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'Tarantino XX' Blu-ray: Robert Rodriguez talks about the power of 'Reservoir Dogs' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Twenty years ago, Quentin Tarantino directed Reservoir Dogs. Chances are you didn’t see it in a theater then — it grossed less than $3 million — but there was no denying the bold artistic statement made by the 28-year-old former video-store clerk when his violent feature debut premiered at Sundance in January 1992. Audiences were dazed and dazzled, critics referenced Leone and Peckinpah. But the movie, a non-linear narrative about a heist gone wrong, was entirely something new. And it would reverberate in Hollywood, especially when Tarantino followed it up two years later with Pulp Fiction, arguably the best movie of the decade — and undeniably the most admired.

Tomorrow, eight Tarantino films can be purchased together as part of Tarantino XX, a 10-disc Blu-ray collection celebrating his singular body of work. In addition to Dogs and Fiction, there’s True Romance (which he wrote), Jackie Brown, both Kill Bills, Death Proof, and Inglourious Basterds. Together in the same set, you can’t help but marvel at the purity of the work, the uncompromising vision that Tarantino instills in each movie. It makes one even more excited for Django Unchained when it arrives on Dec. 25. A bloody new red-band trailer for his pre-Civil War western is one of the set’s extra features, and it will remind you that Tarantino shoots to kill.

Below, director Robert Rodriguez discusses his first impressions of Reservoir Dogs and the man who would become a close friend and collaborator, on projects like Four Rooms and From Dusk Till Dawn. It’s part of the most excellent “20 Years of Filmmaking,” a new feature-length documentary that goes back to the very beginning. READ FULL STORY

'They Live': John Carpenter on why his sci-fi classic is as timely as ever, plus EXCLUSIVE clips from the new Blu-ray

As Americans get ready to head to the polls, the timing couldn’t be better for a fresh look at John Carpenter’s 1988 sci-fi flick They Live. Fortunately, a brand new Blu-ray version of the film is hitting stores on election day. Aside from a slew of new bonus features and a crisp-as-a-hundred-dollar-bill high-def transfer, the film (about a blue-collar drifter who finds a pair of sunglasses that allow him see that aliens have turned us all into passive zombies) comes complete with an incendiary class-warfare political message that’s just as relevant today as it was back at the height of the Reagan/Bush era. If all of that doesn’t seal the deal, there’s also this: the sight of pro wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper spouting his gem of a one-liner: I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass…and I’m all out of bubble gum.”

On the eve of the Blu-ray’s release, we got an EXCLUSIVE peek at some of the disc’s new extras and spoke with Carpenter about his rage-against-the-machine classic…  READ FULL STORY

Santa Claus plus flamethrower equals 'Silent Night' trailer -- VIDEO

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year but, according to the trailer for the new horror film Silent Night, it’s also the time of the year when you are most likely to get electrocuted, axed, or burned to a crisp by an industrious, flamethrower-wielding Father Christmas. “We’re just going to have to take this maniac down ourselves!” declares Malcolm McDowell towards the end of the clip, which only seems fair, given that he’s actually playing a cop (was the A Clockwork Orange star hoping the Salvation Army might blast the guy to smithereens first?).

This loose remake of 1984′s Silent Night, Deadly Night yo-ho-argggh!’s its way into select cinemas on November 30 — and is available on DVD and Blu-ray from December 4 — but you can check out the trailer below.

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'Magic Mike' on Blu-ray: It's not a grind, guys -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

I didn’t see Magic Mike when it opened in theaters last June. I meant to, I swear. After all, even if the movie looked a little like equal parts 54 and Showgirls, it’s a Steven Soderbergh film: think Traffic, Out of Sight, Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven. Plus, I knew it featured a gonzo Matthew McConaughey playing the bongos, which would normally be enough for me to see any movie even if Steve Buscemi had Channing Tatum’s sexy stripper role. But for some insecurity reason, I never made it to the theater to see it on the big screen. Not that the film suffered for it — it eventually grossed $113.7 million.

But with the movie out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download today, I no longer had any excuses. Yes, it is the story of two male strippers, one an accomplished veteran (Tatum) looking to graduate to the next chapter in his life, the other an impressionable kid (Alex Pettyfer) just looking for some cash and a good time. McConaughey is the owner of their Tampa Bay strip club, and Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello share the stage through a variety of strip teases and bacchanalian behavior. Within the first two minutes, Tatum bares his behind. Later, we see a silhouette of Manganiello’s kick-stand, and the guys spend a lot of time grinding the panting ladies shoving handfulls of dollar bills at them. But Magic Mike never gets as hardcore as a film like Boogie Nights. It’s more like The Full Monty with Calvin Klein models instead of depressed middle-aged Brits.

Take a look below at an extended behind-the-scenes clip of the film’s dance routines, choreographed by Alison Faulk. Bonus points if you can watch and not think about Chris Farley. READ FULL STORY

EXCLUSIVE: 'The Bourne Legacy' coming to DVD & Blu-ray on...

There was never just one Bourne DVD.

Universal will announce today that The Bourne Legacy is coming to DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, On Demand, and digital download December 11, 2012. The thriller follows agent Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) as he fights to survive an epic, twisty game of cat-and-mouse — following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Jason Bourne. Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz also star. Special features include a variety of making-of featurettes, a set of deleted scenes, and commentary from director/co-writer Tony Gilroy.

Prepare yourself for the mission ahead with this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip, in which Weisz reveals that she had never ridden a motorcycle before hopping behind Renner to film a memorable high-speed scene: “The good thing about it was, I was just absolutely terrified,” the Oscar winner recalls. “And so was my character — so I didn’t have to act.”

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'Prometheus': The secret of the ooze... and a sequel tease?

The mysteries of Prometheus are legion and legendary. Released in June in the wake of a solid year of anticipation, the Alien semi-prequel turned out to be a stealth kickstarter for a new franchise — a sequel is being extremely vaguely planned for 2014 or so. Perhaps because of those sequel plans, Prometheus never provided direct answers for some of the most intriguing plot elements in the movie. A new infographic at the film’s Facebook page, however, appears to provide some insight into the nature of the Black Ooze (or “Black Goo,” if you’re a classicist) — the dark viscous substance which provided most of the central plot twists of the movie. It may also provide a hint about the direction of the movie, which for the sake of argument let’s call Prometheus 2: Rise of Epimetheus. READ FULL STORY

Make a wish for 'Ted' on Blu-ray? It's about to come true, Thunder Buddy. -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Just how big of a hit was Ted?

Well, short answer… huuuuuuuuuuuge.

Since opening in late June, the $50 million-budgeted R-rated comedy has grossed more than $450 million worldwide. Its onscreen leading man has proven he’s not only a “tough guy,” but a deft comic who can scrap with either Will Ferrell — in 2010′s The Other Guys — or a foul-mouthed teddy bear. And its offscreen leading man, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, is hosting the Oscars. So, long answer to, “How big of a hit was Ted?: Friggin’ huuuuuuuuuuuge.

But before the inevitable sequel, before the Oscars… heck before the season finale of The Cleveland Show, Ted is coming to Blu-ray and DVD. Universal officially announced today that the year’s No. 1 comedy will be released on Dec. 11 (with the rare extended unrated version that might actually deliver the naughty.)

Click below for a quick clip to remind you of all the sweet, fuzzy goodness. READ FULL STORY

Not in 2-D Kansas anymore: 3-D 'Wizard of Oz' is coming to home video in 2013

Next fall, there will be no place like home — provided one’s home is equipped with a 3-D television.

Warner Bros. announced today that a new 3-D conversion of The Wizard of Oz is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in 2013. The release is part of the studio’s 90th anniversary celebration; a special 100 film DVD collection and 50 film Blu-ray collection will also be released in honor of this milestone. Additionally, the studio has put together a pair of documentaries — Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot and The Warner Bros. Lot Tour, which gives viewers a virtual version of the tour given at Warner’s Burbank headquarters.

The Wizard of Oz first hit theaters in 1939. In 2009, a four-disc 70th anniversary edition of the film was released on Blu-Ray; it included a variety of production documentaries, outtakes, and still galleries, but only two dimensions.

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'Prometheus' Blu-ray trailer promises to reveal the meaning of life (or at least the meaning of 'Prometheus')

“How far would you go to get your answers?” Michael Fassbender’s self-seeking robo-Aryan asks at the start of this new trailer for Prometheus on Blu-ray. Would you put your life at risk? Would you travel beyond the stars? Would you buy Prometheus on Blu-ray?

While audiences tended to like Fassbender’s performance as Peter O’Toolbox, the big-budget Alien prequel was notorious for its inability to definitively reveal the true meaning of the universe and the teleological purpose of humanity. This new release — which boasts seven hours of special features — promises to rectify that.

Personally I thought the movie was a big, wonderful mess, as opposed to a big, terrible mess, and its atmospherics and thematic density overrode any narrative nonsense. But if you’re not like me and you actually dislike plot holes so big you can drive a space-ATV through, then you might be interested in getting a glimpse at the film’s alternate beginning, alternate ending, and alternate middle. And, hey, everyone knows art only gets better the more you have to explain it! READ FULL STORY

Karen Allen in 'Indiana Jones': The girl who almost got away

Karen Allen has an amazing laugh, and to hear it in person is to be transported to a steamy desert tent where her Marion Ravenwood is trading drinks with Indiana Jones’s half-charming rival, a flirty French archeologist named Belloq. It’s big and fun, and you’d volunteer to be dragged behind a speeding German truck for the chance to hear it again. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Allen played a feisty, tough-as-nails beauty whose first romantic encounter with Indy had ended in Rick Blaine level heartbreak — for her. The second time around, they teamed up to find the lost ark of the covenant before Belloq and the Nazis, and she proved to be Indy’s equal in every way.

But although Indiana Jones returned for two more blockbuster adventures in the 1980s, Marion was not in the picture. In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, a prequel, Indy romanced a shrieking blonde showgirl (Kate Capshaw), and in The Last Crusade, he jousted with a blonde Austrian scholar (Alison Doody). Blondes are supposed to have more fun, but neither character connected with Indy — or audiences — like Marion. Fans voiced their preference whenever new Indy 4 rumors surfaced, and when she finally returned for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, she was the same gal that we’d all fallen in love with 27 years before. She was almost delightful enough for us to overlook the nuked fridge and the swinging monkeys. (Almost.)

With today’s release of Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures on Blu-ray — and the digitally remastered Raiders of the Lost Ark still in select theaters — Allen sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss her role in the franchise, why she never expected to return, and why her kiss would’ve never, ever put Indy to sleep.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The first time we meet Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark, she’s going shot for shot with a burly Nepalese drunk before Indiana Jones walks back in to her life. It was impossible not to adore her from that moment on.
KAREN ALLEN: It’s a great introduction. That’s the only scene I read at first. They gave me that scene to audition with. No one was allowed to read the script. So until they told me they wanted me, that was really all I knew about the role — that one scene. But that was enough that I was totally intrigued and wanted to do it. Whatever this story was, this was going to be a fantastic character to play. READ FULL STORY

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