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December 27, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The raunchy adult comedy “Ted” beat a pair of action films in pre-holiday sales of DVD and Blu-ray discs, with humor trumping the final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises,” and newcomer “The Bourne Legacy” as well as the animated “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” But “Ted” barely cracked the top 10 when it came to DVD and Blu-ray rentals. The winner in that category was “Men In Black 3.” Below are the 10 most sold and rented movie discs during the week ended Dec. 15 (sales)
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March 15, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Frozen Disney/Buena Vista, $29.99; Blu-ray, $44.99 Available on VOD beginning March 18 Disney's clever, heartwarming Rapunzel riff "Tangled" was a surprise smash back in 2010, setting the stage for last year's billon-dollar-grossing, multi-Oscar-winning Snow Queen revamp "Frozen," and - if all goes well - a renewed emphasis on animation at the studio synonymous with the medium. At the least, between the grosses and the accolades, it's pretty clear that "Frozen" will have lasting impact on the generation of children who are going to grow up watching it over and over, while belting out the hit song "Let It Go" into their bedroom mirrors.
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March 26, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
You must remember this: That as time has gone by, the Oscar-winning 1942 romantic melodrama "Casablanca" has become one of the most treasured movies of the 20th century. To celebrate its 70th birthday, Warner Home Video is releasing the classic on Blu-ray Tuesday in a handsome collector's set that features a new high-resolution digital restoration, 14 hours of bonus material and even a set of coasters. Winner of three Academy Awards — best film, director (Michael Curtiz) and screenplay (Julius J and Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch)
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March 2, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 Available on VOD beginning March 6 It's hard to know how to evaluate this because Lars von Trier's two-hour character sketch is, on its own, an unfinished film, ending on a cliffhanger that suggests a change of gears for the next two hours (set to come out in a few weeks). And that's not even considering the five-hour "complete" version that won't be available stateside for a while. But at the halfway point, "Nymphomaniac" is on pace to be perhaps the essential Von Trier film, pouring all his thoughts about faith, death, lust and gender relations into the story of one sick woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg)
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December 12, 2011
A pair of new Blu-ray releases might make the perfect gifts for the cinephile on your list. Gary Cooper, Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins star in Ernst Lubitsch's "Design for Living," a pre-code comedy adapted from Noel Coward's play "Brief Encounter. " The 1933 classic centers on a beautiful commercial artist courted by a dashing painter (Cooper) and a dashing playwright (March) that she meets on a train trip to Paris. Another train-centered film fan favorite, Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 comic thriller "The Lady Vanishes," stars Margaret Lockwood as a woman traveling across Europe when she encounters a spinster (Dame May Whitty)
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December 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
A mutant comic book hero and a crew of little blue children's characters ruled the home video sales chart in their first weeks in release.  "The Wolverine," the sixth film in 20th Century Fox's "X-Men" franchise, was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title for the week that ended Dec. 7, according to Rentrak. Starring Hugh Jackman as the title character, the movie made $132 million in its domestic box office run. Critics generally approved of the entry, which earned a 69% "fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes.  On the set: movies and TV "The Smurfs 2," a critically panned sequel with Neil Patrick Harris, took second place, while the teen action-adventure "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" debuted in fourth, behind the three-week-old computer animated Disney movie disc "Planes.
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April 11, 2010 | By Noel Murray
The Great Mouse Detective Walt Disney Blu-ray, $19.99 Some people trace the revival of Walt Disney animation to 1989's "The Little Mermaid," but one of the main reasons that "Mermaid" got the go-ahead was because of the success of 1986's "The Great Mouse Detective." Under the supervision of Ron Clements and John Musker (who later helmed "Mermaid," "Aladdin" and the recent "The Princess and the Frog"), "The Great Mouse Detective" tells a Sherlock Holmes story more rooted in tradition than the recent Robert Downey Jr. vehicle -- even though all the main characters are rodents.
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November 5, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
"Sunset Boulevard" is ready for its close-up. Billy Wilder's 1950 award-winning darkly satiric tale of Hollywood starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Von Stroheim and Nancy Olson is making its Blu-ray debut Tuesday in a new digital restoration. This isn't the first digital restoration for "Sunset Boulevard," which earned 11 Oscar nominations and won three Academy Awards. "Sunset Boulevard" was restored a decade ago for its DVD release. "It was the first time that an entire film was scanned for restoration," noted Andrea Kalas, vice president of archives at Paramount Pictures.
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October 21, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The Wolf Pack is taking a bite out of the home entertainment market.  "The Hangover Part III," the final installment of the trilogy starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms, was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release, according to Rentrak.  The film grossed more than $112 million domestically at the box office and $351 million worldwide, which is less than each of the first two "Hangover" movies made....
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October 14, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
A new Stone Age children's comedy and a Disney classic have debuted at the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart. "The Croods," the DreamWorks computer-animated movie about a prehistoric family, was the top-selling title in its first week in release after bringing in big numbers at the box office earlier this year. The movie, distributed by 20th Century Fox, drew more than $187 million in ticket sales domestically and $585 million worldwide. In second place was the new Diamond Edition of Disney's 1989 hit "The Little Mermaid.
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February 23, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Blue Is the Warmest Color Criterion, $19.95; Blu-ray, $24.95 Available on VOD beginning Feb. 25 For all the controversy over the explicit sex in writer-director Abdellatif Kechiche's three-hour adaptation of Julie Maroh's graphic novel "Blue Is the Warmest Color," the film is ultimately just a sensitive and honest coming-of-age story, showing how a teenager discovers who she is with the help of her older lesbian girlfriend, then has to...
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February 15, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Jimmy P. Available on VOD beginning Feb. 20 French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin is responsible for some of the most audacious and entertaining films in world cinema today: movies such as "Kings and Queen" and "A Christmas Tale," which take offbeat approaches to relatable family dramas. Desplechin's "Jimmy P. " drew mixed reviews when it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last year, perhaps because it doesn't resemble the sprawling, experimental work he's best known for. It's rather a quiet, direct and talky film, with Benicio Del Toro playing a Blackfoot Indian and World War II veteran being treated by an anthropologist-therapist played by Desplechin regular Mathieu Amalric.
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February 12, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The animated comedy "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" ate the competition's lunch in its home video debut. The children's sequel, complete with food/animal hybrids, was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release. Featuring the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris, "Cloudy" was a box-office success for Sony Pictures Animation last year, generating about $265 million in worldwide ticket sales, a little less than half of which came from the U.S. and Canada.
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February 3, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The Somali pirate hijacking drama "Captain Phillips" has commandeered the home video market. The Tom Hanks film, directed by Paul Greengrass, was the bestselling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release, according to Rentrak. "Captain Phillips" is nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture, and has generated $217 million in worldwide ticket sales.  Also debuting were the critically panned action picture "Machete Kills," about a man hired to take on a billionaire arms dealer, and the PG-13 bilingual comedy "Instructions Not Included.
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February 2, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Dallas Buyers Club Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday As the Oscars approach, some of this year's big contenders are starting to show up on home video, including this best picture based on the true story of self-medicating Texas AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, who started slinging drugs not approved by the Food and Drug Administration to people who were similarly suffering. As both a drama and a period piece (set in the mid-1980s), "Dallas Buyers Club" tries too hard to be a crowd-pleaser, to make the audience feel superior to the doctors and bigots who stood in the way of Ron and his customers.
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January 27, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A trio of new releases have ended the reign of "Despicable Me 2" over the home video market, according to rankings from Rentrak.  The Vin Diesel sci-fi sequel "Riddick" was the best-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release, coming in ahead of the White House drama "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and the horror remake "Carrie. " "Despicable Me 2," the animated comedy that topped the list for five straight weeks, fell to fourth place. "Riddick" is the third installment in the "Chronicles of Riddick" series, which began with the 2000 release "Pitch Black" and continued with 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick.
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December 2, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Disney's 3-D animated summer movie "Planes" appears to have some lift as a home entertainment title, soaring to the top of Rentrak's DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in its first week in release. Featuring the voice of comedian Dane Cook, the "Cars" spinoff beat Warner Bros.' R-rated comedy "We're the Millers," which made more money than "Planes" at the box office. The Disney movie generated $90.2 million in domestic ticket sales, while "We're the Millers," starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, took in $150 million during its run.  Taking third place on the DVD/Blu-ray chart was another newcomer, "2 Guns," the action comedy with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as a pair of undercover agents.
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January 25, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Rush Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 Available on VOD beginning Jan. 28 Director Ron Howard and screenwriter Peter Morgan tell the story of 1970s Formula 1 racing stars James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in "Rush," a true-sports adventure that starts out as a "the olden days were groovy" corn-fest, then takes a turn for the better. The second half of the film concerns itself mostly with the incredibly tight points-battle between Hunt and Lauda throughout the 1976 season, and those racing sequences - some of which were shot with a subjective camera, in bad weather conditions - are white-knuckle.
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January 21, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The box-office underachiever "Runner Runner" ranked high in the home video market in its first week in release, but it didn't sell enough copies to take out "Despicable Me 2," which has now topped Rentrak's sales chart five weeks in a row.  "Runner Runner" stars Justin Timberlake as a college student who becomes involved in an offshore Internet gambling business run by an entrepreneur played by Ben Affleck. The thriller received generally poor reviews, indicated by a rating of 9% "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.  "Runner Runner" grossed just $62.7 million worldwide through its theatrical lifespan, but it debuted at No. 2 on the sales chart behind the animated comedy "Despicable Me 2. "  PHOTOS: Box office top 10 of 2013 The 4-week-old "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" landed in third place and the 5-week-old "Fast & Furious 6" fell to fourth after a long stay at No. 2.  In fifth was the fourth season of the A&E reality sitcom "Duck Dynasty," about the wealthy Robertson family of Louisiana.
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