This week marked the theatrical launch of the Baz Luhrmann’s widely anticipated new movie, The Great Gatsby. With a glittering cast featuring Leonardo Di Caprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, we thought why not take a look at some of the stars’ Blu-ray highlights so far, all worth a look this weekend.
In an early collaboration with Leonardo di Caprio, Baz Luhrmann’s adaption of Shakespeare’s timeless tale of the two star crossed lovers electrifies on screen. The Blu-ray version features an array of special features including a “Shaking Up Shakespeare” picture-in-picture commentary and an interview gallery with the stars, including di Caprio, Claire Danes and John Leguizamo.
Toby Maguire stars as Red Pollard, a race-horse competitor in the indie trailblazer Seabiscuit. This movie is based on the true story of racehorse Seabiscuit, a 100-1 outsider as he pushes the boundaries of what is possible in the midst of the depression. Seabiscuit demonstrates the possibility for reimagining the American dream and the potential for anyone to achieve success. The Blu-ray version comes with a host of extras including deleted scenes and a Director’s commentary.
Carey Mulligan became established in Hollywood after she played Irene in Nicholas Winding’s controversial masterpiece Drive. The movie, which won Best Director at Cannes, stars Ryan Gosling, a getaway driver who can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbour (Irene). After a heist, intended to pay off Irene’s husband’s protection money, spins unpredictably out of control, Gosling finds himself fighting for the girl he loves, pursued by a syndicate of deadly criminals. The Blu-ray includes a number of featurettes that delve into the making of this modern classic.