Blockbuster

Blockbuster Video killed the mom and pop video store, and now technology has finally killed Blockbuster Video. After slowly but steadily closing down locations for the better part of a decade, the company announced Wednesday it is finally going to close the final 300 locations by early 2014, and discontinue its rental-by-mail system by the end of 2013. The brand will remain, however, offering movies digitally.

While a few indie stores will always endure, this more or less marks the official end of the video store era. Read More »

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Hobbit Unexpected Journey

Tuesday brings the Blu-ray release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition. Ever since The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, director Peter Jackson has been releasing one version of each of his Tolkien films theatrically, reserving a longer version for DVD. In the case of the Lord of the Rings films, when one book equalled one movie, the extra few time helped flesh out the stories and improved already fantastic films.

Since The Hobbit, which is shorter than any of the Lord of the Rings books, has already been stretched into three films, the theatrical version itself feels quite long and drawn out. Adding 13 minutes might not sound like the best thing and, in terms of pacing, it’s not. The Extended Edition additions, which are largely in the beginning and middle sections of the film, make a long movie feel eternal. On their own though, there are some great scenes in there including some ominous teases to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Be Kind Rewind Video Store

One day, when we’re all grown up and have kids of our own, an awkward conversation is going to happen. No, not that one. We’ll have to explain to our kids that when we were their age, we couldn’t just stream every single movie in an instant from our pocket. We had to get in a car and drive to a video store. And it was awesome.

Buzzfeed has created a very sweet little video about just that, and it’s sure to give you all kinds of nostalgic feelings. Read More »

Jackass Bad Grandpa

It’s flying a bit under the radar, but there’s a new Jackass movie coming out this weekend. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa comes from the same twisted minds who brought us the violent, hilarious TV show and three feature films. This time though, they’re coming at the idea from a different point of view. In Bad Grandpa, instead of building a film around stunts, director Jeff Tremaine and star Johnny Knoxville tell a narrative story featuring unassuming real people shot reality style, like Sacha Baron Cohen did in Borat and Bruno. That story follows Jackass character Irving Zisman (Knoxville) who travels across country with his 8-year-old grandson (Jackson Nicoll) in tow.

On the last few Jackass films so much footage hit the cutting room floor, they were able to release unofficial sequels (dubbed “.5″) on DVD. Knoxville confirmed the same will happen on Bad Grandpa. The difference this time is the new film will feature two Oscar-nominees cut out of the theatrical cut: Spike Jonze and Catherine Keener. Read More »

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Paramount Home Video and Lucasfilm have officially announced the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade individually for the first time ever in High Definition. As you may recall, the original Indiana Jones trilogy films were previously only released as part of the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures box set, forcing fans to own the much despised fourth installment Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

(A side rant: the box set didn’t feature the television series The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, yet still claimed to be the “Complete Adventures.”)

Now the first three films will be released on bare-bones Blu-ray discs (with a digital copies available through iTunes) on December 17th, 2013. Digital HD versions via streaming and download services will be available earlier on November 19th, 2013. Read the full press release with full special feature details after the jump, and see all the new cover art.

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Monsters University

The completed Monsters University hit theaters this summer, but now director Dan Scanlon is back to earn some extra credit with two new deleted scenes. The clips were released as promotion for the film’s home video release, which will hit in time for Halloween.

The first offers a better look at the Monsters University campus and curriculum, including a lesson on gathering information about kid targets. The second shows Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) butting heads yet again, this time in the context of a drama course. Hit the jump to check them out.

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Galifianakis Hangover

Todd PhillipsThe Hangover Part III hits theaters soon and… wait… it came out already? And I saw it? I literally have no memory of that. Are you sure? The Blu-ray is already out? Wow.

Yes, The Hangover Part III did come out this summer and the Blu-ray is now in stores. It’s an odd, flat finale to the hugely popular comedy franchise, which may be part of the reason audiences didn’t embrace it like the first two. However, just because the film wasn’t particularly memorable doesn’t make its stars any less awesome. Case in point, a short clip of outtakes just came online featuring Zach Galifianakis being flat-out hilarious in two moments that would have fit in the first two films, but didn’t make it into the third one. Check it out below. Read More »

Live Action Little Mermaid

There are lots of big movie releases this week in theaters and at home, but one a lot of people haven’t been talking about is The Little Mermaid on 3D Blu-ray. Sure it’s just another release of a film that’s almost 25 years old, but it’s packed full of extras and one of the most surprising has now come online.

The Blu-ray features video of the live-action actors who were used as reference for the main characters of Ariel and Prince Eric, Sherri Lynn Stoner and Joshua Finkel. Check out the clips below. Read More »

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