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Eureka Entertainment is to release the Enemy Mine Blu Ray on the 20th June 2016. Enemy Mine’s director Wolfgang Petersen created a visually stunning futuristic sci-fi adventure starring Dennis Quaid and Louis Gosset Jr.,
This Enemy Mine Blu Ray premier sees Wolfgang Petersen’s tale of two enemies thrown together in a hostile world where to survive they must become allies.
A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way.
Starring Dennis Quaid (The Right Stuff, The Day after Tomorrow) and Academy Award Winner Louis Gosset Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman) this sci-fi adventure is a tale of an unexpected friendship and newly found respect. Eureka Classics present the film in high-definition for the first time in the UK in a special edition Blu-ray
Enemy Mine Blu Ray
Enemy Mine’s Special features
Gorgeous 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Release Date| 20 June 2016
Run Time| 108 minutes
OAR| 2.35:1 OAR
Genre| Sci-Fi / Action
Country| USA / Germany
Subtitles| ENGLISH SDH (Optional)
KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV, debuts on digital on August 30 and on Steelbook, Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 30 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Highlighted by beautiful, state-of-the-art CG technology, the revolutionary new movie goes beyond the game franchise to deliver an experience that action fans, both familiar and unfamiliar with FINAL FANTASY, will enjoy. Featuring the voice talent of Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) and Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings franchise) and new music from Florence + The Machine, KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV finds King Regis (Bean) attempting the save the city of Insomnia from the menacing empire of Niflheim with the help of an elite force of soldiers called the KINGSGLAIVE, led by Nyx Ulric (Aaron Paul).
The Steelbook, Blu-ray, DVD and digital release of KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV each include four behind-the-scenes featurettes that take viewers deeper than ever before into the making of the one-of-a-kind movie. Fans go behind the scenes and into the recording booth with Aaron Paul, Lena Headey and Sean Bean as they reveal the process of creating vocals for their characters in “A Way with Words: Epic and Intimate Vocals”; viewers see what goes into designing the world of the film in “Fit for The KINGSGLAIVE: Building the World”; the intricate process of capturing the physical, human performances at the heart of the computer-generated film is explored in “To Capture The KINGSGLAIVE: The Process” and; fans can learn about the creation of the film’s sweeping score in “Emotive Music: Scoring The KINGSGLAIVE.”
The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the sacred Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis (Sean Bean) commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, Nyx (Aaron Paul) and his fellow soldiers fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum – to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae (Lena Headey), captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to the empire’s rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination.
KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV was directed by Takeshi Nozue from a screenplay by Takashi Hasegawa and was produced by Larry Sparks, Shinji Hashimoto, Kosei Ito and Hajime Tabata.
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Extras Include:
“A Way with Words: Epic and Intimate Vocals”
“Fit for The KINGSGLAIVE: Building the World”
“To Capture The KINGSGLAIVE: The Process”
“Emotive Music: Scoring The KINGSGLAIVE”
KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV has a run time of approximately 110 minutes and is rated 12 for fantasy violence and action throughout.
Doctor Who is 50 years old this year, even if the BBC are doing little to directly promote this fact. Also this year would have seen the Centenary of Peter Cushing – the second actor to play The Doctor! So what better way to celebrate this than looking at the 1960’s Dalek movies with fresh eyes as they come to Blu Ray.
Dr Who And The Daleks (Digitally Restored)
Out on DVD and Blu-ray: May 27th, 2013
Directed by Gordon Flemyng and now fully restored, Dr. Who & The Daleks (1965) was the first big screen film adaptation of British TV’s most iconic sci-fi hero, and was the first time Doctor Who was ever seen in colour!
British film legend Peter Cushing plays everyone’s favourite Timelord, and having invented the TARDIS, a strange machine capable of travelling into other dimensions, the Doctor and his three young accomplices set forth on a quest through time and space. Their journey takes them into the dark, undiscovered depths of the universe and to the planet of Skaro. A primitive world devastated by nuclear war and populated by two warring species, a peaceful tribe known as Thals and a life form heavily mutated by radiation, encased in protective machines. A merciless force of destruction known as The Daleks!
Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (Digitally restored)
Out on DVD and Blu-ray: May 27th, 2013
DALEKS INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D. directed by Gordon Flemyng, now fully restored and starring Peter Cushing in his return to the big screen as British TV’s most iconic sci-fi hero, Doctor Who.
The earth of 2150 AD is a desolate and hostile ruin of a planet, crumbling at the edge of civilisation, slowly disappearing into the darkness of space. For the future of planet earth now belongs The Daleks, a destructive army of alien invaders who have turned the human race into cowering slaves. Meanwhile deep within the London Underground a group of resistance freedom fighters are planning an attack. But there’s only one man who could possibly help them succeed in destroying their extra terrestrial enemies and take back control of planet earth. A man of mystery, a man of time and space, a man known only as… The Doctor.
Interview With Bernard Cribbins
Scifind’s Helen Armfield had the oppertunity to speak to Peter Cushings co-star for Daleks Invasion 2150AD Bernard Cribbins
Bernard Cribbins starts with a more recent adventure with the Doctor…
..we’d gone into the tardis. Now the tardis was in the stable block, and we had to walk in to this. And he (David Tennant) opened the door and said “come on, come on in”. We went in, closed the door, and the director said, “ok cut that’s it.” Before we came out of the tardis again, I said to David, do you know, the first time I was in this thing was in 1966. There was a pause and he looked at me, and he says… I wasn’t even born then.
It just struck me as extra ordinarry that I’d been involved with it all those years before.
Recollections of the Movie?
One of the things I do remember about the film was Peter (Cushing) and I got into terrible trouble with the director, Gordon Flemming, who was a very gruff voiced scotsman… the first time Peter and I had met a dalek in the film. Now the daleks were operated by a man sitting inside, shuffling his feet to move along. They had the line the daleks speak as well, in order to play the scene with us… we’d been captured by the daleks and down the ramp comes a dalek, the lead dalek. The guy inside was called, I think he was Bob Jewels, he was Australian. He said something to the effect of “if you don’t behave yourself, you will be exterminated” [in] this broad australian accent.
Now Peter and I got the giggles, we were just wetting ourselves at the thought of this little guy saying “you will be exterminated” [in an Austrailian accent] inside and ‘Don Flemyng, the director saying “Cribbins will you stop laughing, come on! We’ve got a lot of work to do” (Cribbins aped Gordon Flemymin’s Scottish accent to a T). He got very angry with us, but in a nice sort of way. just because we were like two school girls giggling.
And Peter Cushing?
[Seeing Daleks Invasion Earth Again] brought back so many happy memories, of Peter; we had a wonderful time when we did a film in israel, “She”, with Ursula Andress and Christopher Lee… then to work with him again was absolutely brilliant. Because we always got on well, and we used to compare notes. he was a sweet sweet man and a very very good actor.
Bernard Cribbins, Scifind thanks you for your time, and your amazing career!
“The Dark Knight Rises”arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download from 3rd December. In the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, Gotham City is threatened by the masked terrorist Bane, forcing Batman to return from an eight-year absence and fight for his city one more time.
“The Dark Knight Rises” will be available on 2 disc Blu-ray and on single disc DVD The Blu-ray features the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray and in standard definition on DVD. “The Dark Knight Rises” Blu-ray disc takes advantage of the marriage of IMAX and 35mm formats by using the hybrid master to replicate the unique theatrical experience of integrated film formats. The Blu-ray is also available in limited edition Bat Cowl packaging. Both the Blu-ray and the single disc DVD include UltraViolet which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.
Also available on 3rd December, just in time for holiday gift-giving, is “The Dark Knight Trilogy Limited Edition Giftset,” featuring “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” all in one collection. Available on Blu-ray or standard definition DVD, “The Dark Knight Trilogy Limited Edition Giftset” will also include a premium book exclusive to the collection, which takes fans deeper into the epic franchise, as well as existing special features.
Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. “The Dark Knight Rises” also stars Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”) as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.
The screenplay is written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker; Michael E. Uslan; Kevin De La Noy; Thomas Tull; with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters created by Bob Kane and published by DC Comics.
It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.
But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.
BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“THE BATMOBILE” DOCUMENTARY: Witness all five Batmobiles together for the first time in history. Dive deep into every aspect of the most awe-inspiring weapon in Batman’s arsenal as you journey through the birth and evolution of this technological marvel and cultural icon. (01:00)
ENDING THE KNIGHT: A comprehensive look into how Director Christopher Nolan and his production team made “The Dark Knight Rises” the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend.
The Prologue: High-Altitude Hijacking
Return to the Batcave
Batman vs Bane
Demolishing a City Street
The War on Wall Street
Race to the Reactor
The Journey of Bruce Wayne
A Girls Gotta Eat
Shadows & Light in Large Format
The End of A Legend
UltraViolet: Instantly stream and download films to compatible devices
The Journey of Bruce Wayne
UltraViolet: Instantly stream and download films to compatible devices
The biggest film of the year will take retailers by storm on 17th September 2012 when Marvel Avengers Assemble is released on Blu-ray and DVD. As well as giving fans the chance to enjoy the exhilarating action and the movie?s visually stunning special effects over and over again, Blu-ray audiences will also be treated to a host of behind-the-scenes insights and all new footage.
Coupled with box office takings that exceeded $1 billion globally after just 19 days ? making it the third biggest movie of all time globally ? Marvel Avengers Assemble is unquestionably a must own Blu-ray and DVD. Pre-order sales for the film?s Blu-ray and DVD release underline how hotly anticipated this release is, racking up enough sales in three days of pre-orders to put it on track to be the second biggest week one in pre-order sales ever in the UK.
Exclusive to the Blu-ray edition is the highly anticipated all-new short ? Marvel One Shot: ?ITEM 47.? The Avengers won the battle, but a few items were left behind…is the stark warning underlining this side story in which New York City is in ruins following the epic climax to Marvel?s Avengers Assemble. Certain alien technology has been left behind. S.H.I.E.L.D. recovered all but one?a Chitauri weapon, aka ?ITEM 47.? Fans will only be able to find out what happens after Benny (Jesse Bradford) and Claire (Lizzy Caplan), stumble across the elusive weapon by watching the thrilling short exclusively on Blu-ray.
Also, for the first time, Marvel shares scenes that never made it into the cinematic version of the movie and invites viewers to the very early stages of pre-production on the film ?Marvel Avengers Assemble?. Included in the 90 minute documentary ?Building A Dream: Assembling the Avengers? is never before seen footage from ?Iron Man? as well as fascinating insight from director Joss Whedon and producer Kevin Feige on how they began creating the Marvel Cinematic Universe for what has been described as ?the smartest, wittiest, & most unapologetically entertaining comic-book adaptation of the modern era? (Kevin Maher ? The Times) and become one of the most anticipated and talked about movie events in the world.
Marvel Avengers Assemble brings together some of Marvel?s most loved and iconic superhero characters in the biggest superhero movie in history. Directed by Joss Whedon, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsg?rd and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, from a story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon with screenplay by Joss Whedon, Marvel Avengers Assemble is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series ?The Avengers,? first published in 1963 and a comic institution ever since.
Iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow answer the call to action when Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a daring, globe-spanning recruitment effort to assemble The Avengers team to defeat an unexpected enemy threatening global safety and security. Despite pulling together the ultimate dream team, Nick Fury and longtime confidant Agent Coulson must find a way to convince the Super Heroes to work with, not against each other, when the powerful and dangerous Loki gains access to the Cosmic Cube and its unlimited power.
The appetite for Marvel Avengers Assemble is seemingly insatiable. In addition to smashing box office records Marvel?s official Facebook site is liked by over 4 million people, and the new Facebook game ?Marvel: Avengers Alliance? attracts over 1.2 million daily users. Sales of all consumer products ranging from action figure toys to adult apparel have exploded since the launch of the movie and is set to continue with with new additions to the range of existing products available and a new animated series of ?The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? set to premier this summer on Disney XD. Filming has just begun on Iron Man 3, which will be released in 2013.
Marvel Avengers Assemble is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures. The film is produced by Marvel Studios? President Kevin Feige and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Jon Favreau, Louis D?Esposito, Patricia Whitcher, Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham.
ACADEMY AWARD? WINNER STEVEN SPIELBERG?S ICONIC SUMMER CLASSIC COMES TO BLU-RAY? FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, DIGITALLY REMASTERED & FULLY RESTORED IN HONOUR OF UNIVERSAL?S 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
JAWS ? the landmark motion picture that still makes audiences afraid to go in the water ? comes to Blu-ray? for the first time ever on 3rd September 2012. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound, the JAWS Blu-ray? with Digital Copy and UltraViolet? gives fans the ultimate way to watch the breathtaking and terrifying action-thriller.
One of the most influential motion pictures of all time and nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award?, JAWS stars Oscar? winner Richard Dreyfuss and Oscar? nominees Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw.? Produced by legendary filmmakers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, the film earned an Oscar? for composer John Williams? instantly recognisable minimalist score, as well as Oscars? for Best Editing and Best Sound. When it was first released in 1975, JAWS smashed box-office records and became the highest-grossing film of its era, earning Spielberg a reputation as a Hollywood visionary.? Today, it remains one of the highest-grossing films in motion-picture history? and is largely considered the film that launched the summer blockbuster.
JAWS is one of 13 classic Universal films to be digitally remastered and fully restored from 35mm original film elements as part of Universal?s on-going 100th Anniversary celebration. The JAWS restoration began with researching and evaluating the existing film elements to determine the best means to restore the film. Over the course of several months, skilled technicians at Universal Studios Digital Services meticulously balanced colour, removed dirt and scratches, and repaired any damage to the film elements shot by shot and frame by frame. Following the picture restoration, the Universal Studios Sound team up-mixed the iconic JAWS soundtrack to DTS-HD Master 7.1, optimising the sound on the Blu-ray? for the latest home cinema technology. The entire restoration process was conducted in conjunction with Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment?s post-production team to ensure the integrity of Spielberg?s original vision remained intact.
? JAWS holds a unique place, not just in Universal Pictures? history, but in global pop culture,? said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. ?It is only fitting that this phenomenal film should be given the extensive restoration needed to ensure that long-time fans as well as newcomers can enjoy this unforgettable cinematic achievement for generations to come.?
The JAWS Blu-ray? is also available in limited edition steelbook packaging and also contains a Digital Copy of the film for a limited time, compatible with iTunes?, iPad?, iPhone?, iPod? touch, Android or online retail partners, as well as an UltraViolet? copy.? UltraViolet is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows in the cloud to download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones.? Consumers can now truly enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.
Universal Pictures celebrate their 100th Anniversary in 2012
? ???????? The Shark is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of JAWS :? A feature-length documentary featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with cast and crew including Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider.
? ???????? JAWS : The Restoration:? An all-new, in-depth look at the intricate process of restoring the movie.
? ???????? The Making of JAWS :? A two-hour documentary featuring interviews with key cast and crew.
? ???????? From the Set:? An insider?s look at life on the set of JAWS, featuring an interview with Steven Spielberg.
? ???????? Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
? ???????? JAWS Archives:? Take a peek inside the JAWS archives, including storyboards, production photos and marketing materials, as well as a special segment on the JAWS phenomenon.
? ???????? Original Theatrical Trailer
? ???????? UltraViolet?:? The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones.
? ???????? Digital Copy:? Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronic and portable devices.
? ???????? pocket BLU? App:? The popular free pocket BLU? app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad?, Android? tablets, PC and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices? larger screens and high resolution displays.
o ?? Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray? player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live? functions with ease.
o ?? Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
o ?? Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray? discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
o ?? Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU?-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray?. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
o ?? Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device?s intuitive keyboard.
? ???????? BD-LIVE?:? Access the BD-Live? Centre through your Internet-connected player to access the latest trailers, exclusive content and more!
Directed by Academy Award? winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town?s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.
CAST & FILMMAKERS
Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Produced By: Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown
Music By: John Williams
Based on Novel By: Peter Benchley
Screenplay By: Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb
Director of Photography: Bill Butler
Production Design By: Joseph Alves Jr.
Editor: Verna Fields
BLU-RAY TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Street Date: 3/9/2012 – UK
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Running Time: 2 Hours 4 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.35:1
Technical Info: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1/DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French DTS Digital Surround 5.1
In honour of its Centennial anniversary, Universal Pictures proudly salutes 100 years of unforgettable films that have entertained audiences and touched the hearts of millions around the globe. In celebration of our first 100 years, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is proud to present a selection of our many beloved movies as part of an extensive year-long program that underscores the studio?s rich cinematic history and indelible cultural impact.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Academy Award?-winning director Steven Spielberg?s magical adventure, celebrates its 30th Anniversary with its first-ever release on Blu-ray? on 12th November 2012. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered picture that delivers six times the resolution of DVD, as well as all-new 7.1 surround sound, the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition Blu-ray? and Steelbook features the 1982 theatrical movie, and all-new interview with director Steven Spielberg and ?The E.T. Journals? which features an hour of never-before-seen footage from the set of the film. The Blu-ray? and Steelbook also includes a Digital Copy and UltraViolet? copy of the film, offering fans a chance to relive the mystery, laughter and wonder of the iconic movie anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.
In 1982, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial became the biggest blockbuster of the year, debuting at No1. around the world. Even today, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial remains one of the most successful and well-loved films of all time. Nominated for nine Academy Awards? including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Writing and Best Screenplay, the film took home four statuettes for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound and Best Music for John Williams? (Jaws) memorable score. The unforgettable cast includes the adorable Drew Barrymore (He?s Just Not That Into You, Charlie?s Angels), Henry Thomas (Dear John, Legends of the Fall), Dee Wallace (10, ?Sons and Daughters?) and Peter Coyote (?Law & Order: LA? Jagged Edge).
?When E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial premiered in 1982, it captured the imaginations of people young, old and everyone in between in a way that was unparalleled in modern movie history,? said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. ?A global cultural phenomenon ? and the biggest box-office blockbuster of its day ? E.T. brought out the child in all of us. We are thrilled audiences will now be able to experience the film in the astounding quality of Blu-ray.?
Steven Spielberg?s Unforgettable Adventure Debuts in A Digitally Remastered 30th anniversary Edition
Available On Blu-ray? And Special Edition Blu-ray Steelbook From 12th November 2012
BONUS FEATURES ON THE
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL ANNIVERSARY EDITION BLU-RAY?:
The E.T. Journals: In this all-new bonus feature, retrace the day-to-day experience of creating E.T from never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage shot by Academy Award?-winning cinematographer John Toll.?? This piece will give viewers a unique feeling of being on-set and living the excitement of what it was like to make E.T.
Steven Spielberg & E.T.: Watch an all-new interview with Steven Spielberg, as he reflects back on the film and discusses his experience working with children as well as his overall and current perspective on E.T.
A Look Back: A special insider?s look into the making of E.T. featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, the cast, and others intimately involved with the film.
The E.T. Reunion: The cast and filmmaker reunite to discuss their thoughts on the impact of the film.
The Evolution and Creation of E.T.: From idea to screenplay, through casting and making the film.
The Music of E.T.:A Discussion with John Williams: Interviews and footage of the long-standing relationship between John Williams and Steven Spielberg.
The 20th Anniversary Premiere: Composer John Williams played the score of E.T. live at the Shrine Auditorium for the re-release premiere of E.T.?? This featurette gives us a behind the scenes look at this presentation.
Original Theatrical Trailer
??????? UltraViolet?: The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and instantly stream and download to computers, tablets and smartphones. Consumers can now truly enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.? Currently available in the United States only.
Through the eyes of a child, war (even one of an extra-terrestrial nature) is terrifying beyond imagination. The crayoned drawings depict the invasion in such touching and graphic detail. Next, the Human race is shattered, close to extinction perhaps, but not defeated. There is resistance, the resolute grip on survival and attack. Food and provisions are essential, caution against both aliens and other Human groups intent on their own survival (at any cost) necessary.
Welcome to ?Falling Skies?, the American post-apocalyptic science fiction series created by Robert Rodat and produced by legend Steven Spielberg (both Rodat and Spielberg worked together on the 1998 war film ?Saving Private Ryan?). So expectations are high.
For this reviewer there was a moment of doubt, ?a routine affair? I thought after viewing the first episode, ?nothing exceptional or worth positive comment?, I believed. But how wrong I was. Three episodes in and I am hooked, embracing the survivors including father of three and second-in-command of the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment Tom Mason (Noah Wyle). Taking a pinch of everything from the ?Terminator? franchise, reimagined shows ?V? and ?Battlestar Galactica? (showrunner Mark Verheiden had even worked on BSG as writer and producer), and ?Jericho?, ?Falling Skies? does what is intended: allows you to deeply care about the characters while introducing them to dangers, friendships and even death. Both the ?skitters? (humanoid six-legged creatures that have invaded the Earth) and ?mechs? (mechanical two-legged drones) are well realised and work affectively in raising the tension, the ?mechs? and that chilling call of theirs especially.
Children are captured and a terrifying biomechanical device attached to their spines for the purpose of mind control ? the resistance refer to it as a ?harness?. This allows for two purposes: slave labour and a zombified army, unquestioning and fearless. They can also be expendable, as is proven in one episode.
Although created by Rodat, there is certainly a heavy touch of Spielberg in this, and it is all the better for it. The special effects are simply captivating, and the combination of CGI and live action so seamlessly blended that you forget just what is real, and what is not. For some people a possible negative could be the heavy use of soap-style story-telling, but for this viewer there are no concerns – ?Falling Skies? may well depict life after invasion but focusing on emotional conflict such as a father worrying for the safety of his sons is necessary to allow the series growth instead of restricting it, real life ?Human? issues mixed with science fiction elements.
This is one US show that is guaranteed to entertain if you are a sci-fi fan. Let us just hope that it is seen through to a conclusion and not left hanging, like so many television projects these days. It certainly deserves that! Highly recommended.
When the California coast is ravaged by a massive earthquake the beaches are left in a state of anarchy. In this lawless void a new power is rising. Adolf and his evil gang of fascist water rats are coming. They are the Surf Nazis and they must DIE!
Fighting with rival beach gangs and harassing the locals, the Surf Nazis soon take over the area but when they ice a local jogger it opens up a can of revenge as the murdered man?s Mama breaks out her retirement home, tooled up and ready for harsh vigilante justice.
Blood, guts, gore, nudity and murder come thick and fast in this gnarly beach bum holocaust extravaganza from Troma, the sick, twisted shlock house that brought you Combat Shock and Class of Nuke ?Em High.
Reversible sleeve with original poster and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Collector?s Booklet by critic and author Calum Waddell
Director?s Cut Feature Presentation
Interview with director Peter George
Interview with producer Robert Tinnell
Six lost Surf Scenes with introduction by Peter George
At Tromaville High School the kids are revolting. Literally. The irradiated marijuana they?ve been buying from The Cretins, a tough gang of ex-star pupils turned atomic punks, is turning them into freaks. Girls are giving birth to demon babies, the nerds are developing super strength and there?s a monster in the school basement that eats honour roll students for breakfast.
Welcome to State education Troma-style, a place where the science lab is kitted out with lasers and nudity is often compulsory. The Class of Nuke ?Em high will have their work cut out surviving until the final bell, let alone graduation.
So join the Class of Nuke ?Em High in this low rent Troma classic, a straight-to-video masterclass in shlock and awe from the people who brought you Surf Nazi?s Must Die. SPECIAL FEATURES:
High Definition Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD transfer of the unrated Director?s Cut of the film
Optional English SDH subtitles on the main feature
Audio commentary with Troma Studios founder and Class of Nuke ?em High co-director Lloyd Kaufman
Interview with stars Robert and Jennifer Prichard
Brand new Q&A recording with Lloyd Kaufman from the Prince Charles Cinema 
Theo Pingarelli on the making of the nuclear power plant effect
Troma Studios tour with Llloyd Kaufman
Seven Deleted scenes
Public Service Announcement by Lemmy from Mot?rhead featuring Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park
Aroma du Troma
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Time for another nosedive in to the world of home 3D cinema, this time in the hands of top notch director Martin Scorsese. ?Hugo? is a sci-fi lite/steampunk-esque family movie based in a post-World War 1 Paris with a seemingly endless supply of top British thespians. From Sir Ben Kinglsey and Ray Winstone, to Richard Griffiths and Frances de la Tour, the great and the good of British acting talent are out in force. The film tells the story of young Hugo Cabret, an orphan who lives in the secret areas of a Parisian railway terminus. He keeps all the clocks wound and on time, and in his spare time dabbles in some petty theft to get the parts he needs to repair an automaton, the very machine his father was restoring before his death.
Sadly for Hugo he is caught stealing by an elderly toy seller (Ben Kingsley) and is forced to work to pay off his debt. But Hugo also gets to meet the old chap?s grand-daughter, Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz), an immediately annoying girl who has been spoiled, thinks the world is a playground and is altogether far too perky. Together they try to unravel the mystery of the automaton, and in the process learn a great deal about the old toy maker and the history of cinema.
As plots go, it is a light-hearted and enjoyable enough affair. If you don?t know your cinema-history then it will come as a pleasant piece of education, and if you do you will see everything coming a mile off. That said, the main plot is rather less ably supported by a couple of sub-plots. One of these is utterly dreadful and completely superfluous, concerning the railway station?s resident policeman (or Inspector), as played by Sasha Baron Cohen. Sadly this character is astonishingly annoying to watch, his motivation is nowhere in sight and the portrayal by Cohen is one-note. You feel no threat or love for this man as he one moment chases Hugo and sends orphans to their doom, and the next he is trying to win the heart of Emily Mortimer?s flower seller. A crude attempt to make him human with a backstory similar to Hugo?s comes across as trite and last-minute. To be honest, you could take him out completely and the film would work just the same.
It is hard to say much more without giving away the historic twist in the tale, so let me talk about the look and feel of the film. Where Scorsese had failed to engage on a character level, he has scored a hat trick with the visuals and design. There is a hyper-real feeling to this Paris, all steam and gas-lamps, clockwork and darkness. It is a fantasy Paris but one you feel is just a short distance in our past. The set designs are beautiful and the use of both CGI and large-scale models work very well. The automaton himself is a work of rare wonder and all credit to the artisans who created this prop.
Sadly there is a caveat to all this?in 3D, at times, things go very wrong. Initially my impression was that this was the most brilliantly conceived use of 3D in a home setting I had yet seen (live action, not animated). The early scenes of Paris and the railway were pristine and used the additional layers of depth proficiently. However whenever a person or item loomed forwards into extreme close-up, the 3D failed, completely. You could see multiple images, ghosting and the entire image became unwatchable. As soon as the close-up ended, the 3D reverted to superb once again. At first I thought this was a failing of either the TV or the PS3, but it wouldn?t do it with other 3D BDs, and reports online suggest many other people have had similar issues. They have also had problems with the 2D version either getting stuck or skipping. All in all, I feel let down by the experience. A lacklustre, if OK, film shadowed by a sporadically failing presentation in 3D. Such a shame, and especially from a director of Scorses? experience.
My advice is that this is a decent enough family film, but try to find the stand-alone 2D BD release, don?t bother with the 3D. There are some interesting if unoriginal bonus features to enjoy, including a rare moment of funny from Sasha Baron Cohen and the crew. It isn?t the overwhelmingly fantastic filmic experience I was expecting, but it is nice to see so many great actors in one place, especially the always-superb Christopher Lee. Rent rather than buy and you won?t go far wrong.
It?s time to take a look at the second Studio Ghibli film to be released on Blu-Ray this month. Following on from the under-par Tales From Earthsea we have the ?in-another-league? Howl?s Moving Castle. Both films were being produced at the same time, but it was Howl that was directed and overseen by the master, Miyazaki-san?and boy does it show. Where Goro Miyazaki?s film shows all the trademarks of a first-time director struggling with his art, Hayao Miyazaki?s movie shows a director at the height of his talent, confident in his adaptation of the source material. Howl sits perfectly alongside ?Spirited Away? as a modern masterpiece of animated story-telling, and it is for all the hallmarks that we have come to regard as de rigeur for a Ghibli film. Here is a movie that is at once for children and for adults, for fans of the original book and those coming fresh to the tale. It is whimsical, magical and fantastical while remaining grounded in its characters and motivations. Miyazaki-san gives us another view of his version of a pseudo-historical steampunk-lite Europe, all airships and magic, Victorian outfits and manners, middle-European architecture and colours. Much like Laputa, Lupin III and Porco Rosso, this is Miyazaki letting his love for European vistas take flight, and then rooting a very solid story in the middle of it all.
Based on but not strictly adhering to the best-selling novel of the same name by Diana Wynn Jones, the movie tells the tale of Sophie, the hard-working daughter of a hat-seller who encounters the Witch of the Waste and is cursed to look 90 years old. She flees her home and family and meets up with a mysterious magical scarecrow who leads her to the sanctuary of the infamous wizard Howl. This castle moves across the Alpine-like landscape on legs and Sophie discovers is inhabited not just by Howl, but by his young apprentice and a fire demon named Calcifer. She quickly casts herself in the role of cleaner in order to try to find a way to lift the curse upon her. In doing so she befriends the wizard and his entourage and becomes embroiled in their attempts to avoid being dragged in to a war between rival countries.
Aside from removing the Welsh and name-swapping sisters elements of the original book, Ghibli stick fairly close to the original story, but do so with their usual flourish adding more depth and life to the characters.
Sophie is far more sympathetic here, and with the legendary Jean Simmons supplying her ?elderly? voice, she becomes a character you genuinely feel for. Howl is a far less whiney wizard here, partly due to time constraints, but mostly because the audience need to fall in love with him along with Sophie. The Howl of the book is a rather harsh and overly whinging chap who I struggled to see what Sophie saw anything in. But here he is a bit emo/goth, and while Christian Bale?s ?I am Batman? gruff voice grates more often than not, he is a relatable character, fearing for his freedom and seeking the return of his heart. The real standout characters are Calcifer, voiced by Billy Crystal, and the Witch of the Waste?both amuse and entertain, but also offer a sense of depth to the storyline, of a whole world to be explored.
The film is one of Studio Ghibli?s finest, with wonderful pacing and a real sense of scale. It is a grand adventure for all ages and does a great job of blending reality with fantasy. While magic is at the core of the film, it is the very real actions of Sophie and co. that leads our heroes to success. There is also a heart to the film, where even those who have done wrong are offered a chance of salvation and peace. And of course, there is a Totoro-sized chunk of Miyzaki-styled ships, planes, palaces, cars, trams and much more. The unique Ghibli style is on full display throughout.
And so we come to the Blu-Ray itself. Unlike the rather lacklustre look of ?Tales From Earthsea?, the transfer for Howl is nothing short of magnificent. The transformation from DVD to BD is stunning. The vibrancy of colours, the sharpness of the image, the purity of the animation?all of it is beyond compare. This is Ghibli?s best looking BD to date, and the best-sounding, and it gives me great hope for what Spirited Away is going to look like. This BD will show off your system to its finest, while entertaining friends and family alike. There are, once again, some interesting extras included, such as a feature on how Miyazaki-san surprised John Lasseter at Pixar with a shock visit, bringing drool-inducing gifts. There are features on the sound and voices, the English dub and the original launch. All in all it is a wonderful package that will make Ghibli fanatics (like me) very happy indeed.
I cannot recommend this film, or this BD release highly enough. Go and get it and you?ll not be disappointed. If you?ve never bought or seen a Ghibli movie before, here is a wonderful place to start. Fall in love with the magic of Ghibli animation, it is truly something to behold.