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New Blu's On the Block - July 24, 2012

 

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Released: July 24, 2012

 

Written by Sara Michelle Fetters

 

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New Blu's On the Block
Blu-ray and DVD Releases for July 24, 2012

Not a lot to talk about today, as mostly secondary titles and a pair of Whit Stillman gems from Criterion dominate the conversation. Even so, I’m hard pressed to come up with anything a person should actually buy. A lot to rent, watch and hopefully enjoy, but hardly a single title I’d urge adding to one’s personal collection.

 

 

 

Metropolitan – Criterion Collection

The Last Days of Disco – Criterion Collection

Two from Whit Stillman, both worthy of a look, Metropolitan maybe even of adding to your hi-def library as it is, without question, still my favorite film made by the acclaimed writer/director. But each film is filled with inspired moments and performances, their stories containing copious amounts of delicious turns of the tongue that feel positively inspired and haven’t dated  a single bit. Not going to say anything more at this time, Metropolitan and Last Days of Disco worthy of being discovered with as little foreknowledge as possible.

 

 

Silent House (2012)

From my March theatrical review (read it here): “With Silent House, by and large [writer/directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau] have improved upon the ideas of the original (which, supposedly, was inspired by some sort of true story), making the ultimate destination feel like far less of a trick or a cheat this time around. They’ve managed to create a surrealistic dreamscape where the line between reality and fantasy, between truth and a lie, are constantly in flux. Even though events are depicted in real time, even though it’s photographed as if this event is happening in one elongated 85-minute take, the way the filmmakers keep the focus utterly in flux is divine, making the final outcome a glorious bit of psychological hubris worthy of respect.”

 

 

 

Footnote

This nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award from Israel doesn’t exactly break new ground. At the same time, it’s just so darn well made, so moving, so honest and, best of all, so gosh darn funny none of that point becomes something of a relatively minor one. This picture is entertaining as heck, and for fans of quality international cinema this is one effort worth getting multiple looks at.

 

 

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Who knew a documentary about a chef who specializes in sushi could be so darn much fun? Seriously, check it out. It’s (as of now) one of 2012’s best docs and I doubt anyone with even a passing interest in either culinary arts or sushi in particular will be even moderately disappointed.

 

 

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season One

There will be those that will be excited about this release. There will be those who won’t be. I’m somewhere in the middle, not a fan of the series nor someone who doesn’t particularly care for it. Quite frankly, I could care less one way or the other, but if this is your sci-fi cup of tea by all means beam aboard and drink up.

 

 

The Deep Blue Sea

Still kicking myself for missing this one, Terence Davies latest apparently features an award-worthy performance from star Rachel WeEisz ranking as one of the best of her entire career (which is saying something, considering what I thought of her work in last year’s The Whistleblower and her Oscar-winning turn in The Constant Gardener). It’s already at the top of my Netflix queue, and I can’t wait until it actually arrives in the mail.

 

 

The Faculty

Guilty pleasure alert, director Robert Rodriguez’s and writer Kevin Williamson’s silly, almost tongue-in-cheek star-studded Invasion of the Body Snatchers homage The Faculty finally makes its Blu-ray debut. Granted, said debut is through Echo Bridge and comes with no special features whatsoever, so anyone hoping for one of Rodriguez’s patented “Film School” featurettes or ruminations by members of the cast and crew will be sorely disappointed. But, seriously, it’s not like the film is worthy of all that much fuss, and I imagine complaints aren’t going to be especially loud or long-lasting. For more on this release, check out my just-posted Blu-ray Review. (Moved to July 31, 2012)

 

 

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

If you haven’t seen this one, and you’re a fan of the classic story, part of me thinks you should give it a look. The Blu-ray contains director John Frankenheimer’s director’s cut, which is definitely an improvement over the theatrical version released in 1996. But that doesn’t mean the movie is all that great. It isn’t. But, at the same time, Marlon Brando is so hysterically over the top, Val Kilmer so cluelessly miscast and the movie is so filled with numerous giddily bizarre wonderments it’s hard not to place this one in the so-bad-it’s-good box.

 

OTHER NOTABLE BLU-RAY RELEASES

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·         Big Easy Express

·         Boss – Season One (Read Mitchell’s Blu-ray Review)

·         Brake

·         Life

·         On the Inside

·         Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavor

·         My Way

·         Mystery Men

·         They Made Me a Fugitive

 

 

NOTABLE DVD RELEASES

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Eclipse Series 34: Jean Gremillon During the Occupation (Remorques, Lumiere d'ete, Le ciel est a vous) (Criterion Collection)

Though little known outside of France, Jean Grémillon was a consummate filmmaker from his country’s golden age. A classical violinist who turned to directing, he went on to make almost fifty films—from documentaries to avant-garde works to melodramas with major stars—in a thirty-year career. Three of his richest came during a dire period in French history: Remorques, starring Jean Gabin, was begun in 1939 but finished and released after Germany invaded France, and Lumière d’été and Le ciel est à vous were produced during the occupation. These character-driven dramas, the first two cowritten by legendary screenwriter Jacques Prévert, are humane, entertaining, and technically brilliant, and prove Grémillon to be one of cinema’s true hidden masters. (Description reprinted from Criterion.com)

 

 

Bathory: Countess of Blood

With an unquenchable thirst for blood, Countess Elizabeth Bathory was one of the most prolific serial killers in history. Tearing flesh from bodies and bathing in warm blood, she delighted in an unholy quest for immortality while her country was being torn apart by a brutal and devastating civil war. Told on a grand scale in the 17th Century, Bathory is based on the true story of her rise and fall. (Description reprinted from Amazon.com)

 

 

The Corridor

During a male-bonding weekend in the country, five friends hung up on the downfalls of reaching middle age discover a spectral corridor in the woods. When they venture to enter it, they each experience a series of terrifying changes. Now what was once a close-knit group of longtime friends is shockingly ripped apart by newfound fear and betrayal. And what should have been a relaxing weekend getaway has turned into a dangerous battle from which no one will emerge unscathed. (Description reprinted from Amazon.com)

 

 

Meeting Evil

Samuel L. Jackson and Luke Wilson star in Meeting Evil, an intense psychological thriller that will bring you face to face with pure terror. Jackson is Richie, a mysterious stranger who shows up at John's (Wilson) door asking for help with his car. All too soon, the mild-mannered John discovers he has become an unwilling passenger, trapped in a murderous ride through town and deep into the countryside. When Richie decides to pay a visit to John's wife (Leslie Bibb) and kids, John has no choice but to confront this sadistic and unpredictable killer - But saving his family will ultimately come at a terrible price. (Description reprinted from Amazon.com)

 

 

The Monitor

After escaping an abusive husband, Anna and her 8-year-old son move to a secret location in a giant apartment building. Terrified that her ex-husband will find them, she buys a baby monitor to keep in her son's room at all times. But strange noises echo in the baby monitor from elsewhere in the building. As she witnesses the sounds of what she believes is another child being murdered, she fears it is her own. Reliving the nightmare she recently escaped, Anna will need to figure out what's real and what isn't before she loses her sanity and her child. (Description reprinted from Amazon.com)

 

OTHER NOTABLE DVD RELEASES

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·         Childrens Hospital: The Complete Third Season

·         Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis Series 5

 

 

NOTABLE NEW BLU-RAY ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

   

     

 

·         Bye Bye Birdie – Twilight Time (Aug 14, 2012)

·         High Time – Twilight Time (Aug 14, 2012)

·         Kill List (Aug 14, 2012)

·         Re-Animator (Sept 4, 2012)

·         Jeepers Creepers (Sept 11, 2012)

·         Killer Klowns from Outer Space (Sept 11, 2012)

·         Lola Versus (Sept 11, 2012)

·         The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Sept 11, 2012)

·         Where Do We Go Now? (Sept 11, 2012)

·         The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Sept 18, 2012)

·         Bones: The Complete Seventh Season (Oct 9, 2012)

·         Lawrence of Arabia: 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (Nov 13, 2012)

 

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