2016 Oscar Nominees You Can Watch At Home (LINKS)

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Most 2016 nominated films are still in theaters, but a few – including some nominated shorts – can be watched at home via streaming.

Here is a list of Academy Award nominated titles that are currently available via online and streaming outlets (whether for free or to rent).

Click on the provider (Netflix, Amazon, Youtube, etc.) to access the movie.

Best Picture
Hell or High Water (Amazon Video)

Best Actor
– Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic (Amazon Video)

Best Actress/Costume Design
– Ruth Negga, Loving (Amazon Video)
– Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins (Amazon Video)

Best Original Screenplay
The Lobster (Amazon Prime)

Best Animated Film
– Kubo and the Two Strings (Amazon Video)
Zootopia (Netflix)

Best Documentary Feature
– 13th (Netflix)
Life, Animated (Amazon Prime)
O.J.: Made in America (Hulu) (Also available on many VOD cable/satellite platforms via ESPN)

Best Foreign Language Film
A Man Called Ove (Amazon Video)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Star Trek Beyond (Amazon Video)
Suicide Squad (Amazon Video)

Best Animated Short
Pearl (YouTube) (This is a 360-degree video, to be viewed in a VR Video Playback device)

Best Documentary Short
4.1 Miles (YouTube)
Joe’s Violin (YouTube)
The White Helmets (Netflix)

Best Sound Mixing
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi  (Amazon Prime)

Best Sound Editing
Deepwater Horizon (Amazon Video)
– Sully (Amazon Video)

Best Visual Effects
Deepwater Horizon (Amazon Video)
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The Jungle Book (Netflix)
– Kubo and the Two Strings (Amazon Video)

THE IRON GIANT Blu-Ray Ultimate Collectors Edition (DETAILS/TRAILER)

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In the fall of 2015, a new, longer remastered version of the animated classic The Iron Giant enjoyed a limited run in theaters. This fall, on September 6th, it hits blu-ray in Signature and Ultimate Editions.

The Signature Edition (or “the normal blu-ray purchase”) will have the 2015 re-release version (with additional scenes), as well as a high-def version of the original theatrical cut. Here are the other features of that blu-ray package:

  • Director Brad Bird‘s Commentary (on the original theatrical cut)
  • An alternate opening
  • A NEW documentary titled “The Giant’s Dream”, which chronicles the making of The Iron Giant
  • Other bonus content, which includes:
    • The Iron Giant: Signature Edition trailer
    • Additional scenes
    • Mini documentary segments
    • Teddy Newton The X Factor
    • Duck and Cover sequence
    • The Voice of the Giant
    • Motion Gallery
    • Brad Bird trailer

The suggested retail price for the Signature Edition will be $14.99.

The Ultimate Collectors Edition (pictured above) will come in at a much higher price point: $74.99 (suggested retail). Along with the Signature Edition blu-ray, additional items exclusive to this box set are:

  • A hardcover art book on the film
  • Collectible Mondo art cards
  • A 4-inch plastic articulated Iron Giant statue
  • A personal letter from director Brad Bird

Warner Bros. Releases First Deleted Scene From BATMAN V SUPERMAN (VIDEO)

Right on the heels of a huge opening weekend, the first deleted scene from Batman V Superman has been released by the studio (see below). And the more you know about DC canonical history, the more packed with potential the scene apparently is.

SPOILERS!

Titled “Communion”, the 45-second creepy outtake – which will most certainly appear in the 3-hour Rated R cut, to be released on DVD/Blu-Ray – is a treasure trove of Easter Eggs for DC diehards. They all point to Darkseid, the ultimate villain of the DC universe (or so I’ve read).

Not being a comic geek myself, I’m grateful to comicbookresources.com for unpacking what us novices can’t see past the surface:

  • In the clip, some kind of special forces unit enters the Kryptonian ship Lex Luthor uses to create Doomsday. As they wander the strange, alien halls, they encounter an alien creature, who is holding three gray cubes. While Luthor kneels before him, the creature and the cubes dissolve, only to leave Luthor standing in the Kryptonian sludge with sniper rifles trained on his back. 

It continues:

  • Since Darkseid is teased throughout several of Bruce Wayne’s visions, it’s very likely this creature is none other than Steppenwolf. In the comics, Steppenwolf is a general on Apokolips, Darkseid’s home world. A member of Darkseid’s Elite, the character is an immortal with superhuman strength, speed, endurance and reflexes. 

    If the creature is indeed Steppenwolf, the cubes are likely Mother Boxes. Mother Boxes enable interstellar teleportation (among various other abilities), which would explain the creature’s subsequent disappearance.

So…yeah. That.

Here’s the clip:

THE FORCE AWAKENS Digital Download April 1st; Blu-Ray/DVD April 5th (VIDEO/INFO)

The Force comes home this April…just not in 3D.

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Disney announced that the 2D Blu-Ray/DVD home video release for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be April 5th, with a digital download pre-release on April 1st. A 3D edition will be released later this year.

This new promo video – with sneak peaks of the extras – will give fans chills once again, regardless of how many times you’ve already seen Episode VII.

Bonus Features include:

  • Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey – For the first time, discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers in this feature documentary
  • The Story Awakens: The Table Read – Cast members familiar and new reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the movie’s script
  • Building BB-8 – See how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favorite in the Star Wars universe
  • Crafting Creatures – Watch movie magic as the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life
  • Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight – Go deeper into the epic, climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren
  • John Williams: The Seventh Symphony – The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Wars and The Force Awakens
  • ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force – An insider’s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movie’s visual effects.
  • Force For Change – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. See how the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative has united Star Wars fans all over the globe to help others
  • Plus Deleted Scenes

Three different retailers – Target, Walmart, and Best Buy – will each have their own exclusive versions.

  • TARGET – The Target Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with exclusive packaging and an added 20 minutes of bonus content, including never-before-seen interviews with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega and a deeper look at the movie’s costumes and weaponry
  • WALMART – The Walmart Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with exclusive BB-8 packaging and an exclusive Star Wars Galactic Connexions trading disc
  • BEST BUY – The Best Buy Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack features exclusive SteelBook Packaging