In the fact-based drama, Matthew McConaughey portrays real-life Texas electrician Ron Woodroof, an ordinary man who found himself in a life-or-death battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies. In 1985, Ron was blindsided by being diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts -- who he once would have shunned -- and, seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, established a hugely successful "buyers’ club" that fellow HIV-positive people could join to get access to his supplies.
Extras: Deleted scenes, "A Look Inside Dallas Buyers Club."
Vitals: Director: Jean-Marc Vallee. Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn, Dallas Roberts, Kevin Rankin, Denis O'Hare, Jane McNeill, Griffin Dunne.
2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 117 min., Drama, Box office gross: $14.257 million, Universal.
The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's (Domhnall Gleeson) father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life -- so he decides to make his world a better place ... by getting a girlfriend (Rachel McAdams). Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, but an unfortunate time-travel incident means he's never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again -- and again -- but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart. Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can't save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. From filmmaker Richard Curtis ("Love Actually," "Notting Hill," "Four Weddings and a Funeral").
Extras: Deleted scenes, Blooper reel: "Making Movies Is a Serious Business," "The Luckiest” Music," Ellie Goulding "How Long Will I Love You?" music video, commentary with director Richard Curtis and cast members Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Vanessa Kirby, Lydia Wilson and Tom Hollander. Blu-ray adds three featurettes: "About Tim and Time Travel," "The Look, Style and Locations," "The World of Richard Curtis."
Vitals: Director: Richard Curtis. Stars: Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Vanessa Kirby, Lydia Wilson.
2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 124 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $15.001 million, Universal.
One of the world's foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech prison called "The Tomb" -- a facility whose design is based on his own protocols. Deceived, framed and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built.
Extras: Commentary with director Mikael Hafstrom and co-writer Miles Chapman, "Executing the Plan: The Making of Escape Plan" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Maximum Security: The Real-Life Tomb" featurette, "Clash of the Titans" featurette, deleted scenes.
Vitals: Director: Mikael Hafstrom. Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Sam Neill, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D'Onofrio, Amy Ryan.
2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 115 min., Action, Box office gross: $24.610 million, Lionsgate.
Flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton) is smart, sexy and sick of being single. She's determined to get engaged before her younger sister's wedding, leaving just 30 days to make her connection. Fortunately, her co-worker crew has cooked up a high-flying scheme for Montana to "accidentally" bump into all her ex-boyfriends, leading to a variety of comedic encounters as she attempts to land the perfect guy.
Extras: Three featurettes" "Fly Girls," "Wing Men" and "The Story"; cast interview; commentary with director David E. Talbert; theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds "Behind the Scenes with the Director."
Vitals: Director: David E. Talbert. Stars: Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Jill Scott, Adam Brody, Jenifer Lewis, Djimon Hounsou.
2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 96 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $21.549 million, Fox.
In this irreverent, adventurous buddy comedy, two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history --to get turkey off the holiday menu for good.
Blu-ray extras: "Birds Flipping History," "Animating Free Birds: The Main Course," "Winging It: Animators in Action," "Talking Turkey With Composer Dominic Lewis," "Shake a Tail Feather," theatrical trailer.
Vitals: Director: Jimmy Hayward . Stars: Voices of Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, Danny Carey, Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo, Josh Lawson, Dan Fogler, Keith David, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Carlos Ponce.
2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 91 min., Animated, Box office gross: $53.789, million, Fox.
All Is Lost
Open-water thriller about one man's battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Robert Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition, and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.
Extras: Commentary with writer-director-producer J.C. Chandor and producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb; "Big Film, Small Film" featurette; four vignettes: "The Story," "The Filmmaker: J.C. Chandor," "The Actor: Robert Redford" and "The Sound of All Is Lost"; "Preparing for the Storm" featurette with storyboards, VFX Reel, pre-shooting and time-lapse footage.
Vitals: Director: J.C. Chandor. Stars: Robert Redford.
2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 106 min., Drama, Box office gross: $2.871 million, Lionsgate.
In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics has attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the next great leader. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy, is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race. Based on the award-winning bestseller by Orson Scott Card.
Extras: Deleted/extended scenes, commentary with producers Gigi Pritzker and Bob Orci. Blu-ray adds · "Ender's World: The Making of Ender's Game" eight-part featurette.
Vitals: Director: Gavin Hood. Stars: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis.
2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 114 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $60.119 million, Lionsgate.
The Best Man Holiday
Sequel to 1999's ensemble comedy "The Best Man" finds all nine friends together again for a reunion. When the college friends reunite after 15 years for the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.
Extras: Gag reel, "Holiday Reunion: The Making of The Best Man Holiday." commentary by Writer-director/producer Malcolm D. Lee. Blu-ray adds Alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, "Smack Talk: Filming the Girl Fight Scene."
Vitals: Director: Malcolm D. Lee. Stars: Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Harold Perrineau, Regina Hall, Melissa De Sousa, Eddie Cibrian, John Michael Higgins. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 123 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $68.969 million, Universal.
A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. A talented lawyer (Michael Fassbender) known for doing the right thing for the wrong people decides to put his connections to the test by diving into a treacherous drug deal for some quick cash. But The counselor soon learns that having it all could mean losing everything.
Blu-ray Extras: Unrated extended cut, theatrical version, "Truth of the Situation," virals.
Vitals: Director: Ridley Scott. Stars: Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz.
2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 162 min., Crime Thriller, Box office gross: $16.894 million, Fox.
Jane Hayes's (Keri Russell) adoration of all things Jane Austen is complicating her love life. Determined to be the heroine of her own story, Jane spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland, an eccentric resort where guests experience complete immersion in the Regency era. Armed with her bonnet, corset and needlepoint, Jane strives to avoid spinsterhood ... but has a difficult time determining where fantasy ends and real life -- and maybe even love -- begins.
Extras: Commentary with director Jerusha Hess and producer Stephenie Meyer, cast Q&A.
Vitals: Director: Jerusha Hess. Stars: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, Georgia King, Ricky Whittle, James Callis.
2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 90 min., Romantic Comedy, Box office gross: $2.144 million, Sony.
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone -- tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth ... and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Extras: "Collision Point: The Race to Clean Up Space" (narrated by Ed Harris), "Aningaaq" short film by Jonas Cuaron ("Gravity's" co-writer), "Gravity Mission Control," shot breakdowns, "Gravity: Silent Space Version," "Sandra's Surprise!"
Vitals: Director: Alfonso Cuaron. Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris (voice).
2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 91 min., Drama, Box office gross: $251.486 million, Warner.
After receiving a Publishers Clearing House-type sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous, booze-addled Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) thinks he' struck it rich, and wrangles his estranged son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip from Montana to Nebraska to claim the "fortune." On their way they stop off at Woody's home town, Hawthorne, Nebraska, where he meets up with relatives, friends and enemies, and settles some old scores. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.
Blu-ray Extras: "The Making of Nebraska" six-part featurette: "The Script," "Cast and Characters," "Locations," "Shooting in Black and White," "Working with Alexander," "A Film Family."
Vitals: Director: Alexander Payne. Stars: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk, Rance Howard, Mary Louise Wilson, Tim Driscoll, Kevin Kunkel, Angela McEwan, Devin Ratray.
2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 115 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $9.861 million, Paramount.
Blue Is the Warmest Color
The colorful, electrifying romance that took the Cannes Film Festival by storm courageously dives into a young woman's experiences of first love and sexual awakening. "Blue Is the Warmest Color" stars the remarkable newcomer Adele Excharpoulos as a high schooler who, much to her own surprise, plunges into a thrilling relationship with a female twentysomething art student, played by Lea Seydoux. Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, this finely detailed, intimate epic sensitively renders the erotic abandon of youth. It has captivated international audiences and, much like the films of John Cassavetes, is an epic of emotional transformation that pulses with gestures, embraces, furtive exchanges, and arias of joy and devastation. It is a profoundly moving hymn to both love and life. Based on Julie Maroh's graphic novel.
Extras: Trailer and TV spot, a booklet featuring an essay by critic B. Ruby Rich.
Vitals: Director: Abdellatif Kechiche. Stars: Adele Excharpoulos, Lea Seydoux, Salim Kechiouche, Aurelien Recoing, Catherine Salee.
2013, CC, MPAA rating: NC-17, 179 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.152 million, The Criterion Collection.
Thor: The Dark World
In the second Thor big-screen adventure, the comic book hero battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos ... but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Extras: Extended and deleted scenes; gag reel; exclusive look at "Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier"; "A Brothers' Journey: Thor & Loki"; "Scoring Marvel's Thor: The Dark World With Brian Tyler"; commentary with director Alan Taylor, producer Kevin Feige, actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau; more.
Vitals: Director: Alan Taylor. Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Alice Krige.
2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 111 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $200.766 million, Disney.
Alejandro and his loyal best friend Canicas are hardworking mariachi singers looking for fame in Mexico City. More than just a mariachi, Alejandro has a second full time job -- he's a single dad. When Alejandro tries to secure a visa for his young daughter to visit her grandparents in the U.S., his request is flatly denied by an embassy worker, Rachel. Rachel is an intelligent, modern-day woman constantly on the move. Primarily focused on her career as a diplomatic consul for the U.S. embassy, she's literally lived her life on the move, globe-trotting from city to city. Set to leave for London, Rachel's world turns upside down on the eve of her own goodbye party when she gets drunk and passes out on the street. Saved by Alejandro, Rachel wakes up in his apartment with no recollection of how she got there. Nor does she remember that she rejected his visa the day before. Romance unexpectedly blossoms between the two, but either sparks or fists will fly after she finds out his secret.
Vitals: Director: Pedro Pablo Ibarra. Stars: Laura Ramsey, Jaime Camil, Omar Chaparro, Tom Arnold, Stockard Channing.
2013 -- Mexico, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 112 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $5.713 million, Lionsgate.
All DVDs are screened on a reference system consisting of a
Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a
Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center),
and 50 (rear) speakers and Power 10 subwoofer.