DVD Forecast: Release News for Invictus, The Book of Eli, Classic Robin Hood Films and More

DVD Forecast: Release News for Invictus, The Book of Eli, Classic Robin Hood Films and More

Mar 22, 2010

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 sprinkling of racial harmony followed by a heavy downpour of old-Hollywood swashbuckling.

In director Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, Morgan Freeman plays South Africa’s President Mandela who joins forces with the captain (Matt Damon) of the country’s rugby team to help unite the country through sports. Warner Bros. is bringing the Oscar-nominated film home on May 18 on DVD and a Blu-ray combo pack. The DVD has a music trailer and “Matt Damon Plays Rugby;” the Blu-ray adds a picture-in-picture commentary by Eastwood, an abridged version of the documentary The Eastwood Factor, plus a featurette documenting when Morgan met Mandela to prepare for the film.

Just days before Russell becomes the latest incarnation of the titular bandit in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, Sony is releasing four classic Robin Hood tales on DVD for the first time: 1946’s The Bandit of Sherwood Forest, 1948’s The Prince of Thieves, 1950’s Rogue of Sherwood Forest and 1960’s Sword of Sherwood Forest. None of the films are rated or contain any bonus features—maybe Robin Hood stole them for another disc.

Did someone say they would love to see a former professional wrestler sprout wings and play the Tooth Fairy in a family comedy? Well, Fox will make your wildest dreams come true on May 4 when it leaves Tooth Fairy—starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson—under your pillow on May 4 on DVD or a Blu-ray combo pack. Extras haven’t yet been announced for the flick that co-stars Julie Andrews and Billy Crystal.

Denzel Washington is the last man standing in Albert Hughes’s preachy post-apocalyptic thriller The Book of Eli. If you say your prayers, Warner Bros. will release the film co-starring Gary Oldman to DVD and a Blu-ray combo pack on June 15. Bonus features include “The Lost Tales,” “Starting Over,” “Soundtrack Piece,” “Eli’s Story,” and additional scenes.

Did you ever see I Love Lucy: The Movie? Neither has anyone else, because the 1953 film culled from several first-season episodes of the classic Lucille Ball series along with never-before-seen footage was shelved at the time. Paramount is bringing this lost Lucy home on DVD on April 27 with TV appearances, vintage featurettes and more.

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