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Home Entertainment News: September 16, 2013: THE SIMPSONS, DEADFALL

The Simpsons The Sixteenth Season

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has just announced plans to release the sixteenth season of the beloved animated comedy The Simpsons on home video on December 3, 2013, just in time for the holidays. The Simpsons is the longest running scripted series in the history of television; this season aired 2004-2005. Guest stars in the 21 episodes include Stephen Hawking, Jason Bateman, Ray Romano, Amy Poehler, Fantasia Barrino, Lucy Liu, James Caan, Gary Busey, Liam Neeson, and many more.  Announced extras include: Living in the Moment, Greetings! Junior Scienteers, Live! It’s The Simpsons: Table Read Featurette for “Thank God, It’s Doomsday,” Pranksta Rap, Future Drama: Act 1, three bonus episodes, deleted scenes, two sketch galleries, audio commentary, and Easter eggs.

Academy Award-nominated director Markus Imhoof examines the plight of the honeybee in his documentary More Than Honey (2012). Honey bees face worldwide extinction and with their disappearance, agricultural crops and industries will fall. Imhoof looks at the problem from the Americas to Europe to Asia to try and tackle why it is happening and what we can do to stop it. More Than Honey features stunning macro photography of bees in action in their natural habitats and is a solid addition to the canon of nature documentaries. Kino Video will release this title into the wild on Christmas Eve of this year.

Warner Bros. UK has detailed its plans to release Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Deadfall (2012) on home video October 7, 2013. The film stars Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Kris Kristofferson, and Sissy Spacek. A brother and sister Addison and Liza (Bana and Wilde) are on the lam after a botched casino heist. When their accomplice and a state trooper end up dead, they split up to try to reach the Canadian border in a white-out blizzard. Addison hikes on foot leaving a path of destruction while Liza catches a ride with a man on the way to Thanksgiving dinner with his parents, one of whom is a retired sheriff.  The usual tension of family holiday dinners is turned up to the maximum as Addison and Liza meet again in a test of their reserve. The Blu-ray includes interviews with Wilde, Bana, and Ruzowitzky as well as two very short featurettes.

Magnolia Pictures will release Sebastian Cordero’s Europa Report (2013) on home video October 8, 2013. The sci-fi thriller depicts a manned mission to the Jovian moon Europa to probe for liquid water and possible life. A communications failure and crew member death isolates the spaceship leading the astronauts to plumb the depths of their psychological fortitude to keep themselves and the mission together in the face of a discovery no one on Earth ever could have imagined. The release will be thin on special features, offering only a special effects featurette, deleted scenes, and a theatrical trailer.

Magnolia Pictures also plans to release Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt (Jagten) (2012) on home video December 10, 2013. The film, which won three awards at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, stars Mads Mikkelsen as a teacher falsely accused of abuse by his best friend’s five-year-old daughter. Her accusation touches off a firestorm of social and professional shunning and loss for him in the midst of a nasty custody battle for his son.

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