Oliver Stone's JFK is a movie that dives head first into exploring insane theories about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Kevin Costner stars as Jim Garrison, a District Attorney in Louisiana who believes the assassination of the President was plot by the industrial-military complex and goes head first into investigation the supposed crime.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 84% (very good)
Metacritic Rating: 71/100 (good)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 8.2/10


DVD Special Features: 50Th Anniversary Collectibles: 32-Page Quotations Book;  10.5” x 14.5” Reproduction Inaugural Address; 14.5” x 21” Reproduction Campaign Poster; 20 Photos and 16 Pieces of Correspondence Reproduced Courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; 44-Page Photo Book & 6 Character Cards ANNIVERSARY COLLECTIBLES;32-Page Quotations Book;10.5” x 14.5” Reproduction Inaugural Address; 14.5” x 21” Reproduction Campaign Poster; 20 Photos and 16 Piece50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTIBLESs of Correspondence Reproduced Courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; Photo Book & 6 Character Cards ANNIVERSARY

Amazon Price: $38.99 (Blu-ray)

Thirteen Days (2000) (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Roger Donaldson
Written by David Self
Starring: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Steven Culp

Thirteen Days is a dramatization of the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis, particularly the White House's response to discovering the Soviets building missile silos in Cuba and the world looking like it was heading toward nuclear war.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 83% (very good)
Metacritic Rating: 67/100 (good)


DVD Special Features: Historical figures commentary: featuring archival audio of John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Kenneth P. McDonnell, and interviews with Pierre Salinger, Sergei Krushchev and many others; Documentary: Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis features film footage from the era with interviews covering U.S./Soviet relations from post-WWII Europe through the end of the crisis; Historical figures biographical gallery: video biographies of key figures involved in the crisis, featuring John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Nikita Krushchev, Fidel Castro and many others; Filmmaker commentary featuring director Roger Donaldson, Kevin Costner and others;

Amazon Price: $14.99 (Blu-ray)

Nosferatu (1922) (Blu-ray)

Directed by F. W. Muranu
Written by Henrik Galeen (screenplay), Bram Stoker (novel 'Dracula')
Starring: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Alexander Granach, Ruth Landshoff, Wolfgang Heinz

The German movie Nosferatu is considered one of the greatest movies from the silent era and is an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula in all by name as  businessman Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) attempts to sell a house to Court Orlok (Max Schreck) and soon suspects that the Court is a nosferatu (a vampire).

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes: 97% (excellent)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 8.0/10


DVD Special Features: The Language of Shadows (2007), a 52-minute documentary on the making of Nosferatu; Lengthy excerpts from other films by F.W. Murnau: journey into the night (1920), the haunted castle (1921), phantom (1922), the finances of the grand duke (1924), tarfuffe (1925), faust (1926), and tabu (1931); Image gallery  

Amazon Price: $33.96 (Blu-ray)


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