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A pair of this year's movie releases, the horror film Ouija and the animated adventure The Book of Life, are coming to your home entertainment system early next year, and the studios have given us a look at what you'll find on the disc when they release. Come inside to learn more!
I know how vastly different these titles, and the audiences for them, are. However, since information on both of them came out at the same time, I thought it'd be easier to put everything into one convenient article. So check out the official press releases below for the upcoming blu-rays for The Book of Life and Ouija:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you and your family to join Manolo, Maria and Chuy as they embark on a magical journey that takes them on an adventure of a lifetime in The Book Of Life available on Blu-ray™ 3D, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Jose here, each Wednesday in "Threads" we'll be obsessing over a single costume we're fixated on that week. This week, because we're coming down from a Halloween candy sugar rush, we discuss the exuberant elegance of La Muerte in The Book of Life (which Nathaniel had already suggested as a great Halloween costume).
Clad in tight-fitting red fabric from top to bottom, La Muerte’s (voiced by telenovela superstar Kate del Castillo) outfit only truly comes to life through its accessories; particularly that larger than life hat adorned with hanging skulls, flowers and candles, all of which are dazzling to behold from an aesthetic perspective, but are fascinating because of their symbolic meaning. La Muerte, which is Spanish for “death” is a festive representation of the Mexican Day of the Dead, in which family members visit the graves of their deceased ones and bring them offerings which include chocolate skulls, »
The animation is fresh, unique, and gorgeous. But we don’t need another tale of a man having exciting adventures while a woman waits around to marry him. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The animation, a CGI explosion of Mexican folkloric motifs, is fresh, unique, and gorgeous, if the design is at times so frenetic and overstuffed that it threatens sensory overload. The story the animation is used to tell, however, is so familiar as to be blandly generic, and totally unsurprising in both its overarching themes and its specific details.
Two deities who oversee realms of the afterlife — La Muerte (the voice of Kate del Castillo), who rules the Land of the Remembered, and Xibalba (the voice of Ron Perlman: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Pacific Rim), who rules the Land of »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director: Jorge R. Gutierrez; Screenwriters: Jorge R. Gutierrez, Douglas Langdale; Starring: Channing Tatum, Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube; Running time: 95 mins; Certificate: U
Mexican mythology provides the inspiration for The Book of Life, a sunny and spirited animation that's as much about what happens after we leave this mortal coil. Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana and Diego Luna lend their voices, each in the corner of a love triangle that spans three beautifully realised worlds: the Land of the Living, the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten.
At the centre of some cosmic turbulence is Manolo (Luna), the son of a bullfighter who is expected to follow in dad's footsteps, but Manolo would rather play his guitar and serenade the town beauty Maria (Saldana). Rivalling him for Maria's affections is best pal Joaquin (Tatum), a bit of a blowhard who »
Now in theaters is Jorge Gutierrez‘s charming and visually stunning tribute to Dia de los Muertos, The Book of Life. The animated feature depicts Gutierrez’s vision of the afterlife in which the celebrated and beloved spend eternity in the Land of the Remembered, ruled over by the beautiful and kind-hearted La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), while the souls beyond remembrance languish under the rule of the trickster Xibalba (Ron Perlman) in the Land of the Forgotten. The film’s events are set into motion when the deities place a wager on the romantic fate of three childhood friends – should Maria (Zoe Saldana) choose to marry Manolo (Diego Luna), a good-natured musician, Xibalba will stop meddling in human affairs, but if she marries the rakish warrior Joaquin (Channing Tatum), Xibabla will take over as ruler of The Land of Remembered. I recently sat down with Diego Luna and Zoe Saldana »
- Haleigh Foutch
One of the unique fixtures of an opening weekend in Los Angeles, whether it's an art house release or a studio blockbuster, are filmmakers and sometimes stars popping their heads into a theater to see how their baby plays. Well, if you're going to a screening of the new animated feature "The Book of Life" in the Southland this weekend, there's a good chance you might see Jorge R. Gutierrez dropping by your theater. "Book" is Gutierrez's directorial debut and a project he's worked diligently to bring to the big screen for 14 years. The talented animator has received advice about handling the release from the film's producer, Guillermo del Toro, but Gutierrez jokes he's not listening to it. "He said don't read the Internet, don't read any reviews, like, don't look at the comments," Gutierrez says. "But I am a masochist, so I'm reading everything. And then this whole weekend »
- Gregory Ellwood
Now in theaters is Jorge Gutierrez's charming and visually stunning tribute to Dia de los Muertos, The Book of Life. The animated feature depicts Gutierrez's vision of the afterlife in which the celebrated and beloved spend eternity in the Land of the Remembered, ruled over by the beautiful and kind-hearted La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), while those souls beyond remembrance languish under the rule of the trickster Xibalba (Ron Perlman) in the Land of the Forgotten. The film's events are set into motion when the deities place a wager on the romantic fate of three childhood friends - should Maria (Zoe Saldana) chose to marry Manolo (Diego Luna), a good-natured musician, Xibalba will stop meddling in human affairs, but if she marries the rakish warrior Joaquin (Channing Tatum), Xibabla will take over as ruler of The Land of Remembered. I recently sat down for an exclusive video interview with »
- Haleigh Foutch
"The Book of Life" is a colourful, slightly macabre animated story that draws from Mexican culture and aesthetic style. Told as a story-within-a-story, this is a straight-up fairy tale that sees the protagonist go on a traditional heroic quest, with visits to the underworld, battles with raging beasts, and overcoming family expectations.
For a film that has significant events that take place in the underworld, this seems like a weird title.
Originally the film was called "Day of the Dead," which, frankly, is much more in keeping with the film's style. While granting that there are entire swaths of the audience that would be caught, um, dead taking their children to a film of that title, from both a narrative and aesthetic point of view it's a much more apt title.
What's with Mexicans and all this death stuff?
That seemingly offensive question is a rhetorical question that the film explicitly raises, »
- Jason Gorber
In the delightful new film The Book Of Life directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, Ron Perlman and Kate del Castillo portray Xibalba and La Muerte – the rulers of the Land of the Remembered and The Land of the Forgotten. Desperate to get out of his realm, Xibalba makes a wager with his ex-flame La Muerte to swap lands which creates a marvelously fun animated, musical adventure. Thankfully, you couldn’t have picked two better actors to play these exciting characters. Sitting »
The great “schnozzola” Jimmy Durante’s signature catch phrase “Everybody wants ta’ get into da’ act!’ couldn’t be more true when it comers to animated features these days. Perhaps this may be a result of the incredible all-ages success of Pixar. Or it might be the love of animation held be many aging “baby boomer” film makers who awaited Saturday mornings in front of the tube (which just ended now that no broadcast networks run weekend ‘toons) or those grand ole’ special kiddie matinees. Tim Burton may have kick-started this trend by coming off his big Batman flicks to produce The Nightmare Before Christmas and later direct The Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. Johnny Depp and his Pirates director scored a hit with Rango. And recently Adam Sandler started a new franchise with Hotel Transylvania. New to the animation arena, but a big name in the fantasy/horror genre is »
- Jim Batts
Any children’s film that opens with a Le Tigre song and contains a sad matador singing Radiohead is basically alright by me. Death is ‘in’ at the moment in children’s animation, with The Book of Life belonging to a quirky little group along with Frankenweenie and Paranorman (or going back a bit further, The Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas). But even among this morbid crowd, The Book of Life racks up an impressive body count. Given that the film bears Guillermo del Toro’s unmistakable fingerprints, this perhaps isn’t surprising, as in this case, animation allows his intricate imagination to run riot.
We open in the ‘real world’ to find four misbehaving children on a school trip to a museum. The guide (Christina Applegate) is teaching them all about the Mexican Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) via a children’s fable told through wooden toys. »
- David James
Arriving in theaters this weekend from producer Guillermo del Toro is The Book of Life. The animated feature depicts director Jorge Gutierrez's vision of the afterlife where the celebrated and beloved spend eternity in the vibrant Land of the Remembered, while those beyond recall languish in the desolate Land of the Forgotten. In the middle is the Candle Maker, a benevolent keeper of the Book of Life who shepherds the souls of the deceased and ensures balance in the afterlife. As the Candle Maker Ice Cube lends his voice to an animated film for the first time - a surprising fact given that his career, which includes more than thirty film credits to date, began in a recording studio more than three decades ago. The Book of Life also stars Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Kate del Castillo, and Christina Applegate. I recently sat down with »
- Haleigh Foutch
If you're like me, then you've spent many a night wondering, "What would my tweets sound like as Mariachi music?" Well, good news. You can found out tonight!
Here's the what, where, when, etc:
What: To celebrate their movie The Book Of Life opening this Friday, stars Channing Tatum and Kate del Castillo and the cast have enlisted renowned mariachi band Mariachi Los Toros for the day, and they’re taking requests!
Where/When: Tuesday, October 14th at 2Pm-6Pm Pst on Twitter and Vine
Opportunities: Tweet using @BookOfLifeMovie and the hashtag #MariachiMyTweet, and Channing & Kate’s mariachi band could turn your tweet into a cancion (song).
It's a great chance to share a personalized mariachi tweet on social media.
Songs will record and post songs to Vine & Twitter in real-time About: The Book Of Life
The Book Of Life, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted »
- Philip Sticco
Over the weekend I had a chance to speak with director Jorge Guiterrez about his new film "The Book of Life," which is also produced by Guillermo del Toro. The look of the film is inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) celebrations.
"The Book of Life" is the journey of Manolo (Diego Luna), a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, "The Book of Life" encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.
Here is what Guiterrez had to say about the film.
For me, when I first saw the film, I thought of it as elements of a video game. »
- Kellvin Chavez
The visuals outshine the story in “The Book of Life,” a lively animated tale that mixes age-old myths with today’s toon tropes. But what lovely visuals they are. The feature debut of smallscreen animator Jorge R. Gutierrez (co-creator of Nickelodeon’s “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera”) proves to be perfectly charming in relaying the tale of a lopsided love triangle set against the backdrop of Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday. And yet it hardly matters what the characters are saying (or occasionally singing) when their warmly handcrafted appearance keeps stealing the spotlight. Opening domestically three weeks after Focus/Laika’s “The Boxtrolls” and three weeks ahead of Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” “Book” should have time to carve out its own space in the family entertainment marketplace and could become a significant sleeper worldwide, especially if Latin audiences respond to the pic’s universal, yet culturally specific, »
- Geoff Berkshire
Luna talks about his character who goes on this insane journey into the land of the remembered, who is hero with no special powers, his only strength is Love.
The film co-stars the voice talents of Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Kate del Castillo, Cheech Marin, Placido Domingo, Hector Elizondo, Ana de la Reguera, Eugenio Derbez, Gabriel Iglesias, Ricardo “El Mandril” Sanchez, and Danny Trejo.
"The Book of Life" is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, »
- Kellvin Chavez
USA Network is jumping on the Queen of the South bandwagon. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network is adapting Arturo Perez-Reverte's best-selling novel La Reina Del Sur (aka The Queen of the South), ordering a pilot from Fox Television Studios for the drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The book was published in 2002 and became an international best-seller. The novel spawned a series starring Kate del Castillo on USA sibling Telemundo that ranks as one of the most popular telenovelas of all time on the network. The drama tells the story of Teresa Mendoza, who after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, is forced
- Lesley Goldberg
After a pair of quiet -- and that is being generous -- weekends at the North American box office the multiplexes somewhat came back to life with No Good Deed, Dolphin Tale 2 and The Drop. Marvel’s cinematic marvel Guardians of the Galaxy had another solid weekend, as the film became the first to cross the $300 million mark domestically. The box office was up 55% over last weekend’s terrible numbers although it was down 14% from last year at this time.
Produced for a mere $13 million, the Sony thriller No Good Deed easily took the number one spot this weekend. The Sam Miller (Luther) directed feature stars Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson and Kate del Castillo and tells the tale of a family’s life that is threatened by a stranger (Elba) who makes his way into their house by claiming car trouble. Despite being savaged by critics (12% on Rotten Tomatoes, »
'No Good Deed' movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? (photo: Idris Elba in 'No Good Deed') Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September 12-14, 2014. But why "unpunished"? Well, so far the Sam Miller-directed thriller starring four-time Emmy nominee Idris Elba (Luther) and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has a downright putrid 10% score and 2.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. Sony Pictures, whose subsidiary ScreenGems is distributing No Good Deed, reportedly opted to skip late Thursday screenings to ensure that the film's plot twist would be kept under wraps. More likely, however, it was the critics' derisive remarks that Sony wanted under wraps. For instance: "The final plot twist »
- Zac Gille
Screen Gems (Sony) released their new thriller flick, "No Good Deed" into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out, and thought it was terrific, serving up major suspense, thrills, drama and more. It was way better than I thought it would be. It stars: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb, Kate del Castillo, and Henry Simmons. In the new flick, psycho character, Collin (Idris Elba), gets out of prison and kills his hot girlfriend (Kate del Castillo) for cheating on him while he was locked up. From there, Collin eventually makes his way to a stranger's house, posing as a guy who just got in an accident and just needs to use the phone to call a tow truck. The stranger's house just happens to belong to a woman named Terri (Taraji P. Henson), and we soon learn that Terri's husband is the guy that Collin's girlfriend cheated with. »
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