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.
Earlier this month saw the theatrical release of Taken 3 starring Liam Neeson as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills, who we’ve learned over and over again has a “particular set of skills.” Although this third installment was billed as the final installment in the franchise, it’s doing so well at the box office ($160.5 million worldwide so far), it would come as no surprise if Fox eventually planned a Taken 4.
On an episode last week of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jimmy Kimmel joked that in just a few days Fox had already written, filmed, and cut a trailer for Taken 4, which coincidentally stars the late night talk show host, his sidekick Guillermo, and of course Liam Neeson. After Guillermo’s dog Paco is taken, he and Neeson go on a hunt to find the dognapper, played by Kimmel.
Watch the trailer here below for Taken 4, aka T4ken 4: A-Paco-Lypse.
If you can believe it, there’s now a Taken 3. That’s right, Liam Neeson has returned for the third and final installment of what I refer to as the Tooken Trilogy and this time it’s even more personal. As we learned in the first film, 2008’s Taken, Neeson’s retired CIA operative Bryan Mills has a “particular set of skills” that he threatens to use on the people who abducted his daughter, played by Maggie Grace.
Well, it looks like Neeson’s willing to pull the “skills” card in real life, too. Grace made an appearance this week on Conan to promote Taken 3, which was released in theaters yesterday, where she revealed that her movie dad prank-called one of her ex-boyfriends in-character as Bryan Mills.
Check out the video of Grace’s appearance on Conan, which includes the audio of the prank call Neeson made where he tells his co-star’s ex about his skills.
Reminder: there’s another Taken movie on the way! The first trailer for the trilogy-maker, which is choosing to go with the quite silly official title of Tak3n (no, seriously), has been released online by 20th Century Fox.
The movie, which once again stars Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, and Famke Janssen, takes the Fugitive route with Bryan Mills being framed for murder.
You can watch the first trailer and read a synopsis below.
Whether you want it to or not, Taken 3 is happening. Taken brought in an impressive $226 million on only a $25 million budget, while Taken 2 landed $376 million on a $45 million budget. Another movie was simply inevitable…so long as the particular set of talents possessed by Liam Neeson could once again be secured.
The actor is said to have been reluctant to return for the second installment of the action franchise, which began with Neeson heading to France to find his kidnapped daughter. But everyone has a price, and a $15 million pay day was too much to decline. Meaning in order to reacquire the actor for a third go of it, a pay raise would be necessary.
According to sources, Neeson will be paid around $20 million to return for Taken 3, and the hope is to begin filming sometime in February.