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Home Entertainment News: August 20, 2013: BLACKFISH, REDS 2, MAD MEN


Magnolia Pictures has announced its plans to release the award-nominated film Blackfish (2013) on November 12, 2013. The Gabriela Cowperthwaite-directed project received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary examines the orca, also known as killer whale, in its natural habitat and in an abundance of marine theme parks and study facilities across the world. Incredibly intelligent, usually gentle, and majestic in their bearing, orcas also have a propensity to kill, though usually only other marine mammals—including other orcas. Cowperthwaite also touches on the history of Tilikum, an orca in captivity at Sea World who has the notorious history of having killed several of his trainers.

StudioCanal has revealed it plans to release the sleeper hit The Kings of Summer (2013) in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2013. The coming-of-age story stars Nick Offerman as the dad to a teen played by Nick Robinson who runs away with his friends (played by Moises Arias and Gabriel Basso.) The trio spends the summer living in the woods away from parental influence and learning independence and responsibility.

The summer action comedy Reds 2 may still be in the theaters, but Entertainment One has already announced plans to release the hit on home disc November 25, 2013. The movie stars John Malkovich, Bruce Willis, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as aging-yet-invincible international spies.

Sony Pictures  and Soda Pictures will release Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) in the U.S. and U.K., respectively. The film stars Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, and Mia Wasikowska and follows the epic love affair of two immortal vampires. The release date has yet to be announced.

Kevin Hart’s sold out special at Madison Square Garden will street on October 15, 2013. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain was filmed over two nights at the venue and represents another installment in the comedian’s unique style of self-deprecating humor.

The Lindsay Lohan vehicle The Canyons (2013) will be released on November 26, 2013 by MPI Entertainment and IFC Films. Lohan plays the unfaithful actress girlfriend of manipulative trust funder James Deen.  The film also stars Gus Van Sant, Amanda Brooks, and Nolan Gerard Funk.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment will bring Mad Men: Season Six to home theaters November 5, 2013. The set will include all 13 episodes from the sixth season while the three-disc Blu-ray set will have extras including featurettes on sets, costuming, and the examinations of the various social movements of the era.

Lionsgate will also release the entire eight seasons of Weeds as a 16-disc Blu-ray set on November 5, 2013. The 102-episode set will have previously-released bonus content as well as four exclusive extras:

  1. Weeds Cast Roundtable the cast discusses the development of the series and its impact on society and on their careers.
  2. They Came, They Smoked, They Left Fan-favorite cast members again discuss taking part in the series
  3. Nancy’s Sexcapades If you’ve ever wondered why everyone on the show seemed to salivate at the sight of late-thirty-something Nancy, here is your chance to find out why. Cast members discuss Nancy’s hookups and why she was the MILF Weed everyone wanted to smoke.
  4. Suburban Black Widow Cast members discuss why so many of Nancy’s men ended up dead.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially detailed its planned October 8, 2013 release of Bones: The Complete Eighth Season. Special features include deleted scenes, a Q & A with Bones, a gag reel, “Bare Bones Total Fandom-onium,” and commentary on “The Future in the Past.”

The same studio will also release a combo pack of Paul Feig’s The Heat (2013) on October 15, 2013. The cop/buddy comedy with a twist stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa Meyer as lone wolf officers forced to team up to catch a drug lord. In the process, they learn a lot about themselves and each other forming a bond through one misadventure after another.

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