Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank talks about her time in the skies needed to portray Amelia Earhart (now on DVD/BD). And David Tennant, the 10th Doctor Who, is no longer taking appointments but the Time Lord is leaving the galaxy in fine Blu-ray style.
After taking home two Best Actress Academy Awards for her roles as Brandon Teena, a real-life transgendered rape and murder victim in 2000's Boys Don't Cry, and as the crippled, fictional female boxer Maggie Fitzgerald in director Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby (2004), 35-year-old Hilary Swank was determined on finding a script that would accurately depict the career and personal life of Amelia Earhart, hailed as “the Queen of the Air.” “Amelia Earhart had also been one of my idols while I was growing up,” the Bellingham, Washington-native recalls. “But, I wanted to make sure we found a script that really told her story – not just as an aviator but as a woman. Luckily, Mira Nair (the India-born of such films of Vanity Fair and Monsoon Wedding),had the same kind of idea for an Amelia Earhart bio for the big screen. “It was amazing because we had exactly the same thoughts about what the film should be about. We just knew we had to work together."
Hilary Swank & Richard Gere as George Putnam in Amelia
Ever since she began breaking aviation records in the early-1920s, Amelia Earhart – a woman, in an era where most females her age were content with being nothing more than housewives – was a heroine to most women on the planet, and she was a bold, classy, dame who wasn't afraid to cross boundaries that most of her male counterparts would never attempt. Ready to meet the high-flying icon? Experience the romance, struggle and triumph of legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart as she chases love and lives her dreams in the Mira Nair-directed Amelia, the big screen epic in which Swank portrays the legend of the blue skies. Determined and fearless, Amelia boldly flew into the annals of history with her solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Bound by ambition and love, her enduring marriage to George Putnam (Richard Gere) could not be broken by her determination to fly, or a secret passionate affair (Ewan McGregor). Equal parts gripping drama, stirring romance, epic adventure and heartbreaking mystery (when he plane is lost over the Pacific and she is never found) Amelia is one of those true stories of a great, legendary, groundbreaking woman that is sure to take your ever breath away and send your spirits soaring. During a small press gathering at one of the East Coast airfields that Amelia often flew into, a few months ago, Hilary Swank sat down to talk about everything from her passion for flying to applying freckles to her face every day.
What attracted you to a real-life character like Amelia Earhart? Why did you want to play such an iconic woman? “It was a role I wanted to play, mainly, because I think that she was such an incredible woman, who was so ahead of her time. She was certainly a pioneer. She was a wonderful role model to women — both in her time and still to this day. She had such tremendous strength in a man’s world, especially in that era, which was nearly impossible for most women to have.”
Did you have to learn anything about aircraft of the era? “I certainly did learn how to fly, because you can’t play Amelia Earhart and not learn how to fly. I learned to fly in a Cirrus, which is a new plane, but I did go up in the old aircraft — an open-cockpit plane, biplanes — which are very different and, interestingly enough, almost a little easier to fly than the ones that we now know with all the instrument panels that are very complicated. It was a lot of fun. I got to put the goggles on and the hat and the whole thing. It was really important to understand where her passion lies in flying.”
Did you get to fly an Electra?“No. During my training as a pilot, I flew down deeper in Southern California, where one of the Electras that is still running today is, but it was going through its yearly maintenance so I wasn’t able to go up in that. And the one we had, at the time we were filming, neither Mira (Nair, director) nor I was allowed to go up in an aircraft for insurance purposes.”
Are you taking flight lessons now? “I took flying lessons when I was learning to play Amelia Earhart, when I was doing my preparation”.
Hilary Swank & Amelia director Mira Nair
But after the movie was done, I read that you started to take classes… “No, I took classes when I was doing my preparation.”
So you’ve got your license?“To get your license, you have to fly solo, and obviously they weren’t about to let me do that. As it is, they didn’t want me to go in the plane to take flying lessons, and I just said I wouldn’t play Amelia unless I learned how to fly, so I do not have my pilot’s license. I’d like to get it, though, someday.”
Did you have any fear of flying?“None at all. Those types of things don’t scare me in a way that I get physically numb or something. They scare me, of course, like any normal person. Like an adrenaline rush type of scare. I’ve jumped out of planes, I’ve bungee-jumped… I’m kind of a daredevil at heart. But I’ve always, from as young as I could remember, when I understood what a plane was, I remember watching them and thinking, 'Where are they going?' And I’d daydream about all the places you could go, and I’d get maps and think about all the places I wanted to go. So flying, to me, was always something that I wanted to do. In fact, I did want to get my pilot’s license at some point one day. I just didn’t know that I would in order to play Amelia Earhart.”
Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart
Was it your passion for flying or your connection to the role that made you want to be an executive producer? “There was definitely that connection that I have with Amelia — the kindred spirit of being an adventurer, her love of travel, my love of travel, the desire to have a dream and follow that dream, that passion to see it through in any way you can… But that wasn’t really the complete picture that drew me to her, and this is something I didn’t actually know until I read the script and I started diving into my work, but the other thing that I found really intriguing about Amelia was that this was a woman who made no apologies for living her life the way she wanted. That was so ahead of her time, and also very difficult to do now. I think if she was living in 2009, that would be something that we’d all find challenging. I find that we’re having our lives, and all of a sudden we may stop and say, 'Wait a minute. This is what my parents want me to do.' Or, 'Oh, I’m doing this because my significant other has an idea that this is how my life should be.' And we kind of lose sight, somewhere along the way, of what our paths are. I feel like she was not afraid to live that life for herself, and I think that’s very brave and difficult.”
Was her greatest contribution – just pushing the technical boundaries of aviation, or was it more showing women they could do anything?“Great question. I think it’s both. I think she was living in a time when living your dream was something mostly men did. It wasn’t something that women did at all. Or if they thought about it, it was far-fetched. So she would go and speak at a lot of universities about, 'It’s great to have kids, it’s great to have a family, but you don’t have to do that because society wants you to do that. Go and pursue your career. Pursue your dreams. Pursue your desires before settling down so you can have the fullest, richest life imaginable.' So that was certainly something I thought was extraordinary in that era. But of course her achievements as an aviatrix were out there for us all to see. I don’t have to go on about what she did as a pilot. And what she did for aviation — her and Gene Vidal were really the two that created what we now know as the FAA today.”
Did you find the script at all deficient, with the technical background and the contribution that Gene and Amelia actually did give to the aviation industry? It seemed a little light in that area.“We’re talking about a woman who did achieve so much and had so much going on in her life that it’s hard to tell every facet of that person’s story in two hours or less. I think you got a good idea of her connection to Gene Vidal and what brought their friendship together. But there’s only so much you can tell. We could have made Gone With The Wind with a little story break, but…”
Did you always know you wanted to be an actress, or were there other professions you were interested in as well?“I think the very first thing I wanted to do was be an astronaut. That was at probably six, seven, and eight. And then at nine, a teacher of ours had us write this skit in front of the class and then perform it, and I remember performing it and something coming alive inside of me. I didn’t know at that time I could be a professional actor, and I had high hopes to still be an astronaut, but then I started doing theater and I recognized, at some point, 'Wow, people really do this and you can make a career out of this,' and I embarked on that journey.”
In addition to your flying lessons, how did you prepare mentally and physically for your role?“To me, I didn’t really see a lot of coincidences between Amelia and myself. In fact, I kind of shut the script and looked at the cover letter to make sure it was sent to the right actress. I thought, Wow, these are big shoes to fill. This is a daunting task for all of the reasons we just talked about and because she was this iconic image that we all know. There wasn’t fictional license that I had in order to play her. I couldn’t just play her as looking like myself or with long hair or the dark lips of the time, which is beautiful. It was very specific. So I got all the news reels on her I could, which there are 16 minutes of, and I studied them inside and out. The way Amelia spoke was very specific. The cadence in which she spoke was very specific. The period in that time, when people spoke like Katherine Hepburn, Amelia was so humble and didn’t sound as posh as that can sound. So figuring that out was really challenging. It took me over eight weeks. It was the most difficult accent I had to do in my career to date. So that was one. Studying her physically on those news reels was interesting as well. There’s about 45 seconds when she didn’t know the cameras were on, which was really revealing about how she spoke when it wasn’t heightened for publicity, which I found really helpful. And then, obviously, learning how to fly, which we spoke about. Then we get into the heart of who she was. There is so much literature on Amelia that you could spend years reading it, so it was really being picky about the things that I did choose to read.
Obviously, Susan Butler’s book was one of them, and Elgen Long’s book on where she disappeared and all the calculations that go into flying — learning about that, understanding her childhood, which I think really makes people. The core of who we are, I think, really comes from our childhood and our makeup. And trying to read between the lines, because she was a really private person in the end. Even with her friends, with the letters that are out there, the correspondence between her friends and her family were very private, and she stuck up for her family and her father, even though he was an alcoholic and later really broke up the family and ruined himself as well.”
How long did it take to get all the freckles on every day?“Good question. Just the freckles alone were probably a 15-minute process. There were different types of freckling that went into it.”
Blu-ray Bonus Features: Deleted scenes, “Making Amelia,” “The Power of Amelia Earhart,” “The Plane Behind the Legend,” “Re-constructing the Planes of Amelia” featurettes, Movietone News – news segments on the real Earhart and a Digital Copy.
David Tennant as Doctor Who at the TARDIS
Doctor Who's Last Appointments - The Final Doctor Who Serials, starring David Tennant, on Blu-ray & DVD
A creation of the BBC (British Broadcasting Company), the campy, off-beat and often ahead of it's time sci-fi series has been on English television in one form or another since 1963. Rebooted back into space in 2005 by British TV genius Russell T. Davies, after a lengthy ten-year hiatus, it became an instant hit in the U.K. Although Doctor Who has been on English TV in one incarnation or another during the last five decades or so, the series has gone through a number of actors to portray the extraterrestrial, galaxy-traveling Time Lords -- ten men to be exact. Without a doubt, Doctor # 10, played by David Tennant (who borrowed his last name from Pet Shop Boy singer Neil Tennant when he was informed by British Actors' Equity that someone was already using his real name, David MacDonald) has become the most popular Doctor and a cult star on both sides of the Atlantic (thanks in large part to the BBC creating cable off-shoots of its 24-hour programming in several other countries across the globe).
David Tennant as Doctor Who
Although Tennant has become one of the most popular Doctor Whos of all-time, much like his predecessors, his days of traveling through space and time in his English Police Call Box-resembling spaceship known as the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) must come to a close. To commemorate his final days before the Time Lord has to regenerate (basically taking on a whole new look), over the past year, the BBC has released four separate, critically-acclaimed Doctor Who serials (and a 4-serial set) on DVD and Blu-ray with Tennant in the Doctor's chair for the last time. The eleventh Doctor Who, Matt Smith, makes a brief appearance in the final moments of the last Tennant installment, The End Of Time, Part 2. So, get ready to celebrate the past five years while Tennant was at the helm of the TARDIS with these brilliantly fun and sometimes somber Doctor Who adventures.
Doctor Who: The Next Doctor
Christmas Eve, 1851, and the Cybermen stalk the snow of Victorian London. When the Doctor arrives and starts to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths, he's surprised to meet another Doctor (acclaimed film and stage actor David Morrissey) and soon, the two must combine forces to defeat the ruthless Miss Hartigan. But are two Doctors enough to stop the rise of the CyberKing? It I also during this alien encounter that the need for a government alien agency, known as Torchwood, is necessary for the safety of the empire. Bonus Feature: Doctor Who At The Proms
Doctor Who: Planet Of The Dead
When a London bus travels through a worm-hole to an alien world, the Doctor must join forces with the mysterious, aristocratic Lady Christina (Michelle Ryan, the star of the short-lived Bionic Woman redux) to help the unfortunate passengers, and themselves, get back home. But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets, hidden in the sand. They are creatures that can devour anything, and if they make it back through the worm hole to Earth, it could be disastrous. But, time is running out, as the deadly swarm gets closer... Bonus Feature: Extra: Doctor Who Confidential.
Doctor Who: The Waters Of Mars
Mars, 2059. Bowie Base One. Last recorded message: "Don't drink the water. Don't even touch it. Not one drop.” In one of the most terrifying installments of the series, the Doctor lands on the planet Mars at a base in peril. An infectious agent is transforming human visitors on their first trip to Mars into water-spewing beings. The Doctor thinks he knows what is the problem and could stop it. But there are certain events a Time Lord must never change or alter. But what is causing the space station's water to turn the researchers into monsters? Together with Adelaide Brooks (Lindsay Duncan) -- the base's commander-- the Doctor must defeat the seemingly unstoppable menace before it reaches Earth and wipes out all of mankind. Bonus Feature:Doctor Who Confidential.
Doctor Who: The End Of Time, Part One – Doctor Who: The End Of Time, Part One
It's the Tenth Doctor's final journey -- but his psychotoic nemesis, the Master, has been reborn on Christmas Eve. With both determioned to cheat death, the battle ranges from the wastelands of London to the mysterious Immortality Gate, meanwhile the alien race known as the Ood warn of an even greater danger approaching. This action-packed and chilling two-parter is the blockbuster finale of the tenth Doctor, David Tennant, written by Russell T. Davies, the mastermind behind the rebirth of the modern Doctor Who. As it appears the final days of the last Time Lord, Doctor Who, is quickly coming to an end, the Earth could be in its most perilous state yet. What can the Doctor do to save his beloved human race? The story will culminate in the dramatic regeneration of the Doctor, giving fans their first glimpse of the eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith. Bonus Features:Doctor Who: Confidential, deleted scenes, David Tennant Video Diaries, BBC Indents, audio commentary and Doctor Who At Comic-Con.
Doctor Who: The Complete Specials
(contains the Blu-rays and/or DVDs for the following Doctor Who Serials)
The Next Doctor
The Planet Of The Dead
The Waters Of Mars
The End Of Time, Parts 1 & 2Bonus Features: Doctor Who Confidential, Doctor Who At The Proms, Deleted Scenes With Introduction From Russell T. Davies, David Tennant Video Diaries, Doctor Who BBC Christmas Idents, Audio Commentaries and Doctor Who At Comic-Con.
David Tennant as Doctor Who
While on hiatus from her starring role on the cable hit series Damages, Aussie golden girl Rose Byrne took time away from working on legal briefs and courtroom appeals to star in this unique and challenging love story. Alongside English leading man Hugh Dancy (Confessions Of A Shopaholic), Byrne portrays a woman who becomes romantically involved with a man with a challenging medical problem. A heartfelt and touching romantic comedy, Adam was the winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize – which is awarded to a film which excels in addressing compelling topics in science or technology – at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. And, Adam deserves it. Hugh Dancy delivers an unforgettable performance as a charming, handsome young man with Asperger's Syndrome (a mild form of Autism) who falls in love with a brainy, beautiful teacher Beth (Byrne). A lighthearted and moving tale, Adam features an insightful and sincere look at a unconventional and bittersweet account of love from a different perspective. It's a delightful and uplifting romantic story about two strangers in search of an extraordinary connection. However, the film does ask one big, important question: can true love survive when two very different worlds collide? With assured direction from filmmaker Max Mayer and a script packed with poignant humor, this captivating romance proves that a seemingly mismatched pair of hearts can soar amongst the stars. Also starring Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving and Frankie Faison, Adam is a passionate and heartwarming romantic comedy you shouldn't miss. Bonus Features: Commentary by writer/director Max Mayer and producer Leslie Urdang, deleted dcenes and alternate scenes. “Creating Adam Behind the Scenes” featurette and FOX Movie Channel Presents: “Life After Film School with Rose Byrne” featurette.
Dynasty - Fourth Season: Volume 2
Barely halfway through the decade-long run of producer Aaron Spelling's prime time soap opera that dominated the airwaves throughout the 1980's, Denver's ruthless business woman Alexis Carrington (brought to life with flair and style by Joan Collins) would meet her most witty, clever and well-dressed counterpart – a woman who wasn't afraid of Alexis and surely wasn't about to take a single bit of guff from the English fireball – the exquisite, gorgeous “saloon singer” Dominique Deveraux, exquisitely portrayed by legendary actor/singer Diahann Carroll (now a recurring characvter on White Collar). The soon-to-be-revealed half-sister of Blake (John Forsythe) and the wife of an equally smart business man (Billy Dee Williams), Carroll would finish off the 1984 season by revealing several shocking secrets, Alexis and Fallon's former himbo, Mark Jennings, is murdered, Claudia begins to lose more than just her way, Alexis jets off to Hong Kong to sabotage one of Blake's biggest deals yet and Pamela Sue Martin would exit the show forever as Fallon Carrington, as well as Kathleen Butler as Kirby.And, we still have six more seasons to go. You ain't seen nothing yet. Heck, you've still got the Moldavaian wedding massacre to look forward to. Campy, crazy, fun and a true prime time viewing guilty pleasure, there will never be another TV gem like the Richard and Esther Shapiro created series. Honestly, how would we have made it through the '80s without following the exploits of the Carringtons and Colbys, both “oil rich” family dynasties in Denver, as they accrue and manipulate power and wealth? And if nothing else, you need to pick up this DVD because it climaxes in a mud-slinging between Alexis and Krystle (Linda Evans) season finale that even stuns Alexis.
Beverly Hills 90210 - The Complete Ninth Season
By the show's 1998-1999 season, as they approached being on prime time for close to a decade, iconic cast members Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Brian Green, Luke Perry, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Daniel Cosgrove, Vanessa Marcil and Vincent Young – better known as the West Beverly gang – had long left the confines of high school life and had matured into college students and beyond. With the show no longer simply focusing on their lives on and off campus, the characters were able to face new challenges as they continued to grow and discover more about themselves and their personal ambitions. As their worlds evolved, old friendships were tested as new relationships developed, but no matter how complicated their worlds became (from Noah's drinking problem to Kelly's love triangle), they always seemed to share in their combined strengths and experiences. Although the ensemble drama about coming-of-age, young adults was set in ritzy and glamorous Beverly Hills, as far back as Season One, viewers were not all that dazzled by the opulent surroundings, they were more fell in love with the series' blend of romantic drama and growing up since they were subjects that crossed all cultural boundaries. With the repeat success of the new, upgraded version of 90210, it's a story that will obviously never grow old.
The Wolf Man: The Universal Legacy Series
“Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.” Who could ever forget the small, ominous gypsy woman utter these words to Lon Chaney, Jr. when he is attack by a hairy beast in the 1941 George Waggner-directed The Wolf Man classic? No one can. With Benicio del Toro about to transform into his own version of a hal-man, half-wolf in the upcoming remake of The Wolf Man in a couple of weeks, the original, legendary and unforgettable celluloid lycan (Lon Chaney. Jr.) is back and he's howling better than ever. For the first time ever, the original The Wolf Man film is now a part of the extraordinary Legacy DVD Collection from Universal. Included in the collection is a remastered, technically flawless version of the original film, starring the renowned Lon Chaney Jr., and three timeless sequels, featuring legendary actor Bela Lugosi and others. The Wolf Man, along with the original pre-WWII versions of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Phantom Of The Opera and The Mummy, are landmark films that inspired an entire genre of movies and continue to be major influences on motion pictures to this day. Bonus Features: “A Monster In The Moonlight” documentary about the making of the film, “The Wolf Man Archives” showcases original publicity and advertising materials, “Trailer Gallery” contains original trailers for several classic werewolf films, “Feature Commentary with Film Historian Tom Weaver,” “The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth,” “Pure Of Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney, Jr.” and “He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art Of Jack Pierce” featurettes and “Universal Horror” documentary narrated by Kenneth Branagh.
When you put together Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart, two of Hollywood's most attractive, talented and sexy stars, what do you think will happen? Love, you dummy – Love Happens. Regardless of what kind of story you put the duo in, perfect romantic chemistry instantly occurs when you pair Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart together. A poignant and deep romantic drama, Love Happens, features Echart as self-help author Dr. Burke Ryan, a widower who arrives in Seattle to teach a sold-out audience how to improve their lives during one of his successful seminar. However, while in Seattle, Dr. Ryan (who always seems lonely and in a perpetual funk) unexpectedly bumps in Eloise Chandler, a florist (Aniston) and someone who might turn out to be the right person able to help him help himself. But, the doctor doesn't think he needs any help, and Eloise isn't looking for Mr. Right or Mr. Wrong. She thinks she's happy just the way she is. So, will two (hardheaded) people who may have met the right person at exactly the wrong time be able to give love a chance? If they can, they'll find that sometimes, when you least expect it – guess what? Love happens. (Also on DVD)]Bonus Features::Deleted scenes, “Giving Romance a New Look” featurette, feature commentary with director/co-writer Brandon Camp, producer/co-writer Mike Thompson and executive producer Richard Solomon.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete Sixth Season
A groundbreaking and award-winning comedy series that distinguished itself as a creative pioneer during its run, the James L. Brooks created comedy became one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed shows in television history, A multi-award winning series, Brooks' (The King Of Prime Time) Mary Tyler Moore Show will always be consider another of his prime time classics. Join all of your favorites from the WJM-TV newsroom – Mary Tyler Moore, Gavin MacLeod, Edward Asner, Ted Knight and Betty White – for the hilarious, heartfelt Season Six of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, another year that turned the world on with a smile! In Season Six – which originally aired during the the 1975-1976 season – love is still all around, but while the ever-independent Mary (Moore) falls head over heels and rekindles an old flame, the levelheaded Murray (MacLeod) pines away for a secret love of his own. And that's just the beginning – from Lou's (Asner) outrageously unlikely date with Sue Ann to Ted (Knight) and Georgette's uproarious wedding, it's time to share the love, the lunacy, and the laughter with all of the gang in this timeless, Emmy Award-winning classic. For hardcore fans of the show, the 3-disc set of Season Six contains all 24 of the season's episodes, including the single most acclaimed and long considered best single show from The Mary Tyler Moore Show – the gut-busting, giggle-filled “Chuckles Bits The Dust” episode.
Air Bud: Golden Receiver Special Edition
Ready to gather the wife and kids around the HD screen for a night of fun and family laughs. Now you can kick off your all-star family fun with the surprisingly heartwarming Air Bud: Golden Receiver Special Edition, featuring exclusive all-new bonus action – Sports Channel play-by-play quarterbacked by the Buddies! The kids (and the youngster in you) will love it! This time out, Buddy, the hoop-shooting, hotshot canine, tackles a new sport – football. When his teenage owner reluctantly becomes the school’s new quarterback, Buddy catches the spirit and joins the team. Soon, the two find themselves leading the Timberwolves to the state championship. But victory hopes are sidelined when two sinister circus owners (take a wild guess from where) from Russia take a bite out of everyone’s plans and dognap Buddy for their star attraction. A fun and hilarious family treat, you can give three cheers for this laugh-filled movie that goes the whole nine yards for outrageous fun and adventure. Bonus Features: “The Buddies Sports Channel” featurette – Join Budderball in the broadcasting booth as he and the rest of the Buddies, B-Dawg, Mudbud, Buddha and Rosebud, review the instant replay on the amazing football career of their dad, Air Bud and, while supplies last, moms and dads better run out and get their son or daughter their very own Air Bud Sport Whistle Necklace.
Universal Soldier: Regeneration
What do you do to revive a once platinum-plated career nearly obliterated by booze, broads, bad scripts and every over-excess imaginable? You come clean, apologize and film a fairly decent fictionalized bio flick like JCVD. It's done the trick for Jean-Calude Van Damme. Just when everyone had written off as a has-been, the former Muscles From Brussels had resurrected his once flourishing action adventure movie career and is back in the Hollywood fast track. In Regeneration, his latest Universal Soldier sequel, JCVD reminds us what made him a movie star in the first place. With stolen top-secret technology, terrorists have created a next-generation Universal Soldier -- an elite fighter genetically altered into a programmable killing machine. With this "UniSol" (Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski) leading the way, they seize the crippled Chernobyl nuclear reactor, threatening to unleash a lethal radioactive cloud.The only one who can stop them is Luc Deveraux (Van Damme), a UniSol who's been decommissioned for years. Reactivated and retrained, Deveraux must make a full-out assault on the heavily armed fortress. But inside, he'll discover not one but two of these virtually indestructible warriors. Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren), Deveraux's vicious UniSol enemy from the original Universal Soldier, has been secretly reanimated and upgraded. Now, these elite fighters are locked, loaded and programmed to kill; and the fate of millions hinges on this high-action showdown. Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren and Andrei Arlovski in a John Hyams-directed actioner, how can you really go wrong? (Also on DVD). Bonus Features – Blu-ray: Dolph Lundgren and director commentary, a “Behind-The-Lines” featurette and Movie IQ.
Ong Bak 2: The Beginning – Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior (on Blu-ray)
Martial arts master Tony Jaa stars in and co-directs the epic tale of revenge, Ong Bak 2: The Beginning – an Official Selection at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival and at South By Southwest – now on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray (and a part of the Six Shooter Film Series). Set hundreds of years in the past, the prequel to Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior follows the journey of an orphaned boy trained to be a killer and prophesized to conquer an empire. Versed in countless forms of weaponry and martial arts, he is an earth shattering force to be reckoned with who is hell bent on avenging the murder of his parents. Ong Bak 2 showcases a wide range of martial arts styles as Jaa flies through the air defying the laws of gravity and performing his own jaw-dropping stunts, proving Tony Jaa is inarguably one of the most innovative and fearless martial artist in movies today. (Also on DVD). Bonus Features – Blu-ray: Alternate cut of the film, three “Making-of” featurettes, three behind-the-scenes features, “HDNet: A Look at Ong Bak 2,” interviews with cast members including Jaa & exclusive footage from the upcoming Ong Bak 3.
ONG BAK: THAI WARRIOR - The original martial arts phenomenon finally makes it debuts on Blu-ray. In a bone-crunching, visceral battle, Jaa stuns audiences as a young man who infiltrates Bangkok's seedy underworld and takes on a series of lowlifes in his quest to retrieve the sacred Buddha head stolen from his village. Featuring elaborate and eye-popping martial arts enhanced in high-definition all performed without the aid of stunt doubles, wires or computer graphic enhancements, Ong-Bak packs a punch that sets the new gold standard for hand-to-hand combat in action cinema. Written and directed by Prachya Pinkaew, Ong-Bak features Jaa in an amazing performance that secures his reputation as one of cinema's most incredible martial artists with action that rivals the awe-inspiring stunts found in acclaimed imports such as Hero and House Of Flying Daggers. Bonus Features – Blu-ray: “The Movements Of Muay Thai” featurette, Rap Music Video With Tony Jaa, Live Tony Jaa Performance and a promotional spot featuring The RZA of The Wu-Tang Clan.
The House Of The Devil
A creaky Victorian mansion, a graveyard, a lunar eclipse and a pretty college girl: all the elements of classic '80s horror are back -- with a modern twist -- in The House Of The Devil. Hot. young writer-director Ti West (Cabin Fever 2) sets his tale in the early 1980s and he creates an old-school atmosphere of dread and satanic panic that rivals the best of that classic era of shockers; the less-is-more approach has been embraced by new audiences, as proven by a phenomenal success starring cult figures Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov. Fans of recent blood curdling films such as Paranormal Activity and scare classics like When a Stranger Calls and Halloween know that nothing good ever happens when a girl takes a babysitting job. But what fresh new terror awaits the innocent sitter when there aren't even any children to watch? The House Of The Devil has a classic, deceptively simple set-up. Samantha (Jocelin Donahue), a pretty college sophomore, needs to come up with extra cash to pay the rent in her new apartment. She accepts a babysitting job from Mr. Ulman (Tom Noonan), a tall, creepy man who lives in a gloomy old house located next to a cemetery in the woods. Samantha soon learns that Ulman and his wife (Mary Woronov) don't even have a child, but Ulman explains that he simply needs Samantha to keep an eye on his elderly mother-in-law while he and his wife go out to celebrate the lunar eclipse. As the night goes on, old noises in the big house begin to unnerve Samantha. What is really going on with the unseen old woman secured away upstairs? What are the Ulmans really up to out in the woods in the dead of night? And what's with that other weird Ulman family member, Victor (AJ Bowen), who's lurking around the old house with mysterious intentions? The only thing that becomes clear to the increasingly terrified Samantha is that she may not make it to sunrise alive. (Also on DVD) Bonua Features – Blu-ray: Feature-length commentary with writer, director, editor Ti West and actress Jocelin Donahue, Commentary with West, producers Larry Fessenden and Peter Phok, and sound designer Graham Reznick; “In The House of the Devil[” and “Behind the House of the Devil” featurettes, theatrical trailer and deleted scenes
Batman: The Brave And The Bold, Vol. 3
Once again, Batman (the voice of Diedrich Bader) isn't going at it alone. Everyone knows that by himself the Caped Crusader is more than any villain can handle, but when he has other heroes from across the DC Universe by his side, there is no chance of taking him down. So, our caped crusader is teamed up with heroes from across the DC Universe, delivering nonstop action and adventure with a touch of comic relief. From Aquaman (John DiMaggio), Green Arrow (James Arnold Taylor), Blue Beetle (Will Friedle), Red Tornado (Corey Burton) to Plastic Man (Tom Kenny) as Plastic Man and countless others get a chance to uphold justice alongside Batman. Though still based in Gotham, Batman frequently find himself outside city limits, facing situations that are both unfamiliar and exhilarating. With formidable foes around every corner, Batman will still rely on his stealth, resourcefulness and limitless supply of cool gadgets to bring justice home. And while Batman: The Brave and the Bold has been extremely popular on Cartoon Network with its combination of drama and comic relief – the show is one of the top-rated programs among boys 6-11 – but it's not just for kids.-- men, 18-49, watch it all the time. Batman is for everybody.
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Last King Of Scotland
The film that made U.K. actor James McAvoy an international star (Wanted, Atonement) and scored Forest Whitaker a Best Actor Oscar that was longtime a comin', the Kevin MacDonald-directed The Last Kind Of Scotland is a captivating biopic about one of the most brutal dictators since Hiter. Inspired by real people and events, the gripping, suspenseful stunner, The Last King Of Scotland stars Forest Whitaker in his Academy Award-winning performance as the notorious Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Amin's incredible story is told as seen through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), a young Scotsman who becomes the volatile leader's personal physician, due in part to Amin's unexpected passion for Scottish culture. Amin even proclaims himself "The Last King of Scotland." Seduced by his charisma and blinded by decadence, Garrigan's dream life becomes a waking nightmare of betrayal and madness from which there is no escape. Bonus Features: Seven deleted scenes with optional commentary from director Kevin MacDonald, “Forest Whitaker: Idi Amin” featurette, “Capturing Idi Amin” documentary and Fox Movie Channel Presents Casting Session - The Last King Of Scotland.
Walk The Line
Reese Witherspoon, in her Academy Award winning performance as June Carter, and Joaquin Phoenix, in his Oscar nominated role star in the critically acclaimed Johnny Cash chronicle, Walk The Line, sounds and looks the way they did in the theater – brilliant! Singer. Rebel. Outlaw. Hero. With his driving freight-train chords, steel-eyed intensity and a voice as dark as the night, the legendary "Man in Black" revolutionized music -- and forged his legacy as a genuine American icon. Phoenix (Gladiator) and Witherspoon (Election) star (and sing) as Johnny Cash and June Carter in this inspiring true story of one man's unwavering devotion to his sound, his message and the greatest love of his life. Bonus Features: Directors commentary by James Mangold, “More Man in Black: 10 Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director James Mangold. extended musical sequences, “Rock and Roll Ruby,” “Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash, Reese Witherspoon as June Carter,” “Cocaine Blues Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash,” “Folsom, Cash and the Comeback,” “Celebrating the Man in Black: The Making of Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire: The Passion of Johnny and June” feaurettes.
To Live and Die in LA
In this prequel to The Silence Of The Lambs and the subsequent Hannibal Lector films, William L. Petersen (CSI) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) face off in a deadly game of cat and mouse in this riveting action-thriller, To Live and Die in L.A. Full of flash, style and grit, this raw tale of corruption and revenge features one of the most harrowing car chases ever caught on film and a shockingly explosive ending. Federal Agent Richard Chance (Petersen) has a score to settle, and he's through playing by the rules. Whether that means blackmailing a beautiful parolee, disobeying direct orders or hurtling the wrong way down a crowded freeway, he vows to take down a murderous counterfeiter (Dafoe) by any means necessary. But as the stakes grow higher, will Chance's obsession with vengeance ultimately destroy him? Bonus Features: Blu-ray Disc Feature Film & Standard DVD Feature Film, deleted scenes and alternate ending featurettes. “Counterfeit World: The Making of To Live And Die In L.A.” documentary, audio commentary by director William Friedkin and photo gallery.
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
In director Terry Gilliam's cinematic take on writer Hunter S. Thompson's best-selling, wild, drug-induced writing “trip” to Las Vegas – a crazy writing assignment as journalist Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his sidekick Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) to Sin City, the two decide to make it the ultimate business trip. But before long, business is forgotten and trip has become the key word. Fuel by a suitcase full of min-bending pharmaceuticals, Duke and Gonzo set off on a fast and furious ride through nonstop neon, surreal surroundings and a crew of the craziest characters ever (including cameo appearances by Cameron Diaz Christina Ricci, Gary Busey and many others). But no matter where misadventure leads them, Duke and Gonzo discover that sometimes going too far is the only way to go. Bonus Features: Deleted scenes, Spotlight On Location, D-Box Motion Enabled and BD-Live!