Two teen boys with identity problems and a bisexual hacker with a large back tattoo highlight this week's new DVD announcements from the studios.
Starting on June 15, Sony will be releasing the Weinstein Company's Youth In Revolt starring Michael Cera. Somewhat overlooked at the box office after months and months of delays, you can now take a gander at a pretty funny film on DVD or Blu-ray featuring commentary by Cera and director Miguel Arteta (Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl), deleted scenes and audition footage. On that same day, MGM is putting out a 15th Anniversary Sinsational Editon of Paul Verhoeven's infamous Showgirls.
A week later, Fox is bringing their franchise wannabe Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief to both formats. Grossing just over $87 million at the box office, you can now bring it home on June 22. The studio also announced the Blu-ray release of The Illusionist on June 8. The Digital Bits is also reporting that Fox has confirmed that their Blu-ray plans for the second half of the year will indeed include The Alien Anthology, featuring restored versions of the four films and new special features (including Sigourney Weaver commentary) to accompany everything from the previous DVD set. Also on tap for Blu are The Last of the Mohicans ("the definitive cut"), The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 35th Anniversary Edition, The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Edition and Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet.
Lionsgate will be releasing Jon Amiel's Creation, starring Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin and Jennifer Connelly as the Mrs. also on June 29 as well as the "Austin Film Festival favorite" western, Six Gun, and the Bill Cosby hosted special, Sesame Street: 20 Years...And Still Counting on July 6. All of those will be DVD only, but LG will release a pair of Blu-rays on the 6th featuring the co-stars of Easy Money. No it's not that classic comedy, but you can get Jimmy Hollywood and Ladybugs.
If hi-def Victoria Abril and Vinessa Shaw ain't your thing, then how about Noomi Rapace as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? If you can't get to your local arthouse where it is playing right now or wait for David Fincher to get started on his reported remake, mark July 6 on your calendar as Music Box Films gives you a chance to see how the trilogy based on Stieg Larsson's novels begins on either DVD or Blu-ray.
Wrapping things up for the week, Universal adds a trio of new Blus to the catalog on July 13 with Alpha Dog, In Bruges and the remake of Assault on Precinct 13. MTI has Sister's Keeper (June 15) and Fireball (June 22) on their way, and Blue Underground has announced the Blu-ray release of The Prowler for July 27. Finally, fans of the Halo web series Red vs. Blue can look forward to four DVD releases from New Video this year starting with The Blood Gulch Chronicles: The Complete Series on June 29 and then Reconstruction (July 27), Recreation (August 24) and Resolution (November 16).
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