'Life of Pi' and its four Oscars, including one for Best Director Ang Lee, headline the DVD and new releases available for rental and streaming this week.
March 12 brings some popular, Academy Award-winning, and lesser known yet interesting titles to your living rooms/tablets/etc.
'Life of Pi' surprised many with it's incredible performance at the Academy Awards. Director Ang Lee presents a story of a young man who survives a disaster at sea with an unlikely companion and whose journey leads him to question life's larger purpose. 'Life of Pi' is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and iTunes on Tuesday, March 12. 'Life of Pi' is rated PG.
Robert Pattinson stars as a billionaire asset manager watching his world collapse around him in director David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis.' The R-rated dramatic film received mixed reviews, yet may hold some interest not only for Cronenberg completists, but for those curious to watch Pattinson as something other than a sparkly vampire. 'Cosmopolis' is currently on DVD and will be available for streaming on March 18 through Netflix and other streaming services.
'Rise of the Guardians', an animated family adventure starring the voices of: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, and Hugh Jackman drops onto DVD and Blu-ray March 12. 'Rise of the Guardians' tells the story of the immortal Guardians who must band together to fight an evil spirit named Pitch who intends to destroy the hopes and imagination of children worldwide. This film is rated PG.
Anthony Hopkins stars with Helen Mirren in director Sacha Gervasi's 'Hitchcock' which chronicles the love story between Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of 'Psycho' in 1959. Mirren was nominated for several acting awards for her performance including Golden Globe and BAFTA awards. BAFTA is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The film is rated PG-13 and available on DVD, Blu-ray, and iTunes on Tuesday, March 11.
With 'Sir Anthony' as an obvious inspiration here; 'Manhunter' is available to watch instantly on Netflix. Director Michael Mann's adaptation of Thomas Harris' novel 'Red Dragon' was the first film to feature an on screen appearance by Dr. Hannibal Lecktor. Although Brian Cox played Lecktor in this first big screen adaptation of Harris' work, the performances by William L. Petersen (televisions CSI) and Cox, along with an early role for Joan Allen make this worth a viewing. The mythos of 'Hannibal the Cannibal' as filtered through director Mann's atmospheric, very 'Miami Vice'-like style at that point in time. 'Manhunter' was Mann's first film to garner some critical acclaim as he transitioned from his duties on 'Miami Vice' into feature film-making full time.