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REVIEW: Lucy in the Sky

REVIEW: Lucy in the Sky

REVIEW: Lucy in the SkyIt has been an exceptionally disappointing year for smart, serious science fiction on the screen. In a short period, we had the crash and burn of Ad Astra and Lucy in the Sky, the latter of which has been made available for streaming by Fox Home Entertainment ahead of its inevitable release on disc.

Where Noah Hawley’s Legion was a surreal character study that got you involved with the characters, this film, co-written with Brian C Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi, keeps every character at arm’s length. We open with mission specialist Lucy Cola in space and follow her re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.

Clearly, like so many real-world astronauts, the experience was deeply affecting, but unlike the others, she is now forever altered and no one notices. Those closest to her, such as her husband Drew (Dan Stevens) and grandmother Nana Holbrook (Ellen Burstyn), seem oblivious.

At NASA, her psychiatrist Will Plimpton (Nick Offerman) and colleague Mark Goodwin (Jon Hamm) suspect something’s off, but the former does little about it while the latter embarks on a torrid affair with her. He’s been to space and becomes the only one she even attempts to articulate how being among the stars has altered her perceptions.

Over time, Lucy begins spiraling out of control with minimal efforts to help her, while Mark gives up on her in favor of Erin Eccles (Zazie Beetz), an astronaut/rival. All of which builds up to Lucy being denied a return to space so stalks Mark accompanied by her niece Blue Iris (Pearl Amanda Dickson.

The back half of the film is heavily influenced by the 2007 incident that saw Capt. Lisa M. Nowak arrested after attacking Colleen Shipman, an Air Force captain she saw as a romantic rival.

Across the 2:05 of the running time, we don’t get to know any character with any depth nor do we sympathize with Lucy as reality slips from her grasp. There’s a sterility to the storytelling that leaves you looking at your watch and wondering who thought this was a good way to make a film.

Kudos to Hawley and cinematographer Polly Morgan for playing with the aspect ratio, making it an actual part of the story, honing in and out of Lucy’s perceptions.

The streaming edition was reviewed and looks just grand on your home television screen. The film is accompanied by four Deleted Scenes (9:47), one of which attempted to show another side of Lucy and one which gave Mark some character. There are four other pieces — Directors Journey (5:12), Creating Magical Realism (6:50), Making Space (5:42), Lucy Cola (4:15) – are all too short and all too on the surface to be involving or help explain how this misfired.

Chadwick Boseman Crosses 21 Bridges in February

Chadwick Boseman Crosses 21 Bridges in February

Universal City, California, December 19, 2019 – With the clock ticking down, an NYPD detective is plunged into the midst of a large-scale conspiracy, while trying to bring forth justice in 21 BRIDGES, arriving on Digital February 4, 2020 and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on February 18, 2020 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. 21 BRIDGES is a gripping thriller that keeps audiences captivated with its twists and turns as the gray area between cop and criminal becomes more apparent. Hailed as a “battering ram of a movie” (The New York Times), the suspense and nonstop action of 21 BRIDGES allows viewers to take part in uncovering the many layers of the conspiracy themselves.

Led by Chadwick Boseman (Marvel’s Black Panther, 42) as the film’s fearless protagonist, 21 BRIDGES features an all-star cast with Sienna Miller (American Sniper, Foxcatcher), Stephan James (If Beale Street Could Talk, Homecoming), Emmy Award® winner Keith David (Cloud Atlas, Platoon) with Taylor Kitsch (True Detective, Friday Night Lights) and Oscar® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Spider-Man). 21 BRIDGES is directed by Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, The Tudors) and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z, Deepwater Horizon) and Adam Mervis (The Philly Kid, The Shakespeare Theorem). As their first major project since Avengers: Endgame, Anthony and Joe Russo (Community, Avengers: Infinity War) produce alongside Mike Larocca (Spy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Robert Simonds (Bad Moms, The Wedding Singer), Gigi Pritzker (Hell or High Water, Ender’s Game), Logan Coles (Message from the King, Heaven), and star Chadwick Boseman.

21 BRIDGES follows an embattled NYPD detective (Boseman), who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 21 BRIDGES to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island.

BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL BONUS FEATURES:
• Deleted Scenes
• Feature Commentary with Director Brian Kirk
21 BRIDGES will be available on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital.
• Blu-rayTM 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.

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Stephan James, Keith David with Taylor Kitsch and J.K. Simmons
Casting By: Avy Kaufman, CSA
Music By: Henry Jackman and Alex Belcher
Costume Designer: David Robinson
Edited By: Tim Murrell
Production Designer: Greg Berry
Directory of Photography: Paul Cameron, ASC
Executive Producers: Rachel Shane, Adrian Alperovich, Mark Kamine,  Todd Makurath, Wang Zhongjun, Wang Zhonglei, Felice Bee, Adam Fogelson
Produced By: Anthony Russo, p.g.a., Joe Russo, p.g.a., Mike Larocca, p.g.a., Robert Simonds, Gigi Pritzker, Chadwick Boseman, p.g.a., Logan Coles, p.g.a.
Story By: Adam Mervis
Screenplay By: Adam Mervis and Matthew Michael Carnahan
Directed By: Brian Kirk

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:
Street Date: February 18, 2020
Selection Number: 64202526
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
Rating: R for violence and language throughout
Languages/Sound: English – DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Run Time: 1 hour 39 minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: February 18, 2020
Selection Number: 64202525
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: R for violence and language throughout
Languages/Sound: English – Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Run Time: 1 hour 39 minutes

A Quiet Place Part II Continues the Silent Horror

A Quiet Place Part II Continues the Silent Horror

John Krasinski is hoping fans want more silence because he and Paramount Pictures have a sequel to A Quiet Place ready for 2020. In fact, they have release a teaser ahead of the first trailer, which is expected on New Year’s Day.

The official synopsis: Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

Krasinski is once more writing and directing with the film being produced by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, and Krasinski. The film characters created by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck.

Superman: Red Son Arrives in early 2020

Superman: Red Son Arrives in early 2020

BURBANK, CA (December 18, 2019) – What if the Man of Steel was raised behind the Iron Curtain? So begins DC’s acclaimed Elseworlds story, Superman: Red Son, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives – along with a new DC Showcase animated short, Phantom Stranger – from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting February 25, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on March 17, 2020.

Superman: Red Son will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP; Canada $43.99 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $24.98 SRP; Canada $34.97 SRP) as well as on Digital. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition, and a digital version of the movie.

Based on DC’s famed Elseworlds tale from 2003, Superman: Red Son takes place in an alternate reality where the spaceship bearing the last survivor of Krypton crash lands – not in rural Kansas, but in Stalinist Russia. Can this Cold War-era Earth survive the coming of a Soviet Superman?

Golden Globe-nominated actor Jason Isaacs leads a stellar cast as the voice of the alternate, Soviet take on Superman. Isaacs, one of the stars of the Harry Potter film franchise, Star Trek: Discovery and more than 120 films and television series, gets his turn as a Super Hero after three memorable appearances in DC Universe Movies as famous Super-Villains from the DC library. Isaacs previously voiced Sinestro in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Lex Luthor in Justice League: Gods and Monsters and Ra’s al Ghul in Batman: Under the Red Hood.

Joining Isaacs is Diedrich Bader (American Housewife, Veep, The Drew Carey Show) as Lex Luthor, Amy Acker (Angel, Person of Interest, The Gifted) as Lois Lane, Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice, Star Wars Rebels) as Wonder Woman, Phil Morris (Seinfeld, Doom Patrol) as James Olsen, Academy Award winner Paul Williams (Goliath, Phantom of the Paradise) as Brainiac, Roger Craig Smith (Batman Ninja, Batman: Arkham Origins) as Batman, Sasha Roiz (Grimm) as Hal Jordan, Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Pulp Fiction, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) as John Stewart, Jim Meskimen (Parks and Recreation, Impress Me) as John F. Kennedy, Travis Willingham (Critical Role, Batman: Bad Blood) as Superior Man, William Salyers (Regular Show, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) as Joseph Stalin, and Winter Ave Zoli (Sons of Anarchy, Bosch) as Svetlana.

Superman: Red Son is produced and directed by Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen) from a script by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman: Bad Blood, Constantine: City of Demons). Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is co-producer. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series).

“Elseworlds tales from DC’s vast library of stories have long electrified fans across the globe, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has now begun to mine these fascinating stories – first with last year’s release of Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, and now with Superman: Red Son,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family. “Together with Bruce Timm’s animated short, Phantom Stranger, this combination of unique storytelling promises to entertain in unexpected ways.”

Superman: Red Son Special Features

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital

  • DC Showcase: Phantom Stranger(Animated Short) – Animation legend Bruce Timm helms Phantom Stranger as both executive producer & director from a script written by Ernie Altbacker (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract). Set in the 1970s, the short follows young adult Jess as she joins her friends at a party in a dilapidated mansion hosted by the mysterious Seth … when odd things begin to happen to Jess and her friends, can Phantom Stranger intervene? Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick) gives voice to Phantom Stranger, and Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Impastor) provides the voice of Seth. Phantom Stranger also features the voices of Natalie Lander, Grey Griffin and Roger Craig Smith.
  • Cold RedWar (New Featurette) – An exploration of the Cold War through the lens of the Elseworlds classic Superman: Red Son, as Superman rises to power and tension escalates between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • Two episodes from Superman: Red Son – The Motion Comics.
  • A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War – An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies

Superman: Red Son 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 Superman: Red Son via purchase from digital retailers beginning February 25, 2020.

BASICS

4K UHD Combo Pack, $39.99 USA, $43.99 Canada

Blu-ray Combo Pack, $24.98 USA, $34.97 Canada

Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French

Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

4K Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French

4K Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

Running Time: 84 minutes

PG-13 for violent content, bloody images, suggestive material, language, thematic elements, and some smoking.

HBO’s Watchmen now Available to Stream

HBO’s Watchmen now Available to Stream

BURBANK, CA – Viewers can’t stop talking about yesterday’s exhilarating Watchmen season finale. Starting today, those viewers – along with new fans – can relive all of the excitement of HBO’s new #1 scripted series as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings Watchmen: Season 1 to Digital for the first time today for $34.99 Retail in HD and $24.99 Retail on SD (in Canada $39.99 Retail HD and $29.99 Retail SD). In its series premiere, Watchmen drew 1.5 million Viewers, becoming the second-highest rated HBO original series debut of the past three years, only behind Big Little Lies. Currently “certified fresh” with a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the digital release of Watchmen: Season 1 includes all nine episodes plus over 75 minutes of bonus content, including nearly 60 minutes of never-before-seen features.

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name while attempting to break new ground of its own. Watchmen is created and executive produced by Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) and reunites him with Academy® and Emmy® Award winning actress Regina King (The Leftovers, Southland, If Beale Street Could Talk) leading the cast as Angela Abar/Sister Night. The series also stars Emmy® Award winner Jean Smart (Legion, Dirty John), Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Leaves of Grass), Hong Chau (Homecoming), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman), Andrew Howard (Bates Motel), Jacob Ming-Trent (Ray Donovan), Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), Sara Vickers (The Crown) and Dylan Schombing (Sharp Objects), with Academy Award® winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman), and Academy, Emmy® and Tony® Award winning actor Jeremy Irons (The Lion King, Reversal of Fortune) .

Produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, the series was created for television by Lindelof based on characters co-created for DC by Dave Gibbons.  The series is executive produced by Lindelof, Tom Spezialy, Nicole Kassell, Stephen Williams and  Joseph E. Iberti.

“There has been an overwhelming reception of Watchmen’s debut season from both fans and critics alike, beginning with the very first episode to last night’s finale,” said Rosemary Markson, Senior Vice President Marketing, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “This is a true testament to the creators, producers and actors behind the series and we are thrilled to release Season One immediately on digital beginning today.”

Watchmen: The Complete First Season will also be released on Blu-rayTM and DVD in 2020.

9 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

  1. It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice
  2. Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship
  3. She Was Killed By Space Junk
  4. If You Don’t Like My Story, Write Your Own
  5. Little Fear of Lightning
  6. This Extraordinary Being
  7. An Almost Religious Awe
  8. A God Walks Into A Bar
  9. See How They Fly

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Watchmen: Unmasked (New)
  • 2019 New York Comic Con (New)
  • Watchmen: Masked and Dangerous
  • Watchmen S1: Trailer
  • Character Trailer – Blond Man
  • Character Trailer – Looking Glass
  • Character Trailer – Sister Night
  • Becoming Sister Night
  • Notes from the Watchmen graphic novel artist Dave Gibbons
  • Rorschach Featurette
  • Watchmen: Alternate History
  • It’s Raining Squids
  • Squid Shelter with Tim Blake Nelson
  • Andrij Parekh on Directing
  • Sadiqua Bynum runs, jumps and falls for Sister Night

DIGITAL

The first season of Watchmen will be available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and others.

BASICS

Digital Launch: December 16, 2019

Languages: English

EC Runtime: Approx 77 minutes

Digital HD: $34.99 SRP US / $39.99 SRP Canada

Digital SD: $24.99 SRP US / $29.99 SRP Canada

Terminator: Dark Fate has Home Video Release in January

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – From producer James Cameron and director Tim Miller (Deadpool), comes “the Terminator movie we’ve been waiting for” (Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment).  TERMINATOR: DARK FATE arrives two weeks early on Digital January 14, 2020 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD January 28 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The Digital*, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases are packed with over an hour of bonus content, including deleted and extended scenes, in-depth featurettes taking fans through the process of reimagining the world after Judgment Day, a look at the climactic final showdown, and a visual effects breakdown.

In addition, the Digital release will include access to two more featurettes and previz sequences showcasing how the action was planned out prior to filming.  Plus, select digital platforms will offer film commentary by director Tim Miller and editor Julian Clarke, as well as an introduction and commentary on the deleted scenes

The 4K Ultra HD disc and 4K Ultra HD Digital releases feature Dolby Vision®, which brings entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality with spectacular colors, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker**.  The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home to place audio anywhere in the room, including overhead**.  In addition, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include access to a Digital copy of the film.

Synopsis

Decades after Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) prevented Judgment Day, a lethal new Terminator is sent to eliminate the future leader of the resistance. In a fight to save mankind, battle-hardened Sarah teams up with an unexpected ally (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and an enhanced super soldier to stop the deadliest Terminator yet. Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance in this action-packed thrill ride from Tim Miller, the director of Deadpool, and producer James Cameron.

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD COMBO, BLU-RAY COMBO & DIGITAL*

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • A Legend Reforged
  • World Builders
  • Dam Busters: The Final Showdown
  • VFX Breakdown: The Dragonfly

ONLY AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL*

  • Creating a New Threat
  • Future Tech
  • Previz Sequences

o   Factory Fight

o   Air Battle to Humvee Falling

o   Humvee Dam

                           Commentary by director Tim Miller and editor Julian Clarke

  • Deleted scenes introduction and commentary by Tim Miller

The TERMINATOR: DARK FATE DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.

PARAMOUNT PICTURES and SKYDANCE and TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX Present

In Association with TENCENT PICTURES A LIGHTSTORM ENTERTAINMENT / SKYDANCE Production

“TERMINATOR: DARK FATE” LINDA HAMILTON ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER MACKENZIE DAVIS

NATALIA REYES GABRIEL LUNA DIEGO BONETA

Visual Effects & Animation by INDUSTRIAL LIGHT AND MAGIC Music by TOM HOLKENBORG

Costume Designer NGILA DICKSON Editor JULIAN CLARKE, ACE

Production Designer SONJA KLAUS Director of Photography KEN SENG

Executive Producers DANA GOLDBERG DON GRANGER EDWARD CHENG

JOHN J. KELLY TIM MILLER BONNIE CURTIS JULIE LYNN

Produced by JAMES CAMERON, p.g.a. DAVID ELLISON, p.g.a.

Story by JAMES CAMERON & CHARLES EGLEE & JOSH FRIEDMAN & DAVID GOYER & JUSTIN RHODES

Screenplay by DAVID GOYER & JUSTIN RHODES and BILLY RAY

Directed by TIM MILLER

TERMINATOR: DARK FATE

Street Date:                January 14, 2020 (Digital)

January 28, 2020 (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD)

U.S. Rating:                 R, violence throughout, language and brief nudity

Canadian Rating:       14A, violence, coarse language

REVIEW: Game of Thrones: The Complete Eighth Season

REVIEW: Game of Thrones: The Complete Eighth Season

Shortly after HBO released Game of Thrones: The Complete Eighth Season, the Golden Globe nominations were unveiled and its considered a surprise that the series was virtually shut out. After the long wait, the truncated final season arrived this year and rather than take a victory lap, it was showered with complaints.

When the series, adapting George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels, arrived, people were stunned at its scope, sweep, violence, sensuality, and strong performances. You weren’t sure who to root for as the status quo kept shifting and beloved characters kept dying in unexpected, messy ways.

Phrases and names seeped into public consciousness just as the series began exhausting the extant prose and then charged ahead while Martin struggled to finish the current novel, in the cycle. Series Executive Producers/Writers/Directors David Benioff & D.B. Weiss got direction from Martin and then increasingly veered off in their own direction. Starting with season seven, we have no idea what’s really going to happen in the source material.

Judging season eight on its own merits reveals that going for six longer episodes rather than more standard-length episodes hurt the build-up to the climax. Events and reactions to events are telescoped, largely designed to isolate Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), pushing her to fulfill her destiny as the Mad Queen.

Her lover and rival, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) remains a largely passive figure in the first five episodes so his action in the finale doesn’t feel particularly heroic. He may not want to be King of the North or even King of the Seven Lands, but he never makes clear what he does want.

It is interesting, though, to watch Daenerys’ rival, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) refuse to bend the knee or compromise in any way, also isolating her so when she dies, it’s with just her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who never fully redeemed himself. She is gone, unmourned, and quickly forgotten.

If anyone “wins”, it’s Jon’s sister Sansa (Sophie Turner), who has held the North intact despite misogyny and political strife.  But, as the third female pillar of power, she too is isolated. Not from her people like the others, but from her family. To be queen means letting her sister Arya (Maisie Williams) go off to exploring the unknown and for Jon to return to the Wall (unaware that what he wants is to go farther north where he could be free).

The final episode helps redeem the uneven quality of the first five, but as a season, it was more whimper than bang despite the huge opening with the battle against the Night King (Vladimír Furdík), who is ultimately dispatched with relative ease making one wonder what all the fuss was about.

I will give credit to the producers for the irony of Bronn (Jerome Flynn), the ultimate survivor, winding up as Westeros’ Master of Coin. And thank goodness Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) managed to redeem himself, however, consigned to help Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) rule.

The sumptuous look of Westeros remains intact so from a production standpoint, the final season is strong. The music, the performances, the special effects, and so on remain top-notch. It’s the writing that proves most disappointing, a shame since the series was born from the word.

The final season comes in a handsome box set with a lovely 1080p transfer in 1.78:1. Yes, some of the bright effects seem pixilated and some of the night scenes murky, but it accurately captures what we experienced last spring so any fault isn’t to be blamed on the disc. On the other hand, the Dolby Atmos track is superb, as is the lossless Dolby Digital 5.1 track.

A series of this nature tends to generate a lot of special features and this box set skips none of the goodies for those seeking even more Game of Thrones details. Every episode comes with a recap and preview for those with faulty memories. There are also Episode Guides that offer text pop-ups. Every episode comes with Audio Commentaries — Episode One with commentary by Co-Producer/Writer Dave Hill and Production Designer Deborah Riley; Episode Two with commentary by Co-Executive Producer/Writer Bryan Cogman and Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne); Episode Three with commentary by Director Miguel Sapochnik, Director of Photography Fabian Wagner and Camera Operator Sean Savage; Episode Four with commentary by Director of Photography David Franco, Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandel) and Pilou Absek (Euron Greyjoy); Episode Five with commentary by Director Miguel Sapochnik, Director of Photography Fabian Wagner and Conleth Hill (Varys) or Producer Chris Newman, Special Effects Supervisor Sam Conway, and Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Bauer; Episode Six with commentary by Executive Producers/Writers/Directors David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen).

Additionally, there is When Winter Falls (29:13), a “making of” documentary on the Battle of Winterfell and Duty is the Death of Love (31:36) for the series’ final episode. The week after the series ended, HBO offered fans Game of Thrones: The Last Watch (1:52:58) which is thankfully included here.

Finally, we have smaller glimpses of King’s Landing (2:55), The Greyjoy Rebellion (5:31), The Blackfyres (5:15), The South (2:30), The Defiance of Duskendale (5:17), Maegor the Cruel (5:18), and, of course, Deleted Scenes (8:28).

The Addams Family Move into your Home Jan. 21

The Addams Family Move into your Home Jan. 21

Universal City, California, December 4, 2019 – Everyone’s favorite creepy and kooky family is back in the “frighteningly funny and fresh” (Rosie Knight, IGN) animated feature film, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, arriving on Digital December 24, 2019 and on Blu-ray™️, DVD and On Demand January 21, 2020 from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The very first full-length animated film about the eccentric and unconventional family,
THE ADDAMS FAMILY on Blu-ray™️, DVD and Digital showcase the wonderfully weird world of the Addams family with a variety of exclusive bonus features not seen in theaters including deleted and extended scenes, an interactive charades game with Thing, behind-the-scenes footage, music lyric videos and more! Filled with wildly funny moments and a fresh take on the beloved characters created by Charles Addams, THE ADDAMS FAMILY celebrates the uniqueness of every family and delivers spooky fun all year long.

From directors Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Madagascar 3) and Greg Tiernan (Sausage Party, “Thomas & Friends”), THE ADDAMS FAMILY boasts a star-studded voice cast including Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, X-Men: Apocalypse), Charlize Theron (Long ShotKubo and the Two Strings), Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick Ass, The 5th Wave), Finn Wolfhard (It, “Stranger Things”), Nick Kroll (The Secret Life of Pets 2, Sing), music icon Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler (Hocus Pocus, The First Wives Club) and Allison Janney (Minions, I, Tonya). THE ADDAMS FAMILY was recently nominated for two Annie Awards™ including “Best Character Design – Feature” and “Best Production Design – Feature.”

Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back in their first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, THE ADDAMS FAMILY redefines what it means to be a good neighbor.

BONUS FEATURES on BLU-RAY™️, DVD & DIGITAL:

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes*
  • Welcome to the Family* – In this combined Making of/Character Profiles, we hear from the filmmakers and stars of The Addams Family about how the film came about, the animation process and insight into the characters.
  • Life of a Scene* – From black & white storyboards and layouts to animation and lighting, follow along with filmmakers as they bring to life a scene from the movie.
  • Charades with Thing* – There’s nothing quite like a game of Charades with your friends. But what happens when the person giving the clues isn’t exactly a person? What if he’s just… a hand? On talent day, stars of the film are invited to play Charades with Thing. Talent goes head-to-head, competing to see who can guess Thing’s clues. Graphics reveal the answers and keep score for each player.
  • Addams Family Throwback
  • “Haunted Heart” Lyric Video – performed by Christina Aguilera
  • “My Family” Lyric Video – performed by Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia & Snoop Dogg

* Never-before-seen bonus content

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg as “It” with Bette Midler and Allison Janney
Music By: Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna
Music Supervisor: Chris Douridas
“My Family” Performed By: Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia and Snoop Dogg
Film Editor: David Ian Salter, ACE
Executive Producers: Kevin Miserocchi, Andrew Mittman, Joe Earley, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth
Produced By: Gail Berman, p.g.a., Conrad Vernon, p.g.a., Alex Schwartz, p.g.a., Alison O’ Brien
Based on Characters Created By: Charles Addams
Story By: Matt Lieberman and Erica Rivinoja and Conrad Vernon
Screenplay By: Matt Lieberman
Directed By: Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™️:
Street Date: January 21, 2020
Selection Number: 61207905 (US)/61207910 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9; 1.85:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG for macabre and suggestive humor, and some action
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French and Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour and 26 minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: January 21, 2020
Selection Number: 61207904 (US)/61207909 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9; 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: PG for macabre and suggestive humor, and some action
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish
Sound: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour and 26 minutes

REVIEW: Lucy in the Sky

Natalie Portman’s Lucy in the Sky Lands on Digital Dec. 17

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 3, 2019) – From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment comes Noah Hawley’s feature directorial debut, LUCY IN THE SKY, arriving on Digital December 17.

Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm star in this captivating drama inspired by true events ripped from the headlines. After star astronaut Lucy Cola (Portman) earns a coveted spot on a NASA mission, she’s moved by the transcendence of being in space. But when she returns to Earth, her everyday life feels too small. Soon, she engages in a reckless love triangle that threatens her career and her sanity.

The LUCY IN THE SKY Digital release is packed with bonus materials, including four deleted scenes, as well as four making-of featurettes.

LUCY IN THE SKY Digital HD Bonus Features:

  • Deleted Scenes:
    • “Lucy Teaches”
    • “Mark Takes Lucy to the Roof”
    • “Lucy Leaves Erin in the Simulator”
    • “Lucy and Iris Get Pulled Over”
  • Director’s Journey
  • Creating Magical Realism
  • Making Space
  • Lucy Cola

LUCY IN THE SKY Digital HD Specifications
Street Date:                 December 17, 2019
Screen Format:           Widescreen 16:9
Audio:                         English DTS-HD MA 5.1, English AD 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:                     English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish, French
Total Run Time:         124 Minutes
Rating:                        R for language and some sexual content