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Pete’s Dragon Blu Ray Release Date and Special Features

Walt Disney Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of director David Lowery’s Pete’s Dragon (2016), a reimagining of Disney’s cherished 2012 original that centers on an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. The new family film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Robert Redford, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Isiah Whitlock Jr., and arrives on Blu-ray on November 29th.

Families will be captivated by this magical movie followed by never-before-seen bonus features, including a revealing look at director David Lowery’s personal diary kept during the filming of Pete’s Dragon, the design process behind the lovable dragon Elliot, deleted scenes, a tour of the film’s breathtaking production location of New Zealand, audio commentary by filmmakers and actors and hilarious bloopers.

Pete’s Dragon stars Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) as Grace, a forest ranger in the Pacific Northwest who happens upon 10-year-old Pete, played by Oakes Fegley (This is Where I Leave You). Oona Laurence (Southpaw) is Natalie, the 11-year-old daughter of Jack, a lumber-mill owner played by Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games). Karl Urban (Star Trek) is Jack’s bumbling brother Gavin and Oscar-winner Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) portrays Mr. Meacham, an old wood carver who delights the local children with tales of a fierce dragon.

The film is directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) from a screenplay by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a. (The Finest Hours), with Barrie M. Osborne (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) serving as executive producer.

Writer/director Lowery reveals, “I look back on childhood as an adventure, and I wanted to capture that on screen in the smallest—but also the biggest—way.” The big—the creation of an irresistible 24-foot tall, green, furry dragon that can breathe fire and turn invisible—is brilliantly tackled by the team at the Academy Award-winning visual effects company Weta Digital (The Hobbit films and The Lord of the Rings trilogy). But it’s the small moments between characters that so beautifully convey the film’s powerful message: the importance of friendship, family and finding one’s place in the world.

Pete’s Dragon is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround. Extras include:
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In Theaters This Week (8/12/2016) – Pete’s Dragon, Sausage Party, Blood Father, Hell or High Water, and Florence Foster Jenkins!!!

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  August 12th brings an unusually large number of well-reviewed films across the entire spectrum of age and genre interests.  The question is: will any of them stop the Suicide Squad juggernaut? Continue reading In Theaters This Week (8/12/2016) – Pete’s Dragon, Sausage Party, Blood Father, Hell or High Water, and Florence Foster Jenkins!!!

Trailer Time: Pete’s Dragon (2016) *Remaking a Kinda Sorta Classic

Pete’s Dragon is a remake of a 1977 Disney live-action/animation hybrid film that was most notable for introducing me to the town of Passamaquaddie, ME, which is easily one of the most enjoyable town names in world history.  2016’s Pete’s Dragon really has more in common with Tarzan than the original film, which takes the names of the character and the title and reworks most of the rest.  Visually, obviously an improvement:

Honestly, I’d be paying no attention to this film whatsoever were it not for two things.  One, Disney is currently in the midst of perhaps the greatest year any studio has ever had both financially and critically.  Two, I want to know which small child in the Redford family is responsible for one of the greatest actors of all-time being in this film.  No, seriously, I’m curious, because-God love him-how many more Robert Redford performances are we going to get?  What if this is it?  What if this Orson Welles in Transformers: The Movie (except that was awesome)?  Releasing right after Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad, it presents a family option, and if it can garner some decent reviews Disney will no doubt continue to build their own private moon with all of the money they’ve gleefully taken from us in just the first six months of the year.  Pete’s Dragon is scheduled for an August 12, 2016, release.

My Favorite Scene: Captain America The Winter Soldier (2014) “The Highway Battle”

Halfway through September, this is still the best movie of the year.  Cap 2 rises to the standard of great film, because when I try to pick one scene out of it as my favorite, I get deadlocked in roughly an eight-way tie for first.  As a lifelong comic and Cap fan I just sat there smiling like the world’s biggest idiot for most of the film, but I believe my idiot smile reached its pinnacle when Cap, Widow and Falcon are just trying to survive against The Winter Soldier.  The fight choreography is astounding.  The thing Bucky does with the knife….that shouldn’t be possible.  I don’t even know if its.  I know this movie me made me believe it COULD be.  So smart, so funny and so reverent to the characters, this film top s the MCU heap for me and I maybe the best compliment I can give it is I want to get Avengers 2 out of the way so we can get back to this Cap story! (Not really, I need to see both.)
Captain America The Winter Soldier, Cap 2, Captain America, The Winter Soldier, Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans

Captain America The Winter Soldier Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details


The best film of the year (so far), Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be available everywhere September 9th for the regular version and two weeks prior on August 19th for the digital release.  Disney  released a press release with  bare bones details and cover art.  No word yet on a Marvel One-Shot.  The last One-Shot, featuring Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin, is going to be a tough act to follow…. Continue reading Captain America The Winter Soldier Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details