Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots and animated role model for generations of geeks, would be nothing without his voice — so, really, the hero you have to thank for years of service isn't Prime himself, but voice actor Peter Cullen.
Cullen, who also provides the iconic voice of Eeyore the donkey of "Winnie the Pooh" fame, first breathed life into the cybernetic lungs of Optimus Prime in the 1980s "Transformers" animated series and movie; and he's still at it, providing the voice of the transforming hero in all three of Michael Bay's "Transformers" movies, most recently "Dark of the Moon." For many fans, Cullen's is one of the most memorable, beloved voices of our childhood — and it'll please you to know that, fans, he loves you, too.
With "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" arriving on Blu-ray today (September 30), MTV News sat down for a one-on-one chat with Cullen about Optimus Prime and his heroic legacy.
"Say 'what' again. I dare you!"
Never has a one-worded question — "What?" — yielded more devastating results than in this classic scene from "Pulp Fiction." The Quentin Tarantino masterpiece arrives on Blu-ray next Tuesday (October 4), but before that, take some time to revisit that oh-so classic "What?," a moment that lives in infamy not just in the minds of cinephiles everywhere, but also in Samuel L. Jackson's very own ring tone.
You'll see what I mean when you watch this exclusive "Pulp Fiction" featurette, a behind-the-scenes interview with Jackson that will not be featured on the Blu-ray. This is your only chance to hear the glorious sound of SLJ's cell phone!
Warning: the following clip is NSFW due to explicit language. Proceed with caution!
(And for whatever it's worth, yes, they do speak English in "What?.")
Guillermo del Toro has come a long way since 1997's "Mimic," a movie about a genetically engineered breed of insect called the Judas Breed that feasts on humans and can copy their appearance and behavior in stunning fashion. But even with films like "Pan's Labyrinth" and the "Hellboy" movies to his name, the legacy of "Mimic" remains: two direct-to-video sequels have been produced, and now a brand new director's cut is coming to Blu-ray on September 27.
The "Mimic" director's cut, featuring seven minutes of restored footage and a wealth of never-before-seen featurettes, certainly boasts a vision of the movie that you've yet to see. But even if it had seen the light of day previously, del Toro would likely argue that the movie has changed — or, at least, you have changed.
In this exclusive look at one of the "Mimic" Blu-ray's featurettes, del Toro speaks about the nature of storytelling and life, an ever-flowing river that necessitates the steady stream of endless change. For GDT fans, this is can't miss material; give it a watch and see for yourself.
Call me crazy, but I've got a funny feeling that if you're reading this post, chances are high that you're at least fleetingly familiar with the "Harry Potter" franchise. After seven novels and eight movies, the story of the Boy Who Lived is finally at an end, though his heart and soul lives on not just in the highly anticipated Pottermore experience, but also in the collective consciousness of "Potter" fans across the world.
Indeed, it's that shared "Potter" experience that keeps series lead Daniel Radcliffe so interested in the character and the world he inhabits, even now that his work with Harry is finally over. MTV News has an exclusive sneak peek at a special feature from the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Blu-ray and DVD, out on November 11, where Radcliffe engages author J.K. Rowling in a conversation about the state of "Potter" fandom and how the story has influenced a generation of viewers and readers.
When you work in the heart of Times Square every single day, you're bound to see some strange stuff. Naked cowboys? Check. Rebellious rappers hanging on traffic lights? Absolutely. But even for this seriously devoted "Star Wars" fan, the Manhattan staple's latest guests were a bit freaky to behold today. See for yourself...
That's right, three Jawas and an Imperial Stormtrooper. No, they're not in town to pitch a new sitcom -- though it's one I would watch religiously, mind you -- but instead to peddle copies of the new "Star Wars" Blu-ray collection hitting stores tomorrow (September 16). If you see these guys on the streets today, stop and say hi, maybe buy a Blu-ray or two... just don't buy any of their droids; they're not the ones you're looking for.
FROM RAP FIX: Clap your hands because RapFix has learned that “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest” is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on October 8, with special bonus features and deleted scenes.
The Michael Rapaport-directed rap documentary follows the rise and fall of the luminary hip-hop quartet A Tribe Called Quest. Following the lives and careers of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White, the film explores how the influential group first got its start, their success and subsequent break-up.
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It was the "NOOOOO" heard 'round the world: George Lucas has once again tinkered with the original "Star Wars" recipe, and the fans are not pleased.
In fact, some fans are so mad about George's latest changes — which include the addition of Darth Vader reciting his most famous "Revenge of the Sith" line as he throws Emperor Palpatine to his death in "Return of the Jedi," as well as Ewoks that now blink — that they're calling for a boycott of the saga's upcoming Blu-ray release, reports Deadline.
It doesn’t take a lot of provocation to get sci-fi geeks griping (believe me, I’ve done my share). And perhaps the one subject that has prompted the most passionate protest over the past few decades is George Lucas messing with Star Wars.
The current cause for concern is the rumored changes to the original trilogy for the "Star Wars" Blu-ray debut, scheduled for release on September 16. Specifically, it’s the supposed addition of Darth Vader crying “Nooooooo!” as his son, Luke Skywalker, is electrocuted by his boss, Emperor Palpatine, that’s got fans complaining once again.
After watching this “new-and-improved” scene a couple of times, I have strong suspicions regarding its legitimacy. But if this change has indeed been made by Lucas, I have no choice but to join the rebellion and exclaim - if only in my brain – WTF?
Ever wonder how loveable funny guy Seth Rogen was transformed into a big-headed, small green alien in this year's "Paul"? Well, thanks to this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip MTV News has from the "Paul" DVD, you can find out (the disc, the Blu-ray and the On Demand film arrive August 9th).
Stars and co-writers Nick Frost and Simon Pegg explain the footage shown in the video, which feature samples of an early edit where the character Paul was just Rogen's floating head from his separate rehearsals. It was a way for the crew to get a sense of Rogen's role in the movie, even though he wasn't acting it out.
"Seth is the character, so they've shot him in rehearsal with various angles, with the other actors, but we've just got to put him into the scenes," explained editor Chris Dickens. "Essentially, I've just used the rehearsal and I've just put him in a little box."
FROM MTV MOVIES: Although this year's big blockbuster box-office record-breaker, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" is still reeling in the dough at theaters — we're only in week three of its release, after all — it's never too early to start thinking about what might be on the DVD and Blu-Ray versions of the film when it's released in November.
MTV News caught up with "Potter" actor Tom Felton on Thursday at the premiere of his other film being released this year, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," to find out what more of Draco Malfoy we might see on the DVD.
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