Daniel Radcliffe could've done pretty much whatever he wanted after the eight-film "Harry Potter" franchise drew to a close. The young and fabulously wealthy Brit might have jumped headfirst into another studio-driven blockbuster or retreated to a quiet life of attending "Potter" conventions and swimming in a bank vault filled with gold coins. He could have run for prime minister, and won.
But Radcliffe did none of these things. Instead he signed on for a low-budget horror flick called "The Woman in Black," and turned it into a $126-million-grossing, sequel-spawning hit. Big ups to the former boy wizard for spotting hit material where many observers might have seen a curious career choice. For Radcliffe, though, it was all about trying something new -- including fatherhood.
"The Grey," or as it had been previously known "Liam Neeson Versus Wolves," genuinely surprised audiences back in January by being a lot sharper and deeper than the month's usual fare. Neeson led an ensemble cast as Ottway, a hardnosed wolf hunter who takes charge of the survivors of a plane crash once they're stranded in the Alaskan wilderness.
To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of "The Grey," we have an exclusive deleted scene from the film, which takes place shortly after the wreck. It gives you a pretty good idea of that tone of the film with the survivors occasionally joking about their need to keep going.
Filming a movie inevitably puts an actor in one or two compromising situations, and during the shoot for "One for the Money," Jason O'Mara may have strayed farther than he and co-star Katherine Heigl were expecting.
With the Blu-ray and DVD for "One for the Money" hitting stores today, we have an exclusive look at the gag reel featured on the disc. During one of those unused takes of O'Mara and Heigl kissing, the actor's hands wandered a bit, making for a funny-awkward moment on set.
When O'Mara spoke with us for the release, we simply had to ask what was going on during that scene. Playing up his innocence, he joked that he couldn't recall the scene. "I have absolutely no recollection of that whatsoever," he said.
This week, two of the year's most critically praised films hit DVD, plus Criterion releases a modern classic for all of us to enjoy.
Check out all of this week's releases below.
Pick of the Week
Director: Josh Trank
Cast: Dane DeHaan
, Alex Russell
, Michael B. Jordan
Three high school friends obtain telekinetic powers in this surprise found footage hit from director Josh Trank.
"Chronicle" was one of the most pleasant surprises of the year when it debuted back in February, but with the Blu-ray and DVD hitting stores this week, we get to take time to look back at the world's most immature superheroes.
To celebrate the video release, we have an exclusive from the Blu-ray, a look at the test footage director Josh Trank shot in order to get the film made.
You can check out the clip above, and continue on after the jump for an interview with Trank.
In this week's Video Score, a landmark of French filmmaking in the 1990s hits Blu-ray in spectacular Criterion fashion. Plus, movies from this year are already coming out on video! We review the discs for "The Vow" and "Underworld: Awakening." We're breaking down the week's major Blu-ray and DVD releases all for you below!
Pick of the Week
"La Haine" (1995)
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Cast: Vincent Cassel
, Hubert Kounde
, Saïd Taghmaoui
While to most outsiders Paris seems the very picture of beauty and civility, France has had a long and unfortunate history of intolerance toward outsiders, and this powerful drama from filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz takes an unblinking look at a racially diverse group of young people trapped in the Parisian economic and social underclass.
"Underworld: Awakening" marked the return of Kate Beckinsale to her lead role as Selena, the vampiric Death Dealer from the hit action-horror series.
The fourth film in the series hits Blu-ray and DVD today, so in honor of the release, we have an exclusive look at a featurette from the disk.
Learn more about the film after the jump!
One of the biggest hits from the first half of the year and MTV Movie Awards nominee, "21 Jump Street" is now headed to Blu-ray and DVD on June 26 with an all-new unrated version of the movie.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star as two of the worst cops on the force. After a mishaps during an attempted arrest, the two officers are sent undercover as high school students to get to the bottom of a drug ring. The film originally opened to some of the year's best reviews and currently sits as the fourth highest grossing movie of the year.
The Blu-ray and DVD discs features a commentary track from the director and the cast, twenty-one deleted scenes and nine behind-the-scenes featurettes including a blooper reel and a look at Johnny Depp's cameo.
Learn more about the "21 Jump Street" Blu-ray and DVD after the jump and watch an extend R-rated trailer after the jump!
There are few things we love more than Michael Fassbender, but as we learned while watching "Haywire," seeing Gina Carano beat the crap out of him is truly something special.
To celebrate the release of "Haywire" on Blu-ray and DVD, we have an exclusive clip from the featurette "The Men of 'Haywire,'" starring none other than the Fassbender himself.
In the clip, Fassbender explains what he enjoyed most about the ultra-cool screenplay for the film. "What I like from the script is all the stuff that's not said, the intrigue," he says. "I got an old school espionage-type film, like an old spy thriller, going back to the early 80s, from what I can remember of my childhood. That's the feel I got from it, although it's set in a modern context."
In this week's Video Score, a bunch of Hollywood's biggest male actors get their butts handed to them by Gina Carano. "Haywire" was one of the year's biggest surprises, and it still packs a bunch on Blu-ray.
Plus, we have the rest of the week's biggest releases down below!
Pick of the Week
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Gina Carano
, Michael Douglas
, Michael Fassbender
Mallory Kane (Carano) is the woman the U.S. government calls on to take care of their dirty work. She's fast, efficient, and -- perhaps most important of all -- clean. But when Mallory makes the mistake of saving a Chinese journalist from certain death, she becomes an enemy to the very same government she once served.