New on DVD & Blu-ray: Sept. 2-8

Posted on September 1, 2014
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“Draft Day” is kind of the football version of “Moneyball” meets “Trouble With the Curve”: Cleveland general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) has a chance to rebuild his football team by pulling off a blockbuster trade, but when faced with fan pressure, an ambitious owner (Frank Langella) and a hard-nosed coach (Denis Leary), he has to decide whether or not to go with the consensus No. 1 pick or trust his instincts. A weak outing by director Ivan Reitman. Co-stars Jennifer Garner, Terry Crews, Tom Welling, Sam Elliott, Sean Combs, Ellen Burstyn and Chadwick Boseman. Extras include commentary, deleted scenes, and a pair of featurettes. From Lionsgate.


Universal is getting a jump on Halloween this week with three monstrous releases. First off is the massive “Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection,” a 21-disc DVD set of all 30 Universal Classic Monster films from 1931–1956 with a 48-page collectible book and hours of photo for Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collectionbonus features including behind the scenes documentaries, the 1931 Spanish version of “Dracula,” featurettes on Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. and Jack Pierce, 13 feature commentaries, archival footage, production photographs, theatrical trailers and more. “Dracula” (1931), “Frankenstein” (1931), “The Mummy” (1932), “The Invisible Man” (1933), “The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), “Werewolf of London” (1935), “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936), “Son of Frankenstein” (1939), “The Invisible Man Returns” (1940), “The Invisible Woman” (1940), “The Mummy’s Hand” (1940), “The Wolf Man” (1941), “The Ghost of Frankenstein” (1942), “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1942), “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942), “Invisible Agent” (1942), “Phantom of the Opera” (1943), “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” (1943), “Son of Dracula” (1943), “House of Frankenstein” (1944), “The Mummy’s Curse” (1944), “The Invisible Man’s Revenge” (1944), “House of Dracula” (1945), “She-Wolf of London” (1946), “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948), “Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man” (1951), “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954), “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy” (1955), “Revenge of the Creature” (1955), “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956) … Universal then follows that up with the Hammer Horror Series 8-Film Collection,” a four-disc DVD set with “Brides of Dracula,” “The Phantom of the Opera” (1962), “The Kiss of the Vampire,” “Night Creatures,” “The Curse of the Werewolf,” “Paranoiac,” “Nightmare” and “The Evil of Frankenstein” and the Blu-ray debut of director John Badham’s romanticized 1979 version of “Dracula,” starring Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence and Kate Nelligan. Extras: include “The Revamping of Dracula,” commentary with director Badham, a Universal Classic Monsters trailer, and the “Dracula” TV series trailer.


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