This week is a great week for movie releases. So much so that it was hard to decide which one to feature specifically. However, in the spirit of the Oscar’s last night, I’ve decided to equally feature James Franco’s Oscar nominated film 127 Hours and co-host Anne Hathaway’s hit film Love and Other Drugs.
In 127 Hours, James portrays the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston in his remarkable adventure to save himself after a boulder crashes down on his arm and maroons him in an isolate canyon in Utah. After 5 days of being trapped and reviewing his life, he musters up the courage to self-amputate his arm and try to find his way to a rescue. This DVD features behind-the-scenes looks, commentaries and deleted scenes.
In Love and Other Drugs, Maggie (played by Anne Hathaway) is a free spirit who let anything, or anyone tie her down. But when she meets her match in cute and friendly pharmaceutical rep, Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal), their evolving relationship takes them both by surprise when they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: Love. This DVD features commentaries, deleted scenes and a deeper look at some of the characters.
Faster – Blu-ray/DVD
After 10 years in prison, Driver (Dwayne Johnson) has a singular focus: to avenge the murder of his brother during the botched robbery that led to his imprisonment. Now a free man with a deadly to-do list in hand, he’s finally on his mission. The hunter is also the hunted when two cops catch on to his trail. It’s a do-or-die race to the list’s finish as the mystery surrounding his brother’s murder deepens, and new details emerge along the way hinting that Driver’s list may be incomplete.
Burlesque – Blu-ray/DVD
Christina Aguilera makes her big screen debut as Ali, a small-town singer who takes her shot at stardom performing at a neo-burlesque nightclub in Los Angeles. The Burlesque Lounge is the kind of club where legends are born. When club owner Tess (Cher) hires charismatic Ali as a cocktail waitress, the ambitious big-city newcomer goes to great lengths to make a good impression. The special features include a special look at all 6 song performances.
Bambi – Blu-ray/DVD
For all you Disney collectors out there, Bambi has been released from the vault and remastered for your viewing pleasure. This classic tale shows a young fawn coming of age in a forest full of friendly creatures. Bambi bounces through the forest gleefully with his friends following the ways of the animal kingdom. But as he grows up, he learns some hard lessons about life.
Blessed – Lucinda Williams
Blessed is the stunning new album from three-time Grammy Award-winner Lucinda Williams. Considered by many to be one of America’s greatest living songwriters, Williams lives up to that and more by delivering 12 new songs that cover an even wider emotional spectrum than her previous work, without moving too far in any one direction. Her song Kiss Like Your Kiss was featured on HBO’s True Blood.
Late Nights, Early Mornings – Marsha Ambrosius
The Grammy Award nominated “songstress” from Floetry, Marsha Ambrosius debuts her solo album Late Nights, Early Mornings on J Records with the lead-off single I Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player). Her current emotional ballad Far Away is a hit and was #1 most added impact week at the urban adult format.
Going Out In Style – Dropkick Murphys
Dropkick Murphys are not your typical punk band, they’re Boston’s biggest rock band, a band that plays Irish music with punk roots. These band members also have enormous families and armies of friends that help them roll deep. Their music is so fierce and furious and their stage presence so explosive. They have been said to be the AC/DC of Celtic punk rock.
Town Line – Aaron Lewis
Staind frontman turned solo artist Aaron Lewis steps out with “songs [that] are country in the sense of classic Americana”. They’re simple, understandable, and founded on quality songwriting. Lewis recorded his solo debut in Nashville during early 2010, and it brandishes the singer’s trademark style and a distinct country soul. Produced by Grammy award winning James Stroud and Lewis, this collection proudly sits alongside Lewis’s numerous accolades.