In the past few months, a number of Blu-ray collection have hit the market that really make you reconsider the role of a physical medium for home video through the use of smart packaging and an attention to detail. One was the "Bond 50" set, a must own for any fan of 007 that hasn't already bought most of those movies on their own. That collection used its completeness as a very convincing selling point, and the final product was staggering.
Now add the "Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection" to that category. The set, which boasts 15 films from the Master of Suspense in beautiful high definition, includes some of Hitchcock's very best films, like "Psycho," "Rear Window," and the new champion of the Sight & Sound poll, "Vertigo."
President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney square off in the election next week, but don't forget about one of the other most important elections that took place this year: the one between Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in "The Campaign," out on Blu-ray and DVD now.
We have an exclusive deleted scene from the release that sees fierce political rivals Cam Brady and Marty Huggins laying down their proverbial rifles in favor of some smooth scotch and idle talk about Chinese bulldogs and college football. The conversation combination is just about as awkward as it sounds. Check it out below!
Pick of the Week
"Magic Mike" (2012)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Channing Tatum
, Matthew McConaughey
Story: Channing Tatum stars in this drama following an upstart male stripper (Alex Pettyfer) who is mentored by a veteran dancer, played by Tatum. Steven Soderbergh directed from a script by Reid Carolin, whose screenplay was inspired by Tatum's work as a stripper before he made it in Hollywood. Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Cody Horn, and Olivia Munn co-star.
The fine folks over at Film.com jetted off to London to talk "Prometheus" with a few of the people behind the movie in time for its Blu-ray release.
The team offered a ton of insight, including this gem from production designer, Arthur Max."
"We'd always toyed with the idea of terraforming within the pyramid," said Max. "The scientists mistakenly take the idea that the whole place is a kind of atmospheric condenser to create life. That's the wrong impression. It really is a military weapons station manufacturing creature bombs to wipe us all out because we are a miscreant race of humanoids and a threat to the galaxy. Or it's a cautionary tale about, "Don't mess with genetic engineering, this is what can go wrong." We're doing that ourselves currently. The hubris of playing God. That's partly what we're about."
Head over to Film.com to read to full recap of the trip!
"Prometheus" is out on Blu-ray and DVD now.
In the age of the cloud, digital copies, and online rentals, a physical medium as a home video option loses relevance every day, but every year a handful of releases almost require a purchase. It takes an attention to detail and a dedication to the consumer to make any DVD or Blu-ray worth the price or even the physical space the box takes up.
"Bond 50," the new collection of all 22 EON films, several on Blu-ray for the first time, is simply a must own for fans and arguably the best home video release of the year.
By definition, a well-priced set including every official Bond film is something to get excited about, and the films are the real draw here. Currently sitting at $150 on Amazon, that works out to $6.82 per Bond movie on Blu-ray. Each film has been lovingly transferred, but the Connery era will astound you with its clarity. It was a pleasure to sit down and watch "From Russia with Love," even after just watching it a few weeks ago for the Bond-a-Thond.
For those of us who first learned to love aliens via Steven Spielberg's classic movie "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," there are so many unforgettable scenes, sights and sounds that you'd be hard-pressed to pick just one favorite element. From the flying bicycles to the Reese's Pieces, to "Ouuuuch," to John Williams' sweeping supernatural score supporting it all.
If you need a refresher as to why the iconic, heartwarming film earned a lasting place in cinematic history it arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever on October 9 in celebration of its 30th anniversary, but right now MTV News is happy to present you with the following exclusive clip from the bonus feature "The E.T. Journals," which shows Spielberg and Williams working on (and singing!) the score together during post-production.
Pick of the Week
"Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection"
Story: Universal has packed all of their classic monsters into one horrifying Blu-ray collection. The set includes Blu-ray editions of "Dracula," "Frankenstein," "The Mummy," "The Invisible Man," "Bride of Frankenstein," "The Wolf Man," "Phantom of the Opera," and "Creature from the Black Lagoon."
On the Disc:
Each film comes with a ton of special features, each worth spending hours with, learning the backstory of all the classic horror movies. It should be noted that the "Dracula" disc also includes the Spanish version in high-def, and the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" includes a 3-D version.
Decisions, decisions. 20th Century Fox has released the artwork for the Blu-ray release of "Prometheus" and revealed that there are actually two versions of the release that fans can take home.
The first is a full four-disc collector's edition that includes the theatrical cut, 3D theatrical cut, DVD and digital copy of the movie, two sets of commentaries, the 15 minutes of deleted scenes we previously heard about and five special featurettes. The second, a two-disc release of the film, doesn't include the 3D or any of the special featurettes. Like we said: decisions, decisions.
"Marvel's The Avengers (2012)"
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey, Jr.
, Chris Evans
, Mark Ruffalo
Story: Marvel Studios delivers the ultimate comic-book film, which ties together such characters as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) for a big-screen franchise team-up like no other.
On the Disc:
All of the "Avengers" Blu-rays come packed with special features, and though there several different versions of the disc, the extras remain the same for the large part. The only differences between the versions are packaging and the inclusion of a 3-D version. Among the many special features, which include deleted scenes, gag reels and behind-the-scenes featurettes, it might be the least flashy bonus that gives you a great reason to own this disc. Joss Whedon recorded an eloquent, insightful, and hilarious commentary track that makes the movie worth rewatching for the umpteenth time.
"Memento" gets most—if not all—of the credit as the starting point for the Christopher Nolan we know today. Sure, the story of Leonard Shelby and his backwards chase to find his wife's killer catapulted Nolan into the realm of the indie darling, but his first film, "Following," marks the real beginning of the man who would bring us the Batman
Since Criterion announced yesterday that they plan to bring "The Following" to Blu-ray in their typical, decked-out style and it's also readily available on Netflix Instant Watch, now is a good a time as any to take a look back.
"Following" tells the story of a nameless young man, played by Jeremy Theobald, who isn't cutting it as a writer, but eventually finds himself under the wing of a charismatic thief, Cobb, a name that would appear later in "Inception."