3:10 to Yuma, Eastern Promises…release dates for a couple of the years best films.

Fans of quality films rejoice!

Two of 2007’s finest films are coming to home video.

For those that have not seen Eastern Promises, your chance is coming on Dec 26th.
The mysterious and charismatic Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin (Vigio Mortensen) is a driver for one of London’s most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The family itself is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. Headed by Semyon (Academy Award nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl), whose courtly charm as the welcoming proprietor of the plush Trans-Siberian restaurant impeccably masks a cold and brutal core, the family’s fortunes are tested by Semyon’s volatile son and enforcer, Kirill (Vincent Cassel), who is more tightly bound to Nikolai than to his own father. But Nikolai’s carefully maintained existence is jarred once he crosses paths at Christmastime with Anna Khitrova (Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts), a midwife at a North London hospital. Anna is deeply affected by the desperate situation of a young teenager who dies while giving birth to a baby. Anna resolves to try to trace the baby’s lineage and relatives. The girl’s personal diary also survives her; it is written in Russian, and Anna seeks answers in it. Anna’s mother Helen (Sinéad Cusack) does not discourage her, but Anna’s irascible Russian-born uncle Stepan (Jerzy Skolimowski) urges caution. He is right to do so; by delving into the diary, Anna has accidentally unleashed the full fury of the Vory. With Semyon and Kirill closing ranks and Anna pressing her inquiries, Nikolai unexpectedly finds his loyalties divided. The family tightens its grip on him; who can, or should, he trust? Several lives – including his own – hang in the balance as a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution reverberates through the darkest corners of both the family and London itself.

Anyone that liked History of Violence should love Eastern Promises. I previously was not a fan of Cronenberg, but HOV won me over and EP is an excellent film.
SRP will be $29.98 and it will contain two featurettes:
Secrets and Stories
Marked for Life

Lionsgate has announced that the wonderful remake of 3:10 to Yuma will be released on Jan 8th.
In Arizona in the late 1800’s, infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Christian Bale), struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the “3:10 to Yuma”, a train that will take the killer to trial. On the trail, Evans and Wade, each from very different worlds, begin to earn each other’s respect. But with Wade’s outfit on their trail – and dangers at every turn – the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man’s destiny.”

SRP will be $29.98. Features announced are:
audio commentary with director James Mangold
a behind-the-scenes documentary
deleted scenes and 2 featurettes (An Epic Explored and Outlaws, Gangs & Posses).

Fans of Blu-Ray should note that the BR release will feature an extra four featurettes including an interview with author Elmore Leonard.