This week’s Blu-ray release slate is low on new titles that many people are likely to have heard of, and heavy on double-bill reissues of previously released movies. However, we also have a handful of really good classics on tap today as well. (Yes, I count the Schwarzenegger picture as a “classic,” thank you very much.)
Last week, the Criterion Collection brought two of director Whit Stillman’s old movies to Blu-ray, presumably to tie in with his new ‘Damsels in Distress‘, which Sony offers up today. Rising starlets Greta Gerwig (‘Greenberg’) and Analeigh Tipton (‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’) play sorority sisters who take it upon themselves to improve the social scene in their university by dating and “taming” the boorish men on campus. As a Whit Stillman movie, expect a bunch of characters who all look, sound, act and speak exactly like each other to stand around talking, and talking, and talking and talking.
Speaking of Greta Gerwig, back in 2006, the actress made an indie comedy called ‘LOL’. Unfortunately, that’s not the ‘LOL‘ we get on Blu-ray today. This one is Miley Cyrus’ latest attempt to pretend she’s a movie star. That should be all you need to know to keep moving along.
Beyond that, the only other new releases are the low-budget horror thrillers ‘ATM‘ and ‘Detention‘. The latter has Dane Cook in the cast. That’s reason enough to skip it.
First off, have you looked at some of Fox’s double-bill pairings on the list today? Some of them make sense, like matching up the Farrelly brothers’ ‘Me, Myself and Irene’ with ‘Shallow Hall’, or the putting the thematically-similar comedies ‘Just Married’ and ‘What Happens in Vegas’ together. But what do ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ and ‘Date Night’ have in common? I think that even Marisa Tomei fans will find ‘My Cousin Vinny’ and ‘Cyrus’ a bizarrely discordant double feature.
In better news, Fox also celebrates the iconic Marilyn Monroe with the ‘Forever Marilyn‘ collection, as well as standalone editions of ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’, ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’, ‘River of No Return’, ‘The Seven Year Itch’ and ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’. True, ‘Some Like It Hot‘ and ‘The Misfits‘ were previously released, but I never got around to buying those, so this box set seems like a good deal to me.
The Criterion Collection brings us ‘Le Havre‘, the latest deadpan comedy from Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki (director of ‘Leningrad Cowboys Go America’).
Meanwhile, Lionsgate ports over the Studio Canal Collection edition of Jean Renoir’s World War I POW classic ‘La Grande Illusion‘. Unlike some of Studio Canal’s previous botched releases, this one is said to feature an excellent video transfer.
Just in time for this week’s remake, Lionsgate has also freshly remastered the original ‘Total Recall‘ for the stupidly-named “Mind-Bending Edition.” Given how crummy the Blu-ray from 2006 was, this is bound to be a welcome improvement.
The only notable TV release this week is the Emmy-nominated miniseries ‘Hatfields & McCoys‘, starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton. Admittedly, I didn’t actually watch this, but every single clip I saw of it looked insanely cheesy. Is that unfair?
You can put me down for ‘Grand Illusion’ and ‘Total Recall’, and the Marilyn Monroe box will go on my wish list for a later date. What catches your interest this week?