Streaming or downloading movies is a convenient way to rent a flick even though the picture and sound quality are not as good as Blu-ray, but those fun behind-the-scenes extras are not usually available digitally. To keep you spinning physical discs for years to come, studios are including innovative and often immersive bonus features on the DVDs and Blu-rays of your favorite movies and TV shows. Read all about this month's best extras served up on shiny silver platters that take you beyond the feature presentations.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Do you want to learn everything there is to know about gothic computer hacker extraordinaire Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) and the other key characters in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? The Blu-ray's "Characters" section is organized like a filing cabinet and contains juicy morsels about each character. For example, you can click on "Lisbeth Salander" and watch test footage of Mara riding the subway in Los Angeles dressed as Lisbeth for the first time.
The Bodyguard: Will you always love Whitney Houston? If so, you'll want to check out the Blu-ray debut of The Bodyguard starring Houston as—what else?—a popular diva singer in trouble and Kevin Costner as the titular character assigned to protect her from death threats. The 20th anniversary BD has a 26-minute behind-the-scenes documentary and the official video for Houston's earsplitting "I Will Always Love You."
The Adventures of Tintin: Steven Spielberg does not do audio commentaries and that tradition remains intact on The Adventures of Tintin, but Paramount has included an extensive 96-minutes worth of behind-the-scenes features on the DVD and Blu-ray that can be watched in 11 parts (with sections like "The World of Tintin" and "The Who's Who of Tintin") or as one long documentary.
A Dangerous Method: David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method is about the strain on the relationship between Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) following Jung's affair with a patient (Keira Knightley). Cronenberg—who is best known for movies like The Fly and A History of Violence—wonders if A Dangerous Method is "Cronenberg-esque" enough in the illuminating interview "AFI's Harold Lloyd Masters Seminar with David Cronenberg" in which the auteur answers questions before an audience after a screening.
The Muppets: Blooper reels are usually not worth watching, but the one included on The Muppets Blu-ray showcases the improvisational skills of the puppeteers that makes you almost forget there are humans controlling the movements of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest of the gang.
In the Land of Blood and Honey: Angelina Jolie's directorial debut is a romantic drama that takes place during the Bosnian War in the 1990s. Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a 62-minute Q&A featuring Jolie and actress Vanessa Glodjo as they take questions from an audience and answer the tough questions about Jolie's passion project.
The Last Temptation of Christ: Peter Gabriel's score to Martin Scorsese's controversial The Last Temptation of Christ is one of the most haunting, evocative pieces of film music in history. The new BD of The Last Temptation of Christ features an interview with the iconic musician about his approach to the material.
The Three Musketeers: We're not sure why theatrical audiences skipped The Three Musketeers, but the film's lavish visuals and endless action might find new fans at home on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D. Exclusive to the BD version is "Access: Three Musketeers," which operates while the film is playing and displays trivia, behind-the-scenes footage, and even a scorecard tallying each of the Musketeer's fights.
Footloose (2011): Everybody's cutting loose in the remake of Footloose, but how does it compare to the original starring Kevin Bacon? The Blu-ray's "Jump Back: Reimagining Footloose" has the cast, crew and a few filmmakers of the original movie comparing and contrasting the two films as well as pointing out how the new film attempts to appeal to a new generation.