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Home Entertainment News: September 10, 2013: BREAKING BAD, GROWN UPS 2

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The AMC series Breaking Bad is burning up social media as it enters the home stretch of its final three episodes. Viewers left jonesing for another hit of the “Blue” won’t be left hanging; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced two home releases just in time for the holidays. Breaking Bad: The Final Season will feature the final eight episodes of the series along with numerous extras. It arrives in stores November 26, 2013, is currently available for pre-order (BD+UV, $65.99). Breaking Bad: The Complete Series is the meatier offering; it contains all 62 episodes of the series spread out over 16 Blu-ray discs. It comes in collectible packaging shaped like a barrel (watchers of the final season will understand the reference) and has over 55 hours of extras including a new exclusive two hour documentary plus all of the extras and retail exclusives previously available in other season boxed sets including a Los Pollos Hermanos apron, a challenge coin, and a collectible booklet. The Complete Series set also arrives on shelves November 26, 2013.

Experience Hendrix, LLC and Legacy Recordings have announced Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A-Comin’, a documentary containing never-before-seen footage of the musician and home movies taken by Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell. The video footage will be complemented by letters from family, drawings, photographs and commentary from friends and prominent musicians including bassist Billy Cox, Steve Winwood, Noel Redding, Paul McCartney, Mitch Mitchell, Vernon Reid, Eddie Kramer, Billy Gibbons, Dave Mason, and Dweezil Zappa. Director Bob Smeaton has won awards for two previous Hendrix docs: Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child and Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock. Blu-ray extras include never-before-released footage of performances at Miami Pop and the 1970 New York Pop Festival.  It also includes the last performance of The Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Love & Peace Festival on September 6, 1970 the Isle of Fehmarn; Jimi would die just 12 days later at the age of 27. The documentary streets on November 5, 2013 just in time for what would have been Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday.

Guillermo del Toro’s blockbuster Pacific Rim will be released as both a 2D and 3D Blu-ray combo pack by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on October 15, 2013. Both sets will have UltraViolet downloads, 1080p video, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround sound, and a host of extras parceled out on two discs: audio commentary and prologue by the director, deleted scenes, a blooper reel, Shatterdome Database, The Director’s Notebook: Drift Space, The Artistry of Pacific Rim, and The Shatterdome, and 16 Focus Point Featurettes.

Chicago-based distributors Music Box Films have acquired the French supernatural min-series Les Revenants (The Returned) (2012). The series follows a group of people who return to their homes in a small mountain village and slowly come to realize they might have been dead for some time. Scottish ambient musicians Mogwai provide the surreal soundtrack to this latest international project to wash upon American shores. The distributors will release the series on home video January 2014.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has officially announced it will release Dennis Dugan’s sequel Grown Ups 2 (2013) on DVD and Blu-ray November 5, 2013. The comedy stars Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, Salma Hayek, and Maria Bello as school buddies reunited after a move back to their home town. Lenny (Sandler) decides to relocate his family back to his hometown after an enjoyable reunion. Unfortunately, he conveniently forgot just how horrible bullies, bus drivers, and overbearing drunk policemen can be. Life quickly spirals out of control, culminating in an unforgettable last day of school for their children. Announced special features include eight deleted scenes, Shaq and Dante Police Force featurette, and three Blu-ray exclusives: Look Who Stopped By (a look at the cameos throughout the film), Mr. Spade’s Wild Ride (David Spade’s preparations to roll down a hill in a tire), and The Feder House (construction of the sound stage for the Feder house).

Cinedigm Entertainment’s New Video Group has announced plans to release Gilles BourdosRenoir (2012) on November 5, 2013. The film had its premiere at least year’s Cannes Film Festival and stars Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Romane Bohringer, and Vincent Rottiers. The poignant drama chronicles the twilight years of painter Renoir: an ailing widower, he is depressed at having learned his son has been wounded in war. Along comes a beautiful young girl who becomes his muse both in art and in life.

Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac (2012) will street on October 15, 2013. The remake of the 80’s cult classic slasher film stars Elijah Wood, America Olivo, Nora Arnezeder, and Sammi Rotibi. Frank, the reclusive owner of a mannequin store (you already know where this is going) is drawn out of his shell by Anna, a young artist seeking help with her exhibition. She awakens in him a repressed need to hunt and murder. Expect three special features including a poster gallery, a making-of featurette, and the original theatrical trailer.

Anchor Bay Films has announced the release of Giorgio Serafini’s dark suspense Ambushed (2013) on November 12, 2013. Dolph Lundgrean stars as an agent investigating a far-reaching drug operation.  A fellow agent goes undercover and quickly finds herself overwhelmed. Meanwhile, two low-level dealers decide to cut out the middle man with unimagined consequences. Ambushed also stars Randy Couture, Vinnie Jones, Daniel Bonjour, Gianni Capaldi, and Carly Pope.

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