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DVD / Blu-ray News March 5, 2013. The DVD / Blu-ray News for this week includes Les Misérables, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, and Rust & Bone.

Les Misérables

Tim Hooper’s Oscar-nominated version of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables doesn’t hit DVD and Blu-ray until March 22nd, but you can pre-order it now.  The DVD will feature:

1.85:1 video

English Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound

Subtitles in English SDH, French, and Spanish

Director’s Commentary with Tim Hooper

The Stars of Les Misérables  Director Tim Hooper discusses the casting process, how and why he chose certain stars to embody the characters; the stars, themselves, reveal what motivated them to pursue the characters.

Creating the Perfect Paris Production Designer Eve Stewart created a massive set to bring to life a now-extinct Paris of old. She discusses the intricate process and why it was important to get everything right down to the last detail.

The Original Masterwork:  Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables This featurette examines the themes and historical background of Victor Hugo’s original work and how the producers used it as inspiration for the film.

In addition to the above features and extras, the Blu-ray disc will have:


English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 and DTS Surround Sound 5.1 Sound

Les Misérables Singing Live The cast and production team discuss their unusual choice to sing live during filming rather than lip-sync to a pre-recorded track.  Live-singing also removed the option to substitute more-skilled singers and forced the cast to hone their skills on the mic.

Battle at the Barricade  Director Tim Hooper wanted to evoke as much drama as possible in the building of the barricade, so he had the actors build it in real-time during filming by throwing actual furniture out of windows.

The West End Connection Cameron Mackintosh, Producer of the original West End theatrical production of Les Misérables was heavily involved in Tim Hooper’s production as well as stars of the theatrical production who appeared in supporting roles in this film.

Les Misérables on Location  Members of the crew and the cast discuss the benefits of filming on location rather than staging Les Mis. The film itself showcases some spectacular locations including a stunning underground chapel in London.

Les Misérables Bluray

Zero Dark Thirty

International thriller Zero Dark Thirty arrives on March 19thSony Pictures Home Entertainment has priced the DVD at $30.99 and the Blu-ray Combo Pack at $40.99;  the Blu-ray combo pack will have a Blu-ray disc, DVD, and UltraViolet Digital Copy.  The discs will only feature four extras:  No Small Feat, The Compound, Geared Up, and Targeting Jessica Chastain.

Zero Dark Thirty Bluray

Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino’s twist on the classic western rides into town April 16th.  Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company’s blockbuster have priced the Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy) at $39.99 and the DVD at $29.98.  The DVD will only have a few extras:  Remembering J. Michael Riva:  the Production Design of Django Unchained Featurette, 20 Years in the Making:  the Tarantino XX Blu-ray Collection Feature, and a Django Unchained Soundtrack Spot.  The Blu-ray Combo will have two extra featurettes:  Reimagining the Spaghetti Western:  the Horses & Stunts of Django Unchained and The Costume Designs of Sharen Davis.

Django Unchained Bluray

Rust & Bone

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the March 19th DVD and Blu-ray disc release for Rust & Bone starring Academy Award Winner Marion Cotillard.  The DVD will retail for $30.99 and the Blu-ray will sell for $35.99. Disc extras include commentary with director Jacques Audiard and screenplay writer Thomas Bidegain, deleted scenes, and features such as The Making of Rust & Bone, On the Red Carpet:  Toronto Film Festival, Making Of’s Making Of by Mikros.

Rust and Bone Bluray

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