The Wire is coming to HD at last, but perhaps not quite in the form you want. The show was formatted for a 4:3 aspect ratio when originally shot and broadcast, and that’s how it was released on DVD. But for The Wire HD remasters, which will first be available on HBO Go and for digital purchase before eventually appearing on Blu-ray, the show has been formatted for a 16:9 presentation. Note the word “formatted” there rather than “cropped,” as the choice is intentional and important.
Reaction to this news, especially coming so soon after The Simpsons debacle on FXX and the Simpsons World portal, was quick, and very negative. In short, seeing such concessions made to a project like The Wire — a creator-driven, serious drama that originally played to a limited fanbase — is a sign that the aspect ratio war is basically over, and we’ve lost.
But in the case of The Wire, the situation is more complicated than that. Let the show’s creator David Simon explain. Read More »
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Despite being as good, if not better, than its previous two incarnations, The Expendables 3 didn’t light a fire at the domestic box office. After the first two films grossed $103 million and $85 million respectively, the third film only did $39 million (Internationally it did a respectable $206 million, but that was still a franchise low).
There are plenty of reasons why The Expendables 3 under-performed, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of star power. Original stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and others were joined by Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammar, Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes as well as a whole team of young soldiers, including Kellen Lutz and Ronda Rousey.
You can see all those stars and more on the Blu-ray, which is released November 25. One example of the extras on the disc are a funny Expendables 3 gag reel, which features Ford and Gibson hamming it up on set, cursing, it’s good stuff. Check out the Expendables 3 gag reel below. Read More »
Just as they do with their movies, Marvel Studios likes to give audiences a little something extra with their Blu-rays. For a while, that meant One-Shots — the short films that took place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, it means a bevy of special features like those you’d find on pretty much any Blu-ray. However, they way the studio “makes it all Marvel” is to provide enough inside jokes and fan-specific content that non-fans will enjoy it, but Marvel fans will flip out. The upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray is no exception.
We got a glimpse at all of the video special features on the disc and there is so much for Marvel fans to dig into. Below, read 10 of the most awesome things you’ll find on the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray special features. Read More »
Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity did a fantastic job of showing how isolated one might feel in space. It also really pushed the emotions because of Steven Price‘s Oscar-winning score. Space is a silent vacuum, however, and to give Gravity fans a wholly new experience, an upcoming re-release of the Blu-ray will have a “Silent Space” audio track to give the viewer a sense of what the events of the movie might actually sound like in space. Read more about the Gravity silent space version below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
At 161 minutes, Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug isn’t exactly brief to begin with. But for those who’d like to spend still more time in Middle-earth, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray promises nearly half an hour of additional footage. Want more of Thorin’s backstory, Gandalf’s badassery, or Bard’s cunning? Extra time in Mirkwood, Lake-town, or Beorn’s house? It’s got you covered.
Hit the jump to watch 27 minutes of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug extended scenes. Read More »
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Earlier this year, news broke that The Incredibles and Ratatouille were getting 3D post-conversions. The two Brad Bird-directed Oscar-winners are already on Blu-ray, but the rumor was that these conversions could be for upgraded 3D Blu-ray discs. Soon after that rumor landed, a 3D version of Ratatouille hit shelves overseas. Nothing happened with The Incredibles, however. Now, a new rumor says that, unlike Ratatouille, The Incredibles 3D conversion could be going to the big screen. Read More »
Guardians of the Galaxy has been in theaters for months now — long enough to have come and gone from most markets. But it is still going strong as a force. Just look at the sales of the soundtrack, which is now hitting vinyl. Avengers: Age of Ultron probably doesn’t need a push from Guardians, but Marvel is going to use interest in the space opera to pitch the Avengers sequel regardless. There will be an Age of Ultron preview on the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray and DVD, which hit in December. In addition to info on that detail, we’ve also got a Guardians VFX breakdown and some great effects images. Read More »
Warner Bros. live action superhero film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, doesn’t hit theaters until March 2016 but the animated equivalent will be here a year earlier. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis will hit Blu-ray and DVD in early 2015 and serves as a sequel to the film Justice League: War. All of the WB Animation DC films share the same universe and, in this latest film, Aquaman teams up with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Shazam and others to battle a threat from under the sea. Check out the first full Justice League Throne of Atlantis trailer here. Read More »
We’ve known that 2015 would probably bring an extended cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and now we have some details. Anna Paquin‘s deleted Rogue scenes will be reinstated, and the new version of the film, dubbed the Days of Future Past Rogue Cut, will hit disc and digital formats next summer. Read More »