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Steven Spielberg is one of those directors who can do anything. It seems for every fun adventure film he makes, he follows it up with a more serious film, usually something of historical nature. Following up with ‘The Adventures of TinTin’, Spielberg decided to delve into two very different historical tales.
The first was ‘War Horse’, based on the British novel of the same name, that followed the life of a horse through WWI, and all the men whom he came across in his life. It was a truly wonderful film, one that was enjoyed very much by audiences, but Spielberg wasn’t done with his historical epics yet.
For years, Spielberg had been working on a film about Abraham Lincoln, and he never lost sight of that. It took years of development, which saw the change of Liam Neeson to Daniel Day-Lewis in the role of Lincoln, but one that was worth the wait. Based on the novel Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln’, which deals with Lincoln’s last four months of life, when Lincoln tried passing the Thirteenth Amendment. The film is a star studded ensemble, including Daniel Day-Lewis in his Oscar Winning role as the Sixteenth President, as well as Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and James Spader. A film of this magnitude deserves a strong blu-ray package, and I’m glad to say that Disney has given the film one. Featuring some excellent special features, as well as perfect audio and video, Disney has made this blu-ray a must own.
One of my favorite films of last year was Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln‘, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis in his Academy Award winning performance as the sixteenth Presiden of the United States. I always enjoy Spielberg’s historical epics, and ‘Lincoln’ was no different. The film, based on the novel, ‘Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln’, which explored the framing of the thirteenth amendment, and the last few months of his life. It’s a truly moving excellent film that explores a part of the history of the United States that isn’t always touched on.
The film features an impressive cast that includes Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and James Spader, all who give some of their finest performances to date. I’ve been looking forward to getting a chance to re-watch this film, so I’m excited to see that Walt Disney Studios will be releasing the film on March 26, 2013, on blu-ray and DVD. There will be a four disc Ultimate Collector’s edition, two disc blu-ray edition, and a single one disc DVD version. Hit the jump to see the differences between the different releases, as well as a trailer for this two time Academy Award winning film.
We’ve been waiting for some time on info about who would be taking over the ‘Star Wars’ series, ever since George Lucas sold the franchise to Disney last year. Rumors ran rampant quickly, with names like Steven Spielberg, Matthew Vaughn, and one that was frequently popping up, was J.J. Abrams. Many assumed that with his hand so firmly in the ‘Star Trek’ universe right now, after rebooting the ever popular franchise. But apparently Abrams was the man for the job, at least according to Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy. According to the Wrap, sources close to the deal, Kennedy had been courting Abrams early on when the project came to light, thanks to Steven Spielberg, who was pushing her to hire him for the job. Understandably, Abrams was very hesitant to take the reins of the franchise, but Spielberg convinced him into saying yes. This is huge news, and we’re just waiting for an official confirmation at this time. Hit the jump for more.
We just recently learned that Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof’s new science fiction film ‘1952‘ will be be release on December 19, 2014. While the plot is being kept under wraps at this time, the movie is an original film that is said to be an extraterrestrial film in the vein of ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. Now it looks like we have our leading man for the film, and it’s none other than George Clooney. While Clooney was rumored for some time to be a part of the film, it’s now confirmed that he has signed to play the lead role in the film.
Brad Bird, who is best known for his animated film work on films such as ‘The Iron Giant’, and of course his two Pixar films ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Ratatouille’, made his breakout live action film by directing 2011′s critically and commercially successful ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’, the fourth entry in Tom Cruise’s popular franchise. Bird seemed to make a seamless transition from animation to live action, and created one of the most entertaining films that year, so my hope for ’1952′ is already very high. I love the idea of him directing a sci-fi film in the vein of Steven Spielberg’s classics, much like J.J. Abrams did in 2011 as well with ‘Super 8′. I’m a huge fan of Bird, so seeing him move forward with this definitely makes me very excited.
It appears there’s some life left in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean‘ franchise, or at least Walt Disney Studios is hoping there is. The popular franchise, based on the Disneyland attraction, is now four movies in, and apparently counting. Walt Disney Studios has hired Jeff Nathanson, the man who wrote the Steven Spielberg film ‘Catch Me If You Can’, which starred Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, to pen the currently untitled fifth film in the series. This will be the first in the series that hasn’t been written by Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio, which I think could actually be beneficial to the series. The movie is still set to be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and will once again see Johnny Depp dawn his pirates outfit as Jack Sparrow. Nothing else about the film is known at this time.