01.31.2011: What To Watch – DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Three for the 31st as in three DVDs/Blu-rays for Tuesday, January 31st.  Prepare for a night of fright, future and Thing!

Dream House (2011 / PG-13 / 91 mins) on DVD and Blu-ray.  Starring Daniel Craig (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Naomi Watts (J. Edgar), Rachel Weisz (The Lovely Bones), Marton Csokas (The Debt), Elias Koteas (TV’s Combat Hospital) and Jane Alexander (Terminator Salvation).  Written by David Loucka (2012’s House at the End of the Street).  Directed by Jim Sheridan (Brothers).

Film Facts:  Production Budget = $50 million / Domestic Gross = $21,302,340 / International Gross = $17,200,000

Synopsis:  Some say that all houses have memories.  For one man, his home is the place he would kill to forget. A family unknowingly moves into a home where grisly murders were committed…only to find themselves the killer’s next target.  Successful publisher Will Atenton (Craig) quit a high power job in Manhattan to relocate his wife, Libby (Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town.  But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children.  And the entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived.  When Will investigates the tragedy, he’s not sure if he’s starting to see ghosts or if the tragic story is just hitting too close to home.  His only clues come from Ann Paterson (Watts), a mysterious neighbor who knew those who were shot.  As Will and Ann piece together the haunting puzzle, they must find out who murdered the family in Will’s dream house before he returns to kill again.   courtesy of Universal

In Time (2011 / PG-13 / 109 mins) on DVD and 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD with Digital Copy.  Starring Justin Timberlake (Friends with Benefits), Amanda Seyfried (2012’s Gone), Cillian Murphy (Inception), Vincent Kartheiser (TV’s Mad Men), Olivia Wilde (Cowboys & Aliens), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Johnny Galecki (TV’s The Big Bang Theory) and Matt Bomer (TV’s White Collar).  Written and Directed by Andrew Niccol (Lord of War).

Film Facts:  Production Budget = $40 million / Domestic Gross = $37,508,853 / International Gross = $106,430,426

Synopsis:  In a future where time is literally money, and aging stops at 25, the only way to stay alive is to earn, steal, or inherit more time.  When Will Salas (Timberlake) is falsely accused of murder, he teams up with Sylvia Weis (Seyfried), a beautiful young heiress, to figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money – literally – enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day.  courtesy of 20th Century Fox

The Thing (2011 / R / 103 mins) on DVD and 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD with Digital Copy.  Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Elite), Ulrich Thomsen (Season of the Witch), Eric Christian Olsen (TV’s NCIS: Los Angeles), Trond Espen Seim (Varg Veum…) and Kim Bubbs (TV’s Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures).  Written by Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5).  Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Film Facts:  Production Budget = $38 million / Domestic Gross = $16,928,670 / International Gross = $10,500,000

Synopsis:  It’s not human.  Yet.  When paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Winstead) travels to an isolated outpost in Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime, she joins an international team that unearths a remarkable discovery.  Their elation quickly turns to fear as they realize that their experiment has freed a mysterious being from its frozen prison.  Paranoia spreads like an epidemic as a creature that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.  courtesy of Universal Studios

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