10.25.2011: What To Watch – DVD/Blu-ray Releases

It’s a flashback release week to the 2011 New York Comic Con with the first two DVDs/Blu-rays.  As for the third, writer/producer/director Steven Spielberg expects a fourth film for this trilogy “in the next two to three years”.

Attack the Block (2011 / R / 88 mins) on DVD and Blu-ray.  Starring John Boyega (TV’s Law & Order: UK), Alex Esmail (Strippers Vs. Werewolves), Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Franz Drameh (Hereafter), Nick Frost (Paul), Jodie Whittaker (One Day), Luke Treadaway (The Whistleblower) and Jumayn Hunter (Cherry Tree Lane).  Written and Directed by Joe Cornish (The Adventures of Tintin).

Director Joe Cornish’s directorial debut of Attack the Block is “Inner City vs Outer Space” with action, comedy and sci-fi on a block in London.  The winner of the Audience Award in the Midnight/SX Fantastic category at the 2011 SXSW and Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival grossed only $5.299 million worldwide over nine weeks but received positive reviews.  The DVD and Blu-ray include both commentary and featurettes.

Synopsis:  A teen gang is pitted against an invasion of savage alien monsters.  It turns a London housing estate into a sci-fi playground.  A tower block into a fortress under siege.  And teenage street kids into heroes.  courtesy of Attack the Block

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Captain America: The First Avenger (2011 / PG-13 / 125 mins) on DVD, Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy and Three-Disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy.  Starring Chris Evans (What’s Your Number?), Tommy Lee Jones (The Company Men), Hugo Weaving (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Hayley Atwell (TV’s The Pillars of the Earth), Sebastian Stan (Black Swan), Dominic Cooper (My Week with Marilyn), Neal McDonough (TV’s Desperate Housewives), Derek Luke (TV’s HawthoRNe), Stanley Tucci (Margin Call) and Samuel L. Jackson (The Other Guys).  Produced by Kevin Feige (The Avengers).  Screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (both of The Chronicles of Narnia 1, 2 & 3).  Directed by Joe Johnston (The Wolfman).

Summer 2011 brought us one god and one human-turned-superhero.  Summer 2012 (May to be exact) will bring us a team of superheroes.  Captain America: The First Avenger was the perfect setup to next year’s The Avengers as the action/adventure/sci-fi set up Captain America (Evans) to join modern day superheroes like Tony Stark’s Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Clint Barton’s Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).  The summer blockbuster from Marvel grossed $176.435 million domestically and an estimated $189.5 million internationally to its $140 million budget.  It was heavy on the visual effects especially with the successful “plastic surgery” of Evans as the short and skinny Steve Rogers compared to his tall and buff Captain America.  All three releases include featurettes and deleted scenes.

Synopsis:  In 1942, Steve Rogers (Evans), physically unfit to enlist in the U.S. army, volunteers to participate in an experimental program, Project: Rebirth, that turns him into the super soldier known as Captain America.  As a very buff Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Stan) and Peggy Carter (Atwell) to wage war on the evil Hydra organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Weaving).

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Twitter:  @Marvel

Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy (1993, 1997 & 2001 / PG-13) on Five-Disc DVD + Digital Copy, Three-Disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy and Three-Disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy Gift Set.  Starring Sam Neill (TV’s Happy Town), Laura Dern (TV’s Enlightened), Jeff Goldblum (Morning Glory), Richard Attenborough (Elizabeth), Julianne Moore (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), Pete Postlethwaite (The Town), Vince Vaughn (The Dilemma), William H. Macy (TV’s Shameless) and Téa Leoni (Tower Heist).  Directed by Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Steven Spielberg (The Adventures of Tintin).

The cloning dinosaur series of Jurassic Park started with writer Michael Crichton’s idea for a screenplay which became a novel and then a screenplay.  The first film, based on the book, also saved Universal Studios with its $914.691 million worldwide gross against a $63 million budget.  Though sequels The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($618.638 million) and Jurassic Park III ($368.78 million) were less successful, financially and critically, Jurassic Park as a franchise has evolved into comic books from Topps Comics and IDW Publishing, and video games.  We’ll just have to wait and see what Spielberg and Johnston have in store for us next with the fourth feature.  All three releases include commentary, deleted scenes, a documentary, featurettes and trailers; the gift set also includes a T-Rex dinosaur statue in a box set.

Synopsis:  Experience one of the biggest movie trilogies of all time like never before with the Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy!  “You won’t believe your eyes” (Rolling Stone) when dinosaurs once again roam the Earth in an amazing theme park on a remote island.  From Academy Award-winning directors Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park) and Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III), the action-packed adventures find man up against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival.  Featuring visually stunning imagery and groundbreaking filmmaking that has been hailed as “a triumph of special effects artistry” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times), this epic trilogy is sheer movie-making magic that was 65 million years in the making. “Welcome to Jurassic Park.”  courtesy of Universal

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