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New Blu's On the Block - October 2, 2012

 

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Released: October 2, 2012

 

Written by Sara Michelle Fetters

 

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New Blu's On the Block
Blu-ray and DVD Releases for October 2, 2012

Was tough to decide what to lead with this week, as two titles – one standalone classic, one box set with eight of them – are easily the most important and worthy of being added to a person’s library sight unseen over any other single title being released this Tuesday. What did I ultimately decide to go with? Read on and find out.

 

 

Cinderella – Diamond Edition

“Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo. Put 'em together and what have you got, bibbidi-bobbidi-boo. Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo. It'll do magic believe it or not, bibbidi-bobbidi-boo. Salagadoola means mechicka booleroo. But the thingmabob that does the job is, bibbidi-bobbidi-boo. Salagadoola menchicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo. Put 'em together and what have you got, bibbidi-bobbidi bibbidi-bobbidi bibbidi-bobbidi-boo.” For more on this timeless classic, check out my recently posted Blu-ray Review.

 

 

Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection

Dracula. Frankenstein. Bride of Frankenstein. The Mummy. Creature from the Black Lagoon. The Wolf Man. The Phantom of the Opera. The Invisible Man. Those titles all speak for themselves, and any connoisseur of classic golden age Hollywood cinema simply must pick up this release and add it to their personal libraries.

 

 

In the Mood for Love – Criterion Collection

In the Mood for Love came in at number 21 on my list of the Top 50 Films 2000 – 2009. As I wrote in that article: “While I personally find Wong Kar Wai’s Chunking Express to be his most invigorating effort, In the Mood for Love is so lyrically mesmerizing taking my eyes off of it proves to be an impossibility every time out. Both Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung steam up the screen, while Christopher Doyle’s sumptuous photography is as dreamlike and ephemeral as the central romance is sizzling and passionate. Moving at its own methodical pace this movie raises my temperature to boiling within the first 15 minutes, its romantic lyricism a thing I willingly revel in.”

 

 

Sound of My Voice

One of my favorite movies of 2012. As I wrote in my theatrical review (read it here): “As much as is left unexplained by the final scenes, the way [star/co-writer Brit] Marling and fellow writer and this film’s director Zal Batmanglij get there is magnetically believable. I was consumed by Peter and Lorna’s stories, spellbound by the effect their continued meetings with Maggie and her followers was having upon them. The questions being asked, the unsettling ideas being presented, the way in which thought and desire can be manipulated and overcome is uncomfortably intoxicating, making the decisions both of them ultimately make all the more authentic.”

 

 

Dark Shadows (2012)

From my theatrical review (read it here): “Dark Shadows is an odd duck, never really finding solid footing yet still offering up plenty of laughs, some of them the biggest [Tim Burton] has crafted since Beetlejuice, that had me clamoring for more. It goes to some highly intriguing places and isn’t afraid to slow dance across a blood-red floor. At the same time Burton reins things in at places you’d normally expect him to go straight for the jugular, ultimately crafting a seriously disjointed satire of modernity frequently recalling Robert Zemeckis’ Death Becomes Her more than it does anything else.”

 

 

People Like Us

From my theatrical review (read it here): “Based on a true story, People Like Us works a heck of a lot better than I thought it would. Directed by Star Trek and Transformers script Alex Kurtzman, co-written by his frequent partner Robert Orci and new to the triumvirate Jody Lambert, the movie is far more restrained and emotionally honest that I expected it to be going in. By and large, Kurtzman allows things to play themselves out with relative simplicity. He doesn’t pull on the heartstrings near as much as his prior scripted works would lead you to initially believe, leaving the saccharine music strains and the cliché tears pretty much alone.”

 

 

Downton Abby: Seasons One & Two – Limited Edition

People adore this Emmy-winning BBC series, they love it one heck of a lot. Guess I should finally break down and watch the darn thing for myself.

 

 

Chained

Jennifer Chambers Lynch’s (Boxing Helena) – David Lynch’s daughter – third movie is easily her best yet, even if it in most ways is also her most unsettling. Veteran character actor Vincent D'Onofrio delivers a chilling portrait of sociopathic evil as a cab driver who kidnaps the son of one of his victims and then forcible raises him to hopefully follow in his serial killing footsteps. Not for the faint of heart, but an experience not soon to be forgotten by those who decide to give it a shot.

 

 

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

Missed this in theatres, but still semi-interested to see it now that it’s out on Blu-ray, the all-star cast which includes Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen and Jeffrey Dean Morgan being the chief reason for that.

 

 

Pet Sematary

Sometimes DEAD is better…! For more on the film, please check out my recently posted Blu-ray Review.

 

 

Annie – 30th Anniversary Edition

It’s still a hard-knock life for Little Orphan Annie and the rest of the kids in this surprisingly enduring cinematic adaptation of the popular Broadway musical directed by John Huston, and 30 years later audiences keep flocking even if the movie itself is wildly uneven. Go figure.

 

 

OTHER NOTABLE BLU-RAY RELEASES

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·         Cyborg

·         Double Impact

·         Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

·         General Education

·         Headshot

·         The Hole (2009)

·         Iron Sky

·         The Lady (2011)

·         Magic City: The Complete First Season

·         Masters of the Universe: 25th Anniversary Edition

·         The Milk of Sorrow

·         Nikita: The Complete Second Season

·         The Night Riders

·         Overland Stage Raiders

·         The Princess Bride - 25th Anniversary Edition

·         Red Lights

·         Red River Range

·         Three Texas Steers

·         Tom & Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse

·         Train of Life

 

 

NOTABLE DVD RELEASES

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Free Men

From my theatrical review (read it here): “Free Men doesn’t always hit the right mark, the central characters of Ben Ghabrit and Salim Halali still something of frustrating faceless enigmas by the end of the film. But the central thrust, the heat, heart and passion pulsing thought the picture, all of that does come through, Younes’ story strikingly universal and a lesson to everyone that heroism oftentimes comes in increments and that doing the right thing is theologically colorblind.”

 

 

Grassroots

From my theatrical review (read it here): “Having lived through these events, it’s simple to see the comedic political drama Grassroots through Seattle-colored glasses making it easier to overlook many of its bumpier aspects and more uncomforting flaws. For every misstep, and there are plenty, for every wrong turn, and there are a few, the movie understands the city, its people and the way we view things, especially politics, rather clearly. It gets our idiosyncrasies, if not perfectly, still rather beautifully, making the resulting movie far easier to enjoy as a resident than it arguably might be otherwise.”

 

 

Funkytown

The King of disco. The man with a secret life. The rising star eager to get ahead. The music producer desperate for one more hit. In Montreal in 1976, they all wanted to see and be seen at the trendiest club in town, and juggled freedom and tradition, lovers and family, drugs and sobriety, fame and anonymity, in a time when excess was the norm, and disco ruled. Based on true events, Funkytown brings back the glitter, glamour and edginess of that era. (Description reprinted from Amazon.com)

 

 

Kidnap & Ransom: Series 1 & 2

This taut series from creator Patrick Harbinson (24, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) revolves around master negotiator Dominic King. From the first phone call with kidnappers to risky excursions into exotic and dangerous locales, King places himself in the line of fire to bring the victims home. Played with steely restraint by veteran actor Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead), King has a brash negotiating style that lands him in hot water with publicity-minded police and politicians. His unconventional tactics also draw ire from the British Foreign Office, as well as his wife, Sophie (Natasha Little, Case Histories), and business partner, Angela (Helen Baxendale, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman).

 

Filmed on location, Kidnap and Ransom examines the alarming rise of international kidnapping with gripping realism. This set includes Complete Series 1 and 2 of the acclaimed thriller, with guest stars including John Hannah (The Mummy), Patrick Baladi (The Office.) and Sharon Small (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries). (Description reprinted from Amazon.com)

 

 

Vexed

Two bickering cops make one great team  He's lazy, disorganized, charming, and more interested in having a good time than solving crimes. She's dedicated, efficient, determined to succeed at her new job, and worried that her marriage might be falling apart. Thrown together as partners on the London police force, the two mismatched detectives solve crimes with more luck than skill, bickering and bantering along the way.

 

Toby Stephens (Jane Eyre, Die Another Day) is DI Jack Armstrong, and Lucy Punch (Hot Fuzz, Doc Martin) plays DI Kate Bishop in a fresh approach to the cop drama. As they hunt for a serial killer who targets lonely women, investigate the attempted murder of a cranky banker, and cope with a high-profile kidnapping, Jack and Kate learn about each other, disagree on almost everything, and discover they’re not such an odd couple after all. Featuring a sexy, attractive cast, and sprinkled with jokes and repartee, Vexed is "more comedy than drama… [and] lots of fun" (The Times, U.K.). (Description reprinted from Amazon.com)

 

OTHER NOTABLE DVD RELEASES

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·         90210: The Fourth Season

·         Hart of Dixie: The Complete First Season

·         How I Met Your Mother: The Complete Seventh Season

·         New Girl: The Complete First Season

·         Rules of Engagement: The Complete Sixth Season

 

 

NOTABLE NEW BLU-RAY ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

    

 

·         The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series (Nov 13, 2012)

·         Lawless (Nov 27, 2012)

·         The Dark Knight Rises (Dec 4, 2012)

·         The Dark Knight Trilogy (Dec 4, 2012)

·         Frances Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection (Dec 4, 2012)

·         Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Dec 18, 2012)

 

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