Want something for nothing? Who doesn’t! Every week or two Blu-Ray Authority will have a new slew of Blu-Ray’s and DVD’s to give away to some lucky winners.
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- If winners do not respond their e-mail within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title – “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Money. Power. Women. Drugs. Temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, modesty was quickly deemed overrated and more was never enough.
Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks is a fascinating look at the circuitous “collaborative” process Walt Disney, his creative team, and author P.L. Travers engaged in in bringing the character Mary Poppins to life on the big screen in the early 1960s. This touching, funny film is really two stories nicely tied up in one appealing package. The first story is of P.L. Travers’s childhood in Australia in the early 1900s. This story starts out idyllically enough, emphasizing her father’s immense love for his children and his uncanny ability to make everything fun and exciting, but it’s one that has a darker side that ends up shaping the adult that Travers eventually becomes. The other story is of the adult P.L. Travers. A proper Englishwoman completely set in her ways, she grudgingly embarks on a trip from England to Los Angeles to discuss the possibility of turning her highly successful book Mary Poppins into a Disney motion picture.
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock America, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“Freedom. It is an ideal for which I am prepared to die,” says 44-year-old Nelson Mandela just before he is sentenced to life in prison for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the South African government in Justin Chadwick’s reverent but rousing Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The facts of Mandela’s influential work to end apartheid, from his early days as a lawyer in Johannesburg to his rise in the African National Congress, as well as his 27-year imprisonment and ultimate release and election as South African president, are well-known, and Chadwick’s straightforward retelling of his story doesn’t offer any new insights into the man. But that’s OK. Mandela’s trials and triumphs, personal and political, are more than enough to keep this crowded but never overstuffed biopic clicking. Idris Elba, perhaps best known in the U.S. for his riveting work on HBO’s The Wire and BBC America’s Luther, vividly embodies Mandela’s pride and passion — and flaws.
The Book Thief
Based on the beloved best-selling book comes this profoundly moving story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany. Although Liesel (Sophie N‚lisse) is illiterate when she is adopted by a German couple (OSCARr Winner Geoffrey Rush* and Emily Watson**), her adoptive father encourages her to learn to read. Ultimately, the power of words helps Liesel and Max (Ben Schnetzer), a Jew hiding in the family’s home, escape from the events unfolding around them in this extraordinary, acclaimed film directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey).