By volume, the Blu-ray release slate slows down quite a bit this week, compared to the last several. Most of the big day-and-date titles are pretty lousy, too. Even so, there are a couple of major catalog releases that definitely deserve your dollars. Let’s take a look.
Here’s this week’s list:
- ‘America Lost and Found: The BBS Story ‘ (Criterion)
- ‘The Complete Metropolis‘ (Kino International)
- ‘Countdown to Zero‘ (Magnolia)
- ‘Crank/Crank 2 (Double Feature)‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Deadwood: The Complete Series‘ (HBO)
- ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed ‘ (Starz/Anchor Bay)
- ‘Eat Pray Love‘ (Sony)
- ‘The Expendables ‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘The Family that Preys‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Flipped‘ (Warner Brothers)
- ‘The Hunting Party‘ (Weinstein)
- ‘I’m Still Here‘ (Magnolia)
- ‘Madea Goes to Jail‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Madea’s Family Reunion‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘The Pillars of the Earth‘ (Sony)
- ‘Regina Spektor: Live in London‘ (Sire/Warner Music – November 22nd)
- ‘Salon Kitty‘ (Blue Underground)
- ‘The Search For Santa Paws‘ (Disney/Buena Vista)
- ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family (The Play)‘ (Lionsgate)
- ‘Why Did I Get Married?‘ (Lionsgate)
I wrote about the new restoration of Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis‘ when it circulated through art house theaters this past summer. It’s astounding, and I’ve been eager to pick up the Blu-ray ever since. This is a must buy title for any film lover.
The other big catalog release I’ve been eagerly awaiting is the complete series box set of ‘Deadwood‘. Yes, it’s expensive, and the show was canceled after the third season without a proper ending. But it’s still one of the most stunning achievements of the television medium. The series looked great during its original high-def broadcasts, and I’d imagine should look pretty great on Blu-ray too.
Sadly, everything else this week is less exciting. ‘The Expendables‘ was a pretty big box office hit this summer, but word of mouth on it varied from “a fun guilty pleasure” to “atrocious.” Drew really hated it when he reviewed it here in the blog. I didn’t see it myself. The trailers looked awful. I would probably relegate this to a rental, personally. Your mileage may vary.
I don’t know what the folks at Sony are thinking. They tried to counter-program the Julia Roberts rom-com ‘Eat Pray Love‘ against ‘The Expendables’ when the two movies were released to theaters on the same day. ‘Eat Pray Love’ got its butt handed to it, and was one of the summer’s biggest box office disappointments. Yet here the studio is releasing it on video directly against Sylvester Stallone’s testosterone-fest again. Are the people at Sony Home Entertainment a bunch of masochists, or are they deliberately trying to kill the movie? You decide.
If you’re like most people, you gave up caring about Joaquin Phoenix and didn’t bother to see the “Is it a documentary or a stupid publicity stunt?” movie ‘I’m Still Here‘ in theaters. (Answer: It was an idiotic publicity stunt.) Now’s your chance to ignore it all over again on video. Get right on that. I know I will.
That’s about it, unless you happen to be a Tyler Perry fan, in which case you’ll find this week to bring a veritable Blu-ray bonanza. Everyone else can continue looking on in confused disbelief.