Tuesday Releases : Interstellar, Silicon Valley Season 1, The Imitation Game and Wild

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Interstellar

In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home.

Special Features:

  • The Science of Interstellar—Extended cut of the broadcast special.
  • Plotting an Interstellar Journey—Discusses the film’s origins, influences and narrative designs.
  • Life on Cooper’s Farm—Bringing Americana and the grounded nature of a farm to a sci-fi space movie.
  • The Dust—Learn how cast and crew avoided sand blindness, and see how to create, and clean up after, a catastrophic dust storm.
  • TARS and CASE—Designing and building these unique characters and how they were brought to life on set and in the film.
  • Cosmic Sounds—The concepts, process, and recording of Hans Zimmer’s unforgettable score.
  • The Space Suits—A look at the design and build of the suits and helmets, and what it was like to wear them.
  • The Endurance—Explore this massive set with a guided tour by production designer Nathan Crowley.
  • Shooting in Iceland: Miller’s Planet/Mann’s Planet—Travel with the cast and crew to Iceland and see the challenges they faced in creating two vastly different worlds in one country.
  • The Ranger and the Lander—A look at the other two spaceships in the film.
  • Miniatures in Space—Marvel at the large-scale models used in the explosive docking sequence.
  • The Simulation of Zero-G—Discover the various methods that the filmmakers used to create a zero gravity environment.
  • Celestial Landmarks—Explore how the filmmakers used practical special effects informed by real scientific equations to give the illusion of real space travel for both the actors and the audience.
  • Across All Dimensions and Time—A look at the concept and design of the Tesseract, which incorporated a practical set rather than a green screen.
  • Final Thoughts—The cast and crew reflect back on their Interstellar experience.
  • Theatrical Trailers

 

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Partially inspired by co-creator Mike Judge’s experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the 1980s, this comedy series follows the misadventures of introverted computer programmer Richard and his brainy friends as they attempt to strike it rich in a high-tech gold rush. They live together in a Bay Area startup incubator loosely run by self-satisfied dot-com millionaire Erlich, who lets them stay in his house rent-free in exchange for a stake in the projects they invent there. But when Richard develops a powerful search algorithm at his day job, he finds himself caught in the middle of a bidding war between his boss — whose firm offers Richard an eight-figure buyout — and a deep-pocketed venture capitalist.
Special Features:
Audio Commentaries Deleted Scenes & Outtakes Conversations with Mike & Alec Hacker Hostel
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The Imitation Game

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of “gross indecency” – an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality. Little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, THE IMITATION GAME is the story of a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary: Director Morten Tyldum and Screenwriter Graham Moore discuss the film’s three-period structure, the real history behind the story, visual effects and crafting the brief war sequences, casting and performances, production design, the picture’s perspective, the film’s deeper themes, and more. This is a good, well-spoken track that supports the movie well.
  • The Making of The Imitation Game (1080p, 22:44): A look at characters and plot specifics with a tighter focus on the life and work of the real Alan Turing, World War II and the people assembled to break the Enigma machine, the process of breaking the code, the repercussions of breaking the code, the consequences of Turing’s homosexuality, Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance, Keira Knightley’s work, the supporting cast, and the picture’s score.
  • Deleted Scenes (1080p): Nock Is Being Followed (2:17) and Nock Discovers Alan (1:33).
  • Q&A Highlights (1080p, 29:11): Bits of three different Q&A sessions. First, Screenwriter Graham Moore, Producer Teddy Schwarzman, and Director Morten Tyldum discuss the film from the Telluride Film Festival, August 29, 2014, hosted by Deadline’s Pete Hammond. The piece shifts to The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg hosting Director Morten Tyldum and Actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley at the Screen Actors Guild, November 8, 2014. Next, Moderator David Friendly hosts Producers Ido Ostrowsky, Nora Grossman, and Teddy Schwarzman; Production Designer Maria Djurkovic; Costume Designer Sammy Sheldon Differ; and Music Supervisor Lindsay Fellows.

 

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Driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother (Laura Dern), the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into self-destructive behavior, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a decision to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together again. With no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack and little else to go on but her own will, Cheryl sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail — one of the country’s longest and toughest through-trails.
Special Features:
  • The Real Cheryl Strayed
  • The Real Location Is The Best Location
  • How Much Does A Monster Weigh?
  • The Pacific Crest Trail Interactive Map
  • Deleted Scenes – with Optional Commentary by Jean-Marc Vallée
  • Seven Promotional Featurettes
    • Bringing the Book Into The Wild
    • Reese Witherspoon in the Wild
    • Wild: 94 Days, 1100 miles
    • Directing Wild
    • Making Wild
    • Pacific Crest Trail
    • Real Locations
  • Audio Commentary by Jean-Marc Vallée, Bruna Papandrea and David Greenbaum
  • Experiencing the PCT: A Special Message From Cheryl Strayed
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Gallery
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