New Blu's On the Block - October 23, 2012


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Released: October 23, 2012


Written by Sara Michelle Fetters



New Blu's On the Block
Blu-ray and DVD Releases for October 23, 2012

A couple of my favorite movies of 2012 come out today, as does my pick for one of the absolute worst. We’ve also got a sensational gem from the folks at Criterion, a 30th anniversary re-release of a movie that seems to get a re-release at the drop of a hat and the fifth chapter in a guilty pleasure inbred backwoods hillbilly horror series I sort of adore (and I’m not even embarrassed to admit it).



Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

I’m in the minority, and I will openly admit that fact, but for a while there I felt this was the best film I’d seen in all of 2012 (The Perks of Being a Wallflower now holds that spot). I still think it’s pretty magnificent and got something of a raw deal during its initial theatrical release. As I wrote back in July (read my full theatrical review here): “I loved Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. It consumed me, held me spellbound, spoke to the very corners of my soul in a way I can’t quite communicate. Writer and director Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) has delivered a uniquely entrancing love story that speaks to the very essence of who we wish we were as well as whom we often see ourselves to be. Bleakly humorous, intimately touching, the movie moves towards its inevitable conclusion with a surprising amount of delicately nuanced whimsy. I found it extraordinary, its final moments filling with a mixture of joy, euphoria and pain I didn’t want to see come to an end.”



Magic Mike

From my theatrical review (read it here): “With a depth of feeling go way beyond what one expects entering the theatre, showcasing an emotional maturity and a dramatic complexity few are likely to anticipate, director Steven Soderbergh and producer and star Channing Tatum have delivered with Magic Mike a major studio drama the likes of which we seldom see anymore. More Last Tango in Paris than Showgirls, more Louis Malle than Zalman King, the movie is a gut-wrenching morality play with more questions than answers, and while redemption might be achieved the price of it leaves far more collateral damage within its wake than is remotely comforting.”



Sunday Bloody Sunday – Criterion Collection

Director John Schlesinger’s 1971 classic with Peter Finch, Murray Head, Peggy Ashcroft and Glenda Jackson gets the deluxe Criterion treatment. Fans (and who isn’t a fan of this devastating British drama) owe it to themselves to snatch this release up for their collections right away.



Fear and Desire

For Stanley Kubrick completists only, Kino brings the master’s troubled first film to Blu-ray. Kubrick for all intents and purposes hated it, and it should be admitted the movie itself isn’t particularly good, but considering the man behind the camera this is still an incredibly difficult release to pass up (at the very least as a rental).




Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Until I saw Alex Cross last week, this was my pick as the single worst movie of 2012. As I wrote in my theatrical review (read it here): “[Directed] by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch), produced by gothic wunderkind Tim Burton, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a catastrophe. Making little sense, devoid of any reason to exist, spiraling through events, characters and emotions as if they were utterly unimportant to the proceedings or the eventual outcome, the movie is a digitally laborious CGI-filled 3D monstrosity that had me slapping my forehead in continual frustration. It is dead on arrival, and how anyone, anywhere could make the decision to plunk down money to watch it and then walk out thinking they’d made a good one is way beyond me.”



Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines

Here is the point in this week’s column where I lose a large portion of my credibility. Do I care? No, because the simple truth is that, save for the just-plain-bad third film, I get a humongous kick out of the Wrong Turn franchise. I’m excited as heck to give this fifth chapter a look, and as soon as I’m done writing this article that’s exactly what I am going to do.



Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection

After Alex Cross, I’m going to have trouble taking Tyler Perry seriously ever again which if you think about it is truly saying something considering just how often he’s played Madea in his own directorial efforts. Here’s her latest adventure and, no, I have not seen it and, yes, that fact does not bother me in the least bit.



Take this Waltz

Here’s one I’m actually extremely disappointed to have missed, actress Sarah Polley’s second effort behind the camera (the emotionally searing Away From Her being the first first), this dramatic comedy with Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman has been getting rave reviews just about everywhere it has played. I can’t wait to see it, but sadly as a review copy has not arrived I guess I’ll be adding the title to my Netflix queue just so I can can get a look at it before 2012 comes to a close.



Secret of the Wings

Tinkerbell and the rest of the fairies return for another adventure, the first Disney has decided to release in 3D. I’ve got to say, picture and audio on this release are fantastic, stunning even, while the film itself manages to remain at the same relatively solid standards set by the previous entries in the series. Bottom line, adults won’t hate it and little kids are going to adore the darn thing, and couple those items with the fact this release borders on technical perfection you’ve got a four-disc set that’s going to be difficult for families to pass on.



Blade Runner – 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Warner Bros milks Ridley Scott’s science fiction classic for some additional coin. I’d like to say I’m surprised but, well, who am I kidding? None of us are surprised. Not a single solitary one of us anywhere.



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·         247̊ F

·         The Ambassador

·         Athena: Goddess of War

·         Billy Bathgate / Blaze

·         Color of Night / Playing God

·         I, Robot 3D (Read Sara’s Theatrical Review)

·         Lost Girl: Season 1

·         The Penalty

·         Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Complete Season Four




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The Invisible War

From Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Twist of Faith) comes The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem - today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. Twenty percent of all active-duty female servicewomen are sexually assaulted. Profoundly moving, the film follows the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they courageously came forward to report. Both a rallying cry for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who've been assaulted and a hopeful road map for change, The Invisible War is one of those rare films so powerful it has already helped change military policy. (Description reprinted from Amazon.com)



Steve Job: The Lost Interview

In this candid, in-depth interview with the late visionary filmed in 1995, Steve Jobs discusses at length his early days, career battles, and vision for the future. Small portions of the piece were used for a television series at the time, but the vast majority was shelved and for 17 years thought to be lost. Resurfacing, it is being presented in its entirety, providing a fascinating look at Jobs at a particularly interesting moment in his career, two years before he would go on to retake control of Apple. (Description reprinted from Amazon.com)



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·         Happy Endings: The Complete Second Season

·         The Fugitive: The Most Wanted Edition - Complete Series

·         Law & Order: Criminal Intent – Year 8

·         Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman: Season Three








·         Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Dec 4, 2012)

·         Eastbound & Down: The Complete Third Season (Dec 4, 2012)

·         Silent Night (2012) (Dec 4, 2012)

·         Killer Joe (Dec 21. 2012)

·         Cosmopolis (Jan 1, 2013)

·         Two-Lane Blacktop – Criterion Collection (Jan 8, 2013)

·         The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) – Criterion Collection (Jan 15, 2013)

·         The Paperboy (Jan 15, 2013)

·         The Tin Drum – Criterion Collection (Jan 15, 2013)

·         Ivan’s Childhood – Criterion Collection (Jan 22, 2013)

·         Pina – Criterion Collection (Jan 22, 2013)



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