Sci-Fi adventure from the director of “Inception” and “The Dark Knight” chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of the solar system. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot turned farmer Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home. Vitals: Director: Christopher Nolan. Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Wes Bentley, William Devane, David Gyasi, Mackenzie Foy, Bill Irwin (voice). 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 169 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $186.355 million, Paramount. Blu-ray extras: “The Science of Interstellar” extended cut of the broadcast special; “Plotting an Interstellar Journey” featurette discusses the film’s origins, influences and narrative designs; Life on Cooper’s Farm” featurette brings Americana and the grounded nature of a farm to a sci-fi space movie; “The Dust” featurette on how cast and crew avoided sand blindness, and how to create, and clean up after, a catastrophic dust storm; “TARS and CASE” featurette on designing and building these unique characters and how they were brought to life on set and in the film; “Cosmic Sounds” featuette on the concepts, process, and recording of Hans Zimmer’s unforgettable score; “The Space Suits” featurette on the design and build of the suits and helmets, and what it was like to wear them; “The Endurance” featurette explores the massive set with a guided tour by production designer Nathan Crowley; “Shooting in Iceland: Miller’s Planet/Mann’s Planet” featurette; “The Ranger and the Lander” spaceships featurette; “Miniatures in Space”; “The Simulation of Zero-G” featurette on the various methods that the filmmakers used to create a zero gravity environment; “Celestial Landmarks” featurette on how the filmmakers used practical special effects informed by real scientific equations to give the illusion of real space travel for both the actors and the audience; “Across All Dimensions and Time” featurette on t the concept and design of the Tesseract, which incorporated a practical set rather than a green screen; “Final Thoughts” in which the cast and crew reflect back on their Interstellar experience; theatrical trailers. For a limited time, the Blu-ray Combo Pack will also include an authentic, collectible “Interstellar” film cell from an original 70MM IMAX print of the film.
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