Based on The New York Times best-selling true story of heroism, courage and survival, "Lone Survivor" tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on Operation Red Wings, a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative deep in the mountains of Afghanistan. The four men must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As the confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find reserves of strength and resilience to fight to the finish.
Extras: "Bringing the Story to Light" behind-the-scenes featurette, "The Fallen Heroes of Operation Red Wings" profile of the real-life heroes. Blu-ray adds "Will of the Warrior" in-depth look at Marcus Luttrell, the real-life Navy SEAL who received the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his actions in Operation Red Wings; "Recreating the Firefight" featurette; "Learning the Basics" SEAL training for the four leads; "The Pashtun Code of Life" featurette.
Vitals: Director: Peter Berg. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Ali Suliman, Alexander Ludwig, Yousuf Azami, Sammy Sheik.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 122 min., Action-Drama-War, Box office gross: $125.069 million, Universal.
In the Blood
MMA star Gina Carano ("Haywire," "Fast and Furious 6") stars as Ava, a trained fighter with a dark past whose new husband vanishes during their Caribbean honeymoon. Ava uncovers a violent underworld of conspiracy in the middle of an island paradise and, armed with a deadly set of skills, sets out to discover the truth -- and to take down the men she thinks are responsible for her husband's abduction, one by one.
Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette.
Vitals: Director: John Stockwell. Stars: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Danny Trejo, Stephen Lang, Luis Guzman, Amaury Nolasco, Treat Williams.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 108 min., Action-Suspense, Anchor Bay/Fox.
The year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years -- and it's meant billions for OmniCorp's bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy -- a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit -- is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice. Remake of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven classic.
Blu-ray extras: Deleted scenes, "OmniCorp Product Announcement," "Robocop: Engineered for the 21st Century": "The Illusion of Free Will: A New Vision," "To Serve and Protect: Robocop’s Weapons," "The Robocop Suit: Form and Function."
Vitals: Director: Jose Padilha. Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, Jay Baruchel, Jackie Earle Haley, Miguel Ferrer, Jennifer Ehle, John Paul Ruttan.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 117 min., Science Fiction-Action, Box office gross: $57.372 million, MGM/Fox.
Son of God
The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado stars as Jesus.
Vitals: Director: Christopher Spencer. Stars: Diogo Morgado, Roma Downey, Amber Rose Revah, Andrew Brooke, Louise Delamere, Darwin Shaw.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 138 min., Drama, Box office gross: $59.569 million, Fox.
Liam Neeson reunites with director Jaume Collet-Serra ("Orphan") for the first time since their collaboration on the hit 2011 thriller "Unknown." During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes.
Extras: "Suspense at 40,000 Feet" behind-the-scenes featurette. Blu-ray adds "Non-Stop Action" behind-the-scenes featurette on shooting in a 20' by 30' set the shape of a tube.
Vitals: Director: Jaume Collet-Serra. Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Scoot McNairy, Corey Stoll, Omar Metwally, Linus Roache, Jason Butler Harner, Shea Whigham, Anson Mount.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 107 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $89.454 million, Universal.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Based on the CIA analyst created by espionage master Tom Clancy, the film follows Ryan (Chris Pine) from his quiet double-life as a veteran-turned-Wall Street executive to his all-out initiation as a hunted American agent on the trail of a massive terrorist plot in Moscow. Ryan appears to be just another New York executive to his friends and loved ones, but his enlistment into the CIA secretly goes back years. He was brought in as a brainy Ph.D. who crunches global data -- but when Ryan ferrets out a meticulously planned scheme to collapse the U.S. economy and spark global chaos, he becomes the only man with the skills to stop it. Now, he's gone fully operational, thrust into a world of mounting suspicion, deception and deadly force. Caught between his tight-lipped handler Harper (Kevin Costner), his in-the-dark fiancee Cathy (Keira Knightley) and a brilliant Russian oligarch (Kenneth Branagh), Jack must confront a new reality where no one can seem to be trusted, yet the fate of millions rests on his finding the truth. With the urgency of a lit fuse, he's in a race to stay one step ahead of everyone around him.
Blu-ray extras: Commentary by Kenneth Branagh and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, "Jack Ryan: The Smartest Guy in the Room," "Sir Kenneth Branagh: The Tsar of Shadow Recruit," "Jack Ryan: A Thinking Man of Action," "Old Enemies Return," deleted & extended scenes.
Vitals: Director: Kenneth Branagh. Stars: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, Colm Feore, Gemma Chan, Karen David. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 105 min., Action-Thriller, Box office gross: $49.297 million, Paramount.
Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically -- 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning eight years, Jenison's adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen.
Extras: Commentary with Teller, Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette and Farley Ziegler; deleted, extended and alternate scenes; Toronto International Film Festival Q&A.
Vitals: Director: Teller. Stars: Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull, Philip Steadman, David Hockney, Colin Blakemore.
2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 80 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $1.569 million, Sony.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Director Wes Anderson transports viewers to another one of his unique, self-contained worlds that requires you to give yourself up totally to his story within a story within a story that recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; and a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis -- all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent.
Extras: "Bill Murray Tours the Town"; "Kunstmuseum Zubrowka Lecture"; "The Society of the Crossed Keys"; "The Making of the Grand Budapest Hotel": "Part 1 – The Story," "Part 2 – The Society of the Crossed Keys," "Part 3 – Creating The Hotel," "Part 4 – Creating A World"; Mendl's secret recipe; promotional featurettes: "Cast" and "Wes Anderson"; stills gallery; theatrical trailer.
Vitals: Director: Wes Anderson. Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Lea Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 100 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $51.548 million, Fox.
The Lego Movie
Emmet, an ordinary rules-following, perfectly average Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied "Special," is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant -- Lord Business -- from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. Chris Pratt is the voice of Emmet, an ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, and Will Ferrell is the voice of President Business, aka Lord Business, an uptight CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life. Voicing the members of Emmet's rebel crew on this heroic mission are Morgan Freeman as the ancient mystic Vitruvius; Elizabeth Banks as tough-as-nails Wyldstyle, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure with whom Wyldstyle shares a history; Nick Offerman as the craggy, swaggering pirate Metal Beard, obsessed with revenge on Lord Business; Alison Brie as the sweet and loveable Unikitty and Charlie Day as Benny, the 1980-something Spaceman.
Extras: Feature commentary, "Batman: A True Artist," "Michelangelo and Lincoln: History Cops," "Enter the Ninjago," "Bringing LEGO to Life," "Everything Is Awesome" sing-along, "See it! Build it!," "Stories From the Story Team," "Fan-Made Films: Top Secret Submissions," outtakes, additional promotional content, alleyway test, deleted scenes. Everything is Awesome Edition adds "Dream Job: Meet the LEGO Builders."
Vitals: Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller. Stars: Voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Alison Brie, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 100 min., Animated, Box office gross: $250.608 million, Warner.
300: Rise of an Empire
Follow up to the 2007 hit "300" pits the Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) against the massive invading Persian forces, ruled by the mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and led by Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy. Knowing his only hope of defeating the overwhelming Persian armada will be to unite all of Greece, Themistokles ultimately leads the charge that will change the course of the war.
Extras: "The 300 Effect": "3 Days in Hell," "Brutal Artistry," "A New Breed of Hero" and "Taking the Battle to the Sea"; "Real Leaders & Legends," "Women Warriors," "Savage Warships," "Becoming a Warrior."
Vitals: Director: Noam Murro. Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Andrew Tiernan, Andrew Pleavin, Rodrigo Santoro, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 103 min., Action, Box office gross: $106.170 million, Warner.
Set in a mythic New York City at the beginning of the 20th century, and spanning more than a 100 years, "Winter's Tale" is a fantasy about miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) is a master thief, working for a demon posing as the gangster Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe). When Peter decides to leave Pearly's gang, his mentor marks him for death and sends his gang after him. Rescued by his guardian angel, a mysterious white horse, Peter decides to commit one last crime before leaving the city. But he never expected to have his heart stolen by the beautiful Beverly Penn (Brown Findlay), whom he encounters while burglarizing her parent's mansion. They immediately fall in love, but their love is doomed: She burns with a deadly form of consumption, and Peter has been marked for a much more violent death by his one-time mentor. Peter desperately tries to save his true love, across time, against the forces of darkness, even as Pearly does everything in his power to take him down -- winner take all and loser be damned. Based on the acclaimed 1983 novel by Mark Helprin.
Extras: "Winter's Tale: A Timeless Love" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Characters of Good & Evil" featurette, additional scenes.
Vitals: Director: Akiva Goldsman. Stars: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Fantasy Drama, Box office gross: $12.591 million, Warner.
A haunting and provocative psychosexual thriller about duality and identity. Adam Bell is a glum, disheveled history professor, who seems disinterested even in his beautiful girlfriend, Mary. Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, a bit-part actor named Anthony Clair, who is living with his pregnant wife Helen. Consumed by the desire to meet his double, Adam tracks down Anthony and, when the identical men meet, their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined in a complex and dangerous struggle.
Extras: "Lucid Dreams: The Making of Enemy" featurette.
Vitals: Director: Denis Villeneuve. Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini, Jane Moffat, Joshua Peace, Tim Post.
2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 90 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $.893 million, Lionsgate.
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