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Sep 302013
 

 
photo for An action-packed animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing — and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps him qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. Extras: “Klay’s Flight Plan,” a behind-the-scenes featurette that follows director Klay Hall’s personal journey during the making of the film, including his family connection to aviation; “Meet the Racers” featurettes introducing racers El Chupacabra, Ripslinger, Dusty and Ishani. “Franz’s Song,” never-before-seen completely finished animated song that features the German mini-car, Franz Fliegenhosen, who encourages Dusty on his flight; deleted scenes; “Top 10 Flyers,” a look at the 10 greatest aviators in history hosted by ESPN’s Colin Cowherd. Vitals: Director: Klay Hall. Stars: Voices of Dane Cook, Val Kilmer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Garrett, John Cleese, Teri Hatcher, Anthony Edwards, Priyanka Chopa, Stacy Keach, Sinbad, Cedric the Entertainer, Carlos Alazraqui, Roger Craig Smith. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 91 min., Animated, Box office gross: $86.392 million, Disney. 3 stars

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Sep 302013
 

 
photo for Five middle-aged friends set out to relive a beer-fueled odyssey from their youth, and end up in an epic battle to save humankind. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reteam with director Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz”) in this wildly entertaining thrill ride. Twenty years after their first epic pub crawl attempt, the “five musketeers” reunite in their home town to complete the ultimate challenge — one night, five friends, twelve bars — a boozy quest on which only the strongest will survive. But after a bizarre series of encounters with the out-of-this-world locals, they soon realize that reaching their final pub, The World’s End, may be the least of their troubles. They’re having the time of their lives, ready to take on the world … but tonight they may have to save it. This is the third and final film in Wright’s “The Ultimate Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy,” which also features hits “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” and which is being released to Blu-ray this week. Extras: “Completing the Golden Mile – The Making of The World’s End,” commentary with Screenwriters Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. Blu-ray adds: Cast commentary with stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Paddy Considine; technical commentary with director Edgar Wright and director of photography Bill Pope; “Filling in the Blanks: The Stunts and FX of The World’s End”; hair and make-up tests; rehearsal footage; stunt tapes; VFX breakdown; “There’s Only One Gary King – osymyso’s Inibri-8 Megamix” – A mash-up of Gary King’s (Pegg) best moments; “The Man Who Would Be (Gary) King”; “Signs & Omens,” a film clip montage highlighting all the hidden clues and hints throughout the film; “Edgar & Simon’s Flip Chart” in which writers Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg bring back the trusty flip chart to reveal their step-by-step process of creating the story; deleted Scene, outtakes, alternate Edits and more. Vitals: Director: Edgar Wright. Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 109 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $25.223 million, Universal. 3 stars

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Sep 302013
 

 
photo for In this sequel to the hybrid live action/animated family blockbuster comedy “The Smurfs,” the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world’s greatest sorcerer. It’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her. Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue? Extras: TBA. Vitals: Director: Raja Gosnell. Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Brendan Gleeson, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, George Lopez and the voices of Katy Perry, J.B. Smoove, Christina Ricci, Anton Yelchin, John Oliver. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 105 min., Family, Box office gross: $69.583 million, Sony. 2 stars

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Sep 302013
 

 
photo for Ashton Kutcher stars as Steve Jobs, the iconic Apple innovator and groundbreaking entrepreneur. The film chronicles Jobs’ early days as a college dropout to his rise as the co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. and forced departure from the company. More than a decade later, Jobs returns and single-handedly sets a course that will turn the once-tiny startup into one of the world’s most valuable companies. His epic journey blazes a trail that changes technology — and the world — forever. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access during shooting to the historic garage in Palo Alto, that served as the birthplace to Apple Inc. Extras: “Ashton Kutcher IS Steve Jobs,” “The Legacy of Steve Jobs,” “JOBS: Behind the Score,” commentary with director Joshua Michael Stern. Vitals: Director: Joshua Michael Stern. Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, J. K. Simmons, Matthew Modine, Lesley Ann Warren, Ron Eldard. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 129 min., Bio-Drama, Box office gross: $16.052 million, Universal. 2 stars

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Sep 302013
 

 
photo for Set in 1993, valedictorian Brandy Klark wants to shed her uptight image before college, so she assembles a to do list of all the risque extra-curricular activities she missed out on in high school. Quickly realizing that she’s way out of her depth, Brandy solicits her best friends, older sister and burnt-out boss for their help and advice. If the group is going to complete the list by September they’ll need plenty of imagination and very open minds. Extras: TBA Vitals: Director: Maggie Carey. Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Andy Samberg, Clark Gregg, Connie Britton, Donald Glover, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 104 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $3.447 million, CBS Films. 2 stars

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Sep 302013
 

 
photo for 3D comedy about an underdog snail who kicks into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. But after making fast friends with a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goes, Turbo learns that no one succeeds on their own. So he puts his heart and shell on the line to help his pals achieve their dreams, before Turbo-charging his own impossible dream: winning the Indy 500. Extras: TBA. Vitals: Director: David Soren. Stars: Voices of Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg, Ken Jeong, Ben Schwartz, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 96 min., Animated, Box office gross: $81.637 million, DreamWorks/Fox. 2 stars

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Sep 292013
 

 
photo for For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down. When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, “Undercover and Into Action” featurette, commentary with director Baltasar Kormakur and producer Adam Siegel. Blu-ray adds “The Good, the Bad and the Sexy,” “Finding the Vibe,” “Living Dangerously” featurettes. Vitals: Director: Baltasar Kormakur. Stars: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden, Edward James Olmos. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 109 min., Action, Box office gross: $7.468 million, Universal. 2 stars

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Sep 292013
 

 
photo for R.I.P.D. Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds star as two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side. Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Bridges) has spent his career with the legendary police force known as R.I.P.D. tracking monstrous spirits who are cleverly disguised as ordinary people. His mission? To arrest and bring to justice a special brand of criminal trying to escape final judgment by hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. Once the wise-cracking Roy is assigned former rising-star detective Nick Walker (Reynolds) as his junior officer, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, the pair must miraculously restore the cosmic balance … or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way. Extras: TBA. Vitals: Director: Robert Schwentke. Stars: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 96 min., Supernatural Action Comedy, Box office gross: $32.731 million, Universal. 2 stars

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Sep 292013
 

 
photo for Fired from his telecom job, Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is forced by company CEO Nicolas Wyatt (Gary Oldman) to infiltrate Wyatt’s longtime rival’s (Harrison Ford) company to steal trade secrets. Soon, Adam realizes that he’s caught between two ruthless players who will stop at nothing to win. But, desperate to win over an Ivy League beauty (Amber Heard) and help his blue-collar father, Adam risks everything in a dangerous race against time. Based on Joseph Finder’s New York Times best seller. Extras: Deleted scenes, “Privacy Is Dead” featurette, “The Paranoia Begins” production featurette, “The Players” behind the scenes featurette, theatrical trailer. Vitals: Director: Robert Luketic. Stars: Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Amber Heard, Josh Holloway, Embeth Davidtz, Richard Dreyfuss, Lucas Till. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 106 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $3.528 million, Fox. 2 stars

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Sep 242013
 

 photo for Warner Archives Mr. Stewart Goes to Hollywood

 

Stewart, James Stewart

OF HUMAN HEARTS (1938) James Stewart had one of his first major starring roles in this Ante-and-Bellum family saga about a prideful son’s feud with his preacher father. Scorning at his father’s life of poverty and self-sacrifice, Jason Wilkins (Stewart) pursues success as a surgeon in the North before the Civil War intervenes to teach Jason the true cost of neglect thanks to an executive-in-chief intervention. Walter Huston plays the padre who tries to teach his headstrong scion the importance of sacrifice, while Beulah Bondi plays the mother whose love knows no bounds. Beulah would go on to play Stewart’s mother four more times, including an episode of The Jimmy Stewart Show, now available for streaming on Warner Archive Instant. Co-starring John Carradine, Guy Kibbee, Charles Coburn, Ann Rutherford and legendary TV producer-to-be Gene Reynolds. Newly Remastered

 

VIVACIOUS LADY (1938) Ginger personally selected Jimmy Stewart to play her romantic co-star in this riotous romance, and he proves to be the perfect man for the job. When a sizzling night club singer (Rogers) romances and weds a buttoned-down botany professor (Stewart) over the course of a single evening, sparks and subterfuge ensues. Stars start crossing against the newlyweds when they travel to Morgan¹s moss-backed college town to break the news to Morgan¹s disapproving family (Beulah  Bondi and Charles Coburn) but can’t bring themselves to do it forcing the pair to conducted their marriage incognito. Director George Steven¹s first outing as a producer is a delight. Newly Remastered

 NO TIME FOR COMEDY (1940) James Stewart’s rich gifts for drama, romance and comedy already propelled him on a meteoric rise when he was paired with the very lively and very lovely Rosalind Russell in this screwball classic set amidst the bright lights of Broadway. Russell plays the acting gal how knows it all while Stewart is the hick from the sticks with a flair for the funny. It’s love at first line reading for the pair but when a wanna-be muse (Genevieve Tobin) convinces Stewart’s comedy king he should try his hand at serious drama, the romance hits the rocks. Charles Ruggles plays the cynical industrialist spouse of the drama wannabe that squares up the triangle. William Keighley directs with a script by master scribes Julius and Philip Epstein.

               

Power to the Paramounts!

BRANDED (1950) This big screen adaptation of Max Brand’s Montana Rides! finds celluloid cowboy icon Alan Ladd donning the boots of Choya, a gunfighter comprised of complicated ethics. Choya gets roped into a scheme to impersonate a wealthy rancher¹s long lost son – which works – until he starts to fall for his “sister.” The shame becomes too much for Choya to bear, so he sets out to make-up for the wrong he has done. With Mona Freeman, Charles Bickford, and Robert Keith, directed by Rudolph Maté.

 I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE (1958) Too often dismissed as a retread of the paranoid cold war classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, I Married a Monster from Outer Space is a classic creeper in its own right, remixing cold war chills with post-nuclear family anxiety along with a nod to seminal Sci-Fi show, It Came From Outer Space. Newlywed Marge Farrell (Gloria Talbott) grows increasingly alarmed over the changes in her new husband Bill (Tom Tryon), who’s been acting stranger and stranger since their wedding night. Determined to find out what’s happening to her man, Marge stumbles onto a terrifying plan and now must convince someone – anyone – to believe her…            

THE ADVENTURERS (1970) Troubled playboy Dax (Bekim Fehmiu)uses romance as a stepping stone to success… all while scheming to bring vengeance on those who once wronged him and his family. A Monte Cristo for the jet-set, Candice Bergen, Olivia de Havilland, Ernest Borgnine, Rossano Brazzi, Charles Aznavour and more star in this lavish adaptation of the lurid Harold Robbins pot-boiler, under the direction of Lewis Gilbert.

THE BIG BUS (1976) Ahead of its kind pre-cursor to cinema satires like Airplane!, this disaster film spoof is a sleeper well-worthy of rediscovery. The Big Bus depicts the doomed (spoiler alert!) maiden New York to Denver journey of The Cyclops, the world’s first nuclear-powered bus. With Joseph Bologna, Stockard Channing, and John Beck. Also with Rene Auberjonois, Ned Beatty and Bob Dishy. And José Ferrer, Ruth Gordon and Harold Gould. Oh, we almost forgot Larry Hagman, Sally Kellerman and Richard Mulligan, Lynn Redgrave, Stuart Margolin, Howard Hesseman and Vic Tayback, too! Directed by James Frawley, written by Lawrence J. Cohen and Fred Freeman.

 THE EVENING STAR (1996) Shirley MacLaine reprises the character of Aurora Greenway in this follow-up to the smash-hit and award-strewn Terms of Endearment. The next generation confronts Aurora with as many challenges as ever, as she tries her best to raise her beloved daughter’s rebellious and troubled brood. With Bill Paxton, Miranda Richardson, Marion Ross and Juliette Lewis. Directed by Robert Harling.

 

New from HBO

FALL TO GRACE (2013) Alexandra Pelosi depicts the extraordinary journey of ex-New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey in this remarkable documentary. From one of the worst political scandals of the decade and his outing as a closeted gay man, to his life’s “second act” and its spiritual quest where he studies to become an Episcopal priest, McGreevey’s journey is one of redemption and transformation. This is a true tale of second chances, which McGreevey says everybody deserves. “No one should be defined by the nadir of their existence,” he says. “That shouldn’t define the entirety of their narrative.”

NOTE: These DVDs are Manufactured on Demand (MOD); to order, fans must visit The Warner Archive Collection or WB Shop.com

 

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