Thursday, October 20, 2011

Recent Movie Releases to Check Out This Weekend: Terri and Tree of Life

From the producers of Blue Valentine and Half Nelson comes the extraordinary original and loveable comedy TERRI, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD October 11 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  An official selection at Sundance Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival, the critically-acclaimed cast includes Academy Award®-nominee John C. Reilly (Chicago, Cyrus), Creed Bratton (“The Office”) and newcomer Jacob Wysocki (“Huge”) in a bittersweet coming-of-age story that will leave you cheering.

An overweight social misfit, Terri Thompson (Wysocki), is the lone caretaker and guardian for his elderly Uncle James (Bratton).  While struggling to find acceptance in school, Terri finds refuge in the company of his shy but pretty classmate Heather (Olivia Crocicchia, “Rescue Me”). In an effort to bring Terri out of his awkward pajama-wearing shell, his off-beat high school principal, Mr. Fitzgerland (Reilly) takes Terri under his wing to distract himself from his own painful divorce.  What emerges is a lesson on growing pains for both of them, and learning to find a reason to spread their wings and fly.

TERRI Blu-ray and DVD include outrageous special features including A Look Inside Terri and Deleted Scenes. Available in the U.S. only.
TERRI Special Features:
  • A Look Inside Terri
  • Deleted Scenes
TERRI Blu-ray: (Catalog #2274571)
Street Date: October 11, 2011
Screen Format: Widescreen: 1:85:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Subtitles: Dubbed: English / Subtitled: English & Spanish
U.S. Rating: R
Total Run Time: 106 minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes


Starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain
Available Exclusively On Blu-ray Combo Pack October 11

Winner of the 2011 Palme d’Or and the FIPRESCI Grand Prix

Summary: Bring home acclaimed writer/director Terrence Malick’s (Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World) thought provoking film experience THE TREE OF LIFE, available exclusively on Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack October 11 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Through stunning cinematography and raw emotional power Malick’s hymn to life excavates answers to the most haunting and personal human questions through a kaleidoscope of the intimate and the cosmic, from the raw emotions of a family in a small Texas town to the wildest, infinite edges of space and time, from a boy’s loss of innocence to a man’s transforming encounters with awe, wonder and transcendence.

The Blu-ray Disc presentation utilizes maximum bit rate encoding and 7.1 audio and a 2.0 stereo mix to bring Malick’s visually stunning masterpiece to life providing consumers with a premium cinematic viewing experience for the home. An exclusive 30-minute documentary on the making of the film,
Exploring The Tree of Life, allows fans to dig even deeper into Malick’s visionary work and his cinematic legacy through interviews with his collaborators and cast members as well as with directors Christopher Nolan and David Fincher who share an appreciation for his work.

Under Malick’s careful direction
THE TREE OF LIFE showcases complicated and haunting powerhouse performances by Academy-Award® nominee Brad Pitt (Fight Club), Academy Award® winner Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River)and newcomer Jessica Chastain (The Help).

An impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's, the film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn), through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt).

TREE OF LIFE Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a bonus DVD and Digital Copy version of the film. Pre-book date is September 14.

Fox Searchlight Pictures and River Road Entertainment present
THE TREE OF LIFE, written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain.  The producers are Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill.

The Tree of Life
Blu-ray Triple Play: (Catalog # 2274934)
Street Date: October 11, 2011
Pre-book Date: September 14, 2011
Screen Format: 16.9 (1.85:1)
Audio: English 7.1 DTS-HD-Master Audio
Subtitles: English, Spanish
U.S. Rating: PG-13
Total Run Time (BD): 3 hours, 1 minute
Total Run Time (DVD): 2 hours, 19 minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes

Disclosure:  I was sent samples of these DVDs for review from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  I am providing the above information soley for informational purposes, so readers are aware of recent DVD releases.

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