This week’s edition of The Digital Wire has so much Blu-ray and DVD release info coming out of its news-hole only a dam constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers could contain the flood. Soak it all up folks because I’m taking next week off to cover the home video department of Geeks of Doom’s annual Holiday Geek Gift Guide.
Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power. The cover art for certain titles has yet to be finalized.
Barely a year after it received its first home video release, Oscar-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron‘s critically acclaimed sci-fi smash hit Gravity is being reissued on Blu-ray from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in a new Diamond Luxe special edition. The Sandra Bullock–George Clooney feature set in the cold depths of outer space will get some brand new special features for this upgrade including a new Dolby Atmos surround sound audio track and the option of watching a “Silent Space Version” of the film that eliminates the music score. The release date is set for February 10, 2015.
The 1980s television series The Equalizer has been reborn as a big screen action-thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington (the latter who a Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in the Fuqua-directed Training Day). Now it will be coming to Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment just in time to ring in the new year with lots of heavy bloodshed and Denzel being a stone cold badass. December 30, 2014 is the release date and though both versions will share some bonus features the Blu-ray will contain a few exclusive extras:
Two Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
Home Mart: Taking Care of Business One Bolt at a Time On the film’s climactic Home Mart sequence.
Children of the Night – Moretz discusses her character, Teri and the research she did to play the young, exploited girl.
Vengeance Mode (Exclusive Blu-ray Featurette)
Photo Gallery (Blu-ray Exclusive)
Four Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes (Blu-ray Exclusive):
Inside The Equalizer – Exploring the creative process of re-imagining and bringing Robert McCall to life.
Denzel Washington: A Different Kind of Superhero – A behind-the-scenes look at how Washington trained for his physically demanding role in this film.
Equalizer Vision: Antoine Fuqua – A firsthand look at the movie-making process from the Director.
One Man Army: Training and Fighting – A discussion with Washington, Csokas & stunt coordinator, Keith Woulard, on the process of building a one-man army.
One of the surprise hits of the summer, Luc Besson‘s sci-fi adventure Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson in prime ass-kicking form, is coming to Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment on January 20, 2015. Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman and the original Oldboy Min-sik Choi co-star in this mind-bending thriller. Supplements on both editions will include the featurettes “The Evolution of Lucy” and “Cerebral Capacity: The True Science of Lucy.”
Is it science-fiction? Horror? An end of the world parable? A tale of demonic possession? A story of good versus evil? Larry Cohen‘s cult classic God Told Me To is all those things and more and now it’s coming to Blu-ray from Blue Underground on February 24, 2015. The 1976 film starring Tony Lo Bianco (The French Connection) as a New York cop investigating a string of random killing sprees with an otherworldly connection has been restored in 4K high-definition from the original uncensored negative and the Blu-ray will include many new bonus features created exclusively for this edition:
Audio Commentary with writer/director/producer Larry Cohen
Heaven and Hell on Earth – Interview with Star Tony Lo Bianco
Bloody Good Times – Interview with Special Makeup Effects Artist Steve Neil
God Told Me To Bone – New Beverly Q&A with Larry Cohen
Lincoln Center Q&A with Larry Cohen
Poster & Still Gallery
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced a 10th Anniversary Edition of Tim Burton‘s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that will be released on Blu-ray on March 3, 2015. So far the only new extra feature for this edition is a 32-page photobook but if more are revealed we will keep you informed.
The autumn horror hit Annabelle comes to Blu-ray from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on January 20, 2015. Extra features for this prequel to the horror hit The Conjuring will include:
The Curse of Annabelle
Bloody Tears of Possession
Dolls of the Demon
A Demonic Process
Based on the best-selling crime novel by Lawrence Block, Scott Frank‘s A Walk Among the Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson as Block’s famous New York cop-turned-private eye Matthew Scudder, will premiere on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment on January 13, 2015. Both editions will include the featurette “A Look Behind the Tombstones” but the Blu-ray will also include an additional featurette, “Matt Scudder: Private Eye.”
One of the nuttiest, most violent exploitation flicks ever made is finally getting a legitimate home video release. The late Duke Mitchell‘s bloody late-’70s gangster saga Massacre Mafia Style has been remastered in high-definition and will make its long-awaited debut on Blu-ray and DVD from Grindhouse Releasing on January 13, 2015. Special features have not yet been confirmed but Grindhouse has been working on this release for years and their titles always come packed with new interviews, commentaries, etc. Expect Massacre to follow suit. When the final specs and pre-order info are revealed this entry will be updated accordingly. Until that day comes here’s the NSFW movie trailer to arouse your curiosity…
From director MichaÃ«l R. Roskam comes the Dennis Lehane adaptation The Drop, based on the author’s original story “Animal Rescue” and starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and the late James Gandolfini in one of his final performances. The film will premiere on Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on January 20, 2015 and include the following extra features:
Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Michael R. Roskam and Dennis Lehane
Millie and Bob talk at the bar
Bob puts away Xmas decorations
Bob talks to Priest
Bob scolds Rocco
Keeping it Real
Making of The Drop
Making Brooklyn Your Own
Rocco the Dog
Character Profile: James Gandolfini
Audio Commentary by Michael R. Roskam and Dennis Lehane
Out This Week
22 Jump Street: Blu-ray|
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For: Blu-ray|DVD
The Wind Rises: Blu-ray|
Princess Mononoke: Blu-ray
Kiki’s Delivery Service: Blu-ray
Into the Storm: Blu-ray|
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: Blu-ray|DVD
Christmas Evil: Blu-ray
The Dark Half: Blu-ray
Monkey Shines: Blu-ray
Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings: Blu-ray
Those are the highlights of this week. Come back same time in two weeks for another round-up of the coolest home video news tidbits on the web. Until then here’s a new trailer for the upcoming Blu-ray release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, due in stores on December 9, 2014.