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article imageBlu-ray/DVD Essentials: Revisiting WWII and Stone's 'Alexander' Special

By Earl Dittman     Jun 17, 2014 in Entertainment
Now you have the chance to see director Oliver Stone's epic biopic 'Alexander' like never before. Also, aficionados of such classic war films as ‘Battle Of The Bulge’ and ‘Memphis Belle’ can view them in glorious HD in ‘True Stories Of WWII.'
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of director Oliver Stone’s Alexander -- his monumental cinematic exploration into the life of conqueror Alexander The Great -- Warner Brothers has released an incredible Ultimate Cut Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Alexander: Ultimate Cut not only features a brilliant extended version of the film (with over 30 minutes of new footage), exciting documentaries and commentaries but also an impressive, collectable forty-page art book. A must for fans of Stone, stars Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie and historical epics.
If you have a taste for the guts and glory films that recount the events and stories of World War II, then True Stories Of WWII should be an indispensable part of your Blu-ray collection. The stunning box sets include seven unforgettable motion pictures including Memphis Belle, The Big Red One and The Dirty Dozen. The wartime documentaries George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin and The First Motion Picture Unit: When Hollywood Went to War round out the packages.
AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY AND/OR DVD:
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Warner Bros
Alexander: Ultimate Cut -10th Anniversary Collector's Edition
Oliver Stone re-creates the towering, true story of Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell), who, in the 4th Century BC, conquered Greece, Persia, Afghanistan and India -- 90% of the "Known World." Against massive armies of chariots and elephants, he never lost a battle. Visionary, explorer, dreamer -- he was also a tender son, torn by his mother's (Angelina Jolie) burning love and ambition and desperate for his father's (Val Kilmer) approval. His dream shaped the world we live in today. Bonus (Blu-ray + UltraViolet) Features: 40-Page Art Book with concept drawings, storyboards and behind-the-scenes photos. The Ultimate Cut - "The Ultimate Cut Commentary by Oliver Stone"; Documentary "The Real Alexander and the World He Made" and Feature-length documentary by Sean Stone "Fight Against Time: Oliver Stone's Alexander. Theatrical Cut: "Theatrical Cut Commentary by Oliver Stone and Robin Lane Fox" and the documentaries "Resurrecting Alexander," "Perfect is the Enemy of Good," "The Death of Alexander" & "Vangelis Scores Alexander.”
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Cinedigm
The Motel Life
Based on the popular, critically-acclaimed novel by Willy Vlautin, The Motel Life is a searing and profound examination of brotherhood set in the timeless Sierra Nevadan frontier. Frank (Emile Hirsch, Bonnie & Clyde) and Jerry Lee Flannigan (Stephen Dorff, Blade) work odd jobs, drink hard, and drift from motel to motel. Their only escape is through Frank's fantastic stories and Jerry Lee's rich illustrations. Everything changes when Jerry Lee is involved in a hit-and-run accident, which forces the brothers across the state to the home of Franks old flame, Annie (actress Dakota Fanning,The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) Blu-ray Bonus Features: The Motel Life Featurette; Illustration Gallery and Trailer.
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Warner Bros
True Stories Of WWII Collection
The two WW II Collections present seven stirring tales of front-line action, conflict and heroism. True Stories contains Memphis Belle, Battle of the Bulge and Defiance. Invasion Europe includes The Big Red One, The Dirty Dozen, Where Eagles Dare and the documentary George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin. Additionally, the True Stories collection includes "The First Motion Picture Unit: When Hollywood Went to War" -- a new documentary about the World War II division that helped shape America’s involvement in the conflict and the outcome of the War itself.
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Fox
Son Of God
From producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey comes Son of God -- the most important chapter of the Greatest Story Ever Told for a whole new generation of families to enjoy. Acclaimed Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado delivers a spectacular portrayal of Jesus as this powerful and inspirational feature film depicts the life of Christ, from His humble birth through His teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. Bonus (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) Features: "Son Of God In High Definition"; "Son Of God: Reborn"; "From The Set: The Passion"; "Son Of God: Un Reino Sin Fronteras" and "Faith Into Practice: Introduce Children To A Relationship With Jesus Christ."
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Cinedigm
Klondike
Based on Charolotte Grey's best-selling book, Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich In The Klondike, this three-part mini series (six episodes) -- set in the turbulent late-1890s -- centers on the friendship of two adventurers, Bill Haskell and Byron Epstein, as they travel Northwest during the Klondike Gold Rush. Along the way they must navigate harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters. Klondike stars Richard Madden (Game Of Thrones), Abbie Cornish (RoboCop), Sam Shephard (The Right Stuff) and Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction). Blu-ray Bonus Features: "Klondike: Behind The Scenes"; "Discovering Klondike" and Cast Interviews.
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Universal
Non-Stop
Global action star Liam Neeson stars in this action thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred into an off-shore account. With the lives of hundreds of passengers hanging in the balance, Marks must use every nuance of his training to uncover the killer traveling on the aircraft. Co-starring Julianne Moore (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Michelle Dockery (TV's Downton Abbey) and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave). Bonus (Blu-ray + DVD Combo) Features: "Non-Stop Action" and "Suspense At 40,000 Feet."
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Showtime/Paramount
Ray Donovan: Season One
In this breakout hit that packs a punch, crisis-fixer Ray Donovan (Golden Globe-nominated Liev Schreiber) is at home with trouble unit trouble hits home. Ray handles the combustible situations of L.A.'s rich and famous -- Boston style. But his father, Mickey Donovan (Golden Globe-winner Jon Voight), an Irish gangster, is the kind of trouble even Ray can't contain. Now on early parole, Mickey returns to reclaim his family, his life and seek revenge against the son who sent him away twenty years ago. Can Ray fix the battered cracks in his own family before it breaks him?
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Warner Bros
The New Adventures Of Superman: Season 2 & 3
These adventures were the first time that Superman (and his alter ego Clark Kent), Lois Lane and Perry White had been seen in animated form since they were immortalized in the iconic Superman short films of the 1940s. In addition, this series marked the animation debut of Jimmy Olsen and classic Superman villains like Lex Luthor and Brainiac. This animated Superman was forerunner show that lead to all the subsequent animated superhero programming.
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BBC
Call The Midwife: Season Three
The midwives return for a new season of the BBC's immensely absorbing and popular drama, set in poverty-ridden East London in the late 1950s. With Nonnatus House scheduled for demolition, Jenny (Jessica Raine), Chummy (Miranda Hart) and Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) search for a new location nearby, while Jenny's relationship with Alec continues to blossom. But an outbreak of polio affects the nurses and nuns more than they could have imagined. Hop on a bicycle and share sadness and joy, tears and humor, struggle and survival in this award-winning drama, based on the best-selling memoirs of former nurse Jennifer Worth. Blu-ray Bonus Feature: "Inside Call The Midwife" - interviews with cast and crew.
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Warner Bros
Longmire: The Complete Second Season
Long shadows of secrets and murder hang over Absaroka County, Wyoming, jurisdiction of the tough and brooding Sheriff Walt Longmire, in the enthralling second season of the hit mystery series based on Craig Johnson's best-selling novels. The stoic lawman (Robert Taylor) and his daughter, Cady (Cassidy Freeman), have their own suspicions about how Walt's wife died, but the unraveling truth will astonish them both. While the investigation of Walt's possible connection to the death of his wife's killer threatens to sweep his loyal friend Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips) into the mix, the election pitting Walt against his ambitious deputy, Branch (Bailey Chase), causes more personal wear and tear and unscrupulous behavior. Walt's right-hand deputy, Vic (Katee Sackhoff), is visited by the ghost of a past she'd rather forget, and The Ferg (Adam Bartley), steps up to provide key insights that help solve a couple of particularly baffling cases. Bonus Features: Bonus Extended Episodes of "Sound And Fury" and "Election Day" with intros by Executive Producers and "Testing Courage: The Storm Defines The Man." Featurette.
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