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DVD / Blu-ray New Releases: October 22, 2013: ONLY GOD FORGIVES

Ryan Gosling Only God Forgives

The gritty crime thriller Only God Forgives hits the streets today. Ryan Gosling and Kristen Scott Thomas star as Julian, a retired cop-killing thug and his mother who hatch a plan for revenge for the vigilante murder of Julian’s brother. Set in Thailand, Julian now runs a local boxing club and lives underground a decade after slaying a police officer. When Julian’s brother is slain in retribution for killing a prostitute, his mother comes to town to urge him on to vengeance. He learns the killer is a local police officer known as The Angel of Vengeance and decides he will make quick work of him; he is sorely mistaken. Only God Forgives comes with both Spanish and English SDH subtitles and several extras: audio commentary, director interviews, behind the scenes, a music featurette, and two free mp3 tracks from the soundtrack.

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy return in Before Midnight, the continuation of the romantic dramas Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). Jesse (Hawke) and his French bride Céline (Delpy) now live in Paris after meeting on a train and falling for each other in Vienna. They are now the proud parents of two daughters, but struggle with Céline’s career frustrations and Jesse’s difficulty in connecting with his visiting teenaged son. The Blu-ray includes an UltraViolet Copy, the original theatrical trailer, audio commentary, Revisiting Jesse & Céline ( a comparison of this film to its two predecessors), Q&A With Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, and Richard Linklater, and previews for upcoming SONY titles.

Funny men Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, who hit buddy movie gold in The Wedding Crashers, team up again in the recession-era comedy The Internship. The pair play laid off forty-somethings forced to take an internship at an internet giant managed by young whippersnappers half their age. The film was made with the consent and cooperation of corporate behemoth Google and showcases both their real corporate campuses and quite a bit of their corporate culture. Vaughn and Wilson join teams of college-aged interns who battle it out with their ideas in hopes of snagging a coveted permanent position within the firm. The set contains the obligatory trailers, deleted scenes, and audio commentary; what sets it apart is the inclusion of both the theatrical cut and unrated versions of the film. It also has the clever faux documentary of the Quidditch match, Any Given Monday.

Steve Carell brings another comedy offering to the small screen this week with The Way Way Back. Carell plays Trent, the bullying boyfriend of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) mother. Fed up with Trent’s teasing, Duncan hops on his bike and takes off and discovers the Water Wizz, a water theme park. The park manager Owen takes him under his wing and helps him grow his confidence and cope with that awkward summer.

Bad boy character actor Danny Trejo stars in Dead in Tombstone as Guerrero Hernandez, leader of the dangerous Blackwater Gang. Guerrero helps his half-brother Red break out of prison and the two plan to rob the mining town Edendale. Red double crosses Guerrero and Guerrero is killed. He makes a deal with the devil to return from the dead and exact revenge on his brother and the town, now aptly renamed Tombstone. Dead in Tombstone also stars Anthony Michael Hall and Mickey Rourke.

Other notable releases today include:

The Vincent Price Collection: The Fall of the House of Usher / The Pit and the Pendulum / The Haunted Palace / The Masque of the Red Death / Witchfinder General / The Abominable Dr. Phibes

Oka!

Nikita: The Complete Third Season

Bruce Lee: The Legacy Collection

Leviathan

I Give It a Year

As Cool As I Am

Just Like a Woman

Roulette

Primeval: New World

Yellowstone 3D

Galápagos 3D

Wild Madagascar 3D

Ocean Giants 3D

Rocky Mountains 3D: The Impressive Natural Paradise

Serengeti: Nature’s Greatest Journey

Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary

Morrissey 25 Live

Van Morrison: Moondance (Deluxe Edition)

Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria (Best Buy)

John Cassavetes: Five Films (Criterion Collection)

Singam II

Thalaivaa: It’s Time to Lead

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