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 some misappropriation, Mexploitation and animation.
Ben Affleck's acclaimed bank heist picture The Town breaks out on DVD and Blu-ray on December 17. Affleck directs and stars as Doug MacRay, the leader of a group of bank robbers who pride themselves on getting away clean. The film co-stars Jeremy Runner, Rebecca Hall and Mad Men's Jon Hamm as the federal agent closing in. Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain Affleck's commentary on the theatrical cut, but the BD also has an extended cut of the film with Affleck's commentary as well as "Ben's Boston"—six focus points including "The Cathedral of Boston," "Pulling Off the Perfect Heist," "The Town," "The Real People of the Town," "Nuns With Guns: Filming in the North End" and "Ben Affleck: Director and Actor."
"Machete don't text," but the jury is still out about the pissed-off Mexican federale's preference for DVD or Blu-ray when Machete comes to disc on January 4. Robert Rodriguez's over-the-top Mexploitation flick is built upon the popular faux trailer from the Grindhouse double feature and stars Danny Trejo, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Robert De Niro. Both the DVD and Blu-ray will contain deleted scenes that reveal never-before-seen characters, new plot lines and more bloody good action.
Zack Snyder's animated adventure Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole will swoop down on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3-D on December 17. The film is based on the first three books in the series by Kathryn Lasky and features the voices of Helen Mirren, Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush and Ryan Kwanten. Both the DVD and Blu-rays contain "True Guardians of the Earth" and the 3-D Looney Tunes short Fur of Flying. Exclusive to the Blu-ray versions are interactive challenges, "Rise of the Guardians," four artwork galleries and a music video.
Easy A stars Emma Stone as a perfect high school student whose reputation is put on the line and is loosely inspired by The Scarlet Letter. The popular teen comedy comes home on DVD and Blu-ray on December 21 with a gag reel, Stone's webcam audition, a music video and a pop-up trivia track.
The documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is a candid portrait of the comedian as she turns 75. The film is nipped and tucked onto DVD and Blu-ray on December 14 with commentary, deleted scenes, a trailer, TV spots and a Sundance Q&A.