Top March DVD Releases
March 2014 was an incredible month for DVD releases. With the Academy Awards now passed, many Oscar award-winning films are hitting the shelves. And this month, there is something for everyone!
This Disney animated film broke all kinds of records and won several accolades during award season. These awards include two Oscars: Best Animated Feature Film and Best Song. The action takes place in fictional Arendelle as two sisters navigate their complicated relationship. Elsa is the new queen, and her magical powers allow her to create snow and ice with the toss of her hand. But when the world finds out her secret, she exiles herself and shuts out everyone– including her sister Anna. But with some persistence and with acts of true love, the film comes to a glorious and beautiful end.¬†
This period piece garnered all kinds of attention during award season, including acting nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence. In this film, set in the glamorous 1970s, a con man named Irving Rosenfield and his beautiful British partner Sydney Prosser are compelled to work with an FBI agent to get into the world of the New Jersey mafia. The pair are enamored with the world in which they have arrived, but it soon becomes a dangerous place for them.
Dallas Buyers Club
With two acting Academy Awards under its belt, Dallas Buyers Club gained popularity since its theatrical release. Now available on DVD, this film tells the story of Ron Woodroof, an electrician and hustler who spends his time and money on cocaine and casual sex. When he is diagnosed with AIDs, he refuses to believe his thirty-day death sentence. He reads up on his disease and discovers that a powerful drug is undergoing trials in the United States– but is available across the border in Mexico. With a cocktail of drugs in his system, Woodroof begins smuggling the drugs into the U.S., using them and selling them with the help of a transgender HIV-positive man named Rayon. This film chronicles the complicated world of AIDs in America in the 1980s.
Walking With Dinosaurs
This family-friendly film brings to life the exciting and still-mysterious world of dinosaurs. Conceived first as a BBC television series, Walking With Dinosaurs combines computer generated animation with live action to tell the story of an courageous young dinosaur must overcome his underdog status to become a hero among giants. Created in thrilling 3-D, Walking With Dinosaurs lets families feel they are truly a part of prehistoric Earth.
Wolf of Wall Street
Taking place in the 1980s and 1990s, Wolf of Wall Street tells the story of a young man named Jordan Belfort who achieves immense wealth and fame by defrauding the even wealthier. With his newfound fortune, Belfort, along with his trusted partner, founds his own firm called Stratton Oakmont. As the FBI and SEC close in on him, Belfort remains oblivious. He relishes his new life of sex and drugs, lavishing in the glory of his spoils. Oscar nominations abounded for this film, with acting nods to Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill.
Saving Mr. Banks
This live-action Disney film chronicles the story of how Walt Disney won over P.L. Travers to turn her story Mary Poppins into a film. Saving Mr. Banks is based on a true story and shows Walt Disney as a doting dad who make a promise to his daughters: he will bring Mary Poppins to the big screen for them. Unfortunately, Travers has no ambition to make her story into a film, and Disney’s appeal is an uphill battle. But with the passing of time, Travers sings a slightly different tune and agrees to be courted by Disney in 1961. The author remains steadfast in her belief that Mary Poppins should remain on the page, but Disney does not give up. He eventually tries to tug at her heartstrings by referencing a period from Travers’ youth. This family-friendly film brings life to Walt Disney and to the woman behind one of his most famous works.
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