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2015 marks the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music, and Fox Home Entertainment is intent to make the most of it. The company will release The Sound of Music: 5-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition 50th Anniversary Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD Set on March 10.
The set will include 13 hours of bonus features, with its centerpiece being a new documentary: The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg – in which Ms. Andrews revisits the film’s scenic locations, including Modessee Abbey, Nonnberg Abbey and the steps at Mirabell Gardens, where she and the children performed “Do-Re-Mi.” Featurettes on the disc will focus on movie’s legacy, its music and the real-life von Trapp family.
And something that’s sure to please soundtrack collectors, the set will also include an exclusive CD soundtrack featuring the FULL film score with never-before released tracks and 8 international bonus tracks never released in the US.
Continuing Fox’s recognition of The Sound of Music‘s 50th anniversary, a restored print of the film will open the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles on March 26. Ms. Andrews and Christopher Plummer will be in attendance and participate in a post-screening Q&A with Turner Classic Movies’ host Robert Osborne. The film will then screen nationwide on April 19 and 22 via Fox’s partnership with Fathom Events.
In case you missed it, the crew over at the Stan Winston School added this amazing T-Rex rehearsal footage from the set of Jurassic Park to their YouTube page. This is the kind of thing that would appear as a bonus feature on a disc, but it hasn’t. It’s good old RARE behind-the-scenes footage. And it shows how incredibly life-like the T-Rex was in its non-digital form. Check it out…
Warner Bros. has released the new trailer the Entourage movie. The film opens nationwide on June 5, 2015. Click on the media player below and check it out.
Summary: Entourage, the much-anticipated big-screen version of the award-winning hit HBO series, reunites the show’s original cast, led by Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven. Movie star Vincent Chase (Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Connolly), Turtle (Ferrara) and Johnny (Dillon), are back…and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood. Also starring are Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment as father and son, Larsen and Travis McCredle. Returning cast from the series also includes Perrey Reeves as Ari Gold’s wife; Emmanuelle Chriqui as Sloan; Rhys Coiro as Billy Walsh; Debi Mazar as Vince’s publicist, Shauna; Rex Lee as Lloyd; Constance Zimmer as Dana Gordon; and Nora Dunn as Dr. Marcus. Emily Ratajkowski appears as herself. Rounding out the cast are Alan Dale, who appeared in the series, rapper Scott Mescudi, and Rhonda Rousey.
One of my favorite films this past year was The Boxtrolls. The gang at Laika animation studios does such incredible work. And with the forthcoming release of The Boxtrolls on Blu-ray and DVD, you’ll get to see how they created this world.
What we have for you here are four new clips from the Blu-ray’s special features. The clips are entitled: “Cheese Shop Storyboards,” “Incredible,” “Old School” and “The Waltz.” Click on the media player below and check ’em out.
The Boxtrolls will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on January 20th.
Summary: Quirky, mischievous and good-hearted, the Boxtrolls are unique creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs in a fantastical charming cavern below the bustling streets of Cheesebridge. But when the evil Archibald Snatcher schemes to capture Eggs’ family, it’s up to Eggs and his feisty new friend Winnie to save the Boxtrolls!
Cast: Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and Simon Pegg
Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack
PRELIMINARY ANIMATIC SEQUENCES
Play with Commentary by Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable
Baby In The Trash
Eggs In The Underworld
Man On A Horse
Tea And Cheese
Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack and DVD
DARE TO BE SQUARE: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE BOXTROLLS
VOICING THE BOXTROLLS
The tremendously talented cast members of The Boxtrolls discuss what it’s like to voice an animated puppet, what each actor brought to his/her role, whether their personalities were similar to their characters, and more.
INSIDE THE BOX
The directors, producers, and creative supervisor of character fabrication Georgina Hayns share the challenges of crafting characters who are inside a box.
THE BIG CHEESE: ALLERGY SNATCHER
The directors and producers are joined by Brian McLean, director of Rapid Prototyping, to discuss how the animation studio LAIKA creates the faces for their puppets. The big story here – literally! – is how Snatcher’s face changes shape due to his cheese allergy.
DECONSTRUCTING THE DANCE
Discover how LAIKA combined traditional stop-motion animation with visual effects in order to create the beautiful ballroom dance sequence – and how costume designer Deborah Cook met the challenge of creating costumes that could flow during a dance scene.
THINK BIG: THE MECHA DRILL
Standing 5 feet tall and weighing over 75 pounds, the Mecha-Drill is the largest stop motion puppet/prop ever created by LAIKA. Follow its creation from design to completion.
THE NATURE OF CREATION
TROLLS RIGHT OFF THE TONGUE
ALLERGIC TO EASY
ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTORS ANTHONY STACCHI AND GRAHAM ANNABLE
Relativity Media has provided us a featurette and three clips from the forthcoming horror flick The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death. Click on the media players below and check ’em out.
Synopsis: During the London bombings of World War II, school teachers Eve Parkins (Phoebe Fox) and Jean Hogg (Helen McCrory) lead a group of children in evacuation to Crythin Gifford, a remote village outside of the city. When the group takes up residence at the Eel Marsh House, 40 years after Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) investigated the first haunting, Eve soon realizes they are not alone. The longer they stay in the house, the more the awful past of the residence unravels itself and the evil spirit that lurks around them threatens the well-being of the children. With the help of a pilot (Jeremy Irvine), Eve does all that she can to protect the children and discover the truth behind the Woman in Black.
Summary: Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.
The Babadook is now playing in select theaters and available on VOD.
Entertainment One Films has released a new trailer and poster for Sarah Michelle Geller’s Veronica Decides to Die. The film opens in select theaters, and will be available On Demand, on January 20th.
Synopsis: After a frantic suicide attempt, Veronika awakens inside a mysterious mental asylum. Under the supervision of an unorthodox psychiatrist who specializes in controversial treatment, Veronika learns that she has only weeks to live.
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jonathan Tucker, Erika Christensen, David Thewlis, Melissa Leo Directed by: Emily Young Written by: Larry Gross, Roberta Hanley
Universal Pictures has provided us a gallery of photos from the forthcoming film Unbroken. The film opens in theaters on Christmas day. Click on the images for beautiful high-res versions.
Summary: Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII-only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.
Cast: Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock Directed by: Angelina Jolie Screenplay by: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen and Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson Based on the Book by: Laura Hillenbrand Produced by: Angelina Jolie, Clayton Townsend, Matthew Baer, Erwin Stoff Executive Producers: Mick Garris, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni