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The folks at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment have begun celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Fox Searchlight with eight new releases that are either making their Blu-ray debut, celebrating an anniversary, or being issued as an Amazon exclusive. I’ve got the rundown on this batch below, all of which are packed with bonus features. While a couple of these are already available, release dates for the upcoming titles is noted. Personally, I’m kinda weirded out that GARDEN STATE and NAPOLEON DYNAMITE are already a decade old. Take a peek…
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Napoleon Dynamite comes this fuzzy, collectible, liger-fur Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack with a locker-full of special features that are more fun than big sleeves and extra tots!
Napoleon Dynamite is a new kind of hero, complete with a tight fro, sweet moon boots, and skills that can’t be topped. Napoleon spends his days drawing mythical beasts, duking it out with his brother Kip and avoiding his scheming Uncle Rico. When two new friends enter Napoleon’s life – shy Deb and mustachioed Pedro – the trio launches a campaign to elect Pedro for class president and make the student body’s wildest dreams come true. But if Pedro is to beat stuck-up Summer, Napoleon will have to unleash his secret weapon…
Writer/director Zach Braff delivers “an Oscar-worthy performance” (CBS-TV Chicago) in this quirky, coming-of-age comedy that has been hailed as “the seminal film for today’s generation” (USA Today).
Twenty-something, emotionally-detached Andrew Largeman (Braff) returns home to New Jersey after nine, long years. Now, as he tries to re-connect with his past, a series of chance encounters with Sam (Natalie Portman) — a free-spirited girl who’s everything he isn’t — sets the stage for a fateful, mind-blowing take on what his future might hold. Co-starring Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm and Method Man, Garden State is “hilarious” (Rolling Stone).
Buckle up for the wildest road trip of the year! Cedric the Entertainer leads an all-star cast in this hilarious comedy adventure about a misfit family trying to survive outrageous obstacles (including each other) on a cross-country trek to their annual family reunion. Along the way, they battle a psycho truck driver, pick up a voodoo-loving hitchhiker and expose the dangers of hot-tubbing in a strange hotel. Co-starring Vanessa Williams, Bow Wow, Shannon Elizabeth and Steve Harvey, Johnson Family Vacation is packed with laughs and fueled by fun!
A serendipitous meeting on the streets of Dublin between a down on his luck Irish street performer and a poor Czech immigrant sparks a bond that plays out in this hip, modern day music film. Once follows the two as they write, rehearse and record the songs that reveal their unique love story.
Academy Award® winners Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett give wickedly entertaining, Oscar-nominated performances* – one as a woman consumed by her colleague’s guilty secret, the other, a victim to her own dark obsessions – in this sexy, stylish thriller. Dench mesmerizes as Barbara Covett, a teacher who rules over her classroom with an iron fist, yet leads a desperate, solitary life outside it. That is, until she meets radiant new art teacher Sheba Hart (Blanchett). Although at first overjoyed with her newfound kindred spirit, when Barbara discovers that Sheba is having an affair with a teenage student, her jealously and rage spiral out of control.
* Best Actress, Judi Dench; Best Supporting Actress, Cate Blanchett; Best Adapted Screenplay, Patrick Marber; Best Original Score, Philip Glass, 2007.
The Deep End | May 6
Still waters run deadly in this gripping suspense thriller about the extraordinary depths to which seemingly ordinary people will sink in the name of love. Tilda Swinton “is magnificent” (The New York Times) as housewife Margaret Hall, a fiercely protective mother caught in a vortex of deception when it appears that her son may be guilty of murder. One desperate act leads to another, and soon she’ s being blackmailed by the mysterious Alek Spera (Goran Visnjic, TV’s E.R.).
The Ringer | June 3
Pressured by a greedy uncle (Brian Cox) and a pile of debt, lovable loser Steve Barker (Knoxville) resorts to an unthinkable, contemptible, just-crazy-enough-to-work scheme. He pretends to be mentally challenged to rig the upcoming Special Olympics and bring home the gold. But when Steve’s fellow competitors get wise to the con, they inspire him to rise to the greatest challenge of all: becoming a better person.
Produced by the fearless Farrelly Brothers (There’s Something About Mary, Shallow Hal), The Ringer will keep you smiling all the way to the finish line!
Kissing Jessica Stein | June 3
Sex and the single girl gets a fresh new spin in this “very funny movie”! (Joel Siegel, Good morning America) Fed up with her fruitless search for “Mr. Right” and tired of blind dates from hell, attractive journalist Jessica Stein whimsically responds to a classified ad – from Helen! Making and breaking new rules of dating as they go, the two women muddle through an earnest but hilarious courtship that blurs the lines between friendship and romantic love in this “smashing romantic comedy” (Rolling Stone).
In other news, THE ROCK FATHER has been named 20th Century Fox’s Fox Home Entertainment Insiders “Blogger of the Month.” Pretty cool!