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Home Entertainment News: September 3, 2013: SNITCH, COME AS YOU ARE

Dwayne Johnson Snitch

Dwayne Johnson has been all over both the silver screen and its home counterpart this year with his film Snitch, Empire State, Pain & Gain, and his reality television show, The Hero. Empire State streets tomorrow, while Entertainment One and Momentum Pictures have announced an October 28, 2013 release date for Snitch. Johnson plays a devoted father who goes undercover as an informant for the DEA in an attempt to help his son avoid a lengthy prison sentence. Snitch also stars Susan Sarandon as a no-nonsense federal prosecutor and Benjamin Bratt as a high-level drug lord.

Eureka Entertainment will release Geoffrey Enthoven’s coming-of-age-with-a-twist film Come As You Are (2011) on October 7, 2013. The movie follows a trio of friends (expertly played by Tom Audenart, Gilles de Schrijver, and Robrecht Vanden Thoren) with varying disabilities (wheelchair bound, blind, and paraplegic) determined to lose their virginity. They set off on a road trip to Spain in a quest to visit a brothel that caters to clients with disabilities and have many adventures and self-awakenings along the way. Blu-ray special features include a theatrical trailer, a making of documentary, an interview with Asta Philpot, the person upon whom the film is loosely based, three short featurettes from British charities which raise funds for each of the conditions of the three main characters, optional subtitles in English and SDH, and an optional audio descriptive soundtrack for the blind and partially sighted.

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment has announced plans to bring directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s biopic Lovelace (2013) to the home entertainment market November 5, 2013. The film chronicles the rise and fall of porn star of Deep Throat fame, Linda Lovelace, in the industry. Amanda Seyfried stars as the title character, Peter Sarsgaard as her husband Chuck Traynor, and appearances by Sharon Stone and James Franco. Deep Throat (and by association, Lovelace) gained notoriety as the first pornographic scripted feature film; the project was wildly successful and propelled the then-unknown star to international fame. She became a spokeswoman for the sexual liberation movement that gained traction in the free love 60’s and continued to build in the early 70’s. Lovelace would later sing a very different tune from the smiling visage she presented the world while promoting the film.

The coming-of-age comedy The Way, Way Back (2013) starring Steve Carell, Liam James, Toni Collette, Sam Duncan, Sam Rockwell, and Allison Janey will be released by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on October 22, 2013. 14-year-old Duncan (James) is forced to go on a family trip with his mom (Collette) and her boyfriend (Carell). He meets a friend (Rockwell) at a water park and the two click, resulting in lots of laughs and teenage realizations over the course of the vacation. Special features will include deleted scenes, a making-of, and several behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment has announced plans to distribute director Oriol Paulo’s thriller The Body (2012) on DVD and Blu-ray. An inspector must investigate the disappearance of a body from the morgue, a crime which leaves the morgue attendant in a coma from the sheer terror of its occurrence. The inspector grapples with his own nightmares while the dead woman’s widower battles demons from his own past.  As more and more strange phenomena manifest, the widower and the inspector become enmeshed in a terror that will leave you on the edge of your sofa.

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