One of the biggest blockbuster hits of the year comes to Blu-ray this week, but unless you’re of an age that ends with “-teen,” you probably don’t care.
‘Divergent‘ – What I said above in the intro paragraph to this post is probably not fair, as the target demographic for the latest YA adaptation could skew as young as 11 or 12. Is it fair to call this a ‘Hunger Games’ knockoff? ‘Divergent’ was a book series before ‘The Hunger Games’ was made into a movie, but we wouldn’t be seeing this as a film if the ‘Hunger Games’ movie hadn’t been a hit. In any case, Shailene Woodley headlines the dystopian sci-fi tale about a world where children are segregated at birth into “factions” that they’re never allowed to break out of. Then they have to fight, or something. In other words, it’s ‘The Hunger Games’ with the ‘Harry Potter’ sorting hat tossed in. If you have kids of an appropriate age, they probably think it’s really deep.
‘Oculus‘ – Karen Gillan from ‘Doctor Who’ gets possessed by an evil mirror. Don’t you just hate it when that happens? It sounds kind of dumb, but the horror flick got some surprisingly decent reviews.
‘Need for Speed‘ – After wrapping up ‘Breaking Bad’, it was only natural for Aaron Paul to want to transition to feature films. But couldn’t he find a better project than this inane videogame adaptation that looks like a subpar ‘Fast and Furious’ spin-off?
‘God’s Not Dead‘ – Are you confident about that? Because when I look at what’s happening in the Middle East right now, if God’s not dead, then at the very least he’s taking an extended vacation and forgot to assign a backup to cover his job responsibilities while he’s away. If I pulled a stunt like that, my company would fire me.
‘Ping Pong Summer‘ – This coming-of-age story was a huge hit at Sundance, and then went absolutely nowhere afterwards, as often tends to happen. Our reviewer Aaron was not impressed.
‘Tarzan: The Legend Lives‘ – Did this motion-capture animated version of the Tarzan story even get a theatrical release? Kellan Lutz from ‘Twilight’ does the voice and mo-cap stuff. Reviews tore the movie to shreds.
Early in his career, before he became an A-List filmmaker famous for his suspense thrillers and his tendency to
rip-off“homage” his favorite directors, Brian De Palma made an off-the-wall glam-rock musical called ‘Phantom of the Paradise‘. Little seen in its day, the movie eventually grew into a cult item, which makes it an ideal candidate for a Collector’s Edition from Shout! Factory.
I could have sworn that ‘The Full Monty‘ was previously released on Blu-ray. I guess not, but here it is. Although the movie’s fairly entertaining, once you’ve seen the first ten thousand feel-good British comedies about the unlikely triumph of working class blokes, the next ten thousand start to feel a little samey, you know.
The only title that interests me this week is ‘Phantom of the Paradise’. How about you?