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 brings the crazy with a chance of love and war.
“We all go a little mad sometimes,” says Norman Bates in Psycho. He could have been talking about everyone in The Crazies, the all-American nightmare starring Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell as a married couple battling for survival after their small town goes bonkers. This well-shot, intense reimagining of George A. Romero’s 1973 film is one of the very few remakes that is superior to the original. The Crazies will go crazy on DVD and Blu-ray on June 29 with a bunch of extras, including including an audio commentary from the director; the behind-the-scenes featurettes “Behind the Scenes with Director Breck Eisner,” “Paranormal Pandemics,” “The George A. Romero Template,” “Visual Effects in Motion” and “Make-up Mastermind: Rob Hall in Action;” The Crazies Motion Comic Episodes 1 and 2; the teaser trailer and three theatrical trailers; 10 TV spots; The Crazies Motion Comic Trailer; Storyboards: Building a Scene; and a photo gallery. If you require more extras, well, you’re crazy.
Fashion designer Tom Ford made his directorial debut with the romantic drama A Single Man and got a wardrobe’s worth of awards and nominations for his efforts. The sumptuous-looking film starring Colin Forth and Julianne Moore comes home July 6 on DVD and Blu-ray with hours of bonus material, including commentary by Ford and an extensive making-of featurette.
We’re not sure why people are still taking a stab at spoof movies post-Scary Movie, but Judd Apatow is the latest comic target in The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall And Felt Superbad About It. The super silly DVD is released on June 8 with a making-of featurette and several behind-the-scenes extras.
If you’re currently in film school and need to watch Citizen Kane or Ben Hur, you’d better snap up a copy quick. Warner Bros. has announced a moratorium on the two classics titles until 2011 when they will be reintroduced in new editions on both DVD and Blu-ray. “Both films are undergoing comprehensive restorations,” says Jeff Baker, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog. “We know that it will be worth the wait, as significant content additions are being developed.”
Both Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren received Oscar nominations this year for their roles as writer Leo Tolstoy and his wife, Sofya Tolstaya, in The Last Station. The turbulent romantic drama that covers the last year of Tolstoy’s life arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on June 22 with deleted scenes, an interview with Christopher Plummer, outtakes, as well as commentary with Plummer, Mirren and director Michael Hoffman.
Director Paul Greengrass’s action thriller Green Zone (aka Jason Bourne Goes to Iraq) starring Matt Damon gets orders to come home on June 29 on both DVD and Blu-ray. Supplements include commentary by Damon and Greengrass, an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette, “Matt Damon: Ready for Action,” and deleted scenes. The cherry on top of the disc would have been a featurette that explores why Greengrass can’t keep a camera steady.