Every Monday Blu-ray Bob gazes into his crystal ball and predicts what discs will be spinning in your DVD player in the upcoming months. This week’s forecast calls for a heavy downpour of shaky cam followed by periods of singing and dancing.
Movies about Iraq don’t set the box office on fire even when they win an Oscar for Best Picture (see The Hurt Locker). Paul Greengrass’s Green Zone, starring Matt Damon and currently in theaters, is no exception. The film follows Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Damon) and his team of Army inspectors around to one treacherous site after another in the early days of the Iraq War when we thought we’d find weapons of mass destruction. The Steadicam-challenged director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum maintains his Dramamine-begging technique for this wartime thriller that Blu-ray Bob has learned will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray in June. Preliminary DVD extras include deleted scenes and commentary by Greengrass and Damon; the BD adds “Matt Damon: Becoming a Soldier,” “Green Zone Action” and video commentary with the director and Damon.
Those who can’t get enough song and dance numbers in their movies (you know who you are) will be all over Rob Marshall’s Nine on DVD and Blu-ray on May 4. The Oscar-nominated musical based on Federico Fellini’s 8½ stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz and Sophia Loren and will include extras like commentary by Marshall and producer John DeLuca, eight featurettes and three music videos. The Blu-ray has all of those plus “Sophia Loren Remembers Cinecittà Studios,” “Screen Actors Guild Q&A” and other exclusive BD navigational features.
If you blinked you probably missed Kevin Costner’s supernatural thriller The New Daughter when it was briefly in the theaters. The Luis Berdejo-directed film about the bizarre changes Costner’s daughter undergoes after moving to a rural South Carolina home arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on May 18 with extras that include a director’s commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette and theatrical trailer.
Jackie Chan plays a superspy assigned to a civilian mission who tries to settle down with his girlfriend (Amber Valletta) and win over her three kids in The Spy Next Door. This goofy family comedy comes to DVD and Blu-ray on May 18 from Lionsgate, but specs have yet to be revealed.