Who knew the most heartwarming movie of the week would feature a hero without a pulse? Jonathan Levine’s sweet, funny, and clever “Warm Bodies” hits home video, while the first and second seasons of “Adventure Time” get an HD upgrade. Plus, with the third season of “Falling Skies” on the way this weekend, you can catch up with the Second Mass as the second season hits DVD and Blu. Oh, and there’s another “Die Hard” we’ll try not to think about, the J-Horror “Ring” saga goes 3D, and the “Mad Max” films get a slick new collected edition.
After the jump, see what’s worth seeing this week on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD.
Release of the week
“Warm Bodies” (2013)
Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray, VOD
You don’t expect to get the pangs of heartache from (yet another) zombie movie, but that’s what happened to me while watching “50/50” and “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” director Jonathan Levine’s “Warm Bodies.” A compassionate, funny, and–get this–hopeful–movie about love in the ruins of a zombie apocalypse, “Warm Bodies” stars “X-Men: First Class” actor Nicholas Hoult as “R,” a an unusual zombie who begins to feel the first stirrings of memory and love after encountering Julie (Teresa Palmer), a human survivor. I’ll need to go into greater depth in a full review about why “Warm Bodies” is shaping up to be one of my favorite movies of the year, but for the time being, be satisfied that Summit went all out on the home release:
- “Boy Meets, ER, Doesn’t Eat Girl” featurette
- “R&J” featurette
- “A Little Less Dead” featurette
- “Extreme Zombie Make-Over!” featurette
- “A Wreck in Progress” featurette
- “Bustin Caps” featurette
- “Beware of The Boneys” featurette
- “Whimsical Sweetness: Teresa Palmer’s Warm Bodies Home Movies” featurette
- “Zombie Acting Tips with Rob Corddry” featurette
- Audio Commentary with Director Jonathon Levine and Actors Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary with Screenwriter/Director Jonathan Levine
- “Shrug and Groan” Gag Reel
You can check out our interview with “Warm Bodies” writer-director Jonathan Levine here.
You Might Also Want To Watch These
“Adventure Time: The Complete First Season”
“Adventure Time: The Complete Second Season”
Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray (also available via iTunes, Amazon)
One of the more interesting things I learned recently is that when it comes to bundled animate releases, studios did better with themed sets rather than releasing their shows in complete seasons on DVD and Blu-ray. While some of us completists might not be fans of an 8-10 episode collection of “Adventure Time” episodes based around, say, a romance theme, general audiences respond much more positively, preferring instead the usually cheaper collections.
Which brings us around to “Adventure Time,” which has had multiple themed releases on DVD up to now before finally receiving a DVD release of the complete first season last July. Today sees the release of that collection along with season two to Blu-ray. Both sets feature identical bonus material to their SD disc counterparts, but hey, you’ll be getting a much sharper picture for Pendleton Ward’s fantastic animated series.
- “Sadako 3D”
- “A Good Day to Die Hard”
- “Falling Skies: The Complete Second Season”
- “Appleseed XIII: The Complete Collection”
- “Mad Max Trilogy”
- “Dusk Maiden of Amnesia Complete Collection”
You can stream it
- “4 Assassins”
- “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid”
- “Escape From L.A.”
- “Hatchet II”
- “Mystery Men”
- “Vampire In Brooklyn”