New to VUDU: Week of September 4th, 2011

Movies for or about children seem to be the theme of the week on VUDU. We have a bunch of kid-friendly flicks about princesses, teddy bears and high school musicals entering the stream, but the ones that interest me are those with murderous little buggers.

The following titles enter the VUDU stream this week:

  • ‘Animal Factory’ (9/6)
  • ‘Care Bears: Share Bear Shines Movie’ (9/6)
  • ‘A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song’ (9/6)
  • ‘Children of the Corn’ (9/6)
  • ‘Disco Worms’ (9/6)
  • ‘The Entitled’ (9/6)
  • ‘Hanna’ (9/6)
  • ‘High School Musical: China’ (9/6)
  • ‘A Horrible Way to Die’ (9/6)
  • ‘PressPausePlay’ (9/5)
  • ‘Trail of the Panda’ (9/6)
  • ‘Weakness’ (9/6)

The biggest and most interesting title being added this week is ‘Hanna‘, the espionage thriller about a young assassin (Saorise Ronan) trained by her father (Eric Bana) to seek vengeance against the enemy agent who wronged him (Cate Blanchett). With Ronan’s ‘Atonement‘ director Joe Wright at the helm, the movie is said to be very stylish and exciting. I still need to check this one out.

Not much else on the list catches my eye, except perhaps the Stephen King cheesefest ‘Children of the Corn‘. This is not a good movie at all, and I would never personally want to own a copy, but its dumb campy thrills might be good for a rental when the mood strikes.

Josh’s Random VUDU Pick:

This week’s random pick isn’t really all that random. What with so many of their early classics being released on Blu-ray lately, I’ve still got the Coen brothers on my mind. Last week, I recommended their surreal farce ‘The Hudsucker Proxy’. This time, I’m going for ‘Barton Fink‘, the movie that won the brothers the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

I don’t necessarily agree that this is one of their best films, or that it deserved to win top prize that year, but it’s an interesting and frequently very funny movie about a wannabe screenwriter (John Turturro) driven to the brink of madness by a really bad case of writer’s block. I honestly can’t think of any other directors who could make the prospect of watching wallpaper peel so compelling. It’s a mystery to me why Fox didn’t release this one on Blu-ray along with the other Coen titles in its catalog.

I promise that next week I’ll get off the Coen theme and pull something else out of the VUDU archive.

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  1. Super-VHS

    “It’s a mystery to me why Fox didn’t release this one on Blu-ray along with the other Coen titles in its catalog.”

    There’s a rumor going around that ‘Barton Fink’ went to Criterion.

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