Another summer has passed us, ladies and gentleman! Along with it was an interesting season at the movies with the obvious titles raking in serious doe!
From bashing with his touch within THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, to severe praise with MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, director Joss Whedon left a pretty interesting mark among Hollywood that’ll live on for years to come – especially considering Marvel Studios / Disney’s outlook with a massive expansion pertaining to all our favorite Marvel-based heroes.
Marc spun an interesting Webb with the reboot of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, proving starting from scratch – if done right – can serve a positive purpose!
Christopher Nolan ends his DARK KNIGHT Trilogy with an interesting outcome, and although THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will forever be a “tarnished title,” this heavy-hitting saga will always remain as one of the best Bat-man cinematic series to exist whether you disagree or not!
In between, films like TED solidify well written, R-rated, harsh comedies makes us laugh the most – especially those collecting $cratch, while seemingly profitable, casting Kirsten Stewart (SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN) isn’t always praised, and how awesome was it to view Manhattan bike messengers roll through the streets of NYC while being chased by a crooked cop in PREMIUM RUSH?!
Adding to this web of film-strips…the biggest shocker was Paramount’s lack of confidence with G.I. JOE: RETALIATION! Knowing it was going against some well-praised titles, and realizing when it came to substance, the film had nothing going for it, they decide to tweak things a bit by rewriting/re-shooting some scenes, and push its release date to March, 2013.
Overall, going to the movies is always a nice way to cool off during those hot, humid days of summer! As fall and winter approaches, there are some studios (I.e. Columbia, Screen Gems, Open Road, Disney, Paramount etc) releasing some titles I’m sure will cause a buzz prior to 2013 – some in your own DVD and/or Blu-ray player!
Here’s a peek…
RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION – Release Date Sept. 14th.
The Umbrella Corporation's deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race's last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.
END OF WATCH – Release Date Sept. 21st.
Young Los Angeles police officers Taylor and Zavala patrol the city's meanest streets of south central Los Angeles.The action unfolds through footage from the handheld HD cameras of the police officers, gang members, surveillance cameras, and citizens caught in the line of fire to create a portrait of the city's most dangerous corners, the cops who risk their lives there every day, and the price they and their families are forced to pay.
HOTEL TRANSLYVANIA – Release Date Sept. 28th.
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world's most famous monsters -- Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more -- to celebrate his daughter Mavis's 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem -- but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.
MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS Blu-ray Combo Pack – Release Date Sept. 25th.
Coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital Download, this saga of good-versus-evil follows Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow answering the call to action when Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a daring, globe-spanning recruitment effort to assemble The Avengers team to defeat an unexpected enemy threatening global safety and security. Despite pulling together the ultimate dream team, Nick Fury and longtime confidant Agent Coulson must find a way to convince the Super Heroes to work with, not against each other, when the powerful and dangerous Loki gains access to the Cosmic Cube and its unlimited power.
LOOPER – Release Date Sept. 28th.
In the future, time travel will be invented - but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a "looper" - a hired gun, like Joe - is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to "close the loop," sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
CINDERELLA: Diamond Edition – Release Date Oct. 2nd.
This enchanting classic comes alive in stunning fashion for in-home viewing for the very first time on Blu-ray high definition with enhanced picture and sound, once again being embraced by new and old generation alike and only available … as long as the spell lasts. The “Cinderella: Diamond Edition,” with its spellbinding storyline, memorable music, unforgettable characters and spectacular animation, sparkles like never before with a wide-array of bonus features that extend the viewing experience for the whole family to enjoy including never-before-seen material, family-friendly interactive activities, games and more.
HERE COMES THE BOOM – Release Date Oct. 12th.
Former collegiate wrestler Scott Voss is a 42-year-old apathetic biology teacher in a failing high school. When cutbacks threaten to cancel the music program and lay off its teacher, Scott begins to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Everyone thinks Scott is crazy - most of all the school nurse, Bella - but in his quest, Scott gains something he never expected as he becomes a sensation that rallies the entire school.
FLIGHT – Release Date Nov. 2nd.
Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane...
SKYFALL – Release Date Nov. 9th.
Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
BRAVE Blu-ray Combo Pack – Release Date Nov. 13th.
An original and thrilling journey set in the ancient and magical Highlands of Scotland, “Brave” follows the heroic journey of the headstrong, young adventurer Merida. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida confronts tradition and defies an age-old custom that inadvertently unleashes chaos, and forces her to discover the true meaning of bravery. The 5-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition (1 Blu-ray 3D + 2 Blu-ray Discs + 1 DVD + 1 Digital Copy) has something for everyone – from the home entertainment enthusiast who demands the highest quality, state-of-the-art technology offerings, to the family who enjoys the interactive and engaging bonus features that only Blu-ray can provide – making this unique and beautiful film a “must add” to any home media collection.
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS – Release Date Nov. 21st.
Tells the story of a group of heroes each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
ZERO DARK THIRTY – Release Date Dec. 19th.
Based on the true story of a Black Ops mission to kill Osama Bin Laden.
DJANGO UNCHAINED – Release Date Dec. 25th.
Django is a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles -- dead or alive. Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South's most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda, the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie, the proprietor of "Candyland," an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen, Candie's trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival...
...And it doesn't stop here, as there's more on the horizon; however, for now, the question here is: what are YOU looking forward to?