With the Cars franchise raking in so much revenue for Disney it is no surprise they decided to do another spinoff. Planes (2013) follows in Cars’ tire tracks and takes them to the sky with Dusty the crop duster who dreams of flying in a big competition. The only hitch is he is afraid of heights. Dusty must overcome his fears to realize his dreams. The film relies on the comedic talents of Cedric the Entertainer, Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Priyanka Chopra, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus to voice the various planes, cars, and other mechanical creatures. Planes is available as both a 2D and 3D combo pack with BD+DVD+DC. Both combo pack releases feature 1080p video with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 Surround Sound and sizeable extras including Exclusive Franz’s Song (an animated music video featuring the minicar who encourages Dusty in his endeavors), Klay’s Flight Plan (Director Klay Hall’s reminiscence about his love of aviation and the making of Planes), Deleted Scenes (director Hall and producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn introduce deleted scenes from the movie and two animated shorts), Top 10 Flyers (ESPN personality Colin Cowherd counts down the top 10 notables in aviation history), and Meet the Racers (meet the animated characters Dusty, Ishani, El Chupacabra, and Ripslinger).
Action movie staple Mark Wahlberg teams up with perennial favorite Denzel Washington in 2 Guns (2013). The pair play an undercover DEA Agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who initially believe they are investigating a drug kingpin played by Edward James Olmos, but quickly learn they have been set up. Each is unaware of the other’s identity and they are forced to team up to fight for their own survival. They must combine their experience and grit to get to the bottom of who is trying to get them killed. 2 Guns also stars Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, and James Marsden, and is available as a Blu-ray combo pack (BD+DVD+UV) and a 1-disc DVD version.
In The World’s End, five friends reunite 20 years after trying to complete a marathon pub crawl, the Golden Mile, as teens to recreate their glory years. The group reunites to give the 12-pint 12-pub challenge another go but notice the New Haven townsfolk are not their usual selves. In fact, they have been replaced by robot stand-ins who intend to quietly take over the world. The group have until dawn to thwart the alien takeover while still intending to achieve the foamy glory which eluded them in their youth. Pierce Brosnan delights as the alien leader while Simon Pegg is pitch perfect as the man-child Gary, who serves as the catalyst for the reunion of his friends Steven (Paddy Considine), O-Man (Martin Freeman), Peter (Eddie Marsan), and Andy (Nick Frost). The World’s End is available as a Blu-ray combo pack (BD+DVD+UV) and a single disc DVD.
The To Do List is a coming-of-age comedy about a bookish young valedictorian who wants to expand her life experiences before heading off to Georgetown University—Go Hoyas!–in the Fall. As her “to do list” grows, she enlists the help of her best friends, boss, older sister, and open-minded mother to help her engage in the pleasures of the flesh and lose her virginity to her crush. The group has to think outside the box to help her accomplish her goal of shedding her good-girl image and going away to school worldly and more satisfied with her life. Supplemental features for the film include deleted and extended scenes, audio commentary, and several featurettes, most notably Dirty Mouth, a montage of all the dirty words used in the film.
Other notable releases today include:
We’re the Millers (Extended Cut)
Treme: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray) (Digipak)
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5 (Blu-ray)
REO Speedwagon: Live at Moondance Jam (Blu-ray)
Tokyo Story (Blu-ray)
Night of the Comet (Blu-ray)
Tank Girl Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray)
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