Zac Efron's stint on the New Mickey Mouse Club
(alongside Shia LaBeouf, Ryan Gosling and Britney Spears) groomed him for teen stardom and leading man status in the Disney Channel's High School Musical
series. And, when High School Musical
was transferred to the big screen – into a trilogy of box office smashes – Zac Efron became an instant, international tweener hunk. He amassed a humongous female following that collected everything from Efron pillow cases and sheets to Troy Bolton (his HSM
alter-ego) adorned lip gloss sticks and bubble gum packs. However, by the time the HSM
series had run its course, Efron had his sights set on making a name for himself in the movies. Although he garnered good critical notices for his work in the cinematic adaptation of the Hairspray
musical and the three HSM
movies, Efron (who had just become legal to drink at the time) decided to try his hand at big screen comedy with the Freaky Friday
-like 17 Again
, costarring Matthew Perry. While there was enough of his adoring tweener fans (ages 10-15) to fill theater seats in order to make 17 Again
a modest hit, it didn't do very much to convince Hollywood insiders that he could tackle more than just lightweight, laugh-filled material. Efron needed and wanted a dramatic film to sink his teeth into and to prove he possed the talent necessary to carry a big budget drama all on his own.
He found exactly what he was looking for in Charlie St. Cloud
(based on the acclaimed novel of the same name), the poignant, emotional and romantic drama chronicling the life of Efron's character, Charlie St. Cloud, a young man torn between embracing the past and pursuing a newfound love that may change his life. Charlie St. Cloud is a small-town hero and an accomplished sailor who has it all: the adoration of his mother (Kim Basinger) and younger brother (Charlie Tahan), and a Stanford scholarship. However, his bright future is cut short when tragedy strikes, taking his dreams with it. Now Charlie is torn between honoring a promise he made years ago and pursuing his newfound love with a former high-school classmate (Amanda Crew). As he finds the courage to finally let go of the past (which has manifested itself in a seemingly strange way), Charlie discovers the soul most worth saving is his own.
The lead role in Charlie St. Cloud
is a tough and demanding one that a lesser-trained actor would have had trouble making believable and even likable. Luckily, for 23-year-old Efron, his years in the MM Club
and in HiSM
gave him the chance to hone his acting skills and to put them to fine use in Charlie St. Cloud.
Turning in a heartfelt and powerful portrayal as a troubled young man, there should no longer be any doubts that Efron has the chops to deliver emotional and dramatic performances just as convincing as his former clubmates Ryan Gosling and Shia LaBeouf. And he can still dance and sing, too! Efron has taken such a shine to dramatic films that he is currently filming The Lucky One
, the tale of a young Marine who comes home after his tour in Iraq only to begin an obsessive search for a mystery woman who he believes was his living, breathing good luck charm that kept him alive while fighting in the deserts of the Middle East. Earlier this summer, while in Los Angeles, Efron sat down for lunch at one of Beverly Hills' more lavish hotels to discuss his work in Charlie St. Cloud
, his encounter with the supernatural and how he is mapping out his plans for the future.
You and your young costar Charlie Tahan, the actor who plays your brother Sam St. Cloud, had a great chemistry together in the film. Did you get a lot of time to get to know each other before filming? Did you have a lot of rehearsal or time to hang out together?
“Yeah, when you can get him out of his trailer.” (laughs)
Really, what did the two of you do in there for fun?
“You just never knew, we had fun, dude. We had a blast. We tried to have fun and do stuff that – outside of the set. What'd we do? We went to hockey games. We saw a bunch of sports and stuff. And then we just played catch every day and sort of got in that rhythm. Yeah, it was fun.”
Weren't you the person who actually got Burr Steers the gig directing Charlie St. Cloud? Why did you decide that you wanted to work with him a second time after doing 17 Again together?
“I didn't so much get Burr the job. Burr called me and said, 'Are you serious about this, because I'm in.' And I'm like, 'All right. Let's do it,' you know. So, he really responded to it. And that was just exciting to me. I was stoked. I knew this was much more – was even more so in Burr's wheelhouse than 17 Again
. I just knew we'd be lucky to have him involved.”
How do you define the way this character interacts throughout most of the film? The two most important relationships throughout the majority of the movie are, essentially, sort of imaginary? How did you make the adjustment? Charlie Tahan said Burr wanted him to act, not like he was dead, but just normal.
“Yeah, exactly. When he comes back, that's when Charlie really is living. That's the day – that's what he looks forward to. I think that's when we have the most fun, in those scenes. If you have a ghost of somebody coming back, if you make it sad, that would just be, 'Oh, man.' Instead, we just tried to have the most fun in those scenes.”
Do you think of him in terms of it as a ghost that you're interacting with? Do you see it as just another person? How do you think about that?
“I think it's real to Charlie. So, like a real person. But he's aware of it, but it's too good. He can't let go, you know? I hope that answers your question?”
How do you feel about the supernatural element? Is it something you feel is conceivable? Has there ever been a moment where you felt a presence? Do you believe that there's a possibility of communicating in some way to people that have passed on?
“When I was growing up there was this house that I had to drive by on the way to school every day. And it's this big, pink house. I can't remember the name of the hotel. All my friends from home are gonna slap me.”
The Madonna Inn?
“No, not the Madonna Inn. I don't live that close to the Madonna Inn. But it's this giant – it's this big, pink house. People get married there and stuff. And there was always this rumor that in the top bedroom -- there was a weird, attic bedroom that they never rented out but no one could really stay in it. It was closed off to the public. And there was just a bed in it. It was, apparently, a little girl's room. And I swear that place was haunted. It's just so scary. And people talk about – everyone who works there says they've seen the ghost and stuff like that.”
I saw a lot of people outside really excited that they had seen and/or met you. Burr said that you elicit that kind of reaction from people. He said you just had an innate “IT Factor.” Do you realize that you get that kind of response for people?
“I don't know? It's not really tangible – it's not tangible to me. I don't really notice it. But I know that my mom gets pissed off when she hangs out with me because she's just like – she even walks behind me. It's funny because she says it doesn't – no one says anything until after I've crossed. It's always after that they always look and start whispering But they never give it away. They're always really good. So, I never see it. I don't really notice.”
You've only done three movies where you have been the leading man and it looks like your star is only going to continue to rise. Do you think people come to see your movies because of that “something” that you innately have that people respond to?
:I don't know? I don't think it's something that I innately have. I don't wanna think that. That's too good to be true. I think that something – it's gotta come from the work. I hope that I can continue and that will come from the work. I would hate to attribute all this to something that I can't control. It's a bit scary. It's too good to be true. That's why I wanted to slow down with this and really do a movie that was all about character and real people and felt grounded. You know, a more dramatic-type movie to see what I could do.”
Do you think that you have the opportunity now to sort of choose whatever you want to do? Is a role like this something that you have to deliberately go after in order to prove that you can do different things? Or has the success that you've already enjoyed really opened you up to where you have that much freedom that you can pick whatever you want to do?
“It's somewhere in between right now. It's not like I have total freedom to do whatever I want to do right now. I think that I look at movies now – there's a million factors that go into it. But first, and foremost, I look at the type of movie, the messages. I really do care about the audience that's been so devoted to me so far. And I would hate to leave them behind or betray them in any way. So, rather than leaving it – leaving the responsibility up to them to follow me into these new films, I think that the best way to think about it is I need to stay relevant. And to do that, I want to grow up, live my life, experience things, make movies about those experiences and then by the time the audience catches up, hopefully they'll have a movie there that helps them get through that next phase when they discover life isn't always like High School Musical
Many film insiders predicted that most of the High School Musical cast wouldn't do much with their careers once the show was over. But you have proved them wrong – because some people even had doubts about you – and you pulled it off. Was it difficult to make the choice to turn down scripts that might categorize you in a certain way that you are trying to break out of?
“It was. I think, definitely, there's sort of a style to those that I didn't do. I knew I didn't wanna stick with forever, because it's incredibly fun. I dig those movies. High School Musical
– you're in your element in those things. It's just that I'm constantly chasing the dragon, so to speak. I don't know if that's a weird term to use, but you know what I mean – trying to bring that energy to all of the things that I do. But, I definitely think that me and my manager wanted to make movies with substance. And rather than doing more stuff like High School Musical
and sort of doing that until it gets tired or old. I'd rather move on and try new things and see how deep the rabbit hole goes – how far we can take it. And that's just diversity. I noticed early on, even when I was doing High School Musical
that I knew the actors and the movies that I were seeing were not anything like High School Musical
. I recognized in the actors that I appreciated in the movies that I was going to see that it was about diversity and innovation and not being afraid to take risks and try new characters and interesting perspectives and messages and things. So, I think that's what we tried to do, straightaway.”
You have said that you are making this creative migration and you hope that your fans follow and grow up with you. Is that something you thought about strategically or did it just come to you in a serendipitous way? Did you think, “This role is now more mature enough for me to explore, and that happens to suit the sort of arc both me and fans are going through?”
“You can't help but think of it in the back of your mind. It's sort of instinctual. But I'd say it's somewhere in between both of those. I definitely look at it for myself, as 'What am I gonna be able to do with this character? Is it really something I can see myself doing? Can I pull this off?' With Charlie St. Cloud
, I had my doubts. I was like, 'Man, this would be a real emotional role.' And then when Burr signed on it was like, 'OK, he could probably get it out of me.' And I feel like he did.”
Charlie St. Cloud Blu-ray Bonus Features:
“On Location with Zac Efron,” “Zac Efron, Leading Man” and “The In-Between World” featurettes; Feature Commentary with Director Burr Steers; BD-LIVE; My Scenes; pocket BLU App; Stream A Bonus Movie (chose between Lorenzo's Oil
or What Dreams Are Made Of
); Advance Remote Control; Video Timeline; Mobile To Go; Browse Titles and Virtual Keyboard.
ALSO OUT ON BLU-RAY AND/OR DVD THIS WEEK:
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Blu-ray Combo Pack
Inventive visuals, endearing performances, gravity-defying action, videogame-inspired graphics and a genre-smashing style is the only way to describe Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
– the action-comedy based on Bryan Lee O'Malley's hugely popular graphic novel series. Adapted for the screen by cutting-edge filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead
), the wild, over-the-top comedy stars Michael Cera (Juno, Superbad
) as a charming, unemployed bass player for the totally average garage band Sex Bob-omb, who discovers that in order to date Ramona, the girl of his dreams, the 22-year-old slacker must first battle her seven super-powered, evil exes. Joining lead actor Michael Cera is one of the coolest ensemble casts ever to share the big screen including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, Mae Whitman and Ellen Wong. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
also boasts an awesome soundtrack featuring original music by Beck and performances by Broken Social Scene, Metric and others. Bonus Features:
“Making of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
,” “Music Featurette” and “You Too Can Be Sex Bob-Omb” documentaries; Deleted Scenes, Bloopers; Cast Commentaries assembled by director, producer and co-writer Edgar Wright; Alternate Footage; “Pre-Production,” “The Music Of Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
,” “Visual Effects,” “Sound Work” and “Scott Pilgrim Vs The Censors” (TV safe version); Trailers & TV Spots”; Adult Swim: Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation” and “Behind-The-Scenes Production Blogs” featurettes; BTS Photo Galleries; Trivia Track; Galleries; BD-LIVE! Stream Free Bonus Movie (choose between Tremors
or Pitch Black
); U-Control; Storyboard Picture-In-Picture; pocket BLU App; Advance Remote Control; Video Timeline; Mobile To Go; Browse Titles; My Scenes; Virtual Keyboard and a Digital Copy of the film.
Men Of A Certain Age: The Complete First Season
Smart, heartrending and sensational, Men of a Certain Age
is a wry drama that explores the unique bonds of friendship among three men – Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond
), Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street
) and Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap
) – experiencing the changes and challenges of mid-life. Braugher recently received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance as Owen. Men of a Certain Age
focuses on Joe (Romano), a friendly, 40-something, slightly neurotic, recently separated father of two who had dreams of being a professional golfer but instead owns and runs a party store. He has two best friends:Owen (Braugher), an overstressed husband and father who is a car salesman at his dad’s dealership; and Terry (Bakula), an offbeat, handsome, intelligent and still-struggling-to-make-it actor. The three men have been best friends since college but now, in their 40s, are navigating through the second act of their lives. It's a realistic portrait of what happen to some men as they inch their way towards the big 5-0. It can be fun, but also a little scary and painful, but as you learn in Men Of A Certain Age
, when you have your good friends around, it makes it all a little easier to deal with. (Only on DVD) Bonus Features
: Commentary by Ray Romano, Andre Braugher, Scott Bakula and series co-creator Mike Royce; Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; and Behind-the-Scenes Footage.
Men Of A Certain Age: Season 2 premieres December 6 on TNT.
(Check local listings).
Ramona And Beezus Blu-ray Combo Pack
Teen sensation Selena Gomez (Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place
) teams up with newcomer Joey King in this delightful coming-of-age comedy based on the best-selling books by Beverly Cleary. Ramona (King) is a little girl with a very big imagination and a nose for mischief. Her playful antics keep everyone in her loving family on their toes, including her older sister Beezus (Gomez), who's just trying to survive her first year of high school. Through all the ups and downs of childhood, Ramona and Beezus learn that anything's possible when you believe in yourself and rely on each other. Bonus Features:
“Show & Tell Film School”- Tips and tricks on how kids can make their own movie; 7 Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; “My Ramona with author Beverly Cleary,” “A Day in the Life of Joey King” and “Selena & Joey Audition Footage” featurettes and Fox Movie Channel Presents: Life After Film School with Director Elizabeth Allen.
Lie To Me Season 2
Most people cannot tell from demeanor or body language when others are lying -- this is best left to the experts. From executive producers of 24
and Arrested Development
comes Lie To Me
, a drama of a deception expert who helps uncover the truth for the FBI, local police, law firms, corporations and individuals. Uncover the truth behind the lies in the addictive and thought-provoking Season Two of Lie To Me
, the compelling hit drama that will have you yearning for the truth. Tim Roth returns as Dr. Cal Lightman, a psychologist whose uncanny ability to read the truth behind people's facial expressions and body language makes him the world's foremost deception expert. Aided by Dr. Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams), FBI Agent Ben Reynolds (Mekhi Phifer), and a dedicated team of investigators (that includes Eli Loker and Ria Torres), Lightman faces new lies, new cases, and new challenges, including a murder suspect with multiple personalities, a terrifying hostage crisis, and the mysterious demons of his own dark past. (Only on DVD) Bonus Features:
Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; “Dr. Ekman/Dr. Lightman – Lie Detection Tutorial” and “Eli Loker – An Honest Man” featurettes and Dr. Ekman’s Blog.
Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series
In the new rebooted series from BAFTA-winning writer Steven Moffat, The Doctor has regenerated into a brand-new man, but danger strikes before he can even recover. Matt Smith debuts as the new, Eleventh incarnation of the famous Time Lord alongside a new traveling companion, the enigmatic Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). Still wearing the remains of the Tenth Doctor’s suit, ripped and raggedy from the damage after the TARDIS control room exploded, the Doctor promises to take Amy to the stars. With his time machine, the TARDIS, wrecked and the sonic screwdriver, his most crucial device destroyed, the new Doctor has just 20 minutes to save the whole world -- and only Amy Pond to help him. Later, the Doctor makes good his promise and Amy boards the regenerated TARDIS, ready to take to the stars on a series of wild adventures that will change her life. Amy and the Doctor explore time and space, visiting 17th century Venice, France during the 1890s and the United Kingdom in the far future, now an entire nation floating in space. As always, wherever the Doctor goes, his oldest enemies are never far behind – the Daleks are hatching a new master plan from the heart of war-torn London in the 1940s. But they are not the only strange creatures the Doctor and Amy must face – there are also alien vampires, humanoid reptiles, old enemies such as the Weeping Angels, and a silent menace that follows Amy and the Doctor around wherever they go. Blu-ray Bonus Features: “Doctor Who
Confidential” and “Monster Files” featurettes; In-Vision Commentaries; Outtakes and Video Diaries.
Metalocalypse - The Complete Third Season
The world's biggest animated heavy metal band, Dethklok, is making its finally making its debut on High Definition. In the third season of the animated comedy series from co-creators Brendon Small (Home Movies) and Tommy Blacha (Da Ali G Show), Dethklok is found in a precarious position without management after a violent attack on Mordhaus. Find out how the biggest entertainment act in the universe deals with the brutality of a troubled music industry, declining economy and their own unbridled narcissism. Dethklok is left without management and must deal with the brutality of a troubled music industry, declining economy and their own unbridled narcissism. And what happens when the band loses touch with their roots and joins their own tribute band? In Metalocalypse, anything can and will happen. Blu-ray Bonus Features:
Facebones Background Art Tour, Extended Scenes, Klokateer Recruitment Videos; Featurette of Nathan Explosion reading from William Shakespeare's Othello
and Five exclusive music videos featured in the latest Dethklok live tour for Bloodlines, Dethsupport, Burn the Earth, Black Fire Among Us and The Gears.
Beyblade: Metal Fusion, Volume 1
The fate of the universe will be in the hands of a hero when the wildly popular anime series Beyblade
: Metal Fusion Volume 1, unleashes its power onto DVD. Beyblade
offers a fresh take on the original hit Beyblade
with new characters competing for dominance with their spinning Beyblade
tops, battling against an evil organization, The Dark Nebula. As The Dark Nebula plots to set loose their own forbidden and dangerous Beyblade, they must do whatever it takes to destroy Gingka, the only Blader that's strong enough to stop them. The plot thickens as friends become enemies and enemies become allies, but everything starts and ends with Gingka as he struggles to find the strength to defend his world and the honor of Beyblade. With its North American television premiere on Cartoon Network in June 2010, a new toy line by Hasbro and a video game launching this holiday season, the popularity of Beyblade
: Metal Fusion has no bounds. (Only on DVD) Bonus Features:
Exclusive artwork; Original scripts and more.
Californication: The Complete Third Season
Life continues to spin gloriously out of control for downbeat, self-loathing author Hank Moody David Duchovny) in Californication
: The Third Season – Showtime's Golden Globe-winning series that continues to garner a massive viewership. In fact, Season Three scored its largest audience ever, thanks in a major part to the brilliant ensemble cast of Californication
, which includes Golden Globe- winner David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler, Pamela Adlon and Madeline Martin. Sophisticated and unique, Californication
centers on famed novelist and NYC transplant Hank Moody, who heads back to school as a college professor. The truth-telling, hard-living and self-destructive scribe struggles to balance his new life as the Big Man on Campus, while raising a rebellious daughter to "do as I say, not as I do." The third season features wild and hysterical guest appearances by Rick Springfield, Diane Farr, Peter Gallagher and Kathleen Turner. (Only on DVD) Bonus Features:
First two episodes of the Showtime series The Tudors:
The Final Season and the first two episodes of The United States Of Tara
, both available via Ebridge technology.
Sherlock: The Complete First Season
Written by Doctor Who
scribes Steven Moffat (Steven Spielberg's upcoming Tintin, Jekyll
) and Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen
is a fast-paced, edgy, contemporary series which manages to maintain the original spirit of the literary crime-solving icon. Fresh from the war in Afghanistan, a chance encounter brings Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman of The Office
and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
) into the life of the enigmatic detective Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch of Atonement
and The Last Enemy
). The two men couldn’t be more different, but Sherlock’s dazzling leaps of intellect and John’s down-to-earth pragmatism balance each other perfectly, and they soon forge an unbreakable alliance. Premiering Sundays on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery! beginning last month, Sherlock
: Season One follows the iconic duo on three thrilling, feature-length mysteries as they navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers to get at the truth. (Only on DVD) Bonus Features:
Contains all three stories along with the pilot version of the first episode; the making-of featurette “Unlocking Sherlock
” and Audio Commentary by Cumberbatch, Freeman, Moffat and more.
You Lucky Dog
Looking for a tale about life, love and a little self-discovery? Then try You Lucky Dog
, a sweet, endearing and hopeful story that canine lovers will rejoice in. You Lucky Dog
follows working woman Lisa Rayborn (Species
and Eli Stone
star Natasha Henstridge) as she returns to her hometown of White Tail Creek to pay respect to her late mother. Soon after her arrival, she discovers that the town's cattle ranching heritage has fallen on tough economic times and that her own family ranch is struggling. When she meets a local veterinarian, (portrayed by former L.A. Law
veteran Harry Hamlin, Lisa is trying her hardest to make a difference toward saving the community, her home, and her dreams – no matter how impossible they may seem. Determined to make things right, she adopts a shelter dog named “Lucky” with the intention of bringing life back to the ranch. What she finds is that the determination of one little furry friend will help to inspire an entire town.
Scooby-Doo: The Movie & Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Double Feature Blu-ray
Laughs and scares aplenty are unleashed in these two popular live-action/computer-animation romps featuring Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard), Velma (Linda Cardellini) and that canine you-know-doo. The Mystery Inc. gang reunites in Scooby-Doo to find out what's behind the jinky-jittery goings-on at Spooky Island, the Spring Break hot spot run by Emile Mondavarious (Rowan Atkinson). Blu-ray Bonus Features:
Additional Scenes; “Unmasking The Mystery Behind Scooby-Doo; Cast and Filmmakers Commentaries; “Scary Places: Production Design,” The Mystery Van,” “Daphne Fight Scene” and “Rain On The Set” featurettes; Outkast Music Video and Theatrical Trailer. Scooby-Doo 2 Monsters Unleashed
finds our heroes with their hands and paws full trying to find out why Coolsville is overrun with monsters the pals thought they'd defeated years earlier...but now the beastly beings are b-a-a-ack. To Doo the fright thing. So, Scooby-Doo fans, it's time to enjoy this Scooby Double Feature. Blu-ray Bonus Features:
Additional Scenes; Triple Threat Featurette: Scooby-Doo's Moviemaking Insiders Tour; the featurette “Dancing Dog: How They Made Scooby-Doo Dance” - and how you can dance just like him; “True Ghoul Hollywood Story” featurette and Biig Brovaz and Simple Plan music videos. For more Scooby news and Shaggy fun, check out the Mystery Gang's Official Site for this Double Feature at www.WarnerBlu.com
If you loved George Clooney, Brad Pitt and the Oceans crew in Oceans 11-13
, then it's time you checked out where it all started. You've always heard Clooney's Oceans 11
was based on a Rat Pack film from the '60s, now you can see for yourself, in dazzling High Definition and superb, remastered sound, with the release of the original Oceans 11
on Blu-ray. Here how the story goes: New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Roulette wheels spin, cards snap, slots chime, champagne fizzes, shows go on…and the lights go out. It’s the perfect time to steal a kiss or a $25 chip. But for Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) and 10 partners in crime, it’s the ideal moment to steal millions. Sinatra and off-screen pals Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, play army buddies who scheme to knock out power to the Vegas strip, electronically rig five big casino vaults and raid them all on the same night. Packed with location-lensed glamor, sweaty suspense, swinging comedy and a stunning twist ending now in gorgeous Hi-Def, Ocean's 11
is your entertainment best bet. Blu-ray Bonus Features:
Commentary by Frank Sinatra Jr. and Angie Dickinson; “Interactive Las Vegas Then and Now” featurette; Map with Casino Vignettes; The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Excerpt Featuring Guest Host Frank Sinatra and Guest Angie Dickinson and the Original Theatrical Trailer. What to see more of the Rat Pack in action in Oceans 11
, then check out the Official Site at www.WarnerBlu.com
Los Angeles Lakers: 2010 NBA Finals Series: Collector's Edition
A rivalry renewed and a hotly anticipated rematch two years in the making! The 2010 NBA Finals exceeded the hype as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics (including the talents of such legends as Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, Ron Artest, Derek Fisher, Paul Gasol, Lamar Odom, Doc Rivers, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett), the two most successful franchises in NBA history, picked up where they left off in 2008 when the Celtics defeated the Lakers to earn the title. The Lakers led by 2010 Finals MVP Kobe Bryant, took the series to Game Seven and, down by 13 points in the third quarter, came back to repeat as champions in the most-watched NBA game in over a decade. Relive the dramatic setbacks, comebacks, and late-game heroics of this epic series. This definitive box set – on both Blu-ray and DVD – contains all seven games in their entirety. Bonus Features:
An hour of Post-Game Press Conferences; Interviews and featurettes that act as your all-access pass to both teams on the court and in the locker room.
Rediscover the value of life in The Trial,
a riveting courtroom drama based on the best-selling novel by Robert Whitlow. The Trial
follows small-town attorney Kent “Mac” McClain (Matthew Modine of Full Metal Jacket
and Any Given Sunday
), who is left devastated and purposeless by the horrific death of his wife and two sons in a tragic accident. After concluding that suicide is his only escape, McClain agrees to take on one final case. Defending accused murderer Peter Thomason (Randy Wayne of To Save a Life
) against capital punishment, McClain begins the trial that transforms his life and the lives of those around him forever. Distinguished filmmaker and producer Gary Wheeler (The List
) creates a gripping interpretation of the best-selling book as The Trial
leaps from page to screen. The result is a legal thriller (which also stars Rance Howard (Jonah Hex
), Academy Award-nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown
) and 24
cast member Bob Gunton) with a thought-provoking perspective on issues of life, death and the search for meaning in truth. (Only on DVD) Bonus Feature:
Audio Commentary with Director Gary Wheeler, Writer Robert Whitlow and Writer/Producer Mark Frelburger.
Martial arts legend Jackie Chan has returned to motion pictures with a whole new set of jaw-dropping moves. In Robin-B-Hood
, Chan plays an acrobatic cat burglar with a knack for getting out of tight spots. When he gets lured into a fishy kidnapping plot, he’ll need to think quick and move fast to fend off the police and a squad of mob thugs, while protecting the hostage...and his big payday. Robin-B-Hood
– which also features Flash Point
star Louis Koo – packs a punch, with death-defying thrills and some of the most inventive and exciting stunt work Chan has come up with in years. (Only on DVD) Bonus Features:
Commentary By Director Benny Chan; “Crashing The Hood: An Interview With Star And Action Director Jackie Chan,” “The Hand That Mocks The Cradle: An Interview With Director Benny Chan,” “Baby Boomer: An Interview With Co-Star Conroy Chan,” “Playtime For Adults: On The Set Of Robin-B-Hood” and “Robin-B-Hood
: An Original Making Of” featurettes.
Grown Ups Combo Pack
The ultimate comedy dream team plays for laughs in the hilarious Grown Ups
. Grown Ups
reunites a group of childhood friends who discover that growing old doesn't necessarily mean growing up. Adam Sandler (Click
) gathers the biggest cast of comedic heavyweights, with an all-star ensemble including Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop
), Chris Rock (Death at a Funeral
), David Spade (Rules of Engagement
), Rob Schneider (You Don't Mess with the Zohan
), Salma Hayek (Frida
), Maria Bello (The Jane Austen Book Club
), and Maya Rudolph (Away We Go
). Gathering to mourn the passing of their beloved basketball coach, five childhood best friends and teammates reunite at the summer lake house where they celebrated their biggest championship victory thirty years earlier. Over the course of the Fourth of July weekend, the kids-at-heart realize that just because they've all grown up and started families doesn't mean that they've lost that old spark. Picking up where they left off, they discover adulthood is what you make of it, and no one at the lake house is eager to be the grown up of the gang. Blu-ray Combo Pack Bonus Features:
Deleted Scenes; “Riff-O-Rama” Blooper Reel; Commentary with Director Dennis Dugan; Featurettes: “Dennis Dugan: Hands on Director,” “The Lost Tapes of Norm MacDonald” and “Busey and the Monkey”; movieIQ+sync and BD-Live!; a DVD with the full feature film and a Digital Copy of the film.