04/10/2012 – ‘The Iron Lady,’ ‘The Darkest Hour,’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘Into the Abyss’

Philip Yu
This Week on DVD/Blu-ray

Pick of the Week

The Iron Lady Box Art
The Iron Lady Box Art

The Iron Lady

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress, screen icon Meryl Streep delivers another stunning, pitch-perfect performance as Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Rising from her roots as a "common" grocer's daughter, Thatcher's social ambition and steel will smashed through gender and class barriers and propelled her to a position of unprecedented power. Director Phyllida Lloyd crafts an intimate portrait, exposing the complex private life behind the headlines, of one of the 20th century's most controversial and influential figures.

See Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in a clip from 'The Iron Lady,' available on Blu-ray, DVD, Video On Demand and Digital Download:

Blu-ray Special Features:

  • The Making of The Iron Lady
  • Recreating th Young Margaret Thatcher
  • Battle in the House of Commons
  • Costume Design: Pearls and Power Suits
  • Denis: The Man Behind the Woman

More Details:

-----------

Alien Attack

The Darkest Hour Box Art
The Darkest Hour Box Art

The Darkest Hour

Producer Timur Bekmambetov and director Chris Gorak present a visually innovative new take on the special effects-driven sci-fi action thriller. Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby and Rachel Taylor star as a group of young people who find themselves stranded in Russia when the planet is struck by a devastating alien attack. With Moscow in ruins, and the city's population all but disintegrated by the otherworldly invaders' lethal electromagnetic wave weapons, the few human survivors must band together to stay alive -- and fight back.

Watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus clip from 'The Darkest Hour,' available on Blu-ray, DVD, Video on Demand and Digital Download:

Blu-ray Special Features:

  • The Darkest Hour: Survivors
  • The Darkest Hour: Visualizing an Invasion
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Audio Commentary

More Details:

-----------

60th Anniversary

A Streetcar Named Desire Box Art
A Streetcar Named Desire Box Art

A Streetcar Named Desire

Director Elia Kazan's classic drama, starring Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden and Kim Hunter, commemorates its landmark 60th anniversary with a newly restored and digitally remastered Blu-ray debut. Nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and based on playwright Tennessee Williams' celebrated masterwork, this all-new edition presents the film's original restored version, featuring three minutes of footage not included in the 1951 theatrical print. Thr set includes behind-the-scenes bonus features, five documentaries, a feature audio commentary and a forty-page collectible book.

Watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus clip from 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' available for the first time on Blu-ray:

Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Movie and Audio Outtakes
  • Marlon Brandon Screen Test
  • Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey
  • A Streetcar on Broadway
  • A Streetcar in Hollywood and More

More Details:

-----------

You May Have Missed...

Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life Box Art
Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life Box Art

Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life

In his riveting examination of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog probes the human psyche to explore why people kill -- and why the state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (who was scheduled to die eight days after his interview with Herzog), the filmmaker achieves what he describes as "a gaze into the abyss of the human soul." As he's so often done before, Herzog's investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.

Watch the theatrical trailer for Werner Herzog's 'Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life,' available on Blu-ray, DVD, Video on Demand and Digital Download:

DVD Special Features:

  • Theatrical Trailer

More Details:

-----------