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'The Hobbit' Blu-ray: How the filmmakers restored dwarfish dignity -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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In Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, dwarves were a mysterious race. Sure, there was Gimli, a loyal soldier of the Fellowship, but his kind were a scattered, weakened tribe symbolized by the remnants and relics found in the dark caves of Moria. One of the delights of The Hobbit, then, was the rehabilitation of dwarves, in the Tolkien universe and pop culture, in general. Bilbo Baggins is a mere hobbit, but the 13 dwarves who recruit him as a burglar on their quest are a diverse collection of characters — whom Jackson playfully referred to as “the little bastards” — led by the dashing Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage).

In the new Extended Edition Blu-ray for the film, which arrives in stores on Nov. 5, fans can revel in dwarfish delights, just as the film’s creators did. Before the movie, dwarves were still widely perceived as Snow White’s supporting characters, but that wouldn’t do for Jackson’s epic adventure that sends them to face a dragon. In one of the new extras, “Durin’s Folk: Creating the Dwarves,” the creative artists explain how they researched and revised the image of the dwarf from comic sideshow to courageous warrior. “I honestly believe that Peter is going to do for dwarves what Tolkien did for elves, removing what nursery rhyme and folktale has done, which is to diminish them,” says conceptual designer John Howe.

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'Before Midnight' Blu-ray: Richard Linklater on the little trilogy that could -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

When Richard Linklater made Before Sunrise with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in 1995, the chances of their adorable characters returning for a sequel, much less two, were as remote as the Greek island of Pserimos. Not only did the original, which captured the chance encounter of a grungy American guy named Jesse and a sophisticated French beauty named Celine as they spent less than a day in Vienna, gross just $5.5 million, but the characters’ soulful, Generation-X banter was the absolute antithesis of a modern movie franchise. Yet people who liked the film really liked the film. And since Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy enjoyed their very collaborative filmmaking experience, they reunited to co-write Before Sunset in 2004, which picked up the story nine years after Jesse and Celine had promised each other to meet up again six months after their meeting in Vienna. Turns out they did not, and Jesse had written a novel about their beautiful, coulda-been fling, which helps bring them back together in Paris. Critics swooned, the Academy nominated the trio for Best Original Screenplay, and everyone who loved the original turned out for the sequel: it grossed $5.8 million!

Clearly, money talks. So eight years later, Linklater got the band back together, packed their bags for Greece, and made Before Midnight. The cliffhanger of Before Sunset — will Jesse stay with Celine in Paris or leave to catch his plane for New York — is settled immediately: they’re married with children of their own. But their lives and love are more complicated than ever, and their story is richer and more layered as well. Their ambitions, their flaws, their insecurities all laid bare, Celine and Jesse have become surrogates for those early-20’s audiences who fell in love with Before Sunrise and now perhaps find themselves at difficult, reflective moments in their own relationships, asking “How did we get here?”

Since Before Midnight premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy — who also co-wrote Midnight — have fielded repeated questions about Celine and Jesse’s future. Is this the end? Or should we expect another check-in in 2022? I’m bullish, especially since Midnight clobbered its predecessors at the box-office. And by clobbered, I mean it cleared more than $8.1 million. Obviously, this isn’t a trilogy built around box-office, but audiences don’t seem ready to say goodbye.

Before Midnight, which should get some Oscar buzz, is out on Blu-ray tomorrow. Below, in two exclusive video clips, Linklater discusses the sequels, how they came about, and what it’s like to collaborate with Delpy and Hawke. If nothing else, just let Graham Reynolds’s strumming score marinate over you. It can’t transport you to a Greek island, but it’s almost the next best thing on a Monday morning. READ FULL STORY

'Monsters University' Blu-ray: See the fourth-grade Mike/Sulley meeting that never happened -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Even before Monsters University opened in theaters in June, a few devout fans of the original 2001 movie expressed irritation that the prequel seemed to violate one aspect of Monster history. In Monsters, Inc., Mike playfully responds to an insult from Sulley with, “You’ve been jealous of my good looks since the fourth grade, pal.”

In Monsters University, however, the entire premise is built around the two monsters meeting for the first time in college. It was initially a problem for director and co-writer Dan Scanlon, who was determined to resolve the two storylines. “As much as we could, we wanted to be totally respectful of the continuity of the first film,” says Scanlon. “Our first inclination was to try to make it work, to do versions where they became friends in fourth grade. Basically, after trying it a lot, we felt like it was robbing the audience of the experience of really watching a relationship grow. And we realized we were going through all these hoops for this one line that doesn’t affect the story in a negative way. It was really [Monsters, Inc. director] Pete Docter and John Lasseter who said, ‘It’s not as important as you think. You’re not hurting the movie to ignore that line.'”

That Docter himself made the suggestion was crucial, since Monsters had been his baby and he remained involved as executive producer of the prequel. “I think Pete really pushed us to make big changes,” says Scanlon. “He was really good at standing back and going, ‘Oh, you want to make Sulley a jerk? Great.’ Nothing was precious. Pete was really a reminder of, ‘No, for characters to be interesting, they have to go through these changes.’ He really empowered us.”

But before the filmmakers decided that the fourth-grade zinger from Monsters, Inc. had to be ignored or simply written off as a flippant retort, playground scenes were written and artwork was commissioned. In the Monsters University Blu-ray, which comes out Oct. 29, one of the extras includes what could have been Mike and Sulley’s first childhood meeting. If you don’t want to wait until then, click below to see an exclusive video clip.
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'The Heat': Clearing up a few misconceptions about 'Silence of the Lambs' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Imagine this: You’re an odd couple of buddy cops, and it’s been a long day on the beat. So you sit down at the bar and shoot the bull….

Fans of The Heat already saw the ridiculous scene play out in the film’s theatrical release. Now, thanks to an exclusive clip from the film’s DVD/Blu-ray extras, we get to go a little deeper into the psyche of Mullins (Melissa McCarthy). Watch below as the partners cover everything from Mullins’ family life to how the phrase “Don’t let the door hit you on the a–…” isn’t just a parting zing for this rough-and-tumble gal. Also? Let’s just say Mullins misunderstood a few things about 1991 Oscar winner The Silence of the Lambs. READ FULL STORY

Drafthouse Films to rerelease whacked-out '70s horror film 'The Visitor' this Halloween -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

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What do legendary directors John Huston and Sam Peckinpah, Poseidon Adventure actress Shelley Winters, Lance Henriksen, a “cosmic Christ figure,” a demonic  eight year old girl, and the fate of the universe have in common? They all feature in the obscure 1979 sci-fi-horror film The Visitor, which Drafthouse Films has announced it will rerelease in remastered form this Halloween weekend (a VOD/digital and home entertainment release will follow in January of next year.)

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'Curse of Chucky': Director Don Mancini talks about his horror sequel (and why he wants to make 'Chucky -- The Musical!')

Legendary character actor Brad Dourif once again voices the titular killer-doll in Curse of Chucky, the sixth film in the Child’s Play series , which is released on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow and is also available via VOD. The twist? One of the people Dourif’s doll most wants to kill — a wheelchair-bound woman named Nica — is played by the actor’s daughter, Fiona. “I think we’re the first horror franchise in history where the iconic villain is onscreen bedeviling his actual offscreen progeny, ” says Curse of Chucky writer-director and longtime franchise scribe Don Mancini. So did Mancini get a discount deal as a result of casting two actors from the same clan? “I personally get a deal in the sense that I probably get to have dinner at their house maybe a couple more times a year, having endeared myself to them,” laughs the filmmaker. “But, no. They both drive a hard bargain.”

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Ultimate 'Dark Knight Trilogy' blu-ray: Christopher Nolan reflects on Batman's rebirth -- VIDEO

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A chapter has officially closed in the Batman mythology. Christian Bale retired the cowl, Ben Affleck now inherits the suit and will next fight Superman, and Christopher Nolan may be playing a diminished role in the hero’s future as Warner Bros. and DC Comics set the table for a Justice League movie. So it’s the perfect time to look back and celebrate what Bale and Nolan did with their Batman trilogy, resurrecting the character from neon-saturated camp after Joel Schumacher and George Clooney’s 1997 debacle, Batman & Robin. Beginning with Batman Begins in 2005 and punctuated by The Dark Knight in 2008, Nolan literally reinvented the superhero genre, planting a flawed hero in a recognizable physical and moral landscape that made room for ambiguity, political commentary, and literary subtext.

On Tuesday, Warner Bros. puts a bow on its Dark Knight Trilogy with an Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set. There’s 90 minutes of new special features, including a conversation between Nolan and the godfather of superhero epics, Superman‘s Richard Donner, and a special featurette about the creation and the impact of the series. In an exclusive video from the latter video, titled “The Fire Rises,” Nolan explains his obvious-only-in-hindsight take on the material and how it took only 15 minutes to get a “Yes” from the Warner Bros brass. READ FULL STORY

Emma Watson, cast of 'Bling Ring' talk Sofia Coppola's directing style -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

“Can you be a little less of a bitch to those girls?” Sofia Coppola asks Claire Julien, which actually sounds like a fairly bitchy thing to say to someone.

Coppola isn’t being cruel or dismissive, though. She’s just directing Julien’s character Chloe, a jaded, cooler-than-thou Los Angeles teen who gets swept up in the now-infamous “Bling Ring” — the group of brand-obsessed high schoolers who robbed their celebrity idols of more than $3 million in shoes, clothes, and other glossy signifiers of wealth and status.

“You’re kind of friends with them…you don’t know them that well,” Coppola continues in a behind the scenes look at the filming of The Bling Ring, her fifth feature. “But,” she adds dryly, “you’re still a badass.”

Based on Nancy Jo Sales’ Vanity Fair article “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” the film chronicles the rise and fall of the starry-eyed and sticky-fingered teens. Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga also star as a pair of Adderall-riddled aspiring actress/model types, who are more than happy to casually walk into Paris Hilton’s home and pick up a few shiny things before heading out to party. Check out EW’s exclusive first look at one of the DVD/Blu-ray extras (available for purchase and download today) to hear Watson and Farmiga talk about Coppola’s unique way of prepping her young actresses for a scene.

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The Zombots attack in 'Frankenstein's Army' clip -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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From the Transformers movies to The World’s End to Frances Ha (probably), you can hardly move these days without seeing films about killer robots. But only the World War II-set Frankenstein’s Army boasts killer Zombots. This unforgettably grotesque, one-of-a-kind, found-footage horror movie stars Luke Newberry and Joshua Sasse as Russian soldiers on a mission behind German lines and Karel Roden as a crazed descendant of Baron von Frankenstein who has created an army of half-zombie, half-machine monstrosities.

The demented work of first-time filmmaker Richard Raaphorst, Frankenstein’s Army is unleashed to Blu-ray and DVD today. But the brave of heart can check out an exclusive, mayhem-filled, and strong-language-featuring clip below.
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'Curse of Chucky': First clip from the horror sequel -- EXCLUSIVE

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This October, the pitter-patter of tiny feet will once again be an occasion for screams of terror rather than squeals of joy when horror sequel Curse of Chucky premieres on Blu-Ray and DVD. The sixth entry in the Child’s Play franchise — but the first since 2004’s Seed of Chucky — the movie once again finds the great Brad Dourif voicing the titular, possessed, and homicidal doll and leading a cast which also includes his daughter Fiona (True Blood), A. Martinez (Longmire), Danielle Bisutti, and Brennan Elliott.

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