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The Digital Wire Blu-ray/DVD Release News: Escape To Middle-Earth With Big Eyes

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Digital Wire pick

Greetings and thank you for taking the time to read the first post-Oscar edition of The Digital Wire. I hope this finds you well and the big winner of your office’s Academy Awards pool. Now we only have less than two months before the MTV Movie Awards air. I hear Amy Schumer is hosting this year.

Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon, as well as a list of titles coming out this week.

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.

Escape from New York

Shout! Factory has released the final details for their upcoming Scream Factory Blu-ray release of John Carpenter‘s classic dystopian action-thriller Escape from New York. The “Collector’s Edition” will be a two-disc set that is set to include an upgraded transfer and a selection of bonus features both new and old:

Blu-ray Disc One:
NEW 2K High Definition scan of the inter-positive, struck from the original negative
NEW Audio Commentary with actress Adrienne Barbeau and directory of photography Dean Cundey
Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
Audio Commentary by producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves

Blu-ray Disc Two:
NEW Big Challenges in Little Manhattan: The Visual Effects of Escape From New York
NEW Scoring the Escape: A Discussion with composer Alan Howarth
NEW On Set with John Carpenter: The Images of Escape From New York with photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker
NEW I Am Taylor – an interview with actor Joe Unger
NEW My Night on the Set – an interview with filmmaker David DeCoteau
Deleted Scene: The Original Opening Bank Robbery Sequence
Return to Escape from New York Featurette
Theatrical Trailers
Photo Galleries – Behind-the-Scenes, Posters and Lobby Cards

Escape from New York will be available for purchase on April 21, 2015.

The Hobbit

Peter Jackson‘s final (for now) trip to the magical, mystical realm of Middle-Earth will soon be yours to own when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD on March 24, 2015. As these releases go extra features will be scant since only the theatrical cut is set to be included:

New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth – Part 3
Recruiting the Five Armies
Completing Middle-earth
The Last Goodbye: Music Video
The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
Theatrical and “Legacy” Trailers

The inevitable extended cut edition will likely arrive just in time for Christmas.

Big Eyes

Tim Burton‘s fact-based drama Big Eyes was supposed to give the eccentric filmmaker some needed critical and commercial attention, but unfortunately the low-budget feature starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz failed to make much of an impression on anyone who bothered to check it out during the crowded holiday movie season. The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay Home Entertainment hope to give Burton’s film a second chance with audiences when they release Big Eyes on Blu-ray and DVD on April 14, 2015. Extras will be limited to a “making-of” featurette and highlights from a Q&A session.

Out This Week

Big Hero 6: Blu-ray|DVD

Whiplash: Blu-ray|DVD

Sons of Anarchy: The Final Season: Blu-ray|DVD

Sons of Anarchy: The Complete Series: Blu-ray|DVD

Horrible Bosses 2: Blu-ray (Theatrical & Extended Cuts)|DVD (Theatrical Cut)

Watership Down: Criterion Collection: Blu-ray|DVD

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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