John Barry, the iconic and legendary music composer, passed away on January 31, 2011 after suffering a heart attack at his New York home. The five time Academy Award winning composer had a career spanning over fifty years, where he created some of the most memorable film scores in cinema history.
He will be forever remembered as the composer of the James Bond film franchise. He scored twelve of the first fifteen James Bond films, including “Dr. No,” “Goldfinger,” “Thunderball”, “Moonraker”, and “Octopussy”. Though not officially credited with creating the renowned James Bond theme, Barry is known to have taken the theme, arranged it, and composed additional music to make it what it is remembered for today. In 2001, authorial matters surrounding the “true composer” to the James Bond theme went to High Court in London, with Barry attempting to receive partial credit as the composer. However, the jury ruled in favor of Monty Norman, who had been credited as the sole composer of the James Bond film since the first movie.
Today sees the release of 18 new titles available to view from the comfort of your own home!
Let Me In – LET ME IN is a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by Matt Reeves (CLOVERFIELD) based on the best-selling Swedish novel “Let The Right One In” and highly acclaimed film of the same name. Chloe Grace Moretz (KICK-ASS) stars as Abby, a mysterious 12-year-old who moves with a man who appears to be her father (Oscar(R)-nominee Richard Jenkins of THE VISITOR) next door to Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee of THE ROAD), a social outcast who is viciously bullied at school. In his loneliness, Owen forms a profound bond with his new neighbor Abby, but can’t help noticing that she is like no one he has ever met before. As a string of grisly murders grips his wintry New Mexico town, Owen has to confront the reality that this seemingly innocent girl is actually a savage vampire. Available to own and rent in SD, HD, and HDX!
Starring: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker
Director: Robert Schwentke
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language
Bruce Willis has been starring in action films for over twenty years, and based on his latest entry to the genre, he shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. His latest film, Red, is a slick, stylized action comedy featuring an all-star cast of Hollywood legends. Based on the DC comics mini-series of the same name, Red tantalizes and stimulates they eyes with a barrage of action, gun-play, and explosions. Red is now available on VUDU to own and to rent in SD, HD, and HDX.
Today sees the release of 17 new titles available to view from the comfort of your own home!
Red – Retired agent Frank Moses leads a quiet-some might say boring-life, gardening and finding excuses to chat on the phone with Sarah, a 30-something federal pension worker. But his peaceful existence is shattered when three hit men show up in his house, and Frank must call on every ounce of his past training to escape with his life. Knowing that whoever’s trying to kill him will likely target those he cares for, Frank snatches Sarah from her home and flees, struggling to stay one step ahead of his deadly pursuers. But when Frank and Sarah begin digging into the identity of his attackers, they discover Frank is on a hit list along with several of his former CIA cohorts-and that the organization ordering the killings is none other than the Agency itself. Someone at the CIA wants him dead. But who? And why? Going on the offensive, Frank rounds up an unlikely crew of his past agency sidekicks, including the paranoid Marvin, the loyal Joe and the lovely Victoria. With the Agency hot on their trails, Frank and his team must do everything they can to solve the mystery before it’s too late-and hopefully instill in their assailants some of the old-school code of honor by which they still choose to live. Available to own and rent in SD, HD, and HDX!
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Harley Jane Kozak, John Goodman, Julian Sands, Stuart Pankin
Director: Frank Marshall
Walt Disney Studios / Hollywood Pictures
The best horror movies aren’t the ones with loads of blood and gore; the best are the ones that play on our fears and get into our minds. A great horror film sticks in our brains and makes us reflect on it for days on end. One of the best films to do this is the 1990 horror (with a good mix of comedy thrown in) film Arachnophobia. Arachnophobia is cult classic with a fervent and loyal fan base. It’s one of those films that was overlooked when initially released, but has since obtained notoriety. Fans have been clamoring for this movie to receive a Blu-ray treatment for a while now. Director Frank Marshall “tweeted” on October 30, 2010 (http://twitter.com/#!/LeDoctor/status/29187672738) that perhaps this year the film would get the high-definition treatment. We here at VUDU say why wait?! Arachnophobia is available to rent in SD, HD, and HDX and is part of our $2 for 2 Nights program. No matter what video quality you rent in, you’re guaranteed 48-hours to watch the movie as many times as you want!