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article imageColin Farrell’s vivid recollections of ‘Total Recall’ Special

By Earl Dittman     Dec 18, 2012 in Entertainment
Two decades after watching his idol, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in ‘Total Recall’ at a cinema in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, actor Colin Farrell landed the same role in director Len Wiseman's rebooted big screen version of the sci-fi cult classic.
Even though he was only 14 years old at the time, Colin Farrell vividly recalls heading to a neighborhood cinema theater in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland to watch muscle-bound action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger in director Paul Verhoeven's science-fiction, action-adventure film Total Recall. The year was 1990. "I loved it, it was great," the now 36-year-old Farrell recalls, when asked about his memories of experiencing the sci-fi flick for the first time. "I always loved going to see Arnold's movies." Apparently, the young Irish lad was quite a loyal follower of the action films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Austrian-born bodybuilder who would go on to become one of the most successful, highly-bankable actors in Hollywood, before temporarily putting away his action hero credentials to become the Governor of California in 2004. "Actually, I was a really big Schwarzenegger fan," Farrell says with a chuckle. "I remember all of his films, from Commando to Running Man to Predator – which is one of the greats of all time. I was a bit of a fan."
Colin Farrell stars in director Len Wiseman s big screen retelling of  Total Recall
Colin Farrell stars in director Len Wiseman's big screen retelling of 'Total Recall'
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In the 22 years since Farrell caught a matinee showing of Total Recall, as a teenager, the classically-trained, Dublin-born actor has not only been transformed into one of Tinsel Town's hottest leading men, but also a highly-respected A-list actor and a bonafide sex symbol. After making his North American big screen debut in director Joel Schumacher's Tigerland in 2000, the handsome Irishman began his speedy (and ultimately successful) ascent to the top of the Hollywood ladder of fame by delivering stunning, often Oscar-worthy performances in both critically-acclaimed motion pictures (Phone Booth, In Bruges, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, A Home At The End Of The World, Alexander and the recently-released Seven Psychopaths) and blockbuster box office hits (Daredevil, S.W.A.T, Miami Vice, Minority Report).
Colin Farrell in a scene from  Total Recall  (now available on Blu-ray & DVD)
Colin Farrell in a scene from 'Total Recall' (now available on Blu-ray & DVD)
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During the past two decades, while Farrell was busy constructing an impressive acting résumé, there were always consistent rumblings and rumors about a possible sequel or remake of the Verhoeven-directed Total Recall – which was loosely based on novelist Phillip K. Dick’s futuristic short story, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,a tome about an ordinary worker who discovers that his life is made up of false memories implanted into him, and that his true identity is a secret agent – that regularly circulated throughout the Hollywood filmmaking community. Finally, in 2009, the countless attempts to “re-imagine” Total Recall came to fruition when it was announced that a cinematic reboot of the Schwarzenegger classic had been give the “green light.” Approximately a year later, with a working screenplay (by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback) in place, Len Wiseman, the filmmaker behind the Underworld film franchise, was hired on to direct the remake.
Douglas Quaid (Farrell) fights for his life in director Len Wiseman s  Total Recall
Douglas Quaid (Farrell) fights for his life in director Len Wiseman's 'Total Recall'
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Several actors were rumored to be in the running for the lead role of "Douglas Quaid," including Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class). However, Wiseman, who was planning a whole new approach for his version of Total Recall (by basing it more on the original short story than on the Verhoeven film) already had a good idea who he wanted to play the leading man in his big screen interpretation of Phillip K. Dick’s cautionary tale.
 Total Recall  director Len Wiseman (the real-life husband of actress Kate Beckinsale)
'Total Recall' director Len Wiseman (the real-life husband of actress Kate Beckinsale)
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“I didn’t want to make a complete remake of the first film,” Wiseman concedes. “So, when the talk came up about who was going to replace Arnold, The Rock’s (Dewayne Johnson) name came up, as well as all these other wrestlers. But, I had absolutely no intention of trying to replace Arnold. I wanted an Everyman. When I announced Colin, it was very well received. He set a tone of what we were trying to do. Although, my sister-in-law told me, ‘If Colin Farrell is Everyman then I’m living in the wrong city.’"
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone in the Paul Verhoeven-directed 1990 film  Total Recall
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone in the Paul Verhoeven-directed 1990 film 'Total Recall'
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When Farrell initially received word that Wiseman was anxious for him to star in the filmmaker’s artistically overhauled take on Total Recall, Colin admits he was genuinely honored by the offer, but confesses he harbored a great deal of apprehension about taking on an iconic role in such a well-loved sci-fi cult classic. "When I first found out that they wanted me for the role, there was a part of me that was honestly afraid of the judgment of the people who love the original," Farrell candidly divulges. “I knew there was a corner of the film fanatical society that really loved that film and would feel possessive of the original. That’s because films, to some of us, feel sacrosanct, and the idea of remaking something seems like an insult to the original, when, in fact, it's not." After reading the script and sitting down with Wiseman to discuss the filmmaker’s vision for his adaptation of the Total Recall story, Farrell immediately shelved all his concerns and insecurities about taking over a role so heavily associated with Schwarzenegger and promptly signed on to portray the character of Douglas Quaid. Even though he would be starring in a complete re-imagining of Total Recall, Farrell admits he decided to go back and re-watch the Schwarzenegger movie that impressed him as a teenager. “I did look at the original film about four or five times. But, I just annoyed myself, because I tried to fill myself with premature regret,” Colin laughingly confesses.
Farrell was particularly excited about the fact that screenwriters Wimmer and Bomback had used We Can Remember It for You Wholesale as the core for Wiseman’s interpretation of Total Recall. "Even though the plot points are the same between the two films, it just felt different," he reveals. "I did read the original story and just marveled at the many tiered levels of complexity Phillip (K. Dick) could achieve with the levels of someone's psychology. I thought it was brilliant concept – the implantation of a memory of experience. It’s an incredibly different film from the short story. This film goes back to the short story. There is slightly more attention paid to the psychology journey and existential crisis Quaid finds himself in. While honoring the same conventions and concepts and narrative plot points as the original story, this seemed to stand on its own."
Heavily inspired by We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, the Wiseman-directed Total Recall (now available on Blu-ray and DVD) focuses on Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Len Wiseman's real-life spouse, Kate Beckinsale) whom he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston) – there is no one Quaid can trust, except possibly a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) working for the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy). The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.
Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale in  Total Recall  - director Len Wiseman s cinematic adaptation of...
Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale in 'Total Recall' - director Len Wiseman's cinematic adaptation of Philip K. Dick's short story 'We Can Remember It For You Wholesale'
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Farrell was extremely satisfied and proud of Wiseman’s decision to cleverly distance his Total Recall from the Schwarzenegger/Verhoeven version – while still maintaining the integrity of Dick’s novella. "If you’re trying to be different, if you can manage to find a way to be unique while honoring the context of the original, then that’s a really smart move,” Colin insists. “There is a lack of zingers and there are no one-liners in the film. Of course, Kate (Beckinsale) goes, 'I give good wife,' and she does it so well. It’s good, I like that the film went in a different direction. I like that there is no Mars in the third act.” Although Wiseman welcomed any artistic input Farrell had to offer, the leading man made a conscious decision to simply concentrate on his performance. “The fan in me is ten, so I didn’t want him to be making any of the creative decisions on the film," Farrell says, with a huge grin.
Kate Beckinsale in costars in  Total Recall  - directed by her real-life husband Len Wiseman
Kate Beckinsale in costars in 'Total Recall' - directed by her real-life husband Len Wiseman
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Packed with countless, eye-popping action sequences, Total Recall was a physically demanding endeavor for the whole cast, particularly Farrell. However, when queried about which scene he found the toughest to film, Colin doesn’t pick a segment which required him to perform a hair-raising, death-defying stunt. He reveals the more intimate scenes with Kate Beckinsale, the director’s wife, were actually harder to do than avoiding shock waves from a blast or heat from burning sets. "What was the toughest?” Farrell asks rhetorically. “It was big time uncomfortable to kiss the director's wife. And, Len (Wiseman) wasn’t even polite enough to leave the room, even though it barely crossed first base. Honestly, it was a bit nerve-wrecking that it was the director’s wife. Although, he felt okay after she blasted him in the neck. Then, it was okay for the gloves to come off."
While the new Total Recall is certainly more brain than brawn, in comparison to the original, Farrell was still adamant about ensuring his body was in prime action hero shape. “It took a lot of work, over three or four months, to get into condition, because I hadn’t done an action movie for a while,” Colin remembers. “So, when Total Recall came up, I thought, ‘Cool, I can go and do an action film again.’ But, oh man, it (exercising) was boring.
Colin Farrell in director Len Wiseman s big screen reboot of  Total Recall
Colin Farrell in director Len Wiseman's big screen reboot of 'Total Recall'
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“After I signed on to do the film, I had about four months where I was just at home, and I went to the gym every day,” he adds. “I have a coach who helps with scenes, mostly it’s the physical things. So, I went to the gym, hit the bag, did the treadmill, got in some really fast jogging – I got the miles down – I ate really well, drank protein shakes, kept sugar out of my diet and got a good night’s sleep, most nights. But, boring as it was, I really enjoyed it."
Since he seems to find the often tedious activity of exercising enjoyable, does Colin use working-out as a way to escape the pressures and trappings of being a well-respected A-list actor who can command seven and eight figure salaries to star in films like the Total Recall reboot? "Is it an escape?” Farrell replies incredulously. “It’s funny, when I hear that word I get defensive. I don’t need to escape. Again, I think with exercise it’s always just me – there is nothing going in and sweat is coming out – it’s another way to experience yourself. It’s just a way I’ve grown, feeling my body in space, for years. I’ve got just as many fingers as you do on your hands. I wasn’t that aware the whole (working-out) thing is kind of incredible – really incredible. Sometimes it’s really painful and joyous, sometimes it feels blessed. I love working-out. Sometimes I need to get out of the house, so, if anything it’s an escape to another aspect of myself.”
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Total Recall: Extended Director’s Cut Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) Bonus Features: The Theatrical Feature Film and an all-new Extended Director’s Cut, which includes 20 minutes of footage not shown in theaters – featuring new storylines and an alternate ending – as well as Commentary by director Len Wiseman; “Total Recall Insight Mode” - Allows viewers to watch the film while engaging with scene-specific behind-the-scenes insights; “Science Fiction vs. Science Fact” - Provides a closer look at the futuristic moments in the film through the lens of a technology expert; “Designing the Fall” - Gives a behind-the-scenes look at set production; “Stepping into Recall” - Diving into pre-visualization sequences of the intense fight and chase scenes; Seven "Total Action" featurettes - breaking down key action sequences and stunts; a Gag Reel and, for a limited time (December 18, 2012 through January 8, 2013), a playable game demo of God of War: Ascension, the newest installment of the multi-million selling God of War® franchise - available only for the PlayStation®3 (PS3).
NOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY AND/OR DVD:
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The Bourne Legacy
On the verge of having their conspiracy exposed, members of the government’s intelligence community will stop at nothing to erase all evidence of their top secret programs in The Bourne Legacy. Inspired by master storyteller Robert Ludlum’s immensely popular books, The Bourne Legacy takes the action-packed Bourne series to an explosive new level. With his life in jeopardy, agent Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) must use his genetically-engineered skills to survive the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse and finish what Jason Bourne started. For more than a decade, movie audiences worldwide have been enthralled by undercover agent Jason Bourne. A compelling mixture of riveting suspense, breathtaking action and shocking intrigue, The Bourne Legacy is the next thrilling original chapter in the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned over $1 billion at the global box office. Director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), screenwriter for the entire Bourne film series, steps behind the camera for the fourth installment. The film features a distinguished cast of compelling new faces and Bourne film favorites including Academy Award-nominee Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, The Hurt Locker), Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz (The Mummy, The Constant Gardener), Academy Award-nominee Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk, Moonrise Kingdom), Stacy Keach (American History X, W.), Academy Award-nominee Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, The Contender), Academy Award-nominee Albert Finney (The Bourne Ultimatum, Erin Brockovich), Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum, Good Night, and Good Luck) and Scott Glenn (The Bourne Ultimatum, Training Day). The Bourne Legacy Blu-Ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Ultraviolet+ Digital Copy) Bonus Features: "Enter Aaron Cross" - Discover how Jeremy Renner prepared for the role of Aaron Cross; "Crossing Continents: Legacy on Location" - From the frigid snow peaks of Canada to the teeming urban streets of Manila, no location was out of bounds as a potential backdrop in The Bourne Legacy. Man vs. Wolf ­ A look at the training and choreography it took to pull off the wolf sequence; "Wolf Sequence Test" - See the action of the thrilling wolf sequence at work; "Moving Targets: Aaron and Marta" - Director Tony Gilroy, stars Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and others shed light on the two characters who propel the film’s intense combination of drama and action; Deleted Scenes; "Re-Bourne"- Find out how co-writer/director Tony Gilroy, star Jeremy Renner and the rest of the creative team expanded the Bourne universe into a new film that reveals a larger, even more dangerous conspiracy; "Capturing Chaos: The Motorbike Chase" - Watch Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and 2nd unit director Dan Bradley film the thrilling climactic motorcycle chase through the chaotic and insanely congested streets of Manila; Feature Commentary with director/co-writer Tony Gilroy, co-writer Dan Gilroy, editor John Gilroy, director of photography Robert Elswit, second Unit director Dan Bradley and production designer Kevin Thompson; UltraViolet; Digital Copy; pocket BLU™; Advanced Remote Control; Video Timeline; Mobile-To-Go; Browse Titles; Keyboard and BD-LIVE™:
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Ted: Unrated Edition
A foul-mouthed, hard-partying teddy bear and his 35-year-old best friend come together in the Number One comedy of the year, Ted. Directed by Seth MacFarlane, creator of television’s uproarious and irreverent hits Family Guy and American Dad, Ted stars Mark Wahlberg (Contraband, The Other Guys), Mila Kunis (Friends with Benefits, Black Swan), Joel McHale (Community), Giovanni Ribisi (Contraband, Avatar) and Seth MacFarlane as the voice of Ted. John Bennett (Wahlberg) is a grown man whose cherished teddy bear was brought to life as the result of a childhood wish…and hasn’t left his side since. Can John’s relationship with longtime girlfriend, Lori (Kunis), move forward with his lovably profane buddy on his couch? Ted’s outrageous, off-color antics won the hearts and minds of critics and audiences alike. A critically-hailed blockbuster that took in more than $218 million in North America alone, Ted is the third highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time and scored the highest debut ever for an original R-rated comedy. Ted: Unrated Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet + Digital Copy) Bonus Features: Ted Unrated Version; Gag Reel; "Ted – The Making Of" - Profiling the story of the film from inception to completion, this three-part documentary is filled with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage showcasing the entire cast and crew; Feature Commentary - Director and co-writer Seth MacFarlane, co-writer Alec Sulkin and star Mark Wahlberg participate; Deleted Scenes; Alternate Takes: "Teddy Bear Scuffle" - Watch how the filmmakers choreograph the awesome and hilarious Motel 6 fight scene between Mark Wahlberg and Ted; UltraViolet™; Digital Copy; pocket BLU™ App; Advanced Remote Control; Video Timeline; Mobile-To-Go; Browse Titles; Keyboard and BD-LIVE™. WARNING: The R-rated trailer below may contain language inappropriate for children.
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Futurama: Volume 7
Crank up the gravity and put your head safely in a jar! It's Volume Seven of Futurama - the animated sci-fi comedy from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening. Crammed with a whole new dimension of extras not shown on TV, this cosmic collection includes 13 bizarre and brilliant episodes involving ancient prophecies, Presidents' heads, robot gangsters, angry butterflies, and of course, sausage-making. It's a shipload of futuristic fun! Futurama: Volume 7 DVD Bonus Features: Full Length Audio Commentary On All 13 Episodes; Bonus Commentary "On A Farewell To Arms"; Alternate Ending For "Zapp Dingbat"; "Christopher Tyng's Big Score" - A jam session with Futurama's innovative composer; "Futurama Karaoke" - Sing along with your favorite characters; "Mobius Trip" - Infinite Futurama screen loops and "Too Good For TV" - A smorgasbord of Deleted Scenes.
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Ice Age: Continental Drift
Manny, Sid and Diego go where no herd has gone before - on a high-seas adventure aboard an iceberg. But a menagerie of misfit pirates are determined to shiver their timbers. Have even more fun when you watch the film with Squint (Aziz Ansari), in Party With A Pirate! Mode, as he serves up mischief and fun-filled special features. Directed by Steve Martino and Michael Thurmeier, Ice Age: Continental Drift features a stellar vocals cast of such stars as Denis Leary, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Peter Dinklage and Aziz Ansari. Ice Age: Continental Drift Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) Bonus Features: "Party With A Pirate!" - Interactive Viewing Mode; "Whale Of A Tale: Beasties, Myths and Drifts"; "Gutt's Sing-Along"; "Pirate Picasso: Enhanced Coloring App"; Deleted Scenes and "Through A Pirate's Spyglass."
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Girls: The Complete First Season
The latest breakout comedy series from HBO – Girls – is being released on Blu-ray/DVD just a few weeks before the premiere of Season Two. Created by and starring Lena Dunham, who also executive produced along with Emmy-winner Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids) and Jenni Konner (Help Me Help You), Girls takes a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Girls was nominated for five 2012 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress (Dunham), Outstanding Directing (Dunham), Outstanding Writing (Dunham) and Outstanding Casting. Hailed as "brilliant...perfect" and "a revelation...hilarious," the series follows the lives of four twenty something's – Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna – who are trying to figure life out. They've been living in New York for a couple of years, but they're still not sure what they want - from boys, from each other, from themselves. And things aren't getting any clearer. The answers aren't always easy, but the search is profoundly relatable and infinitely amusing. In addition to Dunham, the cast of Girls includes Jemima Kirke as Jessa, Allison Williams as Marnie, Zosia Mamet as Shoshanna and Adam Driver as Adam. Recurring guest stars include Chris Abbott and Alex Karpovsky. Additional guest stars are Becky Ann Baker and Peter Scolari as Hannah's parents, as well as Mike Birbiglia, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Imperioli, James LeGros, Richard Masur, Bobby Moynihan, Chris O'Dowd, Lou Taylor Pucci, Andrew Rannells, Jenny Slate and Jorma Taccone. Girls: The Complete First Season HBO Select (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) Bonus Features: BR- "The Making of Girls"; Deleted & Extended Scenes; Gag Reel: Parts 1 & 2; Cast Auditions; Table Reads; Exclusive extended commentary on Episode Six with Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow; NPR Fresh Air Interview with Lena Dunham and a 20-page booklet containing a collection of Lena Dunham's tweets and behind-the-scenes photos. DVD - "A Conversation with the Girls"; "A Conversation with Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow"; Five Audio Commentaries with Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham and more and "Inside the Episodes."
{image(135575,right,medium}Les Miserables
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41
41 is a rare, intimate glimpse at the life and times of the 41st president of the United States. The first documentary to tell George Herbert Walker Bush's story in his own words, the exclusive HBO presentation features unprecedented access to President Bush as he reflects on the highs and lows of his life from his beloved summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine and presidential library in Texas. One of the most experienced politicians ever to achieve the presidency, George H.W. Bush shares anecdotes from his childhood, family, service in World War II and political career, including his roles as U.S. envoy to China, director of the CIA and vice president of the United States in the Reagan administration, as well as his term as president. The documentary deftly weaves personal photos and black-and-white family films along with news and archival footage as President Bush reflects on his momentous life. Written and directed by Jeffrey Roth, 41 was filmed over a 17-month period, from Sept. 2009 to Feb. 2011. The film was produced by Emmy-winner and close friend of the former president, Jerry Weintraub whose credits include: The Karate Kid movies, Diner, Ocean's Eleven (and its sequels) as well as the upcoming HBO Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra.
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6 Degrees Of Hell
Breaking Glass Pictures just released 6 Degrees of Hell, a terrifying thriller directed by Joe Raffa (You'll Know My Name), and starring Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, The Goonies), Jill Whelan (The Love Boat), Brian Anthony Wilson (Limitless), Faust Checho (The Fields), newcomers Nikki Bell, Kyle Patrick Brennan, Ashley Sumner, Nicole Cinaglia, David J. Bonner and Raffa himself. In Northeast Pennsylvania, "Uncle Jack's Hotel of Horror" is besieged by a dark presence after two friends of "Uncle" Jack, Chris and Kellen, unwittingly release a deadly evil by transporting local psychic Mary Wilkins' collection of haunted objects as props for the popular tourist attraction. At the same time, a local TV ghost hunter, confronts an evil that has haunted him all his life-one he believes is responsible for his sister's death years ago. His search puts him in the path of a rogue police chief and June, a girl who seems to be the eye of this supernatural perfect storm. They all find themselves connected to the old hotel while the threads of their own personal horrors draw paranormal investigator Kyle Brenner (Feldman) to pull all the threads together. The film has massive social media presence, with an astonishing 102,000 followers on the 6 Degrees of Hell official Facebook and over 2.2 million trailer views on YouTube.
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The Joy Luck Club
Four older women, all Chinese immigrants living in San Francisco, meet regularly to play mahjong, eat, and tell stories. Each of these women has an adult Chinese-American daughter. The film reveals the hidden pasts of the older women and explores cultural conflict and the relationships between mothers and daughters. The film is structured as a series of vignettes told from the perspectives of the different women. Directed by Wayne Wang (Maid In Manhattan), from a screenplay by Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club novel) & Ronald Bass (Rain Main, My Best Friend’s Wedding), the cast of this classic motion picture includes Kieu Chinh (21, City of Angels) as Suyuan, Tsai Chin (Casino Royal, Memoirs of A Geisha) as Lindo, France Nuyen (Santa Barbara, South Pacific) as Ying-Ying, Lisa Lu (2012, The Last Mother) as An-Mei and Ming-Na (Mulan, ER) as June, the Daughter (as Ming-Na Wen).
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Babes In Toyland
Featuring new Digital Restoration, celebrate the 1961 classic Disney musical, directed by Jack Donohue and produced by Walt Disney himself. Babes In Toyland stars Annette Funicello (The Mickey Mouse Club, Beach Party), Ray Bolger (The Wizard of Oz) as Barnaby, Tommy Sands (The Longest Day) as Tom Piper and Ed Wynn (Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins) as Toymaker. Tom the Piper's Son is about to marry Mary Quite Contrary. On the eve of their wedding, evil miser Barnaby hires two henchmen to drown Tom and steal Mary's sheep, cared for by Little Bo Peep, thus depriving Mary and the children she lives with of their livelihood, forcing her to marry Barnaby. The sheep are stolen, but Gonzorgo and Roderigo, Barnaby's henchmen, double-cross him by selling Tom to a band of gypsies instead, leaving Tom with the opportunity to escape and make his way with Mary, Bo-Peep, and other Mother Goose characters to Toyland.
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Dick Tracy
Directed and produced by Hollywood legend Warren Beatty (Bugsy, Reds) – who also portrays the title character – this new Digitally Restored Blu-ray edition of Dick Tracy also stars Madonna (W.E., Evita), Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman, The Godfather), Dustin Hoffman (Rainman, Kramer vs. Kramer), James Caan (The Godfather, Misery). The comic strip detective (Beatty) finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney (Madonna) makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's (Pacino) united mob. Winner of three Academy Awards (1990), including Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Makeup and Best Music (Original Song for “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)”).
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Heavyweights
From the producer of Bridesmaids, Knocked Up and This Is 40 (Judd Apatow) comes Heavyweights, a comedy of enormous proportions. It’s the hilarious story of a group of underdog kids who discover their beloved summer camp has been sold to a crazy fitness fanatic (Ben Stiller) who’s determined to make their lives miserable! The new owner plans to keep the boys huffing and puffing, but these hungry kids have a plan of their own. They unite to turn the tables, take back their woodsy hideaway and challenge the rival camp to the most outrageous summer games of all! You’ll laugh out loud with these Heavyweights – they’re big, loud and proud, and ready to win their way into your heart! In addition to Ben Stiller (Meet the Parents, The Watch) as Tony Perkis, the cast of the Steven Brill (Mr. Deeds, D2: The Mighty Ducks) -directed Heavyweights also includes Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live, Snakes on a Plane) as Roy, David Goldman (acting debut) as Nicholas, Joseph Wayne Miller (acting debut) as Sam, Cody Burger (Christmas Vacation, Forever Young) as Cody, Allen Covert (Big Daddy, Anger Management) as Kenny, Aaron Schwartz (Gossip Girl) as Gerry; Shaun Weiss (The Mighty Ducks) as Josh; Tom Hodges (Lucas, Revenge of the Nerds 2) as Lars; Paul Feig (Director of Bridesmaids) as Tim; Tom McGowan (Wicked) as Pat. Blu-ray Bonus Features: "The Making of Heavyweights"; Audio Commentary with Judd Apatow, Steven Brill, Allen Covert, Aaron Schwartz, Shaun Weiss, Tom Hodges and Special Guest Paul Feig; Over 30 never-before-seen Deleted & Extended Scenes; Video Chat with Judd Apatow and Kenan Thompson; Super 8 Footage of the Cast and Crew; "Judd’s Art Project – His Bizarre Photos From the Set"; "Where Are They Now?" and Theatrical Trailer.
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Gunsmoke: The Seventh Season - Volume One
Gunsmoke: The Seventh Season - Volume One rides into town with guns blazing in this five-disc DVD collection featuring 17 action-packed episodes of TV's much-loved and longest-running series set against the rich tapestry of the Western frontier. Thanks to shoot-from-the-hip United States Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) and stalwart deputy Chester Goode (Dennis Weaver), the residents of Dodge City were able to sleep peacefully through the night knowing that they would be kept safe from clueless reformers, killer and robbers, and kidnappers with mayhem on their minds. Also starring Amanda Blake as the crafty, capable saloon keeper and confidante Miss Kitty, and Milburn Stone as reliable medic Doc Adams, the multi-Emmy Award-winning Gunsmoke paints an absorbing portrait of a nation's growing pains brought about by its relentless push for expansion, and the colorful characters and unforgettable events that remain the legacy of the American West. DVD Bonus Features: Preview Trailers On Select Episodes and Sponsor Material.
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Bigfoot County
Once only a myth is now a horrific reality in Bigfoot County. Comprised of found footage, a documentary filmmaker goes on to investigate alleged Bigfoot sightings and proves they exist, but at what cost? Bigfoot County features the original footage of "Bigfoot" from the Patterson-Gimlin Film and stars Stephon Stewart (Searched Fear), Sam Ayers (The Pretender) and features Don Scribner (The Cooler). A documentary filmmaker and his crew venture up to Siskiyou County, known for their Bigfoot sightings. While there to investigate, they meet a local who leads them into the woods showing them evidence of Bigfoot's existence. As they document everything on film, a series of unfortunate events occurs leaving many unanswered questions and only this footage to draw conclusions.
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