“Les Misérables” DVD and Blu-ray Release Date and Details

Entertainment Weekly recently announced some very exciting new for those who are fans of  Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Misérables. The DVD and Blu-ray version of the film will be hitting stores on March 22, 2013!

Here are some details about the bonus features that will be available on the Blu-ray and DVD:

Bonus Features Exclusive to the Blu-ray:

  • Les Misérables Singing Live The star-studded cast and production team discuss how the daunting challenge of singing live rather than lip-syncing to pre-recorded tracks ultimately gave them the creative freedom to deliver nuanced, emotionally powerful performances.
  • Battle at the Barricade:  Director Tom Hooper wanted the dramatic building of the barricade to be as visceral and intense as possible, so he had his actors build it in real time, literally hurling furniture out of windows to construct an actual barricade. This featurette takes an in-depth look at the creation and filming of all the action on this remarkable set.
  • The West End Connection:  Meet the “godfather” of the original stage production of Les Misérables, renowned West End producer Cameron Mackintosh, who was deeply involved in the filming, as well as former Les Misérables, theatrical stars who were thrilled to appear in supporting roles in the current film.
  • Les Misérables on Location:  Filming rather than staging Les Misérables presents the opportunity to shoot in real world locations: a massive dry dock on the coast of England, a beautiful underground chapel in the heart of London and the ancient city of Winchester.  Members of the cast and crew talk about what it was like to find and work in these incredible locations.

Bonus Features on Both the Blu-rayand DVD:

  • The Stars of Les Misérables:  Director Tom Hooper talks about casting the iconic characters, and the actors discuss why it was important to them to be a part of this groundbreaking version of
    Les Misérables.
  • Creating the Perfect Paris:  Production designer Eve Stewart created a massive Paris set featuring real cobblestones and running water. Take an intricate look into the detailed recreation of these Paris streets that no longer exist in today’s world.
  • The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables:  This mini-documentary takes a look at the historical backdrop and universal themes of Hugo’s classic, and how the filmmakers mined the novel to enrich the look and feel of the film.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper

 Do these bonus features sound interesting? Will you be buying this version of  Les Misérables on DVD and Blu-ray? Take a look at the cover below:

Les Mis - DVD and Blu-ray cover

Source: Entertainment Weekly

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part One” – Extended Edition to come out on DVD

Summit Entertainment recently announced that they will be releasing an extended version of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part One on DVD and Blu-ray. According to articles on Yahoo! Movies and Page to Premiere, the extended version is going to have eight extra minutes of never-before-seen footage. This special edition DVD and Blu-ray is set to release on March 2, 2013!

Here is the official press release from Summit Entertainment:

NOW FEATURING EIGHT MINUTES OF NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN FOOTAGE SELECTED BY THE DIRECTOR

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Extended Edititon
AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2013

And For The First Time Ever, Marvel Launches An All-New Second Screen App
That Provides Fans With Unprecedented Access To Exclusive Content

Santa Monica, CA (January 7, 2013) – Here is the chance to discover even more of the blockbuster film when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 “Extended Edition,” featuring eight minutes of never-before-seen footage, debuts only on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy and UV), DVD (plus Digital Copy and UV) and Digital Download on Saturday March 2nd from Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE company. Now with eight minutes of new and extended scenes added back into the film by Director Bill Condon, along with his optional audio commentary, fans can delve deeper into the epic series they adore. Experience the timeless romance and drama in a whole new way when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Extended Edition, featuring the original theatrical version and the all-new extended edition with optional audio commentary from the director, arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD for the suggested retail price of $29.99 and $22.98, respectively.

“As Twilight series devotees know, there was a lot of ground to cover in adapting Breaking Dawn to the screen,” said Condon. “Between the wedding, the honeymoon, the birth, and everything in between, naturally there were things that didn’t make it into our final cut. But I wanted to make sure that for all the Twihards out there, there was a chance to see some of these cut scenes – several of which are fan favorites from the book.”

The Twilight Saga has held its spot as the top-selling home entertainment franchise since 2008 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 took in $281.3 million in domestic box office sales after its release on November 18, 2011. The worldwide phenomenon continues to ignite a huge following of passionate and loyal fans that have driven the success of the Saga from the beginning.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Extended Edition now featuring additional footage, presents the marriage, honeymoon and the birth of a child that brings unforeseen and shocking developments for Bella and Edward and those they love, including new complications with werewolf Jacob Black.

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

Street Date: March 2nd, 2013
Year of Production: 2011
Title Copyright: © 2012 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Special Edition
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Drama; Romance
Blu-ray Closed Captioned: English SDH
DVD Closed Captioned: English
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Feature Running Time: 124 minutes
Blu-ray Audio Status: English 7.1 DTS HD-MA, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Optimized for Late Night Listening and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
DVD Audio Status: English 5.1 Dolby Digital EX, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Optimized for Late Night Listening and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

Watch the official announcement video here. Will you be purchasing this special extended edition? What scenes do you think will be included in the new footage? What scenes do you want to see included in the new footage? Here is a look at the cover for the DVD and Blu-ray:

Breaking Dawn Part One - Extended Edition DVD cover

Sources: Yahoo! Movies and Page to Premiere

Behind the Scenes – “Man on a Ledge”

The high-stakes film Man on a Ledge has a strong roster of actors that includes Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Anthony Mackie, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Edward Burns, and Genesis Rodriguez. Sam Worthington plays Nick Cassidy, an ex-cop and now-wanted fugitive who climbs onto the ledge of a high-rise building. Crowds begin to gather hundreds of feet below and Cassidy (Worthington) requests police psychologist Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) to talk him down from the ledge. However, the longer that they are on the ledge, the more she realizes things aren’t as they appear to be and he has an ulterior motive.

Entertainment Tonight recently was given exclusive behind the scenes footage from the DVD on how the actors and crew shot the scenes on the ledge. With all of the modern technology available and  the special effects that can be done you would think that they weren’t actually on a ledge of a high-rise for those scenes and I was shocked myself to find out that the actors were indeed on a real ledge. 

Go to this link and watch the behind  scenes footage and interviews about how they shot those daring scenes: http://www.etonline.com/movies/122101_Don_t_Look_Down_How_They_Shot_Man_on_a_Ledge/index.html

The DVD for Man on a Ledge comes out May 29, 2012. Are you going to go and get this DVD? Is this a film that you have been looking forward to owning? Would you be brave enough to do what the cast and crew of Man on a Ledge did?

A poster for Man on a Ledge.

Source: http://www.etonline.com/movies

“The Woman in Black” – DVD

The James Walkins-directed The Woman In Black, featuring Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, finally was released on DVD and Blu-ray May 22, 2012. Radcliffe plays a young lawyer who is having difficulties with work after his wife passes. He is sent to a village to settle the estate of a deceased eccentric woman who owns an English manor. The village residents want him to leave as they are trying to conceal a deadly secret. However, he refuses, and soon discovers that the house of his client is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black.

A poster for The Woman in Black.

What do you think of this film? Will you go and get it on DVD or Blu-ray?

Source: http://pro.imdb.com/title/tt1596365/

“The Hunger Games” – Blu-ray and DVD release date

The movie event of the year, Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games, finally has a DVD and Blu-ray release date. Lionsgate officially announced today that the Hunger Games DVD and Blu-ray will be released at midnight on Saturday August 18, 2012.

The Hunger Games DVD cover.

This is the official press release from Lionsgate with information on the DVD:

SANTA MONICA, CA, May 23, 2012 –Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games juggernaut will arrive on home entertainment at 12:01 A.M. on Saturday, August 18, as the first film in Lionsgate’s (NYSE: LGF) The Hunger Games franchise, which has already grossed nearly $400 million at the North American box office and is approaching $650 million at the worldwide box office, debuts on 2-disc DVD (plus digital copy), 2-disc Blu-Ray (plus digital copy), VOD and digital download with three hours of previously unavailable bonus materials in the biggest home entertainment launch in Lionsgate’s history, the Company announced today.

The film, based on the New York Times best-selling novel from writer Suzanne Collins, achieved a remarkable four-week run as the #1 film at the North American theatrical box office where it has already grossed $392 million, ranking as the 14th highest-grossing film of all time, and it is approaching $650 million at the worldwide box office with an early June opening slated in China.

The 2-disc Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD arrive loaded with over three hours of extensive bonus materials including the comprehensive eight-part documentary, “The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games.” Other special features include a sit-down conversation with director Gary Ross as well as numerous featurettes that examine the global success of the books, the creation of the control room in the film and the filmmakers’ motivation behind creating new scenes that were not in the book plus much more. The Blu-ray Disc set contains an additional exclusive feature, “Preparing for the Games: A Director’s Process,” which looks at the progression of taking three key scenes from the book to the screen. The Hunger Games Blu-ray Disc and DVD is a must-have film that is hailed as “exciting and thought-provoking in a way few adventure dramas ever are” (New York Daily News). Fans will be able to pre-order the Blu-ray Disc and DVD, starting on Friday, May 25th, for $39.99 and $30.98, respectively.

“The motion picture event of the year is poised to become the home entertainment event of the year and, with a midnight launch and midnight retail events scheduled at stores around the country, we expect to replicate the same level of consumer excitement generated by the film’s theatrical debut,” said Ron Schwartz, Lionsgate Executive Vice President & General Manager, Home Entertainment. “This is far and away the biggest home entertainment launch in Lionsgate’s history and, true to a theatrical marketing campaign that incorporated an unprecedented reliance on digital and traditional media alike, our home entertainment launch will involve a similarly innovative and integrated digital and packaged media rollout that we will unveil in the weeks ahead.”

BLU-RAY & DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

· “The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games” – an eight-part documentary covering the “making of” the film in all aspects from the pre-production process all the way through the theatrical release and fan reactions · “Game Maker: Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games Phenomenon” featurette · “Letters from the Rose Garden” featurette – insights from Donald Sutherland on the development of his role as President Snow · “Controlling the Games” featurette – stories and concepts behind creating the control center · “A Conversation with Gary Ross and Elvis Mitchell” · Propaganda Film (in its entirety) · Marketing Archive · “Preparing for The Games: A Director’s Process” (Blu-ray Exclusive)

* Subject to change

Here is a link to a promotional video for the DVD on the official Hunger Games YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EibSJoXPfg&feature=player

Will you pre-order your copy? Any special features that you are excited to see?!

The Hunger Games Blu-ray cover.

Source: www.MockingJay.net and www.EW.com