Last week brought a massive blockbuster hit to Blu-ray, the type of movie that scares away any serious competition. Apparently, this week is still feeling the aftershocks of that. If you’re a fan of classic films, however, I have a suspicion you might find something of interest.
‘The Forest‘ – Natalie Dormer from ‘Game of Thrones’ headlines a cheapie horror flick about an American woman who travels to Japan’s notorious “Suicide Forest” to search for her twin sister, only to be tormented by ghosts trying to drive her mad. Don’t you hate it when that happens? The only positive thing I’ve heard about this movie is that it’s supposedly not quite as terrible as Gun Van Sant’s mopey drama ‘The Sea of Trees’, which is set in the same location.
The Warner Archive continues to dig up some stellar movie classics. This week, Joan Fontaine suspects that her husband Cary Grant is trying to kill her in Alfred Hitchcock’s marvelous comedic thriller ‘Suspicion‘, while Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton tear their marriage to shreds in Mike Nichols’ blistering ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?‘.
Cary Grant also makes an appearance in the Criterion Collection this week, alongside Jean Arthur in Howard Hawks’ South American mail-pilot drama ‘Only Angels Have Wings‘.
The latest round of limited editions from Twilight Time include: Jeff Bridges and John Heard in the murder thriller ‘Cutter’s Way‘; Bob Hoskins and Mickey Rourke in the Irish domestic terror drama ‘A Prayer for the Dying‘; Charles Bronson playing a Native American in the Western ‘Chato’s Land‘; Jean Seberg in the Parisian-set romance ‘In the French Style‘; Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave in the WWII drama ‘Julia‘; and finally Jeff Bridges again with Clint Eastwood in a reissue of Michael Cimino’s comic heist thriller ‘Thunderbolt and Lightfoot‘.
I spent a lot of time last week trying to sort out where the latest reboot fits in the ‘Ghost in the Shell‘ franchise. Right on the heels of that, Anchor Bay is putting out the original 1995 Mamoru Oshii film. As far as I’m aware, this is the first time the movie will appear on Blu-ray in this country as its original theatrical version. (A revisionist version called ‘Ghost in the Shell 2.0‘, which had much of the hand-drawn animation replaced with CGI, was released on Blu-ray back in 2009.) I imported a copy of the theatrical cut from Japan in 2008, but it looked pretty mediocre. I can hope that this new release might offer some improvement, but I’m honestly not holding out a lot of hope for that.
Horror fans will enjoy Arrow Video’s new restoration of the goofy splatter sequel ‘Bride of Re-Animator‘ and Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition (was there ever a regular edition?) of John Carpenter’s ‘Village of the Damned‘ remake.
I gave up on ‘Heroes’ early in its second season, but decided to give the pilot episode of the reboot/relaunch/retooling/whatever-you-want-to-call-it ‘Heroes Reborn‘ a shot for the hell of it. Sadly, it just reminded me why I quit watching the show in the first place.
I wound up spending a little too much money at the Twilight Time sale over the weekend, so I probably won’t run out to buy anything else right away. However, ‘Suspicion’, ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’, ‘Only Angels Have Wings’, and ‘Cutter’s Way’ will go on my wish list for later. I’m also curious about the new edition of ‘Ghost in the Shell’ but will wait for some quality reviews of that one.
What’s your fancy this week?