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DVD Update 1/7/13 (Riddick, Being Human Season 3, Elysium)

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Riddick Unrated Director’s Cut (on Blu-ray/DVD Combo January 14th, 2014)


Global action-superstar Vin Diesel reprises his breakthrough role in Riddick, the much-anticipated new chapter in the epic adventures of the most wanted man in the universe. The all-new thriller finds the title character trapped on a sun-scorched planet and pursued by ruthless bounty hunters eager to collect the reward for Riddick’s capture — dead or alive. Savage alien creatures, expansive desert landscapes, monster storms, jet hogs and an arsenal of futuristic weaponry make this the most exhilarating episode to date in writer and director David Twohy’s breathtaking series of futuristic blockbusters.

Debuting an Unrated Director’s Cut with even more intense, heart-pounding sequences not shown in theaters and an alternate ending, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes bonus features that reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the heart-stopping thriller’s incredible cast, uniquely talented crew and cutthroat characters. In addition, Riddick will be available in a new collection that includes all three movies in the groundbreaking franchise: Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick plus The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury  from Emmy Award-Winning animator, Peter Chung (“Æon Flux”).

In an electrifying return to his signature role, Diesel heads up an internationally acclaimed cast that includes Karl Urban (Star Trek franchise), Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”), Jordi Mollà (Columbiana), WWE superstar Dave Bautista (upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy), Noah Danby (“Defiance”), Danny Blanco Hall (Immortals), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Matt Nable (Killer Elite), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Neil Napier (White House Down), Nolan Gerard Funk (“Aliens in America”) and two-time Grammy Award nominee Keri Lynn Hilson.

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet. Blu-ray features 6X the picture resolution of DVD. DIGITAL HD with Ultraviolet lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray players, game consoles, and more.

Bonus Features Exclusively on Blu-ray include “The Twohy Touch,” a short film in which writer and director David Twohy explains the development of Riddick, the third feature film in his high-concept sci-fi series. Interviews and on-set footage detail Twohy’s vision and inspiration, as well as the creative collaboration between the filmmaker and star Vin Diesel that takes the cult franchise to a new level. “Riddickian Tech” has the filmmakers, including Riddick’s amazing effects team, talk about the extraordinary technologies used to create Riddick’s eye-popping sci-fi elements, from the practical effects to the green screen wonders that made it possible to bring this high-intensity, futuristic thriller to the big screen. And “The World Of Riddick” shows key members of the filmmaking team, including director David Twohy, production designer Joseph C. Nemec III and director of photography David Eggby talk about the inspiration and influences behind the film’s vivid and unique visuals and savage predators.

Regular special features available on all formats include “Vin’s Riddick,” which shows Vin Diesel, his co-stars and the entire filmmaking team providing an inside look at the superstar’s passion for everything from the film’s production and development to his intensive physical training, as well as just what makes Diesel ideal for the role of the indestructible Richard B. Riddick. “Meet The Mercs” has Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà, Dave Bautista, Bokeem Woodbine, and Nolan Gerard Funk, talking about the dynamic supporting cast of Riddick and the characters they portray, exploring what they bring to their roles, as well as the weapons and clothing styles that define them. It also has “Riddick: Blindsided,” a motion comic prequel to Riddick that fills in the gap since 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick.



Being Human: The Complete Third Season (on DVD January 7th, 2014)


Being human is not getting any easier for four twenty-something, supernatural roommates vampire Aidan,(Sam Witwer), ghost Sally,(Meaghan Rath) and werewolves Josh (Sam Huntington) and Nora (Kristen Hager). Together, they struggle to keep their dark secrets hidden from the world, while helping each other navigate the complexities of their double lives.

Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette, the panel from San Diego’s 2013 Comic-Con (which is a specific treat considering how incredibly difficult it is to get into these events), a short featurette highlighting the cast’s opinions on cliffhangers, and a blooper reel.



Elysium (on DVD December 17th, 2013)


With another two hours, “Elysium” might have been able to flesh out the multitude of ideas crammed into its meager borders. The premise is nothing revolutionary, and even highly reminiscent of most dystopian presentations, but still begs to be explored in greater depth. Everything from setup to conclusion is rushed, minimizing the audiences’ ability to connect with the protagonists and their endeavors. Flashbacks provide only vague glimpses at relationships and impactful moments are suppressed from a lack of sufficient buildup. Even the villain is defined just by his rap sheet rather than his screen presence. Despite the shortcomings in plot and character development, “Elysium” excels in its captivating visuals of a future gone awry, with sprawling landscapes of decimated cities playing contrast to the floating paradise in orbit. Too bad an unfulfilling story outweighs even the most alluring imagery.

In the year 2154, Earth has devolved into an overpopulated, polluted wasteland and the richest denizens have fled to the skies to live aboard Elysium, a utopian space station devoid of poverty and disease. When reformed criminal Max (Matt Damon) accidentally receives a lethal dose of radiation at his Armadyne factory job, his only chance for survival is to reach Elysium. Accepting a suicidal mission from underworld kingpin Spider (Wagner Moura) in exchange for a ticket to the orbiting Eden, Max agrees to hijack Armadyne CEO John Carlyle’s (William Fichtner) transport ship and steal valuable financial codes from the magnate. Upon seizing the data, Max realizes he’s stumbled onto information so monumental it could change both worlds forever. With time rapidly expiring, the intrepid warrior must find a way to reach Elysium while outmaneuvering both the head of defense (Jodie Foster) and a deranged assassin (Sharlto Copley) who will stop at nothing to prevent Max from accomplishing his task.

Special features include “Engineering Utopia,” which covers creating the visuals for the society in the sky, and “Collaboration,” which has the cast discuss their characters.



The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (on DVD December 3rd, 2013)


The constant warfare between vampires and werewolves is no stranger to cinema in the 21st century.  “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” takes the concept one step further by throwing in angels, evil spirits, and demon hunters, along with budding teenagers overly reminiscent of the “Twilight” movies.  By the time alchemic portals, cups of immortality, and promiscuous warlocks make an appearance, the plot has already borrowed and incorporated significant ideas from nearly every fantasy film made in the last thirty years.   If there’s anything even remotely innovative in “The Mortal Instruments,” it’s countered by an absence of parameters.  The meager few moments of calm before the protagonists are thrust into an alternate world teeming with unexplained phenomena simply doesn’t offer enough exposition.  Anything can – and does – happen in this maelstrom of disorganized imagery.  For a city full of bones, not a single one is original.

When Clary Fray (Lily Collins) begins noticing strange symbols everywhere, as well as mysterious people only she can see, it’s clear she’s no ordinary adolescent girl.  But before she can learn the truth about her unusual abilities, her mother (Lena Headey) goes missing. Clary is confronted by Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), an enigmatic young man who saves her life from a hellish monster – and who offers guidance to unlocking her secrets.  Reluctantly trusting Jace, Clary follows him to The Institute, a secret castle where the last of the demon hunters dwell.  There, Clary learns that she is the descendent to a long line of Shadow Hunters, warriors who have pledged to fight against the forces of darkness.  Now, with deadly rogue sorcerer Valentine (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) quickly closing in on Clary’s whereabouts, the young girl must rely on her new friends to help her locate her mother and procure a mystical cup that may hold the key to stopping the ruthless killer’s diabolical plans.

Special Features include a cast and crew discussion about the characters, a featurette on the stunts and the cast’s transformation into Shadowhunters, a few deleted scenes, and the music video for “Almost is Never Enough” by Ariana Grande with Nathan Sykes.

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