Just in time for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, you can catch up on all the hijinks of the world's favorite news team (and some never-before-seen stuff too) with Anchorman: The Rich Mahogany Edition ($15). This unrated two-disk Blu-ray edition comes with plenty of scenes that were too racy for the original, and it's packed with exclusive Anchorman paraphernalia — things like a Ron Burgundy diary filled with all his most private thoughts, and a set of Anchorman trading cards featuring all your favorite cast members.
The The Cornetto Trilogy ($35), also known as the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, also known as the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy, or better known as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End is now available for the home in a Blu-ray digital download combo pack. This series of comedic genre movies — whether it's lampooning zombie flicks, cop movies, or science fiction horror — stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and promises the kind of laughs only dry, British humor can. Named for the Cornetto ice cream company, each film is connected to a specific flavor associated with a thematic element from the movie: strawberry for zombie guts and gore, blue original for the police uniform, and mint chocolate chip for those little green men. These movies, each critical and box office successes, quickly became cult favorites for their unique blend of action, silliness, and bizarre situational hilarity.
There's no denying the brilliance of Stanley Kubrick. The masterful director went to great lengths when making a film to ensure everything was as close to perfection as possible. He is said to have intentionally included everything you see in the frame for a reason. And like a true artist, he left a lot to the viewer to digest and decipher. Room 237 ($25) takes a look at his 1980 pseudo-horror masterpiece The Shining, but this isn't a documentary on the movie — it's more of a look at the obsessed fans of Kubrick (us included) who have spent obviously too much time dissecting his work. This entertaining collection of theories, conspiracies, and hidden meanings are told by unseen participants, scholars, and borderline-lunatics, and run the gamut from the Native American genocide, the Holocaust, Kubrick's supposedly-faked moon landing, impossible windows, and penis-insinuations. We especially loved the breakdown of The Overlook layout and Danny's Big Wheel rides. Even if you don't believe a single word spoken, it's still very much worth watching if you find yourself yearning to watch The Shining a couple times a year. Words of wisdom, Lloyd my man. Words of wisdom.
Just because the saga is over, doesn't mean you can't relive your favorite moments with Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug — and there's never been a better way to do it than with The Hangover Trilogy ($50). Follow the shenanigan-filled chronicle of the Wolf Pack as they journey from Las Vegas, to Thailand, and back to Las Vegas in this story of over-indulgence, bad decisions, and fuzzy memories. This Blu-Ray box set includes each of the movies in the trilogy, as well as a never-before-seen documentary exploring the making of these three ridiculous movies.
With Halloween just around the corner, it's never been a better time to start assembling a respectable collection of classic scary movies — and a secret stash of candy to hold you over for the rest of the month. Get your horror library started with Chucky: The Complete Collection ($60). Relive the early scenes of Chucky and Andy that made us all terrified of dolls in Child's Play, Child's Play 2, and Child's Play 3. Watch as Chucky finds true love in Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky. And, if you're not quite caught up, watch Curse of Chucky for the first time. This collection includes all six films as well as hours of bonus content.
As an adaptation of Max Brooks' oral history of the zombie apocalypse, World War Z ($20) may leave something to be desired — but as a star-studded globe-spanning monster epic, it has enough thrills, incredible set pieces, and Hollywood scares to keep you engaged until the last bite. For those unfamiliar with the source material (from which the film differs substantially) or the movie itself, it chronicles the efforts of one UN investigator (Brad Pitt) to find the source of, and cure for, an undead outbreak of global proportions. This unrated blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy edition will give you plenty of opportunities to re-watch, pick apart, or just stare anxiously from the edge of your couch, and the extra seven minutes give you a bonus you never found in theaters.
It's no secret that Trekkies are some of the most intense sci-fi fans around. So don't be surprised if you find this gift set on their, or your own, wish list. The Star Trek Into Darkness Starfleet Phaser Set ($80) includes a 3D Combo Blu-Ray of the twelfth installment in the film franchise, and also loads you up with a 1:1 scale replica of a Starfleet phaser, a brass plaque and a gloss black display stand. So set your nerdgasm levels for stun and pre-order this set before it's gone.
The knuckleball is as famous a pitch as it is notorious — notoriously hard for pitchers to throw, catchers to catch, batters to hit, and umpires to judge. It's a pitch that only a small, elite group of pitchers have mastered, and one that defined their careers. Knuckleball ($11) follows two pitchers through the 2011 season, R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets, and Tim Wakefield of the Boston Red Sox, detailing their bond formed over the knuckler. It also draws parallels to the careers of the only other five living knuckleballers, while examining the history of that slow, unpredictable pitch.
See Batman like you've never seen him before with The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector's Edition ($100). In addition to all three films from director Christopher Nolan, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, the new collection features yet-unseen special features, including exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes footage on the making of the films, and IMAX sequences of major scenes. Three premium Mattel Hot Wheels vehicles, the Batmobile, the Batpod, and the Tumbler, let you play along while you watch. A nearly-50 page book contains production stills and movie images, while collectible cards from Mondo have all of your favorite villains.
Whatever your opinion of Julian Assange — data-terrorist, free-speech-evangelist, or somewhere in between — it's time to forget everything you thought you knew. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks ($7) takes an unbiased look at the man responsible for the greatest disclosure of state secrets in the history of the world. In a documentary that plays out like a political thriller, Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney follows Assange's progression from infamous Australian hacker, to the public face of WikiLeaks, to his self-imposed hermitage in the British Ecuadorean consulate.
We'll admit: we've never seen any of the films included in the Matt Helm Collection ($18). And that's pretty surprising, given our love of the Rat Pack, the fact that there are four of them — The Silencers, Murderers Row, The Ambushers, and The Wrecking Crew — and the fact that a ton of famous faces from the past like Karl Malden, Ann Margaret, Elke Sommer, and Sharon Tate appear. But really, all you need to know is that you're paying less than $5 a film for Dean Martin-as-a-spy fun — think Austin Powers + James Bond + your friendly neighborhood drunk + the coolest guy you know — and that's more than enough for us. [via]
Tarantino has borrowed from Spaghetti Westerns often enough that it was high time he made his own — and Django Unchained ($25) is the result. Winner of two Oscars — the second Original Screenplay trophy for QT, and the second Supporting Actor award for Christoph Waltz — this nearly three-hour tale takes a look at slavery through the lens of pre-Civil War America, with Jamie Foxx in the titular role, and supported by Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio as an infamous plantation owner, Kerry Washington as his lost wife, and Samuel L. Jackson (of course) as a house slave. Expect lots of action, lots of dialogue, and gratuitous use of the N-word — but most of all, expect to be entertained.