This Week On DVD and Blu-ray
'End of Watch,' 'Ivan's Childhood' and 'The Paperboy' On DVD and Blu-ray This Week
Plus Criterion releases their first 3-D Blu-ray with 'Pina'
End of Watch
End of Watch
made my Top Ten Movies of 2012
so of course I'm going to recommend it. I haven't yet listened to writer/director David Ayer's audio commentary, but I'm looking forward to it as Blu-ray.com's review
makes it sound incredibly informative:
Writer/director David Ayer offers a scene by scene breakdown of End of Watch, discussing the authenticity of the film at great length, touching on the decision to avoid including a single corrupt cop, providing insight into development and implementation of the multi-camera narrative, and spending plenty of time on everything from the script to the performances to the POV shifts between the police officers and the gangsters.
Ivan's Childhood (Criterion Collection)
I have a review of this one in the works and it should be finished by this afternoon. That said, I will tell you I really liked this film and liked it far more than I expected I would. Ivan's Childhood
is Andrei Tarkovsky's feature debut and I expected something extraordinarily experimental and existential coming from the director of Solaris
and The Sacrifice
, and while this isn't exactly a straight-forward narrative as it tells the story of a young boy in the midst of World War II, it's a fully fleshed out feature filled with emotion and tragedy.
I have a feeling The Paperboy
may become a minor cult classic over the next 25 years or so, with people finding it on Netflix and telling their friends about the messed up little backwoods B-movie thriller they just saw. The first 75% or so you can sort of see coming, but the final 25% is a bit crazy and Nicole Kidman does give a rather entertaining performance you need to see to believe.
I know a lot of people said they considered this one of 2012's best documentaries when I wrote up my Top Five of 2012
, but for me it didn't amount to enough to really bowl me over as it did others. It's still very good and incredibly fascinating, but in the end I just wasn't entirely moved.
Pina (Criterion Collection)
I never was able to see Pina
in 3-D in theaters and now Criterion releases what is their first 3-D Blu-ray. Not owning a 3-D Blu-ray player that doesn't exactly do me any favors, but then again I don't really want to watch a 3-D film at home so I guess there are really no winners or losers here. However, I do hope to catch this film at some point as many have raved about it and I would like to get in on the conversation.
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
I considered requesting a review copy of this, but I haven't yet found the time to watch The Expendables 2
so who am I to think I'll make the time to watch Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
? This film, however, has had some good word spread in its favor so it just might be a decent home rental.
Searching for Sugar Man
Bill wrote up a lengthy piece yesterday
taking a look at the truths left out of this documentary, and while I think it's a fascinating article filling some of the holes and revealing a little more about the character at the center of Searching for Sugar Man
, I don't think it will damage your enjoyment of the film. This is looking to be this year's Best Documentary winner at the Oscars so, if you want a leg up on your viewing party members, give it a rental, you won't be disappointed.
For a Good Time, Call...
My fiancee watched the review copy of For a Good Time, Call...
that arrived and seemed to enjoy it. I haven't yet received a final verdict, but it appeared to get the thumbs up. Speaking of her, she also really
liked Lola Versus
, which was bad mouthed by a lot of people, but she found it hilarious.
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