Spring is in the air, and so are love and an increased pollen content. After you finish wiping your runny eyes and plugging up those dripping nostrils, check out this week’s edition of The Digital Wire. Now if you’ll excuse me, I just sneezed all over my laptop screen. Gross.
Below you’ll find info on several future DVD and Blu-ray releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon, as well as a list of titles coming out this week.
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment has set a release date of May 26, 2015 for the release of the long-delayed fantasy adventure Seventh Son on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD. Starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington and Olivia Williams, the Sergei Bodrov-directed feature will arrive on home video with a few supplements of interest:
Defenders of Good
Resurrecting the Wicked
Forging a Medieval Realm
The Legend and Lore of the Seventh Son
Visual Effects Gallery
Speaking of films that suffered from long delays, the politically-themed romantic comedy Accidental Love was almost literally dumped on the world via an unexceptional VOD release and reviews that have already earned it a place on most critics’ Worst Films of the Year lists. Lockheed Martin couldn’t have manufactured a more destructive bomb. Original director David O. Russell shot the majority of the film several years under the title Nailed, but budgetary issues and creative conflicts lead to the prolific filmmaker taking a hike. His directorial credit was replaced by a pseudonym, but stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Biel, Catherine Keener, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan and James Brolin were unfortunately not permitted the luxury of having their names – and faces – replaced or plain outright deleted from the movie. Russell left the movie unfinished so it was completed without his input in order for the producers and financiers to recoup some, if any, of their losses. Curious viewers will get the chance to judge for themselves when Alchemy releases Accidental Love on Blu-ray on April 28, 2015. Extra features have yet to be announced, but I wouldn’t hold out for a director or cast commentary track.
As further proof that they must be the greatest home video label in the world, Shout! Factory has announced that they are finally bringing Penelope Spheeris‘ seminal 1981 punk rock documentary The Decline Of Western Civilization and its two sequels – 1988’s The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years and 1998’s The Decline Of Western Civilization Part III (the latter of which has never been released on VHS or DVD) – to Blu-ray and DVD for the first time ever. The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection will be available for sale beginning June 30, 2015. In addition to each film receiving a new 2K high-definition scan supervised by director Spheeris, the box set will also include some new and archival bonus features:
Audio Commentary By Dave Grohl
Tawn Mastrey Of KNAC Interviews Penelope Spheeris
Never-Before-Seen Original Footage, Performances and Interviews
Mark Toscano Of The Academy Film Archive Interviews Penelope Spheeris
40-Page Booklet Featuring Rare Stills And Text By Domenic Priore
Less than two months after it premiered to withering reviews and blockbuster box office, the overhyped erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey is being released on Blu-ray and DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment on May 8, 2015. The Blu-ray will include theatrical and unrated cuts of the film along with tons of bonus features:
Alternate Ending to the Film
The World of Fifty Shades of Grey: Discover the artistry involved in creating everything Fifty Shades of Grey, including in-depth profiles of stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, and the characters they play:
CHRISTIAN GREY: Inside the world of Christian Grey and what makes him so magnetic and mysterious
CHRISTIAN GREY PROFILE: Illustrated with film clips: Who is Christian Grey?
JAMIE DORNAN PROFILE: Meet the actor behind the iconic character
CHRISTIAN’S APARTMENT: Living room, dining room, bedroom, bathroom and the Red Room
CHRISTIAN’S WARDROBE: A look into Christian’s wardrobe
A RICH MAN’S TOYS: Christian’s cars, plane, helicopter, and other elements from the book, now on screen
ANA: Discovering Ana and what makes her so compelling and relatable
ALL ABOUT ANA: Learn more about the Ana character
DAKOTA JOHNSON PROFILE: Meet the incredible actress behind Anastasia Steele
ANA’S WORLD: Beginning with her life as college student to her transformation into a woman living a life of luxury with Christian Grey
ANA’S WARDROBE: A look into Ana’s wardrobe
The World of Fifty Shades of Grey—Friends and Family: Profiles of cast members including Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Marcia Gay Harden, Luke Grimes, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk and Rita Ora
Behind the Shades: Follow alongside director Sam Taylor-Johnson, producers E. L. James, Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, actors Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson and the rest of the cast through the making of the movie, including a candid discussion about the most challenging aspects of the story
E.L. James & Fifty Shades: A chat with the creator of “Fifty Shades,” discussing the history of the novel and the experience making the film. Follow the author at the Premiere screening in New York and come full circle as the film is released to the fans.
Fifty Shades: The Pleasure of Pain: A discussion with the BDSM consultant and a show-and-tell with property master
360° Set Tours of Christian and Ana’s apartments including the Red Room
Music Videos from Skylar Grey, The Weeknd and Ellie Goulding
Behind the Scenes of The Weekend’s “Earned It” Music Video
Last week it was announced that a 20th anniversary edition Blu-ray of Apollo 13 was being released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment on June 2, 2015. Since that announcement Universal has confirmed that this edition will feature a new 4K high-definition remaster of the film created using original 35mm film elements. Now I have to own this.
Out This Week
The Imitation Game: Blu-ray|DVD
Gravity (Diamond Luxe Edition): Blu-ray
Hoop Dreams: Blu-ray|DVD
The Lucio Fulci Collection (City of the Living Dead/The House by the Cemetery/The New York Ripper): Blu-ray
The Dario Argento Collection (The Cat O’Nine Tails/Deep Red/Inferno): Blu-ray
Day of Anger: Blu-ray
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.