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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
I was on the fence about this movie after seeing its trailer. I didn’t make it a priority at the theater and thus have not seen the movie yet. I like a lot of the cast and am curious to see if I still find Jim Carrey funny so I plan on watching this sometime in the near future. The Blu-ray disc features a lengthy “deleted scenes and alternate takes” special feature as well as a discussion with magician David Copperfield about movie magic vs. stage magic and a gag reel.
Upside Down 3D
Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess star in this sci-fi romance from director Juan Solanas. The movie presents a reality where two worlds exist right on top of one another. To the inhabitants inside, it appears as though the world above mirrors the one below it. However, distinctions do exist, particularly regarding the economic straits between the Up and Down planes, and these variances get tested when two people from the separate worlds fall in love with each other. The Blu-ray features a 25-minute making of featurette as well as a couple of deleted scenes.
I didn’t know about this movie until it opened in theaters. I had never heard of it before which is a surprise considering not many movies get past my radar. The movie follows a Soviet submarine, at the height of the cold war, armed with nuclear missiles that goes missing in the Pacific. On board the vessel, the battle-tested captain (Harris) and a rogue KGB agent (Duchovny) are waging a life-and-death game of cat and mouse. With enemy forces closing in and time running out, the captain fights to keep control with nuclear armageddon hanging in the balance. Phantom didn’t get many stellar reviews but I’m curious about the movie nonetheless. The Blu-ray contains 3 featurettes, a music video and an audio commentary.
Poor Brad Anderson. The director of Transsiberian, The Machinist and Session 9 directs this generic looking thriller that stars Halle Berry and is produced by WWE Studios. I guess I can’t feel too bad for him since he got paid for his work on the movie and he did choose to make the film. It just seems like his talents have gone to waste here and I hope his next feature is more in line with his previous work. The Blu-ray features an alternate ending, deleted/extended scenes, some behind the scenes featurettes, set tour videos and an audio commentary with Anderson, cast members Abigail Breslin and Halle Berry as well as the writer and producers on the movie.
Richard Coyle and Agyness Deyn star in this English language remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s (Drive, Valhalla Rising) 1996 crime thriller of the same name. The film follows a particularly stressful week in the life of London drug dealer Frank (Coyle). When a deal goes wrong, Frank’s life is plunged into chaos and violence and he becomes trapped and isolated in a nightmare of his own making. It looks like Anchor Bay’s release of the film is bare bones as I can’t find any announcement regarding any special features on the disc.
Paul and other films (Limited Steelbook Edition)
Universal is re-issuing a slew of movies in a limited Steelbook edition with special comic book artwork. As a fan of Steelbook editions, some of these re-reissues look rather appealing but I’m not sure if I’d be willing to double dip on most of the titles just to get a Steelbook case for them. The movies that are being released in these limited cases are: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Hellboy II, Serenity, Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick, Hulk, The Incredible Hulk, Death Race, Doom, The Mummy, Van Helsing, Scarface and The Big Lebowski. I like the ones for Scott Pilgrim, Hellboy II and Paul myself. They seem to work well with the stylized art.
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