August 31, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Blu-ray and DVD November 11th

20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation has officially announced they will release the animated hit sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 to Blu-ray and DVD on November 11, 2014. The film stars the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill and Gerard Butler. The Blu-ray technical details have not been released, I will update when more info is given. Below are the official details:


LOS ANGELES, CA (August 29, 2014) – Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation’s HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014’s highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.

The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks Animation’s critically acclaimed HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 on Digital HD October 21 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD November 11.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, the next chapter to the Academy Award® nominated film released in 2010, is “sensational…an instant animated classic,” proclaims Access Hollywood. A hit with audiences and critics alike, the film received an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A” CinemaScore® and certified 92% fresh on Variety’s Peter Debruge declares the film is “Braver than ‘Brave,’ more fun than ‘Frozen’…Dragon delivers.” It’s a must-own title for the whole family!

Fans will get even more excitement, adventure and, of course, more dragons when DreamWorks Animation releases DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS, an all-new animated adventure featuring the original voice cast. A hunt for lost sheep soon turns into a high-flying sprint in the all-new epic adventure as Hiccup and friends battle to become the first Dragon Racing Champion of Berk! DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS will be available exclusively on the Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD double pack and Digital HD.

The all-star film talent features Jay Baruchel (This Is The End), two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen), Craig Ferguson (“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”), America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Academy Award® nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Neighbors), T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids). The film also adds the voice talent of Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) and Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”).

The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature hours of bonus materials that explore the world of dragons and more. Furthermore, the Blu-ray™ and Digital HD contain four exclusive featurettes, deleted scenes and a 60-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film, shot and created by the film’s writer and director Dean DeBlois.


* Fishleg’s Dragon Stats – How much do you know about your favorite dragons? Explore the Dragon 2 Guide and learn more about your favorite fire-breathing friends!
* Drago’s War Machines – Gobber the Belch narrates this inside look at the fierce creatures and “high-tech” weapons used by Drago to expand his growing dragon army.
* Berk’s Dragon World – Explore the massive stable created to house the dragons of Berk, along with other changes made on the island to promote harmonious living.
* Hiccup’s Inventions in Flight – Learn the secrets of how Hiccup and Toothless work together to form the ultimate high-flying team in this fascinating interactive tour.
* Deleted Scenes - The awesome adventure continues with telling deleted and extended scenes, including action-packed footage you couldn’t see in theaters!
* Commentary - Simon Otto, Bonnie Arnold, Dean DeBlois, and Pierre-Olivier Vincent
* Where No One Goes: The Making of How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Writer-Director Dean DeBlois and his team take you behind the scenes of creating the film’s eye-popping visual effects and epic story
* Dragon Races – Catch the thrilling aerial action and exciting play-by-play commentary as you cheer on your favorite riders in a spectacular dragon race!
* Image Gallery
* Theatrical Trailer
* World of DreamWorks Animation – Move to the music videos from your favorite DreamWorks Animation feature films

Any Given Sunday 15th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray September 9th

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Oliver Stone's sports classic Any Given Sunday 15th Anniversary Edition to Blu-ray on September 9, 2014. The film stars Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, Dennis Quaid, James Woods, Cameron Diaz and LL Cool J. The Blu-ray specs are 1080p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and a Dolby TrueHD Audio 5.1 track should be expected for audio. Below are the official details:


Embattled Sharks coach Tony D'Amato (Pacino) faces a full-on blitz of team strife plus a new, marketing-savvy owner (Diaz) who's convinced the aging Tony is out of his league. An injured quarterback (Quaid), a flashy, bull-headed backup QB (Foxx), a slithery team doctor (Woods) and a running back with an incentive-laden contract (LL Cool J) provide some of the stories that zigzag like diagrams in a playbook.


* Anything Can Happen - This brand-new retrospective features NFL stars Marshall Faulk and Willie McGinest, 49ers coach Steve Mariucci and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

* Commentaries with Oliver Stone and Jamie Foxx

* Making-Of Documentary

* Unused/Extended Scenes

* Music Videos

* Screen Tests

* Gag Reel



For 100 million years, bees have provided sustainability on earth… yet these glorious pollinators are facing challenges and fading from our planet. Did you know the honeybee is responsible for one third of the items on your dinner plate?

BEE PEOPLE raises the bar and provides an in-depth look at the people who are facing the challenge on behalf of the bees, making a difference, and urging everyone to join them on a planet-saving mission! Who are these bee people? What compels them to do what they do? And most importantly, what is the solution they propose?

Featuring Gregg McMahan aka “The Bee Guru”: One part rock- star, one part bee evangelist, Gregg is the most passionate member of the Bee People community you’re ever likely to meet. His dissertations on all-things-bees are mesmerizing, entertaining and highly educational.


BEE PEOPLE is a breath of fresh air when it comes to the style chosen for this documentary. The movie focuses on a diverse group of beekeepers whom through their dedication and environmental awareness have done their best to keep these fascinating little creatures alive and hopefully here to stay. Without bees our planet over time would be in a food crisis that could end the way we live and affect the planet overall. I did find a couple of the participants to be a bit preachy about their mission but most are more relaxed but just as committed to the cause. I would recommend checking this one out. 9/10


BEE PEOPLE arrives on DVD with a transfer in the aspect ratio of 1.78:1 - Shot digitally the doc looks sharp with some visually pleasing shots that are quite detailed. Colors exhibit a natural quality to them with a couple bursts of more saturated color. Contrast was okay but I did notice a few moments that looked a bit flat. No major compression artifacts to be found. 8.5/10


Audio is provided by a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. - Dialogue was placed front and center and drives most of the sound heard in the movie, it remained crisp and clear through the 102 minute run time. Bass is nonexistent and surround usage is minimal. 7.5/10


* Extracting Honey (SD, 16min)

August 29, 2014

Sons of Anarchy Character Videos

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment this week released Sons of Anarchy Season 6 to Blu-ray and DVD. Below are three character arc videos for Jax Teller, Gemma-Teller Morrow and Clay Morrow.