Digital Wire Blu-ray Releases: Mad Max, Into The Woods & More!

It’s weeks like this that make writing the latest edition of The Digital Wire DVD and Blu-ray releases news column worth the time and effort. Keep scrolling down and behold yet another funky round-up of major studio titles, resurrected cult favorites finally getting their high-definition due, and a few that even I can’t believe are getting released.

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.

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Walt Disney Home Entertainment will release the big-screen adaptation of the smash Broadway musical sensation Into the Woods – directed by Rob Marshall with a splashy all-star cast that headlined by Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine – to Blu-ray and DVD on March 24, 2015. Presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround, the main feature will be complimented by the following extras:

Never-Before-Seen Sondheim Original Song: “She’ll Be Back” – Meryl Streep performs a compelling new song that sheds a little more light on the Witch’s relationship with Rapunzel. This never-before- seen composition was penned especially for this movie by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and is seen here exclusively on Blu-ray and EHV. With introduction by Director Rob Marshall.

There’s Something About The Woods – Journey into this mysterious forest to discover how this compelling, new musical was made. Meet Director Rob Marshall and his award-winning team of artists and craftspeople, see how the woods were brought to life”¦and what they represent to the story…and to all of us.

The Cast As Good As Gold – Emily Blunt. Anna Kendrick. Chris Pine. James Corden. Johnny Depp. Meryl Streep. Meet the remarkable cast of this musical movie, and hear of their affinity for this Broadway classic.

Deeper Into The Woods – Journey even further into the development of the film in “From Stage To Screen,” “Magic of the Woods,” “Designing the Woods” and “The Costumes of the Woods.”
Filmmaker Commentary with Director Rob Marshall and Producer John DeLuca.

Music & Lyrics – Get direct access to the musical song segments from the film, with optional sing-along lyrics.

5 Golden Eggs (Easter Eggs)

Shout! Factory has finalized the special features for two of their upcoming Scream Factory Blu-ray releases. The original Mad Max, which will be available on May 5, 2015, will include the extras from MGM’s DVD and Blu-ray editions along with new interviews with several of the film’s principal players:

NEW Interviews With Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel And Director Of Photography David Eggby
Audio Commentary By Art Director Jon Dowding, Director Of Photography David Eggby, Special Effects Artist Chris Murray And Tim Ridge
Mel Gibson: The Birth Of A Superstar featurette
Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon featurette
Original Theatrical Trailers & TV Spots
Photo Galleries
Original Australian English and U.S. English dubbed audio tracks

From director Jeff Burr (Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III) comes the chilling 1987 horror anthology feature From a Whisper to a Scream, which has also been released under the title The Offspring and features a cast comprised of silver screen genre greats like Vincent Price, Clu Gulager, Susan Tyrrell, Cameron Mitchell, and Martine Beswick. First made available on DVD from MGM a decade ago, From a Whisper makes its debut in high-definition with a bounty of new bonus features:

Return to Oldfield: The Making of WHISPER TO A SCREAM – – A comprehensive feature-length documentary about the making of ‘From A Whisper To A Scream’, featuring director Jeff Burr, producer Darin Scott, co-screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner, star Clu Gulager, and many more!
A Decade Under the Innocence: Adventures in Super 8 Filmmaking – A feature-length documentary about teenage adventures in ‘Super 8’ filmmaking during the 1970’s in Georgia, featuring director Jeff Burr and more!
Audio Commentary with writer/director Jeff Burr
Audio Commentary with writer/producer Darin Scott and writer C. Courtney Joyner
Still Gallery with commentary by writer/director Jeff Burr
Theatrical Trailer

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Cameron Crowe‘s 1992 ensemble comedy-drama Singles on Blu-ray for the first time on April 7, 2015. With a cast that includes Matt Dillon and Bridget Fonda (not to mention a Tim Burton cameo), the film will be remastered in 1080p high-definition with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and these bonus features:

25 Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes:
– The 16-minute “The Ballad of Janet and Dr. Jeff” compiling the entire relationship between Bridget Fonda and Bill Pullman’s characters
– Extended Tracking Shot Opening
– Mime Club Fight
– What Would The King Do?
– No Games
– Eddie Haskell Redux
– And many more
Three Complete Live Performances:
– Soundgarden – “Birth Ritual”
– Alice in Chains – “Would?” and “It Ain’t Like That Anymore”
Two “Complete Take” Extras with Bill Pullman and Tad
Gag Reel
Theatrical Trailer

Another forthcoming release from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, executive producer Steven Spielberg‘s popular TNT sci-fi drama series Falling Skies: The Complete Fourth Season comes to Blu-ray and DVD on June 2, 2015. Extra features will include:

Character Interviews with actors Colin Cunningham, Connor Jessup, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Moon Bloodgood, Noah Wyle, Sarah Carter and Scarlett Byrne
Inside the Episode: Ghost In The Machine, The Eye, Exodus, Evolve Or Die, Mind Wars, Door Number Three, Saturday Night Massacre, A Thing With Feathers, Till Death Do Us Part, Drawing Straws, Season Finale Pt. 1 & 2
Comic Con Panel
And More…

Synapse Films will release Kurando Mitsutake‘s 2009 Japanese “sushi-western” Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf, about a blind swordsman whose quest to avenge the deaths of his wife and daughter involves going up against seven undead assassins, on Blu-ray on May 12, 2015. Special features will include:

Audio Commentary with Director Kurando Mitsutake, Producer Chiaki Yanagimoto and Editor John Migdal
Sword Fight Choreography
Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
Blooper Reel
Theatrical Trailer

From the man who gave us Keoma and the original Inglorious Bastards, Enzo G. Castellari‘s gonzo post-apocalyptic Italian grindhouse action trilogy is making its way to Blu-ray from Blue Underground on June 30, 2015: 1990: The Bronx Warriors, Escape from the Bronx, and The New Barbarians will all be available in high-definition for the first time in Collector’s Edition combo packs that will also come with bonus DVD copies. Special features have yet to be finalized but will be revealed in a future installment of this column.

The third – and hopefully last – movie in the franchise that made Liam Neeson an international action star is coming home. On April 21, 2015, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Taken 3 on Blu-ray and DVD. Neeson returns as deadly former CIA agent Bryan Mills for one final adventure in the Olivier Megaton-directed sequel. The Blu-ray will include both the theatrical cut and a longer unrated cut while the DVD will only have the theatrical cut, but both editions are set to feature these new extras:

Deleted Scene – “Flashback Malankov”
Sam’s Bunker A.K.A. The Rabbit Hole
Taken to L.A.
A Taken Legacy

Two of the wildest and shameless comedy cult classics of the past two decades are preparing to make their debut on Blu-ray on May 12, 2015 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. First up is Orgazmo, the superhero-porno spoof from South Park/Book of Mormon masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone that was originally released in theaters with an NC-17 rating. The Blu-ray will contain all of the extra features from the overstuffed 2005 DVD, and boy howdy is there a lot to enjoy:

Deleted Scenes
The Book of Orgazmo
Behind the Scenes
Dragon Con Interview
EPK Interviews
Red Band Trailer
Original 16mm Trailer
Photo Gallery
Drunken Commentary with Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Stan Sawicki, Andrew W. Kemler, and Jason McHugh
Cast Commentary with Masao “Maki” San, David Dunn, Robyn Lynne Raab, Jason McHugh, Shayla LaVeaux, Farrell Timlake, and Matt Potter
Wild Commentary with “South Park” Writing Staff (Pam Brady, Matt Pregger, and Kyle McCulloch), Weird Al Yankovic, Dave Foley, Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Kevin Smith, and David Zucker

Finally we have Wet Hot American Summer, the beloved comic gem from the director of Role Models and Wanderlust featuring a cast of past and future comedy stars that includes Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, and Bradley Cooper. The raunchy spoof of summer camp comedies became a cult favorite on video and the Blu-ray will include a selection of special features both old and new:

10th Anniversary Event Highlights
Wet Hot American Summer: Live at SF Sketchfest
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director/Co-Writer David Wain
Cast Comments
Behind the Scenes
Songs With Production Stills
Theatrical Trailer
Feature Commentary With Director/Co-Writer David Wain, Co-Writer Michael Showalter, and Actress Janeane Garofalo
Soundtrack With Extra Farts

Out This Week

Foxcatcher: Blu-ray|DVD

Outlander: Season One – Volume One: Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray|DVD

Blacula/Scream Blacula Scream: Blu-ray

Exterminators of the Year 3000: 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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