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BRYAN’S BLURAY/DVD PICKS FOR THE 2ND WEEK OF JUNE!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 15th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here….

It’s a fairly good week for releases which includes Hall Pass, Unknown, Jackass 3.5, plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

Enjoy and Here We Go!!

BATTLE: LOS ANGELES (BLURAY+DVD)

Never got a chance to see this in the theater, but the posters and trailers for the film looked amazing.  However people have said a lot of negative things about the film.  When I read Roger Ebert’s review of the film, I never have heard Ebert so angry about a film before.  I believe he said the following about the film: “Young men: If you attend this crap with friends who admire it, tactfully inform them they are idiots. Young women: If your date likes this movie, tell him you’ve been thinking it over, and you think you should consider spending some time apart.”  So I ask you readers, what do you think??  Worth the purchase?

EXTRAS


  • Behind the Battle (HD, 7 min) — A faux making-of short which interviews cast and crew. With behind-the-scenes footage playing in the background, talks are mostly on the plot and the movie’s documentary style.

  • Aliens in L.A. (HD, 18 min) — A focused look at the influence and creation of the alien creatures, from CGI animation to physical props on the set. With more revealing behind-the-scenes footage playing throughout, the cast and crew also discuss the mix of on-location shoots versus green-screen optical effects.

  • Preparing for Battle (HD, 5 min) — The cast offers their thoughts on the physically demanding roles and the challenges certain stunts presented.

  • Creating L.A. in LA (HD, 6 min) — Just as the title reveals, filmmakers explain how various locations of Baton Rouge were renovated to look like Santa Monica after the alien invasion.

  • Command Control — A Picture-in-Picture track featuring various interviews. While cast and crew discuss their individual roles during production, some behind-the-scenes footage plays along with their comments. There are also storyboard comparisons, early CG animation work, and battle points. If you don’t feel like watching the movie in its entirety again, you can take a gander at the segments separately and one at a time.

  • Directing the Battle (HD, 7 min) — A brief discussion with Jonathan Liebesman on how he was entrusted to direct with glimpses of his video resume.

  • Boot Camp (HD, 10 min) — A day-in-the-life segment highlighting the military disciplining actors endured in preparation for their roles.

  • The Freeway Battle (HD, 5 min) — Quickly reveals how a key action sequence was done, from design to stunt coordination.

  • movieIQ — Sony’s Internet-based utility provides instant up-to-date access to cast and crew biographies, production details, trivia, and more. A video tutorial on how the feature works is provided on the menu.

  • BD-Live — The link takes you to Sony’s online portal, where you can view various trailers and access the Sony Pictures Blu-ray Club.

  • Movie Theme — For Playstation 3 owners, a theme background of the movie’s coverart is available for download. Remain on the console’s main menu and navigate over to the “Game” tab. Scroll down beneath the “Trophy Collection,” and there you will find the option to install the theme.
  • THE CINCINNATI KID (BLURAY)

    What a great film with the badass of actors from the golden era, Steve McQueen.  Also starring  the beautiful Ann Margret in this film about hustling and poker.  “Steve McQueen brings his cool fire to the role of the Cincinnati Kid, a small-timer eager to take his chances in high-stakes poker. He gets his chance. Regal, ruthless Lancey Howard (Edward G. Robinson), the elite gambler called the Man, accepts the Kid’s challenge. Norman Jewison (In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck) directs this taut exploration of back-room gaming, building suspense with each turn of a card. And Ann-Margret, Karl Malden, Rip Torn, National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Award winner Joan Blondell and many more comprise a full house of talent. Grab a chair and ante up.”  Looks amazing in HD.

    EXTRAS


    – Commentaries

    – Vintage Featurette

    – Trailer

    HALL PASS (BLURAY+DVD+DIGITAL COPY)

    Hall Pass is a genuinely funny movie at times.  I think it gets off track here and there, but most of the time it packs gut busting laughs, and that excellent raunchy Farrelly brother humor we have all come to known and love.  This film has a brilliant cast that includes, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis from SNL, Jenna Fischer from the Office, Christina Applegate, Stephen Merchant, and Richard Jenkins.  I have to say that Sudeikis is definitely the best and funniest actor in the entire film.

    EXTRAS


  • One deleted scene (HD, 5 min.) — This is one deleted scene with Richard Jenkins character which really didn’t add anything to the film.  Not that funny.

  • Gag Reel (HD, 2 min.) — A very short gag reel that is also not all that funny.  A few flubbed lines here and there, a plane flying by disturbing the scene, and etc.  Just okay.

    HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE: ULTIMATE EDITION (BLURAY)

    A re-release of the previous disc with more extras and a collectible booklet and card on two discs. “ Emboldened by the return of Lord Voldemort, the Death Eaters are wreaking havoc in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that new dangers may lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. He needs Harry to help him uncover a vital key to unlocking Voldemort’s defenses critical information known only to Hogwarts’ former Potions Professor, Horace Slughorn. With that in mind, Dumbledore manipulates his old colleague into returning to his previous post with promises of more money, a bigger office and the chance to teach the famous Harry Potter.”

    EXTRAS


    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ultimate Edition Includes over One Hour of Never-Before-Seen Bonus Content

    Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects
    In Harry Potter’s world, portraits come to life, potions transform, time reverses, Quidditch players soar, dragons attack and magic is everywhere. Explore the moviemaking magic that created the wizardry and wonder of the Harry Potter film series. Now, fascinating new insights, interviews and watch-it-happen footage let you experience the triumphs of technical wizards who conjured up an awe-inspiring alternate reality. Share the fun as Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson negotiate the moving stairs. Marvel as an oversized water tank transforms into the depths of the black lake for the Triwizard Tournament. Discover which amazing sequence was filmed entirely using computer-generated imagery. Watch as blue-and green-screen backgrounds transform into towering structures and endless landscapes. You don’t know the magic until you’ve seen Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects.

    DISC 1 – MOVIE Featuring Maximum Movie Mode. Daniel Radcliffe leads a unique, personal exploration of the movie while you watch! • Picture-in-Picture • Focus Featurettes • Scene Comparisons.

    DISC 2 – SPECIAL FEATURES
    Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects o Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Behind the Magic
    Additional Scenes in Hi-Def
    J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life: A Personal Look at the Journey in Creating and Launching the Final Book
    Close Up with the Cast of Harry Potter: Cast Members Are Your Personal Guides to Aspects of Moviemaking That Include Editing, Makeup, Stunt, Set Design, Props, Costumes and More!
    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Get a Sneak Peak at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort
    What’s on Your Mind?: Lightning-Round Q&A with Cast/Crew
    One-Minute Drills: Cast Members Sum Up Their Characters
    Gallery of Five Distinctive Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ABC Family Promo Spots
    Theatrical Trailers

    Collectibles include: 44-Page Book with Rare Images from Years 1-7
    Year 5 Lenticular Card,br> Limited Edition Character Cards: #11 Draco Malfoy & #12 Albus Dumbledore

    HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX: ULTIMATE EDITION (BLURAY)

    A re-release of the previous disc with more extras and a collectible booklet and card on two discs.  “Lord Voldemort has returned, but few want to believe it. In fact, the Ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to keep the wizarding world from knowing the truth – including appointing Ministry official Dolores Umbridge as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. When Professor Umbridge refuses to train her students in practical defensive magic, a select group of students decides to learn on their own. With Harry Potter as their leader, these students (who call themselves “Dumbledore’s Army”) meet secretly in a hidden room at Hogwarts to hone their wizarding skills in preparation for battle with the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters.”

    EXTRAS


    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ultimate Edition Includes over One Hour of Never-Before-Seen Bonus Content

    Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution
    Deeper. Bolder. Darker. As the eight Harry Potter films trace Harry’s journey from innocent schoolboy to selfless hero, the series undergoes a transformation. Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution – packed with exclusive content only available here – takes you along for every exciting step of the 10-year filmmaking odyssey. Join the four directors, key members of the crew and cast, including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, as they explore how the creative vision for the films evolved to maintain the integrity and increasing intensity of J.K. Rowling’s expansive literary series. From the ever-changing architecture of Hogwarts Castle and expanding landscape of the wizarding world, to the darkening color palette of each successive film, to the young actors maturing along with their characters, it is a wondrous and spectacular adventure to experience.

    DISC 1 – MOVIE with In-Movie Experience! Explore the People, Places, Creatures and the Moviemaking Magic Behind Them, All As You Watch the Movie

    DISC 2 – SPECIAL FEATURES
    Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Behind the Magic
    Building the Magic: The Sets of Harry Potter
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The Rebellion Begins
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Fulfilling a Prophecy
    Additional Scenes in Hi-Def
    Trailing Tonks: Natalia Tena (aka Nymphadora Tonks) Leads a Very Personal Film Set Tour
    Harry Potter: The Magic of Editing: Director David Yates and Editor Mark Day Show What a Difference a Good Edit Makes
    Theatrical Trailers

    Collectibles include:
    48-Page Book with Rare Images from Years 1-7
    Year 5 Lenticular Card
    Limited Edition Character Cards: #9 Luna Lovegood & #10 Dolores Umbridge

    INSIGNIFICANCE (CRITERION COLLECTION BLURAY)

    Criterion rolls out the red carpet out yet again for this one of a kind film.  From the director of ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ and ‘The Witches’ comes  ‘Insignificance’.  Basically you have look-a-likes of Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, Joe DiMaggio, and Joseph McCarthy who convene in a hotel room an interact with each other over the course of a night.  What a fantastic film.  It’s really good and it looks and sounds amazing.  I wonder if  this is what George Lucas is basing his upcoming project on.  Packed with amazing extras.

    EXTRAS


  • Making ‘Insignificance’ (HD, 14 min) – Provided in upscaled 1080i, this vintage making of featurette is unfortunately mostly disposable. Some interviews with the cast and filmmakers are included with lots of behind the scenes footage but the snippets provided are so short that they rarely offer much actual substance. Fans of Gary Busey’s recent reality TV insanity might be surprised to see him acting fairly normal here. That being said, he does offer one pretty entertaining line concerning the three things one needs to do in order to make it in show business.

  • Nicolas Roeg and Jeremy Thomas Interview (HD, 13 min) – Available in 1080p, this is a new interview with director Nicolas Roeg and his frequent producing partner Jeremy Thomas. The two briefly discuss the themes of the movie, the casting process, and their strategy for opening the story up visually from the original play. Though not the most comprehensive discussion about the film, it’s still worth a look.

  • Tony Lawson Interview (HD, 15 min) – Provided in 1080p, this is a pretty interesting new interview with editor Tony Lawson. He discusses working with various directors such as Sam Peckinpah, Stanley Kubrick, David Lean, and of course Nicolas Roeg and provides some insights on their differing approaches to editing. Most of the conversation is dedicated to his collaborations with Roeg with some clips from their previous effort ‘Bad Timing’ as well as ‘Insignificance’. Lawson goes into some detail on the latter, discussing the film’s unique treatment of time.

  • Theatrical Trailer (HD) – The film’s pretty horrible original theatrical trailer is presented in 1080i.
  • JACKASS 3.5 (DVD)

    I’ve been watching all the episodes on Joost for the past month or so and I must say, that all this new footage is great and just as funny as Jackass 3.  “ Crammed full of all-new content, this unrated and uncensored film showcases the legendary crew—including Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna, Ehren McGhehey, Dave England and Preston Lacy—performing never-before-seen stunts, outrageous pranks and other side-splitting antics. Prepare to cringe, wince and laugh out loud at Steve-O’s up-close and personal encounter with a snapping turtle, Chris Pontius’ wood pecker and stun gun limbo with the whole gang. Plus go behind-the-scenes and get an inside view of the paranoid life on set, an assortment of ideas that went ridiculously awry, and the successful prank that was finally pulled on Johnny Knoxville.”  AWESOME!

    EXTRAS


  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Jackass European Tour
  • Jackass: The Beginning
  • THE MAKIOKA SISTERS (CRITERION COLLECTION BLURAY)

    Not my favorite Kon Ichikawa film, but beautiful and poetic none the less.  It looks and sounds excellent and Criterion did a great job with the release.  “This lyrical adaptation of the beloved Japanese novel by Junichiro Tanizaki was a late-career triumph for world-class director Kon Ichikawa. Revolving around the changing of the seasons, The Makioka Sisters (Sasame-yuki) follows the lives of four sisters who have taken on their family’s kimono manufacturing business, over the course of a number of years leading up to the Pacific War. The two oldest have been married for some time, but according to tradition, the rebellious youngest sister cannot wed until the third, conservative and terribly shy, finds a husband. This graceful study of a family at a turning point in history is a poignant evocation of changing times and fading customs, shot in rich, vivid colors.”

    EXTRAS


  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Audie Bock

  • POINT BREAK (BLURAY)

    This is a re-issue, but damn if it isn’t one Keanu’s best films.  The director of this film won an oscar for directing ‘The Hurt Locker’.  Awesome huh??  “Kathryn Bigelow’s fourth action film follows FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) as he goes undercover to infiltrate a cache of Southern California surfers suspected of robbing banks. Utah, a former football player, is assigned to Los Angeles. There, four bank robbers, who wear rubber masks and call themselves “Ex-Presidents,” have executed a series of successful robberies which embarrassingly have the FBI stumped. Utah, and his partner Pappas (Gary Busey) suspect that the robbers are surfers and hatch a plan for catching them.”

    EXTRAS


  • 8 Deleted Scenes
  • 4 Featurettes (Adrenaline Junkies, It’s Make or Break, On Location: Malibu, and Ride the Wave)
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • VANISHING OF THE BEES (DVD)

    Get this film.  Ellen Page a.k.a Juno narrates the documentary about the world’s bee population and its decay.  This is a scary fucking scenario and it is actually happening.  Once there are no more bees, you can pretty much kiss your ass goodbye.  End of times shit.  We need to do something and do it now.  ”

    Honeybees, a keystone species vital to sustaining our ecosystem, are mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

    Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries, almonds and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that provide one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

    Narrated by Academy Award nominee Ellen Page, “Vanishing of the Bees” follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

    Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting opinions abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.

    Following the story for three years, directors George Langworthy and Maryam Henein chronicle the innermost thoughts and feelings of beekeepers and scientists as they fight to preserve the honeybee and make it through another day. Combining interviews from around the world, animation, 50’s educational films and breathtaking nature cinematography, George and Maryam present not just a story about Colony Collapse Disorder, but a platform full of solutions, encouraging audiences to be the change they want to see in the world.

    EXTRAS

    Special features include: “Honeybee Rescue” – how to remove a bee colony from your property without harming the bees and “Beekeeping in France” – which covers the history of beekeeping in France and the origin of the modern beehive, as well as an animated short film on the disappearance of honeybees by the film’s animator, Antanas Skukas, entitled Colony Collapse Disorder (An Unfinished Story).”

    SVEENER AND THE SHMIEL (DVD)

    I have never seen this film, but goddamn upon hearing about it, this is a MUST OWN.  Going by the amazon reviews which are all 5 stars by the way, this looks to be one crazy cult instant classic film.  I cannot wait to watch it.  Plus, don’t you want to own a film called ‘Sveener and The Shmiel’.  I mean this DVD could very well be displayed on my mantel as a conversation piece.  I can’t wait.  What I do know about the film is that two kids invent a machine that does some crazy shit.  So excited about this one.

    Well thats it for this week folks.  Stay tuned for next week.  Enjoy.

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