December 4, 2012

One of the biggest films of the year finally hits home video this week on Blu-ray.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for all the details.

Beasts of the Southern Wild [Blu-ray]


This fantastic indie made waves at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and now it’s headed into December as a serious Oscar contender.  The special features include director Behn Zeitlin’s short film Glory at Sea, audition footage, deleted scenes, a featurette on the beastly Aurochs, and a look at the film’s incredible score.  The Blu-ray package also includes the film on DVD and a digital copy.

Brazil (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]


The Criterion iteration of Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi classic gets a Blu-ray upgrade.  The disc comes with all the same features that popped up on the 1996 Criterion DVD, which includes an audio commentary by Gilliam, a half-hour on-set documentary, a collection of storyboards, photographs, and interviews, another collection of storyboards with an introduction by Gilliam, a visual essay on the film’s design, a visual essay on the special effects, a featurette on the costume design, a featurette on the score, and a nearly one-hour documentary on the controversy surrounding the film’s U.S. release.  The Blu-ry also includes the 94-minute “commercial” cut of the film that was shown on syndicated TV.

The Dark Knight Rises (Blu-ray/DVD Combo+UltraViolet Digital Copy)


One of the most anticipated films of the year finally comes to home video, and Christopher Nolan’s trilogy closer is sure to sell quite a few Blu-ray copies.  The extras are sure to please the most ardent Nolan die-hards, as the combo pack includes a Second Screen Experience in which exclusive content pops up on your tablet or mobile phone while the film plays, a 68-minute collection of featurettes that features the cast and crew dissecting crucial sequences from the film and how they were created, a 28-minute collection of three featurettes that focus on Bruce Wayne, Bane, and Selina Kyle, a featurette celebrating Wally Pfister’s cinematography and lighting, a featurette called “The End of a Legend” in which Nolan talks about saying goodbye to the franchise, and a nearly hourlong documentary on the evolution of The Batmobile throughout the character’s existence.

The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins / The Dark Knight / The Dark Knight Rises) [Blu-ray]


While the individual release of The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t skimp on the extras, fans also have the option of purchasing Nolan’s entire Batman trilogy on Blu-ray in one fell swoop.  The set includes all three films in HD, along with all of the respective special features found on the previous releases.  It’s a hell of a deal at this price, though its not exactly a “must-buy” since it doesn’t include any new or exclusive bonus features and WB has already announced an “ultimate” trilogy collectors set for release late next year.

Eastbound & Down: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray]


Kenny Powers is back!  The third and assumed final season of the brilliantly offensive HBO comedy series Eastbound & Down saw Powers taking his shenanigans to Myrtle Beach to hilarious results, and all 8 episodes are now available on home video.  The bonus features include a blooper reel, deleted scenes, audio commentaries on all episodes from Danny McBride, Jody Hill, Steve Little, and David Gordon Green, and the featurette “Dinner at Schaeffer’s.”  Though the season finale brought Powers’ story to an appropriate end, McBride and Hill recently committed to producing a fourth season for HBO in the near future.

Finding Nemo (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy)


Pixar’s Finding Nemo is finally on Blu-ray.  Though the fan-favorite film previously saw a DVD release, this is the first time the pic is available in HD.   An “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” is hitting shelves just in time for the holidays which includes the 3D version of the movie for the first time.  The disc includes all the special features from the previous DVD release, along with a host of extras that are new to this release.  Included are an 18-minute “Filmmakers Roundtable” discussion with director Andrew Stanton, co-director Lee Unkrich, co-writer Bob Peterson, producer Graham Walters, production designer Ralph Eggleston, and technical lead Oren Jacob taking part in a retrospective look at the film on its 10th anniversary, a picture-in-picture experience with Stanton, Unkrich, and Peterson dissecting the film as it plays, an alternate opening, deleted scenes, outtakes, an 8-minute featurette in which Stanton discusses a major lesson he learned while developing the story, a 15-minute featurette on Disneyland’s Submarine Voyage attraction, and more.

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn [Blu-ray]


This live-action webseries preceded the highly anticipated release of Microsoft’s Halo 4 game, and now fans can own the full-length 90-minute feature on Blu-ray.  The disc includes in-fiction content expanding the characters and stories, a featurette on the making of the film, and behind-the-scenes videos.

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season Two [Blu-ray]


The Blu-ray releases of the fan-favorite series Star Trek: The Next Generation continues with the unveiling of season two in glorious HD.  The set comes packed with a bounty of bonus features including extended versions of the episode “The Measure of a Man,” various commentaries, vintage content including a Reading Rainbow segment with LeVar Burton and multiple production featurettes, a 25-year cast reunion, a 40-minute retrospective documentary on the ups and downs of seasons one and two, and more.

Up (Five-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/ Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy)


Also getting a new release from Disney/Pixar is 2009’s Up.  This film again has already been released on Blu-ray, but Disney is doing its best to make the double-dip worth it.  The combo set includes the film on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download, but no new special features have been added that aren’t on the previous release.  That said, there’s plenty of bonus content to thumb through including a picture-in-picture commentary with director Pete Docter and co-director Bob Peterson, a 22-minute featurette on the film’s development and design, a couple of short films, and a 48-minute collection of featurettes covering various areas of production.

V/H/S [Blu-ray]


This horror anthology already has a sequel on the way, but now you can join in on the spooky fun from the comfort of your own home.  The special features include deleted scenes, a look at the film’s visual effects, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and a supplement called “AXS TV: A Look at V/H/S.”

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