Life of Pi

February 2013 was a bittersweet month for the visual effects house Rhythm & Hues. Due to the increased cost of effects-based work in Hollywood and the competitive nature of the business, they were forced to declare bankruptcy, fire hundreds of people and close up shop. Two weeks later, the company was given the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for their work in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. The closing spawned tons of protests around Hollywood. How could the best visual effects house not be making any money?

That question has become a fundamental issue within Hollywood, and Rhythm & Hues employees used the unique and upsetting occasion to make a short documentary called Life After Pi. The trailer is out now and the full length short will be released online February 25. Eventually, it’ll be used in a feature length documentary called Hollywood Ending which explores “why the movie capital of the world is forcing filmmakers to leave.”  Read More »

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Star Wars The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming back. Netflix announced today that it has struck a deal for exclusive rights to the entire series, including a brand-new sixth season. Fans will be able to watch on the streaming service next month. Get plot details on the new season and more after the jump.

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The Wonder Years

The curse of The Wonder Years was that the show was such a perfect vision of the late Sixties and early Seventies, meaning the rights to the show’s music made it near-impossible to bring to the home market. It was simply too expensive to license the iconic songs originally used in the show, and producers didn’t want to sacrifice anything just to make a quick buck on DVD. The closest it’s come is the full series being on Netflix, but there many of the songs were changed or replaced. Even the opening theme, “With a Little Help from My Friends” by Joe Cocker, was changed.

Well, that’s over and done. StarVista will finally release the complete series of The Wonder Years on DVD in late 2014 with “virtually every song” from the series intact. Read More »

fantastic-mr-fox-criterion

The new Wes Anderson movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is garnering praise left and right. While you wait for its March opening date, there’s plenty of time to take in the new blu-ray release of an older Anderson movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox. The Criterion Collection disc, which hits stores next week, features an extensive suite of making-of features — enough to place the disc in good company with the rest of Criterion’s Anderson releases.

Below you can check out a trailer for the release, narrated by voice actor and former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker. Read More »

Justice League War Superman

When Marvel made $200 million in three days with The Avengers, Hollywood’s view of superheroes changed forever. It was the culmination of four years of films called the “Marvel Cinematic Universe,” an ambitious gamble to link storylines over multiple films. DC quickly rebooted Superman in Man of Steel to mimic Marvel’s success, with Fox and Sony each following suit with their respective hero franchises. The DC Cinematic Universe has fans cautiously excited, but we won’t see the second installment until 2016′s Batman vs. Superman.

While comic fans patiently wait to see Superman tangle with Batman, Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman on the big screen, WB’s home video division is happy to fill the void. With this week’s digital and Blu-ray release of the DC Universe animated original movie Justice League: War, the DC Animated Universe will begin develop one full sense of continuity.  Read More »

thordarkworld

At times it can seem like there’s little point to actually buying Blu-ray discs. Sure, there’s the little matter of the superior sound and picture, but these days you can legally download the film (usually a few weeks before the disc release) and watch almost all the extras early as the company disperses them across the internet before discs are on shelves. Case in point, Thor: The Dark World.

The Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray doesn’t hit shelves until February 25 but we’ve already seen multiple videos from the release including Tom Hiddleston as an Avenger, auditioning for Thor and even some deleted scenes. Now, we have an extended clip from the gag reel, which is pretty cute as far as gag reels go. Check it out below. Read More »

Wolf of Wall Street crowd

UPDATE: Collider has taken back their story saying this information from the producers is incorrect.

Before Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street hit theaters, there was much talk about the film’s length. An early cut was said to be around four hours long but Paramount wanted it to be at least an hour shorter, which reportedly held up the release. From that, a aura of mystery surrounded this rumored extended cut even though Scorsese himself said the theatrical cut, which ran 179 minutes, was his director’s cut. (Scorsese’s theatrical cuts are always his director’s cuts.)

Most of the time, when a master like Scorsese says a cut is a director’s cut, that’s the end of the conversation. But two of his producers now suggest the epic four-hour version of the film will be on the Blu-ray later this Spring. Read More »

Thor the Dark World Loki

Minor spoilers for Thor: The Dark World follow.

By now, hopefully anyone who wanted to see Thor: The Dark World, has done so. The film had a super successful international box office run and the Blu-ray is coming out February 25. If you haven’t yet seen the movie you have lots to look forward to, including a hilarious highlight which was one of the last things shot in the movie.

That highlight is Loki being super-mischievous when talking to his brother Thor; we’ll explain more after the break, or you can simply watch an alternate version of the scene. Read More »

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