March 26, 2013


Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

Hit the jump for details on the extras included on the aforementioned Blu-rays.

The Borgias: The Second Season [Blu-ray]


The entirety of the extras included on this Blu-ray are accessible only through BD-Live, but they include episodes of Californication and House of Lies, a short featurette that includes behind-the-scenes interviews, and a collection of short featurettes that focus on Vicar of Rome, Gunpowder Revolution, Love, Renaissance, and Sex.

The Collection [Blu-ray]


This horror film includes an audio commentary with writer/director Marcus Dunstan and writer Patrick Melton, three alternate scenes, and five featurettes that focus on the director’s vision, the film’s makeup and effects, the production design, the special effects, and the stunts.

Jurassic Park (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)


The special features details for this standalone release are currently unavailable, but one imagines the disc will include all of the extras pertaining to this first film that were included on the Jurassic Park Trilogy Blu-ray set.  That collection included a three-part retrospective documentary focusing on the making of the film and its groundbreaking visual effects, archival featurettes that were created at the time of Jurassic Park’s theatrical release, more behind-the-scenes looks, and a theatrical trailer.

Killing Them Softly [Blu-ray]


Director Andrew Dominik’s subversive drama isn’t exactly for everyone, but fans eager to own the pic will be greeted with four deleted scenes and a short featurette.  Sadly, no audio commentary from Dominik is included here.

Lincoln (Four Disc Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)

Lincoln (Two Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack)


Steven Spielberg’s excellent drama is available on Blu-ray in two versions: a 2-disc combo pack with the Blu-ray, DVD, and 13 minutes of extras, and a 4-disc combo pack with the Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, and 80 minutes of extras.  The bonus features included on both discs are a 9-minute featurette called “The Journey to Lincoln” that focuses on the broader aspects of the film and a 4-minute featurette called “A Historic Tapestry: Richmond, Virginia, which centers on Spielberg’s decision to shoot the film in Richmond.

The four-disc version of the Blu-ray also includes the 10-minute featurette “In the Company of a Character” which focuses on the film’s terrific performances (specifically Daniel Day-Lewis’ method acting), the 11-minute featurette “Crafting the Past” which looks into the film’s period aspect, the 27-minute featurette “Living with Lincoln” which takes an in-depth look into the making of the film and doing justice to Lincoln’s story, and the 17-minute featurette “In Lincoln’s Footsteps”, which takes a look at the more technical aspects of making the film including the editing and the film’s score.

Monsieur Verdoux (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]


This Criterion release includes a documentary focusing on the film’s production and the controversy surrounding it upon release, the program “Charlie Chaplain and the American Press,” excerpts from an interview with Marilyn Nash conducted by Charlie Chaplin, radio ads, and a booklet with an essay by critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky.

Parental Guidance [Blu-ray]


This family comedy comes with a collection of deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Andy Fickman, an audio commentary on the feature by Fickman and Billy Crystal, a gag reel, and a behind-the-scenes featurette. 

A Royal Affair [Blu-ray]


This Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film comes complete with a collection of interviews from the Berlin Film Festival with Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, and director Nikolaj Arcel and a theatrical trailer.

The Sandlot: 20th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]


Sadly, this anniversary edition of the baseball favorite doesn’t include any new extras.  The disc does, however, come with 10 collectible trading cards that were created exclusively for this release.  The only other extras are a featurette, the theatrical trailer, and a TV spot.

Veep: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)


The Blu-ray for the first season of this great HBO comedy series includes 12 audio commentaries for 8 episodes, a 14-minute making-of featurette, a couple of short videos that feature Julia Louis-Dreyfus in character, and a collection of deleted scenes and outtakes. 

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