The “Cast of the Expendables” Collection

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They eat bad guys for breakfast, take out evil tyrants like they’re taking out the trash, and restore law and order before bedtime. Yes, while most of the cast of The Expendables trilogy have reached retirement age, they continue to fill the world with explosions, dubious puns, and serious scorch-marked attitude.

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In The Expendables 3, Sylvester Stallone leads his all-star team against an enemy thought long dead. Action elders Wesley Snipes and Harrison Ford appear for the first time, adding their muscle to the biggest, baddest, least abandoned-building-friendly entry in the franchise. While the action is decidedly old-school, Sly employs true new blood with debuts from Ronda Rousey and Kellan Lutz.

To highlight the release of The Expendables 3, we’ve gathered some of the best these action heroes have to offer in our “Cast of the Expendables” Collection.

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To see Sly throwing some slightly faster punches in his younger days, Rambo: First Blood is essential viewing. Driven by a smarter and more subtle script than it’s often given credit for, this film has influenced action movies in the decades since its release. Also included in the collection are the Rambo sequels in which our man travels to Afghanistan and Burma and racks up Guinness World Records for vengeance with violence.

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Although no new stars have truly inherited the action thriller throne from Stallone and Schwarzenegger, The Expendables regular Jason Statham comes close. While his martial arts-influenced moves in War and Homefront are all action, Statham has acting chops, too. Included in this collection is Killer Elite, in which he goes toe-to-toe with Robert De Niro.

Check out the entire Cast of the Expendables” collection and download your favorites today. Also, take advantage of our limited-time pricing on The Expendables 3 – just $14.97!

Simon, Movie Guide Team

 

 

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Kaleidescape Welcomes NBCUniversal

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We are proud to announce the addition of NBCUniversal titles to the Kaleidescape Store.

NBCUniversal’s rich catalog includes many of the best family titles, such as E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Despicable Me 2, and Babe; a large number of modern American classics, including Jaws, Schindler’s List, and Apollo 13; exciting action-packed entertainment such as the Bourne, Back to the Future, and Jurassic Park series; and great comedies like The Blues Brothers, Meet the Parents, and The 40 Year-Old Virgin.

NBCUniversal’s catalog adds 1,000 movies and 210 TV seasons to the Kaleidescape Store, which contains the world’s largest selection of Blu-ray and DVD quality downloads. These titles from NBCUniversal, together with the titles Kaleidescape has previously licensed from other major studios, will enable the Kaleidescape Store to offer a total of 8,500 movies and 1,600 TV seasons for download, all in Blu-ray or DVD quality. These studios and Kaleidescape all support UltraViolet, which enables Kaleidescape’s customers to stream their movies to mobile devices in addition to playing them at home in the best quality available. Since mid-2013, the selection of great movies and TV shows in the Kaleidescape Store has rapidly improved, and we are adding more titles every week.

Thanks to Kaleidescape’s engaging user interface, outstanding audio and video quality, and our unique ability to deliver movie downloads in Blu-ray quality, we are able to deliver an extraordinary home-theater experience that you can share with the whole family.

The Kaleidescape Team
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Dynamic Duos

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untitledThis week our collection “Dynamic Duos” is on sale, paired with the release of 22 Jump Street.

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum team up again as officers Schmidt and Jenko, this time faking their way through college to find the supplier of a new, dangerous drug.

Onscreen pairings that work really well stay in our minds and it’s almost impossible to imagine someone else in the role. We’ve dug deep into the trivia vaults to share some could-have-been dynamic duo castings.

 

 

 

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Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith star as the scum-fighting super-agents, regulators of all things alien on planet earth in the Men in Black franchise.

…but it could have been Clint Eastwood and Chris O’Donnell. Dirty Harry and Robin—it could have been a great combo!

 Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson

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Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law used their wits, good looks and a little bit of fisticuffs to get to the bottom of the mysteries in the Sherlock Holmes films.

…but it could have been Jason Statham and Colin Farrell. A handsome pair, indeed.

 Lee & Carter

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Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan are unforgettable as the mismatched motor-mouthed maverick and daredevil cop in the Rush Hour movies.

…but it could have been Chris Farley and Martin Lawrence. To be fair, Chris Farley DID star in Beverly Hills Ninja, so the stunts probably would have still been pretty good.

 Detectives Lowrey & Burnet

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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence seem pretty spot-on as two loose cannons out to make an epic drug bust in Bad Boys.

…but it could have been Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz. The original pitch was written specifically for the pair based off their successful sketches on SNL.

 

What do you think? Did they get the pairs right? Download movies from our Dynamic Duos Collection and decide for yourself!

Becky, Marketing Team
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Philip Seymour Hoffman: A Most Wanted Man

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The film is set in post-911 Hamburg where German and American intelligence officers are working to keep further terrorist activities in check. Günther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a German operative who has set his interests on a Chechen refugee who mysteriously turns up in town, laying stake to a large inheritance. When the man contacts an idealistic human rights lawyer (Rachel McAdams), he also piques the interest of an American CIA agent (Robin Wright).

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Who is this most wanted mad? An innocent, or a pawn in a larger conspiracy? Agencies on all sides want to pounce, but Günther wants to hold out for the long game, convinced that if he’s patient he can uncover something bigger.

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Sadly, A Most Wanted Man would be Hoffman’s last contribution to the world of film.  The Denver post writes, “With his sharp instincts and exhausted wisdom, the character of Günther offers us a bittersweet reminder of Hoffman’s gifts in what is his last completed film.”

"The Ides Of March" New York Premiere - Inside ArrivalsAfter a string of small performances, Hoffman became a recognizable face in the late ’90s when he appeared in the film Twister. He left an impression as the scruffy, smart-mouthed, storm-chasing sidekick. A few years later he followed up with Boogie Nights, as the childlike and lovesick Scotty. His standout performance in this star-studded ensemble solidified him on the screen as a talent on the rise.

After earning his stripes with supporting roles in films such as Flawless, Magnolia and Almost Famous, he parlayed into leading roles in several award-winning films. In Capote, he captured audiences with a nuanced performance as the eccentric author, earning him an Academy Award for “Best Actor.” In Doubt, his stirring portrayal of a charismatic priest accused of inappropriate behavior earned him “Best Actor” nominations by the Academy, Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild. Younger generations also got to appreciate his unique talent when he joined the cast of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman left behind a phenomenal collection of movies. Neither branded a leading man nor a character actor, his breed of performance was in a category of its own. His acting came from a raw place of emotion. Whether his characters made you laugh or made you cringe, they always left you with the urge to applaud.

Becky, Marketing Team
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Disastrous Decisions

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Sex Tape, new today on the Kaleidescape Store, isn’t the first time we’ve seen Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and director Jake Kasdan work together. In 2011 they teamed up to bring us Bad Teacher, a featured title in our current collection, “Disastrous Decisions.”

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Cameron Diaz plays a gold-digging elementary school teacher out to find her meal ticket. She sets her sights on a nebbish substitute teacher played by Justin Timberlake, whom she believes to be the heir of a large family fortune.

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She tries to use her feminine charms and lack of ethics to gain his attention, but instead provokes the smart-mouthed gym teacher, played by Jason Segel.

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If you like irreverent comedy, Bad Teacher is for you. Check out this and other great titles in our “Disastrous Decisions” Collection, on sale now for just $4.95 Blu-ray quality / $2.95 DVD quality.

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5 Tips to Make Family Movie Night a Success

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Today’s guest post is from our partners at Common Sense Media.

We say this a lot, but we think it’s worth repeating: It’s important to get involved in your kids’ media lives–and your kids will love it too (within reason!). But helping them become critical media consumers can be easier said than done. What’s a sure-fire way to stay involved with your kids’ media picks and create an opportunity to discuss them? Host a family movie night!

Some tips for making it work:

Schedule it. Make it a regular date and time and don’t break it. Turn off cell phones and ban multitasking during the show.

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Kaleidescape tip: Sort the movies by duration if you have a limited amount of time to enjoy your movie.

Take turns choosing the movie. If you’ve got little kids, pre-select a group to choose from (to avoid watching Care Bears IV over and over again). If you’ve got teens, tell them you’ll watch anything they choose as long as they return the favor when it’s your turn. Enforce a “no complaining” rule.

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Location, location, location. Hang a sheet in the backyard, rent a projector, and sit on beach chairs to celebrate a classic like The Wizard of Oz. Or take family movie night on the road during vacations or at the grandparents’ house (Singin’ in the Rain, perhaps?).

Make it a theme night. This can be simple or elaborate. Eat popsicles with March of the Penguins or make food art with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Dress in costume for A Princess Bride, or learn a few magic tricks before Harry Potter.

Kaleidescape tip: With our “scripts” feature you can queue up a custom-themed evening by creating a show complete with hand-picked trailers, scenes and songs.

Talk about it. When credits roll or the next day, make time to chat about what you watched. Kids might be interested in learning more about animation or Hollywood history. Visit the library to follow up on interests piqued by the movie. Talking with kids about how movie characters handled fictional situations can be a subtle way to reinforce your family’s values or get kids to open up about their lives.

Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Fall TV Spotlight: Hannibal (Season 2)

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Our current Collector’s Promotion is a can’t miss. We have chosen some of the best new television series and dropped the prices to just $9.99 for an epic Fall TV Sale—that’s more than a $30 savings on some series!

Today we’re highlighting the Hannibal series, featured in this collection. Season 2 of the show earned an impressive 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating.

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The story focuses on Dr. Hannibal Lecter in his late days as a psychiatrist. He becomes involved with the FBI when they ask for his assistance profiling a serial killer. Unbeknownst to the FBI or criminal profiler Will Graham, Lecter himself is the killer.

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Like the books and films preceding the series, Dr. Lecter is presented as a complex and sophisticated man. His home is bold and tidy, and his clothing is impeccably tailored. Both his sophistication and attention to detail translate into his killings. Each kill is presented as a work of art, a tableau of emotional expression. Later, Dr. Lecter draws out the pleasure by savoring pieces of his victims with unsuspecting dinner guests, intricately disguised in the delicate dishes he prepares.

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The character of Dr. Lecter is all about contrast, juxtaposing something evil and stomach-churning with beauty and art. Executive Producer Bryan Fuller has done a masterful job pulling off this combination. Filmed with breathtaking cinematography, the series visually surpasses network television standards.

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Download Hannibal (Season 2) today for the limited-time price of $9.99. Check out the complete collection on the Kaleidescape Store.

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Ghostbusters

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1. The set of actors who could have appeared in the film includes John Belushi, Eddie Murphy, John Candy, Paul Reubens, Christopher Walken, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Keaton and Sandra Bernhard.

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2. All the marshmallow goo was actually shaving cream.

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3. The movie’s line “Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!” was voted #68 of “The 100 Greatest Movie Lines” by Premiere in 2007.

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4. Bill Murray agreed to do this movie only on the condition that Columbia finance a remake of The Razor’s Edge with him as the star. The remake was made!

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5. In the original draft, sexual obscenities were written on Peter Venkman’s door, but Ivan Reitman wanted the film’s target audience to be families, so the phrase “Venkman Burn in Hell” was added instead. In fact, this is a nod to the final scene in Stephen King’s Carrie, where someone graffitied a for sale sign with “Carrie Burn in Hell” on the vacant lot where her house once stood.

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6. Did you ever notice that Larry King, Debbie Gibson, Ron Jeremy and Casey Kasem appeared in the film?

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7. The movie’s line “Well, there’s something you don’t see every day.” was voted #19 of “The 100 Greatest Movie Lines” by Premiere in 2007.

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8. The beautiful woman ghost in Dan Aykroyd’s dream is actually his real-life wife and ex-model Donna Dixon.

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9. “Slimer” got his name from fans of the movie. He was known as “onion head” on set, since he smelled so badly.

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10. It’s available now for the first time on Blu-ray. Download it today!

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Becky, Marketing Team
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Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow

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“What I am about to tell you sounds crazy. But you have to listen to me…”

This sci-fi thriller, originally known as Edge of Tomorrow, stars Oscar nominee Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Their onscreen chemistry is fun to watch and the degree of detail in the set and costumes they wear is fantastic.

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In the movie, an alien species second-to-none thrashes the human race relentlessly, and it is up to Major William Cage (Cruise) to stop our imminent extinction. Through a bloody process of trial and error, Cage must let nothing stop him in his quest to save his peoplenot even his own death. In a cruel twist of fate, he discovers that even after death he is forced to live again, die and repeat the process.  He finds a fellow soldier (Blunt) who understands this forsaken ability and strives to find a way to use it to their advantage.

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The movie was directed with great style by Doug Liman, who is best known for directing The Bourne Identity.

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Download Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow today for the limited-time price of $14.97.

James, Movie Guide Team
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Explore the “New” Kaleidescape Store

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The Kaleidescape Store has undergone a complete makeover, and here we offer a tour of some of the most exciting changes.

A New Look

Our whole look has shifted to align with the visual experience you have while using your Kaleidescape System, or Kaleidescape iPad App. Now as you browse from the iPad in your lap and look up to the screen, it is seamless.

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Recommendations

Shopping for movies should be fun and easy. We have developed a new recommendation engine that looks at your existing collection and makes suggestions based on movie libraries that are similar to your own. Visit the general recommendations on the store landing page, or browse by genre to see more specific recommendations.

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Filter Options

Our new filter options allow you to drill down to quickly find the movies that matter to you. You can now filter by price, Rotten Tomato score and the target age range, as defined by Common Sense Media.

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The Kaleidescape Store is still the ONLY source that offers downloads in Blu-ray quality, delivering movies in pristine picture with high-fidelity audio. Visit the Kaleidescape Store today and discover your new favorite movie.

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