Disney Reveals Box Art and Extras for "Wreck-It Ralph"

As if to remind the world that Disney can put out high-quality animated films that don't have the Pixar stamp on them, they've released two terrific animated features since 2010 in the form of Tangled and this year's Wreck-It Ralph. While Tangled has its moments, Wreck-It Ralph was easily my runaway favorite of the year with its non-stop deluge of jokes related to retro and modern gaming, as well as its incredibly vibrant palette and some solid voice acting by John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, and more. The trailers made it look funny just by its trailer, but Wreck-It Ralph still managed to surprise me with just how superb Rich Moore and his team made it. This one really has it all, and while it'll keep the kiddies thoroughly entertained, it's likely the adults in the room that'll be laughing all the way through. No other American animated film even comes close to Wreck-It Ralph this year, it's that simple.

Disney has announced that Wreck-It Ralph will be uploading to Blu-ray and DVD on March 5th, and for an advance look at the box art and extra features, just keep reading.

Jan
09
2013
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Monsters and Robots Collide in New Trailer for "Pacific Rim"

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There's a tragic shortage of modern movies about gigantic monsters attacking a major metropolitan area, and even rarer are good films of that description (like The Host, or heck, even J.J. Abrams's Cloverfield). Similarly, you'd be hard pressed to name a decent movie in the last decade where gigantic robots wail on said monsters (or even each other) outside of a Gundam anime. (Ah, ah, Michael Bay fanboys, we said a decent movie, not three horrible ones.) The point being: there's a huge shortage in both of these genres, and it seems like Guillermo Del Toro's keen to remedy that with his upcoming film Pacific Rim (starring Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, and more) which sees these two gigantic forces pitted against one another.

A new trailer with new clips from Pacific Rim have landed online and frankly it looks like a hell of a lot of fun, though there's no way to tell yet whether it'll be good. You know, no way save for the fact that it's by Guillermo Del Toro. Check out the new trailer below.

Jan
08
2013
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Exclusive Interview: Tommy Wiseau Talks "The Room" on Blu-ray, Godzilla Rumors and More

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How I came about interviewing Tommy Wiseau is an odd story. The man himself, often noted for being a tad odd, has been one of my favorite filmmakers since seeing him and clips from his dark comedy The Room on Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. I searched for The Room and eventually saw it at a friend's house. We sat, mesmerized by the film. Laughing hysterically at the joyful silliness and absurdity of some of the characters.

When news of the Blu-ray hit, I scrambled to buy a copy. On Wiseau's website, there was a special Holiday bundle of the Blu-ray along with a t-shirt and beach bag. I needed that t-shirt. In the description, it stated that Wiseau would be autographing copies of the Blu-ray, which more or less sealed the deal for me.

Jan
08
2013
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Tonight, TV Returns to "Cougar Town". Or Vice Versa.

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When sitcoms aren't pandering to the lowest common denominator (Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly) or running themselves into the ground years after they should have ended (The Office, and arguably, now, How I Met Your Mother), there's the opportunity for something new and fresh to spring from each episode. Blazing that trail are shows like NBC's Community, which stoutly refuses to adopt any real structure for its episodes, and Cougar Town, from the mind of Bill Lawrence who gave us consistently clever shows like Scrubs and Spin City. Both shows have had a hard time on network TV, and while Community remains there (for now), Cougar Town got axed by ABC only to be rescued by TBS.

And tonight, Cougar Town returns to TV, and the question to be asked is whether or not the essence of the show (the sharp, creative writing) survived the transition. After scoping out the first six episodes of the new season courtesy of TBS, the answer is 'yes' but with a rather large asterisk.

Jan
08
2013
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In January, Criterion Collection Knows Too Much, Revisits Childhood, and Pina Dances to a Tin Drum

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Along with providing a level of public service by preserving older and contemporary films judged to be culturally significant, Criterion Collection offer cinephiles the world over a chance to purchase copies of said films that might otherwise be unavailable for purchase. This month Criterion Collection has something of a first on its hands with its release of its first 3D release ever, but if you've ever seen Wim Wenders's Pina, you'd know there was no other way it could be relevant: it's easily the best use of 3D employed in a film to date, and will likely stand as such for a while. Additionally, this month sees the Blu-ray release of the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Man Who Knew Too Much, Volker Schlondorff's The Tin Drum, Monte Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop, and Andrei Tarkovsky's debut film Ivan's Childhood.

For full details on each release, read on.

Jan
04
2013
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In December, Criterion's "Following" Heads to "Brazil" and Sees Three "Qatsi" at "Purple Noon"

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As if offering restored versions of films hard to find anywhere else wasn't enough of a reason to appreciate The Criterion Collection for all they do in the effort of film preservation, taking that extra time to go the extra mile and create exclusive featurettes by the filmmakers, cast, and crew make each release from the Criterion Collection superior to those released by other distributors. If there's a Criterion Collection edition of a film, chances are it's the definitive release in terms of quality and comprehensive coverage. This December, four new works get the Criterion Collection treatment including Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi Trilogy, Christopher Nolan's feature-length directorial debut Following, a French take on the classic character Mr. Ripley in Purple Noon, and Terry Gilliam's outstanding absurdist Sci-Fi drama, Brazil.

For a full look at the features offered in these Criterion Blu-ray and DVD releases, check out the full descriptions below.

Dec
07
2012
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Holiday Giveaway: Have a Mighty Morphin Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.

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Holidays that lack the ability to transform into a secondary more powerful version of themselves don't really interest me. What would Christmas be without the almighty Rudolphzord summoned by Santa in times of extreme peril (like an egg nog shortage)? And would anyone care about Hanukkah if not for the Menorahzord's annual fight against the powers of darkness threatening to extinguish the miraculous oil of hope? Or what about the Kwanzaa Ranger and his...Okay, I really don't know enough about Kwanzaa to make a bad Power Rangers related joke. My apologies. But maybe you will after you win the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Complete Series box set from us (that would really only help you with the Power Rangers part of the joke, you'd likely still need to Wikipedia Kwanzaa unless you celebrate it).

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

Dec
07
2012
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Holiday Giveaway: You Can't Make Christmas Cookies Without "Butter"

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Butter gets a pretty bum rap these days. Okay, so it's not the healthiest of foodstuffs out there, but at least it's not quite as awful as high fructose corn syrup or heroin. That has to count for something right? And have you ever tried to carve a life-size replica of Harriet Tubman's underground railroad from high fructose corn syrup? You can't do it. You just can't. Go ahead and try, but you can't. Maybe if you freeze it, but even then I don't think it'll last very long. Unlike Butter. Perhaps that's why it's appropriate this culinary constant received a comedic send up in Director Jim Field Smith's Butter, starring Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Garner, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Hugh Jackman, and the young Yara Shahidi.

This heartwarming (and possibly heart clogging) comedy is now out on Blu-ray and DVD, and we're giving away a Blu-ray copy just in time for the holidays. If you want it, keep reading to find out how you can win it.

Dec
07
2012
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Blast from the Not So Distant Past: "Maverick"

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In the mid 1990's, the fad of creating full-length movies of classic television shows was in full swing. Sadly, the trend produced a number of major duds that included films such as Car 54 Where Are You. When it was announced that Maverick was going to be made into a full-length film, one starring Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson, many were concerned that the franchise would be ruined. However, what was released was actually a great movie that was a great tribute to a classic western.

Dec
05
2012
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Holiday Gift Guide '012: Geeky Gifts

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Hopefully you have a geek in your life somewhere. Maybe it's you, or a friend or a close sibling, but hopefully there's at least one, because let's be honest with ourselves: it's great to not have to pay a Mac Genius or Best Buy Geek every time your computer, iPod, or microwave oven goes on the fritz or needs its clock reset. Geeks serve a valuable purpose in this digital age, and that's probably why they say "Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and your geeks generally happy with you." People do say this. And so, with the holidays just around the corner, you might be left thinking, 'Hey, how can I show my geeky acquaintance that I care?'

We have some suggestions, chosen by the very geeks in our midst. Chances are there's something here that fits your geek perfectly, whether they're a techy, a movie nerd, a cosplayer, a gamer, or the weird stuff from Japan kind. Or maybe all of the above...

Nov
30
2012
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Holiday Giveaway: Take Your USB Where No USB Has Gone Before

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Do you often dream of exploring the vast, dark reaches of space but then remember you can't because you just have too much data and no way to carry it with you? We've all been there. A lack of means for transporting data is the number one hindrance to most people's ability to explore the universe. True story. But what if we here at JustPressPlay could alleviate that concern for you? No, we won't be babysitting your data but rather giving you a flash drive so you can take it with you. "But Lex," I hear you say, "how do I know the flash drive you'll give me can handle warp drive speeds and the rough and tumble lifestyle of a voyager among the stars?" Simple, we'll give you one in the shape of Star Trek veterans like Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner, not Chris Pine, sorry), Spock (Leonard Nimoy, not Zachary Quinto, again sorry), Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart, who else?), and Data.

We're giving away a copy of each character-shaped MIMOCO USB drive, and if you want to find out how you can win one, just keep reading.

Nov
29
2012
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Holiday Giveaway: Win Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn Comedy "The Watch" on Blu-ray

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With holiday shopping underway and everyone now in a frenzy (some having started as early as Thanksgiving), we thought we'd do our part to try and lighten the pressure on time (and your wallet) by offering up a few holiday giveaways. The first is a Blu-ray copy of The Watch starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade. It's a fairly family friendly flick and should fit nicely under the Christmas tree, next to your menorah, or on your Kwanzaa mat. Or all of the above. Multiculturalism for the win, folks.

So if you want to snag yourself a free Blu-ray copy of The Watch, just keep reading and we'll tell you how.

Nov
27
2012
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The Most Excellent "Bill & Ted" Blu-ray Giveaway

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Your mother always used to tell you that if you kept making that face it would stick that way, but she never warned you or Keanu Reeves that the same rule applied to acting like a surfer dude. Apparently he did it so much that he's become frozen in the character he felt most comfortable in: Ted Logan of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (alongside Alex Winter as Bill, oh and George Carlin). He reprised the role in the animated TV series Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, then in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, and then he carried it through to Parenthood, Point Break, The Matrix, Feeling Minnesota, The Matrix Reloaded, A Scanner Darkly, etc. You get the idea.  He acted that way for too long, and now he's stuck. That doesn't mean we can't enjoy it though, and to prove that we're giving away a Blu-ray copy of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

To find out how you can win, just keep reading. Until then, in the immortal words of Abraham Lincoln, "Party on dudes!"

Nov
27
2012
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In November, Criterion Takes a "Weekend" at "Heaven's Gate" and "Rashmon" Gets Three Looks at "Life"

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Every month the Criterion Collection releases a selection films deemed culturally or artistically significant in Blu-ray and DVD editions supplemented with extras that give context or an inside look at the film's creation. Plus, along with being consistently excellent films, the uniform design of the cases look great on your shelf. This month, Criterion releases an absolute classic with Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, as well as Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate, Pier Paolo Pasolini's Trilogy of Life (featuring The Decameron, Arabian Nights, and The Canterbury Tales), and Jean-Luc Godard's contemporary satire, Weekend. Additionally, this month marks the release of the 37th volume of the Eclipse Series with the four horror films of Shochiku.

Nov
12
2012
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Make 'Em Laugh: Louie Anderson Disarms with Charm in "Big Baby Boomer"

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The title of Louie Anderson’s stand-up special, Louie Anderson: Big Baby Boomer, pretty much sums up the entirety of the rotund comedian’s oeuvre of jokes. He has a wealth of material about coming to terms with both his lifelong struggle with weight as well as being over fifty. However, what could have been a relatively one-note show ends up being genuinely laugh-out-loud funny, thanks to Anderson’s easy self-deprecating charm.

Nov
11
2012
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TBS Comedy "Wedding Band" Deserves an Icy Reception

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TBS’ motto is “very funny,” but they have yet to prove that they are (until Cougar Town premieres on this station). Their latest attempt at humor comes in the form of Wedding Band, an hour-long dramedy about developmentally arrested men who perform in a band—for weddings, yes, but also for bachelor parties, bar-mitzvahs, and funerals.

Tommy (Brian Austin Green) is a playboy bachelor and lead singer of the band Mother of the Bride. On lead guitar is Eddie (Pete Cambor) a married man who somehow finds time to play gigs while being a stay-at-home dad. His brother Barry (Derek Miller, doing his best Jack Black impersonation) plays the drums yet aspires to do vocals as well. Newbie African-Canadian Stevie (Harold Perrineau, playing the opposite of his Lost character Michael) rounds out the band and acts as the supplemental sidekick when necessary.

Nov
10
2012
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Win the "Blade Runner: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition"

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It really is too bad she won't live, but then again, who does? People who own Blade Runner's 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition on Blu-ray with its collectible toy police car, that's who. And guess what? That could be you. Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi crime flick remains a film of visual beauty to this day, and its many questions about the nature of life, living, and what it all means has helped it endure and find new fans with each new generation of film lovers. Ridley Scott. Harrison Ford. Rutger Hauer. Sean Young. A soundtrack by Vangelis. A Philip K. Dick short story for inspiration.I might be overstepping, but Blade Runner  is quite simply a Sci-Fi masterpiece, and the 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition offers the film in four different cuts (Final Cut and three theatrical cuts) along with loads and loads of extras. Okay, so it's not a neat looking briefcase edition, but it's a phenomenal release and it's on shelves now.

And, if you don't want to lay down the $50, we're giving away a copy on Blu-ray. To find out how you can win, just keep reading.

Nov
08
2012
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Amazon Deals of the Day: Mel Brooks Collection, Dexter, Criminal Minds, and More

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While Amazon typically has a decent selection of severely discounted movies and TV shows available on Blu-ray and DVD, it's always a good day when every Gold Box special is a bunch of movie and TV season collections. Today is such a day as Amazon has the Blu-ray edition of the Mel Brooks Collection (which includes Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, History of the World: Part 1, Silent Movie, To Be or Not to Be, Spaceballs, and Young Frankenstein) as well as season sets of Dexter. Criminal Minds, NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and History Channel's Mega Collection for The Universe.

We've included the details on each set below...

Nov
08
2012
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Films That Offer Some Post-Election Perspective

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It's too bad Bill Pullman or Dennis Haysbert never run for election, because I'm pretty sure most Americans like their versions of the American President. Unfortunately, they don't and depending on where you fall in the political spectrum, last night's re-election of President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney either had you dancing in the streets or prophesizing the imminent end of the American republic, or somewhere in between. The fact is though is that no matter how much you love or hate the current direction of America, there's a couple of places none of us wants our government or society to go. To help illustrate this point, we've selected 7 films which suggest horrible outcomes for America (or society) in one form or another. At the very least, it should comfort you to know that things will likely never get as bad as Idiocracy, V for Vendetta, or The Siege make them out to be, and thus maybe, for now, you can put off your plans to move to Canada (or wherever).

Nov
07
2012
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Watch Air New Zealand's Hobbit-Themed Flight Safety Video

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If you've been on an airplane more than twice in your life, chances are that from the second time onward you tune out the in-flight safety video because you're pretty sure you've gotten the hang of those tricksy safety belt buckles. Air New Zealand has found an incredible way to combat this lack of attention by filming their in-flight safety video in the style of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy and his upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Jackson even makes an appearance himself. Even if you're not into the whole pointy-eared Elf thing, there's something awesome about an Elf stewardess. Then again, there's something very troubling about a stout dwarf sitting in an exit row; it's not that I don't trust them to jump out of the plane without prompting (because no one throws a dwarf), I'm just afraid their girth and short arms might make operating the controls on the emergency door a bit tricky.

Check out the excellent video below.

Nov
07
2012
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