by Matt Marshall
Summer 2013 was loaded with surprises, but one that stands out is the overnight success of director Guillermo del Toro’s pet project, Pacific Rim. Returning to the classic Godzilla monster movies, Pacific Rim hit it off critically and financially, ending its run with a $100 million career-high for del Toro. In addition to Pacific Rim, other new releases include: The Heat, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Love Actually.
Pacific Rim smashes its way onto Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Bros. in various formats and retailer exclusives. The standard edition features a Blu-ray, DVD, UltraViolet combo pack. Warner Bros. is also offering two versions of the 3D version. One includes a 3D disc in addition to the the standard combo pack. The Gift Pack is the exactly the same except the set houses a miniature version of Gipsy Danger. Best Buy’s exclusive features alternate artwork as well “The Anteverse” bonus feature.
20th Century Fox is releasing their $160 million summer hit, The Heat as well. The Heat stars Sandra Bullock (Gravity) and Melissa McCarthy (The Hangover Part III) as the most unlikely buddy cop duo to hit the streets of Boston. Fox packages the Paul Feig cop comedy as Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy, UltraViolet combo pack. The combo pack offers two versions of the film, the theatrical cut seen in theaters and an unrated version. Target’s copy includes a free digital download of the “Meet Gina and Beth” featurette.
Comedian Kevin Hart is also arriving on home media. His comedic routine at a Madison Square Garden show is the focus of the film, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain. Distributed by Summit Entertainment, Let Me Explain is available as a Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy, UltraViolet combo pack.
Wrapping up the week, Universal Studios is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2003 romantic comedy, Love Actually. Love Actually stars Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney and Emma Thompson in intertwining love stories culminating on Christmas Eve. For this anniversary edition, the Love Actually combo pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy and a collectible ornament.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.