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 dark and stormy thriller followed by a springtime young romance.
If you haven’t yet seen Martin Scorsese’s shocking thriller Shutter Island starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a U.S. marshal investigating a disappearance from a hospital for the criminally insane, Blu-ray Bob isn’t about to reveal the jaw-dropping twist here (put away your notepad, M. Knight Shyamalan). However, I do have exclusive information about the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release, scheduled for June 8. The DVD release looks like a barebones affair, but the Blu-ray will contain “Behind the Shutters” (interviews with the cast and crew as you follow the film from its inception as an acclaimed novel through production) and “Into the Lighthouse” (discussion with the cast and crew about psychiatric treatments during the 1950s, when the film is set).
June is traditionally Gay Pride month, and for the first time a major studio will release a gay-themed DVD collection. On June 8, 20th Century Fox and MGM will release The Cinema Pride Collection exclusively through Amazon.com. The 10-film collection that spans over 40 years includes The Children’s Hour;, La Cage Aux Folle; My Beautiful Laundrette; The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Extra Frills Edition; The Birdcage; Bent; The Object of My Affection; Boys Don’t Cry; Kissing Jessica Stein and Imagine Me & You. The set comes encased in distinctive packing with appropriately vibrant artwork.
Crazy Heart picked up two Oscars for Best Actor (Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake) and Best Original Song (“The Weary Kind”). The powerful drama about a boozy, broken-down country singer’s rocky road to redemption comes home on April 20 on both DVD and Blu-ray, which both include deleted scenes and alternate music cuts. The BD adds two more alternate cuts as well as “Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall on What Brought Them to Crazy Heart.”
It’s officially spring, which for many of you means that romance is in the air. Sony gives you your fix on May 25 when it brings home director Lasse Hallstrom’s romantic drama Dear John starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried as two young lovers separated for years by war. Written by Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author of The Notebook, Dear John is available on both DVD and Blu-ray with hours of special features, including deleted and alternate scenes, an alternate ending, outtakes, “A Conversation with Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried and Lasse Halstrom,” “Transforming Charlston,” “Military in the Movies: Dear John’s Military Advisors,” “Mr. Tyree, The Mule and Benny Dietz” and “The Story of Braeden Reed.”