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It’s all about Her this week on Blu-ray/DVD Spike Jonze Oscar-winning screenplay is good match for home TV

Posted on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11:18 am

Her
By Peter Covino

Film Critic/A&E Editor

One of the best films of 2013, Her, (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment) starring Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, comes to Blu-ray/DVD Tuesday.
Her, written and directed by Spike Jonze, features a highly original screenplay (it won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay) about a guy (Phoenix) who falls in love with his computer’s operating system. And you thought you loved your iPhone.
Set in near-future Los Angeles, it is the story of Theodore (Phoenix), a guy who makes his living writing personal and touching letters for other people.  After his own relationship ends he embarks on a new one, with his new computer operating system, “Samantha,” (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).
Somehow all of this seems amazingly believable and funny at the same time, thanks to the great script by Jonze. This is an adventure in filmmaking that has a lot to say about love and relationships in the
21st century.
Available in both DVD and a Blu-ray combo pack, the combo pack includes a DVD version of the film as well as digital HD UltraViolet copy to watch the film  on smart phones, tables and other personal devices.
The Blu-ray combo also includes the special features The Untitled Rick Howard Project;  How Do You Share Your Life with Somebody and Her: Love in the
Modern Age.
In honor of National Teachers Day, Relativity Media is giving schools nationwide the opportunity to win $100,000 for their school by recruiting as many voters as possible to come to www.echopostercontest.com and vote for their favorite poster image for the upcoming release Earth to Echo, in theaters July 2. Voters wanting to help their schools, can go to echopostercontest.com where they can select  the name of the school to which they want to credit their vote, view the Earth to Echo trailer, and then vote for their favorite fan poster image from a selection on the site. The school with the most votes will win $100,000.
Upcoming
I was fooled last time there was a Godzilla opening, that awful, unwatchable Matthew Broderick film
from 1998.
But judging by the trailers, it looks like this 2014 version opening Friday just might be the real deal.
The plot looks to be standard Godzilla — the world’s most famous monster is doing battle with various creatures who want to destroy the planet.
Can Godzilla save us?
This is a back-to-the-roots reworking of the original Godzilla, distributed by Warner Bros. world-wide, except for Japan, where Toho, the film’s original producers, will handle
the distribution.
The new film stars Aaaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn and Bryan Crasnston.
Here’s hoping the concession stand will be serving sushi.

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