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'Blazing Saddles,' 40 years later: A conversation with Mel Brooks -- EXCLUSIVE

When Mel Brooks demands a harumph, you give Mel Brooks a harumph.

Harumph, harumph, harumph!

After all, he’s carving time out of his day to speak about Blazing Saddles, the delirious western that is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special edition Blu-ray, out May 6. Time is of the essence: “I have people coming in to give me awards,” Brooks jokes. “Every 45 minutes, roughly, someone will knock on my door and give me the United Jewish something or other. I always get an award every day, some kind of award.”

Well, it’s good to be the king. And Mel Brooks has worn the crown well since Blazing Saddles, since The Producers, since Get Smart, since writing for Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows. But Blazing Saddles might be his zaniest movie ever, which is saying something. In 1874, a mustache-twirling villain (Harvey Korman) wants the valuable land that belongs to the white residents of Rock Ridge, so he names a black railroad worker who’s scheduled to be hanged (Cleavon Little) as their new sheriff. His plan backfires when the charming sheriff pairs up with a pickled old gunfighter (Gene Wilder), winning over the hearts, minds, and loins of the simple folk. READ FULL STORY

'Sophie's Choice': The little girl and the story behind that haunting scene -- EXCLUSIVE

Anyone who’s seen Sophie’s Choice knows the scene. A frightened Polish mother stands in line for the German concentration camps, holding her young daughter while her young son huddles closely against her. A rapacious Nazi officer makes some lurid remarks and then demands that Sophie choose which of her children will survive. Only one. The other will die. Sophie protests. She screams. And then… she decides.

If that scene — punctuated by Meryl Streep’s silent scream — is forever branded on the back of your skull, imagine if you were the girl being ripped from Streep’s arms. Jennifer Lawn Lejeune was just 4 years old and had never acted before she was cast as Sophie’s daughter, and that day of filming was practically as harrowing for her as it was for the film’s characters. READ FULL STORY

'Lone Survivor' announces Blu-ray release date -- EXCLUSIVE

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Lone Survivor, director Peter Berg’s powerful action thriller about a pack of Navy SEALS whose stealth operation in Afghanistan goes horribly wrong, arrives on Blu-ray and On Demand on June 3. The hit movie, which grossed more than $125 million, will also be available on Digital HD two weeks earlier on May 20.

Based on Marcus Luttrell’s harrowing experience in Operation Red Wings, which was chronicled in his 2007 book, the film follows Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) and three fellow SEALS as they are dropped into a mountainous region of Afghanistan to locate and capture a high-level al-Qaeda figure. Instead, the four soldiers were quickly detected by Taliban forces and forced to fight superior numbers until an American rescue effort can be launched. READ FULL STORY

Go behind the scenes in an exclusive clip from 'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' -- VIDEO

The Blu-Ray and digital versions of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug have finally hit the streets, and EW has an exclusive look at one of the many behind-the-scenes clips you’ll find on the home video version of Peter Jackson’s latest epic.

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'Anchorman 2' Blu-ray: Ron Burgundy lets loose in R-rated super-sized cut -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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What’s funnier: the Tooth Fairy’s awkward exposed breast or Mickey Mouse getting caught in a bear trap?

That’s the kind of comic dilemma that Adam McKay had to face every day during the making of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. For weeks in post-production, McKay and his editing team had to sift through multiple variations of every scene and gag and select the one that worked best for the movie. “Every day we improvised a lot and there was a lot of funny [stuff] that almost got in the movie or I actually liked it a little better,” says McKay. “But we would play it and it wouldn’t quite work, and the other version was still very funny.”

Rather than include some of the best bits in a conventional Blu-ray gag reel, McKay decided to piece together another whole movie, an alternative Super-Sized R-Rated version that traces the theatrical cut but substitutes new jokes. (764 new jokes, to be precise.) The packed Blu-ray arrives in stores Tuesday, April 1.

In the exclusive clip below, the alt-film begins with New Joke #14, Ron’s stream-of-consciousness non-sequitur vocal exercises. READ FULL STORY

'Beneath' DVD: Larry Fessenden talks 'Jaws' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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In the new horror movie Beneath — which Scream Factory is releasing on DVD and Blu-ray on March 25 — a group of folks attempt to fend off a huge fish in a boat too small for the task. If you think that sounds a lot like the plot of Jaws, then director Larry Fessenden (Habit, The Last Winter) will not be the least bit offended.

Indeed, Fessenden admits seeing Steven Spielberg’s film during its original release proved a massive, formative influence. “I saw it in Cape Cod in 1975,” the director told me, when he recently guested on SiriusXM 105’s Entertainment Weirdly. “I was obsessed with that film. I recorded the sound so I know the whole movie by heart, Mr Hooper! Then, I decided to make a GI Joe version and built the boat, a 6-foot Orca.”

Oh, if only Fessenden had kept that boat. Actually, he did! And the director shows it off with justified pride in the exclusive clip from the Beneath bonus features, which you will find below, along with the film’s trailer.

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David O. Russell talks about 'American Hustle,' being 'reborn' as a director -- EXCLUSIVE

American Hustle director David O. Russell likes sports analogies, which are actually surprisingly helpful in trying to describe his theory on aggressively spontaneous acting. “You see a batter or a basketball player when they’re stuck on something in their heads, that’s not good,” says Russell, who’s “coached” the casts of his last three movies to 11 Oscar nominations, including statues for Christian Bale (The Fighter), Jennifer Lawrence (The Silver Linings Playbook), and Melissa Leo (The Fighter). “Once you have a good focus, you want to keep it. You want to stay in that zone, so you want to work briskly and from instinct. It’s almost like a superstitious thing.”

There’s nothing superstitious, however, about Russell’s recent run of success. American Hustle, which arrived on Blu-ray on Tuesday, was his biggest box-office hit of his career. The star-studded 1970s period piece about a married conman (Christian Bale) and his lover (Amy Adams) who are manipulated by an ambitious FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to create an ABSCAM-like sting to implicate corrupt government officials, including the mayor of Camden, New Jersey (Jeremy Renner), was an actors’ showcase that also included Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Jack Huston. The laugh-filled drama landed 10 Oscar nominations, and Russell became the first director to ever direct a film with four actors earning Oscar nominations in each of the acting categories, twice — much less back-to-back.

Russell plans to stay in his zone. He’s currently writing another script for Lawrence, as well as “another big story I’m writing for many of these cast members that I don’t want to talk about yet.”

But he’s happy to talk about American Hustle, which character he thinks is the heart of the film, his unique approach to directing actors, and his understanding that all his success can vanish tomorrow. READ FULL STORY

Producer Antony I. Ginnane talks classic Ozploitation Blu-ray rereleases

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If you’ve seen the fabulously entertaining Ozploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood – which tracks the rise of Down Under genre films in the ’70s and ’80s — then you will be familiar with producer and Quentin Tarantino favorite Antony I. Ginnane, the so-called “Roger Corman of Australia” whose output includes the horror movies Patrick, Dead Kids, and Thirst. “But how can I learn more about these films?” I pretend to hear you cry. Well, good news! This month, Severin Films is releasing all three terror flicks in Blu-ray/DVD combo packs (as well as the self-explanatory DVD, Ozploitation Trailer Explosion) which seemed an excellent excuse to call Ginnane and have him talk about them.

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'American Hustle' Blu-ray: Christian Bale urges Amy Adams to 'cry British' -- EXCLUSIVE DELETED SCENE

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Because of David O. Russell’s spontaneous directing style, a movie like American Hustle is sure to be a treasure trove of deleted scenes. As such, fans of the hit movie, which grossed $149.3 million and earned 10 Oscar nominations, will not be disappointed by the new Blu-ray, out Tuesday, March 18. For a movie that is so much about the acting, it’s fascinating to see the slight variations and wrinkles that the cast experiments with in the 11 deleted or extended scenes.

Remember the montage where Jennifer Lawrence housecleans to “Live and Let Die” as her husband’s elaborately orchestrated ruse begins to unravel — due to her lack of discretion? Well, the Blu-ray has that entire lip-synced performance, as well as a similar version set to Santana’s “Evil Ways.”

There’s also an epilogue for the film that features voiceover from Jeremy Renner’s convicted Camden mayor. Renner was the odd-actor out when it came to year-end awards, but for my money, his performance was one of the film’s highlights. More than any of the other characters, I thought Renner’s Mayor Carmine Polito, who’s sucked into the FBI sting arranged by compromised cons Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Adams), really existed in this world — even if his hair defied gravity.

Perhaps Renner’s final soliloquy was cut because the story truly belongs to Irving and Sydney, two partners in love and crime who are only slightly smarter than the feds on their tail. In this exclusive deleted scene, filmed during the sequence where Sydney — or Lady Edith Greensly — vows to use all of her charm to con Richie (Bradley Cooper) after Irving refuses to leave the country with her, Irving pleads with her to finish this one last scam as the British lady she pretends to be. “You have to hold on to what we made,” he says before pleading. “You can cry British.”

Watch the scene below: READ FULL STORY

'Anchorman 2': Super-size R-rated version to get theatrical release -- VIDEO

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Remember that scene in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues where the news team ignorantly quizzes an openly gay co-worker, who they confuse for a vampire? “Do you sleep in a coffin?” asks a befuddled Champ, while his thick-headed pals struggle with the concept of being gay in 1980. The exchange got some of the best laughs in the sequel’s trailer, but if you’ve seen the movie, you know that the scene didn’t actually make the final cut. That will all change on Feb. 28 when Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Super-Sized R-Rated Version begins a one-week run in theaters.

To no one’s surprise who saw Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie or the 70 or so Dodge Durango ads, the cast of the Anchorman sequel didn’t always stick to the script. “Every joke we did in the theatrical, we would shoot three or four alts to it,” says writer/director Adam McKay. “And in almost all of the cases, there was another really good choice.”

Not just really good, but “darker, odder, and stranger,” says McKay. The best of those alternative scenes have been resurrected for the Super-Sized version, which will also be included with the Anchorman 2 Blu-ray when it arrives on April 1. “It’s crazy long — about 2:20 — so for the real fans, this will be a treat,” says McKay. “We shot this musical [scene] that I really loved, and it just was off-story and long. It still got laughs but you could feel the drag of it a little bit. But on it’s own, it’s really funny and enjoyable.”

Click below for the entire gay-or-vampire sequence that was teased in the trailers, which then segues into the musical number, “Gay for a Day.” READ FULL STORY

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