Monday, February 18, 2013

Blu-Ray/DVD Releases: February 19, 2013

It's sort of slim pickings this week in terms of new releases, but don't let that dampen your spirits - there are some classic gems in the mix. The hands down, standout title goes to Argo, which placed among our Top 15 Films of 2012. It also has been receiving a lot of praise this awards season. So, if you want to see what all the hype is about, now is the prime time. Sinister also makes its home video debut, but is not recommended for the squeamish. Head inside for the rundown these and the other titles I handpicked this week.

-Special Features are for Blu-ray editions only-


Argo (Blu/DVD)

Actors: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman
Director: Ben Affleck
Writer: Chris Terrio
Producers: Ben Affleck, Grant Heslov, George Clooney, David Klawans, Nina Wolarsky
Format: AC-3, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese, French
Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: R 

Studio: Warner Home Video
Run Time: 120 minutes


-Special Features-
  • Picture in Picture: Eyewitness Account 
  • Audio Commentary: Director Ben Affleck and writer Chris Terrio 
  • Rescued from Tehran: We Were There 
  • Absolute Authenticity
  • The CIA and Hollywood Connection 
  • Escape from Iran: The Hollywood Option


Sinister (Blu/DVD)

Actors: Ethan Hawke, Fred Dalton Thompson, James Ransone
Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Run Time: 110 minutes


-Special Features-
  • Audio commentary with director Scott Derrickson
  • Audio commentary with writers Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill
  • "Living in a House of Death" featurette
  • "True Crime Authors" featurette
  • Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary with director Scott Derrickson



On the Waterfront: The Criterion Collection (Blu)

Actors: Marlon Brando, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden
Director: Elia Kazan
Format: NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: NR
Studio: Criterion Collection
Run Time: 108 minutes


-Special Features-
  • Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones
  • Elia Kazan: An Outsider 
  • "I'm Standin' Over Here Now" 
  • Eva Marie Saint
  • Elia Kazan 
  • Thomas Hanley 
  • Who is Mr. Big?
  • Contender: Mastering the Method
  • Leonard Bernstein's Score 
  • On the Aspect Ratio
  • Trailer 
  • Commentary
  • Booklet



The Thief of Bagdad (Blu)

Actors: Douglas Fairbanks
Director: Raoul Walsh
Format: Black & White
Language: English
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR
Studio: Cohen Media Group
Run Time: 155 minutes


-Special Features-
  • Audio Commentary by Douglas Fairbanks Biographer Jeffrey Vance
  • Fairbanks and Fantasy: The Thief of Bagdad 
  • Restoration Trailer



Prison (Blu)

Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Chelsea Field, Lane Smith
Director: Renny Harlin
Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Number of discs: 2
Rated: R
Studio: Shout! Factory
Run Time: 102 minutes


-Special Features-
  • Audio Commentary
  • Hard Time: The Making of Prison 
  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer 
  • German Theatrical Trailer 
  • Poster & Still Gallery