'Cloud Atlas', 'Liz & Dick' and 'Texas Chainsaw' on DVD and Blu-ray This Week

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: May 14, 2013

Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas on DVD Blu-ray today
The Wachowskis and co-director Tom Tykwer tackled some interesting things with Cloud Atlas and it had one of the best scores of last year, but I can't deny the fact I really have no interest in returning to it. The Blu-ray does have a large number of features to explore and perhaps a little more discussion could improve my impression, but after seeing it in Toronto last year, and discussing it there, I'm not sure there is much that could be revealed to change my opinion that much.

Buy Cloud Atlas


A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III on DVD Blu-ray today
Written and directed by Roman Coppola, this one arrived shortly after he and Wes Anderson were nominated for an Oscar for their Moonrise Kingdom screenplay, but the reviews and comments I've seen don't suggest this is a film worth searching out and, in all honesty, the involvement of Charlie Sheen turns me off enough to not really want to make much of an effort to see it.

Buy A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III


Texas Chainsaw
Texas Chainsaw on DVD Blu-ray today
I can't remember if Lionsgate screened this for critics when it was released earlier this year, but I do remember I didn't see it and it doesn't seem to have made any Earth-shattering waves in the horror sector. However, the fact it's designed to be a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper's original Massacre does make me curious to do a little double-bill.

Buy Texas Chainsaw 3D


Liz & Dick
Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor and the reviews were rather scathing. Can Li-Lo make any kind of comeback or does the fact I'm still referring to her as Li-Lo answer that question?

Buy Liz & Dick


Jubal (Criterion Collection)
I've never seen it, but the fact it stars Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine and Rod Steiger and Criterion feels it's worthy of a spot in the Collection tells me it's one worth seeking out. Here's the Criterion description:

In this Shakespearean tale of jealousy and betrayal, Ford is an honorable itinerant cattleman, befriended and hired by Borgnine's bighearted ranch owner despite his unwillingness to talk about his past. When he becomes the object of the attentions of the owner’s bored wife (Valerie French) and is entrusted with a foreman's responsibilities, his presence starts to rankle a shifty fellow cowhand, played by Steiger. The resulting emotional showdown imparts unparalleled psychological intensity to this vivid western melodrama, featuring expressive location photography in Technicolor and CinemaScope.

Buy Jubal (Criterion Collection)


3:10 to Yuma (Criterion Collection)
It's a Delmer Daves double-bill as he not only directed Jubal, but also the original 3:10 to Yuma starring Glenn Ford, Van Heflin and Felicia Farr. I wasn't the biggest fan of the 2007 remake with Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Ben Foster, though others seemed to really dig it. What can I say, different tastes.




  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    Cloud Atlas was good, so I'll pick that up eventually. I really like the 3:10 to Yuma with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, so I'll probably check out the original too.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Chris138/ Chris138

    I feel the same about Cloud Atlas. Saw it in theaters, thought it was an admirable effort that kind of fell short and don't have any real interest in seeing it again. I do love the 2007 remake of 3:10 to Yuma, though, and I've never seen the original so I'd like to check that out sometime.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    Definitely picking up Cloud Atlas blu-ray when it hits $15. The cinematography in the movie is stunning and I am sure looks great on blu-ray. I liked it better the second time I watched it. This movie is widely overlooked. 8/10

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    I instantly fell for 'Cloud Atlas' not because it did anything strictly 'new' but because it did it so entertainingly and beautifully.

    I hope the bonus features survive over into Region 2 Blu Ray because I will definitely be getting it.

    I have seen the original 3.10 to Yuma quite a few years ago and I enjoyed the remake in 2007. I owned it on DVD for a while and then eventually I think I traded it on.

    Not too interested in the rest of the listed titles this week.

  • http://letterboxd.com/austin/ Austin G.

    Don't even consider watching Texas Chainsaw. It's honestly so bad I almost walked out of the theater when I saw it. Save your time

  • John Doe Snow

    Cloud Atlas is my favorite movie of the year. It showed its greatness the second time I watched it, though.

  • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt

    I preordered "Cloud Atlas" a while ago- I can understand others not liking it very much, but I found it really powerful and so exciting. Plus, I think it will look amazing on Blu-ray.

    Other than that, I'd like to see "3:10 to Yuma" (original & remake) at some point.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kathrynlynn/ kathrynlynn

    I cant say texas chainsaw was good- because it wasn't. but i think it's comical, and i honestly think they intended for it to be. the story they chose to tell was somewhat interesting and wasn't at all what i expected so it was worth sitting through.