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.

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Mike Lee’s Top 15 Films Of 2014
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Now that 2014 is over, we are left with deciding which movies were the best of the year. Contrary to to what the box office says, 2014 was a pretty amazing year in film. But as I look back at the 100 or so films that I have seen in the past year, the following 15 films are the ones that I have seen repeatedly, could not stop talking about, or have had the biggest impact one me. Of course this is a subjective list, as there are plenty of other films that I have and have not seen that are or could be better, but honestly, these 15 left the biggest impact on me. I’ll also throw in a couple of honorable mentions. Hit the jump to check it out.

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Movie Review: Foxcatcher
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Director: Bennett Miller
Screenwriters: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman
Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave
Sony Pictures Classics
Rated R | 134 Minutes
Release Date: December 19, 2014

“Some rich guy calls you on the phone, ‘I want Mark Schultz to come visit me.’ Well, I’m a – I’m a wrestling coach. And I have a deep love for the sport of wrestling. And I wanted to speak with you about your future, about what you hope to achieve. What do you hope to achieve, Mark?”

Directed by Bennett Miller (Moneyball), Foxcatcher is the story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and paranoid-schizophrenic millionaire coach John du Pont (Steve Carell), who murdered Schultz’s brother, Olympic Champion Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), in 1996.

In 1984, both Mark and Dave Schultz won Olympic Gold in wrestling events. After the ’84 Olympics, Mark began training for the ’88 Olympics in Seoul with little support. Being a wrestling enthusiast, du Pont invited the struggling athlete to his lavish estate, where Mark would live in order to train full-time.

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Channing Tatum Starring In Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher’

Coming off the great critical, albeit middling box office, success of his latest film, Moneyball, director Bennett Miller has lined up an interesting team for his next film, Foxcatcher.

Already to star Steve Carell, 24 Frames is reporting that Channing Tatum has joined the film’s cast.

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