New Blu's On the Block - 12/27/2011


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Released: Dec 27, 2011


Written by Sara Michelle Fetters



New Blu's On the Block
Blu-ray and DVD Releases for December 27, 2011


Okay, I said I wasn’t going to write this column this week, taking the day off for the holiday. I guess I’m going back on that statement, as here’s this week’s New Blu column all fresh and new and tasty and, well, you get the idea. Granted, there’s not a ton to talk about, so don’t expect me to go into great detail on almost any of the titles listed below.



Sid and Nancy

Easily the highlight title of the week, this was a Best Buy exclusive sadly until now. Thankfully now we can get this excellent disc anywhere that sells Blu-ray discs, Alex Cox’s raucous and ribald biopic of legendary Sex Pistols rock and roller Sid Vicious featuring one of Gary Oldman’s greatest performances (which, if you think about it, is really saying something). Check it out; you won’t be disappointed.



Final Destination 5

Here’s what I wrote about this fifth installment in the enduring horror series back in August (read my full review here): “Featuring the best opening sequence since the second film, showcasing a seemingly never-ending sequence of shocking kills that are both inventive and inspired, the resulting movie is a ghoulish freak show of a supercilious nonsense that’s far more fun – if you’re partial to such things – than it has any right to be.” Mitchell even goes so far as to call this installment the best one since the first film (not that this is saying much); check out his full Blu-ray Review to read all he has to say about the title for himself.




Still love this documentary, naming it as one of my top five of 2011 in my recently posted 2011 Recap piece. Earlier this summer I wrote (read my full theatrical review here): “Buck, the new documentary about noted cowboy and “Horse Whisperer” Buck Brannaman, is a delight in every way. Transcendent, emotional, moving, informative and ethereal, this surprisingly tough-minded look at a man and his life’s work is a wonderful excursion that says just as much about the viewer as it does about the figure at the center of it all.” For more on the film, check out my Interview with Buck Brannaman conducted during last year’s Seattle International Film Festival.



Apollo 18

Have this one sitting here but sadly still haven’t bothered to watch it. Thankfully, Mitchell has, and the words written in his just posted Blu-ray Review are hardly kind: “Guys go the moon and encounter something they certainly didn’t expect to encounter--sounds like it could be fun, right? But Apollo 18 isn’t fun. It’s terminally dull and fatally overlong; there’s an hour of superfluous material here, and the movie runs only 86 minutes.”




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·         Archer: Season 2

·         The Borgias: The First Season

·         In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds (Read Mitchell’s Blu-ray Review)

·         Inside Out

·         The Pool Boys

·         Shameless: The Complete First Season

·         The Slayers: Seasons 4 & 5 






The First Grader

Here’s what I wrote about this one back in May (read my full review here): “I liked [The First Grader], I just think the lessons it teaches could have been more powerful and long-lasting had the past remained an ethereal dream haunting our hero, finally overcome by his newfound ability to learn from, talk about and educate others in regards to their meaning complex meaning.”



A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

I actually got a minor kick out of A Good Old Fashioned Orgy when I saw it back in September. Not big enough one to actually write up a full review of the title, mind you, but a small one nonetheless. I found it to be far more good natured and amusingly silly than I expected it to be, especially considering comedies like this typically drive me up a wall, and by and large I had a pleasant enough time sitting in the theatre watching it at a press screening. Granted, Mitchell does not agree with me in this assessment of the picture, his DVD Review about as scathing as these sorts of things tend to get.



Hostel Part III

I’ve watched Hotel Part III. After doing so, many questions arise. Who is the audience for Hostel Part III? Why would an actor be eager to participate in Hostel Part III? What was the need to transplant the scenario of death as an outlet of entertainment for the rich to Las Vegas and who thought doing so would be remotely believable? And, the best question of all, why is there a Hostel Part III in the first place? None of these questions are actually answered by Hostel Part III, but be that as it may (and sorry to resort to puns) but am not about to take any bets this is last we’ll ever be seeing of this particular torture porn franchise.



Brighton Rock

Based on the iconic Graham Greene novel and set in 1964’s Mods-and Rockers-infused Britain, screenwriter Rowan Joffe s debut feature Brighton Rock embraces the classic elements of film noir and the British gangster film to tell the story of Pinkie, a desperate youth who is hell bent on clawing his way up through the ranks of organized crime.  When a young and very innocent waitress, Rose, stumbles on evidence linking him to a revenge killing, he sets out to seduce her to secure her silence.  Starring up-and-coming British actors Sam Riley (Control) and Andrea Riseborough as the young couple, and co-starring veterans Helen Mirren (The Queen, Red) and John Hurt (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, V for Vendetta) as two friends who set out to save Rose from Pinkie s deviant designs, Brighton Rock is a sexy, stylized re-telling of one of the classic tales of innocence and evil. (Description reprinted from Amazon.com)



Fish Story

2012, Five hours before the comet crashes into the Earth. Only five hours left to Earth's total annihilation. Everyone is doomed. The fatal comet that is about to crash into the Earth can be seen glowing across the sky. After America's plan to blast the comet fails, everyone leaves the city to seek shelter. But only one record store remains open. Where five strangers are gathered to discuss and resolve the fate of the world. A curt looking man in a wheelchair, Tanikuchi claims that the Earth is doomed. 'The probability is 100%, not 99%.' But the manager just calmly mumbles, 'The Righteous Apostle will save the Earth'. The song, 'Fish Story' by a nameless 70s band can be heard playing on the record turn table. On the back of the album cover it says, 'There is a silent pause during the song. It was put there by the song's makers on purpose'. Does this obscure, punk song contain the ingredients to save our way of life? That's what these strangers will find out for us by revisiting the inception to "Fish Story", travelling in time to 1975, 1982, 2007 and 2009 in this miracle drama waiting to thrill and save audiences around the world! (Description reprinted from Amazon.com)



Jane’s Journey

It would be hard to name anyone who has had more of an impact in the realm of animal research and wildlife conservation than Jane Goodall, whose 45-year study of wild chimpanzees in Africa is legendary. In Jane's Journey, we travel with her across several continents, from her childhood home in England, to the Gombe National Park in Tanzania where she began her groundbreaking research and where she still returns every year to enjoy the company of the chimpanzees that made her famous. Featuring a wide range of interviews and spectacular footage from her own private collection (including her years in Gombe), Jane's Journey is an inspiring portrait of the private person behind the world-famous icon. (Description reprinted from Amazon.com)



Tuesday, After Christmas

In the days leading up to Christmas, a married man forces himself to choose between his wife and his mistress. A sharply observed, deeply felt drama from director Radu Muntean (Boogie), showcasing the strengths of current Romanian cinema in its beautifully calibrated performances, expert craftsmanship and dazzling technical mastery. (Description reprinted from Amazon.com)



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·         Jersey Shore: Season Four (Uncensored)

·         Looney Tunes: Pepe le Pew Collection



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