In our new weekly column, we give you the lowdown on the weekly top three essential DVDs and Blu-ray releases.
This week is filled with some truly epic films, from the entire James Bond cinematic collection, highlighted in stunning Blu-ray in "Bond 50," to one of the biggest superhero films of all time, "The Avengers." Now that the weather is growing chilly, "The Tall Man" sets the stage for Halloween.
1. "Bond 50"
Starring: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig
Studio: Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Running Time: 45 hrs, 48 min.
You only live twice, so why not live right by owning every single Bond film, spanning the past 50 years?
This may be one of the biggest Blu-ray releases ever, a hefty collection of all 22 Bond films, including nine films that have never before been available on Blu-ray. Beginning with "Dr. No" and ending with "Quantum of Solace," the impressive set has over 130 hours of special features, ensuring that even the most ardent James Bond fanatic will find themselves fully immersed in the experience. The films are presented in their original aspect ratios and stunning 1080p definition. With the holidays coming up soon, this is absolutely the be-all, end-all present for any special agents in your life.
With two new featurettes exploring the world and person of James Bond, we'll take it shaken, not stirred.
2. "The Avengers"
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Joss Whedon
Studio: Walt Disney
Running Time: 143 min.
"The Avengers" was the biggest summer blockbuster of the year. Fans loved the compelling mix of action and story as we followed some of the greatest superheroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in their quest to defend the world from the power of Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
Included on this release is commentary by director Joss Whedon, as well as an interactive second screen experience for those who want to dig in with their laptops or tablet devices, a short film starring Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford, a gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, several interesting featurettes including "A Visual Journey" and "Assembling the Ultimate Team" and the music video for Soundgarden's "Live to Rise."
This Blu-ray release comes with a DVD copy as well, so assemble with the Avengers today!
3. "The Tall Man"
Starring: Jessica Biel, Stephen McHattie, Jodelle Ferland
Director: Pascal Laugier
Studio: Image Entertainment
Running Time: 106 min.
This spooky thriller revolves around a small town plagued by kidnappings, which a local woman (Jessica Biel) dismisses until her own boy goes missing. The legend of The Tall Man quickly becomes something more than just a rumor as the horrors escalate.
This film is sure to please completist fans of the horror genre, especially those who enjoyed director Laugier's 2008 movie "Martyrs." The film premiered at South by Southwest and had a very limited box office run, so this Blu-ray is the perfect way for fans to catch up with Jessica Biel's scariest role yet.
This Blu-ray release comes complete with a deleted scene, the trailer and a special feature about the visual concepts for the film. Let the creepiness begin!
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