(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)
If you’re looking for the latest in physical media, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re looking for the Orange Julius, it’s on the third floor. This week’s Blu-ray round-up includes the bombastic sequel Pacific Rim Uprising; the acclaimed comedy Blockers; the indie horror-drama The Endless; Steven Soderbergh‘s iPhone thriller Unsane; and the surprisingly excellent Chappaquiddick.
Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond.
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It’s no secret that the Kennedy family has been stricken with grief on numerous occasions, so much that Ted Kennedy, the youngest brother of John F. Kennedy, once wondered if there was some kind of curse that hung over his name. Now, audiences will see a dramatization of the tragedy that led to this heartbreaking conclusion.
Chappaquiddick takes us back to 1969 when Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) was the last hope at continuing the Kennedy family bloodline. During a celebration for a group of women known as the Boiler Room Girls (who worked on his brother Bobby’s ill-fated presidential campaign the year before), he went off for a night drive with one of the female campaign workers, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara). Little did he know that there was another tragedy in his future. You can find out what we’re talking about in the Chappaquiddick trailer below. Read More »
The Chappaquiddick incident, which resulted in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne and might have resulted in possible manslaughter charges against Senator Ted Kennedy, is the subject of John Curran‘s new drama Chappaquiddick. Jason Clarke plays the late Ted Kennedy, who fled the scene of a fatal car accident and waited 10 hours before reporting the incident. The Chappaquiddick trailer provides a tense look at the film.
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“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” declared then-candidate Donald Trump in the middle of the 2016 Republican primaries. Perhaps he was well acquainted with the chapter in the life of Ted Kennedy, the legendary “lion of the Senate,” chronicled in John Curran’s Chappaquiddick – and how it ultimately failed to move the needle among his constituents. Despite lies, misrepresentations and cover-ups, Kennedy’s involvement in the death of a political aide now serves as little more than a footnote on his Wikipedia page.
Curran, with stone-faced intent and brutal focus, makes the case that such an incident cannot help but illuminate the true character of a man. People may not need to reconcile Kennedy’s deficient response to a tragedy of his own creation with his legacy of championing liberal causes. But Chappaquiddick provides a sobering, non-ideological reminder that if such deeds do not become a part of a public figure’s narrative, then a frightening impunity for elected officials can reign.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
Now that she’s broken free of the bonds of Fifty Shades of Grey, Sam Taylor-Johnson has moved on to a scandalous saga of a different sort. She’s in talks to direct Chappaquiddick, about Ted Kennedy’s 1969 car accident that killed his passenger. The script by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan landed on the 2015 Black List earlier this week.
Get more details on the Sam Taylor-Johnson Chappaquiddick project after the jump. Read More »