Criterion collectors, indie movie fans, Shakespeare buffs and classic foreign film aficionados might all find new Blu-ray titles to peak their interest today. For anyone looking for something a little more mainstream… Well, there’s always next week.
Don’t get me wrong; I fall into most of the above categories. Even so, there’s no denying that this is another slow week.
- ‘Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies‘ (Asylum)
- ‘The Aggression Scale‘ (Starz/Anchor Bay)
- ‘Bach: Goldberg Variations Acoustica – 3D‘ (AIX Records)
- ‘Coriolanus‘ (Starz/Anchor Bay)
- ‘The Dark Crystal / Labyrinth‘ (Sony)
- ‘Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker‘ (FUNimation)
- ‘Earth – 3D‘ (Global Cinema- May 31st)
- ‘Gintama: The Movie‘ (Sentai Filmworks)
- ‘Gone‘ (Summit)
- ‘Goon‘ (Magnolia)
- ‘Goon (Combo Pack)‘ (Magnolia)
- ‘Lord of the Dance – 3D‘ (Kaleidoscope – May 31st)
- ‘Love Never Dies‘ (Universal)
- ‘Man on a Ledge‘ (Summit)
- ‘Memorial Day‘ (Image)
- ‘Murdoch Mysteries: Season 4‘ (Acorn Media)
- ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales (Non-Digibook)‘ (Warner Brothers – May 30th)
- ‘Shiki: Part 1‘ (FUNimation)
- ‘Shiki: Part 2‘ (FUNimation)
- ‘Strange Love of Martha Ivers‘ (Film Chest)
- ‘The Strange Love of Martha Ivers‘ (Film Chest)
- ‘Summer Interlude‘ (Criterion)
- ‘Summer with Monika‘ (Criterion)
- ‘Swingers / Made‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Titanic’s Final Mystery‘ (Inception Media Group)
- ‘Traveller / Telling Lies in America‘ (Shout Factory)
- ‘True Blood: The Complete First Season (Combo Pack)‘ (HBO)
- ‘True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season‘ (HBO)
- ‘True Blood: The Complete Second Season (Combo Pack)‘ (HBO)
- ‘True Blood: The Complete Third Season (Combo Pack)‘ (HBO)
- ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin‘ (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
In order of descending interest, the (in my opinion) most promising new title of the week would be Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut, the Shakespearian adaptation ‘Coriolanus‘, which updates the Bard’s tale of a disgraced Roman general to modern-day times. The film received rave reviews on the festival circuit, even if it didn’t get much play in general release.
Next we have something a little more divisive, the black comedy (?), tragedy (?), horror thriller (?) ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin‘, which stars Tilda Swinton as a grieving mother dealing with the fallout when her son goes on a killing spree. The movie’s mix of genres and tones turned out to be a love-it-or-hate-it affair with critics. Some, like Luke, found it fascinating, while others called it overbearing.
Sadly, the mainstream titles are mostly duds from earlier in the year, such as the Sam Worthington heist thriller ‘Man on the Ledge‘, the Amanda Seyfried revenge flick ‘Gone‘, and the Sean William-Scott hockey comedy ‘Goon‘. The latter had the best word of mouth, but I fear that I’d just wind up comparing it unfavorably to ‘Slap Shot’.
Finally, the schlockmeisters at The Asylum have already jumped out ahead of the impending theatrical release of ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ with the “mockbuster” rip-off ‘Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies‘. Do people actually buy these things, or just wait for them to show up on the Syfy Channel?
This week, the Criterion Collection rolls out high-def editions of two Ingmar Bergman classics, ‘Summer Interlude‘ and ‘Summer with Monika‘.
In anticipation of the upcoming season premiere, HBO offers up both the latest season of ‘True Blood‘ and Combo Pack reissues of the first three. I suppose that I still consider myself a fan of the show, but (as I wrote when I covered the broadcast run) the fourth season starts off on a really bad foot and, even though it recovers later, is really uneven throughout. I hope that the series can get back on track this year.
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