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Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Fast & Furious 6"
What's It About? Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Vin Diesel, and the late Paul Walker reunite with Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and future Wonder Woman Gal Gadot to put the pedal to the medal in the sixth iteration of this car-racing series. Can our favorite speed freaks outwit and outdrive a gang of drivers led by a British baddie named Shaw (Luke Evans)?
Why We're In: Besides the fact that some of the DVD earnings will be donated to the late Paul Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide, this is the perfect guilty-pleasure action film to pop on with a bunch of friends. It's worth it for the runway scene alone.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Big" (25th Anniversary Edition)
What's It About? Before Tom Hanks saved "Mr. Banks," he won our hearts as a little »
- Jenni Miller
It may be hard to believe, but it’s the 25th Anniversary of Big, and there’s a new Blu-Ray release to get the film out to a new generation… and because you want to own it on Blu-Ray.
Loaded with special features, and boasting a couple of cool extras, this is a Blu-Ray that has to be on your list. You really want to pick up at least two, of course, because someone on everyone’s list wants this one. Speaking of two, I have two copies available for a couple of lucky winners.
It can be hard to pull yourself away from the nostalgia, but this one holds up surprisingly well. It has a few notes that may catch the next generation off guard (as they wonder why so-and-so doesn’t just pick up their cell phone, etc.), but the fun is timeless.
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- Marc Eastman
"Scarface" co-star Steven Bauer recalled a decade ago that, during the 1983 premiere for the over-the-top epic of the rise and fall of a violent, foul-mouthed, cocaine kingpin, Martin Scorsese turned to him and said, "You guys are great -- but be prepared, because they're going to hate it in Hollywood" Bauer said he asked why, and that Scorsese replied, "Because it's about them."
Thirty years after the release of "Scarface" (on December 9, 1983), Brian De Palma's glitzy, coke-fueled tale of Cuban immigrant druglord Tony Montana now seems like a landmark of '80s cinema. It provided major early career breaks for a number of stars, from Michelle Pfeiffer to Bauer to F. Murray Abraham, as well as for screenwriter Oliver Stone. Along with fellow gangster Michael Corleone of the "Godfather" trilogy, Tony Montana is the role Al Pacino is most likely to be remembered for. And of course, the movie »
- Gary Susman
Zoltar! Remember that one? The fortune telling machine from the beloved Big classic directed by Penny Marshall is back with some slick Zoltar Digital Trading Cards, which we've listed below. Big opened on June 3rd, 1988 and was scipted by Seabiscuit, and Hunger Games director Gary Ross, as well as Anne Spielberg, sister of famed Steven Spielberg, and writer of TV movie Time Warp. The Big 25th Anniversary is available on Blu-ray/DVD combo on December 10th via 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, and stars Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jared Rushton, David Moscow, John Lovitz, Mercedes Ruehl and Josh Clark. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 7 Nov 2013 - 07:02
Our journey through the half-remembered, underappreciated films of the 1990s continues. Here, we look to 1997...
Dominated by the box office behemoth that was James Cameron's Titanic, 1997 was a year of high drama and outlandish special effects. The Lost World: Jurassic Park brought with it a new batch of genetically revived dinosaurs, George Lucas dug his original Star Wars trilogy out of the cupboard and added new (controversial) computer-generated sequences, while Nicolas Cage and John Travolta did impressions of one another and fired guns in John Woo's delirious action movie, Face/Off.
It was a varied year for movies, for sure, particularly by 21st century standards; it's difficult to imagine a British feel-good comedy about amateur male strippers (The Full Monty) getting into the year's 10 highest grossing films these days. But among all those winners, there had to be some »
What happens when you get Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock on the Jonathan Ross Show at the same time? Well, you get a giant piano and Hanks recreating one of his most memorable on-screen moments from the film Big. Only this time he's accompanied by Sandra Bullock instead of Robert Loggia, who should win an award based solely on her ability to do "Chopsticks" in those massive heels. Hilarity, and a pretty decent version of "Chopsticks," ensues. Here's the original scene from Big... And speaking of Sandra Bullock, here's another moment from the same show where Bullock shows the world just how great (and adorable) she is at rapping Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight." Meanwhile, Bullock's new film...
- Erik Davis
Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks are the stars of the two biggest movies in the United States right now, Gravity and Captain Phillips, and both movies put their stars through the wringer. So after you've seen Bullock fight off space debris and Hanks deal with Somali pirates, why not watch the two cut loose and dance on a giant piano on British television? The bit has nothing to do with their new movies, of course, but with Hanks's iconic role in 1988's Big, where he and Robert Loggia did a much more choreographed dance on the giant piano inside Manhattan's Fao Schwarz. Oh, come on, you remember it. Hanks, a completely good sport in literally all circumstances and probably an all-time great talk show guest, is of course totally game to try and play chopsticks and then fake an elaborate piano performance. But when Sandra Bullock steps up and nails »
Two-time Oscar® Winner Tom Hanks* received his first Best Actor Nomination for his disarming turn as a 12-year-old man-child in Penny Marshall’s timeless, “hilarious” (Newsweek) delight. Tired of being a kid, Josh Baskin wishes he was big. When he wakes up the next day, he’s an adult! Now, Josh must hold down a job – and please a new boss (Robert Loggia). Tougher still, he must convince his best friend that he’s still himself, and explain to a beautiful woman (Elizabeth Perkins) who falls for him, that he’s not. Soon, Josh just wants to be a kid again, but can he? As exhilarating as it was during its acclaimed debut, the “warmhearted” (The Washington Post) Big is available as a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack! Special Features ● Big Extended Cut ● Big Brainstorming Audio Documentary by »
- Pietro Filipponi
Fox Home Entertainment is celebrating the silver anniversary of the timeless 1988 classic Big with a 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray arriving on December 10. No pricing details have been released for this Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, but the collectible packaging features a sound chip that plays the beloved song "Heart & Soul" from director Penny Marshall's comedy. Take a look at the cover art and special features detals.
Two-time Oscar Winner Tom Hanks received his first Best Actor Nomination for his disarming turn as a 12-year-old man-child in Penny Marshall's timeless, "hilarious" (Newsweek) delight. Tired of being a kid, Josh Baskin wishes he was big. When he wakes up the next day, he's an adult! Now, Josh must hold down a job - and please a new boss (Robert Loggia). Tougher still, he must convince his best friend that he's still himself, and explain to a beautiful woman (Elizabeth Perkins) who falls for him, »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $19.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks (Larry Crowne) received his first Best Actor Academy Award Nomination for his turn as a 12-year-old man-child in the beloved comedy-drama fantasy Big, which gets the royal treatment in Big: 25th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Combo.
The 1986 film, directed by Penny Marshall (A League of their Own), tells the tale of 12-year-old Josh Baskin, who declares he’s tired of being a kid. Wishing he was big, Josh wakes up the next day to discover that he’s an adult! Running away from home to New York City, Josh must hold down a job, please a new boss (Robert Loggia, Scarface), convince his best friend that he’s still himself, and figure out how to proceed with the »
Scream Factory will be bringing Psycho II and III to Blu-ray/DVD on September 24th and we have a look at the original trailers for both movies, along with a handful of clips.
Psycho II: Anthony Perkins makes a terrifying homecoming in his roles as the infamous Norman Bates, who after years of treatment in a mental institution for the criminally insane, has come home to run the Bates Motel. Vera Miles returns as the woman who is still haunted by her sister’s brutal murder and the ominous motel where it all occurred many years ago. Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia and Dennis Franz co-star in the terrifying sequel to Alfred Hitchock’s classic film.
All-new Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Tom Holland Vintage interviews with cast and crew including Anthony Perkins and director Richard Franklin Vintage audio interviews with cast and crew TV Spots Original Theatrical Trailer »
- Jonathan James
Evil Dead director Sam Raimi is best known for his work behind the camera, but the truth is that he loves to act. Not in the Hitchcockian way, by cameos in his own films... he’s actually played roles great and small in tons of genre fare. Blink and you’ll miss him in the live action The Flintstones (in a crime scene re-enactment) and in John Landis’s Spies Like Us, where he plays alongside his pal Joel Coen as a guard: Sam & Joel Coen in "Spies Like Us" Sam has actually been friends with the Coen Brothers since Joel was an assistant editor on The Evil Dead, and at one point Sam, the Coen Brothers, and award-winning actresses Frances McDormand and Holly Hunter even shared living quarters. It’s no surprise then that Sam has been in two of the Coens' films: The Hudsucker Proxy and Miller’s Crossing. »
- Kristy Jett
Like most humans presently stalking the Earth, I’ve been watching teevee ever since my eyeballs could focus. Being a fanboy collector, I do my share of possessing odd and great stuff. Sadly, there were two teevee shows I absolutely worshipped that I could not find, even from collectors who obtain their DVDs through questionable means.
The first is T.H.E. Cat, Robert Loggia’s jazz-based New Orleans cat burglar private eye show. It only lasted one season, it was in black-and-white, and each episode only ran 30 minutes. So it’s half-life in syndication was roughly the same as Lawrencium. There are some truly awful bootlegs around, 12th generation dubs of a kinescope shot off of teevee set that desperately needed rabbit ears. I haven’t given up, but the challenge is undermining my otherwise natural sense of happy optimism.
The second is Nichols, the post-western western about a pacifist who »
- Mike Gold
A sequel to the 1996 sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day has long been in the planning stages, and as it stands now, we will be getting two back-to-back follow-ups with ID Forever - Part 1 and ID Forever - Part 2, the first of which, as far as we can tell, is still being planned for a 2015 release. Though, that may change, pushing the release date of that first chapter to 2016.
In June, while out promoting his latest thriller White House Down, director Roland Emmerich revealed original cast member Will Smith was not returning, saying that the actor was too big of a star, and that they could not meet the actor's demands.
"Will Smith can not come back because he's too expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much. We have like maybe half of the people that you know from the first film (in »
Charlton Heston movies: ‘A Man for All Seasons’ remake, ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ (photo: Charlton Heston as Ben-Hur) (See previous post: “Charlton Heston: Moses Minus Staff Plus Chariot Equals Ben-Hur.”) I’ve yet to watch Irving Rapper’s melo Bad for Each Other (1954), co-starring the sultry Lizabeth Scott — always a good enough reason to check out any movie, regardless of plot or leading man. A major curiosity is the 1988 made-for-tv version of A Man for All Seasons, with Charlton Heston in the Oscar-winning Paul Scofield role (Sir Thomas More) and on Fred Zinnemann’s director’s chair. Vanessa Redgrave, who plays Thomas More’s wife in the TV movie (Wendy Hiller in the original) had a cameo as Anne Boleyn in the 1966 film. According to the IMDb, Robert Bolt, who wrote the Oscar-winning 1966 movie (and the original play), is credited for the 1988 version’s screenplay as well. Also of note, »
- Andre Soares
When the news of Dennis Farina’s death by cancer at age 69 came through early this week, I think I felt a particularly sharp pang because it came so soon after the passing of James Gandolfini. I hadn’t thought of it before, but with Gandolfini still fresh in my mind, when I heard about Farina’s death I had a sense of connection between the two actors, and the same sense of having lost “one of our own.”
As actors, they were poles apart. Gandolfini was the trained actor, the skilled artist, somebody who had found his calling young and applied himself to perfecting his instrument. Farina’s was a case of fortunate circumstance, natural ability, and working from the gut.
But what they both shared – and what I’d always responded to in both men – was an Italian-American blue collar-dom, a sense of being one of the guys, »
- Bill Mesce
Sinbad just got a brand new degree from debt school ... and all it cost him was $11 Million ... TMZ has learned. If you recall, the '90s comic -- who starred opposite Scott Bakula in "Necessary Roughness" ("Andre does not eat raw meat, 'cause Andre's a vegetarian!" God we loved that movie) -- is broke now and filed for bankruptcy back in April. But in order to enjoy the full benefits of bankruptcy (the govt. wiping »
- TMZ Staff
As we march bravely on through 2013, Thn will take a nostalgic yet critical look at the 53 Walt Disney Animated Classics, from Snow White to Wreck-it Ralph, through the obscurity of Fun And Fancy Free to the Golden Age of Beauty And The Beast. These are the films the Walt Disney company are most proud of, the ones that hold a special place in our hearts, the ones that still cost a fortune to buy on DVD.
This time, a little later than planned… it’s a twist on a Twist with Oliver & Company
Oliver & Company
1988/ 73 Minutes
Directed by George Scribner
By the early 1980s, Disney’s original braintrust of animators, the so-called “Nine Old Men”, had retired, bringing forth a new generation of animators, amongst them Don Bluth and Tim Burton, who would go on to find success beyond the House of Mouse’s walls.
This new guard brought with »
- Rob Burch
Scream Factory has officially announced their fall lineup, with more than 15 classic horror titles making their way to Blu-ray, including Day of the Dead, Price of Darkness, The Amityville Horror Trilogy, and six Vincent Price movies:
Scanners II and III: “On September 10, Scream Factory will unleash Christian Duguay’s science fiction action thrillers Scanners II: The New Order and Scanners III: The Takeover in a Double Feature Two-Disc Blu-ray™+ DVD Combo Pack. In Scanners II, a breed of humans with dangerously powerful telepathic abilities – the scanners – are being recruited by a corrupt police commander, John Forrester, in his crusade to take over the city. Forrester first enlists the help of an evil scientist, Dr. Morse, who wants to conduct mind-control experiments on the scanners with a new drug. When the side effects render the scanners incapable, Forrester then finds David Kellum (David Hewlett, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes »
- Jonathan James
20th Century Fox has issued a fitting July 3, 2015 release to the Independence Day sequel, currently titled ID Forever - Part 1. No date has been given for ID Forever - Part 2, but it would seem likely that this will be released on the same weekend in either 2016 or 2017.
The studio has also set a July 31, 2015 date for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which may now be called Peregrine's Home for Peculiars.
In addition, 20th Century Fox has shuffled release dates for some of its biggest titles next year. X-Men: Days of Future Past is swapping release dates with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with X-Men: Days of Future Past now set for a May 23, 2014 release, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes bumped later into the summer on July 18, 2014. X-Men: Days of Future Past will now square off against the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore comedy Blended, while »
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