December 11, 2012

This week on Blu-ray Bourne comes home, a Judd Apatow-produced 90s favorite gets an update, and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s big-screen debut hits home video.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for all the details.

The Bourne Legacy (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)


Not exactly a sequel, not exactly a spinoff, The Bourne Legacy is a strange bird.  Following mediocre box office success, the film comes to Blu-ray with quite a few extras.  The features include an audio commentary with writer/director Tony Gilroy, co-writer Dan Gilroy, editor John Gilroy, director of photography Robert Elswit, second unit director Dan Bradley, and production designer Kevin Thompson, 7 minutes of deleted scenes, and a collection of short featurettes that cover how they approached making a Bourne film without Bourne, casting Jeremy Renner, location shooting, stunts, and more.

Dick Tracy (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)


Director/star Warren Beatty’s ambitious 1990 adaptation finally hits the HD format, though it comes with a serious lack of special features.  In fact, there are absolutely zero extras relating to Dick Tracy to be found on this Blu-ray release.  The only supplements included are trailers for upcoming Disney films and ads for ABC shows.  It’s disappointing to say the least, but ardent fans should be happy to see the film upgraded to the Blu-ray format.

Following (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]


Now one of the most successful and sought-after directors in Hollywood, Christopher Nolan got his start with the black-and-white 1999 directorial debut Following.  The film has been given the Criterion treatment, and is unsurprisingly packed with great material.  The special features include a half-hour video interview conducted with Nolan in 2010 in which he looks back on the film and how his work on Following influenced his Batman films.  The disc also comes with a chronological edit of the film in which the scenes play in chronological order, a Script to Film feature in which the shooting script is compared to finished scenes, Nolan’s 1997 short film Doodlebug, and an essay by Scott Foundas.

Futurama: Volume 7 [Blu-ray]


Good news, everyone! Volume 7 of Futurama hits Blu-ray with all 13 episodes of the first half of the show’s seventh season complete with audio commentaries on every episode (including a bonus commentary on “A Farewell to Arms”), an alternate ending for “Zapp Dingbat,” a jam session with the show’s composer Christopher Tyng, a sing-along karaoke feature, and a number of deleted scenes.

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


HBO’s love it/hate it/love to hate it new comedy series hits Blu-ray just in time for the holidays.  I myself was a fan of Lena Dunham’s smart and imperfect comedy about twentysomthing New Yorkers navigating life out of college.  The Blu-ray set is packed with extras including featurettes on every episode, “A Conversation with the Girls,” “A Conversation with Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham,” five audio commentaries, a making-of featurette, deleted and extended scenes, gag reels, cast auditions, table reads, and more.

Heavyweights [Blu-ray]


This 1995 fan-favorite, co-written by Judd Apatow and starring Ben Stiller and Paul Feig, probably isn’t a must-own in HD, but the supplements are more than enough to justify the purchase.  The disc comes with a new commentary recorded by Apatow, Feig, director Steven Brill, and cast members Allen Covert, Aaron Schwartz, Shaun Weiss, and Tom Hodges, over 30 never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes, a video chat with Apatow and Kenan Thompson, footage of the cast and crew on set, Apatow’s personal photos from the set, a “Where Are They Now?” featurette, and more.

Ice Age: Continental Drift (3D Combo Pack) [Blu-ray]

Ice Age: Continental Drift [Blu-ray]


The latest installment from everyone’s favorite prehistoric animated franchise hits Blu-ray in two separate releases, one of which includes the 3D Blu-ray along with the 2D Blu-ray, DVD, and a digital copy, and another that leaves out the 3D Blu-ray altogether.  The extras were made specifically for the younger crowd, as they include “Party with a Pirate!” mode, “Sing Alonge” mode, “Shimmy Shake Music Section,” and more.  Also included are a batch of deleted scenes and a catch-up featurette titled “Ice Age: The Story So Far.”

Les Miserables [Blu-ray]


Just in time for the theatrical release of Tom Hooper’s musical adaptation comes the Blu-ray release of director Bille August’s 1998 adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel Les Miserables.  This release is rather light on extras, but it does include a first look at Hooper’s iteration of the story.

Ted (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)


Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane made quite a splash with his live-action debut Ted, as the film has grossed over $500 million worldwide.  The Blu-ray release includes the film on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy as well as a number of supplements.  In addition to the 107-minute theatrical release, the Blu-ray comes with the 114-minute unrated extended cut as well as an audio commentary with MacFarlane, co-writer Alec Sulkin, and Mark Wahlberg.  Extras include a 25-minute making-of featurette, 15-minutes of deleted scenes, a short featurette on the making of Ted and John’s fight, a collection of alternate takes, and a gag reel.

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