Machete Slices His Way to DVD

DANNY TREJO, MEL GIBSON, MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ, SOFIA VERGARA AND A STAR-STUDDED CAST
BREAK ALL THE RULES IN THIS EXPLOSIVE SEQUELMachete

MACHETE KILLS

BE THE FIRST TO OWN IT ON DIGITAL HD JANUARY 7, 2014

AND BRING HOME THE BLU-RAY COMBO PACK

INCLUDING BLU-RAY, DVD & DIGITAL HD WITH ULTRAVIOLET JANUARY 21, 2014

Get ready for the knife-wielding hero to return in Machete Kills, the sequel to the hugely successful Machetefilm from acclaimed director Robert Rodriguez. Machete Kills arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD, & Digital HD with UltraViolet and On Demand on January 21, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD on January 7, 2014.

Danny Trejo (Grindhouse,Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez;Anger Management, Two and a Half Men) to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson;Braveheart, Edge of Darkness) from starting a nuclear war. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he faces death at every turn from an all-star cast of deadly assassins.

Featuring Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious 6), Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”), Amber Heard (The Rum Diary), Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots), Cuba Gooding Jr. (The Butler), and Demian Bichir (A Better Life), Machete Kills is one of the wildest save-the-world adventures ever captured on film.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet.

Bonus Features on Blu-ray and DVD

· DELETED & EXTENDED SCENES
· Making of Machete Kills

CAST AND FILMMAKERS:

Cast: Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Lady Gaga, Amber Heard, Vanessa Hudgens, Walt Goggins, William Sadler, Demian Bichir, Alexa Vega, Marko Zaror and Samuel Davis
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Screenplay by: Kyle Ward
Story by:Robert Rodriguez & Marcel Rodriguez
Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Marcel Rodriguez, Rick Schwartz, Sergei Bespalov, Alexander Rodnyansky, Aaron Kaufman, and Iliana Nikolic
Executive Producer: Boris Teterev, Jere Hausfater, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis, Terry Dougas, Anthony Gudas, Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, Alfonso Barragan, Jr., John Paul Dejoria
Associate Producer: Marina Bespalov
Director of Photography: Robert Rodriguez & Marcel Rodriguez
Production Designer: Steve Joyner
Editor: Robert Rodriguez & Rebecca Rodriguez
Original Music by: Robert Rodriguez & Carl Thiel
Costumes by: Nina Proctor

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – BLU-RAY

Street Date: January 21, 2014
Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 61126912
Running Time: 1 hour 48 minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85.1
Rating:R for strong violence throughout, language and some sexual content
Technical Info: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – DVD

Street Date: January 21, 2014
Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 61126913
Running Time: 1 hour 48 minutes
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating:R for strong violence throughout, language and some sexual content
Technical Info: Dolby Digital 5.1 (English)
Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

‘Ruby Sparks’ is Funny and Romantic

‘Ruby Sparks’ is Funny and Romantic

by Jason Harris


Ruby Sparks is a story about a writer and his relationship with his creation.

Paul Dano’s Calvin is a New York Times bestselling author who is suffering from writer’s block. Calvin is first seen in front of his typewriter not typing when his phone rings. From the look on his face, he welcomes the distraction. Later on, he blames his dog for his writing woes.

His writing problems have him going to a psychologist, portrayed by Elliot Gould, who suggests he write about his dog, Scotty, named for F. Scott Fitzgerald.

He finally becomes inspired to write from his continuous dreams about a girl, Ruby Sparks, portrayed by the movie’s screenwriter, Zoe Kazan. He writes about her instead of his dog.

The movie starts off slow, but picks up speed once Calvin starts talking about Ruby to Gould’s Dr. Rosenthal. It becomes more interesting and the dialogue is quick and funny. Ruby becomes alive, but is it only in Calvin’s mind? When Ruby is first seen making Calvin breakfast, the audience doesn’t know if she is a real person or just a figment of Calvin’s imagination. The way he’s acting, it is easy to think he’s going nuts. It’s not shown until other characters interact with her. Then it becomes real to Calvin and to the audience at the same time that Ruby Sparks is a real person.

Ruby just appears. There is no use of a time machine, spell, or prayer plot device used to explain how she came to be. The only thing that is shown is when Calvin types in his manuscript that Ruby speaks French; she does. It is easy to suspend disbelief. So it isn’t hard to think that when she magically appeared, she had a history, an apartment, and any other possession that a person has if they have been alive their entire life.

Calvin now has a girlfriend. He’s happy, but not for long when his creation starts getting a mind of her own. She starts spending time with her friends. This makes him pull out his manuscript where he writes that she is miserable without him. This makes her so clingy that she doesn’t leave his side. This makes for some funny scenes from him buying movie tickets to them sitting on the couch, always with him with one arm around her. There is no personal space between them.

Before the end of the movie, Calvin comes back to his manuscript numerous times, learns some valuable relationship lessons, and writes another book. Overall, the movie is funny, entertaining, and very romantic.

This movie was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who brought audiences the hit Little Miss Sunshine. The movie also stars Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas.

Three out of four stars.