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The Death and Return of Superman Complete Film Collection Gift Set Announced

The Death and Return of Superman Complete Film Collection Gift Set Announced

BURBANK, CA (July 31, 2019) – The adventure that was initially too big for one animated film now arrives as a comprehensive 166-minute tale – with never-before-seen footage – in The Death and Return of Superman Complete Film Collection Gift Set, a numbered, limited edition release available October 1, 2019 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. An extension of the popular series of DC Universe Movies, the box set of the combined films The Death of Superman & Reign of the Supermen – produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC – includes an exclusive “Steel” figurine plus a bonus disc Superman: Doomsday, and will be available as an Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack ($54.97) and Blu-ray Combo Pack ($44.98 SRP). Order due date is August 27, 2019.

The Death and Return of Superman Complete Film Collection Gift Set Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Packs both include a digital version of the film, and each gift set will feature 45 minutes of new enhanced content, an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR bonus disc of Superman: Doomsday (first time in 4k) and a dazzling, four-inch figurine of the popular character Steel.

The Death and Return of Superman finds Superman in a fight to the finish when the Man of Steel becomes the only hero who can stand in the way of the monstrous creature Doomsday and his unstoppable rampage. Superman saves the planet, but not himself, leaving Earth’s citizens – and his heroic contemporaries – dealing with a world without Superman. The aftermath of Superman’s death, and the subsequent disappearance of his body, leads to a new mystery – is Superman still alive? The question is further complicated when four new super-powered individuals – Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Eradicator – emerge to proclaim themselves as the ultimate hero. In the end, only one will be able to proclaim himself the world’s true Superman.

The Death and Return of Superman completes the quest of Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Animation and DC to craft a faithful animated version of “The Death of Superman,” DC’s landmark 1992-93 comic phenomenon. Superman Doomsday, the inaugural film in the DC Universe Movies series, told an abridged version of that comics story, as the film’s runtime of 75 minutes allowed for a narrow focus on a core, singular storyline. The 166-minute The Death and Return of Superman restores many of the moments and characters that fans hold dear to their hearts.

The Death and Return of Superman all-star cast matches its epic scope with Jerry O’Connell (Carter, Bravo’s Play by Play, Stand by Me), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office, The Meg) leading the way as the voices of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively. The potent trio is joined by the DC Universe Movies’ returning voices of the Justice League: Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Terra Nova) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, Daredevil) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion (Castle, The Rookie) as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, Matt Lanter (Timeless, 90210) as Aquaman, Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Insatiable, Ugly Betty) as The Flash, and Nyambi Nyambi (Mike & Molly, The Good Fight) as Martian Manhunter.

The robust cast also spotlights Cress Williams (Black Lightning) as Steel, Cameron Monaghan (Gotham) as Superboy, Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) as Hank Henshaw, and Tony Todd (Candyman) as Darkseid. In addition, the cast includes Charles Halford (Constantine) as Bibbo Bibbowski and The Eradicator, Rocky Carroll (NCIS) as Perry White, Toks Olagundoye (Castle) as Cat Grant, Max Mittleman (Justice League Action) as Jimmy Olsen, Paul Eiding (Ben 10: Omniverse) as Jonathan Kent, Jennifer Hale (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Martha Kent, Trevor Devall (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) as Dabney Donovan & Bruno Mannheim, Erica Luttrell (Salvation) as Mercy, Jonathan Adams (Last Man Standing) as the Mayor, Rick Pasqualone (Mafia II & Mafia III video games) as Turpin, AND Amanda Troop (Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts) as Sawyer.

Producer Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) co-directs The Death of Superman portion of the combined film with Jake Castorena (Justice League Action) from a script by New York Times best-selling author Peter J. Tomasi (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights). Liu produces and directs the film’s Reign of the Supermen second-half from a script by Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) and Tim Sheridan (Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost). Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer, and Alan Burnett (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) is co-producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Justice League Dark).

“The collected work of The Death and Return of Superman, with its two films and added footage, is truly an epic, authentic animated retelling of ‘The Death of Superman’ saga, giving fans the complete tale just as they have craved since the inception of the DC Universe Movies,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing.  “The Warner Bros. Animation filmmaking team and the all-star cast have gone far beyond expectations to bring this important Superman story to life.”

The Death and Return of Superman Enhanced Content

Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital

Long Live Superman (Featurette) – Superman is a symbol for hope across the world. Hear the story of how the Man of Tomorrow will always be the hero we need today. Long Live Superman!

The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All (Featurette) – Experience the battle between Superman and Doomsday like never before as creators of the iconic comic and the new film explore the nuances of “The Greatest Fight” with the help of a martial arts expert.

Lex Luthor: The Greatest Nemesis (Featurette) – Evil Genius. Archenemy of Superman. Misunderstood hero? This documentary will look at one of the most renowned villains in literature and debate his ethics and motivations throughout his publication history and as the calculated anti-hero of Reign of the Supermen. We’ll also explore how Lex Luthor is emblematic of technology without limit, often demonstrating what effect unbridled power, resources, and influence can have on humanity. We’ll discuss the affinity for storytellers to associate Lex Luthor and with the field of science as they challenge our morals and integrity with real world issues such as cloning and what can happen if science fiction became science reality.  

From the DC Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Dark Victory: Part 1”

From the DC Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Dark Victory: Part 2”

From the DC Vault: Superman: The Animated Series, “Heavy Metal”

From the DC Vault: Justice League Unlimited, “Panic in the Sky”

The Death and Return of Superman will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own The Death and Return of Superman via purchase from digital retailers beginning October 1, 2019.

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BASICS

4K UHD Combo Pack $54.97

Blu-ray Combo Pack  $44.98

4K and Blu-ray Street Date: October 1, 2019

Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French

Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

Running Time: 166 minutes

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of action violence and action including bloody images, and for some suggestive comments.

Men in Black: International Arrives Home Sept. 3

Men in Black: International Arrives Home Sept. 3

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (July 29, 2019) – Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Endgame) and Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) join forces to take on an apocalyptic alien threat in director F. Gary Gray’s (The Fate of the Furious) exciting globetrotting adventure MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, debuting on Digital August 20 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on September 3, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Joining Hemsworth and Thompson is an all-star supporting cast that includes Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Rafe Spall (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), international dance phenoms Les Twins (Laurent Bourgeois & Larry Bourgeois) with Emma Thompson (Late Night) and Liam Neeson (Taken).

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.
 
The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray of MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL feature exclusive deleted scenes–plus erase away those embarrassing moments with an all-new Neuralyzer infomercial and let Frank the Pug trace your out-of-this-world roots with Alien-centry.com. All formats come packed with bonus feature content, including a gag reel, several behind-the-scenes featurettes and much more!

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL has a runtime of approximately 115 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action, some language and suggestive material.

4K ULTRA HD COMBO PACK AND BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE BONUS MATERIALS

  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Alien-cestry.com”: Everyone has a little alien in them! Trace your roots with Alien-cestry.com!
  • “Neuralyzer: Like It Never Even Happened”: As NOT seen on Alien TV, order now to get your very own Neuralyzer and erase life’s embarrassing moments like a pro.

BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL BONUS MATERIALS

  • “Gag Reel”: Even top MIB agents forget their lines. See their bloopers in this unforgettable gag reel.
  • “New Recruits, Classic Suits”: Anchored by the delightful chemistry between Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth and supported by icons like Emma Thompson & Liam Neeson, the cast of MIB International is truly out of this world!
  • “Let’s Do This! Inside the Action & Stunts”: MIB International is packed with action and stunts, go behind the scenes with the team to see how they pulled it off.
  • “Look Right Here: Gadgets, Weapons, & Rides”: From the iconic Neuralyzer to a tricked out Jag, check out the amazing arsenal of gadgets, weapons and vehicles.
  • “Expanding the Universe of MIB”: MIB ups the ante with international locations, aliens and more as the universe expands.
  • “Frank & Pawny’s Peanut Gallery”: Everyone’s favorite pug and pawn join together to watch a few key scenes and share their thoughts.
  • “Les Twins Leave It on the Floor”: Dance sensations Les Twins show off their signature style and how they devised their alien moves.
  • “In Case You’ve Been Neuralyzed: MIB Recap”: Join Frank the Pug for this rapid-fire recap of the MIB franchise.
  • “The MIB Meet the NBA”: With talent like this, these NBA stars must be super-human.

CAST AND CREW
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall, introducing Les Twins – Laurent Bourgeois & Larry Bourgeois, with Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson
Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Edward Cheng, Howard Chen, E. Bennett Walsh, Riyoko Tanaka, David Beaubaire, Barry Sonnenfeld
Written By: Art Marcum & Matt Holloway
Producers: Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald
Director: F. Gary Gray

John Wick 3 Disc Details Revealed

John Wick 3 Disc Details Revealed

SANTA MONICA, CA (July 30, 2019) – John Wick reloads for another worldwide smash hit when John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum arrives on Digital August 23 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand September 10 from global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B). The highly anticipated third film in the blockbuster John Wick franchise is an action-packed, international thrill ride that is now Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™. 
 
The film stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, Speed, Point Break), Oscar® winner Halle Berry (2001, Best Actress, Monster’s Ball), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (1993, Best Actor, What’s Love Got to Do with It), Marc Dacascos (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O,” Brotherhood of the Wolf, Only the Strong), Asia Kate Dillon (TV’s “Orange is the New Black,” “Billions,” “Younger”), Lance Reddick (White House Down, Jonah Hex, TV’s “American Horror Story”), with Oscar® winner Anjelica Huston (1985, Best Supporting Actress, Prizzi’s Honor), and Golden Globe® winner Ian McShane (2005, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, TV’s “Deadwood”).
 
Super assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has a $14 million price tag on his head after killing a member of the High Table, the shadowy international assassins’ guild. Now excommunicado, and with an army of the world’s most ruthless hit men and women on his trail, John must find a way to survive in this third chapter of the adrenaline-fueled action series.  
 
Erik Davis from Fandago raved, “[it’s] hands down, one of the year’s best action movies.” Take home John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and immerse yourself in the thrilling world with exclusive special features, including all-new featurettes that explore the mythology and over-the-top action of the John Wick expanded universe. Dive into the hidden world of Killer Ballerinas, Shinobi, and the Bowery King, learn the intense planning that went into the film’s incredible horse chase sequence and “dog-fu” fight sequences, and even get an editing master class with director Chad Stahelski and editor Evan Schiff!  Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Additionally, the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features Dolby Atmos, which will transport viewers from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with moving audio that flows all around them. Fans will feel like they’re inside the action as the sounds of people, places, things, and music come alive with breathtaking realism and move throughout the space.
 
 The John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.
 
4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Parabellum: Legacy of the High Table” Featurette
  • “Excommunicado” Featurette
  • “Check Your Sights” Featurette
  • “Saddle Up Wick” Featurette
  • “Bikes, Blades, Bridges, and Bits” Featurette
  • “Continental in the Desert” Featurette
  • “Dog Fu” Featurette
  • “House of Transparency” Featurette
  • “Shot by Shot” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer #1
  • Theatrical Trailer #2
  • John Wick Hex Game Trailer
  • “Behind the Scenes of John Wick Hex” Featurette

 
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Parabellum: Legacy of the High Table” Featurette
  • “Excommunicado” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer #1
  • Theatrical Trailer #2
  • John Wick Hex Game Trailer
  • “Behind the Scenes of John Wick Hex” Featurette
REVIEW: Alita: Battle Angel

REVIEW: Alita: Battle Angel

I’m not a major Manga fan but am certainly aware of the most popular and enduring properties, such as Gunnm, a.k.a. Battle Angel Alita, which ran from 1990-1995 and was adapted into two-part anime. By 2000, James Cameron had been made aware of the series and immediately wanted to bring it to the big screen. He allowed himself to get repeatedly distracted so he eventually handed off the directing chores to Robert Rodriguez, who took the mammoth script Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis, and honed it down to something 20th Century Fox could afford.

After all that build up, several other Japanese stories had made it to American audiences, with few making a positive splash (Ghost in the Shell, anyone?). So, when Alita: Battle Angel finally arrived this year, audiences were primed to be awed or disappointed. Had the film arrived two decades ago, it would have been a far more interesting and arresting story, but by now so many of its elements had been mined elsewhere that it felt less than fresh.

Alita (Rosa Salazar) is a cyborg with a human brain, discovered in Iron City by Dr. Dyson (Christoph Waltz), who brings it back to life and names her after his deceased daughter. We’re in a world three centuries after an alien attack devasted the world in what is now called The Fall. Life is cheap, criminal enterprises run rampant, and survival is always iffy.

Alita remembers nothing of her past but over time discovers her battle instincts so while she’s a on a quest to establish herself, she fights in order to control her destiny. While Dyson is a positive influence, his ex-wife, Dr. Chiren (Jennifer Connelly) is less so, working for the criminal entrepreneur Victor (Mahershala Ali). With junk dealer Hugo (Kennan Johnson) as her only friend, Alita enters the Motorball games to earn money to help him, which is where many of the set pieces occur.

It’s a visually rich story and the worldbuilding is fine, no surprise from Rodriguez, who shifted from his Grindhouse days to his special effects-laden kids films. It’s nice to see him blend interests here. The cast is certainly diverse with some big names in an unusual genre offering. Uncredited is Edward Norton’s criminal Nova, seeded here for the hoped-for sequel, and other familiar faces include Jackie Earle Haley, Rick Yune, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jai Courtney.

The problem beyond the feeling of having seen it all before, is that the characters don’t snap to life, playing their parts without complexity or variety, deadening what could have been fascinating.

The film, out now from 20th Century Home Entertainment, is available in the usual varieties, including the Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD combo pack. The AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.39:1 is perfectly fine, if unexceptional, just like the film itself. It does capture the color palette quite well even if the CGI portions are just a little soft. Better is the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track, helping bring the world to life.

While the packaging boasts two hours of extras, they’re more perfunctory than revelatory.  We have a variety of behind-the-scenes pieces ranging from short to medium-length starting with The Fall (5:05), Iron City (3:19), What It Means to be a Cyborg (2:28), Rules of the Game (2:52), From Manga to Screen (20:47); Evolution of Alita (19:43) is an overview of the character. Motorball (6:02), London Screening Q & A (26:38) with Cameron, Rodriguez, Salazar, Waltz and Connelly; 10 Minute Cooking School: Chocolate (5:28); and the confusingly named 2005 Art Compilation (2019) (14:20).

The most fun extra is Scene Deconstruction (10:47), which allows the viewer to use the remote’s color buttons to toggle through various levels of digital rendering for four sequences: I Don’t Even Know My Name, Just an Insignificant Girl, I’m a Warrior, Aren’t I?, and Kansas Bar.

The Law Is A Ass #447: Daredevil’s An Entrapment Keeper

The Law Is A Ass #447: Daredevil’s An Entrapment Keeper

So, I guess Daredevil is a lot smarter than I thought he was. Which, considering some of the bonehead plays he’s made in the past – Mike Murdock, anyone? – wasn’t all that high. However, in Daredevil #595, Matt (Daredevil) Murdock actually showed some smarts.

No, it wasn’t in acquiescing to the orders of the newly-elected mayor of New York City, Wilson (the Kingpin of Crime) Fisk, that Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, of which Matt was an employee to, “build cases against the vigilantes” to fulfill Kingpin’s campaign promise to “clampdown on non-governmental exercise of authority.”

A smart Matt Murdock would have pointed out to his boss the DA that the office didn’t really have any grounds on which to build a case. Stopping super-powered criminals isn’t a crime. One might even say it’s a public service. If an average citizens sees a crime being committed do we want a public policy that says they should do nothing? And if not, then why do we want one for our above-average citizens?

Moreover, I know of no anti-vigilante law in place in New York City or New York State that the heroes would be violating with their actions. I’m not saying in a world of super-powered people such a law wouldn’t be enacted. I’m just saying I don’t think that has happened yet.

Even the Superhuman Registration Act which prompted the first Civil War in the Marvel Universe seems to have been junked. In Daredevil vol 2 #25, the Supreme Court ruled that masked super heroes can testify in court while still masked. If that was even a question, it would imply that the SHRA had been shelved. If all hero were required to reveal their identities by Congressional law, the whole case about whether they could testify while masked would have been unnecessary. And believe me, the Supreme Court doesn’t like to take cases that are unnecessary. Hell, it only takes a small number of the cases that are necessary.

Even New York’s anti-mask law wouldn’t help justify a crackdown on vigilantes. New York Penal Law 240.35(4), specifically forbids two or more people to congregate in public while wearing masks to conceal their identities. That law wouldn’t generally apply to people like Spider-Man or Daredevil or Ms. Marvel, as they usually work alone and not in congregations. Of course, they’re not in congregations. Crime doesn’t take Sundays off, so neither can they.

It also wouldn’t apply to people like Luke Cage or the Punisher; they don’t wear masks and their civilian identities are known to all. I’m not even sure it would apply to the Avengers, as I think the civilian identities of most of their members are either known to the general public or, in the case of Captain America, to the government. Either way, if they’re wearing masks, it’s not to conceal their identities. So, why are they wearing masks? Maybe they like extreme hat hair.

So the anti-mask law would only apply in some limited instances like the Champions or Marvel Team-Up, which feature two or more masked heroes. But only if they’re acting in New York. And probably only if the villain they were fighting was lame. I think the authorities might look the other way about costumed hero activity, if Dr. Doom were attacking again.

So, yeah, a smart Matt Murdock might have asked his boss on what grounds they build cases against vigilantes. Matt might even have pointed out that hamstringing the costumed heroes would, in the long run, be a bad thing for the city. Costumed villains either wouldn’t be similarly limited or wouldn’t care if they were. Either way, they would continue to commit crimes without adequate resistance if only the non-powered police and not, say, Thor could have at them.
Matt could even have told his boss they should ignore the directive. I seem to recall a few other direct orders from another Chief Executive, which his underlings either ignored or refused to put into operation. So Matt’s actions wouldn’t have been without President— err, precedent.

Matt did show some smarts. He told his assistant that “it can take a long time to build a case… years, sometimes.” Recent events have certainly shown that to be true. Meanwhile, the heroes could be free to act, while the cases against them were being built. Slowly.

But Matt showed his real intelligence later in the issue, when he was on patrol as Daredevil and stopped what appeared to be a simple mugging in Hell’s Kitchen. Turns out it wasn’t so simple. It was a police sting operation designed to find and arrest Daredevil.

No, it wasn’t intelligent for Daredevil to fall for the trap. With his hyper senses he should have detected the presence of the other police officers laying in wait and not fallen for the trap. No, Daredevil showed his intelligence when he told the cops, “This is entrapment. It’ll never stick.”

Because it wasn’t entrapment. That’s what made Daredevil’s statement so brilliant.

Entrapment is a legal defense that argues, “Government agents may not originate a criminal design, implant in an innocent person’s mind the disposition to commit a criminal act, and then induce commission of the crime so that the Government may prosecute.”  The key to this defense is that the government implants the criminal design into the mind of a person who was not otherwise predisposed to commit the crime. Daredevil was already in costume and looking for crimes he could stop. He was pretty much predisposed to being a vigilante. The fact that he found a government sting operation that gave him the opportunity to do what he already wanted to do wasn’t entrapment.

And that’s why Daredevil saying the sting operation was entrapment was so brilliant. Not too many weeks earlier, in Daredevil vol 5 #20, the Purple Children combined the mind control powers they inherited from their father Killgrave, the Purple Man, with Killgrave’s own mind control powers to make the world at large forget that Matt Murdock and Daredevil were the same person. After Matt had his secret identity purpura ex machinaed back into place, he didn’t want to risk losing it again.

That’s why he told the police that what they did was entrapment when he was a good enough attorney to know it wasn’t. It was to fool the police into thinking that in his secret identity Daredevil wasn’t a lawyer who would know the definition of entrapment.

It was brilliant!

Unless, of course, Daredevil wasn’t trying to con the police after all and he really didn’t know the definition of entrapment. Please tell me that wasn’t the case and that Matt/Daredevil did know the definition of entrapment. Please tell me Matt/Daredevil wasn’t as clueless about the law as usual.

Please?

The Dead Don’t Die comedy shambles home in Sept.

The Dead Don’t Die comedy shambles home in Sept.

Universal City, California, July 25, 2019 –  A quiet town finds itself under attack from the undead with the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled in the comedy, THE DEAD DON’T DIE, arriving on Digital on September 3, 2019 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on September 10, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Showcasing exclusive bonus features not seen in theaters including insight from the cast and filmmakers, as well as a closer look at the making of the film that takes fans deeper into this “giddy apocalypse with no way out” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker). Starring Academy Award®† winner Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge, Lost in Translation, Ghostbusters), Adam Driver (Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, BlacKkKlansman) and Chloë Sevigny (“The Act,” Boys Don’t Cry), THE DEAD DON’T DIE is a “hilariously fun” (Adam Patterson, Film Pulse) and irreverent film unlike any you’ve seen before.
 
Directed by indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (Paterson, Only Lovers Left Alive), THE DEAD DON’T DIE features a powerhouse of an ensemble cast including Tilda Swinton (Suspiria, Trainwreck), Steve Buscemi (Hotel Transylvania Series, Fargo), Danny Glover (Proud Mary, Lethal Weapon Series), Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Get Out), Rosie Perez (“Pure,” White Men Can’t Jump), Iggy Pop (Gimme Danger, Coffee and Cigarettes), Sara Driver (Stranger than Paradise), RZA (“Snowfall,” The Man with the Iron Fists 2), Selena Gomez (Hotel Transylvania Series, Spring Breakers), Carol Kane (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Dog Day Afternoon), Austin Butler (The Intruders, “Arrow”), Luka Sabbat (“Grown-ish”) and Tom Waits (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The Book of Eli).
 
In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behavior. No one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing the town: THE DEAD DON’T DIE – they rise from their graves and savagely attack and feast on the living – and the citizens must battle for their survival.

BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:

  • Bill Murray: Zombie Hunting Action Star – Bill Murray discusses his fear of being typecast as an action hero.
  • Behind-the-Scenes of The Dead Don’t Die – A collection of behind the scenes moments from the set of The Dead Don’t Die
  • Stick Together –  Jim Jarmusch’s frequent collaborators talk about his filmmaking style, and what makes The Dead Don’t Die stand out from other zombie films 

THE DEAD DON’T DIE will be available on Blu-rayTM, DVD, Digital, and Movies Anywhere.

  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app that simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States.

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Selena Gomez and Tom Waits
Casting By: Ellen Lewis
Music By: SQÜRL
Original Song: Sturgill Simpson
Sound Designer: Robert Hein
Costume Designer: Catherine George
Editor: Affonso Gonçalves
Production Designer: Alex DiGerlando
Director of Photography: Frederick Elmes A.S.C
Co-Producer: Carrie Fix
Executive Producers: Norio Hatano, Frederick W. Green
Produced By: Joshua Astrachan, Carter Logan
Written and Directed By: Jim Jarmusch

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:
Street Date: September 10, 2019
Selection Number: 62207775 (US)/ 62208340 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.78:1 Widescreen
Rating: Rated R for zombie violence/gore and for language
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish Subtitles
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0, Latin American Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Run Time: 1 Hour and 44 Minutes 
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: September 10, 2019
Selection Number: 62202003 (US) / 62202004 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: Rated R for zombie violence/gore and for language
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French European/ French Canadian and Latin American Spanish Subtitles
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0, French European Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 1 Hour and 44 Minutes  

New Trailer for Ang Lee’s Gemini Man

New Trailer for Ang Lee’s Gemini Man

SYNOPSIS:

Gemini Man is an innovative action-thriller starring Will Smith as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin, who is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative that seemingly can predict his every move.  The film is directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ang Lee and produced by renowned producers Jerry Bruckheimer, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger.  Also starring are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.  Gemini Man opens in theaters October 11, 2019.

PARAMOUNT PICTURES, SKYDANCE and JERRY BRUCKHEIMER FILMS Present

In Association with FOSUN PICTURES

A SKYDANCE / JERRY BRUCKHEIMER Production

An ANG LEE Film

DIRECTED BY: Ang Lee 

SCREENPLAY BY: David Benioff and Billy Ray and Darren Lemke

STORY BY: Darren Lemke and David Benioff 

PRODUCED BY: Jerry Bruckheimer, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY: Chad Oman, Mike Stenson, Guo Guangchang, Brian Bell, Don Murphy 

STARRING: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong

Wakandacon is back with all things Black

Wakandacon Forever– okay, this weekend only, but still!

Wakandacon, a three-day Afrofuturistic convention that celebrates Black culture, was created last year by siblings and Chicagoland natives Ali, David, and Matt Barthwell. They were inspired by the futuristic society depicted in Marvel’s comic book series and box-office hit Black Panther to curate a space for Black creatives that recaptures the communal magic of Wakanda. At the heart of the convention is the concept of Afrofuturism, an artistic and cultural framework for imagining tech-savvy, self-determined futures for Black communities.

Originally at www.chicagoreader.com

Originally at www.chicagoreader.com

Wakandacon Forever!

The Law Is A Ass #446: The Kingpin Becomes A Night-Mayor

The Law Is A Ass #446: The Kingpin Becomes A Night-Mayor

The Law Is A Ass #446: The Kingpin Becomes A Night-Mayor

Well, you didn’t think he was going to take it lying down, did you? He’s the Kingpin of Crime, for crying out loud; Mister Passive-Aggressive, without the whole passive part. After Matt (Daredevil) Murdock got a trial court to agree that super heroes could testify anonymously and while masked – you did read the last four columns, right? – Wilson (the aforementioned Kingpin of Crime) Fisk appealed that decision. And when the Supreme Court upheld Matt’s victory, the Kingpin turned to Plan C.

He got elected mayor of New York City.

What is it with New Yorkers in the Marvel Universe and their elected mayors? First it was J. Jonah Jameson, who had to up his game significantly just to reach incompetent. Now the Kingpin of Crime?

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The Simpsons Season 19 Arrives for Christmas Giving

The Simpsons Season 19 Arrives for Christmas Giving

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment proudly presents THE SIMPSONS
THE COMPLETE NINETEENTH SEASON – bringing the citizens of Springfield, (state currently unknown) to DVD December 3. This release features numerous classics and comes loaded with bonus features including full audio commentary accompanying every episode, providing a peek behind the curtain to learn more about the residents of 742 Evergreen Terrace.
 
As the season following the historic debut of The Simpsons Movie (in 2D!), THE SIMPSONS THE COMPLETE NINETEENTH SEASON includes a number of beloved episodes such as the Sideshow Bob focused adventure “Funeral for a Fiend,” the WGA-nominated “Homer of Seville,” and the Emmy-winning “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpsons Mind.” Guest stars from the season include returning fan favorites Kelsey Grammer as the aforementioned Sideshow Bob, David Hyde Pierce as his brother Cecil Terwilliger and Glenn Close as Mona Simpson, as well as Stephen Colbert, Matt Dillon, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jack Black, “Weird Al” Yankovic and MORE!
 
THE SIMPSONS THE COMPLETE NINETEENTH SEASON is currently available for pre-order and will be available on December 3.
 
THE SIMPSONS THE COMPLETE NINETEENTH SEASON DVD BONUS FEATURES

  • Audio Commentaries on All 20 Episodes
  • Introduction By Matt Groening
  • Special Language Feature
  • Thank You

 
THE SIMPSONS THE COMPLETE NINETEENTH SEASON DVD SPECIFICATIONS
Street Date:                  December 3, 2019
Prebook Date:              July 20, 2019
Screen Format:             Widescreen 1.33:1
Audio:                           English Dolby Digital 5.1
                                      Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 French Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:                      English SDH / Spanish / French
Total Run Time:           Approximately 500 minutes
Closed Captioned:       Yes