New to Blu-ray this week is a blockbuster thriller that had audiences shouting from the rooftops this past spring. Unfortunately, those viewers failed to learn anything from the movie and were promptly eaten by monsters. Seriously, shhhhhh…!
New Releases (Blu-ray)
‘A Quiet Place‘ – Former ‘The Office’ star John Krasinski is having a pretty good year. He’ll be headlining Amazon’s new ‘Jack Ryan’ reboot in the fall, and he also helmed an ingenious sci-fi horror thriller about a family (Krasinski himself and real-life wife Emily Blunt) struggling to survive a post-apocalyptic world where making even the slightest sound could lead to their immediate deaths. Both critics and audiences ate this up with huge accolades and box office earnings. On disc, you can get a Blu-ray SteelBook at Best Buy or a 4k Ultra HD option, but unfortunately it does not appear possible to get both together in the same package.
‘Chappaquiddick‘ – Jason Clarke stars as rising politician Ted Kennedy in a docudrama about the fateful night in 1969 a car crash took the life of his young campaign strategist, and the accusations that followed about his attempts to cover it up. Allegedly, director John Curran (of the 2010 prison thriller ‘Stone’) tries to play this even-handedly in terms of politics, but the fact that he made the movie at this moment in time sure suggests that he’s courting an Alt-Right audience. If that’s the case, they didn’t seem to notice, as the movie made very little money. Reviews were mixed.
‘Lean on Pete‘ – Andrew Haigh follows his acclaimed ‘Weekend‘ and ‘45 Years‘ with a coming-of-age drama about a troubled boy (Charlie Plummer) who bonds with an aging horse after taking a job at a racetrack. The film was lauded by critics and highly buzzed on the festival circuit.
In addition to Paramount’s day-and-date release of ‘A Quiet Place‘, Sony gives a 4k upgrade to 2014’s ‘The Equalizer‘ (either in standard packaging or an ugly Pop Art SteelBook) to pave the way for that film’s impending sequel.
New to the Criterion Collection is one of the most popular sports movies of all time, Ron Shelton’s 1988 baseball dramedy ‘Bull Durham‘, starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon. Criterion’s second title this week is the 1967 wuxia epic ‘Dragon Inn‘, from the director of ‘A Touch of Zen‘ (but more than an hour shorter).
The Warner Archive sets sail with ‘Billy Budd‘, the 1962 naval adventure directed by actor Peter Ustinov, adapted from a novel by Herman Melville.
A label called Milestone Cinemateque offers a new 4k restoration of Lucino Visconti’s sweeping Italian historical epic ‘Rocco and His Brothers‘. I don’t know anything about Milestone, but the restoration is credited to the Film Foundation and the Cineteca di Bologna, which did pretty extraordinary work with Fellini’s ‘La dolce vita‘ a few years back. Also from Milestone is ‘Maborosi‘, the 1995 feature debut for Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (‘Still Walking‘).
The legendary Josephine Baker stars in the 1945 musical comedy ‘The French Way‘, which makes it way to high definition from an outfit called Kit Parker Films.
Arrow Video rolls out another yakuza thriller from cult favorite Seijun Suzuki with 1963’s imaginatively-titled ‘Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards!‘.
Universal digs up the 1988 rom-com ‘Casual Sex?‘, as well as a trio of direct-to-video sequels from the ‘Bring It On‘ franchise.
Finally, Kino dredges through the 1990s and comes up with the forgotten Michael Keaton police drama ‘One Good Cop‘ and Nicolas Cage’s “Top Gun with Helicopters” action thriller ‘Fire Birds‘.
Notable TV product this week includes Steven Soderbergh’s HBO miniseries ‘Mosaic‘, the third season of Syfy’s ‘The Magicians‘, and the fifth season of the British detective drama ‘Endeavour‘.
I’m eager to check out ‘A Quiet Place’, but will probably do a streaming rental.
Even with the current Criterion sale, ‘Dragon Inn’ will probably not make my cut this month, but I’ll put it on my wish list for later, along with ‘Rocco and His Brothers’.
Is there anything this week you feel like making some noise about?