Happy May Day, everyone! Does anyone even know what May Day is about? Personally, I don’t have a clue. I guess we’re supposed to celebrate that it’s the start of a new month. If that’s so, why don’t we have an April Day or a June Day, etc.? Just because those don’t rhyme? I could probably Wikipedia this if I felt like it, but I think that I’ve already strayed on this tangent long enough. Sorry about that. This is what happens when you write your blog posts on an airplane. Anyway… as far as Blu-ray releases go, the new month is off to a slow start.
Here’s a look at the weekly release slate:
- ‘About a Boy‘ (Universal)
- ‘Assassins / Cobra / The Specialist‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Beetlejuice / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Believe In Me‘ (Gaiam)
- ‘Bird of Paradise‘ (Kino)
- ‘Blazing Saddles / Caddyshack / National Lampoon’s European Vacation‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Body Heat / L.A. Confidential / The Player‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Body of Lies / Edge of Darkness / Pride and Glory‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Bullitt / The Getaway / The Cincinnati Kid‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Clueless‘ (Paramount)
- ‘The Cowboys / The Green Berets / The Searchers‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Deep Blue Sea / The Long Kiss Goodnight / Snakes on a Plane‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Definitely, Maybe‘ (Universal)
- ‘Executive Decision / Point Break / Swordfish‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘eXistenZ / Malevolent / B. Monkey‘ (Echo Bridge)
- ‘Flicka: Country Pride‘ (20th Century Fox)
- ‘George Harrison: Living in the Material World‘ (Hip-O Records)
- ‘Haywire‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘The Invisible Man: The Complete Series‘ (First Look)
- ‘Jeremiah Johnson‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘John Q / The Pelican Brief / Training Day‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Joyful Noise‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘The Losers / RocknRolla / Shoot ‘Em Up‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Meet Joe Black‘ (Universal)
- ‘Men in Black (+UV Digital Copy)‘ (Sony)
- ‘Men in Black II‘ (Sony)
- ‘Mimic: 3-Film Set‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘New Year’s Eve‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Otis / Rest Stop: Dead Ahead / Rest Stop: Don’t Look Back‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘Phantoms / Darkness / Venom‘ (Echo Bridge)
- ‘Pillow Talk‘ (Universal)
- ‘The Tim Burton Collection‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘W.E.‘ (Starz/Anchor Bay)
- ‘The Wizard of Gore / The Gore Gore Girls‘ (Image)
The most promising of the recent theatrical titles to hit video today would be ‘Haywire‘, Steven Soderbergh’s action movie starring MMA fighter Gina Carano. I like Soderbergh, and I like the idea of him experimenting in new genres. On the other hand, I don’t like that he’s apparently now best buds with Channing Tatum and feels the need to cast the oaf in his movies. I think this will be a rental.
I recall that our reader William was a fan of the church choir musical drama ‘Joyful Noise‘, starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. I also recall that pretty much no one else anywhere was. My interest in this is so minimal that it actually bounces into the negative range and I want to push it far, far away from me. Sorry, William. We can’t all like the same things.
Once upon a time, Garry Marshall was a very important TV producer who, while never a great filmmaker per se, was also capable of making decent populist entertainment movies. Now he churns out lazy rom-com crap like ‘Valentine’s Day’ and its new pseudo-sequel ‘New Year’s Eve‘. Look for the all-star ‘Flag Day’ to go into production soon.
Why does Madonna suddenly think that she can direct movies? Her latest attempt, the historical romance ‘W.E.‘ tells the story of the scandalous affair between England’s King Edward VIII and divorcee Wallis Simpson. You may recall this as a subplot in Oscar winner ‘The King’s Speech’. This one was never in any danger of being an Oscar winner. The singer’s fans may enjoy this, but I don’t see it having much appeal outside those circles.
Like, ohmygawd, ‘Clueless‘ is totally now on Blu-ray! Amy Heckerling’s clever comedy repositions Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ in the contemporary high school scene. It made Alicia Silverstone a star for about a minute, and is a smarter movie than it appears at first glance. Seeing co-star Brittany Murphy on screen again may be a little melancholy, however. Not just because it will remind you that she died in 2009, but because her career was pretty much a train wreck after this point.
Weeding out the huge volume of reissues flooding the market today, other titles of interest include the Doris Day/Rock Hudson musical classic ‘Pillow Talk‘, Robert Redford’s “Mountain Man” drama ‘Jeremiah Johnson‘, and Hugh Grant’s very touching and very funny ‘About a Boy‘.
I’ll be honest; I have no idea whether the ’70s cult TV series ‘The Invisible Man‘, starring David McCallum as an invisible scientist, is actually being released on Blu-ray today. DVDEmpire and Deep Discount both say so, but Amazon has bumped the street date to May 29th. This comes after it was already delayed from earlier in the year.
I don’t feel a burning need to own any of today’s releases. How about you?