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“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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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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Lisa Cholodenko talks “Kids,” Blu-ray technology, and the Oscar race

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right” continues to make waves in the Oscar race, drumming up support in multiple categories as we truck along towards nominations time. While several studios have had to make concessions to get screener copies of their films in voters’ hands, Focus Features wisely released Cholodenko’s hit dra-medy on DVD and Blu-ray in time for the holidays so audiences, critics and key guild members could be reminded of its merits as they filled out crucial ballots.
As the DVD hit streets, Cholodenko called HollywoodNews.com to talk about emotional scenes, Blu-ray technology, recording commentary tracks, and the headlines generated by the Julianne Moore vs. Annette Bening discussion.
HollywoodNews.com: You went through a similar process as your characters, having a child from an anonymous sperm donation. Were you projecting a bit into your own child’s future when you started writing the dialogue for Joni and Laser?
Lisa Cholodenko: You know, if I was having any fantasia about that, it didn’t really go very far. I think once I started writing this script and inventing these characters, I kind of cut out of my own imagining of what my kid would be going through and just jumped into this family’s situation.
HN: You and Stuart [Blumberg] wrote a scene that, to me, remains one of the most moving and beautiful things I’ve seen on screen this year, and it’s the family embrace outside of Joni’s dorm room. Could you talk about constructing that scene?
LC: Well, I have to give Stuart credit for really getting into the viscera of that scene. I love that scene, and I really felt it. It felt like a great way to bring closure to the film. But I think that he had a sense-memory of his experience going to college and saying goodbye to his parents.
HN: Neither of you have college-aged kids?
LC: No, but I think he was able to conjure that experience of his own as the kid going off to college, and then bringing Julianne [Moore] and Annette [Bening] into it, they certainly supplied their own feeling about it. Annette had just sent her first-born off to college, so she certainly knows what those feelings are.

HN: Your film’s now available on Blu-ray. Are you converting your own personal film library over to Blu-ray films?
LC: Well, we have a few Blu-rays, yeah! I don’t know where technology is heading, though, [...]

“Kids Are All Right,” with Bening and Moore, announces DVD date

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A debate has been brewing in Oscar prognosticator circles recently regarding the chances of both Julianne Moore and Annette Bening claiming Best Actress nominations for their work in Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right.”
In a few weeks, we’re going to be able to revisit the character-driven relationship comedy and judge for ourselves which actress deserves a shot at the Academy Award.
That’s because Universal Studios Home Entertainment plans to release kids on Blu-ray and DVD on Nov. 16, just in time for your own dysfunctional family to pop in “Kids” after Thanksgiving dinner and spend a little time with Moore and Bening’s dysfunctional family. Cholodenko’s film follows the teenage children of a lesbian couple who stir the pot when they seek out their birth father (Mark Ruffalo).
The bonus feature, as laid out in a release, are below:
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAYTM HI-DEF:
Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect picture and purest digital sound.
• BD-LIVE: Access the BD-Live Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more!
• pocket BLU: USHE’s groundbreaking pocket BLU app uses iPhone, iPod touch, Blackberry, Nokia Smartphone, Android, PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray player. Also available on the 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: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
• 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.
• Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray Hi-Def. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
• Keyboard: Enter data into a Blu-ray player with your device’s easy and intuitive keyboard.
• MY SCENES: [...]

‘Despicable Me’ mini-movies coming to Blu-ray and DVD in December

HollywoodNews.com: Everyone’s favorite new hilarious animation film, “Despicable Me,” is finally coming to your home theater. On December 14, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release the film with some bonus features.
For a limited time only a trio of all-new, hilarious adventures starring the film’s endearingly mischievous Minions, will be available only on the Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D Combo Packs and the DVD Double Pack. All three products include a digital copy of the movie to watch anytime, anywhere. A single disc DVD will also be available.
“‘Despicable Me’ is one of those rare titles that moviegoers of all ages have enthusiastically embraced,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “It’s not only one of the highest-grossing movies of the year but also one of the most popular animated films of all time. Perfectly timed for the holidays, Despicable Me will be high on everybody’s wish list as the must-have Blu-ray/DVD of the season.”
The latest film from producer Chris Meledandri (executive producer of Ice Age and Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!) Despicable Me’s all-star cast of unforgettably funny heroes and villains includes Steve Carell (Date Night, Get Smart, Horton Hears a Who!, TV’s The Office), Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man), Miranda Cosgrove (Nickelodeon’s No. 1 live-action show iCarly), legendary Academy Award® winner Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins , The Princess Diaries series), Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall ), Kristen Wiig (Date Night, Saturday Night Live), Will Arnett (Monsters vs. Aliens, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, Ratatouille), Danny McBride (Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express), Jack McBrayer (TV’s “30 Rock”, Forgetting Sarah Marshall ) and Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”, Dinner For Schmucks). The hilarious tale of a wannabe super-villain whose life is unexpectedly changed by a trio of determined little orphans packed theaters and delighted families nationwide this summer.
The ultimate entertainment for the entire family, Despicable Me is packed with never-before-seen bonus features including games, behind-the-scenes featurettes and filmmaker commentaries that will keep the entire family enchanted for hours.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY ON BLU-RAY™ 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD Double Pack:
THREE ALL NEW, MINI-MOVIES Starring THE MINIONS — The fun continues with three all-new mini-movies, created exclusively for the Blu-ray Combo Packs and DVD Double Pack! Available for a limited time only! Get more [...]

“Scott Pilgrim” DVD and Blu-ray bursting with extra features

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: By most standards, Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” underperformed.
Buoyed by a boatload of pre-release publicity – including a major push at San Diego’s ComiCon – the graphic novel adaptation only earned $31M this summer. The common belief was that “Scott Pilgrim” had a niche audience, and they turned out. But that was all.
Expect that same audience to show support when “Scott Pilgrim” hits DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 9. Universal Studios released details on a DVD-Blu-ray Combo Pack that should satisfy the tech-friendly followers of “Scott.”
Full specs are below, from the studio’s release:
Both the Blu-ray and DVD come loaded with:
Deleted scenes
Laugh-out-loud bloopers
Cast commentaries assembled by director, producer and co-writer Edgar Wright.
The 2-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack is packed with :
Hours of additional in-depth bonus features
A Blu-ray and DVD copy of film
For a limited time only, a digital copy of the movie that can be viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices anytime, anywhere.
Blu-ray consumers will also be able to stream a free bonus movie instantly to any internet-connected player, Smartphone or iPad™ using the free pocket BLU™ app.
Starting with ”Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, iPad™ owners can also enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made especially to take advantage of the tablet’s larger screen and high resolution display. With this app, Blu-ray™ consumers will be able to stream their full-length bonus movie in a way that’s bigger and better than ever before.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK:
INSIDER DOCUMENTARIES:
o Making of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
o Music Featurette
o You Too Can Be Sex Bob-Omb
ALTERNATE FOOTAGE: A special look at alternative edits to the film.
PRE-PRODUCTION: A look inside the film’s pre-production process
including storyboards, pre-visualizations, animatics, motion capture tests, rehearsal footage, casting tapes, hair/make-up tests and more!
THE MUSIC OF SCOTT PILGIRM VS. THE WORLD: This feature includes four complete music videos and video remixes from legendary DJ Osymyso.
VISUAL EFFECTS: This feature takes a second look at the movie’s inventive visual effects.
SOUND WORK: A mini documentary about the creation of the film’s super-powered sonic landscape.
TRAILERS & TV SPOTS from the theatrical release of the film
ADULT SWIMTM: Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation
SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE CENSORS: TV safe version
BEHIND-THE-SCENES PRODUCTION BLOGS from the set of
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by director /producer/ co-writer Edgar Wright.
FREE BONUS MOVIE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: Blu-ray Combo Pack [...]

“Rocky Horror” receives musical Blu-ray for 35th birthday

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Let’s do the time warp again (and again and again and again)!
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the ultimate example of movie-fan interaction, is turning 35 and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is celebrating with a tricked out Blu-ray treatment of the cult fave.
Streeting on Oct. 19, “Rocky Horror” stars Tim Curry as a bizarre and self-proclaimed “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania.” He’s joined by Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as a couple who find themselves lost on a cold, rainy night.
Boasting a newly-restored high definition transfer and 7.1 audio, the anniversary edition Blu-ray brims with exclusive new content including “Rocky-oke: Sing It!,” a “Picture-In-Picture Shadowcast Performance,” a vintage callback track, and plenty more BD-LIVE content. And for a limited time, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 35th Anniversary” will be packaged in a collectible 24-page book featuring legendary photography from Mick Rock, best known for his iconic shots of rock ‘n’ roll artists.
The complete Blu-ray specs are below
Blu-ray Specs: (Catalog # 2270701)
• Restored Picture – Brand New 4K/2K Master From The Original Camera Negatives
• The Midnight Experience: The Late Night, Double Feature, Picture-in-Picture
• Show *, Vintage Callback Track (Unrated), Prop Box, Trivia Track
• BD-LIVE**: Live Lookup™ Powered by IMDb®
• Rocky-oke *: Sing It!
• Don’t Dream It, Be It: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast, Part I
• An-tic-i-pation: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast, Part II
• Mick Rock (A Photographer)
• Mick Rock’s Picture Show (A Gallery)
• Pressbook and Poster Gallery
• Audio Commentary by Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn
• Deleted Musical Scenes and Outtakes
• Alternate Credit Ending and Misprint Ending
• Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show
• Beacon Theater, New York City
“Time Warp” Music Video
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Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” nabs September DVD release date

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood,” which cast “Gladiator” star Russell Crowe in the leading role, will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on Sept. 21, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The releases will feature the theatrical film, as well as a never-before-seen unrated director’s cut of the movie. The film and its unrated version will also be available day and date for digital download and video on demand.
This is great news, as “Robin Hood” is one of the few films released this summer that I’m eager to revisit. Scott’s vision was criticized in certain circles for choosing to focus on Robin’s origins, instead of rehashing the myth we’ve heard countless times before. But that approach worked quite well for me, and I’m anxious to find out if the film holds up on a repeat viewing.
Per Universal’s press release, the 3-disc “Robin Hood” Blu-ray Combo Pack will feature a Blu-ray and DVD copy of the theatrical and director’s cut film, as well as a digital copy of the director’s cut that can be viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices anytime, anywhere. Additionally, both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and the 2-Disc Special Edition will feature deleted scenes and filmmaker commentary, plus an extensive look at the making of Robin Hood that includes behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew. The Blu-ray release also exclusively features an interactive “Director’s Notebook,” which seamlessly takes fans inside the making of the specific scenes of the film, from production design to special effects.
A full breakdown follows:
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY ON BLU-RAY:
• DIRECTOR’S NOTEBOOK — A seamless multimedia experience focusing on the director’s vision gives viewers a peek inside Oscar® nominee Ridley Scott’s unique filmmaking process. Incorporating behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Scott and his trusted inner circle of collaborators, this feature launches at critical moments throughout the film to illuminate the task of mounting a vast production like Robin Hood.
• THE ART OF NOTTINGHAM — A special look at the portfolio of designs generated for the film, including video introductions by key department heads such as production designer Arthur Max and costume designer Janty Yates. Galleries of concept art, costume designs, storyboards and other imagery are featured.
• BD-LIVE™ — Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the latest trailers and more.
o MY SCENES — Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movie.
• pocket BLU™ app — Experience [...]

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