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Notable New Releases

Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wes Anderson does Roald Dahl with excellent results. One of my favorite films of last year. It's a funny, odd, sweet, visual masterpiece. Cussin' buy it!

Extras include:
  • The Look of Fantastic Mr. Fox (BD-exclusive)
  • From Script to Screen
  • The Puppet Makers (BD-exclusive)
  • Still Life: Puppet Animation
  • The Cast (BD-exclusive)
  • Bill and His Badger (BD-exclusive)
  • A Beginner's Guide to Whack-Bat
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox: The World of Roald Dahl (BD-exclusive)

Brothers
Missed it in theaters, but heard its got some great performances so i'll have to check it out.

Extras include:
  • Commentary
  • Remade In The USA
  • Jim Sheridan - Film and Family

Mad Men: Season Three
The return of Don Draper. One of the best shows on TV right now.

Extras include:
  • Commentaries for all episodes
  • 'Medgar Evers: An Unsung Hero'
  • Up In Smoke - a visual depiction of the juxtaposition between the world of advertising and big tobacco
  • We Shall Overcome: The March on Washington - Dr. King's speech accompanied by images detailing the historical moment when over 250,000 people came together for the March on Washington
  • Mad Men Illustrated - Dyna Moe invites you to scroll through the slightly "animated" photo gallery of the Mad Men Illustrations accompanied with commentary from the illustrator extraordinaire
  • Flashback 1963 - An interactive look at the events and themes that defined the year

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The Men Who Stare At Goats
Didn't catch it, but has a great cast (including goat) and I look forward to seeing it.

Extras include:
  • Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Goats Declassified: The Real Men of the First Earth Battalion
  • Project 'Hollywood': a classified report from the set

Red Cliff
Action auteur John Woo returns to his roots with this war epic. There are two versions being released, this two-disc edition will include the 288-minute 'international version', and there is a one-disc US theatrical version of the film which is a truncated two and a half hours. So make sure you get the right one.

Extras include:
  • The Making of Red Cliff: The Long Road
  • Storyboarding Red Cliff from Script to Screen
  • HDNet: A Look At Red Cliff
  • A Conversation with John Woo

Bigger Than Life
Nicholas Ray's controversial 1956 classic gets the Criterion treatment.

Extras include:
  • Commentary - an audio commentary with film critic Geoff Andrew, author of The Films of Nicholas Ray
  • Profile of Nicholas Ray - a half-hour 1977 TV interview with Nicholas Ray
  • Jonathan Lethem - a video featurette with award-winning novelist Jonathan Lethem (Chronic City), who talks about Bigger Than Life
  • Susan Ray - a video interview with Susan Ray, Nicholas Ray's widow, and the editor of I Was Interrupted: Nicholas Ray on Making Movies
  • Booklet - a 24-page illustrated booklet containing B. Kite's essay "Somewhere in Suburbia"

Toy Story Blu-ray
Pixar's animated classics are a must own. They've been out of print for a while because of Disney's stupid limited time policy but are now available in all of their HD glory. The Blu-ray comes with a DVD and vice-versa so it doesn't matter which version you get. To infinity and beyond!

Extras include:
  • Commentary
  • Toy Story 3 Sneak Peek: The Story
  • Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: Blast Off
  • Paths to Pixar: Artists
  • Studio Stories
  • Buzz Takes Manhattan
  • Black Friday: The Toy Story You Never Saw
  • Filmmakers Reflect
  • Making Toy Story
  • The Legacy of Toy Story
  • Designing Toy Story
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Design
  • Story
  • Production
  • Music & Sound
  • Publicity

Toy Story 2 Blu-ray
Extras include:
  • Commentary
  • Toy Story 3 Sneak Peek: The Characters
  • Studio Stories
  • Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: International Space Station
  • Paths to Pixar: Technical Artists
  • Pixar's Zoetrope
  • Celebrating Our Friend Joe Ranft
  • Making Toy Story 2
  • John Lasseter Profile
  • Cast of Characters
  • Toy Box
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Design
  • Production
  • Music & Sound
  • Publicity

Days of Heaven Blu-ray
Terrence Malick's gorgeous heaven in high-def.

Extras include:
  • Commentary - an audio commentary with art director Jack Fisk and editor Billy Weber, who have worked with Terrence Malick on all of his films, as well as costume designer Patricia Norris and casting director Dianne Crittenden
  • Interviews
  • John Bailey/Haskel Wexler - John Bailey served as camera operator under Academy Award-winning cinematographer Nestro Almendros on Days of Heaven. Both Almendros and Bailey had to leave before filming concluded, due to prior commitments, and Haskel Wexler took over. Here, Bailey and Wexler talk about their friend Almendros, Terrence Malick's process, and their work in achieving the specific look Malick envisioned for the film
  • Booklet - a 42-page illustrated booklet containing Adrian Martins' essay 'On Earth As It Is In Heaven' and Nestor Almendros's 'Shooting Days of Heaven' (reprinted from the cinematographer's 1984 autobiography 'A Man with a Camera')

Yojimbo Blu-ray
Kurosawa's classic samurai tale (remade as A Fistful of Dollars) is now remastered in HD! Available seperately or as a box set with Sanjuro.

Extras include:
  • Commentary - an audio commentary with film historian Stephen Price, author of The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa
  • Akira Kurosawa: It is Wonderful to Create - a 45 minute documentary about the making of Yojimbo
  • Stills gallery
  • Booklet - a 22-page illustrated booklet, containing a statement by Akira Kurosawa that appeared in the 1999 book The Films of Akira Kurosawa, by Donald Richie; Alexander Sesonske's essay "West meets East"; and comments from notable Kurosawa collaborators

Sanjuro Blu-ray
Kurosawa's excellent companion film to Yojimbo.

Extras include:
  • Commentary - an audio commentary with film historian Stephen Price, author of The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa
  • Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create - a 35 minute documentary about the making of Sanjuro
  • Stills gallery
  • Booklet - a 20-page illustrated booklet, containing a statement by Akira Kurosawa that appeared in the 1999 book The Films of Akira Kurosawa, by Donald Richie; Michael Sragow's essay "Return of the Ronin" (the author has been writing about new movies for the Baltimore Sun since 2001 and old movies for the New Yorker since 1989); and comments from notable Kurosawa collaborators

The African Queen Blu-ray
The Bogart and Hepburn classic gets the HD treatment.

Extras include:
  • Embracing Chaos - Making The African Queen