This is a pretty slow week on the Blu-ray front. The biggest day & date title is kind of terrible. Fortunately, there are a couple of more interesting art house pictures, and a decent catalog title or two to catch up with. Let’s take a look.
Here’s the release slate:
- ‘The Bounty Hunter ‘ (Sony)
- ‘Caught in the Crossfire‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Chloe‘ (Sony)
- ‘Gabriel Iglesias: Hot & Fluffy‘ (Image)
- ‘The Greatest‘ (National Media)
- ‘Greenberg‘ (Universal)
- ‘In Bruges‘ (Universal)
- ‘Insomnia‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Middle of Nowhere‘ (Image)
- ‘Our Family Wedding ‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘Parasomnia‘ (Koch)
- ‘White Collar: The Complete First Season‘ (20th Century Fox)
The week’s big title is ‘The Bounty Hunter‘, that alleged comedy with Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. Gack. Nate had to suffer the task of reviewing that one. Better him than me. Do the poor guy a favor and click that link to read his review, even if you have no intention of buying the disc. Don’t let his hard work go completely to waste.
I’ve heard great things about ‘Greenberg‘ from writer/director Noah Baumbach, but haven’t had the change to watch it yet. Drew loved it. I need to check that one out.
One-time art house darling Atom Egoyan hasn’t had much success reclaiming critical favor since his masterpiece ‘The Sweet Hereafter’. Pretty much everything he’s made since then has been met with indifference. He tries again with the erotic thriller ‘Chloe‘, starring Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson. The reviews were fairly scathing during its theatrical run. Aaron reviewed the Blu-ray and found it passable.
I’ve watched a few episodes of ‘White Collar‘ on broadcast. It’s one of those shows that I’ll stop for if I happen across it, but won’t go out of my way to record each week. I would personally also not go out of my way to buy it on Blu-ray either, but that’s not to say that it’s a bad series or that fans should avoid it. It’s just not high on my list of priorities.
The week also gives us two pretty good catalog titles. Christopher Nolan’s remake of ‘Insomnia‘, starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams, is arguably better than the Norwegian original. Well, at least I thought so. It’s a nifty thriller, all the same. And ‘In Bruges‘ is just about the only movie that even people who can’t stand Colin Farrell will agree that he’s great in. It’s a very dark and very funny black comedy about a pair of hit men biding their time after a particularly bad job by hiding out in a historical tourist trap in Belgium. If you haven’t seen it, be sure to give it a look.
That’s all for this week. Next week will give us a couple of interesting Criterion releases and a whole lot of worthless crap. See you then.
Hot and Fluffy is the only title on that list that I might have been interested in, but as it has aired on Comedy Central numerous times (have it saved on the DVR), and its on Netflix on Demand, I see little reason to buy this on Blu-Ray. I doubt a standup comedy act is going to benefit from the jump from Comedy Central HD to Blu-Ray. I didn’t see much difference between the SD version on Netflix and Comedy Central HD. I guess that is just because there just isn’t anything there to really benefit. However, if you haven’t seen it and like a good laugh, pick it up.
Definitely going to pick up In Bruges. Such a great dark comedy with terrific acting. Haven’t seen Insomnia since it was in theaters. Will have to check it out as a rental before buying.