The new DVD releases include Apollo 13, Gone With the Wind and Pirate Radio. We'll also look at upcoming new DVD releases.
April 13, 2010 - New DVD and Video Releases
Available on Blu-ray for the first time, the riveting 1995 fact-based drama Apollo 13 stars Tom Hanks, was directed by Ron Howard and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film chronicles a 1970 attempt at a moon landing that turned into a grim struggle for the astronauts' survival when an onboard explosion occurred. This single-disc Blu-ray edition carries over the main bonus materials from DVD versions, plus it enables the viewer to go deeper into the making of the movie and learn about other big events that occurred the year of the mission without stopping the movie.
The Scarlett Edition of Gone With the Wind, the great 1939 classic that starred Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh and received 10 Academy Awards, is being released in both DVD and Blu-ray versions. The DVD version has five discs, while the Blu-ray has three. There are tons of extras, and they are identical for both media formats, except the six-hour documentary on the history of MGM, When the Lion Roars, is only on the Blu-ray version. The Scarlett Edition is the same as the 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition minus the collectibles, accounting for the Scarlett Edition's substantially lower price.
Written and directed by Richard Curtis, this British ensemble comedy is a valentine to rock 'n' roll as it existed around 1966. Although the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who and other rock groups were enormously popular at that time, the music was seldom heard on regular radio stations in the UK. This led to the setting up of unlicensed radio stations aboard ships anchored in international waters and broadcasting rock all day and all night. The movie tells the fictionalized story of one such station, and the large cast includes Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rhys Ifans.