‘I Am Steve McQueen’ Documentary Coming to Blu-ray and DVD

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Shout! Factory has a cool new announcement today. The company will release the documentary I Am Steve McQueen on Blu-ray and DVD on April 14, 2105.

The 90-minute film, which premiered last year on the Spike TV network, has its share of stars commenting on the life and legacy of Steve McQueen. It’s narrated by Robert Downey Jr., and features appearances by: Robert Vaughn (McQueen’s co-star in Bullitt), Gary Oldman, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Miller, Randy Couture, stuntwoman Zoë Bell, and Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz.

It also features interviews with those closest to McQueen: his former wives Ali MacGraw, Neile Adams McQueen, and Barbara Minty McQueen; his son Chad McQueen; his grandson Steven McQueen; and his granddaughter Molly McQueen. All of this combined with rare interviews with McQueen himself and archival footage.

Bonus features on the disc include the featurettes McQueen’s Garage – Cars, Planes and Motorcycles and Steve McQueen’s Yucatan – McQueen’s Passion Project.

And let’s not forget the all-important audio-visual stats… Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1 and Dolby Digital Stereo.

Cool.

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‘Everly’ Trailer: Salma Hayek at Her Deadliest

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© Radius

Radius Entertainment has released the new trailer for Salma Hayek’s action/thriller Everly. The film is set for a limited release on February 27th.

Directed by: Joe Lynch
Written by: Joe Lynch and Yale Hannon
Cast: Salma Hayek, Togo Igawa, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Laura Cepeda and Akie Kotabe

Summary: Salma Hayek takes no prisoners in this action packed thriller as a femme fatale unleashing the ultimate vengeance against a sadistic mob boss and his army of assassins.

‘The Sound of Music’ 50th Anniversary Blu-ray/CD Release and TCM Gala Screening Set

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© 20th Century Fox

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.

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© Fox Home Entertainment

Kino Lorber to Release Roger Corman’s ‘Tales of Terror’ on Blu-ray

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The team over at Kino Lorber Studio Classics has a terrific new release set for April … Roger Corman’s 1962 film Tales of Terror, starring Vincent Price and Peter Lorre. The title will be released on both Blu-ray and DVD.

Having just finalized and announced the discs’ bonus features, the release will include…

  • New Interview with Producer/Director Roger Corman
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
  • Audio Commentary by Vincent Price Historian David Del Valle and Actor David Frankham
  • Trailers from Hell by Roger Corman
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: Kevin Smith and Mark Hamill on Seeing the Millennium Falcon Set

The Millennium Falcon under construction last year at Pinewood Studios outside London.
The Millennium Falcon under construction last year at Pinewood Studios outside London.

On the subject of What’s It Like To Actually Walk Onto The Millennium Falcon, director Kevin Smith shared his experience with a somewhat detailed description of his visit to the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Check it out here…

And now we have a brief recollection of visiting the Falcon from Mark Hamill.

Mr. Hamill spoke with Extra correspondent Adam Weissler at a special preview screening of Kingsmen: The Secret Service (in which Mr. Hamill appears)…

First of all, it’s interesting to see someone at the helm who was a fan for the original, with JJ. And it’s really about setting it up for a new generation. But again, the deja vu of walking on the Mellenium Falcon, which again, I’m remembering all these details which they got exactly right from photographs and old blueprints. I can’t describe the feeling. Even now it seems surreal to me. It doesn’t really … it seems hard to believe it’s actually happening.”

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Mark Hamill and Colin Firth in ‘Kingsmen: The Secret Service

Check Out This Rare T-Rex Rehearsal Footage from ‘Jurassic Park’

Special Effects master Stan Winston and his animatronic T-Rex on the set of 'Jurassic Park.'
Special Effects master Stan Winston and his animatronic T-Rex on the set of ‘Jurassic Park.’

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…

‘Kidnapping Mr. Heineken’: Poster and Cast Photo

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Alchemy (formerly Millennium Entertainment) has released the poster and first photo for their upcoming crime thriller Kidnapping Mr. Heineken. The film, which stars Anthony Hopkins, Jim Sturges and Sam Worthington, opens in limited release and will be available On Demand on March 6.

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IGN had the poster exclusive. You can view the higher res version here.

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Directed by: Daniel Alfredson
Written by: William Brookfield
Produced by: Judy Cairo, Michael A. Simpson and Howard Meltzer
Executive Producer: Eric Brenner
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Mark van Eewen, Tom Cocquerel, Jemima West and Anthony Hopkins

Summary: Based on crime journalist Peter R. de Vries’s account of what has been called “the most notorious kidnapping of the 20thCentury, Kidnapping Mr. Heineken explores the abduction of Dutch brewery magnate Freddy Heineken (Anthony Hopkins) and his chauffeur, Ab Doderer, who were kidnapped in 1983 and held for what was the largest ransom at the time.

‘Love at First Bite’ and ‘Once Bitten’ Coming to Blu-ray

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Scream Factory has a new title announcement today. The company will release Love at First Bite (1979) and Once Bitten (1985) as a double feature Blu-ray. The disc will be available on February 10th, 2015.

Bonus features on the disc include the theatrical trailer and radio spots for Love at First Bite, and the theatrical trailer for Once Bitten.

You can pre-order it at Shout Factory HERE.

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David Hayter’s ‘Wolves’ Set for DVD, iTunes and VOD Release

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David Hayter, the writer of X-Men, X-Men 2 and Zach Snyder’s Watchmen, has a new film on the way. It’s Wolves, and it’s Mr. Hayter’s directorial debut. The film is set for release on DVD, Digital HD, iTunes and On Demand this Tuesday, January 20th, 2015.

The iTunes release of Wolves will include exclusive bonus material: Two deleted scenes and a gag reel.

NOTE: The filmmakers would like to apologize to fans. A make-up featurette was intended to appear on the DVD release, but for some unspecified reason it won’t be included. Hopefully the extra bonus features with the iTunes release will make up (sorry) for it.

You can pre-order Wolves online at iTunes HERE.

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Directed by: David Hayter
Cast: Jason Momoa, Lucas Till, Merritt Patterson & Stephen McHattie

Summary: Popular high school student Cayden Richards wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it… He is changing into something vicious, unpredictable and wild. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden tries to hunt down the truth of what he is. In the remote, mountain town of Lupine Ridge, he discovers others like him — Including the beautiful Angelina, a young woman caught between two ancient clans of “wolves”. And when he finally discovers the shocking truth behind his ancestry, Cayden realizes there is only one way to save the woman he loves… a grisly fight to the death against forces more savage than he could have ever imagined.

Rating: R for bloody violence throughout, and some sexuality.
Total Runtime: 91 minutes
S.R.P: $20.99
Video: 16×9
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

The Criterion Collection’s Title Announcements for April, 2015

The Criterion Collection has announced their new title releases for April, 2015 – Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels (1941), Carol Reed’s Odd Man Out (1947), Jean Renoir’s The River (1951), Peter Yate’s The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le silence de la mer (1949), and Eplise 42: Silent Ozu – Theree Crime Dramas.


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SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS – Blu-ray & DVD Editions
Tired of churning out lightweight comedies, Hollywood director John L. Sullivan (The Palm Beach Story’s Joel McCrea) decides to make O Brother, Where Art Thou?—a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, Sullivan hits the road disguised as a hobo. En route to enlightenment, he meets a lovely but no-nonsense young woman (I Married a Witch’s Veronica Lake)—and more trouble than he ever dreamed of. This comic masterpiece by Preston Sturges (The Lady Eve) is among the finest Hollywood satires and a high-water mark in the career of one of the industry’s most revered funnymen.

1941 • 90 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary from 2001 by filmmakers Noah Baumbach, Kenneth Bowser, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean
Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer (1990), a 76-minute documentary made by Bowser for PBS’s American Masters series
• New video essay by film critic David Cairns, featuring filmmaker Bill Forsyth
• Interview from 2001 with Sandy Sturges, the director’s widow
• Interview with Sturges by gossip columnist Hedda Hopper from 1951
• Archival audio recordings of Sturges
• PLUS: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans

TITLE: SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2466BD
UPC: 7-15515-14371-4
ISBN: 978-1-60465-974-0
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 3/17/15
STREET: 4/14/15

TITLE: SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2467DDVD
UPC: 7-15515-14381-3
ISBN: 978-1-60465-975-7
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 3/17/15
STREET: 4/14/15


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ODD MAN OUT- Blu-ray & DVD Editions
Taking place largely over the course of one tense night, Carol Reed’s psychological noir, set in an unnamed Belfast, stars James Mason (Lolita) as a revolutionary ex-con leading a robbery that goes horribly wrong. Injured and hunted by the police, he seeks refuge throughout the city, while the woman he loves (Kathleen Ryan) searches for him among the shadows. Reed and cinematographer Robert Krasker (who would collaborate again on The Fallen Idol and The Third Man) create images of stunning depth for this intense, spiritual depiction of a man’s ultimate confrontation with himself.

1947 • 116 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Postwar Poetry, a new short documentary about the film
• New interview with British cinema scholar John Hill
• New interview with music scholar Jeff Smith about composer William Alwyn and his score
Home, James, a 1972 documentary featuring actor James Mason revisiting his hometown
• Radio adaptation of the film from 1952, starring Mason and Dan O’Herlihy
• PLUS: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith

TITLE: ODD MAN OUT (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2468BD
UPC: 7-15515-14391-2
ISBN: 978-1-60465-976-4
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 3/17/15
STREET: 4/14/15

TITLE: ODD MAN OUT (2-DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2469DDVD
UPC: 7-15515-14401-8
ISBN: 978-1-60465-977-1
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 3/17/15
STREET: 4/14/15


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THE RIVER – Blu-ray & DVD Editions
This entrancing first color feature from Jean Renoir (The Rules of the Game)—shot entirely on location in India—is a visual tour de force. Based on the novel by Rumer Godden, the film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the holy Bengal River, around which their daily lives unfold. Enriched by Renoir’s subtle understanding of and appreciation for India and its people, The River gracefully explores the fragile connections between transitory emotions and steadfast creation.

1951 • 99 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• High-definition digital transfer from the 2004 Film Foundation restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Archival introduction to the film by director Jean Renoir
Around the River, a 60-minute 2008 documentary by Arnaud Mandagaran about the making of the film
• Interview from 2004 with Martin Scorsese
• Audio interview from 2000 with producer Ken McEldowney
• New visual essay by film writer Paul Ryan, featuring rare behind-the-scenes stills
• Trailer
• PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ian Christie and original production notes by Renoir

TITLE: THE RIVER (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2470BD
UPC: 7-15515-14411-7
ISBN: 978-1-60465-978-8
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 3/24/14
STREET: 4/21/15

TITLE: THE RIVER (DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2471DDVD
UPC: 7-15515-14421-6
ISBN: 978-1-60465-979-5
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 3/24/14
STREET: 4/21/15


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THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE – Blu-ray Edition
In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum (The Night of the Hunter) plays small-time gunrunner Eddie “Fingers” Coyle in an adaptation by Peter Yates (Breaking Away) of George V. Higgins’s acclaimed novel The Friends of Eddie Coyle. World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld just to make ends meet. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he’s forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against snitching to stay free. Directed with a sharp eye for its gritty locales and an open heart for its less-than-heroic characters, this is one of the true treasures of 1970s Hollywood filmmaking—a suspenseful crime drama in stark, unforgiving daylight.

1973 • 102 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• Restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Peter Yates, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Audio commentary from 2009 featuring Yates
• Stills gallery
• PLUS: An essay by critic Kent Jones and a 1973 on-set profile of actor Robert Mitchum from Rolling Stone

TITLE: THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2476BD
UPC: 7-15515-14471-1
ISBN: 978-1-60465-984-9
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 3/31/15
STREET: 4/28/15


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LE SILENCE DE LA MER – Blu-ray & DVD Editions
Jean-Pierre Melville began his superb filmmaking career with this powerful adaptation of an influential underground novel written during the Nazi occupation of France. An idealistic, naive German officer is assigned to the home of a middle-aged man and his grown niece; their response to his presence—their only form of resistance—is complete silence. Constructed with elegant minimalism and shot, by the legendary Henri Decaë (The 400 Blows), with hushed eloquence, Le silence de la mer is a fascinating tale of moral ambiguity that points the way toward Melville’s later films about resistance and the occupation (Léon Morin, Priest; Army of Shadows) yet remains a singularly eerie masterwork in its own right.

1949 • 99 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
24 Hours in the Life of a Clown (1946), Melville’s seventeen-minute first film
• New interview with film scholar Ginette Vincendeau
• Interview with Melville from 1959
• New English subtitle translation
• PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

TITLE: LE SILENCE DE LA MER (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2478BD
UPC: 7-15515-14491-9
ISBN: 978-1-60465-986-3
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 3/31/15
STREET: 4/28/15

TITLE: LE SILENCE DE LA MER (2-DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2479DDVD
UPC: 7-15515-14501-5
ISBN: 978-1-60465-987-0
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 3/31/15
STREET: 4/28/15


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ECLIPSE 42: SILENT OZU—THREE CRIME DRAMAS DVD Edition
The great Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu (Late Spring) is best known for the stately, meditative domestic dramas he made after World War II. But during his first decade at Shochiku studios, where he dabbled in many genres, he put out a trio of precisely rendered, magnificently shot and edited silent crime films about the hopes, dreams, and loves of small-time crooks. Heavily influenced in narrative and visual style by the American films that Ozu adored, these movies are revelatory early examples of his cinematic genius, accompanied here by new piano scores by Neil Brand.

3-DVD BOX SET INCLUDES:

WALK CHEERFULLY
In Yasujiro Ozu’s Walk Cheerfully, which gracefully combines elements of the relationship drama and the gangster story, small-time hood Kenji, a.k.a. Ken the Knife, wants to go straight for good girl Yasue but finds that starting over isn’t as simple as it sounds. This was the Japanese master’s first true homage to American crime movies, and it is a fleetly told, expressively shot work of humor and emotional depth.

1930 · 96 minutes · Black & White · Silent · Japanese intertitles with English subtitles · 1.33:1 aspect ratio

THAT NIGHT’S WIFE
In noirish darkness, a man commits a shocking robbery. But, as we soon learn, this seeming criminal mastermind is actually a sensitive everyman driven to commit desperate deeds for the sake of his family. Unfolding over the course of one night, Yasujiro Ozu’s That Night’s Wife combines suspense with the emotional domestic drama one associates with the filmmaker’s later masterpieces and employs beautifully evocative camera work.

1930 · 66 minutes · Black & White · Silent · Japanese intertitles with English subtitles · 1.33:1 aspect ratio

DRAGNET GIRL
This formally accomplished and psychologically complex gangster tale pivots on the growing attraction between Joji, a hardened career criminal, and Kazuko, the sweet-natured older sister of a newly initiated young hoodlum—a relationship that provokes the jealousy of Joji’s otherwise patient moll, Tokiko (The Life of Oharu’s Kinuyo Tanaka). With effortlessly cool performances and visual inventiveness, Dragnet Girl is a bravura work from Yasujiro Ozu.

1933 · 100 minutes · Black & White · Silent · Japanese intertitles with English subtitles · 1.33:1 aspect ratio

TITLE: ECLIPSE 42: SILENT OZU—THREE CRIME DRAMAS
CAT. NO: ECL192DVD
UPC: 7-15515-14511-4
ISBN: 978-1-60465-988-7
SRP: $44.95
PREBOOK: 3/24/15
STREET: 4/21/15