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Take George Clooney Home!

HollywoodNews.com: Experience the Heartbreak and Humor When the Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Winner Comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD March 13
From director Alexander Payne creator of the Oscar® winning Sideways comes one of the Best Pictures of the year, THE DESCENDANTS, featuring a stunning cast including Best Actor nominee George Clooney (Ides of March) and Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) in her Golden Globe nominated and Independent Spirit Award winning role. Take home this wonderfully warm and witty film and go behind the scenes of THE DESCENDANTS with all-new exclusive content on Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack and DVD March 13 from Fox Searchlight and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Based on the best-selling novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings and set in Hawaii, THE DESCENDANTS is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.
Nominated for five Academy Awards® and winner for Best Adapted Screenplay, THE DESCENDANTS is a must-have on Blu-ray and DVD. The release is packed with must-see deleted scenes, behind the scenes extras and exclusive featurettes to bring you even further into the story.
THE DESCENDANTS Blu-ray Features:
· Deleted Scenes with introductions by the director
· Everybody Loves George
· Working with Alexander
· The Real Descendants
· Hawaiian Style
· Casting
· Working with Water
· Music Videos
o “Will I Ever See You Again”
o Postcards from Paradise
o “Honolulu’s Whisper
· Waiting for the Light
· The World Parade – Hawaii (Silent Film)
· A Conversation with George Clooney and Alexander Payne
· [...]

“SHAME” – Take Home the Most Controversial and Provocative Film of the Year

HollywoodNews.com: From visionary director Steve McQueen, one of the most talked about films of 2011 comes home to stunning Blu-ray from Fox Searchlight and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
A film festival powerhouse, SHAME has captivated viewers through its haunting depiction of the life of a sex addict and his emotionally troubled sister. Evocative performances from Golden Globe® nominee Michael Fassbender and Academy Award® nominee Carrie Mulligan make SHAME the must-have release of the year. Get your hands on SHAME on Blu-ray Combo Pack April 17 and see the movie everyone is talking about in the privacy of your own home. Available for pre-order now on Amazon.
Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment and stirs up memories of their shared painful past, Brandon’s insular life spirals out of control.
The SHAME Blu-ray Combo Pack presentation features a premium high definition Blu-ray loaded with special features, a DVD version of the film and Digital Copy. Get a behind-the-scenes look at McQueen’s groundbreaking vision with exclusive extras and featurettes. Pre-book date is March 21.
SHAME Blu-ray Combo Pack Features:
Focus on Michael Fassbender
Director Steve McQueen
The Story of Shame
A Shared Vision
Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character With Michael Fassbender
Theatrical Trailer
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Oscars: David Fincher’s “Dragon Tattoo” reveals DVD release date

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Details on the DVD release of David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” are starting to emerge, just as Rooney Mara prepares to represent the dark thriller at the Academy Awards.
On March 20, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the film on a one-disc DVD and a three-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (the latter of which includes two Blu-ray discs with UltraViolet + one DVD).
The three-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack includes two blu-ray discs packed with more than four hours of behind-the-scenes footage as well as commentary by Fincher. The Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes UltraViolet, enabling consumers to instantly stream or download the movie.
More from the release:
This highly anticipated motion picture from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings together an all-star ensemble cast led by Daniel Craig (James Bond franchise), Rooney Mara (The Social Network), Golden Globe nominee Robin Wright (1994, Best Actress, Forrest Gump), Stellan Skarsgård (Thor), Golden Globe winner Christopher Plummer (2012, Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role, Beginners) and Joely Richardson (TV’s “Nip/Tuck”).
Earning $200 million in box office worldwide, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has received five Academy Award nominations including Actress in a Leading Role (Rooney Mara), Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
The film adaptation was directed by David Fincher with screenplay by Academy Award winner Steven Zaillian (2002, Writing (Original), Gangs of New York) who executive produced along with Mikael Wallen and Anni Faurbye Fernandez (both Headhunters). Original music is by Academy Award® winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (2011, Best Original Score, The Social Network).
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Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” reveals DVD release date – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Oscar hopefuls released earlier in the year – i.e., not in November and December – face a serious challenge on staying on voters’ radars, so it’s interesting to see contenders like “The Help” and now “Midnight In Paris’ capitalize by grabbing key December dates for their DVD releases.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced that Woody Allen’s summer hit will reach DVD and Blu-ray on Dec. 20, just in time to remind people how much they enjoyed Owen Wilson’s whimsical journey around after-dark Paris.
The film, which opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival, was a tremendous success for Allen. It became his highest-grossing film over the summer, posting $55.4 million in domestic ticket sales. It also earned fantastic reviews, earning a staggering 93% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Depending on which Oscar trackers you follow, “Midnight” and Allen are in the running for Best Picture and Director Oscars, and a DVD release date in laet December will only help the film’s campaign.
A studio release says that the Blu-ray and DVD both contain a special featurette, “Midnight in Cannes,” and exclusive to the Blu-ray are cast and crew photo galleries.

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“Star Wars” Blu-rays break global sales records

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As was expected, the Force was extremely strong with the new “Star Wars” Blu-rays that FOX and LucasFilm recently released.
The studios revealed that “Star Wars” is the bestselling catalog Blu-ray Disc of all time, with worldwide sales totaling one million units, including 515,000 units sold in North America in its first week alone. According to a release, this represents $84 million in worldwide consumer spending, including $38 million in North America — unprecedented for a nine-disc Blu-ray collection at a premium price.
“Once again our fan’s enthusiasm to celebrate Stars Wars continues to amaze us,” said Kayleen Walters, Senior Director, Marketing, Lucasfilm. “Our goal was to deliver a premium product that they could enjoy with their family and friends and we are thrilled that they are enjoying it as much as we hoped they would.”
“Star Wars is a franchise with universal stories that resonates as much today as it did 30 years ago,” said Mary Daily, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Vincent Marcais, Senior Vice President of International Marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “With the Blu-ray, audiences can go deeper into the mythology than ever before and reconnect with everything they love about the Saga in the best possible quality.”
More from the release:
The thirteen-month campaign to launch the SAGA Blu-ray and engage consumers around the globe began in August 2010. From Darth Vader at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a first look at San Diego Comic Con, a first-of-its-kind partnership with eBay, to creating the world’s largest lightsaber in the UK, the power of the Force continued to resonate around the world as fans came out in droves to have fun with that galaxy far, far away.
The comprehensive collection includes the six movies with unparalleled high-definition picture and sound quality, and features numerous deleted, extended and alternate scenes, new documentaries and a cross-section of the countless Star Wars spoofs that have appeared in pop culture over the past three decades. Marking the first time ever that the full Saga is available in one complete collection, STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY also features a coveted peek into the making of the Saga with vintage documentaries, audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, prop and costume turnarounds, retrospectives and more.
Episodes I-III and IV-VI are also available as distinct Blu-ray Trilogy collections. Additionally, the Ask Vader app [...]

Selena Gomez comedy “Monte Carlo” coming to Blu-ray, DVD

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Selena Gomez fans who took a journey across the ocean with the singer-actress this summer for the coming-of-age comedy “Monte Carlo” will be thrilled to hear that it’s coming out on DVD in a few weeks.
Fox Home Entertainment has announced an Oct. 18 release date on Blu-ray and DVD for the charming feature, which earned $22 million at the summer box office. In the film, Gomez plays Grace, a small-town teenager who finally gets to go on her dream vacation to Paris, only to find herself in a whirlwind fantasy of mistaken identity and unexpected romance.
Katie Cassidy (“Melrose Place”) and Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl”) co-star in the comedy, which also features “Glee” hunk Cory Monteith.
Below, we have a full breakdown of the DVD and Blu-ray specs:
MONTE CARLO Blu-ray + Digital Copy
• Feature Film
• Deleted Scenes
• Meet Madame Valery
• Pont Des Arts Bridge
• Try on the Dior
• Owen Plays Soccer
• Owen at Sacre-Coeur
• Alicia Confronts Cordelia
• Cordelia’s Fate
• Monte Carlo Match Up
• Ding-Dang Delicious: The Boys of Monte Carlo
• Monte Carlo Couture
• Jet Setter’s Dream
• Backstage Pass
• Gossip with the Girls
• Theatrical Trailer
• Digital Copy “How To”
• Live Extras
• Theatrical Trailer
• Live Lookup
• Digital Copy
MONTE CARLO DVD
• Feature Film
• Deleted Scenes
• Meet Madame Valery
• Pont Des Arts Bridge
• Try on the Dior
• Owen Plays Soccer
• Owen at Sacre-Coeur
• Alicia Confronts Cordelia
• Cordelia’s Fate
• Monte Carlo Match Up
• Ding-Dang Delicious: The Boys of Monte Carlo
• Backstage Pass
• Theatrical Trailer
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Say hello to “Scarface,” coming back to a theater near you

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Say hello to your little friend!
In celebration of SCARFACE on Blu-ray, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and NCM Fathom will present a special screening of the film at more than 475 movie theatres nationwide for one night only on Wednesday, August 31, at 7:30 p.m. local time.
Audiences will get the opportunity to experience one of the most influential gangster classics ever made like never before — with all-new restored high-definition picture and enhanced audio.
“Almost 30 years after its initial release, Scarface remains iconic and stirs passionate responses from audiences around the world,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. “Now, fans can experience Scarfacelike never before in theaters with spectacularly updated visual and sound quality, and never-before-seen elements in an historic, one-night event.”
For more information on this event and ticketing, please visit www.FathomEvents.com
The first-ever Blu-ray release of SCARFACE arrives on September 6, 2011.
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Star Wars Blu-ray early access App now available

By G. Clay Whittaker
Hollywoodnews.com: “Star Wars: The Complete Saga” will be available on Blu-ray in stores Sept. 16, right in time for some back-to-school marathons and end-of-summer drinking games. But if you can’t even wait that long, this treat for iDevice owners will make for hours of entertainment.
As part of the massive rollout for the “Star Wars” Blu-ray release, fans with iPhones and iPads can download a free app filled with tons of content to whet their appetites.
It’s great stuff for fans that want to go behind the scenes. Blu-ray isn’t really about the films; the die-hard fans are still wearing out that old VHS, and if they’ve upgraded to DVD they treat the disc with an archivists care. Blu-ray is about delivery potential for everything that makes for a richer experience: artwork, prop and costume scans, interviews and a lot of other gems worth investigating.
And the App is an accessible, touch-screen preview of all of that new material. Early screenshots look stellar, and the App is already available for iPad users (sorry iPhone, you have to wait until August 2). It’s a wonderful product for old fans and young ones alike, because a lot of this stuff just isn’t available anywhere.
Download on the iPad today, the iPhone in just a couple of weeks, and if you happen to be going to Comic-Con, they’ll have a display up at booth #3528 with iPads and the Blu-rays for a sample of what’s to come in September.
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“Bridesmaids” coming to Blu-ray, DVD on Sept. 20

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It has been one of the biggest surprises of Summer 2011 … a smash-hit comedy from our of left field that outperformed expectations and turned its leading lady into a bona-fide star.
We’re talking, of course, about Kristen Wiig and “Bridesmaids,” which just announced a Blu-ray and DVD release date of Sept. 20. We have details below on the incredibly funny ensemble comedy, which starred “SNL” standout Wiig as a bridesmaid trying to give her best friend (Maya Rudolph) a memorable send off. Needless to say, shenanigans occur.
From the release:
EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:
• DIGITAL COPY: Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie to watch on an array of electronic and portable devices.
• GAG REEL (Blu-ray Version)
• DELETED SCENES: Tons of deleted scenes, plus a never-before-seen “commercial” for Brynn and Gil’s 
Oo-Laka Juice.
• EXTENDED & ALTERNATE SCENES: Tons of extended and alternate scenes featuring the bridesmaids, the boyfriends, the roommates, Cholodecki’s employees and customers, and the hilarious “stolen” boot camp class.
• MADE OF HONOR: BEHIND THE SCENES OF BRIDESMAIDS: A behind-the-scenes “Making Of” the film featuring Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, writer Annie Mumolo, director Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow, among others.
• DRUNK-O-RAMA: Featuring Kristen Wiig’s greatest moments on the plane.
• PEP TALK: Featuring Kristen Wiig on the tennis court
• ANNIE VS. HELEN: A montage of Bridesmaids frenemies’ – Kristen Wiig’s “Annie” and Rose Byrne’s “Helen” – best and worst moments together.
• “HOLD ON:” Full song performance of Wilson Phillips’ hit “Hold On.”
· BD-LIVE™: Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to watch exclusive content, the latest trailers and more!
• pocket BLU™: The groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPad®, iPhone®, iPod® touch, Android™, PC and Mac® to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray™ player. Plus iPad® owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made especially to take advantage of the tablet’s larger screen and high resolution display. Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray™ content and watch entertaining extras on the go in a way that’s bigger and better than ever before. pocket BLU™ offers advanced features such as:
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.
VIDEO TIMELINE: [...]

“X-Men: First Class” Blu-ray date and details

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: In a summer movie season chocked full of superhero efforts – from “Green Lantern” to “Thor” – it’s Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” that I’m most looking forward to seeing on Blu-ray.
Sounds like Sept. 9 will be my lucky day.
CraveOnline is reporting that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment plans to release a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy package of the X-Men prequel, which stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as Charles Xavier and Magneto, respectively, during their difficult formative years.
The studio also is drumming up support with a humorous, “Twilight”-inspired Team Erik and Team Charles contest. Free t-shirts are involved (and who doesn’t like that?)
Here is a look at alternate box-cover art. Be sure to click the link above to find out how to score some choice “First Class” t-shirts by ordering the Blu-ray during San Diego’s Comic-Con.

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