Welcome back from another long weekend. We needed the extra day to rest up from the Golden Globes live-blog, but we’re ready to get back into the swing of things today with a look at this week’s Blu-ray releases. Unfortunately, we’re still stuck in January, which means that the pickings are pretty slim.
Here’s the release slate:
- ‘Abduction‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘America in Primetime‘ (PBS)
- ‘Bad Girls‘ (Starz/Anchor Bay)
- ‘Belle de Jour‘ (Criterion)
- ‘Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star‘ (Sony)
- ‘Citizen Kane: 70th Anniversary Edition (Digibook)‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Courageous‘ (Sony)
- ‘Dead Poets Society‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Dirty Girl‘ (Starz/Anchor Bay)
- ‘Division III: Football’s Finest‘ (Image)
- ‘Dutch‘ (Starz/Anchor Bay)
- ‘First Squad: The Moment of Truth‘ (Starz/Anchor Bay)
- ‘The First Beautiful Thing‘ (Palisades Tartan)
- ‘Gantz II: Perfect Answer‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘George Gently: Series 1‘ (Acorn Media)
- ‘Good Morning Vietnam‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘The Ides of March‘ (Sony)
- ‘The Josephine Baker Story‘ (HBO)
- ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth – 3D‘ (New Line Cinema)
- ‘License to Drive‘ (Starz/Anchor Bay)
- ‘Picnic (1955)‘ (Twilight Time)
- ‘Project X‘ (Starz/Anchor Bay)
- ‘Redline‘ (Starz/Anchor Bay)
- ‘The Roots of Heaven (1958)‘ (Twilight Time)
- ‘The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption‘ (Universal)
- ‘Star Driver: Part 2‘ (Bandai)
- ‘Sunrise Earth: Alaska‘ (Discovery Channel)
- ‘Thurgood‘ (HBO)
- ‘Traffic (Criterion)‘ (Criterion)
- ‘The Tuskegee Airmen‘ (HBO)
Of the day-and-date titles, George Clooney’s political drama ‘The Ides of March‘ is clearly the most appealing. Honestly, it’s the only movie in this group with any appeal at all.
The latest lazy, brain-dead comedy from Adam Sandler’s production company, ‘Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star‘, was a major box office bomb last year, even considering its modest budget. Not even Sandler himself (who wrote the damn thing) bothered to go see it, that’s how bad it is. And we know what low standards Sandler has.
If you want a good laugh, you’re more likely to find one in ‘Abduction‘, Taylor Lautner’s attempt to become an action hero. Did anyone realize that John Singleton directed this? Was that even advertised anywhere? What the hell happened to this once-promising director?
The Kendrick brothers, purveyors of previous incompetencies ‘Facing the Giants‘ and ‘Fireproof‘, are back with their latest painfully amateurish religious drama, ‘Courageous‘. Our site forum’s discussion thread on this one saw a fairly interesting debate about whether “message” movies like these should be held to the same standard as any other film ever made, or if we’re just supposed to accept that they’re exempt from criticisms against bad acting, bad writing, bad directing and bad production values because they claim to be pro-Jesus.
Fortunately, there’s more interesting activity on the catalog title front. The Criterion Collection comes out swinging this week with Luis Buñuel’s masterpiece ‘Belle de Jour‘ (in which Catherine Denueve stars as a bored housewife who decides to play at being a prostitute during her weekdays), and Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning drama about the war on drugs, ‘Traffic‘. In his review of the latter, Luke says that the Criterion disc has a much better supplement package than the prior Blu-ray from Universal.
If you held off buying ‘Citizen Kane‘ because you didn’t want to deal with a bulky collector’s box on your shelf, the slimmed-down Digibook edition that was previously a Best Buy exclusive has finally expanded to general retail.
Robin Williams gets a lot of love on Blu-ray this week, in the form of two of his best dramatic roles, ‘Dead Poets Society‘ and ‘Good Morning Vietnam‘.
Finally, HBO offers up a trio of the network’s acclaimed TV movies: ‘The Josephine Baker Story‘, ‘Thurgood‘ and ‘The Tuskegee Airmen‘.
Is there anything on the list you plan to buy this week, or are you saving your money for bigger releases later in the year?