An Ocean of Epic Adventure

The Poseidon Adventure – One of the 1970s classic disaster movies which starred a young Gene Hackman as a new age preacher who must lead a group of passengers on to safety when a storm capsizes their ocean liner. What made this film so special was the group of lovable actors that were thrown into the critical situation together. Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Stella Stevens, Pamela Sue Martin, Red Buttons, Jack Albertson and Roddy McDowell all gave memorable, heartfelt performances as the group of regular folks who must find their inner faith to help each other get out of the deadly predicament alive.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary by director Ronald Neame – Commentary by Pamela Sue Martin, Stella Stevens, and Carol Lynley – Hollywood Backstories episode with nice behind-the-scenes footage – The Cast Looks Back – Falling Up with Ernie – The Writer: Stirling Silliphant – The Heroes of The Poseidon – The Morning After Story – R.M.S. Queen Mary – Conversations with Ronald Neame – Marketing and publicity galleries – Storyboard Comparisons – Original 1972 Featurette – Trailer and Teaser Trailer –

The Dark Knight Rises (Blu-ray/DVD Combo+UltraViolet Digital Copy)The Dark Knight Rises The grand finale of the three part Batman epic by Christopher Nolan gave longtime fans an emotionally powerful and action packed closure. The story picks up 8 years after Bruce Wayne’s self imposed exile following the death of Harvey Dent. Bruce is forced to come out of seclusion when Gotham is faced with a devastating threat in the form of a mysterious masked terrorist called Bane (Tom Hardy). The film truly brings Bruce and his alter ego Batman full circle and takes viewers on a rollercoaster of extreme highs and lows throughout its running time. I loved this film and highly recommend all three movies. Hopefully a trilogy set ill be on its way very soon!

SPECIAL FEATURES: BLU-RAY COMBO PACK: “THE BATMOBILE” DOCUMENTARY: Witness all five Batmobiles together for the first time in history. Dive deep into every aspect of the most awe-inspiring weapon in Batman’s arsenal as you journey through the birth and evolution of this technological marvel and cultural icon. ENDING THE KNIGHT: A comprehensive look into how Director Christopher Nolan and his production team made “The Dark Knight Rises” the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend. The Prologue: High-Altitude Hijacking – Return to the Batcave – Beneath Gotham – The Bat – Batman vs Bane – Armory Accepted – Gameday Destruction – Demolishing a City Street – The Pit – The Chant – The War on Wall Street – Race to the Reactor – Characters: The Journey of Bruce Wayne – Gotham’s Reckoning – A Girls Gotta Eat – Reflections – Shadows & Light in Large Format – The End of A Legend – Trailers – Art Galleries

Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection (Apocalypse Now/Apocalypse Now Redux/One From the Heart/Tetro/The Conversation) [Blu-ray]

The Francis Ford Coppola 5 Film Collection (Apocalypse Now/Apocalypse Now Redux/One From The Heart/Tetro/The Conversation) Since the early 1970s, Director Francis Ford Coppola has been making cinema that is critically acclaimed, pushes the boundaries and inspires us. This new 5 film collection focuses on some of his most eclectic, personal works. The Conversation (1974), stars Gene Hackman as a surveillance expert who gets caught inside a web of paranoia and deception. Apocalypse Now (1979) his surreal adventure set during the Vietnam War had legendary production problems but went on to be a huge hit with critics and fans alike. Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) is the remastered, re-edited version which included several unused sequences never before seen. One From The Heart (1982) is an odd little romantic-musical throwback that was quite a departure for him and something he hadn’t done since Finian’s Rainbow. Open minded film fans may really like it. Francis Ford Coppola has often said that as a young filmmaker he had originally wanted to make small arthouse projects not huge Hollywood epics and in recent years he’s gone back to that. Tetro (2009) tells the compelling story of two estranged brothers (Vincent Gallo and Alden Ehrenreich) who try to get to know each other again. It harkens back to themes we first saw in Rumble Fish.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Apocalypse Now Redux: Audio Commentary with Francis Ford Coppola.

One From The Heart: Coppola audio commentary, four documentaries, deleted scenes, rehearsal footage, trailers, alternate tracks and demos from Tom Waits.

Tetro: Coppola commentary with Ehrenreich. Behind the scenes, featurettes about the music, choreography and cinematogrpahy. Extended version of the play within the movie titled “Fausta: A Drama in Verse.”

The Conversation: Includes interview with Coppola and composer David Shire, screen tests for Ford and Williams. On-set interview with Hackman. Two separate audio commentaries with Coppola and editor Walter Murch.

All five films include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Apocalypse Now, Apocalypse Now Redux and Tetro will have a 2.35:1 image. One From The Heart features a 1.33:1 aspect ratio and The Conversation a 1.78:1 transfer.

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Peter

Editor-In-Chief of The Grindhouse Cinema Database/Furious Cinema contributor. Pete is a rabid movie geek who enjoys everything from wild n' crazy exploitation/cult flix to big budget mainstream classics. His other interests include: graphic design, cartooning and music.

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