Another week, another edition of The Digital Wire. This week, some of the year’s finest and most entertaining films will soon be available for you to own, rent, stream, or just ignore in lieu of reading a good book. There’s also some total junk coming soon, too. I’ll leave it to you to decide which is which.
Below youâ€™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.
One of the best films of 2014, David Fincher‘s sucker punch adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s best-selling novel Gone Girl – starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in revelatory performances – arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on January 13, 2015. Extra features released so far are slim to say the least and include a commentary from Fincher and a 36-page reproduction of the “Amazing Amy Tattle Tale” book seen in the film.
I have an update on the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD releases of David Ayer‘s WWII combat drama Fury, set to hit stores on January 27, 2015. The official cover art and full disc specifications have been released. A digital version of the film will be available on December 30, 2014 and supplements will include the featurettes “Blood Brothers”, “Directorâ€™s Combat Journal,” “Armored Warriors: The Real Men Inside the Shermans,” and “Taming the Beast: How to Drive, Fire, & Shoot Inside a 30-Ton Tank,” fifty minutes of deleted and extended scenes, and a photo gallery. The DVD version will only include the “Blood Brothers” featurette.
Keanu Reeves weathered the mega-budget flop 47 Ronin and made a blazing comeback to action cinema this year as the titular badass hitman in the sleeper surprise hit John Wick, which will debut on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment on February 3, 2015. Extra features will include an audio commentary (participants not yet revealed) and the featurettes “Don’t F^#% with John Wick,” “Calling In The Cavalry,” “Destiny Of A Collective,” “Assassin’s Code,” “Red Circle,” and “NYC Noir.”
The late legend of film criticism and appreciation Roger Ebert has been further immortalized in the recent documentary Life Itself, directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and based on Ebert’s autobiography of the same name. The film comes to Blu-ray and DVD from Magnolia Home Entertainment on February 17, 2015. Extra features include an interview with James, deleted scenes, and the featurette “AXS TV: A look at Life Itself.”
The Guillermo Del Toro-produced animated feature The Book of Life, featuring a voice cast headed by Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum, is coming to Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on January 27, 2015. Both Blu-ray editions will include bonus DVD copies, Digital HD downloads of the film, and the following special features:
The Adventures of Chuy
Closer Look At The Book of Life
The Music of Life
Digital Carpenters: The Art Direction of The Book of Life
“No Matter Where You Are” Music Video by Us The Duo
Audio Commentary by Jorge R. Gutierrez
-Meet the Cast
-Visual Development â€“ Color Keys
-Visual Development â€“ Production Art
-The Final Look
Fans of high-definition future schlock will a lot to be thankful for next Turkey Day. Blue Underground has just announced that it will be bringing three 1980’s post-apocalyptic action flicks directed by the master of Italian exploitation, Enzo G. Castellari (Inglorious Bastards), to Blu-ray early next year: 1990: The Bronx Warriors, starring Fred Williamson and the late Vic Morrow; Escape from the Bronx, which made an appearance on the seventh season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 under the alternate title “Escape 2000”; and The New Barbarians (a.k.a. Warriors of the Wasteland), which also stars Williamson. Escape has also been released overseas as 1990: The Bronx Warriors II. Both 1990 and Barbarians have been available on DVD from Shriek Show since 2004.
HBO Home Entertainment will bring its critically-acclaimed comedy series Silicon Valley: The Complete First Season to Blu-ray and DVD on March 31, 2015. The two-disc set will include all eight episodes mastered in 1080p high-definition with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound tracks and the following extra features:
Making Silicon Valley: A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Silicon Valley
Tech Crunch: Disrupt!: Find out how Silicon Valley created their own Tech Crunch: Disrupt! conference
The Hacker Hostel: Take a tour through the Pied Piper headquarters
8 Audio Commentaries with Mike Judge, Alec Berg, T.J. Miller and many more
V/H/S: Viral, the third installment in the found footage horror anthology series featuring segments directed by Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) and the Resolution team Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, is coming to Blu-ray and DVD from Magnolia Home Entertainment on February 17, 2015. Both editions will include these bonus features:
Gorgeous Vortex â€“ A Short Film by Todd Lincoln
Audio Commentary with Directors
Bonestorm: Behind the Scenes Featurette
Dante the Great: Behind The Magic of Dante The Great
AXS TV: A Look at V/H/S: Viral
Out This Week
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Blu-ray | Blu-ray 3D | DVD | Amazon Exclusive Gift Set with Raphael statue
The Maze Runner: Blu-ray | DVD
Lord of Illusions: Blu-ray
The Skeleton Twins: Blu-ray | DVD
Batman: The Complete Series 1966-1969 (Standard Edition): Blu-ray
Those are the highlights of this week. Come back same time next week for more of the coolest home video news tidbits on the web.