The breakfast Club Criterion Blu-ray

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Happy New Year! 2018 is just getting started – there’s going to be a whole slew of exciting new Blu-ray titles to hit shelves this year. But first, here are some so-so films!

What we mostly have here are what I’d like to think of as holiday leftovers – films that weren’t big enough to hit stores as part of the holiday shopping rush. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing of value here. In fact, there are some surprisingly good titles, including a Jackie Chan movie that rises above its premise, a Watergate-based drama, a survivalist film where Kate Winslet and Idris Elba crash a plane and then get sexy, and more. There’s also a surprisingly controversial new release from The Criterion Collection. Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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Avatar sequels

Remember Avatar? You probably do, because the film was a Titanic-sized hit for director James Cameron, taking in a worldwide box-office gross of over $2.7 billion, thus making it the highest-grossing film of all time. Yet despite this blockbuster status, Avatar seems curiously removed from the public consciousness. That’ll change soon, as Cameron is set to unleash four Avatar sequels upon the world. Maybe.

In a new interview, Cameron provides an update on his Avatar sequels, and claims that Avatar 4 and 5 are still not a sure thing. Cameron also reveals who Kate Winslet will be playing in the films, so read on to find out.

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Suicide Squad Extended Cut Trailer - Jared Leto

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Jared Leto talks more about Tron 3 and whether he’ll appear in Suicide Squad 2
  • Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgard explains his desires for It: Chapter Two
  • Blade Runner 2049‘s director talks about the film’s marketing campaign
  • Watch the kids from the Avatar sequels hang out at Pandora – The World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • And More!

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wonder wheel trailer

Woody Allen‘s love affair with a younger, sprightly streaming service continues with Wonder Wheel, the divisive auteur’s new film under Amazon Studios.

Returning to his Northeastern roots after flitting about in Hollywood, Rome, and Paris with his past few films, Wonder Wheel takes place in 1950s Coney Island — a familiar setting in which Allen grew up. But populating Wonder Wheel are a few unfamiliar faces to the Allen repertoire: Wonder Wheel stars Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Jim Belushi, and Juno Temple, all first-time collaborators with Allen.

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Kate Winslet in Avatar Sequels

It’s been 20 years since James Cameron made one of the biggest blockbuster dramas of all time. Titanic told the tragedy of the cruise liner that sunk in the freezing Atlantic Ocean on April 14, 1912, all through the eyes of two forbidden lovers played by then-rising stars Kate Winlset and Leonardo DiCaprio. Now one of the Best Picture winner’s stars is heading to a far away world to reunite with James Cameron.

All of the Avatar sequels are now in production (along with the three other sequels that will follow over the next eight years), and Kate Winslet has been confirmed have a role in the anticipated sci-fi follow-ups . Find out more about casting Kate Winslet in Avatar sequels below. Read More »

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the mountain between us trailer

Despite a vague title that sounds somewhat like a romantic-comedy, Kate Winslet and Idris Elba aren’t here to romance each other in The Mountain Between Us (though I would watch that rom-com).

The two of them play strangers whose plane crashes on a desolate Colorado mountaintop and must fight to survive against the freezing elements, wild animals, and their own attraction to each other — it was inevitable, they are the most beautiful people in the world — in the recently released official trailer.

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The Mountain Between Us header

Two of England’s best acting exports are joining forces for a survival romance about two people who escape the wreckage of a plane crash. Idris Elba and Kate Winslet star in The Mountain Between Us as a surgeon and photojournalist, respectively, who are injured in a crash and must rely on each other to survive in the freezing Colorado mountains. Naturally, they fall in love in the process. I mean, have you seen those two? They’re two of the hottest people on the planet. Of course they fall for each other.

USA Today has our first look at some photos from the movie, as well as some quotes from the director that make me think this is the beginning of a Revenant-style campaign to make sure everyone knows how tough it was to shoot out in the elements.
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Woody Allen's next movie

Another period piece is coming our way from writer-director Woody Allen. We know little about his latest movie, titled Wonder Wheel, which is typical of Allen’s movies. Rarely are character and plot details shared early on. But we do know his latest film stars Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet, and Juno Temple and it takes place in the 1950s.

Below, check out the first photo from Woody Allen’s next movie.

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Collateral Beauty Trailer - Will Smith

Perhaps delivering the uplifting boost we all need this holiday season, a new trailer for the seemingly fantastical drama Collateral Beauty has arrived.

Will Smith stars in the film as a man who has lost all hope after losing his daughter. As a way of coping with his depression, he writes letters to Time, Death and Love. Then one day, they start showing up one by one to help him work through all the heartbreaking and bitterness he’s been carrying around. Is this really the cosmos reaching out to him with answers, or is there something more practical at work here?

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Collateral Beauty Trailer - Will Smith

Even though Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will undoubtedly dominate the box office when it hits theaters in December, there’s at least one film that’s bold enough to go up against the franchise spin-off on opening weekend.

Collateral Beauty stars Will Smith as a dejected man named Howard who has lost the flare of life he used to have before his daughter died. As a form of therapy, Smith begins writing letters to Time, Love and Death, and one day he gets a surprise when one of them actually shows up to talk to him. Watch the Collateral Beauty trailer after the jump. Read More »