11/15/2011 – ‘West Side Story,’ ‘Evil Dead 2,’ ‘Bellflower’ and ‘Beginners’

Philip Yu
This Week on DVD/Blu-ray
November 15, 2011

Pick of the Week

West Side Story Box Art
West Side Story Box Art

West Side Story
Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's iconic 1961 musical masterpiece celebrates its 50th anniversary with a stunning high-definition debut, boasting hundreds of hours of restoration, new 7.1 digital audio, and a collection of all-new bonus features. A love affair is fated for tragedy amidst the vicious rivalry between two street gangs -- the Jets and the Sharks. When Jets member Tony falls for Maria, the sister of the Sharks leader, it's more than these two warring gangs can handle. As mounting tensions rise, a battle to the death ensues and innocent blood is shed in a heartbreaking finale.

See Russ Tamblyn ("Riff") in an exclusive behind-the-scenes Blu-ray bonus feature clip from the 50th Anniversary Edition of 'West Side Story,' available November 15:

Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Pow! The Dances of West Side Story
  • A Place for Us: West Side Story's Legacy
  • Song Specific Commentary by Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
  • Music Machine
  • West Side Memories

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We're giving away five copies of the 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray of 'West Side Story.' Here's how to enter:

Step 1: Follow @yahoomovies on Twitter

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Note: One entry per person/email address/Twitter handle.

Step 3: The giveaway ends 11:59 p.m. PT on November 18th, 2011. Winners will be announced on Twitter and will receive a Direct Message with further information. Keep in mind, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. If you have any other questions, check out the official rules or feel free to tweet us.


25th Anniversary

Evil Dead 1 Box Art
Evil Dead 1 Box Art

Evil Dead 2
Director Sam Raimi's horror/comedy cult classic gets the deluxe Blu-ray treatment. The incomparable Bruce Campbell stars as Ash, the lone survivor of the original film's flesh-eating spirit attack, who retreats to the woods with his girlfriend, Linda. There, Ash plays her a recording of a professor's readings from the Book of the Dead. The spell unleashes an evil force to take over Linda's body and turns her into a monstrous Deadite, threatening to do the same to Ash. The evening unravels into a gory and comic battle with a chainsaw, a shotgun and a flying eyeball.

See Bruce Campbell in an exclusive behind-the-scenes Blu-ray bonus feature from the 25th Anniversary Edition of 'Evil Dead 2':

Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Swallowed Souls: The Making of Evil Dead II
  • Road to Wadesboro
  • Cabin Fever
  • Audio Commentary
  • The Gore the Merrier

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Bellflower Box Art
Bellflower Box Art

Debut director Evan Glodell presents a unique, devastatingly original do-it-yourself indie drama slash love story with apocalyptic stakes. Best friends Woodrow and Aiden spend all of their free time building Mad Max-inspired flamethrowers and muscle cars in preparation for a global apocalypse. But when Woodrow meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love, he and Aiden quickly integrate into a new group of friends, setting off on a journey of love and hate, betrayal, infidelity, and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies.

Director/star Evan Glodell demonstrates '5 Easy Steps to Rule the Wasteland' in an exclusive Blu-ray clip from 'Bellflower':

Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Behind the Scenes of Bellflower
  • Medusa Rundown
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Love, Actually

Beginners Box Art
Beginners Box Art

Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laruent star in writer/director Mike Mills' funny and touching drama that explores the hilarity, confusion and surprises of love. Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who -- following 44 years of marriage -- came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor and hope that his father taught him.

See Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent in the theatrical trailer for 'Beginners,' available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand:

Special Features:

  • A Short Film About Making Beginners
  • Feature Commentary
  • Beginners Promo
  • BD-Live Content

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