Would you look at that, my #1 movie from 2011 is on DVD and Blu-ray and it is arriving just as quiet as a church mouse. Does anyone know this is hitting shelves today? Have you seen any marketing? FilmDistrict bungled this release in an impressive fashion, but then again, how do you sell a dark, anti-hero film to today's ADD audiences? I guess one way would be to make an advertisement that said something to the effect of, "On over 100 year-end top ten lists" and then quote Rolling Stone or something like that. I mean, isn't that what the people supposedly pay attention to?
Nevertheless, this is a must buy if you ask me. I can't wait to own it myself.
To Kill a Mockingbird (50th Anniversary Edition)
Now this one I have seen advertising for. Go figure. And I've also had the pleasure of watching it and it is stunning. And on top of the excellent transfer that maintains the film's rich, black-and-white textures and a slew of worthwhile features, the digi-book packaging has an excellent inclusion, which are pages from Gregory Peck's shooting script with his notes slathered all over it to the point you can hardly even read the script any longer. For a sneak peek at the digi-book I snapped a picture from my copy, just click here.
The release also includes the following "Restoring the Classics" featurette taking a look at Universal's plans for the year as they mark their 100th anniversary with restored Blu-ray releases that not only include To Kill a Mockingbird, but additional titles such as All Quiet on the Western Front, Jaws, E.T., The Sting, Out of Africa, Frankenstein and Schindler's List. If this release is any sign, these upcoming titles are well worth looking forward to.
The Big Year
This film took quite a bit of heat and for what reason I will never understand. Fox tossed it onto the release schedule at the last minute and now the DVD and Blu-ray arrive without any real kind of attention whatsoever. Granted, this isn't a title I would suggest you buy, but as an innocent and occasionally funny little film it's well worth the rent. You can read my theatrical review right here.
Texas Killing Fields
I wanted to see this, but never ended up getting a chance. Or, to be more accurate, just never made the time to see it during its short theatrical run. Directed by Michael Mann's daughter, Ami Canaan Mann, and starring Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain and Chloe Moretz, it definitely has the star power, but reviews were pretty harsh, which was one of the major reasons I shied away. Maybe I'll pop it in the Netflix queue and find time to watch it in a year or two.
This one looked like it may be fun in that direct-to-DVD kind of way, which I guess means it has now found its proper home and considering it is available on Netflix Instant I may find time to watch this one sooner rather than later. Or, at the very least, play it in the background one evening.
A friend spoke to me about this one as if it hadn't even come out yet. That made me laugh. You know your movie is a failure if it has already been in theaters and will now be hitting DVD and Blu-ray shelves and people are that unaware of when it's being released. Rightly so.
It wasn't screened for critics and a big deal was made about the mess the production became. Well, I finally saw Dream House and can tell you it's just one of those bad movies, not overly so, but don't expect to be suggesting it to people if you decide to watch it. Fans of horror will surely be frustrated with it and the ending is one abrupt mess. Even worse, the vibe you get from the terrible special features is that the cast and crew are searching for anything positive to say. One feature actually discusses the ENTIRE process on how they set the house on fire. Seriously.
All I have to say about this one is... time is a metaphor... get it?!?!?
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Technical issues prevented this episode from being the standard two hour Friday episode, but we'll be back to our regular schedule next week. Otherwise, tune in for reviews of A Walk Among the Tombstones, Tusk, The Guest and Coffee Town.