Momentum Pictures and Entertainment One have announced official plans to bring director Gavin Hood’s sleeper hit Ender’s Game (2013) to home theaters February 17, 2014. The film stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin. Butterfield stars as Ender, an exceptional youth recruited by the International Starfleet to head a child dream team of Earth’s most intelligent and talented youth. It quickly becomes clear Ender’s talents may even surpass even those of the legendary Mazer Rackham (Kingsley). With the possibility of the alien Formics attacking Earth at some point in the near future, Starfleet hopes to train this group to lead a last stand to save their world from destruction.
Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners is set to hit the shelves on December 17, 2013, in time for Christmas. The taut thriller stars Hugh Jackman, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo, and Terrence Howard. Jackman is Keller Dover, a deeply religious carpenter who takes his family to visit his neighbors the Birches (Davis and Howard) for Thanksgiving dinner. Their daughters go outside to play after the meal, but soon go missing. The police immediately question and release a suspect for lack of evidence. Keller decides to kidnap and torture the man in order to extract information on their daughters’ whereabouts. The distributor has announced two special features to accompany the theatrical release: Prisoners: Every Moment Matters where Jackman and Gyllenhaal explore the tense relationship between their characters Keller and Loki (the detective on the case) and Prisoners: Powerful Performances which explores the entire cast.
Well Go USA will release its latest entry into the buddy film genre Lost in Thailand (2012) February 25, 2014. Director/Producer/Actor Xu Zheng is Xu, a driven Chinese businessman who invents a solution that magically increases the volume of whatever liquid with which it comes into contact. Xu hopes to make a fortune with his invention, but his business partner Gao (Huang Bo) has other ideas, preferring to sell out to a French company. Xu embarks on a road trip to Thailand to get the permission of the company’s biggest shareholder Lao. Along the way he meets and teams up with a tourist (Wang Baoqiang) who is on a quest of his own. On a madcap romp involving Thai Ladyboys, a Muay Thai master, and illegal Buddhas, Wang and Xu discover themselves on a quest to fulfill their dreams. Xu Zheng‘s film has already become the most popular film in Chinese history, surpassing the highest grossing film in Chinese history, James Cameron’s Avatar, in number of tickets sold.
Walt Disney Home Entertainment will release the multi-generational favorite The Jungle Book as a limited time Diamond Edition Blu-ray on February 11, 2014. The release will be available in two Blu-ray/DVD combo packs, one of which will also include an HD digital download and marks the first time in seven years the film has been made available from the Disney vault. The Jungle Book was the last film to receive the personal touch of the man himself, Walt Disney. It is based upon Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name. The light animated buddy film follows Mowgli on his adventures in the jungle with Baloo the bear, Kaa the snake, King Louie, and Bagheera the panther and contains the Academy Award-nominated song “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.” The Diamond Edition is packed with extras not found in the previous DVD releases, including:
- Bear-E-Oke Sing along
- Alternate Ending: Mowgli and the Hunter
- @DisneyAnimation: Sparking Creativity
- Introductions by Diane Disney Miller and Richard M. Sherman
- Music, Memories & Mowgli: A Conversation with Richard M. Sherman, Diane Disney Miller, and Floyd Norman
- I Wanna Be Like You: Hangin’ Out at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
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