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DISCussion: New on DVD and Blu-ray (9.24.2013)

The Dark Knight Trilogy is getting re-released with the ‘Ultimate Collector’s Edition’ on Blu-ray. As well as contenting three excellent movies this box-set has 90 minutes worth of features and physical goodies like a 48 page photo book and a letter from Christopher Nolan.

First Release
Iron Man 3 (DVD and Blu-ray)
Redemption (DVD and Blu-ray)
V/H/S/2 (DVD and Blu-ray)
The Kings of Summer (DVD and Blu-ray)
Unfinished Song (DVD)

Re-Release
The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray)
Roberto Rossllini/Ingrid Bergman Collection (DVD and Blu-ray)
The Big Combo (1955) (DVD and Blu-ray)

The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray) *Recommendation of the Week*

Batman Begins (2005)
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Written by Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer (screenplay), David S. Goyer (story), Bob Kane (comics)
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Morgan Freeman

The Dark Knight (2008)
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Written by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan (screeplay), Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer (story), Bob Kane (comics)
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Written by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer (story), Bob Kane (comics)
Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine

The Dark Knight Trilogy is one of the best and most loved movie trilogy of all time, let alone best superhero trilogy. The Dark Knight Trilogy is noted for being the movie series that has elevated the superhero genre, brought in a gritty and more realistic approach for many action franchises and made Christopher Nolan into one of the most popular directors in the world. Now the series is being re-released onto Blu-ray as Batman has to take on The Scarecrow, Ra’s al Ghul, The Joker and Bane.

Batman Begins (2005)
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes):
85% (excellent)
Metacritic Rating:
70/100 (good)
Entertainment Fuse Score:
8.9/10 (read our review)

The Dark Knight (2008)
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes):
94% (excellent)
Metacritic Rating:
82/100 (very good)
Entertainment Fuse Score:
9.8/10 (read our review)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes):
88% (excellent)
Metacritic Rating:
78/100 (very good)
Entertainment Fuse Score:
8.5/10 (read our review)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Exclusive “Villain” prints from Mondo; Reproductions of the Tumbler, Bat-Pod, and Bat vehicles from the films; Large 48-page photo book of the trilogy with rare images; Over 90 minutes of new special features; A letter from Director Christopher Nolan

Amazon Price: $79.99 (Blu-ray)

A number of major movies are being released onto DVD and Blu-ray this week, including the superhero hit Iron Man 3 and Jason Statham’s Redemption. The Criterion Collection are re-releasing a box-set.

Iron Man 3 (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Shane Black
Written by Drew Pearce, Shane Black (screenplay), Warren Ellis (‘Extremis’ arc), Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, Jack Kirby (comics)
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Sir Ben Kingsley

Iron Man 3 is Marvel Studios first skirmish into Phase Two and sees new blood taking over the Iron Man series, Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang). Set after the events of The Avengers Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and a terrorist known as The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley) is attacking American interests the world over. When The Mandarin attacks Tony Stark’s home Tony is left with only a damaged Iron Man suit and his ingenuity as he investigates a conspiracy involving a man from his past.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 78% (very good)
Metacritic Rating:
62/100 (good)
Entertainment Fuse Score:
8.0/10 (read our review)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Deconstructing the scene: Attack on air force one; Exclusive behind-the-scenes look – Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World  

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: Marvel one-shot: Agent Carter – Original short film; Marvel’s Iron Man 3: Jarvis – A second screen experience; Marvel’s Iron Man 3 unmasked; Gag reel; Deleted & extended scenes

Amazon Price: $17.99 (DVD), $22.99 (Blu-ray), $24.99 (2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo),$31.99 (3D Blu-ray)

Redemption (DVD and Blu-ray)

Written and directed by Steven Knight
Starring: Jason Statham, Agata Buzek

Jason Statham is known as an action star, but in Steven Knight’s (Eastern Promises) directional debut, Redemption. Statham stars as Joey Jones, an AWOL Special Forces soldier who lives as an alcoholic homeless man on the streets of Convert Garden, London. When he is separated from his only friend, Isabel (Victoria Bewick) Joey stumbles onto an abandoned apartment and sets out to rebuild his life. Over the course of a year Joey sets out to find Isabel, work for Chinese gangsters, make amends for abandoning his daughter and starts a relationship with a Polish nun, Cristina (Agata Buzek).

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 50% (average)
Metacritic Rating: 43/100 (poor)
Entertainment Fuse Score:
7.0/10 (read our review)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $12.96 (DVD), $16.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com):
Content 3 stars, Video 4.5 stars, Audio 4 stars, Extras 0.5 stars, Replay 1.5 stars (out of 5). Rent It.

V/H/S/2 (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sánchez, Gregg Hale, Gareth Huw Evans, Timo Tjahjanto, Jason Eisener
Written by Simon Barrett, Jamie Nash, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans, John Davies
Starring: Lawrence Michael Levine, Kelsy Abbott

V/H/S/2 is the sequel to last year’s anthology horror movie V/H/S. This sequel follows two private investigators searching for a missing student break into an abandoned house and a collection of mysterious VHS tapes where they examine the horrific content.

Many top directors have directed sections for V/H/S/2 such as Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project), Gareth Huw Evans (The Raid: Redemption) and Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun).

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes: 69% (very good)
Entertainment Fuse Score:
7.5/10 (read our review)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $16.93 (DVD), $26.98 (Blu-ray), $34.86 (Blu-ray, DVD and VHS Tape)

The Kings of Summer (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Robert
Written by Chris Galletta
Starring: Nick Robinson, Moisés Arias, Gabriel Basso, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally

Premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival The Kings of Summer is a coming-of-age story about three teenage friends, Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and Biaggio (Moisés Arias) decide to spend the summer together by building a house in the woods and live off the land. But their ambitious scheme for independence put their own friendship to the test.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 77% (very good)
Metacritic Rating:
61/100 (good)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Cast and Crew Commentary; Alison Brie & Eugene Cordero On-Set Interview

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: Deleted and extended scenes; The Long Shot featurette; Frankly speaking with Frank Toy: the best one-liners

Amazon Price: $14.96 (DVD), $28.99 (Blu-ray)

Unfinished Song (DVD)

Written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams
Starring: Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, Vanessa Redgrave

Director Paul Andrew Williams is known for making very dark movies in the UK with movies like London to Brighton and Cherry Tree Lane on his filmography. But with Unfinished Song (or Song for Marion in the UK) sees Williams take a lighter approach as we follow Arthur (Terence Stamp), a grumpy senior citizen who reluctantly joins a senior choir group for his sick wife, Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) as he struggles with his relationship with his son (Christopher Eccleston, Doctor Who).

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 64% (good)
Metacritic Rating:
57/100 (average)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: Outtakes; Deleted Scenes

Amazon Price: $21.98 (DVD)

Roberto Rossellini/Ingrid Bergman Collection (DVD and Blu-ray)

Stromboli (1950)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Written by Roberto Rossellini, Sergio Amidei, Art Cohn, Gian Paolo Callegari, Renzo Cesana (screenplay), Roberto Rossellini (story)
Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Mario Vitale

Europe ’51 (1952)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Written by Roberto Rossellini, Sandro De Feo, Mario Pannunzi, Ivo Perilli, Brunello Rondi
Starring: Ingrid Berman, Alexander Knox

Journey to Italy (1953)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Written by Vitaliano Barancati, Robert Rossellini (screenplay), Colette (novel ‘Duo’)
Starring: Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders

From the Criterion Collection this week is the Roberto Rossellini/Ingrid Bergman Collection, three Italian movies from the early 50s directed by Roberto Rossellini and starring Ingrid Bergman. 

Stromboli (1950)
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes):
80% (very good)

Europe ’51
(1952)
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes):
N/A

Journey to Italy (1953)
Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes):
100% (excellent)
Metacritic Rating:
100/100 (excellent)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: New digital film restorations of the English- and Italian-language versions of Stromboli and Europe ’51 and the English-language version of Journey to Italy; Archival television introductions by director Roberto Rossellini to all three films; Audio commentary for Journey to Italy featuring scholar Laura Mulvey; Rossellini Through His Own Eyes, a 1992 documentary on the filmmaker’s approach to cinema, featuring archival interviews with Rossellini and actor Ingrid Bergman; New visual essays about Rossellini by scholars Tag Gallagher and James Quandt; Rossellini Under the Volcano, a 1998 documentary that returns to the island of Stromboli fifty years after the making of Stromboli; New interview with critic Adriano Aprà about each of the films; New interview with Fiorella Mariani, Rossellini’s niece, featuring home movies shot by Bergman; New interview with film historian Elena Degrada about the different versions of Europe ’51; New interviews with Isabella Rossellini and Ingrid Rossellini, daughters of Roberto Rossellini and Bergman; Ingrid Bergman Remembered, a 1996 documentary on the actor’s life, narrated by her daughter Pia Lindstrom

Amazon Price: $54.49 (DVD), $58.99 (Blu-ray)

The Big Combo (1955) (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
Written by Phillip Yordan
Starring: Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Brian Donlevy, Jean Wallace

The Big Combo is a film noir crime drama about Police Lieutenant Leonard Diamond (Cornel Wilde) who is ordered to stop an investigation into a leading gangster, Mr. Brown (Richard Conte), because he does not have enough evidence. But Diamond makes one last attempt to bring Mr. Brown down by going undercover and going for his girlfriend.

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

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $16.98 (DVD), $26.98 (Blu-ray)

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