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Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pre-theatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller; Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones; rated R) The Last Stand (action; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville; rated R) Beautiful Creatures (Ya fantasy romance; Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson; rated PG-13) Parker (action; Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez; rated R) Kid-Thing (dramedy; Sydney Aguirre, Nathan Zellner; pretheatrical release...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Home Invasion is a weekly post every Tuesday which shows you what is being released on Blu-Ray & DVD today! We scoured through Amazon to bring you everything you might be interested in. Our Picks of the Week are releases that we are looking forward to checking out, have reviewed and/or were are Picks of the Week on the Dtb Podcast. All descriptions are courtesy of Amazon.com unless noted otherwise. If you are thinking about purchasing any of these items, by clicking via the links provided, you are supporting Dtb. Thank you!
This Tuesday is packed! Warner Brothers has issued some re-releases in steelbook form today as well as some other quality releases today from Severin Films, Impulse Films, Vinegar Syndrome and more.
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- Andy Triefenbach
Side Effects - Open Road Films - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Director: Steven Soderbergh Cast: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ann Dowd. Full cast + crew For a while now I've wondered if we're reentering the age of fantastic Hollywood thrillers, and Side Effects certainly has all of the ingredients necessary -- a fantastic cast, a fantastic director and a murder mystery -- but it just doesn't gel in the ways one would think. Rooney Mara stars as the depressed wife of a once-successful finance man (Channing Tatum) who goes on an experimental new drug when he's released from prison. It puts her in a pill-induced funk, someone dies, and the question becomes is she a murderer or a victim of bad medicine...
- Peter Hall
Tenchi Muyo!: War on Geminar, Part 1 & Part 2
You don’t need to be a fan of the original Tenchi Muyo series to dig its spinoff series, War on Geminar. The 13-episode blu-ray series follows the exploits of Tenchi’s half-brother Kenchi. The series opens up with a great mech action sequence, introducing us to Kenchi as an assassin. Soon enough, he goes from killer to kindhearted to savior. If you’re not familiar with the world, learning some of the rules of how Sacred Mechanoid masters works may take some time, but it’s a fun journey overall, filled with wild antics. The mech fights in episode one and episodes 9-13 are great to watch.
True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season
- Bags Hooper
Parker and Stand Up Guys are also available on DVD this week. Beautiful Creatures Alice Englert stars as a witch in this romantic, fantastical movie that may fill the void left by the end of the Twilight franchise. Set in the South, the adaptation of the young-adult novel follows Lena (Englert) as she discovers her powers and falls for local boy Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich). Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, and Viola Davis add some actor credibility to the cast, but it's Ehrenreich's charisma that makes the biggest impression. The DVD comes with a trailer for author Margaret Stohl's next book, plus deleted scenes. 45% Side Effects Steven Soderbergh directs Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum in a stylish thriller that puts antidepressants under the microscope. When Emily's (Mara) therapist (Jude Law) prescribes her a new drug to treat her anxiety, she comes out of the daze she's been in since her husband (Tatum) returned from prison. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Cannes—This year’s Cannes saw a deluge of new titles brought onto the market.
But, through Monday afternoon at least, there had not been a deluge of deals snapping them up.
One day before the pre-sales market wound down, with major distributors planning to pack their bags Tuesday, most major U.S. and European sales companies had little to crow about in contrast to previous years where by this time a flurry of activity would have already been announced.
A L.A. based buyers rep said there was both a lack of quality and “ big mainstream commercial product with guaranteed wide USA theatrical release.”
“Sales are taking longer and have also been scattered: Many movies on the market have sold to most of Asia, Latin America, Germany, Scandinavia and the U.K. but that’s it.” added Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz. »
- John Hopewell and Rachel Abrams
Moviefone's New Release of the Week “Side Effects” What's it about? Side effects may occur in this psychological thriller about a new prescription drug gone awry starring Rooney Mara and Jude Law. Why we're In: This film manages to bring sexy and scary into balance, and the cast is a winning combination. Moviefone's Blu-ray of the Week “My Neighbor Totoro” What's it about? A classic animated film about two Japanese girls who meet a furry forest sprite, created by acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and featuring voice performances by young Dakota Fanning and her little sister Elle Fanning. Why we're In: “Totoro” is a beloved classic, and we're glad to see it being brought to life once again in Blu-ray. New on DVD & Blu-ray “The Last Stand” What's it about? Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Los Angeles cop-turned-border town sherriff in this shoot-‘em-up, action-packed movie. Johnny Knoxville provides the yucks. »
- Natasha Young
This week: Steven Soderbergh's supposedly final film "Side Effects" is a psychological thriller starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. We tell you why it's a final work worth checking out.
Also new this week is the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to leading-man status in "The Last Stand," the Ya supernatural romance "Beautiful Creatures," Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in "Stand Up Guys" and a 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray of "National Lampoon's Vacation."
Box Office: $32 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% Fresh
Storyline: This twisty tale from Steven Soderbergh is about a woman named Emily (Rooney Mara) who turns to psychiatrist Dr. Banks (Jude Law) to help her deal with her intense anxiety attacks after her husband (Channing Tatum) is released from jail. After Banks prescribes an experimental drug to Emily, the side effects have deadly consequences and Banks reaches out to Emily's former shrink (Catherine Zeta-Jones) for advice. »
- Robert DeSalvo
Alison Thompson, co-president of Focus Features International announced numerous sales on Academy Award and BAFTA-winning director Kevin Macdonald's ( The Last King of Scotland , Touching the Void ) heist thriller Black Sea , starring Jude Law ( Sherlock Holmes ). In a multi-territory deal Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisition (Spwa) acquired Germany, Austria, German speaking Switzerland, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Latin America. Backup Media invested against distribution rights in France, Benelux and French speaking Switzerland; E-Stars acquired China; Top Films the Cis; E1 Australia and New Zealand; Lev Cinema Israel; Ster-Kinekor South Africa; and Focus Features International is currently fielding offers in several other territories. With a screenplay by Dennis Kelly, »
In fact, the star-studded genre thriller — which Soderbergh has vowed will be his last theatrical movie — is deadly serious. Rooney Mara plays an emotionally distraught Manhattan housewife struggling with the new status quo after her once-wealthy, white-collar-criminal husband (Channing Tatum) is released from jail. Her shrink (Jude Law) puts her on a promising new wonderdrug to cope, but any relief is accompanied by unsettling sleepwalking episodes… occasionally violent sleepwalking episodes. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Actor will feature in piece written by Belarus Free Theatre and Laura Wade. Meanwhile, the latest short film in the series, Bed Trick, is released today
Jude Law will team up with the Belarus Free Theatre for the next in the series of short films coproduced by the Guardian and the Young Vic theatre.
Over the course of this year, the two organisations will present a series of four films created by the stars and creatives behind Young Vic productions, supported by Bloomberg.
Law, who played Christopher Marlowe's Dr Faustus at the Young Vic in 2002 and has supported Belarus Free Theatre for a number of years, will appear in a film the company has written in collaboration with Laura Wade, the playwright behind the Royal Court's hit Posh.
- Matt Trueman
For this week's edition of Hit Me With Your Best Shot, we stayed another summer in Italy. We didn't follow an American spinster this time but a young shapeshifter known as The Talented Mr Ripley. He was sent to Italy to fetch trustfund baby Dickie Greenleaf but he likes Dickie's life so much he fetches it for himself instead.
Outside the film's actual narrative, based on the famous novel by Patricia Highsmith (whose work is oft-adapted - The Two Faces of January is next) things were just as dramatic. The movie was a Prestige Event since it was Anthony Minghella's (Rip) follow-up to his Best Picture winner The English Patient (1996). It wasn't quite a slam dunk with Oscar, despite the pedigree and the quality (I prefer it to Patient, myself), though it sure was a thing of beauty. The Talented Mr Ripley featured one of the most impressive collections »
- NATHANIEL R
James Schamus has signed a new contract as CEO of Focus Features -- but now he has a co-ceo in Andrew Karpen, who has been promoted from his prior role as president. Karpen, who joined Focus in 2003 and became its president in 2006, will continue reporting to Schamus. While both men oversee all aspects of the company, Karpen oversees global business strategy and digital initiatives. In Cannes, Focus Features International will be selling Mike Leigh's next film, an Amy Winehouse documentary, Michael Cuesta's upcoming "Kill the Messenger" and "Black Sea" starring Jude Law. Another Ffi title, "The Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber and Olivia Williams, will premiere in the Directors' Fortnight. »
Karpen has served as president of Focus since 2006 and joined the company in 2003. For the past seven years, he has overseen the global business strategy and will continue to spearhead digital initiatives.
Karpen will continue to report to Schamus, but both men will now run all aspects of Focus, which Schamus co-founded with David Linde in 2002 (Linde now runs Lava Bear Films).
Focus is revving up for Cannes, where the international sales and distribution prexy will be repping Jeremy Renner-toplined “Kill the Messenger” and “Black Sea” starring Jude Law. Other Focus Features International titles include Mike Leigh’s pic about watercolorist J.M.W. Turner and an Amy Winehouse docu directed by Asif Kapadia.
Focus plans to unspool true life dramatic thriller “Kill the Messenger” next year and has »
- Rachel Abrams
Channing Tatum and a psychological thriller--what else could you possibly ask for? Side Effects, the film starring Tatum, Rooney Mara, and Jude Law, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, comes out on Blu-ray and DVD May 21, and we've got 3 DVD copies to give out!
For those who haven't seen, Side Effects tells the story of Emily Taylor (Mara) undergoes bizarre side effects after her psychiatrist (Law) prescribes her a certain drug. But--as any other thriller--there are way more shockers and twists. (Especially one scene that will make you absolutely gasp.) The story line isn't necessarily what you think, and will have you talking long after the credits roll.
So, what are your favorite psychological thrillers? All you have to do to win a copy is to comment below one of your favorite thrillers and why. The best three will receive a DVD.
Here's what will be included:
Bonus Features (Blu-ray™ and DVD): »
- Stephanie Webber
Based about 9 miles southwest of central London, Twickenham Studios was built on the site of an old ice-skating rink that was acquired in 1912 by Dr. Ralph Jupp. One of the U.K.’s oldest surviving studios, the site opened in 1913. The studio’s first release, The House of Temperley, was released the same year and major stars including Ivor Novello, Dorothy Gish, Gladys Cooper, C. Aubrey Smith and Herbert Tree worked at Twickenham during the silent era.
Jupp was forced to sell the studio in 1920 due to financial and health problems. After the new owners went out of business in 1922 the studio was leased to various companies until Julius Hagen and Leslie Hiscott took over in 1928.
During the 1930s the studio produced a raft of “quota quickies,” low-budget features created to fill the quota requirement established by the Cinematograph Films Act of 1927. Such features were notoriously low quality but provided valuable training opportunities, »
- Robert Mitchell
Currently filming his latest comedy drama The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is set to star an ensemble cast including Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, and Saoirse Ronan, Wes Anderson has been producing quirky dramas for almost twenty years at this point in time.
Director, screenwriter, actor, and producer of features, short films and commercials, Anderson’s work is mostly known for his family struggles, flawed characters, British rock soundtracks, and colourful cinematography. Not only do his films compare in visual style, though, they also often include regular collaborators Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Owen and Luke Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman.
Here’s some of his best:
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
A personal favourite of mine is Anderson’s adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl book, Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2009. As one of his most recent pieces of work, it was hard to »
- Charlie Derry
Details of the proposed plot are currently being kept under wraps.
Cruise signed a deal last week to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in a fifth Mission: Impossible movie.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - the fourth movie in the action series - has grossed almost $700 million (£450 million) worldwide since opening in December 2011.
Watch Digital Spy's video from the red carpet at the Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol »
In a frantic run-up to the annual film market, a cloudburst of English-language movies has swept onto the international stage.
“It’s nightmarish, amazing. This is going to be one of the busiest Cannes ever,” said Ivan Boeing of Brazilian distributor Imagem.
Martin Moszkowicz, at Germany’s Constantin, agrees that last year was robust but this year is even more so.
“There’s a huge number of projects being offered. We’ve gotten well over 200 projects over the last two or three weeks,” he said.
But he cautioned that two-thirds of projects received weren’t ready to come on to the market because they didn’t have a finished screenplay, or a director or cast fully attached.
And without these elements, there’s no guarantee they will happen.
“For the last year or two, studios have been offloading films like ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Solace’ and ‘The »
- John Hopewell and Dave McNary
A year ago, when the Natalie Portman Western Jane Got a Gun first was coming together at Cannes, no one could have predicted that one of Hollywood's hottest projects would unravel so spectacularly. The number of stars bolting the movie have left all sides reeling -- and that’s on top of the departure of original director Lynne Ramsay. Jane finally corralled both its leading men when Joel Edgerton was joined last week by Ewan McGregor, after the project lost Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper. The film is weeks from wrapping production in New Mexico. But the danger isn’t over
- Pamela McClintock, Stuart Kemp
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