Remember when I complained about how few Blu-rays of interest were released last week? Yeah, well, you’re going to look back fondly at that week because this one’s even worse.
‘Home‘ – Kudos to DreamWorks for making a major animated feature with a young black girl as the protagonist. Shame on DreamWorks for making that movie a blatant knockoff of ‘Lilo & Stitch’ without hardly any effort to disguise it at all. Jim Parsons as the voice of the alien was already annoying even in the short snippets featured in the trailer. I can’t imagine watching a whole movie of that.
‘The Water Diviner‘ – Russell Crowe made his directorial debut with a sweeping historical epic about a man (himself) trying to find his three missing sons after the Battle of Gallipoli. Our Blu-ray reviewer Matthew liked it. Our theatrical review Phil did not. Reaction on the whole was very mixed.
‘Burying the Ex‘ – How long has it been since Joe Dante made a movie that got a theatrical release in America? I’m pretty sure that was 2003’s woeful ‘Looney Tunes: Back in Action’. His latest, a black comedy about a guy who’s naggy girlfriend dies in a freak accident but comes back as a zombie, is not only going direct-to-video, the Blu-ray is exclusive to Best Buy – which means you’ll never see it in a store and nobody will ever hear of it.
‘White God‘ – In an existential Hungarian drama, dogs rise up to lead a revolution against their human masters. To be clear, this is live action with real trained dogs, not animated. It’s like ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ meets ‘Lassie’, but told from the dogs’ point-of-view and centered around an allegorical political message. Fascinating.
‘Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau‘ – I talked about this a couple weeks ago. I guess it got pushed back.
Most of the notable catalog releases this week are cult titles. Kino has quite a selection. Melanie Griffith plays a spunky heroine in the Western-ish sci-fi tale ‘Cherry 2000‘. From the same director is the apocalyptic thriller ‘Miracle Mile‘. Tim Thomerson leads a squad of WWII soldiers who find a UFO in the cheesefest ‘Zone Troopers‘. The studio then celebrates Lee Marvin in the Western ‘Monte Walsh‘ and the crime thriller ‘Prime Cut‘.
Meanwhile, horror fans might look to Redemption for Jess Franco’s ‘The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein‘.
Aside from the anime releases of which I know nothing at all, the only major TV collection of the week is the second season of Syfy’s viral/zombie/apocalypse thing ‘Helix‘.
I’m not seeing much here, to be honest. I still have the ‘Lost Soul’ documentary on my to-rent list. I might add ‘White God’ to that. Otherwise, I don’t see anything I need to buy.
Are you also sitting out the week?