The Video Score is your guide to everything you need to know about what's out this week, all in one place. What's available? Which formats? Is it streaming? How much will it set you back? We'll break down the week's biggest new releases and some smaller ones that deserve your attention. Check back each Tuesday to find out what's hot that week and where you can catch it all!
Pick of the Week
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Jack Nicholson
, Faye Dunaway
, John Huston
J.J. Gittes is a private investigator who gets roped in a conspiracy in 1930s Los Angeles that involves the wife of an engineer, her tycoon father and the resource the town needs most of all, water. "Chinatown" played a key role in a golden age of filmmaking and remains a classic to this day.
After making three beloved animated movies, "The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille," Brad Bird made a jump to live-action film in a most unexpected way. He didn't take on a fable populated by wide-eyed children, retired superheroes or talking animals, like his animated features. Instead, Bird directed the fourth film in a wildly popular action-adventure series, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol."
The transition, one that surprised many familiar with his work at Pixar, was anything but surprising to Bird. During the time in Bird's career where he actively developed film projects, more than half of those proposed films were live-action. His most storied project was the repeatedly-stalled "1906," an epic retelling of the San Francisco earthquake of that year and the police corruption responsible for the subsequent chaos.
After "Ratatouille," "1906" had stalled out once more at the story stage after years of struggling with a huge budget, and Bird decided he wasn't going to wait around for his move into live-action. "Suddenly, I had looked up and a couple years had gone by, and there were still significant story challenges on '1906,' and I said, 'I can't keep preparing to make a movie. I've got to make a movie,' " Bird said.
If the tragic passing of Whitney Houston brought about any good, it shed light on the many beloved works that the artist left behind. One of Houston's greatest achievements remains the success of the soundtrack from "The Bodyguard," which is getting a new Blu-ray release.
We have an exclusive featurette from the upcoming video release with a classic interview with the star, about the complex dynamic of the film.
The clip gives a interesting look at the chemistry between Houston and Kevin Costner on camera and how they fostered that believable relationship.
If the recent "Cosmopolis" trailer showed us anything, it's that legendary director David Cronenberg is definitely not afraid to go there.
His latest movie, "A Dangerous Method," hits Blu-ray and DVD on March 27, and even though it's about the early days of psychoanalytics, it's still one of the kinkiest movies to come out in recent years.
We have an exclusive featurette from the upcoming release. In the clip, the cast members Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel and Viggo Mortensen share their stories and experiences of working with Cronenberg.
The Fuzzy Pack is backy-back once again with today's home video release of "The Muppets." If you still haven't seen Kermit the Frog and company's glorious return via Jason Segel… well, what's wrong with you? It was and remains my favorite movie of 2011, and I'm not just saying that because I got to talk with Kermit and new guy Walter about "The Avengers" last week. (Though that was pretty sweet.)
Even if you have seen "The Muppets," the newly released Blu-ray is a must-buy for any and all fans. Keep reading for five reasons to own "Muppets" on Blu-ray.
Can the man ever really live up to the myth? In the case of the ultra-suave George Clooney, Matthew Lillard found himself devastatingly disappointed.
We have an exclusive featurette from the upcoming Blu-ray release of "The Descendants," the Academy Award winning film staring Clooney as a hapless father and soon-to-be widow.
In the behind-the-scenes interview with one of Clooney's co-stars, Lillard, the actor tells of how all of the accolades that preceded Clooney ultimately led to disappointment when he met the real deal. How could George Clooney ever measure up to the image of male perfection that people associate with actor, director, prankster and philanthropist "George Clooney"?
He might not be one of the titular legendary swordsmen, but d'Artagnan can certainly hold his own in this exclusive clip from the Blu-ray release of "The Three Musketeers."
The special edition disc hits stores on March 13th, but we have a clip from the film to get you in the mood for some swashbuckling.
In the clip, the young hero, Logan Lerman as d'Artagnan, fends off a host of bladed attackers as his companions, the Three Musketeers, look on and frankly, don't offer enough help. Not that he needs any. He kicks a great deal of ass all by himself.
Ben Affleck's sophomore directing effort, "The Town," is getting the collector's edition treatment for an upcoming Blu-ray re-release.
In addition to an extended cut of the film, the package will include a booklet with behind-the-scenes information and photos, prop replicas and an alternate ending.
In an interview for a production documentary, Affleck shares some of his experiences being actor and director on "The Town."
When it comes to "Game of Thrones" on Blu-ray, you lose or you buy: there is no middle ground.
Fans of Ice and Fire can get their hands on the HBO fantasy series' first season today (March 6), with a whole world of extra features and episode enhancements coming along for the fight. From audio commentaries with actors and writers to in-depth looks at the show's production, the "Game of Thrones" Blu-ray is an absolute can't miss for the Westeros faithful. Keep reading for five reasons to claim "Thrones" on Blu-ray today.
» First and foremost, let's get the coolest feature out of the way: The Complete Guide to Westeros. There are several resources both in print and online (such as Westeros.org and Tower of the Hand) that are more than equipped to give you loads and loads of background detail on all things "Thrones." Another amazing resources has arrived in the Complete Guide to Westeros, a visual encyclopedia that invites you to hear the tales of the Seven Kingdoms and their greatest houses. Learn about the history and lore of the First Men and the Andals, the destruction of ancient Valyria, and the entirety of Robert's Rebellion; all events that occur prior to "Thrones," but all events crucial to the story currently being told. It's fascinating stuff, less a history lesson and more like fantastic legends, not unlike the ancient tales Old Nan often reads to Bran.
Just as Harry Potter returned from the in-between at the end of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," the "Harry Potter" DVDs and Blu-Rays that we just lost
forever for a brief period of time will now be apparating back on to store shelves near you.
Okay, so that might have been a stretch for a metaphor, but the "Harry Potter" films are coming back to store shelves in a brand new collection. This bad boy is replete with the special features and memorabilia absent from last year's complete DVD/Blu-Ray collection, and comes tacked with a $500 price tag. Amazon posted the details about the "Harry Potter Wizards Collection" and even offered a $150 markdown, but didn't have any details about what the boxed set will officially include. Well, that's where I come in.
Since the collection still has a vague "2012" release date, it seems fair to take a crack at puzzling out what could possibly be included that makes the special edition home video release so expensive. Click on after the jump to see my memorabilia and featurette wish list.