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New DVD and Blu-ray Releases — August 2014

Summit/Sony/Relativity Media
Summit/Sony/Relativity Media

The summer is winding down, and while there's still plenty of blockbuster greatness to take in on the big screen, there's also plenty of great stuff you can take home for your small screen. From action to horror and even some family-friendly fun, there's something for everyone this month. Read on for our guide to the best new DVD and Blu-ray releases hitting the shelves in August 2014.

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New Movie Releases — August 2014

Dimension/Marvel/Paramount
Dimension/Marvel/Paramount

The end of summer is upon us, but it's going out with a bang. August brings us the long-awaited 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' as well as plenty of action-packed flicks and a few scares, too. Read on for our guide to the new movie releases hitting the big screen in August 2014.

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Reel Women: Marvel Gives Us Hope by Making Thor a Woman

Marvel
Marvel

This week, Marvel made a pretty major announcement on 'The View': Thor will no longer be a man. Thor will be a woman. Of course, the change is likely only temporary, but along with announcing that the Falcon will be replacing Steve Rogers as Captain America, the company is making some pretty diverse and exciting changes that set some interesting precedents -- precedents that could influence the way we perceive and accept these characters on screen, as well.

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Why Would Apple Agree to Have Their Products in ‘Sex Tape’?

Sony Pictures

Jake Kasdan’s ‘Sex Tape’ isn’t the first film to focus on the horrors of technology run amok – though it sure is nice to see a film that’s not about murderous cell phones or homicidal fax machines. But, it is unique in its relentless portrayal of demonizing real world items that are both ubiquitous and quite useful. The comedy might be packed with villains, from creepy teen texters to weirdo friends, but the real bad guy of ‘Sex Tape’ is Apple products.

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‘The Last Kiss’, Zach Braff’s Wrong Movie at the Wrong Time

Wish I Was Here

One of the greatest misconceptions in popular culture over the last 10 years is that Zach Braff wrote and directed ‘The Last Kiss.’ I’ve said this aloud a few times and that sentence is often met with a deluge of “he didn’t?” It’s been better lately now that ‘Wish I Was Here’ is set to hit theaters, because the overall narrative is that this is only the second film he’s directed, with the first obviously being ‘Garden State.’

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How’d They Do That? A Brief Visual History of Motion-Capture Performance on Film

Motion Capture
20th Century Fox

With 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' now in theaters, marking a high point for this art form, we take a look back at some of the most incredible instances of motion-capture performances, and see how this art form has evolved.

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Let’s Talk About Corey Stoll’s Terrible Hairpiece in ‘The Strain’

Corey Stoll hairpiece
FX

In FX's new series 'The Strain,' New York City finds itself battling a vampire epidemic, with only a few members of the CDC standing in the way of total oblivion. If the first episode is any indication, this is goi

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From Rocket Raccoon to Krypto the Super Dog: A Brief History of Animal Superheroes

Animal Superheroes
Marvel/DC

Rocket Raccoon may be one of the first animal superheroes to make it to the big screen, but he's certainly not alone in the pages of Marvel and DC comics. In fact, superhero comics have been introducing animal heroes for years, ranging from stand-alone heroes with unique origin stories to pets who simply share the same powers as their owners.

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Wait, The Director of ‘The Purge’ Wrote the Robin Williams Movie, ‘Jack’?

Purge Anarchy
Universal Pictures

In the mid ‘90s, Robin Williams was starting to take some risks. He had just filmed two crowd-pleasers in a row – ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ and ‘Jumanji’ – and it was apparent that he was looking for something, let’s say, meatier. And Williams would later find those roles with ‘The Birdcage’ and ‘Good Will Hunting’ (a movie that would win him an Academy Award). But, before that, Williams eyed a script that had been the subject of a bidding war between every major studio in town. After Disney won the rights, Williams convinced director Francis Ford Coppola to direct. On the surface, it appeared to be a prestige project. But that project turned out to be ‘Jack’ – a movie about a young boy who, by the age of 10, appears to be 40 -- a now almost legendary critical failure that was written by James DeMonaco … the man who also wrote and directed a movie nothing like 'Jack,' ‘The Purge’ and its upcoming sequel.

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Comic-Con 2014 Toy Exclusives: The 12 Hottest Items You’ll Absolutely Want to Own

Comic-Con 2014 Toy Preview
Lucasfilm/Square Enix/Diamond Selects/Hasbro

Comic-Con 2014 is just around the corner, and while we can't wait to get the lowdown on the most-anticipated movies and TV shows coming in the years ahead, we can't forget about all the exclusive toys and merchandise that'll be offered to attendees.

From those super-sweet Funko Pop! figures to 'Alien' in a box, there's arguably too much coolness to handle. But don't worry! We've taken the liberty and scoured through all the many Comic-Con 2014 toy offerings and hand picked some of our favorites. If you're one of those crazy kids making their way to San Diego in a couple weeks, be sure to keep these products on your radar.

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