‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Arriving Dec. 1

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is re-releasing the Ang Lee action-adventure fantasy Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as a limited-edition Steelbook Dec. 1.

The film won Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Art Direction.

It follows two master warriors (Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh) who are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocrat (Zhang Ziyi) prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her deeply romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face to face with their worst enemy — and the inescapable, enduring power of love.

Set against 19th century China’s breathtaking landscape, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is directed by two-time Best Director Oscar winner Lee (Brokeback Mountain, 2005; Life of Pi, 2012) and features martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix).

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The limited edition Steelbook includes the film on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. The film was originally released on 4K Ultra HD in 2016.

Bonus materials include:

  • Sx deleted scenes: presented in 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range;
  • in-depth retrospective interviews, in which director Ang Lee, producer James Schamus and editor Tim Squyres discuss the making of the groundbreaking film;
  • an introduction to the Film and the deleted scenes by Lee;
  • “A Love Before Time” Music Video in English and Mandarin;
  • “The Making of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”;
  • commentary with Lee and Schamus;
  • commentary with cinematographer Peter Pau;
  • “A Conversation with Michelle Yeoh”;
  • a photo gallery; and
  • the theatrical trailer.

Oscar-Lauded ‘Whiplash’ Coming to 4K UHD Sept. 22 From Sony

The Oscar-launded film Whiplash is coming out on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Written and directed by Academy Award-winner Damien Chazelle and starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons in an Oscar-winning performance, the 2014  film is newly remastered in 4K with High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos audio. The 4K Ultra HD release also includes the film and special features on Blu-ray, plus a digital version of the film.

The story follows Andrew Neyman (Teller), an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (Simmons), an instructor known equally for his teaching talents and his terrifying methods, discovers Andrew and transfers him into his band. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection soon spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability and his sanity.

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Bonus materials include:

  • commentary with writer/director Chazelle and Simmons
  • “An Evening at the Toronto International Film Festival” with Teller, Simmons and Chazelle
  • “Timekeepers,” in which famous drummers discuss their craft and passion for drumming
  • the Whiplashoriginal thort film with optional commentary
  • a deleted scene
  • the theatrical trailer.

‘Bombshell’ Strikes Home

The dynamic trio of Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie powers Bombshell.

The three acclaimed actresses are at the center of the Oscar-lauded film based on the real story of ambitious, strong women who anchored one of America’s most powerful news networks, Fox News, becoming headlines themselves when they risked everything to stand up to the man who made them famous, Roger Ailes.

Available now on digital, Blu-ray combo pack and DVD from Lionsgate, Bombshell earned Academy Award nominations for Best Actress (Charlize Theron) and Best Supporting Actress (Margot Robbie), and won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling.

Theron, who also produced the film, notes in the disc extras it was “a great opportunity for a lot of talented women to come together and tell an important story.”

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“It was lovely to be able to join forces with these women and hopefully inspire people to say, ‘I don’t need to put up with this,’” adds Kidman.

Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly

Bombshell is a candid exploration of the sexual harassment scandal that brought down the powerful Ailes. Theron plays Megyn Kelly, an anchor at the height of her power. Kidman is Gretchen Carlson, the former anchor who sues Ailes, bringing the harassment to light. Robbie plays up-and-comer Kayla Pospisil, a fictional, composite character based on other individuals.

The three women appear in only one scene together, which proved to be one of the most striking in the movie. A scene in which they ride in the same elevator with little dialog was not originally in the script, but it turned out to be so impactful that it provided a key image for the film’s teaser.

Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson

“It was great to be able to have a scene with almost no dialog that still says a lot,” Kidman says in the extras.

“We don’t say anything to each other, and I think that’s the whole point of the scene, that we do not reach out and in a way our problems are unresolved because we have isolated ourselves,” adds Robbie.

“Charlize, Nicole and Margo are, well, a dream team,” says John Lithgow in the disc extras. Lithgow plays Ailes and made a point of telling the women in the film he was going to have to be nasty to them in the role.

John Lithgow as Roger Ailes

Despite playing the villain, Lithgow brought complexity to the character.

“He never shied away from the fact that this guy Roger Ailes was incredibly charismatic and that people loved him,” Theron notes.

“What I look for always in playing a bad guy is a sort of core of insecurity, what in the world makes them that way, how do you show the fact that he may do bad things, but he hates doing them,” Lithgow explains in the extras.

One of the most emotionally wrenching scenes in the film takes place between Lithgow as Ailes and Robbie’s Kayla as she slowly becomes aware of his abusive intentions.

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“The man is in the grips of his own compulsions, and he hates himself for it,” Lithgow says in the extras.

While the actors had a firm grip on the inner life of their characters, transforming them to resemble their real-life counterparts also added to the drama, winning makeup and hairstyling creators Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker an Academy Award.

Detailed in the disc extras are the hours of work with prosthetics and makeup that it took to turn the actors into well-known personalities. Kidman wore chin and body enhancements as Carlson, and Lithgow wore six prosthetics and a body suit as Ailes. Theron, who listened to hours of interviews to mimic Kelly’s voice, wore nose plugs and cheek, eyelid, chin and nose prosthetics to replicate Kelly’s look.

“The look match was really important to her,” says director Jay Roach in the extras, adding she wanted to see herself in the mirror and not recognize herself.

“We ended up so close to Megan’s features,” Theron adds, crediting Hiro’s artistry.

An ensemble of accomplished actors, including Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Malcolm McDowell (as media tycoon Rupert Murdoch) and Allison Janney also joined in crafting a complicated but sharply told story that filmmakers hope will start a conversation — without preaching.

“I personally don’t want to go and watch a movie that I feel is preaching to me,” says Theron, who credits Roach’s comedy background in helping to bring realism to the film.

“You feel like you’re really there in the room with those people,” she says.

Blu-ray/DVD/Digital special features include the “No Easy Truths: The Making of Bombshell” seven-part documentary:

  • “Convergence: Genesis of the Film” Featurette
  • “Quid Pro Quo: Charlize, Nicole, Margot, John” Featurette
  • “Human Dynamics: The Ensemble Cast” Featurette
  • “Breaking the Fourth Wall: Visual Design” Featurette
  • “Layer by Layer: Makeup, Hair & Clothing” Featurette
  • “A Unique Skill Set: Jay Roach” Featurette
  • “Catalyst for Change: Parting Thoughts” Featurette

‘Knives Out’ Coming Home on Digital Feb. 7, Disc — Including 4K — Feb. 25

The murder mystery Knives Out, which earned writer-director Rian Johnson an Oscar nom for Best Original screenplay, is heading home.

Lionsgate will release the whodunnit on digital Feb. 7 and 4K Ultra HD combo pack, Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and on demand Feb. 25.

The film, which has earned $278 million at the global box office, also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy (Ana de Armas) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy (Daniel Craig). Written, produced, and directed by Johnson (Star Wars: The Last JediLooper), Knives Out also has received awards from AFI, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics, Philadelphia Film Festival, The Hollywood Critics Association and Rotten Tomatoes’ Golden Tomatoes Awards.

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In addition to Craig and de Armas, the film’s ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell and Christopher Plummer. It follows the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Plummer). There’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc (Craig) knows for sure — everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth.

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Special features include an audio commentary and in-theater commentary by filmmaker Rian Johnson, two deleted scenes, the eight-part “Making a Murder” documentary, the “Rian Johnson: Planning the Perfect Murder” featurette, and a Q&A with the director and cast.

‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Coming to Digital Feb. 4, Disc — Including 4K — Feb. 18

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as the venerable Fred Rogers, will debut on digital Feb. 4, and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Hanks, who picked up an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the role, portrays children’s television icon Mister Rogers of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” in this film based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.

The film also stars Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood made $60.9 million at the global box office, all but about $300,000 of it in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

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Bonus features on the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD include more than 15 minutes of additional scenes, a blooper reel, an all-new featurette starring Daniel Tiger, filmmaker commentary and a behind-the-scenes look at the film.

Italian Oscar Entry ‘A Ciambra’ Due on Disc July 10 from IFC

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, A Ciambra, Italy’s entry for the 2018 Academy Awards, will come out on DVD and Blu-ray Disc July 10 from IFC Entertainment.

The second feature from director Jonas Carpignano (Mediterranea), the Cannes Film Festival award winner follows 14-year-old Pio (Pio Amato) who wants nothing more than the respect of his older brother, whom he emulates in every way — including his career as a petty criminal. When both his father and brother are arrested, Pio is determined to prove he can step up and be the head of his sprawling Romani family.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD include the making-of documentary “A Ciambra: The Other Side of the Story” and deleted scenes.

Best Foreign Film Oscar Winner Coming May 22 on Blu-ray, Digital from Sony

A Fantastic Woman, the Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film and the first Chilean movie to win an Oscar, will be released on Blu-ray and digital May 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film stars Daniela Vega (the first transgendered Oscar presenter in history) in the story of a young transgender aspiring singer who must confront society and her older lover’s family when he dies unexpectedly.
Special features include “The Making of A Fantastic Woman” featurette and an audio commentary with director Sebastián Lelio.

The film also won Best International Film at the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards, won Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival and was named one of the Top Five Foreign Language Films by the National Board of Review.

Oscars Provide Boost to Fandango, FandangoNow

Academy Awards season has been good to Fandango and its on-demand service FandangoNow.

For the second consecutive year, the company offered a special Awards Season gift card — good for tickets to see the Oscar contenders on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home (via FandangoNow).

By the time the Oscar ceremony aired, FandangoNow had seven of the nine Best Picture nominees available on the service.

“It definitely provided several of our biggest weekends in the history of FandangoNow,” said Fandango SVP Adam Rockmore.

It was also a benefit for customers who wanted to visit theaters.

“We’re a company that has one very specific goal, which is we want consumers to consume movies,” Rockmore said. “And we think that if we can get more people into the theater that bodes well for home entertainment and if we can get more people to watch at home that actually helps theatrical so it a virtuous cycle.”

Oscar-lauded films were front and center on the site, employing a strategy of curation that the company uses with other subjects as well.

“We continue to make sure that we’re staying very topical in things that are happening in the space — like Oscars,” Rockmore said. “At the same time, we’ll continue putting out really great curated lists from Rotten Tomatoes [a sister site] or other things that we think are in the pop culture.”

The site promotes previous installments of franchises, such as “Fifty Shades” and the Marvel universe, with the release of the latest theatrical release.

“Because we are a theatrical and at home service we always make sure we tie together the theatrical release to whatever the franchise is so, in effect, we’re drafting on the history,” he said.

Upcoming Titles on FandangoNOW

  1. Father Figures (Owen Wilson) – 3/20/2018

  2. The Greatest Showman* (Hugh Jackman) – 3/20/2018

  3. Insidious: The Last Key* (Lin Shaye) – 3/20/2018

  4. Proud Mary* (Taraji P. Henson) – 3/27/2018

  5. All The Money In The World* (Christopher Plummer) – 3/27/2018

  6. Paddington 2* (Hugh Grant) – 3/27/2018

  7. Phantom Thread* (Daniel Day-Lewis) – 3/27/2018

  8. Condorito: The Movie (Omar Chaparro) – 3/27/2018

  9. The Post* (Meryl Streep) – 4/3/2018

  10. The Commuter (Liam Neeson) – 4/3/2018

  11. Forever My Girl (Alex Roe) – 4/10/2018

  12. Hostiles (Rosamund Pike) – 4/10/2018

  13. Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (Annette Bening) – 4/24/2018

  14. The Insult (Adel Karam) – 5/1/2018

*Indicates 4K Ultra HD availability

 

Top Movies on FandangoNOW

  1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle* (Dwayne Johnson)

  2. Thor: Ragnarok* (Chris Hemsworth)

  3. Coco* (Gael Garcia Bernal)

  4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Frances McDormand)

  5. The Shape of Water (Sally Hawkins)

  6. I, Tonya (Margot Robbie)

  7. Pitch Perfect 3* (Anna Kendrick)

  8. Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan)

  9. Darkest Hour* (Gary Oldman)

  10. Justice League (2017)* (Gal Gadot)

*Indicates 4K Ultra HD availability

 

Top TV Shows on FandangoNOW

  1. “The Walking Dead”

  2. “Game of Thrones”

  3. “Atlanta”

  4. “Riverdale”

  5. “Survivor”

  6. “Shameless”

  7. “The Big Bang Theory”

  8. “The Blacklist”

  9. “Street Outlaws”

  10. “American Crime Story”

Oscar-Nominated ‘The Post’ to Hit Digital April 3, Disc April 17

The Post, which earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Meryl Streep), will come out on digital April 3, followed by DVD and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc April 17 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The film will be available on digital locker service Movies Anywhere.

Based on a true story and directed by Steven Spielberg, the film stars Streep as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee as they wrestle with publishing the Pentagon Papers, government documents revealing secrets about the Vietnam War.

Special features include:

  • “Layout: Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee & The Washington Post” (Blu-ray only), which explores the real-life characters at the heart of the story, Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee;
  • “Editorial: The Cast and Characters of The Post” (Blu-ray only), which covers the casting;
  • “The Style Section: Re-Creating an Era,” about the 1970s style of the film;
  • “Stop the Presses: Filming The Post,” with footage from filming; and
  • “Arts and Entertainment: Music for The Post,” in which Spielberg and composer John Williams talk about their 44-year partnership.

McDormand Oscar Acceptance Speech Gets Top Kudos in Fandango Survey

In the hours after the Academy Awards, Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 Oscar-watching moviegoers on their feelings about the show, host, speeches, snubs and surprises, and Best Actress winner Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri) gave the best acceptance speech at the Oscars, according to the survey, leading the field with 37% of the fan vote.

As for the biggest omission of the night, 44% of moviegoers point to the virtual shutout of Lady Bird as the Academy’s top snub. At the same time, 48% of fans claim Jordan Peele’s Best Original Screenplay win for Get Out was Oscars’ happiest surprise.

According to the survey, the biggest Oscar snubs were: Lady Bird, for a total shutout in all categories (44%); “This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman), Best Song (20%); and War for the Planet of the Apes, Best Visual Effects (14%).

The happiest Oscar surprises were, according to the survey: Get Out, Best Original Screenplay by Jordan Peele (48%); The Shape of Water, Best Picture (29%); and Call Me by Your Name, Best Adapted Screenplay by James Ivory (11%).

The best Oscar acceptance speech, according to the survey was:  Frances McDormand, Best Actress (37%);  Guillermo Del Toro, Best Director (18%); and  Jordan Peele, Best Original Screenplay (13%).

About the show itself, according to survey respondents:

— 76% claimed Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel did a good job.

— 73% liked the shout-outs to diversity and to the “Time’s Up” and “Me Too” movements.

— 72% enjoyed the Oscar stars surprising moviegoers at the theater next door.

— 61% said Kimmel should host the Oscars again next year.

“Film fans were hoping that Greta Gerwig’s fresh and funny coming-of-age tale Lady Bird would bring home some gold, but at the same time, moviegoers are happy to see Get Out get proper recognition as the most strikingly original screenplay of the year,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “It makes perfect sense that moviegoers would pick Frances McDormand’s unforgettable acceptance as the evening’s most memorable speech, as ‘inclusion rider’ has been trending on Twitter ever since she introduced the concept to many at the Oscars.”

The majority of Oscar-winning movies are already available on Fandango’s premium on-demand video service FandangoNow. Fandango is also offering its Awards Season Gift Card here, good for catching up with all the Oscar winners on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home and on-the-go (with FandangoNow).