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article imageFrom Star Trek to Time Traveler's Wife, Eric Bana's time is now Special

By Earl Dittman     Feb 10, 2010 in Entertainment
The just-released Blu-ray/DVD of The Time Traveler's Wife caps off a year of phenomenal success for Eric Bana. But, if you're re looking for more than just romance, try the discs for SGU, JAG, A Serious Man, Stepfather, Vega$, Bronson, King Lear & more.
The past year has been great for the career of Eric Bana. First off, the Australian-born Bana chalked up three show-stopping performances this summer – the first as Star Trek’s Romulan villain, Nero, the second opposite Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen in the dark stand-up comedy comedy Funny People – and, in the third film (just out on Blu-ray & DVD), the Melbourne-native played the romantic leading man opposite Canadian beauty Rachel McAdams (who reigned the box office this Christmas in Sherlock Holmes) in the sensational big-screen love story The Time Traveler’s Wife.
In The Time Traveler’s Wife, Bana portrays Henry, a man genetically predisposed to unexpectedly popping backwards and forwards in time (it may sound hinky, but a few minutes into this science fiction-fueled romance, you’ll completely believe his disorder really exists). Throuput his time travels, Henry happens to fall head over heals in love with Clare, played by Rachel McAdams, a stunning young woman who he meets during one of his many naked jaunts through space and time. But while Henry has the ability to jump through time, he’s not immortal. A film for the romantic in us all, The Time Traveler’s Wife is also a heartbreaking tear-jerker. I don’t care how macho you think you are — this is one film that will have even the toughest He-Man shedding a few tears.
Prior to the theatrical release of The Time Traveler's Wife (right around the final days of summer), the hunk from Down Under sat down with myseld and a handful of journos to chat about the making of The Time Traveler's Wife, Elvis, his naked days on the set, how his met his wife, if he is truly romantic and he offers up his thoughts about his career.
If you could travel back in time to visit someone from your past who would it be? ”I had a pretty low-rent answer for the last person who asked me. (laughs) I want to go to the Elvis Vegas show when he had that jumpsuit towards the end of his career -- that would be interesting. Or like bands? You know like great rock bands in history when they’re just breaking it big, I’d like to see that breakthrough gig -- you know like The Beatles or Led Zeppelin or the Stones or U2 even. Just like any great band just before everyone finds out who they are, you know?”
You have a lot of nude scenes in the film when you travel through time. Did you dislike them or did they feel magical?”No they never felt magical, no. They felt like a pain in the arse. (laughs) No, it was just an unnecessary evil but I tried to do exactly as I was told so we would get them done as quickly as possible and then get on with the rest of the day.”
You could have shot them all together., one after the other. Wouldn't that have been great? “No, that would have been good. Just one big nude day. (laughs) Actually, give me a piece of paper so I can write it down. I must remember that -- just one big nude day.”
Did you have special demands, like to turn the heating up on your nude shoots? “No, because I was nude for such short periods of time so, no, it was fine. I wasn’t exposed to the elements. I was well looked after.”
Eric Bana & Rachel McAdams in The Time Traveler s Wife
Eric Bana & Rachel McAdams in The Time Traveler's Wife
Warner Bros/New Line
Did you enjoy the fact you were in a romantic film and not a sci-fi epic this time? “I guess what was different for me with this film, it wasn’t so much to me that it was a romance in its point of difference, it was the first time I’d been in a film that was a real two-hander, and I really enjoyed that I enjoyed the focus that comes from primarily just working with that one other person which was new to me, so that was a lot of fun and it was fun because Rachel’s so fantastic and a great person, so that made that job very, very easy. I loved the whole thing. I’m not sure if it’s because it was a romance. I just love the character, and I love the story. I don’t even know if I was consciously thinking about it as a romance while I was making it but it did feel like we were together a lot like it was ‘Oh, I’m with Rachel again today!’”
Do you think that life is fated or its luck? How do you feel?“I think its a mixture but I do really believe when it comes to relationships that a lot of it’s fate, you know, because none of us chose the moment that we meet each other. It has nothing to do with us. Well actually these days you do because you can go on line and chose somebody! If you think about it - anyone besides your parents -- has come into your life, not by your choosing, you know? You’ve met each other at work or you’ve met each in a cab or in a nightclub but the point that you meet each other is completely fate and then obviously then you take control and nurture the relationship but all the people in our lives are brought together by fate so it clearly has a pretty strong effect and influence.
Eric Bana & Rachel McAdams in The Time Traveler s Wife
Eric Bana & Rachel McAdams in The Time Traveler's Wife
Warner Bros/New Line
Didn’t you meet your wife (Rebecca Gleeson) on a bachelor show?“Hell no!”
Didn't it have something to do with taking her on a trip to the U.S.?“I did win a trip to the US, but that’s not how we met. We both were working at a television station and she was the publicist, and I was working on a comedy program. We were just friends; we met through work and then became boyfriend and girlfriend but we did not meet on a bachelor show!”
What do your kids think about you in these kinds of romantic stories?“Oh they don’t have a clue. They haven’t seen any of my movies -- they’re not allowed to so, I guess they’ll have to wait until they’re old enough. I mean, they’ve seen Finding Nemo of course and my son . . . I can’t even remember if he’s seen Star Trek yet. But we’re very strict. Hell no. No, no, no. We’re very strict when it comes to the rating of films so they won’t be seeing just about all of dad’s work for many, many years.
Are you very romantic in your real life? What do you think about the whole idea of love transcending time? “Oh yeah, I’m pretty romantic. Yeah, like Rachel, my parents are still married and still together and still seemingly happy, and I think that’s the most romantic thing that anyone can ask for really. To have that sort of example of two people enduring love and a life together. I don’t think it gets any better really so . . . Its getting rarer and rarer.”
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Can you relate to the time travel aspect? “Actually, being an actor is great preparation for going off and acting that particular character because there’s a lot about Henry that I could, or I think any actor, could relate to. That thing where you do have to un-plug your own life for months at a time and then plug it back in. So it is kind of like time stands still because that is what you but you sort of get used to it after a while but I think there’s a lot of that in an actor’s life that makes Henry’s character easy to relate to”
When you look at your career as a whole are you happy with all the choices that you’ve made?“I have no regrets. I firmly believe that you’re meant to have all kinds of experiences in life and I’m very realistic about that and doing the best I can, and as much as I can be in control of and not stress about the stuff that I’m not, so no I wouldn’t change anything. I would do exactly the same thing. Because its rarely easy; at every point you’re making a decision, like every time a film comes along, I chose the best thing that’s available to me. You can’t really have regrets.”
Bonus Features (Blu-ray & DVD): “An Unconventional Love Story” and “The Time Traveler's Wife: Love Beyond Word” featurettes and a Digital Copy.
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CBS/Paramount
JAG - The Final Season
For a show that was dropped by one network after its inaugural season, only to be picked up up by CBS, which would be it's home for the next nine nine years – and use JAG (military terminology for Judge Advocate General) to launch a knock-out franchise with two highly-successful prime time spin-offs NCIS and NCIS: Los AngelesJAG was one of those rare Hollywood success stories. And, over ten action-packed seasons, who could forget the adventure, espionage, courtroom antics and thrills of the groundbreaking show about an elite legal wing of officers trained as lawyers who investigate, prosecute and defend those accused of crimes in the military, including murder, treason and terrorism. But, what kept a lot of viewers loyal to JAG was the nearly decade-long sexual tension that went in between the former Navy Commander ace pilot turned lawyer. Harmon “Harm” Rabb, Jr. (portrayed by David James Elliott) and by-the-book Marine Lieutenant Colonel Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie (played by Catherine Bell, who enlisted in Season Two). They were always finding themselves clashing about the law as they traversed the globe together to search for and discover the truth in the courtroom. However, they always seemed to ignore the truth about their real feelings for one another. It took until Season 10, The Final Season, for the Harm and Mac to finally reveal how they really felt for one another and if they would part ways at the end of the series or sail happily into the sunset. (Only on DVD).Bonus Feature: The Final Goodbye featurette.
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MGM/Fox
Stargate Universe 1.0
Who could have predicted that Stargate, the 1994 summer movie Kurt Russell and James Spader, would spawn not just one, but three mega-successful television series? From the creators of television's longest running sci-fi series, Stargate SG-1, and its equally successful sequel Stargate Atlantis comes the the deepest, darkest and fascinating series yet – Stargate Universe 1.0 a/k/a SG-U 1.0. Now available on two-disc Blu-ray and DVD, SG-U features the first 10 episodes of its first season, showcasing the new series winning combination of Stargate's pedigree, award-winning cult favorite stars and a bold new look SGU includes appearances by original Stargate cast members Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping, in addition to a brand new all-star cast including Robert Carlyle, Brian J. Smith, David Blue, Jamil Walker Smith and guest starrs Ming-Na, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Canadian actors Louis Ferreira, Alaina Huffman and Elyse Levesque. SG-U is the story of a group of soldiers, scientists and civilians, fleeing an attack, finding themselves stranded billions of miles from Earth on an Ancient ship known as the Destiny. Locked on an unknown course, they must fight to survive and find a way home. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them. (On Blu-ray & DVD). Bonus Features: Exclusive Extended Version Of The Pilot Episode "Air,” Chatting With The Cast Of SG-U, Stargate 101: Presented By Dr. Daniel Jackson, Kino Video Diaries Including 5 DVD Exclusives, Audio Commentaries By Cast And Producers On All Episodes and Creating A New Universe.
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Couples Retreat
Written by Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Dana Fox and directed by Peter Billingsley (that's right, it's Ralphie, the kid who makes us laugh until our sides ache every time we watch him in in 1983's A Christmas Story, but now he's a great comedy director), Couples Retreat is a hysterical, laugh-out-loud comedy about eight friends who decide to get away from the craziness of the real world by taking a vacation in paradise. But, they never imagined their dreams of paradise would be anything like the hellish craziness they end up going through. Simply put, it's one vacation they'll never forget – no matter how hard they try. Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau head the wacky, all-star ensemble cast that also includes Jean Reno, Faizon Love, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman, Kristen Davis, Kali Hawk and Jason Bateman who think they have scored deal vacation of a lifetime, only to find out that their retreat is as cut-rate as it's attractive-looking price tag Their group-rate vacation comes at a hefty price when they discover that participation in the resort's unconventional couples therapy activities is anything but optional. Co-starring Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell and Malin Akerman, Couples Retreat is a hilarious party in paradise, loaded with laughter and fun. Bonus Features – Blu-ray.: Alternate ending, Deleted scenes & Extended scenes with Commentary by Vince Vaughn and director Peter Billingsley, Gag reel, Therapy's Greatest Hits, Paradise Found: Filming In Bora Bora and Behind the Yoga featurettes, Feature Commentary by Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley.
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The Song Of Sparrows
From Iran's most celebrated filmmaker, Majid Majidi director of 1997's Oscar-nominated Children of Heaven, comes his latest cinematic achievement The Song Of Sparrows. Karim (Mohammad Amir Naji, winner of the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actor at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival) works at an ostrich farm outside of Tehran, Iran. He leads a simple and contented life with his family in his small house, until one day when one of the ostriches runs away. Karim is blamed for the loss and is fired from the farm. Soon after, he travels to Tehran in order to repair his elder daughter's hearing aid but finds himself mistaken for a motorcycle taxi driver. Thus begins his new profession: ferrying people and goods through heavy traffic. But the people and material goods that he deals with daily starts to transform Karim's generous and honest nature, much to the distress of his wife and daughters. It is up to those closest to him to restore the values that he had once cherished. Also nominated for Outstanding Foreign Language Motion Picture at the 2008 Image Awards, the DVD presentation of The Song Of Sparrows is in Farsi with English subtitles.
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I Can't Think Straight
Two women from different worlds and cultures meet and form a powerful bond, though one is about to be married in I Can't Think Straight, a film you won't soon forget. The award-winning 2008 film from director Shamim Sarif stars Lisa Ray (Let the Games Begin, Toronto Stories) as Tala, a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian origin, prepares for an elaborate wedding with her Jordanian fiancé, when she encounters a timid Leyla (Shetal Sheth, The World Unseen), a young British Indian woman who is dating her best friend Ali. Tala comes from a spirited Christian family; whereas Leyla's strong Muslim upbringing could not be more different -- but the attraction is immediate between both girls. However, Tala is not ready to accept the implications of the choice her heart has made and escapes back to Jordan where her chain-smoking, high-brow mother finishes preparations for her ostentatious wedding. As family members descend and the wedding day approaches, simmering family tensions come to boiling point, the pressure mounts for Tala to be true to herself and she breaks off the wedding. Meanwhile a heartbroken Leyla relishes her newly found sense of identity and self-respect and moves on with her new life-- much to the shock of her parents. Single again, Tala flies back to London -- but it will take more than just a date set up by Ali and Leyla's sister Zina to win Leyla back. (On DVD Only) Bonus Features: Audio commentary and an interview from director Sarif and behind-the-scenes footage.
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Ice Castles
Taylor Firth and Rob Mayes star in this compelling and much-improved remake of the melodramatic 1979 three-hankie tearjearker starring the one-time stud-muffin Robbie Benson and blond beauty Holly-Lynn Johnson about tragedy, romance and triumph about competing n the dog-eat-dog world of ice skating. In this update of the previous beloved, but diabetic coma-inducing romance, Taylor Firth portrays Alexis Winston, an overnight success in the hyper-competitive world of figure skating, who ditches her hometown boyfriend in a bid for superstardom and a lifetime career on the ice. Tragically, though, while Alexis is at the top of her game, she's suddenly blinded in horrifying ice skating mishap. Her spirit broken, the fallen figure skater seeks the love that will help her lace up her skates, and push her to reach for her dreams (Mayes). Directed by Donald Wrye, choreographed by the top-notch ice team of Sandra Bezic and David Wilson and costarring Henry Czerny, Andrea Joyce, and Michelle Kwan in a screenplay by Donald Wrye, Gary L. Baim and Karen Bloch Morse, this version of Ice Castles is a wonderfully watchable and respectable romantic love story – that doesn't even registar on the cinematic syrupy scale. (Only On DVD). Bonus Features: Deleted scenes and “Landing the Jump: Behind-the-Scenes” Featurette.
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Army Wives - The Complete Third Season
Although the title of the series may imply it's only for women, Army Wives is far from being the TV equivalent of the chick flick. It;s a tough, unapologetic and no-holds-barred look at life in the men and woman, husbands and wives, their families and the happiness and tragedy they endure while fighting on the frontlines and living on a Stateside base waiting to be shipped out. It may be called Army Wives but it would be more appropriately titled Army Families. Luckily, Army Wives has already won the hearts of fans and critics – of both genders – all the way from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans making it one the most popular, highly-rated regular series on Lifetime. Season Three brings a new year of dramatic changes for the Army Wives. Watch their lives unfold in touching detail as they tackle the challenges faced daily by families on Army Reserve posts around the country. Pamela (Brigid Brannagh) digs in and fights to save her marriage after uncovering a hurtful secret, while the ever-resilient Claudia Joy (Kim Delaney) hides a painful truth of her own. Joan’s (Wendy Davis) struggle with a major decision leads her husband Roland (Sterling K. Brown) to imagine what his life would be like had he taken a different path, and Denise (Catherine Bell) and Frank (Terry Serpico) question the foundation of their relationship in the show’s most important season ever. (Only on DVD). Bonus Features: Bloopers, Deleted scenes, Webisodes -- Featuring Joan And Roland Burton And Jeremy Sherwood, Army Wives Gives Back -- Lifetime And The Army Wives Team Up To Surprise Deserving Military Families, Stationed In The South -- The Cast And Crew Of Army Wives Take Viewers Behind The Scenes In The Historical City Of Charleston, South Carolina and Show Us How The City's Scenic Landscape Is Integrated Into The Show.
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Emma
Why not give a Jane Austin classic love story to your loved one for Valentine's Day – nothing says LOVE more meaningfully than an English romance like Emma. The BBC is releasing its brilliant 2009 adaptation of Jane Austen's comic masterpiece, penned by BAFTA (the British version of the Emmy and Oscar) Award-winning writer Sandy Welch (Jane Eyre, North and South) this timeless miniseries has as remarkable ensemble cast including Romola Garai (Atonement, Vanity Fair), Eli star Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting and Angelina's first hubby) and Golden Globe Award winner Sir Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Cranford). Follow the beautiful, clever and rich Emma Woodhouse (Garai) on her matchmaking pursuits in the village of Highbury. When the young, pretty, naïve and socially inferior Harriet arrives, Emmma decided to indulge her passion. Against the advice of family friend, Mr. Knightly, she persuades Harriet to reject a marriage a marriage proposal from a local farrmer in hopes of an offer from the dashing Mr. Eton. However, Emma soon discovers Mr. Eton is not all her seems and her advice to Harriet goes horribly awry. (Only on DVD) Bonus Features: Emma's Mr. Woodhouse -- a special interview with Gambon, Emma's Locations, Emma's Costumes and Emma's Music.
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Bronson
A 2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize Nominee, Bronson begins in in 1974, when a misguided 19-year-old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and. With a homemade, sawed-off shotgun and a head full of dreams, he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to seven years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. With an intelligent, provocative and stylized approach, Bronson follows the metamorphosis of Mickey Peterson, who nicknamed himself Charles Bronson, into Britain's most dangerous prisoner. Based on the true story of one of the world's most violent prisoners, Bronson is a vicious, explosive cinematic beatdown. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Pusher Trilogy), the gripping and explosive drama stars also Tom Hardy (RocknRolla, Sweeney Todd) who delivers the most terrifying and vicious performances of his dynamic career – one that seems to get better and better with each film he does. He's a genius and consummate actor who should be towing home an Oscar or BAFTA any day soon. Bonus Features- Blu-Ray & DVD: Charles Bronson Monologues, Making Of Bronson and Tarining Tom Hardy featurettes, Interviews with cowriter/director Refn, Hardy, and actor Matt King, Behind The Scenes Footage and Original Theatrical Trailer.
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CBS/Paramount
Vega$ - First Season: Vol. 2
The brainchild of Hollywood uber-producer, writer and director Michael Mann, this is the second half of the first season of the successful-on-delivery action-thrilling series (with some healthy dose of humor thrown in for good measure) with actor Robert Urich in the driver's seat. In the show that turned Urich into a household name and a favorite with the ladies, this 1978 first season was an instant success. In this popular series, handsome, fun loving, private eye, Dan Tanna (Urich), drives around Las Vegas in his vintage Thunderbird solving private cases but is also on retainer to a wealthy casino owner (Tony Curtis) to keep crime out of his hotels. He is helped by his smart and sexy assistant (Judy Landers), the not too smart chorus girl (Phyllis Davis), and his enthusiastic, yet inept, legman (Bart Braverman), With confidantes such as Lt. George Nelson (Greg Morries), a slew of new guest stars and more fast pasced action, you want's want to miss the second half of Season One as Dan Woos the ladies and foils the bad guys, all in a day's work in Vega$. (Only on DVD)Bonus Feature: Episodic Promos/
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Serious Moonlight
It's a shame when great movies, with A-list stars receive only limited theatrical release before being thrown into celluloid oblivion. But, thanks to Blu-ray (and DVD), we get the chance to see these big classics in even better circumstances – no shelling out for a babysitter, paring, over-priced popcorn and sodas, minimum-wage ushers with big 'tudes, I can honestly confess that I got the chance to see Serious Moonlight the way I would have best enjoyed it, in the comfort of home and avoided the whining babies – because it's one stunning, motion picture you don't want to miss a single frame of. In this love/hate comedy, written by the late Adrienne Shelly and starring Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton (for Ordinary People) you'll have the time of your life. Thanks to the Lord for BDs and DVDs, because you'd miss a real gem like Series Moonlight.When high-powered attorney Louise (Meg Ryan) discovers her husband of 13 years, Ian (Timothy Hutton), is planning on leaving her for his much younger mistress (Kristen Bell), she knocks him unconscious and duct tapes her adulterous husband to the toilet. Refusing to give up on their marriage, she will not release him until he professes his love for her and commits to working on their union. However, the night quickly gets complicated when their home is invaded by drunken burglars led by their opportunistic gardener (Justin Long) and the arrival of Ian's impatient mistress, all somehow forcing Louise and Ian to reckon with their past and realistically deal with their future. Bonus Features: Commentary with director Cheryl Hines, , producer Andy Ostroy, and producer Michael roiff, Making Of Serious Moonlight featurette and HDNET: A Look At Serious Moonlight.
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Gary Unmarried: The Complete First Season
Life after divorce takes on a whole new, hilarious meaning in Gary Unmarried: The Complete First Season. Comedian Jay Mohr (SNL, Jerry Maguire) stars in 20 laugh-out-loud episodes of the 2009 People’s Choice Award winner for Favorite New TV Comedy. The latest classic comedy from Emmy Award-winning producer and director Burrows, Gary Unmarried: The Complete First Season also stars Paula Marshall (Californication), Ryan Malgarini (Freaky Friday), Kathryn Newton (All My Children), Al Madrigal (The Ortegas), Jaime King (Sin City), Ed Begley, Jr. (Arrested Development), and guest star Jane Curtain (3rd Rock From the Sun) in the story of a simple man dealing with a not-so-simple world. Everything seems unfamiliar for suddenly single dad Gary Brooks (Jay Mohr) as he tries to navigate his increasingly complex life. A painting contractor, Gary is doing the best he can to share the upbringing of his 14-year-old son Tom (Ryan Malgarini) and 11-year-old daughter Louise (Kathryn Newton) with ex-wife Allison (Paula Marshall). Just as he’s trying to figure the etiquette involved in informing his ex of his gorgeous new girlfriend Vanessa (Jaime King), Allison drops a major bombshell on him—she’s engaged to their marriage counselor! Kids, romance and his ex-wife’s controlling ways keep Gary guessing as he gets used to his strange and uproarious new world. Bonus Features: Behind-the-scenes visit with executive producer, James Burrows.
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Brotherhood V: Alumni
When the Brotherhood returns, this time revenge will be sweet in this new installment of this cult horror franchise. The guilty will pay for their sins in The Brotherhood V.: Alumni from cult director David DeCoteau (Nightfall, Voodoo Academy). A year after a mean-spirited prom prank turned deadly, the most popular students of Sunnydale High are summoned back for a surprise reunion only to find themselves at the mercy of a relentless killer. Maria Aceves (Lily and the Syphon), Preston Davis (The Prankster), Lindsay Landers (Touched) and Nathan Parsons (General Hospitral, Teeth) star in this direct-to-DVD release. Bonus Feature: Behind-the-scenes featurette.
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Fox
Free Style
Hearts will race for the thrilling romance in Free Style, High School Musical heartthrob Corbin Bleu finds both love and adventure in this heartwarming story of friendship, family and the inspiration that it takes to get to first place. Cale Bryant (Bleu) needed someone to believe in him. Ever since he was young, he's wanted to race motocross professionally; but after a string of bad luck hits his family hard, the would-be champion is forced to put his dreams on hold. All that changes when he meets Alex (Sandra Echeverría), a beautiful girl who gives Cale encouragement, support and an old bike so that he can get back in the game again. Now, with Alex by his side, Cale takes on the challenge of his life: to beat the odds and cross the finish line a winner. Not on;y does Free Style feature the thrill and excitement of Bleu, but it also stars Penelope Ann Miller and Madison Pettis, along with music from star Corbin Bleu and The Jonas Brothers, (On DVD Only)
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Rod Serling: Studio One Dramas - Studio One: Twelve Angry Men
ROD SERLING: STUDIO ONE DRAMAS - Embracing the work of some of television's most iconic writers, directors, actors and technical artists, Studio One was one of the most significant cultural achievements during the Golden Age of Television. Beginning in 1947 as a radio series broadcasting 60-minute adaptations of popular plays, it eventually moved to television under the sponsorship of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation and continued until 1958, making it one of the longest-running and award-winning anthology drama series to ever air. Featuring two of Serling's classic contributions to the anthology series with “The Arena”, called – a mesmerizing exploration of political machinations and personal ambitions, and “The Strike.” about a life or death situation during the Korean War. Both DVDs, which also includes a booklet with written contributions from The Archive of American Television and Larry James Gianakos.
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TWO ANGRY MEN The Emmy Award-winning Twelve Angry Men, featuring Norman Fell (Three's Company), Robert Cummings (Dial M for Murder) and Franchot Tone (Mutiny on the Bounty), follows the machinations of a jury forced to come to terms with their prejudices and personal grudges after a teenage boy is accused of murder. The DVD also features the presentation of “An Almanac of Liberty” – After an attack on a stranger, the residents of a small town discover that if they don't start recognizing individual freedoms, time will start moving backwards.
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Universal/Focus
A Serious Man
Academy Award-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen return to their comedy roots with this original and darkly humorous story about one ordinary man's quest to become a serious man. Physics professor Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) can't believe his life: His wife is leaving him for his best friend, his unemployed brother won't move off the couch, someone is threatening his career, his kids are a mystery and his neighbor is tormenting him by sunbathing nude. Struggling to make sense of it all, Larry consults three different rabbis and their answers lead him on a twisted journey of faith, family, delinquent behavior and mortality in the film critics rave calling the best of the brothers' career. (Also On DVD) Bonus Features – Blu-ray: “Becoming Serious:” Explore the creative vision behind A Serious Man, see why it's the Coen brothers' most personal film and BD-LIVE “Creating 1967:” Take a tour of the Minneapolis neighborhoods and set pieces used in the film.and “Hebrew and Yiddish for Goys:” Unravel the mysterious of the Hebrew and Yiddish languages.
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King Lear
Shot live for the prestigious Ominbus Series, Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil), made his dramatic television debut in Ominibus: King Lear as the beleaguered king betrayed by the greed of his daughters. This legendary performance is presented newly restored and re-mastered in the first authorized release since its original CBS live telecast on October 11, 1953. Masterfully playing the title role in Peter Brook's groundbreaking production of Shakespeare's classic play, Welles is supported by an all-star cast featuring Alan Badel (Shogun), Beatrice Straight (Network) and Bramwell Fletcher (The Mummy). (Only On DVD) Bonus Features: 90 minutes of Shakespeare-related bonus performances including interviews/rehearsal footage with Brook and Virgil Thomson, demonstrations/discussions of scenes from Hamlet with Walter Kerr, reports from the Yale University Shakespeare Festival by Alistair Cooke, and also contains a 16-page booklet with written contributions by the director Brook and the Orson Welles biographer Simon Callow.
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Little Einsteins: Animal Expedition
Disney's Little Einsteins embark on a world-wide journey to help animals on Disney Little Einsteins: Animal Expedition. This new release from the hit Playhouse Disney series features four adventurous episodes and an interactive bonus feature: The Animal Crane Game. Disney Little Einsteins: Animal Expedition takes Leo, Annie, June, Quincy and Rocket to all corners of the world. In Whale Tale, The Little Einsteins help to reunite Little Whale with his family. ‘Duck, Duck, Jane’ takes the kids to the Great Lakes where they help a newly hatched duck to fly and find its mother. In ‘Jump for Joey,’ the Little Einsteins travel to Australia and help Joey, a baby kangaroo, get to the Syndney Australia Opera House in time for a talent show. ‘Little Elephant’s Big Parade’ brings the Little Einsteins to the Jaipur, India for the Big Elephant Festival where they help a tiny elephant grown big and strong.
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Phantom Racer
Hell hath no fury like a scorned man with a wicked ride as Phantom Racer rides again. After a fiery crash on the track between NASCAR rivals Cutter McCullough and JJ Sawyer results in the death of McCullough, everyone thinks they have seen the last of the racecar driver -- but nothing can stop a man driven by revenge. Seventeen years later, Cutler and his car emerge from the grave to settle some scores with JJ and an ex-girlfriend. Not letting anyone get in the way, a frantic race for survival is underway as the Phantom Racer goes out for blood and will not rest until old rivals are turned into road kill. A high-octane thriller sure to keep viewers on the edge-of-their-seat, this Syfy Channel original movie that's full of murderous mayhem, Phantom Racer stars Nicole Eggert (Baywatch), Greg Evigan (My Two Dads), Adam Battrick (The Bad Son), Brenna Brien (Tin Man) and Winston Rekert (Neon Rider).
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Sony
The Stepfather
We first met Terry O'Quinn (John Locke on Lost ) in 1987 when he played the less than stable Stepfather who killed his probloms instead of dealing with their problems. This time around, Dylan Walsh, from Nip/Tuck, takes over the bloody father role. When Michael Harding (Penn Badgley, TV's Gossip Girl) returns home from military school, he finds his mom is madly in love with her charming live-in boyfriend David Walsh). At first, David appears to be the ultimate nice guy and an ideal future husband and stepfather. But when Michael and his girlfriend (Amber Heard from Zombieland) start delving into David's past, they begin to discover a dark and dangerous side to Michael's new "daddy" in this riveting, chilling thriller.-- that also stars Jon Tenney, Sela Ward and Sherry Stringfield. Bonus Features: Gag reel, Commentary with Penn Badgley, Dylan Walsh and Director Nelson McCormick, Open Hours: Making Of and Visualizing The Stunts featurettes and MovieIQ.
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Phantom
Kit Walker (Billy Zane) discovers that he’s the 21st in a line of purple-clad African superheroes known as “The Phantom” or, to superstitious Bengalla Island natives, “the Ghost Who Walks.” As Kit learns how to deal with his other identity he find outs that Xander Drax Treat Williams), a slimy industrialist, is plotting to take over the world by uniting the three long lost magical Skulls of Touganda. So he travels to New York, where he finds allies in crusading newspaper publisher Dave and his niece, Diana, who's also Kit’s ex-girlfriend. Kit and Diana tackle Drax’s forces, including the conflicted Sala, in a quest for the Skulls that brings both sides back to Bengalla for a showdown. Bonus Features: Theatrical Trailer
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Maid in Manhattan
Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) is a struggling single mom who works at a posh Manhattan hotel and dreams of a better life for her and her young son (Tyler Posey). One fateful day, hotel guest and senatorial candidate Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes) meets Marisa and mistakes her for a wealthy socialite. After an enchanting evening together, the two fall madly in love. But when Marisa's true identity is revealed, issues of class and social status threaten to separate them. Can two people from very different worlds overcome their differences and live happily ever after? From acclaimed director Wayne Wang (Anywhere But Here) and co-starring Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci and Bob Hoskins, Maid in Manhattan is the the ultimate film for the hopeless romantic. Bonus Features:BD-Live and Blooper Reel
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Hard Rain
In the worst storm in living memory, one guard stands between five men and three million dollars. Severe flooding threatens an Indiana town after a massive rainstorm taxes dams to the breaking point. As part of an emergency evacuation effort, armored car driver Tom (Christian Slater) and his uncle Charlie are recruited to collect cash from the town’s banks and drive it to safety. However, a gang of thieves led by Jim Morgan Freeman) plan to lay siege to the truck and steal the $3 million on board. After Jim attempts to ambush the truck, Tom hides the cash and reports the attempted theft to the local sheriff. However, the sheriff’s lack of honesty soon becomes apparent; he puts Tom in a lockup and sets out to take the money for himself. As the flood waters rise, Tom has to escape from jail if he is to save both the townspeople’s savings and his own life. Meanwhile, Jim and the sheriff are locked in a race to see who can find the $3 million first. Bonus Feature: Theatrical trailer
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Mona Lisa Smile
Academy Award-winner Julia Roberts (Best Actress in a Leading Role, Erin Brockovich, 2000) leads an all-star cast featuring Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhall and Marcia Gay Harden. Mona Lisa Smile is a funny, inspiring and uplifting film about an art history professor with a lot to teach about life and much to learn about romance. It's the 1950's, and she is hired by Wellesley to teach young, privileged girls about art. As she opens their minds to new world views, her heart blossoms to experience love in its true form. Bonus Features: BD-Live, Art Forum, College Then and Now and What Women Wanted: 1953 featurettes and the music video of Elton John performing “The Heart of Every Girl.”
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Drop Zone
Pete Nessip (Wesley Snipes) is a Federal Marshall who, teamed with his brother Terry, is escorting criminal computer genius Earl Leedy to a new prison facility. Pete, Terry and Earl are on a jet en route to Earl’s new lockup when terrorists attempt a daring hijacking. Terry is killed in an explosion aboard the plane, and suddenly Earl is missing. Pete discovers that a team of sky-diving outlaws, led by former DEA agent gone bad Ty Moncrief, have snatched Earl from his flight and spirited him away for a special raid on Washington D.C. Ty and his men intend to take advantage of an obscure rule in which the normally restricted airspace in Washington D.C. is open to parachute enthusiasts on July 4. Eager to avenge his brother’s death and put both Ty and Earl behind bars, Pete recruits sky-diving expert Jessie Crossman to teach him how to infiltrate Ty’s team of sky-bound criminals. Bonus Feature: Theatrical Trailer
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The Running Man
The year is 2019. Television is now ruling people’s lives. The most popular reality show is called “The Running Man” featuring convicts who compete to defeat murderous henchmen known as “stalkers” to win pardon. The next contestant on the show is Ben Richards(Arnold Schwarzenegger), a prisoner wrongly convicted of murdering hundreds. When Ben faces off against four of the most brutal stalkers, he begins the fight of his life and leaves the entire country glued to their television sets. In addition to Arnold, the film also includes Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto and Richard Dawson.Bonus Features: Audio commentary by Director Paul Michael Glaser and Producer Tim Zinneman, Audio commentary by Executive Producer Rob Cohen, “Game Theory" and "Lockdown on Main Street" featurettes and Theatrical trailer.
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