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 search for pirates’ gold and a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll.
The Goonies are still good enough for me…and you, too. The classic family adventure starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton is getting a 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition on November 2. Available on both DVD and Blu-ray, extras include cast commentary with director Richard Donner, “The Making of The Goonies” documentary, deleted scenes and the two-part music video “The Goonies ‘R Good Enough” by Cyndi Lauper.
Greg Heffley is heading for big things…he just has to survive middle school. The hit family comedy Diary of a Wimpy Kid comes home on DVD and Blu-ray on August 3 with a feature commentary by director Thor Freudenthal and writer Gabe Sachs as well as “Greg’s Deleted Diary Pages.”
It’s hard to imagine mopey sourpuss Kristen Stewart could possibly capture the fire of rock legend Joan Jett in The Runaways, let alone sing like her, since Stewart has played the same kind of poker-face teen in every movie she has ever been in. If you’re not one of the five people who caught The Runaways in theaters, you’ll be able to see if Stewart rocks or not with Dakota Fanning in the girl-group biopic when it arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on July 20. Extras include commentary by Jett (!), Stewart and Fanning, a making-of featurette and “The Runaways Featurette.”
A few years ago, the talk around the water cooler was “Save the cheerleader, save the world.” Now the question is, “Is that show still on the air?” After the first season of NBC’s Heroes, the show about a group of people with extraordinary powers crumbled under the weight of too many characters and silly subplots. Now the final season, Heroes: Season Four, is coming home on DVD and Blu-ray on August 3. It’s a shame the show has been canceled because this last season saw it starting to circle back to the engaging storyline that made it so popular to begin with. Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a slew of behind-the-scenes featurettes, interviews and deleted scenes; the Blu-ray also has picture-in-picture video commentaries and the handy “Hero Connections” feature.
Author Nicholas Sparks really must be stopped—please. Until then, the latest adaptation of one of his syrupy romance novels, The Last Song, comes home on DVD and Blu-ray on August 17. This coming-of-age drama takes place at a Southern beach town and is about how the power of music helps a teenage girl (Miley Cyrus) bond with her father (Greg Kinnear). Features include an alternate opening scene, feature commentary, deleted scenes and the making-of the music video “When I Look at You.”