Have audiences finally had enough of the Bayformers? The theatrical box office is starting to look that way. We’ll have to see how well the latest entry sells on Blu-ray this week.
New Releases (Blu-ray)
‘Transformers: The Last Knight‘ – Remember when Michael Bay said he was done making ‘Transformers’ movies after the third one? Here we are two more movies later and he’s still at it. This one somehow attempts to link the Robots in Disguise to medieval times and Arthurian legend, which sounds incredibly stupid but probably no more so than any of the prior films in this series. Mark Wahlberg is back as star. The box office for this outing was considerably down over the last few, in fact hitting a franchise low. However, it did well in China. It also still outgrossed Guy Ritchie’s competing ‘King Arthur’ movie, which I guess is something. Annoyingly, Bay has grown so fond of the alternating aspect ratio gimmick that he shot the movie in at least eight different ratios that flitter from one to another in half-second intervals, with black bars popping up all over different parts of the screen for no discernible reason. If you can suffer that, Paramount offers the sequel in 2D, 3D and 4k, with a couple of SteelBooks at Best Buy. (Note that Best Buy recently revised the cover to a Pop Art design rather than the version announced previously.)
‘47 Meters Down‘ – Mandy Moore and Claire Holt play a couple of morons who go scuba diving and get stuck in a submerged shark cage while hungry CGI sharks circle and wait for their oxygen to run out. Word-of-mouth on this was toxic.
‘David Lynch: The Art Life‘ – David Lynch is a fairly famous filmmaker, but you wouldn’t guess that from this puff-piece documentary profile that makes almost no mention of his movies, instead focusing on his painting and other artistic side hobbies. See my review for more details, and a likely explanation for how something so insubstantial wound up being fast-tracked to the Criterion Collection.
As mentioned, ‘Transformers: The Last Knight‘ gets an Ultra HD edition, along with a SteelBook.
With Halloween around the corner, Warner Bros. bumps the classic holiday special ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown‘ up to 4k.
Paramount uses the excuse of ‘The Last Knight’ to put together a new ‘Transformers: 5-Movie Collection‘ bundle. Best Buy has a SteelBook for this too.
Criterion takes lessons from ‘The Piano Teacher‘, Michael Haneke’s Cannes Grand Prix-winning drama about a masochistic music instructor (Isabelle Huppert) attracted to one of her students.
You can stop waiting for ‘Waiting for Guffman‘. The Warner Archive finally brings the hilarious Christopher Guest mockumentary to Blu-ray, along with Vincent Minnelli’s 1954 adaptation of the Broadway musical ‘Brigadoon‘.
‘The Princess Bride‘ is a gift that keeps giving for MGM, which has put it out on Blu-ray four times now. At first glance, the 30th Anniversary Edition appears to be identical to the 25th Anniversary Edition aside from the cover art.
Before the Bruce Willis remake comes out, Paramount has taken the original Charles Bronson version of ‘Death Wish‘ back from Warner Bros. for a reissue. It looks like it may be the same Blu-ray from 2014 (even with the same cover art), just now under a new label.
Its own remake impending, Mill Creek has shoved the dopey 1990 idiot-medical-students-kill-themselves-for-fun thriller ‘Flatliners‘ into a new SteelBook case.
I was introduced to French secret agent OSS 117 via the parody spoof that Michel Hazanavicius and Jean Dujardin (later both Oscar winners for ‘The Artist’) made in 2006. I thought that was pretty funny even without knowing much about the character’s long history dating back to pulp novels published in the 1940s and 1950s. Even since, I’ve been curious about the series of (non-comedic) ‘OSS 117‘ spy movies made during the 1960s. Kino has now compiled a box set of five of them.
Other Kino releases this week include the silly 1986 sci-fi adventure ‘SpaceCamp‘ and a remastered Special Edition of Walter Hill’s 1979 Western ‘The Long Riders‘.
Beatles or Bee Gees fans who passed over the very expensive CD + DVD/Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band‘ earlier this year may find Shout! Factory’s much more affordable standalone Blu-ray copy more appealing.
The latest burned BD-R in the Sony Choice line is Carroll Ballard’s 1992 sailing drama ‘Wind‘.
Aficionados of schlock movies can look forward to Jess Franco’s ‘Killer Barbys‘, the Ed Wood-scripted nudie zombie fiesta ‘Orgy of the Dead‘, or a SteelBook reissue of ‘Bride of Re-Animator‘.
That complete series box set of ‘Friday Night Lights‘ I mentioned a couple weeks ago was pushed back to this week.
New this week are the first season of NBC’s ‘Taken‘ spinoff series, the fifth season of ‘Longmire‘, and the seventh season of ‘Shameless‘.
I’ve given up on ‘Transformers’. ‘David Lynch: The Art Life’ is already on my shelf courtesy of the screener I reviewed. I think ‘Waiting for Guffman’ is hysterical, but I’ve seen it a bunch of times and it shows up on cable regularly. (It’s also not the kind of movie where video quality is terribly important.)
That leaves ‘The Long Riders’ and the ‘OSS 117’ box set to go on my wish list.
How many of you completist collectors feel compelled to buy the new ‘Transformers’ against your better judgment? Will you pick up anything else to offset the guilt you feel over that?