Larry Crowne coming to DVD & Blu-Ray !

September 13, 2011 - 0 comment

There's just been a press release from Universal Studios Home Entertainment : Larry Crowne, Tom Hanks's second feature film as a director, will be available on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Download on November 15, 2011 in the United States and on November 14, 2011 in the United Kingdom.

The bonus features are the same for the DVD and Blu-Ray : The Making Of Larry Crowne, Fun On Set and Deleted Scenes. You can find the technical information for both supports below.

Technical Information - Blu-Ray :
  • Release Date : November 15, 2011
  • Running time : 1h39
  • Layers : BD-50
  • Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
  • Audio Format : English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / DVS DD 2.02
  • Subtitles/Captions : English SDH, Spanish, French
  • Rating : PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual content
Technical Information - DVD :
  • Release Date : November 15, 2011
  • Running time : 1h39
  • Layers : Dual layer
  • Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
  • Audio Format : Dolby Digital 5.1/ DVS DD 2.02
  • Subtitles/Captions : English SDH, Spanish, French
  • Rating : PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual content

The DVD (£10.99) and Blu-Ray (£15.99) are already available for pre-order on Amazon UK.

Nothing in Common coming to Bu-Ray

September 05, 2011 - 0 comment

I don't know how many of you have seen Tom Hanks's Nothing in Common but if you haven't, you definitely should. Anyway, good news : the movie is coming to Blu-Ray, after it was released on DVD last year !

The 1986 movie directed by Gary Marshall and starring Tom Hanks, Jackie Gleason, Eva Marie Saint and Sela Ward (CSI : NY) will be released on Blu-Ray on January 31, 2012. It's already available for pre-order on Amazon at $15.99.

Even though the movie was not a tremendous hit when it came out, it became more popular as Tom Hanks's fame grew. The film is considered by some to be the pivotal role in Tom Hanks's career because it marked his transition from less developed comedic roles to becoming a leading actor in more serious films. The movie also has a lot in common with Tom Hanks’s real experience.

“When the time came to show the movie to my dad I said 'Listen p'pa, you're all over this thing so just bear that in mind in the scenes where I might be talking to Jacky Gleason but there's a number of lines that I'm actually saying straight at you'.” (Tom Hanks, Inside the Actors Studio, September 1999)

The story is movie deals with David Basner, a successful but rather immature advertising executive who is suddenly confronted to his parents’ divorce after 35 years of marriage. He must then cope with the downfall of his family and his life and his father's illness.
Because of his talent, charm and wisecracking sense of humor, David Basner (Tom Hanks) is a self-made man on the fast track. He loves his job, his bank account is healthy, and women find him irresistible. Then his father Max (Jackie Gleason, in his final film performance) calls to give David the news that he and David's mother Lorraine (Eva Marie Saint) are calling it quits after 35 years. Now, besides the pressures of his own busy life, David has the new responsibilities of taking care of his crotchety dad and emotionally supporting his mother. Through these experiences, David gains a new understanding and appreciation of his parents, with whom he thought he had nothing in common.

Watch the trailer

As far as I'm concerned, this is one of my favorite Tom Hanks's movies. It deals with the father-and-son relationship in a very realistic and genuine way and succeeds in mixing comedy and drama... and we all know how much Tom Hanks is good at both !

Band of Brothers & The Pacific : Special Edition Gift Set

August 26, 2011 - 0 comment

A brand new Blu-Ray and DVD set including both Band of Brothers and The Pacific will be released on November 8, 2011 in the United States and Canada (see below for the United Kingdom).
It is a 13-discs set for the two 10-part HBO miniseries produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, plus a never-seen-before 60-minute documentary entitled Called to Service which includes new historian interviews and reunites veterans from Easy Company (European front) and the 1st Marine Division (Pacific theater) in a conversation revealing their experiences after World War II. Organized in a four-act structure, the documentary captures how these veterans re-acclimated back to life after being at war and the transitions these men went through coming back home.

The Band of Brothers / The Pacific: Special Edition Gift Set will be available on November 8, 2011 in the United States and Canada but you can already pre-order it for for $105.49 on Amazon US ($82.99 for the DVD set).


Here are the specifics for the Blu-Ray gift set :
  • Discs : 12 BD-50 Blu-ray Discs & 1 BD-25 Blu-ray Disc
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Video Resolution/Codec :  1080p/TBA
  • Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
  • Audio Formats : English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Subtitles/Captions : English, Spanish, French, Portugese
  • Supplements : Documentaries, Featurettes, Video diaries (Contains all extra content from previous editions of Band of Brothers and The Pacific)
  • Exclusive HD Content : Picture-in-Picture Tracks, Interactive Field Guides, Called to Service (all-new documentary)

The set will also be available in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2011 but you can already pre-order it for £36.47 on Amazon UK (£27.99 for the DVD set). The packaging looks a bit different but the content is the same : 13 Blu-Ray discs for the two miniseries and the bonus features listed above.


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