For the week of Feb. 25, two of 2013’s biggest films are slated for Blu-ray this Tuesday. First up is Best Picture nominee Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The other is Thor: The Dark World, the latest chapter of their crossover Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. As due out this week are Alexander Payne’s Nebraska as well as Blue is the Warmest Color, released as part of its Criterion Collection.
Since debuting in theaters this past October, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity not only captured the attention of critics across the board, but the regular movie-going public as well. After a stellar $270 million domestically, Gravity is set to make a bang on the home media circuit. However, the driving appeal of seeing the Gravity in its intended IMAX 3D will be noticeably absent on a smaller screen.
Gravity comes home from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in two variations. The first is a Blu-ray, DVD, UltraViolet combo pack. A second version include a 3D copy of the film in addition to the previous combo pack.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment will be releasing Marvel film, Thor: The Dark World. Equally receptive to Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 film, Thor: The Dark World follows the hammer-wielding Asgardian after the events of The Avengers. After a lengthy absence, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must venture back to Earth to save his weekend fling Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) for an ancient force known as the Aether. Challenged by Dark-Elves, Thor is reluctantly forced to team with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to save the Nine Realms.
There are several versions of Thor: The Dark World for purchase. The standard edition is a Blu-ray, Digital Copy combo pack. A 3D version bundled with a Blu-ray disc and Digital Copy is also available. As for retailer exclusives, Best Buy will be selling an exclusive steelbook, while Target is offering an alternate artwork featuring Loki and access to Marvel Unlimited for one month.
Just in time for the Oscars this Sunday, Paramount Pictures is releasing its Best Picture nominee, Nebraska. In Nebraska, Bruce Dern plays Woody, an elderly man from Montana on a road trip with his son to Nebraska to collect a million-dollar reward. Nebraska is shot entirely in black-and-white, a rarity for contemporary releases. In addition to Dern, Nebraska also stars Will Forte, June Squibb and Stacey Keach. Paramount is releasing Nebraska as a Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD combo pack.
Last up for the week is French film, Blue is the Warmest Color from the Criterion Collection. Blue is the Warmest Color stars Lea Seydoux as Adele, a 15-year-old girl who takes an interest in a young woman named Emma with blue hair. Blue is the Warmest Color is nearly three hours in length and is rated NC-17 for its sexual content. The Criterion copy of the film comes a single Blu-ray disc.
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