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‘Man of Steel’ Blu-ray Street Date Announced

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I know, I know, you probably don’t care because the very existence of Man of Steel, and all its changes to Superman lore, make you angrier than the heat of a thousand suns, but come on, you know you’re still going to buy it (or at least pirate it). Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has established a release date of November 12th for Man of Steel across all platforms: Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download. The specs and special features are detailed below in a press release from Warners, as well as other images of the cover art and packaging.

The fate of mankind is in the hands of one man when ‘Man of Steel’ arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition, 3D Limited Collector’s Edition and Digital Download on November 12 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In ‘Man of Steel,’ Clark Kent is forced to confront his extraterrestrial past and embrace his hidden powers when Earth is threatened with destruction.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes ‘Man of Steel,’ starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Kal-El under the direction of Zack Snyder.

The film also stars four-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams (‘The Master,’ 2012), Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (‘Revolutionary Road,’ 2008), Academy Award winner Kevin Costner (‘Dances with Wolves,’ 1990), Oscar nominee Diane Lane (‘Unfaithful,’ 2002), Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne (‘What’s Love Got to Do with It,’ 1993), Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Academy Award’ winner Russell Crowe (‘Gladiator,’ 1992).

‘Man of Steel’ is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters served as executive producers.

‘Man of Steel’ will be available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on DVD 2-disc Special Edition for $28.98, and as a 3D Limited Collector’s Edition for $59.99. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition and standard definition; the DVD 2-disc Special Edition features the theatrical version in standard definition; and the 3D Limited Collector’s Edition features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition, and also includes a limited release metal ‘S’ glyph with lucite glass stand. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition and 3D Limited Collector’s Edition include UltraViolet* which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

SYNOPSIS

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

‘Man of Steel’ Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and 3D Limited Collector’s Edition contain the following special features:

  • Journey of Discovery: Creating ‘Man of Steel’ – This immersive feature-length experience allows you to watch the movie with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and others as they share the incredible journey to re-imagine Superman.
  • Strong Characters, Legendary Roles – Explore the legendary characters of the Superman mythology and how they have evolved in this new iteration of the Superman story.
  • All-Out Action – Go inside the intense training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel and Michael Shannon and Antje Traue into his Kyptonian nemeses. Includes interviews with cast and crew.
  • Krypton Decoded – Dylan Sprayberry (Clark Kent, age 13) gives the lowdown on all the amazing Krypton tech, weapons and spaceships featured in ‘Man of Steel.’
  • Planet Krypton – The world’s first exploration of Krypton and its lost society.

‘Man of Steel’ DVD 2-disc Special Edition contains the following special features:

  • Strong Characters, Legendary Roles

  • All-Out Action
  • Krypton Decoded

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On November 12, ‘Man of Steel’ will be available for download in HD or standard definition from online retailers including but not limited to iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon, Vudu, CinemaNow and more…

The film will also be available digitally in High Definition (HD) VOD and Standard Definition (SD) VOD from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles and broadband customers including Amazon, iTunes, etc.

ULTRAVIOLET

*UltraViolet allows you to collect, watch and share movies and TV shows in a whole new way. Available with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs, DVDs and Digital Downloads, UltraViolet lets you create a digital collection of movies and TV shows. Services such as Flixster and VUDU allow you to instantly stream and download UltraViolet content across a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players. Restrictions and limitations apply. Go to ultraviolet.flixster.com/info for details. For more information on compatible devices go to wb.com/ultravioletdevices. Restrictions and limitations apply. Go to ultraviolet.flixter.com/info for details.

BASICS

PRODUCT SRP
Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack $44.95
Blu-ray Combo Pack $35.99
2-disc Amaray (WS) $28.98
3D Limited Collector’s Edition $59.99

Standard Street Date: November 12, 2013
DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Thai
BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin
3D BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Cantonese, Chinese (Traditional), Thai
BD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified)
3D BD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Running Time: 143 minutes
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction and for some language
DLBY/SURR DLBY/DGTL [CC]

 

Source: Coming Soon

‘Thrones’ Director Rolls Back Piracy Comments

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Yesterday, we heard about how director David Petrarca, who helmed a couple of episodes of Game of Thronessecond season, told a writers’ festival at the University of Western Australia that illegal downloads don’t matter because they help create a “cultural buzz” that propels a series to greater success. “That’s how [shows] survive,” he said.

Naturally, Petrarca today walks back those comments.

“I am 100 percent, completely and utterly against people illegally downloading anything. Nobody wins by illegally downloading content,” he told Sydney Morning Herald.

I’m not sure that invalidates Petrarca’s earlier comments. How many millions have HBO made from DVDs and Blu-rays of Game of Thrones? I imagine it’s probably a safe bet that not everyone who watches Thrones on a weekly basis run out and buy them on disc, and it’s also highly unlikely that people would just plunk down $30-$40 on a box set they have no idea that they’re going to like, at least not before sampling the goods. Thrones is one of the most downloaded series online after all, the two are undoubtedly related.

Compromise? Well, HBO does have HBO GO, a streaming service for those who subscribe to HBO already. But it that practical given that fewer and fewer people want to shell out for cable? Food for thought.

Source: Blastr

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com

ABOVE: I’m not one for Blu-ray/DVD collectibles, but I must own this limited edition Walking Dead season 3 case. The Blu-ray case from McFarlane Toys comes with five plastic decapitated heads.  All you have to do to uh, enjoy the view, is add water. [MTV Geek]

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Marketing, it always comes down to marketing. Any money. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will soon be available to enjoy in the comfort of your home through a variety of different mediums: digital download, DVD, and Blu-ray; but only the DVD and Blu-ray combo packs get you the exclusive early preview of The Desolation of Smaug.

Here’s An Unexpected Journey‘s release breakdown, courtesy of Collider,

Warner Bros. has announced that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be arriving on Digital Download on March 12th.  For those who want to wait a week, the film will arrive on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and 2-Disc DVD Special Edition on March 19th.

So, for those clinging to the need for physical copies, of which I’m one, you’ll need to wait another week. But, you’re week of waiting will earn you a front seat to the Peter Jackson-hosted, live first look at The Desolation of Smaug on Sunday, March 24th at 3:00 PM EST. It’s all made possible because of the Ultraviolet code available with the purchase of the DVD or Blu-ray. Y’know, the code that gives you a digital copy of the movie which I’m guessing you never, ever use. Now it has real value, but again, you’ll only get one if you buy the Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack or 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. And you can’t share the code with friends, it’s a one time use kind of thing.

Below the cut you’ll find the specs for each available version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Which will you be grabbin’? You could wait for the expected Extended Edition released later in the year, but then, no early Smaug preview. Oh, and don’t expect any of these to play at 48 FPS. I don’t know if that’s even possible, yet!

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It’s been a nagging question since Dredd 3-D came out in September and sadly tanked at the box office, can there be any room for a sequel? Well, everything that doesn’t make a profit in cinemas has a second chance at life on home video, and to that end, things seem to be lining up well for the Pete Travis‘ adaptation of Britain’s favorite post-apocalyptic lawman.

Lionsgate is reporting that in its first week of release on DVD and Blu-ray, Dredd has sold 650,000 units, just over half of those on Blu-ray. In addition, Dredd was also the number one digital download for the week. Both good signs for the long-term popularity of the film, and the potential for a sequel.

But will it work? Possibly, Kick-Ass hardly blew up the box office and we’re getting a sequel this summer in prime box office real estate, all thanks to the DVD sale numbers in 2010. And perhaps the most famous example, the production and release of Joss Whedon’s Serenity, which came about purely because of DVD sales of the Firefly series box set.

So if you want a Dredd sequel, do your part, buy a DVD!

Source: Blastr

The Amazing Spider-Man was both a critical and commercial success in spite of a lot of hesitation and skepticism from fans leading up to its release. But the results, which were, admittedly, mixed, give us all some cause for hope it terms of what director Marc Webb and his team can do with Amazing Spider-Man 2, and that hope is being buttressed by some telling statements by creators on the upcoming Blu-ray release of Amazing Spider-Man. 

If you’re looking for some direction as to where the Amazing sequel will go, the visual effects artists say look to some telling Easter Eggs in the film. From ET Online, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Jerome Chen says:

“There’s a scene where Gwen is in the Oscorp lab giving a tour to a series of students and there could be Easter eggs in there. There’s also an Easter egg at the end of the movie.”

End of the movie, you say? What have you got for us Animation Supervisor David Schaub?

“In the very last shot of the film where [Spider-Man] is swinging, [he] gets himself shot out of the crane and he’s flying down past the George Washington Bridge and he strikes a pose. There’s an Easter egg – but I can’t tell you any more than that – [that’s] for something to come.”

Interesting. But enough of this being coy business! Let’s get right to the heart of the matter with Webb himself, what can we look forward to in the Amazing Spider-Man sequel?

“The last movie, Peter’s sort of discovering his powers and he’s getting gradually better. Peter, in the next movie, is going to be a virtuoso. Spider-Man, from the outset, is a pro. He’s an expert, and he’s having a blast, and he is just electrifying in terms of his abilities as Spider-Man. That’s going to be really fun. I’m really looking forward to a lot of those sequences.”

The Amazing Spider-Man on Blu-ray or DVD on November 9th. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theaters on May 2nd, 2014.

Source: Screen Rant

 

I’m sure you’ve got it marked down in your iCal already, but if you didn’t know, The Dark Knight Rises comes out on home video on December 4th. And in case you need any inspiration to pre-order it, or just otherwise need a reason to buy the disc when it comes out in less than two months, we have a new trailer for the Blu-ray release, which is embedded below (via Coming Soon): (more…)

Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers made a billion+ dollars at the box office (internationally and domestic), so one would assume the DVD and Blu-ray release would yield good results. And well, that assumption would be correct. The Avengers is dominating the home viewing market. It actually broke DVD and Blu-ray sales charts!

Reported by Home Media Magazine, the flick has topped the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and the Blu-ray specific sales chart. The other films of Marvel‘s Phase One have also been rising in the Nielsen charts. Thor moved up to #8, Captain America: The First Avenger to #13, Iron Man 2 to #14, The Incredible Hulk is at #19, and Iron Man at #23. On the Blu-ray chart all five pictures are in the Top 20.

The report continues with 72% of The Avengers‘ sales coming from Blu-ray, which is a record high for a film released on both DVD and Blu-ray. And apparently 23% of those buying The Avengers paid the extra bucks for the 3D version.

I bought The Avengers on its release date at Best Buy. When I had went looking for it, I discovered the shelf  empty. A blue-shirt walking by said, “Yeah…they’ve been flying off the shelf. I’ve been restocking it every 10 minutes.” I suspected The Avengers would do well, but not this well.

Have you picked up The Avengers yet? If so, what format? And did you nab it the day it released?

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Just as when the movie released, the U.K. was able to pick up their copy of The Avengers before the U.S. Their version, Marvel Avengers Assemble released on DVD and Blu-ray today and there’s an interesting change. See if you can spot it.

Note, if some how you haven’t yet seen The Avengers, this is a spoiler. Though I can’t imagine you haven’t heard about it by now.

Yeah, they’ve edited away the end of the blade sticking through Coulson’s chest! Could this be some indication Marvel is hoping to retcon away his death?

Unlikely. Evidence seems to point to the decision to remove the blade being made because of excessive violence. There’s an excerpt from  the BBFC’s Extended Classification Information for the film that states,

A slightly stronger moment occurs when a man is stabbed through the back by the chief villain’s spear. The detail of the impact is not shown, only the tip of the spear protruding from the man’s chest with a small amount of blood on it. The image is not dwelt upon and serves an important narrative purpose.

But even that doesn’t seem to necessarily condemn the scene. So was it edited on mistake? I only ask because the Blu-ray version is the same as what will be available in the U.S. It’s a region free disc and therefor will work world wide. And its version of this scene is the same as what was shown in theatres. What gives? Those in the U.K. without Blu-ray players can’t handle, “the spear protruding from the man’s chest with a small amount of blood on it “? What do you guys think?

Our version of The Avengers releases September 25th, Loki’s pokey stick in Coulson’s chest intact.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Trailer For ‘A Christmas Story 2’

EDITORS NOTE: It’s come to my attention that writer Chris has never heard of A Christmas Story. *shakes head* We apologize for her depraved childhood. 100 nerd demerits! We’ll be strapping her to a chair Clockwork style and force her to watch…

I didn’t even know there was an A Christmas Story ONE.  But it existed and now there’s an “official sequel” skipping the theaters and homeward bound for the DVD shelf.

Apparently they’ve stamped this the “official sequel” because they think some fuckers out there would be interested in ripping this shit off.  They are sadly mistaken.  I want those couple of minutes back.

Anyway. It’s pretty terrible.

The synopsis:

Years after realizing his childhood dream of getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, 16-year-old Ralphie (Braeden Lemasters) sets his bespectacled sights on a gift of the four-wheeled variety in this belated sequel to the Bob Clark’s beloved 1983 classic A Christmas Story. As the snow begins to fall and the carolers start to sing, Ralphie dreams of waking up on Christmas morning to find the keys to a 1938 Hupmobile Skyline Convertible dangling from the tree, and embracing a whole new world of freedom as he cruises the streets of Hohman, Indiana in style. Home Alone alumni Daniel Stern takes over for the late Darren McGavin as The Old Man, with Stacey Travis, David Buehrle, David W. Thompson, and Valin Shinyei sounding out the supporting cast as Mrs. Parker, Schwartz, Flick, and Randy respectively.

The release date is October 30… just in time for Halloween.

Source: /Film