The Digital Wire Blu-ray/DVD Release News: Critical Favorites and Cult Oddities

Happy first week of February! BAADASSSSS! is here to aid in your Super Bowl weekend decompression process with the latest installment of The Digital Wire that is positively exploding with new announcements. How about that? Two weeks in a row. I’m guessing that January slump is pretty much over now that it’s no longer January. The coldest month of the year is upon us, but hopefully these impending releases will help keep your soul warm even as the temperature plummets. Among the Blu-ray and DVD release news are a pair of critical favorites, another pair of cult sci-fi outings, and more.

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.

Ridley Scott‘s critically-derided (read Adam Frazier’s scathing – and hilarious – review here) Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings has officially been announced for release on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on March 17, 2015. The Blu-ray 3D edition will be a four-disc affair containing hours of bonus features:

Disc 1 – Blu-rayâ„¢ Disc
Exodus: Gods and Kings in High Definition
The Exodus Historical Guide, a Feature length Trivia Track
Nine (9) Deleted and Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Ridley Scott and Co-Screenwriter Jeffrey Caine

Disc 2 – Blu-rayâ„¢ Bonus Features
Keepers of the Covenant Documentary including 14 Enhancement Pods
The Lawgiver’s Legacy: Moses Throughout History
The Gods and Kings Archive
Promotional Featurettes including the HBO First Look
11 Galleries

Disc 3 – Blu-ray 3Dâ„¢
Exodus: Gods and Kings in High Definition 3D

Disc 4 – DVD
Eight (8) Deleted and Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Ridley Scott and Co-Screenwriter Jeffrey Caine

Both the single Blu-ray and DVD releases will feature the commentary and deleted scenes and the Blu-ray will also have the trivia track.

Though a box office flop at the time of its release, Tobe Hooper‘s 1986 Cannon Films remake of the sci-fi classic Invaders from Mars has grown a cult following through video rentals and cable airings. Shout! Factory’s horror/sci-fi shingle Scream Factory is giving the film its first U.S. Blu-ray edition which will be available on April 7, 2015 and house some all-new bonus features:

New Audio commentary with director Tobe Hooper
The Martians Are Coming! – The Making of “Invaders From Mars”, an all-new retrospective featuring interviews with Director Tobe Hooper, Actor Hunter Carson, Special Creature Effects Artists Alec Gillis and Gino Crognale, and Composer Christopher Young
Theatrical Trailer & TV spot
Original Storyboards
Original Production Illustration Gallery from Artist William Stout with commentary by Stout
Still Gallery

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An underrated masterpiece of 1970’s science-fiction, Silent Running – the visionary feature directorial debut of visual effects legend Douglas Trumbull starring Oscar-nominee Bruce Dern in one of his most powerful performances – will be making its U.S. Blu-ray debut from Universal Studios Home Entertainment on April 7, 2015. The extra features will be carried over from the 2002 Region 1 DVD release:

The Making of Silent Running
Silent Running by Douglas Trumbull
A Conversation with Bruce Dern
Douglas Trumbull: Then and Now
Theatrical Trailer
Optional Feature Commentary with Director Douglas Trumbull and Star Bruce Dern

Synapse Films first released the little-seen Australian horror gem Long Weekend on DVD almost a decade earlier. A haunting tale of a married couple on the brink of divorce whose relaxing camping excursion becomes a slow trip into a hell of vicious wildlife, Colin Eggleston‘s acclaimed feature is coming to Blu-ray from Synapse on April 14, 2015 with a new high-definition transfer and these extras:

Audio Commentary from Producer Richard Brennan and Cinematographer Vincent Monton
Motion Still Gallery Featuring an Audio Interview with Actor John Hargreaves
Theatrical Trailer

The Oscars have yet to air but Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has already set a release date for Bennett Miller‘s true life drama Foxcatcher, which is up for five awards. Starring Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo, the film comes to Blu-ray and DVD on March 3, 2015. The scant extras will include deleted scenes and the new featurette “The Story of Foxcatcher”.

I wanted to love RZA‘s directorial debut The Man with the Iron Fists a whole lot more than I actually did, but the rapper’s 2012 feature-length tribute to martial arts action classics past was defeated in battle by the powerful twin opponents of lethargic direction and poor scripting. The movie must have done better on home video than it did in theaters because it’s getting a direct-to-video sequel, The Man with the Iron Fists 2: The Sting of the Scorption, which Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release on Blu-ray and DVD on April 14, 2015. This time around RZA hands the directing duties to Roel Reiné, a DTV veteran who has previously made sequels to The Marine and Death Race for the video market, but remains in front of the camera in the title role of a kung fu fightin’ blacksmith with the invincible touch. Extra features will include:

Rated and Unrated Cuts of the Film
Feature Commentary with Director Roel Reiné and Executive Producer/Co-Writer/Star Rza (Both Versions)
Chi Warriors: The Making of The Man with the Iron Fists 2

Another Oscar-nominated critics’ favorite is coming very soon to home video. Miles Teller plays a troubled young jazz prodigy and J.K. Simmons the unforgiving teacher he clashes with and learns from in Damien Chazelle‘s powerful drama Whiplash, which Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release on Blu-ray and DVD on February 24, 2015 with the following bonus features:

Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Damien Chazelle and J.K. Simmons
An Evening at the Toronto International Film Festival with Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons and Damien Chazelle
Timekeepers – Famous drummers discuss their craft and passion for drumming (Blu-ray exclusive)
Whiplash Original Short Film with Optional Commentary (Blu-ray exclusive)
Deleted Scene with Optional Commentary (Blu-ray exclusive)

Details for the upcoming release of the highly-acclaimed horror feature The Babadook have been released. There will be three editions made available: a standard Blu-ray, a special edition Blu-ray, and a DVD.

The special edition will include some exclusive bonus features:

Director-Approved Limited Run “Pop-up Book” slipcover packaging (Note:The wrap itself inside will be the art reflected on the standard Blu-ray edition)
Director Jennifer Kent’s short film MONSTER
Deleted Scenes
Cast and Crew interviews and a look behind-the-scenes of the making of the film:
-Creating The Book with illustrator Alex Juhasz
-A Tour of the House Set
-The Stunts: Jumping the stairs
-Special Effects: The Stabbing
Theatrical Trailers

The standard edition Blu-ray will only include the following:

Cast and Crew interviews and a look behind-the-scenes of the making of the film:
-Creating The Book with illustrator Alex Juhasz
-A Tour of the House Set
-The Stunts: Jumping the stairs
-Special Effects: The Stabbing Scene
Theatrical Trailers

Out This Week

John Wick: Blu-ray|DVD

Dracula Untold: Blu-ray|DVD

Dear White People: Blu-ray|DVD

Porco Rosso: Blu-ray

Ouija: Blu-ray|DVD

Tales from Earthsea: Blu-ray

Pom Poko: Blu-ray

Starry Eyes: Blu-ray

About Schmidt: Blu-ray

Diner: 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.

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