Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Blu-Ray/DVD Releases: October, 30 2012

Welcome back to the latest edition of my weekly Blu-ray and DVD picks. As always, I choose the titles that stand out, for better or worse. This week is rather lackluster, with only a few titles that struck my fancy. Three of the main contenders are The Campaign, Safety Not Guaranteed and the the Criterion release of Rosemary's Baby on Blu-ray. For more information on special features and the rest of my picks, hit the jump below!




The Campaign:Extended Cut (Blu/DVD)


Actors: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow
Director: Jay Roach
Writers: Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell
Producers: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jay Roach, Adam McKay, Amy Sayres
Format: NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: R
Studio: Warner Home Video
Run Time: 85 minutes


-Special Features-

  • Extended Cut of the Film
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Line-O-Rama 
  • Gag Reel 



Safety Not Guaranteed (Blu/DVD)

Actors
: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson
Directors: Colin Trevorrow
Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Run Time: 86 minutes


-Special Features-
  • "A Movie Making Mission"
  • "The Ad Behind the Movie"
  • Previews


Ruby Sparks (Blu/DVD)


Actors: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Chris Messina
Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Writer: Zoe Kazan
Producers: Albert Berger, Bart Lipton, Chuck Ryant, Robert Graf, Ron Yerxa
Format: Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: Unknown
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Run Time: 105 minutes


-Special Features-

  • Behind the Story
  • Real-Life Couples: Co-Stars & Directors
  • Be Careful What You Wish For
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Sneak Peeks of: The Sessions, The Blu-ray Experience and Lola Versus

Blu-ray Exclusive Special Features:
  • Getting to Know the Cast
  • Los Angeles: The Other Character



Rosemary's Baby: Criterion Collection (Blu)

Actors
: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer
Director: Roman Polanski
Format: NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen, Color
Language: English
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R
Studio: The Criterion Collection
Run Time: 136 minutes

-Special Features-
  • Remembering Rosemary's Baby
  • Ira Levin and Leonard Lopate 
  • Komeda, Komeda 
  • Booklet


Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Blu)


Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Format: Limited Edition
Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: English
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 15
Studio: Universal Studios
Run Time: 1759 minutes


-Special Features-

Saboteur (1942)
  • Saboteur: A Closer Look
  • Storyboards: The Statue of Liberty Sequence
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Sketches
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
  • Beyond Doubt: The Making of Hitchcock’s Favorite Film
  • Production Drawings by Art Director Robert Boyle
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
Rope (1948)
  • Rope Unleashed
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
Rear Window (1954)
  • Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
  • A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
  • Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of The Master
  • Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock
  • Hitchcock-Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Masters of Cinema
  • Feature Commentary with John Fawell, author of Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well-Made Film
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Re-Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart
  • Blu-ray Exclusives: BD Live, pocket BLU app
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
  • The Trouble with Harry Isn’t Over
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
  • The Making of The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • Production Photographs
  • Trailers
Vertigo (1958)
  • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock’s Masterpiece
  • Partners in Crime: Hitchcock’s Collaborators
  • Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Foreign Censorship Ending
  • The Vertigo Archives
  • Feature Commentary with Associate Producer Herbert Coleman, Restoration Team Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz, and Other Vertigo Participants
  • Feature Commentary with Director William Friedkin
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Restoration Theatrical Trailer
  • Blu-ray Exclusives: BD Live, pocket BLU app
North by Northwest (1959)
  • Feature Commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman
  • The Master’s Touch: Hitchcock’s Signature Style
  • Cary Grant: A Class Apart
  • North by Northwest: One for the Ages
  • Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers and TV Spot
Psycho (1960)
  • The Making of Psycho
  • Psycho Sound
  • In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy
  • Hitchcock-Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
  • The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
  • The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass
  • The Psycho Archives
  • Posters and Psycho Ads
  • Lobby Cards
  • Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Re-release Trailers
  • Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho)
  • Blu-ray Exclusive: BD Live
The Birds (1963)
  • Deleted Scene
  • Original Ending
  • The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie -- New! (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • All About The Birds
  • Storyboards
  • Tippi Hedren’s Screen Test
  • Hitchcock-Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • The Birds Is Coming (Universal International Newsreel)
  • Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock (Universal International Newsreel)
  • Production Photographs
  • 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Blu-ray Exclusives: BD Live, pocket BLU app
Marnie (1964)
  • The Trouble with Marnie
  • The Marnie Archives
  • Theatrical Trailer
Torn Curtain (1966)
  • Torn Curtain Rising
  • Scenes Scored by Bernard Herrmann
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
Topaz (1969)
  • Alternate Endings
  • Topaz: An Appreciation by Film Historian and Critic Leonard Maltin
  • Storyboards: The Mendozas
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
Frenzy (1972)
  • The Story of Frenzy
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
Family Plot (1976)
  • Plotting Family Plot
  • Storyboards: The Chase Scene
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer





 I'd definitely purchase Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection and Rosemary's Baby over any of those new releases. However, I still need to watch Ruby Sparks and Safety Not Guaranteed.  Anything stand out to you?

Check back next week for more Blu-ray and DVD releases!