Who? You may not know the names Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein if you’re not (a) Swedish or (b) in the UK. The pair have made, among other things, the Swedish thriller Storm (2005), and the thriller Shelter (2009) with Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, which has hit territories including the UK and Japan, but not the US.

Now the pair are negotiating a deal to direct what is being referred to in trades as Underworld 4. Read More »

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Usually when the central protagonist is absent from the latest entry in a franchise, that’s a sign that it’s on its last legs, and the studio is making a last-ditch attempt to milk it of all its remaining worth. One might’ve thought that was the case with Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, but lo and behold, Kate Beckinsale will portray the leather-clad Selene once again for the fourth film in the Underworld series, which has yet to be tagged with a generic, nondescript subtitle. Learn more after the break. Read More »

This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

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TAKEN
(Available as single-disc Extended Cut and 2-Disc Extended Cut)
They just don’t make movies like Taken anymore. It’s as straight-forward a thriller as they come: bad guys kidnap girl, dad isn’t happy about it, dad f**ks up the bad guys. But as this film proves, simplicity isn’t always a bad thing. There aren’t many things more rewarding in life than watching the always awesome Liam Neeson laying the smackdown on an endless array of evildoers. Combine that winning formula with director Pierre Morel’s raw, visceral style and co-writer Luc Besson’s to-the-point and totally badass screenplay, and you have yourself one of the most satisfying 90 minutes of ass-kicking goodness to come out in quite some time.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single disc includes an extended cut of the film and no extra material. The 2-disc includes the extended cut, commentary with director Pierre Morel, writer Robert Mark Kamen, and cinematographers Michel Abramowicz and Michel Julienne, a making of featurette, an Avant Premiere feature, and a Inside Action: Side by Side Comparisons feature which looks at 6 different sequences.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$16.99 $15.99
Amazon – $16.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

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Sunshine Soundtrack Sees The Light of Day After All

We’ve written a few times about the soundtrack to Danny Boyle’s latest film, Slumdog Millionaire, while simultaneously referencing the fact that the soundtrack to Boyle’s Sunshine has been stuck in legal hell for quite some time now. In 2007, producer Andrew Macdonald said explicitly that there were “no plans to release” the soundtrack. This was a huge shame, as composer John Murphy put some great work into the film, and Underworld also lent some sublime sounds.

Now comes word via The Playlist that the soundtrack has been released via iTunes! You can download the soundtrack by CLICKING HERE. There are two tracks that I’d strongly recommend: “Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor),” which I believe is played during the climax of the film, and I Am Kloot’s “Avenue of Hope,” a beautiful song that evokes a profound sadness. The former is a great track that has been used in movie trailers such as the one for Blindness. The latter song was used in the film’s end credits sequence, cut expertly to random shots from the film. In the commentary for Sunshine, Boyle revealed that the reason for doing this was because the shots from the film were just so damn good, it’d be a shame not to use them again. (P.S. I love Danny Boyle). Check out an ultra-low-quality video of the film’s credits (with annoying subtitles) below:

Discuss: Have you checked out the Sunshine soundtrack yet? What do you think?

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