Earlier this year, we said goodbye (again) to one of the most beloved animated TV shows ever, Futurama. Now, just in time for Christmas, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment are releasing Futurama: The Complete Series on DVD, collecting all 124 episodes, as well as the show's four feature-length adventures bridging the FOX and Comedy Central runs: Bender's Big Score, The Beast with a Billion Backs, Bender's Game and Into the Wild Green Yonder. Indeed, for Futurama fans, this is the definitive DVD collection we've all been waiting for. As it says right on the back of the box, "It doesn't get any completer than this, folks!"
Marking the first time that Walt Disney has been portrayed on film, Saving Mr. Banks is the true story of a two-week period in 1961 when author P.L. Travers was finally convinced by the filmmaker to let him acquire the screen rights to her beloved children's book Mary Poppins after he'd tirelessly pursed them for nearly two decades.
Zack Snyder’s latest action opus – which also happens to be the launching point for Warner Brothers’ new on-screen DC Universe -- has made its way to Blu-ray with a set worthy of the Man of Steel. It’s not the most comprehensive collection of special material (and indeed has some very odd inclusions) but the good isreally good.
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has gone through hell and lived to tell the tale and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire quickly gets off on the right foot by firmly establishing just how affected she is by what she went through in the first film. Yes, Catching Fire becomes the second major franchise movie this year, after Iron Man 3, to have the main character suffering from PTSD – but who could argue with Katniss not being able to just move on, given what happened to her?
Ben Affleck's villain is the best thing about the otherwise rote crime thriller Runner Runner, also starring Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, and Anthony Mackie and directed by The Lincoln Lawyer's Brad Furman.
Tom Hanks spends most of Captain Phillips with a gun in his face. In a recreation of the 2009 Somali pirate siege of Captain Richard Phillips' ship, the MV Maersk Alabama, Bourne Ultimatum and United 93 director Paul Greengrass keeps one pointed at our foreheads too. At least it feels like it, with Greengrass adapting action filmmaking tactics to drops us in the middle of this high-tension situation. Stay all the way through Captain Phillips' credits; your heart will need the cool down period.
When Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was released in 2009, it did well at the box office, won over critics and became a staple in many parents’ movie collections. That was mainly because of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s script, which was full of quirky jokes and very energetic characters.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Jon Martello is a man of his ways, methodical and absolute even when designing his life to be the most effective romancer on the planet. His priorities — “My body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my porn” — become a daily to do list, with an emphasis on the last item.
Much like Marvel’s epic Phase One Blu-ray Collection that was released earlier this year, the value of The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collection will depend on your level of fandom for these films and whether or not you already own them on Blu-ray. The movies themselves (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises) are the exact same Blu-ray releases that were available previously (click those links for the full reviews of each), from the transfers to the original bonus content.
So, first, we had Pixar’s Cars. That 2006 animated flick about a flashy racing car that finds friends in an unlikely place, was a commercial hit, and spawned many must-have accompanying toys. Then, in 2011, Pixar released Cars 2, which saw the racing car and his country friend travel around the world to compete in a big race, all the while getting mixed up in some good old fashioned international espionage. This sequel was an even bigger hit than the first, and with new car characters came… you guessed it, new toys. Now, Disney Toon Studios have taken Pixar’s blueprint (they’re all basically one company now anyway) replaced cars with planes, and called it…Planes.
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