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article imageDenzel Washington, Chris Pine and Tony Scott prove 'Unstoppable' Special

By Earl Dittman     Feb 23, 2011 in Entertainment
Unlike the nonstop, million-ton freight train in the runaway action film 'Unstoppable' (on Blu-ray/DVD), director Tony Scott, actors Denzel Washington & Chris Pine are very much in control as they climb aboard to discuss making the thriller.
When it comes to sleek, stylish and nail-biting big screen action-thrillers, there are very few filmmakers who can pull them off as flawlessly and successfully as director Anthony D.L. Scott, better known to most as Tony Scott -- the mastermind behind such white-knucklers as Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Man On Fire, Enemy Of The State, Deja Vu and the recently-released Unstoppable. And, part of the secret of Scott's cinematic success is his leading man, Denzel Washington -- who has starred in five of Scott's motion pictures, including his box office hit Unstoppable. Unstoppable proves to be their most electrifying and heart-pounding action/adventure yet. This time around, Washington must deal with an out-of-control, runaway freight train that is transporting deadly toxic chemicals (in a story inspired by actual events). As the 1,000,000 tons of steel charges down the tracks heading towards 100,000 innocent lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania, only two normal, everyday guys -- a veteran engineer (Washington), and a young conductor (Chris Pine), have the know how and are willing to risk their lives to stop a possible disaster and save the thousands of lives at the end of the tracks.
Several months ago, just before the North American opening of Unstoppable, filmmaker Tony Scott, plus cast members Denzel and Chris gathered together in a prestigious Los Angeles hotel to talk with members of the entertainment media to discuss the making of Unstoppable.
Denzel Washington in  Unstoppable
Denzel Washington in 'Unstoppable'
Tony, both you and your brother, Ridley, have made some pretty thrilling films and TV series (The Good Wife) over the course of your careers. I heard you say that Unstoppable was one of the most challenging and exciting motion pictures you've ever attempted. In what ways?
TONY: "Firstly, just in its scope -- it's a big movie, and there was a vast amount of work that went into it. I mean, I can honestly say that it has been an incredible experience for me, as a filmmaker. It has been the most challenging film of my career. For many reasons. This was the biggest adventure in my life. We did some major stunts, so it made it a very dangerous movie to shoot -- but my goals weren't to be inhibited by shooting on a train going 60 miles an hour. You have to watch you don’t get in the way of the performance of the guys who are competing with the noise and the wind of the train. And, out of all that comes a shift in tone that makes it an incredibly real and thrilling film."
Would most of you agree that Unstoppable is a film about average guys who are pushed to doing heroic things?
DENZEL: "What’s not an average guy? I’m just asking, because I’ve been asked that a lot for this film. As I see it, an average guy is who you’re looking at right now. I don’t know what that means, so I don’t worry about it. There’s nothing average about someone who can control a 100,000 pound machine. I’m the average guy. Those guys on the train weren’t average. What they did wasn’t average. I don’t put him in a slot. He’s slightly above average." (laughs)
Like in most of your other films, you seem to embrace characters that are normal, working class, everyday people who find some kind of inspiration within them and rise to challenge and inspire others. Is there someone in your life who you see that in?
DENZEL: "You mean, like American Gangster? (laughs) I’m kidding. No, I think it just so happens the last two films I’ve done with Tony (Scott) that that was the theme, you know, a regular guy and then Pelham and then this one."
Denzel Washington on  Unstoppable
Denzel Washington on 'Unstoppable'
How deep can you go into a character and still come up for air and not get lost?
DENZEL: "Well, it’s acting. It is acting. I guess I’m affected by it sure. I know how to put it down. I don’t walk around the house – when I was younger I think I did. My wife is like, 'Who’s coming home today?' Like, 'Put that trumpet down. Please, put the trumpet down.'"
Were any of you told stories about runaway freight train by the guys that worked at the rail yard you visited?
CHRIS: "They told us all kinds of stories. It was both interesting and frightening when we went to the railroad yard in Los Angeles. They have such respect for those trains, and they said the trains can be so quiet, calling 1000 ton beasts. One guy told a story that this man who got surprised while on the track, and the train only go two or three miles an hours, but it pinned the guy. They called the family, they said their goodbyes and then he passed away. With everybody we talked to at the yard had an experience with life and death at some time or another. They talked a lot about people crossing the tracks and not making it. A lot of people who work in the rail yards experience traumatic events."
What was it like to sit in the driver's seat of the lead train, Denzel?
DENZEL: "It was great to get into the driver train. But let me tell you, everything on them hurts, it’s all heavy. It hurts if you hit your knee or you might step wrong -- it was dangerous all the time. Chris and I were always nervous when we together at the same time, because when Chris and I were looking forward, you had all these people on the platform, and when with we were going 50 miles per hour, we could see what was happening but the people couldn’t. It was trippy. I couldn’t imagine making this movie with green screens, because you wouldn’t know what getting hit by puffed wheat would feel like." (laughs)
CHRIS: "I wasn't all that fond of the cereal action sequence, myself, either. Who knew cereal, that you eat, could be such a pain in the ass? (laughs) Not only were we on moving trains, another train was the one that looked like the train, but it was chopped up so we could look like we in the cab. That train was where we’d do most of our scenes in. It worked out great. I wouldn't have it any other way."
How challenging was it when you had to do the scenes running on top of the trains?
CHRIS: "It was really tough, because I didn’t have a single stunt man."
DENZEL: "Chris didn't have one, but I had seven. (laughs) I remember early on, I’m reading the script for the thing and thinking, 'Why does the other guy get to jump out and be the hero? I want to be that guy.' As we worked on, I thought maybe I shouldn’t be the guy. Chris should be the guy. (laughs) We had very experienced stuntmen, they knew how to jump from thing to thing. But, Chris pissed me off, because he’s doing his own stunts, the little punk."
CHRIS: "I was just following Tony's directions." (laughs)
TONY: "Believe it or not, Denzel has a fear of heights. So, I had him 25 feet up on top of a train going 50 miles per hour, which was no easy task. (laughs) We mixed the real guys and the stunt guys."
Denzel Washington in  Unstoppable
Denzel Washington in 'Unstoppable'
What is this cereal scene that the guys keep complaining about, Tony?
TONY: "We had have grain flying at them in the scene, so we had Sugar Pops cereal, hard coated, flying in their face, so it was like a snow storm. It was a grain car, so we created a grain storm with Sugar Pops." (laughs)
Denzel, how did you feel when Tony put you on that 50 mile-an-hour train?
DENZEL:"Tricked. I feel tricked. I feel deceived." (laughs)
Logistically, what was it the toughest scene for you to film, Tony?
TONY: "I would have to say there were several of them, but surprisingly, the action scenes were the most difficult because I felt the hardest scenes for me were the ones dealing with Denzel and Chris' performances, always hoping that I was covering them in the right way. I didn’t want the logistics of the action to take away from the performances. These are two guys who must resolve their differences to make the movie work. So, that was always the toughest part for me in doing Unstoppable."
Denzel, you have now done five films with Tony Scott (Crimson Tide, Man On Fire, The Taking Of Pelham 123, Deja Vu and Unstoppable). Has his directing style influenced your work as a director?
DENZEL: "Definitely, but I know I cannot do what he does. I've directed a few films (Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters), but I can’t do what Tony does. I've learned so much from him. After doing so many movies together, somehow we've developed a shorthand between us. He knows how I like to work, and I know what he likes to do. He knows I like research, so he has a ton of research there for me before we start."
Tony Scott on the set of  The Taking Of Pelham 123
Tony Scott on the set of 'The Taking Of Pelham 123'
Okay, Denzel, how did your great working relationship start with Tony?
DENZEL: "The first time, I didn’t really know him. It was more of an introduction to Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson with Crimson Tide and the opportunity to work with Gene Hackman. I was like, 'Whoa, okay.'"
Chris, after your starring role in the rebooted Star Trek film, what kind of offers have you been getting? I heard a rumor that you are being looked at, very closely, to help resurrect the Jack Ryan character (The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games) that Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford have both played. Any truth to the gossip?
CHRIS: "Maybe, I don't know, honestly. I’ve just been very blessed with the roles that I've been given, so it’s such a shock to me that I get to have people asking me to do their movies, or they’re very interested in who I am and what I do I work with people I love since a kid. Star Trek allowed me the luxury of choice. I can cherry pick and say yes and no to different projects. Because I don’t know how long it will last where I will be able to seize the moment and work with the people I want to work with."
William Shatner has played Captain Kirk for thirty years -- off and on. I know you are getting ready to start filming the sequel soon. Thirty years from now do you want to be playing Captain Kirk?
CHRIS: "I think it's a little presumptuous to start talking about thirty years in the future when the sequel has yet to come out. I had a lot of fun playing this character in the first incarnation of the story. I'm signed up for the sequel and one more like everyone else is in the cast. I'm just having a lot of fun right now. I'm not going to count any chickens before they proverbially hatch."
Chris, acting is in your genes, isn't it?
CHRIS: "I guess so, My mom was an actress for many years and my father's been an actor since he came out here to LA from New York in 1964 and was under contract at Universal for many years. My grandmother was a B-movie actress at Universal, and my sister was an actress for a while but then she did a
bunch of other stuff, so I've been around it all my life."
Chris, did you ever thought about exploring another line of work?
CHRIS: "I really only got into acting because my English teacher, my senior year in high school wanted me to do... We would read Waiting For Godot and then perform the first act as an English project. When I went to university, I went to a very large one and was trying to find friends, and wanted to play sports but I wasn't good enough. So I found the theatre program just to make friends and find my niche. That's how I found it. I suppose it was meant to be because of my family."
Chris Pine in  Unstoppable
Chris Pine in 'Unstoppable'
What about you, Denzel, if you hadn't gone into acting, what had you gone to college for?
DENZEL: "I had a liberal arts education. I studied journalism. I studied biology. I studied political science then I started taking acting classes. I was having success without getting paid. I didn’t know about the money part of it. Had I known, I probably wouldn’t have done it but it turned out alright. That’s when I said, 'Okay, this is something I’m good at' and people are telling me I’m good at it so maybe this is what I’m supposed to do."
But, wasn't there a decisive moment in your life, in your childhood, when you realized that acting was what you wanted to do?
DENZEL: "Not in my childhood. I was 20 years old when I started acting. In college, I did a Eugene O’Neil’s The Emperor Jones play. I got good reviews which didn’t mean much to me, because I never had a review before. I was actually backstage but just then people at the school started talking to me and about me. I remember being backstage and looking out the curtain, that wasn’t the moment but I remember looking out there and like, 'Wow, all these people that come to see this play, maybe I’m good at this' you know, you find your calling."
Chris, what is the best advice you would give someone who wants to act?
CHRIS: "You just have the passion to want to do it more than anything else in your life. And get ready for rejection, because you'll get a lot of it in this business. But, I guess, more than anything, you have to love to act. You can't be afraid to try things to make a movie or play better. Acting is all about allowing your imagination to go that one step further, to take that leap. It's surprisingly easy because as long as you just let your imagination go, it's a lot of fun.
When you're on a train that is supposed to be going 60 miles-an-hour and you have to help stop it from crashing, it's fun. It's just like being a kid again. It's a great career if you can make it, but just be prepared for a lot of people saying 'No!' That's how we all got here, but I wouldn't trade the bad times for anything in the world -- even bullet-sharp cereal." (laughs)
Unstoppable Blu-ray Bonus Features: "Derailed: Anatomy of a Scene," "Hanging Off the Train: Stunt Work," "On the Rails with the Director and Cast" and "The Fastest Track: Unleashing Unstoppable" featurettes; Director Commentary Track; Tracking the Story: Unstoppable Script Development and Digital Copy. BD-LIVE: Behind The Scenes with new footage; LIVE LOOKUP: Powered by IMDB; pocket-BLU - Mobile To Go: Download exclusive bonus features.
You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger
For his latest film, director Woody Allen focuses on a handful of subjects in which he is a cinematic expert -- love, comedy and relationships. Add a first-rate cast to the mix -- including the likes of Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto, Lucy Punch and Naomi Watts -- and you have another Woody classic that will remind you why he is considered one of America's greatest filmmakers. Ever since Allen ventured out of New York City to make motion pictures -- where he had begun churning out lackluster films for a legend like himself -- Woody's been back to his old self. While he's had great success in Spain (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), he's experiencing a bit of an Allen renaissance while filming on location in London with films like Scoop, Cassandra's Dream and You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger. While chronicling the troubled lives of two married couples -- Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and hubby Roy (Brolin) -- Tall Dark Stranger focuses on the affect their changing desires, ambitions and anxieties have on each of them. As Alfie begins yearning for his lost youth, he leaves Helena and takes up with call girl Charmaine (Punch), Helena throws sanity and caution to the wind and begins to follow the words of a fake, offbeat fortuneteller. Concurrently, Sally, living in a loveless marriage, begins to fall head over heels for the handsome art gallery Greg, a handsome (Banderas), while her mate, the struggling novelist Roy, becomes overly infatuated with the mysterious beauty Dia (Pinto) -- a woman who trades gazes with him through an open window. While each of the characters believe these changes will improve their lives, it has the opposite effect -- leaving them heartbroken, poor and even more disillusioned. Filled with Allen’s trademark witty and wry humor, sensational and moving performances from a brilliant cast, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger is a funny, touching and entertaining look at the human heart and the trouble it can cause us all. Woody takes Rachel McAdams and Adrien Brody to France for his next film, Midnight In Paris. Could another Oscar be close at hand?
Waiting For Superman
From the documentary filmmaker behind the award-winning An Inconvenient Truth, Davis Guggenheim has written and directed the jaw-dropping and provocative Waiting for Superman, a film that shines the national spotlight on America’s public education crisis -- revealed by a series of closely-related true stories. Both shocking and inspiring, Waiting For Superman uncovers the widespread struggles and problems that students and their families face on a daily basis, as well the attempts by teachers and so-called education reformers to find solutions to improve a crumbling educational system. A call to arms to students, parents, and politicians -- and even you -- to fix the problem before it‘s too late, Waiting For Superman is an inspirational and motivating documentary that reminds us that the children we are forcing through this dysfunctional educational system are our leaders of tomorrow. It’s a sobering reminder that’s impossible to ignore. If you aren't sure how to help make a difference, one of the simplest ways is by purchasing the Blu-ray and DVD of Waiting For Superman. The organization has pledged to give consumers a $25.00 credit for every Superman Blu-ray or DVD bought that can be donated to any classroom project listed on So in addition to watching one of the best documentaries of recent years, by purchasing Waiting For Superman, you can be a part in repairing our public schools. Bonus Features: “Changing The Odds” featurette; Updates; A Conversation with Davis Guggenheim; “The Future Is In Our Classrooms” featurette; The Making of “Shine” - John Legend’s original song for the film; Four Deleted Additional Stories and Commentary by Director Davis Guggenheim and Producer Lesley Chilcott.
Murphy's Law Series 3
In another superb and gritty hit crime/cop series from the BBC, actor James Nesbitt (Waking Ned Devine, Bloody Sunday, Match Pont) stars as Tommy Murphy, a maverick, undercover Irish cop who goes deeper and deeper into the world of the city's criminal underbelly to search for a notorious cop killer and to bring down the London boss of a massive, illegal empire. Nesbit (who was recently signed on to star in director Peter Jackson's highly-anticipated live screen version of The Hobbit) is sensational as the clever and tough Tommy Murphy, in a role written specifically for him by novelist Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack). It's easy to understand why Nesbit is one of the primary reasons the raw and realistic series ran for an impressive five seasons. A veteran of stage and screen, Nesbit's dynamic, unsettling and compelling performance as Tommy Murphy has garnered him several Best Actor awards, including the prestigious Irish Film and Television Awards. In the brilliant, gut-wrenching Murphy's Law, Nesbit plays a man who has lost everything and everyone close to him, but is still willing to risk everything, even his own life, to single-handedly put to rest the biggest criminal organization in Great Britain. (Only on DVD) Bonus Feature: Biography of James Nesbitt.
The age-old fable of Little Red Riding Hood is told in a new, musical and hysterical way in the animated motion picture Hoodwinked. There's a couple of hilarious little twists and turns in this musical story of Red Riding Hood, the Woodsman, Granny and The Wolf. In Hoodwinked, the real mystery is to discover who is behind the real shocking crime that went on when the young girl left to see her grandmother. It seems Red is not that innocent, the Big Bad Wolf is actually much kinder than usually depicted, dear old Granny is not as sweet as you remember her and the Woodsman is just simply clueless when they are all come face-to-face with Detective Flippers -- the cop investigating the possible crime that went on between the four. Hilarious and incredibly witty, Hoodwinked (directed and written by Cory Edwards) features the voices of such Tinsel Town stars as Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada, Rachel Getting Married), five-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close (101 Dalmatians, Hoodwinked Too! Hood VS. Evil), Jim Belushi (The Defenders, According to Jim), and Anthony Anderson (Scream 4) in this uproarious and smart new adaptation of the classic kid's fairy tale. Bonus Features: Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary by Writer/Director Cory Edwards; Feature Commentary by Cory Edwards, Writer/Co-Director Tony Leech and Writer/Co-Director Todd Edwards; the music video for "Critters Have Feelings"; "How To Make An Animated Feature Film" featurette and Theatrical Trailers. BLU-RAY: "The True Behind-The-Scenes Story."
The Fugitive Season 4, Volume 2
Wrongly accused for the murder of wife, Dr. Richard Kimble (the iconic David Janseen) is finally closing in on the one-armed man who actually killed his beloved wife in this stunning, final 1967 season. Always trying to stay at least one step ahead of the law before the cops can capture Kimble while he is on his search for the real murderer. After four seasons of being on the run -- escaping from the death chamber the night before he was scheduled to be executed -- Kimble hit the back roads and little-used highways to stay out of sight of police and detectives in order to prove his innocence and to find justice for his dead wife. David Janseen's sensational, weekly performances as Dr. Kimble helped to transform him into one of the biggest name stars of late-60s television. Also featuring costars William Conrad, Barry Morse and Bill Raisch, this fantastic, groundbreaking series would go on to become adapted into a big screen blockbuster starring Harrison Ford as the victimized Dr. Kimble. Fans of the mega-grossing motion picture will find the original television series of The Fugitive a heart-stopping, well-written and finely-acted companion piece to its cinematic remake. If you haven't seen an episode of The Fugitive, you don't know what you're missing. It's worth your time and money. (Only On DVD)
Bill Moyers: A World Of Ideas -- Writers
Celebrated journalist Bill Moyers sits down to talk with a diverse group of writers in this Peabody Award-winning PBS series. Authors E. L. Doctorow, Joseph Heller, Isaac Asimov and Toni Morrison, playwright August Wilson, essayist Tom Wolfe, poet Derek Walcott and six other international, celebrated writers open up with Moyers to discuss life, culture and politics. Throughout 16 episodes, other authors share their ideas about everything from moral imagination and the power of love to writer/pianist Jeannette Halen on the structure of music and fiction and novelist Carlos Fuentes on the politics on his native Mexico. The 4-Disc box set Bill Moyers: A World Of Ideas -- Writers is unlike any other Q&A program you have seen or heard before. It's impressive, intoxicating and hypnotizing to watch and hear the most famous voices and minds of our generation give their opinions on the thoughts, dreams and problems of our time. (Only On DVD) Bonus Features: Recent interviews from NOW with Bill Moyers and Bill Moyers Journal with Alice Walker, Isabel Allende, Barbara Kingsolver and Doris Lessing; A 16-page viewer’s guide; Participant Biographies; Article on Americans' reading habits and Author book lists and biographies of Bill Moyers.
Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol
With Steven Moffat (Sherlock, Coupling) at the helm -- the new executive producer and lead writer of the successful English Doctor Who sci-fi series -- comes this funny, poignant and action-packed holiday special starring the latest Doctor Who, Matt Smith, the Doctor's newest companion, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and a special appearance from Michael Gambon (from the Harry Potter film series). In this Dickens-inspired story, complete with the TARDIS and a handful of monsters, Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol follows Amy and Rory (Arthur Darvill) on their honeymoon on a lavish, lush space liner. Through a series of unexpected events, Amy and Rory find themselves trapped on the liner, which is about to crash into the planet below. Of course, they need the help of the Doctor before it's too late. However, the only possible way that the Doctor can rescue Amy and Rory is to save the soul of the richest man in Sardicktown -- Kazran Sardick (Gambon), a lonely old miser who doesn't care very much at all for Christmas. Sardick, however, may be beyond redemption and the Doctor may have to device an alternate plan as Christmas Eve approaches. As he tries to save his friends, he discovers there may be even more dangerous beings out in the fog that could do them all harm. Another great Doctor Who special and a great introduction to the talents of Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. Bonus Features: Doctor Who Confidential - An inside look at Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol and Doctor Who at the Proms 2010 - A concert held at the Royal Albert Hall, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, featuring music from Doctor Who and appearance by Smith, Gillan and Darvill as well as the Weeping Angels, Daleks and the TARDIS.
Top Gear 14 & Top Gear 15
There is no more exciting, high-octane, testosterone-fueled show on television than the fantastic, exhilarating and funny Top Gear, the BBC-produced series showcasing the best and the most unique in the automotive world. With the wild, charming and crazy hosting team of Richard, James and Jeremy at the proverbial steering wheel, the trio will take you all across the globe in search of the most hip, jaw-dropping and fastest cars on Planet Earth. Top Gear 14 includes six episodes and introduces fans to such stunning automotive marvels as an Aston DBS Volante, a Ferrari California and a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. Richard, James and Top Gear team head to Romania to find the greatest road in the world. This season, the Top Gear team are joined by several adventurous celebrity friends including director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) and actors Eric Bana (Star Trek) and Michael Sheen (TRON: Legacy, The Queen) who display their driving skills in the "Star in the Reasonably Priced Car" segment. Top Gear 14 also includes the annual Top Gear Awards ceremony which features awards for "Injury of the Year" and "Car of the Decade." It's a heck of a season that shouldn't be missed. Top Gear 15: Jeremy goes on the hunt for as many three-wheeled cars as he can find and takes a close look at Britain's 1980s novelty auto, the Reliant Robin, while James, in a dangerous and scary stunt, tries his hand at driving the Toyota Hilux pick-up to the top of one of Icelands's live volcanos. As in seasons past, celebrities have stopped by to hang out with the Top Gear blokes to get behind the wheel and prove their driving abilities, and in Season 15, Top Gear played host to Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), Tom Cruise (Knight and Day), Cameron Diaz (Knight and Day), Andy Garcia (Oceans Eleven), Jeff Goldblum (Morning Glory), F1 ace Rubens Barrichello and The Stig. Top Gear 14 Bonus Features: Audio commentary for the Bolivia Special and a Director's Cut of the Polar Special. Top Gear 15 Bonus Features: Outtakes; Behind-the Scenes-features and Alternate and Extended Scenes.
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Dungeons and Dragons & Dungeons and Dragons: Wrath Of The Dragon God
Based on the pop culture phenomenon, director Courtney Solomon's visually marvelous big screen adaptation of the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons and its equally dazzling sequel, Dungeons and Dragons: Wrath Of The Dragon God (directed by Gerry Lively) -- both featuring an all-star cast including Thora Birch, Jeremy Irons, Bruce Payne and Clemency Burton-Hill -- are even more thrilling and eye-popping viewing experiences now that you can enjoy them on Hi Def. Packaged together to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Dungeons and Dragons Online ( -- the free, multi-player, online role-playing game -- the new D&D Blu-ray Double Feature includes Birch portraying Empress Savina, Irons as the Mage Profion and tons of ghouls, horrifying creatures, Red Dragons and a variety of mind-boggling traps and deadly puzzles. Both sporting incredible special effects and thrilling brain-teasing story-lines, Dungeon and Dragons and its 2005 sequel Dungeons and Dragons: Wrath Of The Dragon God are not only for fans of D&D but for any moviegoer who enjoys to be excited, amazed and wowed. If you'd like to see scenes and previews from the D&D Double Feature visit the Official Site at Dungeons & Dragons Bonus Features: Additional Scenes, including Alternate ending; 2 Commentaries: Director Courtney Solomom & Costar Justin Whalin and Courtney Solomon , Cinematographer Doug Milstone and Game Co-Creator Dave Arneneson; Documentary of "Let The Games Begin"; "Making Of" featurette; Special Effects Deconstruction and Theatrical Trailer. Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath Of The Dragon God Bonus Features: "Dungeons & Dragons Heroes" Commentary featuring "Wizards of the Coast" D&D Special Projects Manager Ed Stark and Other D&D Players; "Making Of," "Rolling The Dice" and "The Arc: A Conversation with Gary Gygax" featurettes,
Chaplin: 15th Anniversary Edition
Robert Downey Jr. has delivered several brilliant performances over his prestigious but roller coaster-like career, but if he ever deserved an Academy Award (not just a nomination) for one of his roles, he should have snagged one for his phenomenal portrayal as Hollywood's original, iconic funny man, Charlie Chaplin. It's an impeccably flawless deliverance. is brilliant. Directed by legendary, two-time Academy Award winner Richard Attenborough, and told in flashback by Anthony Hopkins (as an elderly version of the actor), Chaplin chronicles the highs and lows of the silver screen's original genius of the Silent Era and Talkies. Chaplin follows the actor, director and producer from his invention of his popular onscreen character “The Tramp,” his many marriages, FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover's personal dislike of him, his self-imposed exile to Switzerland to his triumphant return to Hollywood. Chaplin covers it all -- Chaplin's biopic is an incredible story about an extraordinary man. In addition to Downey and Hopkins, the cast of Chaplin also includes includes Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda), Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny), Diane Lane (Unfaithful), Dan Aykroyd (Driving Miss Daisy) and James Woods (Ghosts of Mississippi). Bonus Features: “Strolling Into the Sunset” retrospective with director Richard Attenborough; “All at Sea” – a never-before-seen home movie of Charlie Chaplin on vacation in Catalina, CA; “Chaplin the Hero” featurette on Charlie Chaplin with Richard Schickel (film critic for Time Magazine and director of the documentary Charlie: The Life and Art of Charlie Chaplin) along with Chaplin’s official biographer, David Robinson; “The Most Famous Man in the World” featurette and Theatrical Trailer.
Last Tango In Paris
Long considered Marlon Brando's most controversial and scandalous motion pictures, Last Tango In Paris is actually one of Brando's best. Decades after its theatrical release, director Bernardo Bertolucci's classic is being re-released in a special Uncut Version for Blu-ray. In the film, Brando portrays Paul, a middle-aged American who escapes to France when his estranged wife kills herself. While in Paris, Paul becomes deeply immersed in the world of sexual sadomasochism after meeting the young, adventurous and alluring Jeanne (the late Maria Schneider). Their relationship is a strangely sexual and often outrageous relationship -- one he uses to lash out at what he considers a hypocritical world by participating in raw, animalistic and often shocking sexual acts with Jeanne. Last Tango In Paris will always remain a sometimes misunderstood sexually controversial film from a Hollywood icon, but the motion picture -- nominated for two Academy Awards including Best Actor (Brando) and Best Director (Bertolucci) – is a lasting, compelling celluloid testament to the daring and adventurous talents of Marlon Brando. Bonus Features: Original explicit theatrical release and Original Theatrical Trailer.
While her supporting role in Silkwood demonstrated to most Tinsel Town naysayers that Cher could really act, it took her Academy Award-winning role in the romantic comedy Moonstruck to prove to everyone that Cher was indeed a bonafide actress with style and flair all her own. It's another well-deserved, long overdue Oscar for a multi-talented performer. In the Norman Jewison-directed Moonstruck, Cher plays an Italian widow who just can't find the right man to call the love of her life. After she reluctantly marries Johnny (Danny Aiello)– a kind, charming man she likes but clearly doesn’t have romantic feelings for – out of nowhere, true love finally shows up. The problem is she's already married and the object of her heart's desire is Johnny's younger brother (Nicolas Cage), but she is hopelessly in love with her brother-in-law and he's in love with her. She must decide whether to stay with her new husband she doesn't love or leave him for his brother, a man she loves with all her heart. Nominated for six Academy Awards, Moonstruck garnered accolades for Best Actress (Cher), Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis) and Best Original Screenplay. Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Cher, Director Norman Jewison and Writer John Patrick Shanley; “Moonstruck: At the Heart of an Italian Family,” “Pastas to Pastries: The Art of Fine Italian Food” featurettes; “Music of Moonstruck” and Original Theatrical Trailer.
Rain Man
Nominated for eight Academy Awards, Rain Man took home four well-deserved statuettes for Best Picture, Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman), Best Director (Barry Levinson), and Best Original Screenplay. In this incredibly stylish and heart-tugging story, the autistic Raymond (Hoffman) appears to be an adult orphan after the death of his father. However, while his father's estate is being settled, small-time con man Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) finds out that Raymond is actually his brother (who he nicknamed “Rain Man”) and takes Raymond away from a lifetime of possible confinement -- heading out on a strange and chaotic cross-country road trip. Unknowingly, Raymond knows how to anger his hot-headed Charlie and pushes his older brother's patience to the limits. Raymond's irratating but simple, child-like behavior has a surprising effect on his brother by chipping away at Charlie's self-centered nature. Although Charlie had planned to use Raymond's autistic gifts to score himself a lot of quick loot, the more time they spend together, the closer they become – like brothers who care for one another. Even though they are worlds apart – emotionally and mentally – the more he is around Raymond, the more Charlie begins to realize that there's much more to to the life than he's been living. Rain Man is an incredibly profound story about love, family and understanding. Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Director Barry Levinson: Audio Commentary by Writer Barry Morrow; Audio Commentary by Writer Ronald Bass; “The Journey of Rain Man” – A Retrospective Documentary; “Lifting the Fog: A Look at the Mysteries of Autism” featurette; Deleted Scenes and Original Theatrical Trailer.
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