Monday, September 13, 2010

I've got info on 3 new DVD releases after the jump, including the newest from frequent Kevin Smith collaborator, Jason Mewes, the newest release in the film adaptations of the best selling Millennium Trilogy, and a Special Edition of the wonderful documentary, Super Size Me.

On October 19th, Virgil Films & Entertainment presents the high-octane action-comedy Shoot the Hero! starring Jason Mewes and Nick Turturro alongside legendary badass, Danny Trejo (Machete).  Directed by Christian Sesma (On Bloody Sunday, 6:30), who affectionately describes his movie as a “rom-action comedy.” The film, which had its world premiere at the 21stCSI: NY) as Mewes' fiance, Fred Williamson (From Duck Till Dawn), and Katie Morgan (Zack and Miri).  The DVD includes several video diaries from the Director and crew. Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival earlier this year, is a genre-twisting action/comedy about a 30-something couple who become unintentionally involved in a botched jewel heist while shopping for wedding rings.  The film also stars  Samantha Lockwood (

On October 26th, Music Box Films presents the 2nd film to be adapted from Larsson’s best-selling Millennium Trilogy of crime novels following last year’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the highest-grossing European production of 2009 and a certified smash in the U.S. with its box office earnings of $9.9 million, The Girl Who Played With Fire marks the return of Lisabeth Salander, the pierced and punked-out computer-hacking heroine of Larsson’s celebrated series, which have sold some 40 million copies in nearly 50 countries around the world.

Swedish author Stieg Larsson is one of the world’s most acclaimed and successful authors. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest—his Millennium Trilogy—were all published after his death in 2004. Their popularity has since made him the world’s second best-selling author of 2008 and 2009.

When a researcher and a Millennium journalist about to expose the truth about the sex trade in Sweden are brutally murdered, Lisbeth Salander’s (Noomi Rapace) prints are found on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and violent behavior makes her an official danger to society. Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), Salander’s friend and Millennium’s publisher, is alone in his belief of Salander’s innocence. Digging deeper, Blomkvist unearths evidence implicating highly placed members of Swedish society – as well as shocking details about Salander’s past. He is desperate to get to her before she is cornered– but no one can find her anywhere.

The Girl Who Played With Fire is directed by Daniel Alfredson and stars the inimitable Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist, both of whom reprise their roles from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  The movie hits shelves just in time for the October 29th release of the 3rd and final film in the series, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest.

On September 28th, Virgil Films & Entertainment is proud to present a brand new Special Edition DVD of one of the most popular, successful and talked-out documentaries ever made on its six and a half year anniversary.  Super Size Me (2004) documents how Oscar® nominated filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock, went on a quest to expose the obesity problem facing America and to show how fast food restaurants—the McDonald’s chain, in particular—have played their part in this epidemic. Spurlock’s method? Subsisting solely on meals from McDonald’s for 30 days in a row, forcing himself to eat three McDonald’s meals a day, trying every offering on the chain’s extensive menu at least once, and “super-sizing” his meal if it was offered to him. The final results—coupled with the filmmaker’s ongoing travels across the U.S. to examine the business and culture surrounding the nation's fast-food industry and to attempt to gain an interview the executives at McDonald’s—are, at the same time, very serious, very personal, and very, very funny! 

The new edition comes with more than an hour of additional features including The 10 most asked questions about the film, and a Speech and Q&A Spurlock did with students at New Jersey's Rider College.


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