The Digital Wire returns and is packing more DVD and Blu-ray announcements than usual. This week we’ve got a brain pan-searing cornucopia of summer blockbusters and offbeat indie flicks as well as a mammoth box set guaranteed to bring joy into the life of that Doctor Who fan close to your heart.
Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power. The cover art for certain titles has yet to be finalized.
A cult classic in the making, the action-horror-comedy Wolfcop has been announced for Blu-ray just in time for Halloween. Sadly it will only be available in HD in the U.K. for now. StudioCanal will release writer-director Lowell Dean‘s breakthrough feature on October 13, 2014 (a Monday, not a Friday) and the special features have not yet been revealed. Since it barely got any theatrical play Wolfcop requires one dandy disc to justify its purchase price and reach a wider audience on home video. You can pre-order the film on Blu-ray and DVD. Need another reason to buy Wolfcop? Check out this review by Geeks of Doom’s own FamousMonster!
Zack Braff‘s Kickstarter-funded indie dramedy Wish I Was Here didn’t make much of an impression on moviegoers, but it’s bound to do a bit better on video. Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release the film in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack on October 28, 2014. Extra features will include:
Feature Commentary with Co-Writer/Director/Producer Zach Braff and Co-Writer/Producer Adam Braff
Feature Commentary with Co-Writer/Director/Producer Zach Braff, Director of Photography Lawrence Sher, and Editor Myron Kerstein
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary with Co-Writer/Director/Producer Zach Braff, Director of Photography Lawrence Sher, and Editor Myron Kerstein
Directing While Acting
Aston Martin Dealership Outtakes
Wish I Was Here co-stars Kate Hudson, Joey King, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, and Ashley Greene and will be presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. If your Blu-ray collection is lacking in twee your prayers must have been answered.
Bong Joon-ho‘s dystopian sci-fi adventure Snowpiercer battled the dark forces of studio executives who wanted to cut its brains and gonads off to satisfy the less-demanding movie audiences in the heartland and went on to earn some respectable reviews and box office during its nationwide arthouse roll-out this summer. The film will be making its home video premiere courtesy of the Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay Home Entertainment on October 21, 2014. Extra features on the Blu-ray release will include:
Critics’ Audio Commentary Hosted By Scott Weinberg
The Train Brought To Life: Behind The Scenes Of A Special Screening
TRANSPERCENEIGE: From The Blank Page To The Black Screen
The Birth Of Snowpiercer
Concept Art Galleries
Chris Evans & Tilda Swinton On Snowpiercer
A DVD edition will also be available. Read FamousMonster’s review of Snowpiercer here.
Now that Peter Capaldi is firmly entrenched as the latest actor to assume the role of the whimsical Time Lord BBC Home Entertainment will be paying tribute to his predecessor in the form of the 16-disc Blu-ray box set Doctor Who: The Complete Matt Smith Years. The set will be released on November 4, 2014 and will include all five seasons featuring Smith as the Doctor including every Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor, and the 50th Anniversary Special The Day of the Doctor presented in both 3D and 2D. The 2013 television film An Adventure in Space and Time about the creation of Doctor Who will also be available in this set.
The Complete Matt Smith Years will come packaged in a collectible lay-flat book. By way of special features we can anticipate the 2013 Doctor Who Proms Concert, two episodes Sarah Jane Adventures featuring Smith, The Five(ish) Doctors, and more.
What exactly is Zombeavers, you might ask? The answer would obviously be a low-budget horror-comedy about undead beavers who decide to snack on some college kids vacationing in a cabin for the weekend when the taste of wood no longer satisfies their cravings. From the producers of Cabin Fever and The Ring, Zombeavers doesn’t have a Stateside home video release date yet but this demented genre hybrid will be making its way to Blu-ray and DVD on October 20, 2014 from Universal Studios UK. Special features will include deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and more yet to be announced. Both releases will be Region Free so they can be played on U.S. Blu-ray and DVD players.
The pleasingly retro sci-fi comedy Space Station 76 is coming to DVD only on September 30, 2014 after earning some mixed reviews on the film festival circuit. Starring Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, and Matt Bomer, 76 marks the feature directorial debut of actor Jack Plotnick (Wrong) and bonus features on the DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will include the “Zero Gravity: Making Space Station 76” behind-the-scenes featurette, outtakes, and deleted scenes.
Love it or hate it, Michael Bay‘s latest giant robot rampage extravaganza Transformers: Age of Extinction unsurprisingly became one of the biggest domestic and international box office blockbusters of the year and will be bringing its premium blend of mindless action and ceaseless sensory overload to home video on September 30, 2014 in both Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack and DVD editions. Extras on the Blu-ray combo pack will include:
Bay On Action — In-depth interview with Michael Bay about his vision and approach to the film’s mind-blowing action sequences.
Evolution Within Extinction:
Generation 2 — A look at where the fourth film picks up as we meet new faces – both man and machine – and a Transformers world after the Battle of Chicago.
Drive Like Hell — Two entirely re-envisioned models of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee appear in the film, along with an intimidating new nemesis, Lockdown, as a Lamborghini Aventador plus other incredibly cool cars including a sophisticated Bugatti Veyron and a sleek Pagani Huayra. Check them out and see how actor Jack Reynor learned how to drive his Sonic rally car for the intense chase sequences.
Small Town, Big Movie — When Transformers rolls into some small Texas towns, the normally quiet and picturesque countryside is suddenly alight with explosive action. Explore the different locations with members of the show’s art department and hear from robotics students whose designs appear as part of Cade’s lab.
Shadow Protocol Activated — Follow the production to Detroit with unprecedented access to GM’s Lansing plant and Milford Proving Grounds test track; watch an impressive indoor car chase created in an auto parts factory; return to Chicago where location managers discovered a historical movie theater that served as the backdrop for Cade’s fateful first encounter with Optimus Prime; and finally travel to Washington state and the unlikely site of a never-used nuclear power plant.
The Last Stand — A vacant lot in downtown Detroit is turned into a square block of Hong Kong. Watch as it literally takes shape from the ground up – then marvel as the crew blows it up piece by piece.
The People’s Republic — China plays an extremely prominent role in the film both on-screen and behind-the-scenes; in fact, four Chinese actors were chosen from thousands of applicants on a reality TV show to appear in the movie. In addition, the production traveled to Hong Kong, the beautiful valley of Wulong Karst National Park in Chongqing and the Great Wall in Beijing to capture breathtaking footage.
Rise of the DINOBOTS —Several new Transformers characters make their live-action debut in this film. Get a brief history of the new recruits and then go inside Industrial Light & Magic to see how they were designed and conceptualized for the film.
The Finishing Touch — Watch Michael Bay work like you’ve never seen him before. The director connects virtually with his Santa Monica headquarters, visits the editing bay and then checks in on the visual effects house in San Francisco—all from the comfort of his Miami home office. Also, get an in-depth look at the music contributions of Imagine Dragons as they collaborate with the film’s composer Steve Jablonsky. Finally, get exclusive red carpet access to the film’s world premiere in Hong Kong.
Just Another Giant Effin’ Movie — Discover the fun, frenetic and amazing way a movie like Transformers: Age of Extinction gets made.
A Spark of Design — Enjoy an exclusive look inside Hasbro’s creation of Transformers: Age of Extinction Stomp and Chomp Grimlock action figure from concept and development to sculpting and painting, and then ultimately to the assembly line.
T.J. Miller: Farm Hippie — Actor/comedian T.J. Miller never imagined he’d be part of a massively successful franchise like Transformers so he sets off to personally thank the people who made it possible. Come along as he visits Bay Films, gets some pointers from Kelsey Grammer, and even stops by Mark Wahlberg’s house in this funny piece.
Transformers: Take Us Through the Movies! — Optimus Prime will bring you up to speed on all of the Transformers movies one by one in this hilarious, animated short where the Transformers Kreon figures act out the movies while building and rebuilding each scene…brick by brick.
The Angry Birds Transformers: Origin Story — Bonus content tells the origin story of how the EggSpark has landed on Piggy Island causing the eggs on the island to turn into evil Egg-bots, wreaking havoc across the whole island. The EggSpark has also caused the Birds and Pigs to turn into Autobots and Deceptihogs, who must team up in order to stop the Egg-bots before it’s too late!
There will also be a 3D Blu-ray combo pack featuring all of the listed extras and the 3D version of the film will include expanded images as seen during IMAX screenings. Read FamousMonster’s scathing review of Age of Extinction here.
The grotesque comedy Tammy starring Melissa McCarthy in the title role cleaned up at the summer box office in the face of withering reviews and will be making millions more laugh or cringe in the comfort of their own homes beginning on November 11, 2014. The Blu-ray will feature an extended cut of the film and the following extras:
Tammy’s Road Trip Checklist
Tammy will also be available on DVD but only in the theatrical cut.
Out This Week
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – The Complete Seventh Season: Blu-ray|DVD
They Came Together: Blu-ray|DVD
Godzilla Vs. Megalon: Blu-ray
Cabin Fever – Patient Zero: Blu-ray|DVD
Those are the highlights of this week. Come back same time next week for more of the coolest home video news tidbits on the web.