G’day, ProFans! Joseph here, and I’m taking a break from flying ornaments to bring you the newest releases to home media for December 10, 2013. In this week’s episode, we talk about little yellow chicken nuggets, really fast cars, a displaced Time Lord, and three more Time Lords. All set? Let’s get this show on the road.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 75%
Gru, his adorable girls, and the mischievous Minions are back with a cast of unforgettable new characters in the blockbuster sequel to the worldwide phenomenon. Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world. Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, Gru, along with the wildly unpredictable Minions, must figure out how to keep his cover while also keeping up with his duties as a father. Assemble the Minions for laugh-out-loud comedy in “one of the funniest, most enjoyable movies ever!” This movie comes in a three disc 3D Bluray/Bluray/DVD + Digital Copy version, a two disc Bluray/DVD + Digital Copy version, and a single disc DVD version. This is an adorable movie, and it’s fun for the whole family. Check it out.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 70%
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez lead a cast of returning all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed delivers the biggest adrenaline rush yet. Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled drivers, whose mastermind (Luke Evans) is aided by the love Dom (Diesel) thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal mercenaries from stealing a top secret weapon is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks for the help of Dom and his elite team. Payment for the ultimate chase? Full pardons for all of them and a chance to make their families whole again. This movie comes in both a two disc Bluray/DVD + Digital Copy and a single disc DVD version. With the tragic death of Paul Walker, this movie is bound to be cherished by his fans for quite some time. So, no snark here.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%
Released from the Disney Vault in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, this beloved classic shines like never before on Blu-ray with an all-new digital restoration. Winner of five Academy Awards(R), including Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”) and Best Visual Effects, Mary Poppins is a movie experience your family will enjoy over and over again. “Practically Perfect In Every Way” Mary Poppins flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two mischievous children. With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the spirited nanny turns every chore into a game and every day into a “Jolly Holiday.” Share the music, share the magic, share the joy of Mary Poppins with a whole new generation for the first time on Disney Blu-ray.The movie received 13 Academy Award(R) nominations and won 5 Oscars(R) for Best Actress, Best Song, Best Music Score, Best Film Editing, and Best Special Visual Effects. It also received a special scientific award for the creation and application of Color Traveling Matte Composite Cinematography, which helped make the combination of live action and animated actors in the film possible. This delightful movie comes in both a two disc Bluray/DVD + Digital Copy version and a single disc DVD + Digital Copy version. I loved this movie as a child, and I look forward to introducing my daughter to this wonderful world…terrible Cockney accents notwithstanding.
The world’s longest-running sci-fi series is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with an explosive special, The Day of the Doctor, coming to DVD and 3D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. The special stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and Academy Award nominee John Hurt. It promises to be an adventure for the ages and a celebration of Doctor Who unlike any other. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space, an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him. This special comes in both a two disc 3D Bluray/Bluray/DVD version and a single disc DVD version. I’ve made it no secret that I am a huge Doctor Who fan, and we at Project Fandom love anything from the BBC. So…we got that going for us, which is nice.
Notice something here? There’s no pick of the week this week, and that’s because they’re all so good that I can’t pick one. So…I won’t. However, if you want to pick your own, tell me about it in the comments section below.
Until next time…