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The movie musical of 2012, Les Misérables arrives on DVD, Blu-ray, and for Digital Download on Friday, March 22. Hypable was able to check out the home release ahead of its availability on store shelves.

Directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfriend, Les Misérables is an obvious must-have for fans of any version of the musical. Universal thankfully opted for a simple combo pack which offers special features for both Blu-ray and DVD players, but the Blu-ray version offers a few more bonuses than the DVD.

'Les Miserables' DVD/Blu-ray reviewOn both the DVD and Blu-ray you will find three special features: The Stars of Les Misérables, Creating the Perfect Paris, The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, and commentary with Hooper. Each offers great behind-the-scenes looks into the making of the film. In Stars, Hooper explains Jackman’s overall importance to the project. “There were two requirements” for Hooper to make the film, he explains. “One was everyone signing up to the idea of singing live, and second was Hugh Jackman existing. Because if Hugh Jackman didn’t exist, I wouldn’t have made this film.” Later in this feature Hooper discusses the importance of each of the lead actors/actresses. He calls it “the hardest movie I’ve ever had to cast and ever will do.”

Hypable is pleased to offer an exclusive first look at The Stars of Les Misérables below. In this clip, Hooper and Hathaway discuss the role of Fantine, and the actress gets emotional describing the character’s struggle:

Meanwhile, the Blu-ray version has four exclusive features: Les Misérables Singing Live, Battle at the Barricade, The West End Connection, and Les Misérables on Location. The stand out in our opinion is Singing Live. This rare production move by the director and his cast offered a truly unique movie, and the insight into how they handled the challenge is documented here. See a clip where Eddie Redmayne shares his warm up techniques.

Target Special Edition

Though we didn’t review it, we reported previously that Target is offering an exclusive edition of Les Misérables. It includes an additional 40 minutes of special features and a collectable book. Order it at Target.

Wrap up

The Les Misérables Combo Pack offers the film on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital, and UltraViolet (the latter two allow you to watch the movie on your go through iOS and Android devices as well as your computer). Across the special features you’ll find lots of historical background as well as insight into the production. Hooper’s commentary is detailed and passionate, but it would’ve been nice if he were accompanied by a cast member or someone heavily involved in the song development. If you’ve been enjoying the soundtrack and/or you’re a fan of the musical, you’ll want to purchase it Friday.

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Get Les Misérables on DVD or Blu-ray using the links below. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the DVD and digital copies.

The film adaptation of Wicked is currently in production and Stephen Schwartz revealed at Comic Con that the film will feature plenty of new songs!

Warm up those vocal pipes and get your best “Defying Gravity” cape dry cleaned, the Wicked film is gearing up for production at long last! The Broadway hit, currently in its 13th year, has had audiences clamoring for a filmed production since Idina Menzel Kristin Chenoweth brought Elphba and Glinda to life. Now, that dream is becoming a reality, but probably not with the original cast.

At the CW3PR’s 8th Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection Panel at Comic Con, Stephen Schwartz the man behind the music of Wicked appeared to announce that the film will feature songs both old and new. The “old” of course includes songs from the stage production such as “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” and most likely, “One Fine Day.” But it also includes songs that were written and cut from the production before its Broadway opening.

Winnie Holzman will be writing the screenplay as she also wrote the book to the stage show based on Gregory Maguire’s novel. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is attached to direct.

You can watch Schwartz’s announcement from the panel below!

Now its time to start some casting speculations! It is my hope that the casting director sticks with strong Broadway talent to carry the roles. The musical has enough of a following to garner a strong viewership, but it also wouldn’t hurt to throw Menzel and Chenoweth in for a cameo or two!

Wicked is expected to hit theaters in December 2019.

U! S! A! U! S! A! A new Fantastic Beasts poster debuting at San Diego Comic-Con has American pride peppered into the design, giving us a hint at the film’s plot.

The film’s official social media channels unveiled Fantastic Beasts’ SDCC poster on Friday morning, just a day before the movie hosts a panel at the conference with the cast and crew. Presumably these posters will be handed out on the show floor, and/or at the Fantastic Beasts event.

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There’s a lot to unpack in this poster, which features Newt and a brightly lit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sign.

Newt is looking over his shoulder in the middle, holding a wand in one hand and a suitcase (with a beast trying to get out!) in the other. Supporting characters Graves, Jacob, Queenie, and Tina appear in the wings. Also here: Our very first looks at two female characters. We believe the one in the bottom left is Mary Lou, played by Samantha Morton. The guy on the right is Credence played by Ezra Miller.

So what’s with the American flags? They’re not only to remind fans that the movie is set in New York — We believe they’re teasing an election of some sort. The last Fantastic Beasts trailer briefly depicted a political event (See a screenshot below). We’re guessing an election will be taking place over the course of the movie with possible ramifications for the well-being of the North American Wizarding World.

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Fantastic Beasts opens this November. Return to Hypable on Saturday to check out our coverage of everything that happens during the movie’s panel!

Have a round, or two, with Lin-Manuel Miranda when he steps in to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on Drunk History.

Comedy Central is keeping Lin-Manuel Miranda connected to Hamilton for a little while longer by setting the scribe up on the next season of Drunk History to spin another verse about the founding father. The show will concentrate on the rivalry between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton duel that resulted in SPOILER Hamilton’s death.

Hamilton was the first subject that the series took on in season one. With the rising success of the Broadway hit, fans clamored for Lin-Manuel Miranda to give Alexander Hamilton a reprise on the series.

Miranda is not throwing away his shot at telling another version of Hamilton’s decision to throw away his on the shores of New Jersey in 1804. Even though Miranda stepped away from the show on July 9, we expect to see him sticking close to the production for quite a while, especially as the show begins performances across the nation.

Miranda was not the only guest announced for Drunk History‘s fourth season. Joining him will be Aubrey Plaza, Ben Folds, Billie Joe Armstrong, Busy Phillips, Dave Grohl, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Charles, Mae Whitman, Michael Cera, Rachel Bilson, and Tony Hale, to name a few.

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Drunk History returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.