"Mad Max" Trilogy Finally Assembles on Blu-ray

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George Miller's Mad Max trilogy, starring Mel Gibson as a lonesome street cop in a post-apocalyptic era, is one often overlooked as even having three entries thanks to few people remembering that the second chapter in the story usually omits the Mad Max moniker from its title completely, going instead by the vaguer, less identifiable The Road Warrior. And that's assuming you even got past the moody first chapter, which is far from the easiest action film to digest, especially when compared to its sequel which is, at its core, everything everyone remembers as being the standard of the trilogy (cars, violence, post-apocalyptic wastelands) even if they don't remember its name. It's Mad Max minus the contemplative, eerie tone. Both of these have been out on Blu-ray for years now, but the third installment in the saga, Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome, is just now gearing up for its HD run. And it's about damned time.

Arguably the most fun (and therefore) best film of the Mad Max trilogy, Beyond the Thunderdome's Blu-ray release means Warner Brothers can finally release them on June 4th as a complete set. As of yet, though, no details have surfaced on the set's extras.

Feb
25
2013
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Looks Like "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" Is Finally Getting Spidey's Eyes Right

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To the credit of Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man, the costume for Spidey looked like a spandex suit with a worn down basketball texture colored with a sporadic splash of blue and red. The eyes looked like the lenses of Oakley sunglasses popped up and mounted to said costume, and the suit-wide webbing design was barely visible. It looked like a teenager could make it, and that was kind of the point. And while that worked perfectly for the story of a teenage Spidey (Andrew Garfield) getting his bearings as a superhero, it seems The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will see a revamped suit which, according to today's new picture, promises to give fans the classic Spider-Man look, even moreso than Raimi's trilogy. How? It's all about the rounded white eyes - it's remarkable how much of a difference that makes.

Check out the full image, including a little bit of torso, below.

Feb
25
2013
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It's the Funniest Three-Way You'll Ever Win...

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...unless you live in Clownsterdam, Germany. Some crazy shit happens there. Anyways, you're probably pretty happy with your life, we'll just give you the benefit of the doubt on that one. You could be happier though, I mean, couldn't we all stand to be a little bit happier? And instead of gorging yourself on some chocolate to release those precious endorphins that send you off to mental bliss, why not pursue something with a few less calories - like comedy? That's right, none of the calories and all of the endorphins. It's a win-win. Unless you really like chocolate. The chocolate substitute we're proposing is comedians Chris Hardwick, Anthony Jeselnik, and Amy Schumer and their latest respective stand-up DVD releases.

To get those endorphins flowing we're giving away a three-pack which includes Chris Hardwick's Mandroid, Anthony Jeselnik's Caligula, and Amy Schumer's Mostly Sex Stuff, so if you want to get your hands on this endorphin-releasing set, just keep reading.

Feb
21
2013
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WB Announces "Cloud Atlas" Blu-ray Box Art

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Though you won't see it as an option on Academy Awards ballots in very many categories, Cloud Atlas represented a highly ambitious storytelling endeavor on the part of Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. It's the kind of film that requires viewers to really invest in the story they're watching and spend time understanding what they're seeing on the screen and how everything connects, and consequently it might have been a bit more work than many moviegoers were willing to put into a viewing experience (at least one where they were shelling out $15 per ticket for a one-time shot at a film that's best viewed multiple times). For that reason Cloud Atlas actually makes more sense as a home video release where you can spend time poring over the film's narrative details over and over and gain a deeper appreciation for the worlds and epochs inhabited by varying iterations of Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.

Warner Brothers has now released the box art for the upcoming May 14th Blu-ray release of Cloud Atlas, so if you're curious, check it out below.

Feb
21
2013
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We'd Like to Introduce You to David Geffen, Via DVD at Least

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It's easy to forget sometimes just how intertwined all the various entertainment industries, from music to movies and beyond, really are, but no story better sums up how success in one can lead to a media empire throughout than that of David Geffen. His work in the music industry saw him pioneer labels for bands held dear by many today, like the Eagles, and led him to become one of the three men behind the increasingly stalwart Dreamworks which most would recognize as the studio behind Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and more.The tale of his success is told exceptionally well in the feature-length PBS documentary American Masters: Inventing David Geffen and it's worth watching even if you have little in the entertainment biz at all - it's just that good of a story.

To help you get better acquainted with Mr. Geffen, we're giving away a copy of the documentary on DVD, and if you want to find out how you can win it, just keep reading.

Feb
21
2013
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The Next Best Thing to "Being Human"? Winning "Being Human" on Blu-ray

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It takes a well-written series to ensure that the premise of a ghost, a vampire, and a werewolf living in the same house doesn't just become a really bad "Monster Mash" joke, and for the most part both the original British series and the SyFy adaptation of Being Human have managed to do just that, albeit each in their own way. With it's third season just recently begun, you still have time to get caught up on the second season without having too big of a backlog of the current season's episodes on your DVR (or however you watch it). Being the pro-werewolf-vampire-ghost-co-habitation humans that we are, we encourage people to keep up with Being Human, and to help you do that we're giving away a copy of the second season on Blu-ray.

To find out how you can win it, just keep reading.

Feb
14
2013
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New Trailers for "Oblivion", Danny Boyle's "Trance", Bryan Singer's "Giant Slayer" & More

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Before this summer's barrage of Superhero blockbusters starts in, the next few months have a number of interesting comedies and dramas all their own. For some, the re-pairing of Wedding Crashers's comedic duo Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship might be the big draw, while a bunch of others might eagerly anticipate the big action flicks coming up like Bryan Singer's fantasy Jack the Giant Slayer (with Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, and Stanley Tucci) or Joseph Kosinski's Sci-Fi pic Oblivion with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. However, if you're like me, the really appealing film on the horizon is Danny Boyle's Trance, starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel. Either way, the latest trailers for all of these and more landed online this week and there's some promising trailers, clips, and deleted scenes (like from Wreck-It Ralph) to be had.

Feb
14
2013
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In February, Criterion Chronicles Summer, Sings Narayama's Ballad, & More While "On the Waterfront"

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This month the Criterion Collection has an eclectic mix heading to Blu-ray and DVD, reminding us once again just how fun their mission to preserve the best and most important works of classic and contemporary cinema can be. In one corner you have the Japanese classics The Ballad of Narayama, by Director Shôhei Imamura, and Kenji Mizoguchi's Sansho the Bailiff. In another you have the lauded, and 8 Academy Award-winning On the Waterfront by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando and Karl Malden. And finally, in the third corner we turn to France for two films separated by 50 years: Edgar Morin and Jean Rouch's Chronicle of a Summer, and 2011's The Kid with a Bike, a powerful drama by Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, with one of the best performances by a child actor in recent memory.

For details on all of these releases, keep reading.

Feb
13
2013
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Severely Indie Spotlight: Director James Christopher Talks "Goin’ Guerrilla", Switching Genres & More

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Full disclosure: I met director James Christopher at a film festival here in New York and spent a lot of time chatting about movies, his filmmaking approach, and the film he had in competition, Abram’s Hand. The movie is a dark and nasty swipe at the Westboro Baptist Church and their absurd anti-everything stances. The interesting thing about religious fanaticism to me has always been the terrifyingly dogmatic adherence to whatever hate is spewed from a pastor or priest’s mouth. While in recent days, Libby Phelps Alvarez has discussed her “escape” from the Westboro Baptist Church, those interested can read more about the true horror of what it means to be involved in a hate group right here. Regardless, the material interested me and I was lucky enough to hang with Christopher and his Twitchy Dolphin Flix crew from Austin, including the star of Goin Guerrilla, Mark MacCarver.

Feb
12
2013
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Make 'Em Laugh: Joan Rivers's "Don't Start With Me"

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I remember a debate a few years back between comedians who'd make silly comments like "women aren't funny." I forget specifically who said this, but with no-talents like Amy Schumer, the genuinely brilliant and funny (younger) generation of female comics have a tough time ahead of them if they’re hoping to become legendary like Joan Rivers.

I've seen Rivers twice in person. Both times, the central concept of her schtick has remained the same, albeit, updated with pop culture jokes here and there. Both times, she was absolutely brilliant. That brilliance has been captured in Don't Start With Me, which is just a recording of one of her shows. The special has been making the rounds on Showtime lately, however; the DVD is worth owning.

Feb
09
2013
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Severely Indie Spotlight: "Goin' Guerrilla"

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After a successful Indiegogo campaign, director James Christopher and the folks at Twitchy Dolphin Flix were able to bring their story of a hot screenwriter tired of delivering soulless sex comedies to life. The screenwriter, played in nebbish Woody Allen-esque fashion by Mark MacCarver, instead begins working on a historical love story. Primarily a romantic comedy, the film works as a dissection of the film-making process. A super-indie dissection, and, to be honest, a genuinely sweet and funny one, as well.

Feb
04
2013
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Make 'Em Laugh: Anthony Jeselnik's "Caligula"

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Inside everyone there’s a voice they’ve learned to keep internalized with the snarky and sometimes morbid retorts that arise in everyday situations. For most of us, we just chuckle and file that little witticism away without ever vocalizing it, but for Anthony Jeselnik it’s how he makes a living. His comedic style relies heavily on saying the worst politically incorrect response to common situations, and his timing makes it so that it never feels like he’s attempting to be shocking just for the sake of being shocking. After all, both humor and horror are subjective and at times they’re even intertwined. So as long as there are people capable of laughing at tragic faults of humanity, Anthony Jeselnik will have a promising career as a comedian.

Feb
03
2013
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Make 'Em Laugh: Amy Schumer's "Mostly Sex Stuff"

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"I should have started with something other than kid-f***ing."

Amy Schumer is an interesting duck, and I think I’m safe from being sexist when I say “duck” since everything about her is so adorably ducky.  Except, that is, her material in Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff (2012), which starts off with an animation of two unicorns rough riding and only gets more disgusting.  Taste in comedy is probably the most subjective, individualistic trait there is other than music.  It runs the gamut from plain puns to gross-out, swear-laden awkwardness that goes way beyond “funny because it’s true” to “funny because it’s deranged.”

Jan
28
2013
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Relive "The Raid on Osama Bin Laden" in HD

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With all the attention Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty is getting as the headlining drama on the hunt and takedown of Usama Bin Laden, and its potentially ethical quandary of changing the truth to fit its own desired narrative or simply telling a truth the government wished kept secret, it's easy to overlook any other iterations on that story that have been made into films recently. Among those are John Stockwell's Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, which deals more with the bang bang than it does the legwork, and stars Cam Gigandet, Kathleen Robertson, Xzibit, and Anson Mount. So if you wish Zero Dark Thirty was less Jessica Chastain chat and more terrorist splat, then this one might be for you.

In celebration of its release, we're giving away a copy of Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden and to find out how you can win it, just keep reading.

Jan
23
2013
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Exclusive Interview: Director Mark Tonderai Discusses "House At The End of the Street", His Inspiration, and More

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While I certainly enjoyed the film far more than our own Jason Stewart, House At The End of the Street performed pretty well at the box office, more than quadrupling its budget during its theatrical run. And while the film is filled with twists and turns that have become the industry standard in terms of horror features, HATES (best acronym ever) makes great use of interesting camera work, along with a fresh take on an almost Hitchcockian/De Palma-esque terror tale. Much of the film’s success has to do with Mark Tonderai’s direction. The UK director has really elevated the material from what would be a simple teen horror flick to something really special. Max Thieriot delivers an incredibly unnerving performance as a young man with a dark secret opposite Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence, who, at the time, was coming off The Hunger Games and its phenomenal success.

Jan
23
2013
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Let Animals Teach Your Kids to Read and Do Math, What Could Go Wrong?

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Do you ever wonder if children taught math, grammar, colors, shapes, etc. by animated animals develop inferiority complexes as they realize they know less than animals that otherwise spend their days running around in circles, fetching chew toys, and chasing cars? Let's hope not, because if they do I worry what these two LeapFrog DVDs are going to do to their self-esteem. Instead, let's assume that children never think that deep on the subject and that they don't care where they learn math and reading skills from. That's a happier thought. And in that line of thinking, let's get your children learning from some more quadrapeds with two Leapfrog DVDs that you can win.

Read on to find out how.

Jan
23
2013
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Experience the Drama Before the Disaster: Win "Titanic: Blood & Steel" on Blu-ray

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History books are so damned pessimistic. All they ever bother remembering about amazing engineering accomplishments like the Hindenberg and the Titanic are how they ended in catastrophe. And that's just not fair. People worked really hard to make those disasters possible. To simply ignore those efforts because we want to hold up the finished project as an example of what happens when man lets ego trump prudent design, well that's just unfair. Perhaps it's for that reason that someone went and made Titanic: Blood & Steel, a mini-series dedicated to the construction of the vessel that would go on to net James Cameron a whole lot of money...err...we mean sink to the ocean in a stunning loss of life and twisted steel. There we go, being all pessimistic again. That series, starring Derek Jacobi, Never Campbell, and Chris Noth, is now available on Blu-ray.

If you're a Titanic enthusiast and want to find out how to win a copy, read on.

Jan
16
2013
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Win a Trip to Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" on Us

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For most guys, getting a haircut is a pretty simple affair and unless you're doing something fancy can probably be covered for less than $20. In David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, however, it's a far more complicated affair that takes many twists and turns. Robert Pattinson stars as powerful business magnate navigating a busy day where countless errands and unexpected events seem to collide in a way that could sink his billions of dollars. Cronenberg's films have a tendency to polarize audiences, but Cosmopolis does that two-fold: even Cronenberg fans won't all agree on whether Cosmopolis is a brilliant, simply told story ripe with complication or a mess.

We'll let you decide though, and to help with that we're giving away a Blu-ray copy of Cosmopolis. To find out how to win it, just keep reading.

Jan
16
2013
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Contest: "Easter" Came Early This Year, and in HD

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Ever wonder about those statues on Easter Island? Where they came from? How they got to where they stand today? PBS put together a special dedicated to answer questions such as those and for any history buffs, or even the engineering-inclined, it's a nice little presentation. And even though Easter is a few months off yet, thus making it hard to turn this into some sort of seasonally appropriate contest, we're going to give out a copy of Mystery of Easter Island on Blu-ray.

To find out how you can win it, just keep reading.

Jan
16
2013
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When Cars Make or Break a Film Franchise

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With the hi-tech gadgets and sizzling girls that make up much of the James Bond franchise, you would be forgiven for slightly over-looking the impact of the cars that 007 roars out to battle in. But everybody remembers the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger and Sam Mendes's recently released Skyfall. The model reached worldwide recognition through the franchise and many will remember its countless gadgets such as the bullet-proof shield on the rear bunker.

Jan
11
2013
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