DVD Forecast: Release News for Robin Hood, How to Train Your Dragon, The Human Centipede and More

DVD Forecast: Release News for Robin Hood, How to Train Your Dragon, The Human Centipede and More

Aug 02, 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 shows clear skies for medieval action and dragon training with a splattering of sick surgery later.

Ridley Scott's origin story of Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett is coming home on September 21 as an unrated director's cut with 15 minutes of footage not seen in theaters. Both the DVD and Blu-ray will include deleted scenes and the three-part featurette "Rise and Rise Again: Making Ridley Scott's Robin Hood." Fans of the medieval hero will want the BD version, which also includes "Director's Notebook"—a seamless multimedia experience that incorporates behind-the-scenes footage and interviews that launches at critical moments while watching the film—and "The Art of Nottingham," which looks at the portfolio of designs for the epic film.

The animated hit How to Train Your Dragon is one of the best-reviewed movies of the year and is flying home on DVD and Blu-ray on October 15. Although the movie was shown in 3D in theaters, this upcoming Blu-ray release will be 2D only, with a 3D double dip likely in the future. Both the DVD and Blu-ray will have several behind-the-scenes featurettes, including deleted scenes, "How to Draw a Dragon," "Dragon Training Final Exam" and more. Exclusive to the Blu-ray edition are "Animator's Corner" and a trivia track.

Your friends and coworkers whispered about it in the halls but only the brave of heart and strong of stomach (or sick-cinema connoisseurs) made an effort to see The Human Centipede, a genuinely disturbing indie horror flick about a mad scientist who aspires to attach three people together via one gastrointestinal track. IFC Independent Films is bringing the truly original shocker home on DVD and Blu-ray for those who dare on October 5.

Ashton Kutcher plays a man who kept his former status as an international spy a secret from his wife (Katherine Heigl) in Killers. Lionsgate is bringing the action comedy home on DVD and Blu-ray on September 7 with a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted/alternate/extended scenes and a gag reel.

Blu-ray Bob’s thrilled that ABC has approved its remake of V for a second season, premiering this November. Viewers who missed any or all of the initial episodes can catch up when Warner Bros. releases V: The Complete First Season on DVD and Blu-ray on November 2. The sci-fi series about sinister reptilian aliens that disguise themselves as benevolent humanoids to gain our trust stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Scott Wolf and Morena Baccarin as the sensuous-but-lethal Visitor leader, Anna. Extras include commentaries, "The Visual FX of V," "An Alien in Human Skin: The Makeup FX of V," "The Actor's Journey" and unaired scenes.

The second season of the BBC's acclaimed Being Human is currently being aired and Warner Bros./BBC has just announced it is being prepped for release on DVD and Blu-ray on September 21. Fans are probably irked that the broadcasted episodes of the fantasy series about a vampire, werewolf and ghost living together are heavily edited here in America for language and nudity, so seeing Being Human on disc is the only way to go. Both the DVD and Blu-ray will have several behind-the-scenes featurettes, including "Making the New Werewolf" and "Unleashing the Beast."

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