DVD/Blu-ray Breakdown: April 19, 2011

DVD Blu-ray Releases Screen Rant April 19

It is fitting that this week is small in scale as three low-budget movies hit DVD and Blu-ray. All three earned great reviews from critics, but only one stood out - The King's Speech.

A Blu-ray re-release of Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation should entertain fans of the franchise if the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy isn't enough. Now you can watch one of the "worst lines in movie history" on Blu-ray.

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



The King's Speech DVD Blu-ray

The King's Speech - Colin Firth's Oscar-winning role was a winner on all fronts. Not only did The King's Speech win Best Picture, it also earned just under $400 million worldwide on a meager $15 million production budget. Of course, it garnered critical acclaim as well, including a 4.5-star review from our own Ben Kendrick.

The home video release features a crisp video transfer and a fantastic audio track. The surround sound is put to use even in this relatively "quiet" film. The visual component of The King's Speech is a thing of beauty. Rarely do cinematographers take chances like you see in this film and the Blu-ray showcases it quite nicely.

The special features are short, but sweet. The audio commentary from director Tom Hooper is one of the best of the year and the real-life speech from King George VI adds an extra layer of authenticity to Firth's stunning performance. In an extra dose of class, the supplemental materials even include a commercial for The Stuttering Foundation.

  • Audio Commentary: Director Tom Hooper
  • The King's Speech: An Inspirational Story of an Unlikely Friendship
  • Q&A With the Director & the Cast
  • Speeches From the Real King George VI
  • The Real Lionel Logue
  • The Stuttering Foundation
Somewhere DVD Blu-ray

Somewhere - Sofia Coppola's latest film wasn't received with open arms by moviegoers. It only earned $13.9 million worldwide, but did garner solid reviews. Unfortunately, it just wasn't a huge hit and will need to make up for that in home video sales.

The only special feature on the DVD/Blu-ray is a making-of featurette that hardly explores production beyond the surface. Unfortunately, not all movies give you a full home entertainment package and this is a perfect example. If you were a fan of the film, try and catch this release when the price lowers.

  • Making of Somewhere
Rabbit Hole DVD Blu-ray

Rabbit Hole - If you think Somewhere was small, Rabbit Hole earned a slim $2.9 million on a meager $5 million budget. That is mighty impressive considering its two lead stars are huge names - Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. Still, it reached a tiny audience and will have its work cut out for itself in home video sales.

The home video release is earning positive reviews in every aspect, but the special features a severely limited. The video and audio transfers are fantastic, but there are only a couple of extra materials.

  • Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer


Next week sees even less on the home video front. The only titles of interest are The Way Back and Human Planet. Essentially, this is the time for you to dust off the old Blu-rays and watch some trilogies.

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