Hot New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases This Week (Oct 14, 2008)
October 12th, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 8,680 Views
Hollywood icon Harrison Ford returns to the role of the adventurous archaeologist Indiana Jones nearly 20 years after he last donned the famous fedora and bullwhip to save the world from imminent peril. Joining Ford for this latest installment of the Steven Spielberg-George Lucas collaboration are Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone, Jim Broadbent, Karen Allen, John Hurt and Shia LaBeouf as Jones’s headstrong young sidekick. [Maxim's Review] Blu-Ray | DVD (Single Disc | 2-Disc Special Edition)
The Matrix (1999) R – In this complex story that aspires to mythology, a computer hacker (Keanu Reeves) searches for the truth behind the mysterious force known as the Matrix. He finds his answer with a group of strangers led by the charismatic Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). What they encounter in confronting that truth makes for a lightning-paced, eye-popping thrill ride of a movie that cleverly combines sociopolitical commentary with cutting-edge special effects.
The Matrix: Reloaded (2003) R – Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss are back in the roles they made famous in the original, special-effects-studded, sci-fi crowd-pleaser The Matrix. After Zion, the last outpost still under human control, is discovered, the battle against the machines that have enslaved people in the Matrix reaches peak intensity — and Neo (Reeves), Morpheus (Fishburne), Trinity (Moss) and the rest of the gang must soldier on.
The Matrix: Revolutions (2003) R – The third in a trilogy that started with The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded, directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski. Superhuman Neo (Keanu Reeves) returns with compatriot and lover Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) in a plot where most of the action takes place on a “scorched Earth” as the machines invade Zion. Monica Bellucci and Jada Pinkett-Smith co-star.
The Animatrix (2003) NR – Straight from the creators of the groundbreaking Matrix trilogy, this collection of short animated films from the world’s leading anime directors fuses computer graphics and Japanese anime to provide the background of the Matrix universe and the conflict between man and machines. The shorts include Final Flight of the Osiris, The Second Renaissance, Kid’s Story, Program, World Record, Beyond, A Detective Story and Matriculated.
From director Ridley Scott comes this tense crime thriller starring Denzel Washington as true-life Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas. Russell Crowe co-stars as the dogged outcast NYPD cop charged with bringing Lucas down. Ruby Dee (in an Oscar-nominated role), Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin and Chiwetel Ejiofor lead the supporting cast in this powerhouse tale penned by Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List). [Maxim's review] DVD | Blu-Ray
Shot on location in Mongolia with more than 25,000 extras, this sweeping epic traces the efforts of Genghis Khan (Takashi Sorimachi) to unite the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia into a single empire. Known as “the Blue Wolf,” Khan led a fascinating life that included a birth surrounded by secrets, a brutal betrayal by a once-loyal friend and a son who grew to share the same burdens that once oppressed his father. Blu-Ray | DVD
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