Blu-Ray DVD Releases For Tuesday, April 14

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Originally released in 2004, Mean Girls releases on Blu-ray on April 14th from Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment and Director Mark Waters. Perhaps Lindsay Lohan’s greatest acting, this movie tells the story about a girl raised in the African bush country by her zoologist parents who finds the transition from being home-schooled, to the riggers of public high school, to be her greatest challenge.

Mean Girls is one of Lohan’s best performances, if not the best. It is nice to look back at an earlier role in her acting portfolio. Her youthful, enthusiastic, and healthy personality was much more pleasing and she definitely helped make Mean Girls a fun and entertaining movie. Rachel McAdams is great as a “mean girl” and the SNL elite deliver nice supporting roles.

The Mean Girls Blu-ray includes great special features:

  1. Commentary by Director Mark Waters, Screenplay Writer & Actress Tina Fey, and Producer Lorne Michaels
  2. Word Vomit (Blooper Reel)
  3. So Fetch (Deleted Scenes)

 

 

 

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The Last Kiss is an interesting comedy-drama movie from the Oscar-winning writer of Million Dollar Baby and Director Tony Goldwyn, that explores complicated relationships and the emotions that are very real for many people. Originally released in 2006, this film is now available on Blu-ray April 14th from DreamWorks Home Entertainment.

The Last Kiss is brilliantly original. The story likely hits home with many people because of its genuine and honest exploration of relationships and the human emotion. Zach Braff is great as the mixed up and then ashamed Michael. Tom Wilkinson and Blythe Banner also give very respectable performances. Jacinda Barrett and Rachel Bilson are solid as Michael’s competing love interests. Casey Affleck also reminds us why he is a great actor. The Last Kiss is a compelling movie because it has moments that are uncomfortably real, and you find yourself rooting for certain characters and hoping for the right conclusions.

Special features in The Last Kiss Blu-ray include:

  1. Director and cast commentaries featuring Zach Braff, Jacinda Barret and Rachel Bilson
  2. Deleted Scenes
  3. Cary Brothers’ “Ride” music video directed by Zach Braff
  4. The Last Kiss – Behind Our Favorite Scenes
  5. Gag Reel

 

 

 

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Paramount Studios Home Entertainment released the Happy Madison Productions movie Strange Wilderness on Blu-ray April 14th, directed by Fred Wolf. Peter Gaulke (Steve Zahn) is a dim-witted wildlife TV show host with a band of misfits on his crew. Threatened with cancellation because of low ratings, Peter puts together a plan to track the legendary creature Bigfoot.

Strange Wilderness also stars Justin Long, Allen Covert, Jonah Hill, Kevin Heffernan, Ashley Scott, Peter Dante, Harry Hamlin, Robert Patrick, Jeff Garlin, Ernest Borgnine and Joe Don Baker.

Strange Wilderness is definitely among the more strange productions from Adam Sandler’s company. It is also one of the more crude. There really aren’t even that many laughs. The tough part is to determine an appropriate market for the film. Perhaps a Friday or Saturday night gathering of college friends might be the right fit for this story.

The Strange Wilderness Blu-ray includes these special features:

  • Cooker’s Song
  • The Turkey
  • What Do We Do
  • Reel Comedy: Strange Wilderness
  • Deleted Scenes

 

 

 

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Arctic Tale is an amazing new Blu-ray release from Paramount Home Entertainment and National Geographic Films. Available on Blu-ray April 21st, this beautiful and educational film presentation shows off the vast snow kingdom at the top of the world. From the same people who brought us March of the Penguins, this real-life adventure is natural, touching, and personally connected.

Queen Latifah does a nice job as the Arctic Tale storyteller. I was a little cautious at first as to the quality of her voice for such a film, but she brings great personality to the animals and their unique stories. Arctic Tale is a captive tale suitable for the whole family. There are a couple moments that are sad, and of course there are hunts for live food, so be aware if you have especially sensitive children. Though these moments are presented as tactfully as possible.

Get more out of the Arctic Tale Blu-ray with these special features:

  • Making of Arctic Tale
  • “Are We There Yet? World Adventure: Polar Bear Spotting”
  • Theatrical Trailer HD
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