DVD/Blu-ray Breakdown: January 11, 2011

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DVD Blu ray Releases January 11 DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: January 11, 2011

This week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases offer up an exciting new release and a pair of classics to spend your lingering holiday money on. While the potentially Oscar-winning new release will make plenty of noise on shelves, the two Blu-ray re-releases have us smiling this week.

Dances With Wolves and Raging Bull both celebrate special anniversaries with expanded Blu-rays. MGM may have had some troubles in 2010, but these two releases give us something to appreciate from the studio.

The following releases can now be found on DVD and Blu-ray.


The Social Network DVD Blu ray box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: January 11, 2011

The Social Network – Just days after The Social Network logged back into theaters, the movie also hits home video. The next time we hear about David Fincher’s latest movie will be at the many awards ceremonies this year. The film is critically acclaimed and currently nears the $200 million mark at the worldwide box office. In our 4-star review, Kofi Outlaw called it “an interesting and visually rich exploration of the events that led up to arguably the most influential invention of a generation.”

There is no question The Social Network surprised audiences with its slick style and memorable music. Trent Reznor’s original score has been one of the main components that made The Social Network a mainstream hit and the home video release has three features focusing specifically on Reznor’s work.

The special features on the DVD and Blu-ray copies are just extensive enough to keep you engaged. Some supplements focus on specific aspects of the movie, while others are comprehensive.

  • Two Audio Commentaries: One with Director David Fincher and another with Writer Aaron Sorkin and the Cast
  • How Did They Ever Make a Movie of Facebook?
  • Jeff Cronenweth and David Fincher on the Visuals
  • Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter, and Ren Klyce on Post
  • Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and David Fincher on the Score
  • In the Hall of the Mountain King: Music Exploration
  • Swarmatron – Trent Reznor introduces a unique instrument sued to score the film.
  • Ruby Skye VIP Room: Multi-Angle Scene Breakdown

Piranha 3D DVD Blu ray box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: January 11, 2011

Piranha 3D – One of the surprise hits on 2010 comes to home video in both 2D and 3D. The horror movie tripled its production budget with $79 million at the worldwide box office. Of course, while fans loved it for its ridiculous comedic value, it wasn’t a great movie. In our 2.5-star review, Kofi Outlaw called it the “über-trashy fun B-movie you’d expect. Over-the-top, crass, gore-filled and with more bikini-clad babes than you can count.”

Piranha 3D is the perfect movie for home video, but the question remains how much it will hold up over multiple viewings. Visually, the bright colors stand out on Blu-ray. As usual with gory movies like this, sound design is crucial and it explodes through the speakers here.

The home video has a great selection of special features. You can watch the movie with an entertaining commentary or enjoy a two-hour documentary on the production detailing every stage of its development. There are even more supplements to check out on the DVD and Blu-ray.

  • Audio Commentary: Writer/Producer/Director Alexandre Aja, Producer Grégory Levasseur, and Producer Alix Taylor
  • Deleted Scenes with optional commentary: Pet Emporium, Cheerleaders, Sand Island Ghost Train, The Kiss, Cliff Diver, and Andrew’s Death.
  • Don’t Scream, Just Swim: Behind-the-Scenes of Piranha 3D: Two-hour documentary on the making of Piranha 3D
  • Deleted Storyboard Sequences
  • Piranha Trailer & TV Spots

Alpha and Omega DVD Blu ray box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: January 11, 2011

Alpha and Omega – Lionsgate may have assembled a fantastic cast for the voice work of Alpha and Omega, but the movie was ultimately forgettable. While many animated features made for kids don’t strike a chord with general audiences, Alpha and Omega rarely found its way into movie conversation.

Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover and Christina Ricci were not enough to turn this animated movie about two young wolves on a journey across the country into a hit. The home video is nothing to write home about, either. The animation is relatively weak, and the video and audio transfers don’t seem to turn any heads.

If you want to grab Alpha and Omega, the special features should entertain the children after the credits roll. Still, there is not enough emphasis on the creative process of filming to make this a worthy home video.

  • Making of Alpha and Omega
  • Wolves in the Wild
  • Deleted Scene
  • Log Sliding Game
  • Animal Fun FactsAre You an Alpha or an Omega?


Dances With Wolves Blu ray box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: January 11, 2011

Dances With Wolves 20th Anniversary EditionThe movie that dominated the 1990 Academy Awards makes its way to Blu-ray with a plethora of features and the most advanced remaster of the film yet. Kevin Costner’s directorial debut now features a 7.1 Master Audio track to expand the experience of one of the most romantic and passionate movies in history.

The 20th Anniversary Blu-ray release includes 50 minutes of extra footage in an extended cut and a pair of commentaries. The Oscar-winning cinematography holds up nicely on the Blu-ray transfer and shines in this edition. As mentioned earlier, the remastered audio is worth the purchase by itself.

The special features are also worth dishing out around $30 for this special edition Blu-ray. Between Field of Dreams and Dances With Wolves, Costner’s best work is now in the best format possible. If you are tired of watching the plot to Dances With Wolves recycled into the beautiful world of Avatar, this Blu-ray should give you some nice relief.

Disc 1:

  • 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio Track
  • Extended cut of film includes over 50 minutes of extra footage
  • Commentary by Kevin Costner and Producer Jim Wilson
  • Commentary by Director of Photography Dean Semler and Editor Neil Travis
  • New Interactive Special Features: Military Rank and Social Hierarchy Guide (interactive), Real History or Movie Make Believe (interactive)

Disc 2:

  • A Day In The Life On The Frontier Featurette (*new*)
  • The Creation of an Epic Retrospective Documentary
  • Original Making-Of Featurette
  • Original Music Video
  • Dances Photo Montage with Introduction by Ben Glass
  • Poster Gallery
  • TV Spots

Raging Bull Blu ray box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: January 11, 2011

Raging Bull 30th Anniversary Edition – One of Robert De Niro’s most iconic roles returns to home video with the newest Blu-ray release. This edition recognizes the 30th anniversary with five new special features and the latest audio and video transfer.

The last Blu-ray release of Raging Bull hot shelves in 2009, but this edition has 50 minutes of never-before-seen supplemental features to enhance the experience of one of Martin Scorsese’s best films. Here is the full rundown of the special features.

Disc 1 (Blu-ray):

  • Feature Film
  • New  – Marty & Bobby
  • New – Raging Bull: Reflections On A Classic
  • New – Remembering Jake
  • New – Marty on Film
  • New – Cathy Moriarty on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, March 27, 1981
  • Raging Bull: Fight Night
  • The Bronx Bull
  • DeNiro vs. LaMotta
  • LaMotta Defends Title

Disc 2 (DVD):

  • Feature Film
  • Commentary by Director Martin Scorsese and Editor Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Commentary by Cast and Crew
  • Storytellers Commentary

Once Upon A Time In America Blu ray box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: January 11, 2011

Once Upon A Time In America – Sergio Leone may be known for his Westerns, but Once Upon A Time In America is a great installment to anybody’s classic film collection. Robert De Niro embraces his role as a Jewish gangster in New York during the early 60s. James Woods and Joe Pesci shine as usual in supporting roles and the world was introduced to Jennifer Connelly as well.

One of Leone’s problems was that he always had trouble latching onto a worldwide audience – Hollywood just kept chopping up his films and Americans never got his best work. Warner Home Video is honoring the director’s vision with an uncut, 229-minute version of the film. In its theatrical form, the movie has been heralded as one of the better gangster movies of all time, but others feel it is too slow. No matter what audiences think, this movie deserves to be seen in its full form.

The Blu-ray release will include two special features – a historian commentary and making-of documentary. With a 229-minute movie, you may be burnt out before the supplements start rolling.

Next week provides few recognizable titles, but plenty to take a look at in stores. Ryan Reynolds’ Buried is the big name of next week’s home video releases, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check back on January 18th for the latest DVD and Blu-ray details.

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  1. Once Upon A Time In America is one of the best gangster flicks ever

    • i was gonna say the same thing is s***s all over godfather imo

  2. I just picked up my copy of PIRANHA. Too bad it’s not in 3D :(

  3. I have a Blu Ray player now! But, I will not buy any films I already have on DVD. Upscaling is enough for me.

    Apart from Star Wars. Already pre-ordered that.

    • now your on blu ray what films did you get my first were hellboy ,i am legend and men in black (got 3 free as part of the deal)

      • My first 2 that I bought with it was Scott PilgrIm and The Road.

        • My first BD was FINAL FANTASY 7: ADVENT CHILDREN COMPLETE. Epic film btw.

        • Not seen either is those yet I love the Scott pilgrim comics and Edgar wrights other stuff namely spaced just not sure of cera as an actor he always seems to be the same guy think I will rent the br before buying

          as for the road I want to see it but my gf doesn’t so will ave to wait till there is nothing out to rent before I see it

  4. It really depends on the movie if I double dip. For example, BB and TDK were worth replacing on BD IMO.

    • i have the original four on dvd and nolans versions on br i will replace my dvds once the br goes down in price apart from those im sticking with my dvds for now (it would cost me a fortune to do all my dvds anyways)

      • The two Michael Keaton Batman movies are worth picking up, in my opinion, simply because they look crisper and richer than the DVD’s in upconverted play. I’ve limited my Blu Ray purchases to my favorite movies and some incredibly low priced titles. Dances With Wolves sounds like a title worth the sticker price.

        • IMO, the Burton/Schumacher films aren’t even worth a DVD purchase. But that’s just me.

          • I’d rather watch the 89 Batman than either of Nolan’s films, which I still like, but Michael Keaton is my favourite screen Batman.

            • For me, the ’89 Batman and Batman Returns are deeply nostalgic. I’d still watch Michael Keaton take up the cowl one more time.

              • Get Keaton back for Dark Knight Returns!!!

                • Some kinda cameo for keaton would be cool imo

                  • @bigd
                    I think DSB was referring to the graphic novel, Dark Knight Returns, and not the Christopher Nolan film, Dark Knight Rises.

                    • My bad that would be cool to see that comic made in the future

                      Would still be cool to see him soon a cameo in nolans last film

          • Don’t worry, I won’t make you watch them. :) (I also try to avoid the Schumacher movies.)

    • Coming from someone who did replace his BB and TDK DVDs with Blu-Rays, I agree :)

  5. I picked up Piranha myself today, i enjoyed it. Better than Piranha 2: The Spawning i seen years ago.

  6. All never join Facebook. Most annoying invention of my generation.


  7. Dances Wit Wolves is a good film with fine muisc, but is way too long (but then again a lot of Oscar winning film back then were) and it just felt ant-climatic towards the end. The Last Samurai is more superior in comparision.

    I’ve always felt than Once Upon Time in America is one of the most overrated films around. Not in the sense that it’s bad, it has many good qualites, but a great middle third is spoilt by some ponderous scenes that drag i.e the telephone ringing, the kid eating the cake. And the ending scene is ridiculous.

  8. I like the cover for Pihranna. It has a very classic look to it.

  9. The Social Network for me. It’s probably going to be the only DVD I buy within the next few months.

    And wow, I did not know that there was more of a movie to Dances with Wolves. Wasn’t the original long enough?

  10. Just curious DSB, what part of “The Road” is fun to rewatch?

    I don’t see the rewatchabilty factor in that film.

    • It’s one of my favourite books, I have read it many times, and while I can see why you might think rewatching it is strange die to it’s grimmess, I will enjoy seeing it again. Maybe it’s the great acting, or the epic cinematography.

  11. I’ve never even seen the Batman film with Clooney and Benedict arnold.

    • Lucky!!! The only good that came from that film was Nolan’s films.

  12. If you ever wanted to follow around a homeless man and his kid (in Panavision) while the world around them is completly destroyed, “The Road” is for you.

    Depression and bordom are the main stars.

    • Yeah well. I like it. And it is easily one of the best books ever written.

    • 790

      Have you read a Cormack McCarthy novel? They are some of the best writing ever. Him and Elmore Leonard.

      • I’d see a family member to be able to write 1% as good as those two.

  13. Imo i always found Burton’s Batman films to be darker than Nolan’s films & i enjoyed both of Burton’s Batman films pretty well and i thought Batman Forever was a decent sequel despite the costume designs. But was disappointed with the direction WB’s decision to make the franchise more family friendly after Batman Returns. I like Nolan’s films only i tend to like Batman Begins little more than the TDK. Michael Keaton was my favorite Batman till this day. Bale would come close to a tie, only if Nolan didn’t have him have that lousy Batman voice. I know im not the only one that doesn’t like it.

    • The directors cut of Batman Forever should be released, it’s awesome!

      • @ Sam

        Theres a director’s cut of Batman Forever?

        • Somewhere.
          Did you ever wonder why it is called Batman “Forever”?

          There is a hugely different cut of that film, when Bruce is shot by Two Face he loses his memory, they show loads more of his origin story, some really good stuff and he has completely forgotten about being Batman. He has to remember who he is.
          A lot of the daft stuff is still in there, but it would have made a much better film, some of the cut footage is on thr DVD but sadly some of it is lost forever.

          • @ Sam

            Hmmm interesting. Oh well, aslong as that footage is kept in good condition somewhere, maybe we’ll see a dvd release of it. It did take forever for Richard Donnor’s cut of Superman 2 to see the light of day but finally did so. I really liked Batman Forever when i was younger probly because it introduced Robin & at the time i was big fan of Batman:TAS, still am till this day and i wondered when he was gonna be included in the franchise. That’s just me.

            • I hope we get to see it one day. I was tempted to try and put a cut together myself with the DVD footage but not all of it is there.

              • @ Sam

                I bet. I made own copy of Jaws: The Revenge w/ a different ending that was shown on tv with the shark getting stabbed by the boat instead of the same ending as the orginal.

  14. On the Deluxe dvd of Superman 4, some of the deleted scenes i thought should of stayed in the film. I thought the film would of been better if some certain scenes were included in the final cut, not all but some. But that’s just my opinion.

    • I know what you mean, but nothing would have saved that movie…

  15. nothin i wanna get

  16. Oh one more question. Has anybody heard any latest news if George Lucas is going to be doing a TV series or live action movie based on the Clone Wars? I have heard that he is developing a series or movie based on some stormtroopers who are in the Clone Wars. But that is all I have heard. VERY curious about this since I am a Star Wars Franchise devotee!!