New on DVD: Hunky guys in ‘Magic Mike,’ ‘Rock of Ages’

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On Oct. 23 “Magic Mike” arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download from Warner Home Entertainment Group.  In the film men celebrate the right to bare everything so to speak.

The story, set in the world of male strippers, follows Mike (Channing Tatum) as he takes a young dancer under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women and making easy money. Mike spends his days in pursuit of the American dream, roofing houses and designing furniture, but at night, well, that’s where his magic comes in. 

On Oct. 23 “Magic Mike” arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download from Warner Home Entertainment Group.  In the film men celebrate the right to bare everything so to speak.

The story, set in the world of male strippers, follows Mike (Channing Tatum) as he takes a young dancer under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women and making easy money. Mike spends his days in pursuit of the American dream, roofing houses and designing furniture, but at night, well, that’s where his magic comes in. 

Mike is the hot headliner in an all-male revue where he has rocked the stage at Club Xquisite for years with his original style and over the top dance moves, but when an intriguing new woman enters his life, Mike starts to rethink his future as a dancer.

The “Magic Mike” Blue-ray Combo Pack contains many special features that include “Extended Dance Scenes,“ where you can watch full-length dance scenes too hot for theaters and “Backstage on Magic Mike.“ 

The Backstage segment features Channing Tatum as he exposes the finer details of being a male stripper.  He also talks about the transformation his co stars McConaughey,  Boomer and Maganiello went through in order to perfect the art of taking off their clothes.

Rated R for sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use.  Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray Combo pack is $35.99.  The single disc DVD is $28.98.

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“Rock of Ages,” directed by Adam Shankman (“Hairspray), is lots of fun as it follows Sherry (Julianne Hough) a small town girl and city boy Drew (Diego Boneta in his feature film debut).  They meet on the Sunset Strip as they pursue their rock music dreams.

The film, based on the Broadway musical, features the hits of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and more.

The star-studded cast includes Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Chicago”), Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, Bryan Cranston (TV’s “Breaking Bad”) and Tom Cruise as a wild and crazy rock singer.  

The Blu-ray Combo Pack has the extended edition with more than 13 additional minutes of more songs, more dancing and more comedy.  There are many special features like “Defining a Decade,” where the stars take the audience into the world of the late ‘80s. 

The Combo Blu-ray Pack is $35.99 and the SRP for the single disc DVD is $28.98. “Rock of Ages” is also available for download from  digital retailers including iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon, Vudu and CinemaNow.

The theatrical version is rated PG-13, the extended edition is rated R.     

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The election is just around the corner and who ever becomes president may not be as sexy as a movie or TV star but he will be a man of great power and influence.

And power and influence have their own unique appeal.  One key man in the race is the current President_Barack Obama.

The film “2016,” now available on DVD, takes a look at Obama, beginning with his relationship with his African father who died in a car accident when Obama was very young. 

Even though he spent little time with the man, his father’s political ideals and views still resonate with his son to this day.  The film also examines his family life abroad, his life with his grandparents in Hawaii, as well as his academic pursuits, his professors and mentors.

Much of the background narrative is from Obama’s reading of his book “Dreams From My Father.”  The viewer also gets a chance to meet his half-brother George, who is interviewed by the film’s director, Dinesh D’Souza, when he was in Africa. 

No matter how you plan to vote, the film offers some interesting insights into the man who is our 44th president.  The Lionsgate film is now available on DVD (as of Oct. 16)  from Amazon for $9.99.