This Week On DVD and Blu-ray

'Killing Them Softly' and 'Lincoln' Come Home to DVD and Blu-ray This Week

Two more films from my top ten of 2012 come home

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: March 26, 2013

Killing Them Softly
Killing Them Softly on DVD Blu-ray today
I watched my digital copy on my plane flight home from Park City, Utah on Sunday and enjoyed Killing Them Softly all over again, but I was also able to understand a little better why the film didn't necessarily work for audiences. Though I still can't understand the "F" CinemaScore, I can see where audiences that felt duped into the theater, thinking they were getting a gangster film only to be served an allegorical tale of corporate America would be lost and wondering just what the hell they were watching.

Granted, you would hope people would look on and say, "This isn't what I thought it was going to be, but I'm wiling to explore what the film has to offer," but I guess that would be asking too much.

The Blu-ray comes with a making-of featurette and some deleted scenes, neither of which I have had a chance yet to watch, but I am curious to check out the four deleted scenes. None are available online, but the slow motion death scene of one of the characters is... I'll share that below, but don't watch if you don't want to be spoiled and if you missed the film in theaters, just imagine how much better this would have been on the big screen.

Buy Killing Them Softly

 

Lincoln
Lincoln (4-Disc Blu-ray) on DVD Blu-ray today
Along with Killing Them Softly, Lincoln made my Top Ten of 2012. It's a film that holds up to a second viewing easily and while I do have a few problems with it, Steven Spielberg's direction and the excellent performance from Daniel Day-Lewis makes this a must see.

Buy Lincoln

 

Parental Guidance
Parental Guidance on DVD Blu-ray today
Yeah, I won't even bother with more than one sentence.

Buy Parental Guidance

 

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

    Killing Them Softly was my favorite movie of 2012, but I'm a sucker for great dialogue and cinematography... The last scene makes the whole movie worthwhile...

    Any chance you're working on a mobile site/app Brad?

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    Hmm, I still have conflicting opinions about Killing Them Softly. It's not terrible, but I personally feel that it could have been better. I might buy that one. I shall see.

    Definitely going to buy Phantasm II, a guilty pleasure of mine. Will probably also check out the two Criterion releases, Monsieur Verdoux and A Man Escaped.

    • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

      Don Coscarelli is a great man, none in that series should ever be considered a guilty pleasure!!! Have you had a chance to check out John Dies at the End?

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

    I'm definitely picking up Killing Them Softly. I've seen it twice so far and I like it more and more every time I think about it.

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

    I also thought Lincoln was great and I will watch that again. Haven't seen Killing Them Softly yet, but my interest in it has gone way down since it came out. I'm just not as interested in it as I was back in November. I still plan on watching it, but an "allegorical tale on corporate America" doesn't seem like something I'd like.

  • Susan

    Nice week for releases. Anyone else excited for A Royal Affair?

    • Chris138

      I really want to see A Royal Affair. Heard nothing but great things.

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

        A Royal Affair was one of my favourite films of last year, i highly recommend it. By pure coincidence i watched The Hunt today, which also stars the supremely talented Mads Mikkelsen, this film is even better and an easy A+ for me

    • dslacker

      A Royal Affair - not my usual fare, but an excellent story with a great cast. Anyone who hasn't seen Beautiful Girls will be in for a real treat by catching it on Blu-ray.

  • Winchester

    I want to rent Lincoln again first I think before I make up my mind about owning it. It's not necessarily something I think I would watch that frequently to justify purchasing. But I definitely want to see it again.

    I currently have Killing Them Softly on my rental list. I suspect based on the kerfuffle about it at the time it'll be one of those films that decides to hammer it's allegory over your head like a block of concrete. Those kinds of films are fine for a single watch usually but unless you particularly wish to lap up it's message anyway possibly a lack of subtlety will negate the need to revisit it often. That's just my gut talking and watching it will finalise my opinion one way or the other, but hopefully I'll catch it soone enough as I loved Jesse James.

    • dslacker

      The allegorical part of Killing Them Softly is NOT overplayed. Drink two beers before you see the film, and you'll miss it completely.

      • Winchester

        Well, we'll see whether I agree with that come the time.

  • Chris138

    When I get more money I'd like to pick up Lincoln eventually. I saw Killing Them Softly once in theaters and liked it but haven't really given it much thought since. I may rent it and see how it holds up for me but I'm not sure if it's a movie I'd be interested enough to buy. And I'd also really like to check out A Royal Affair.

    Oh, and avoid Parental Guidance at all costs. Probably the worst movie I saw last year.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

      I think that Parental Guidance looks really funny and I am considering buying it.

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

    Killing Them Softly and Lincoln are musts for me. I thought both were fantastic.

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

    I'll probably never watch Lincoln again, thats not to say it wasn't good but some films are like that, as for Killing Them Softly, it was much better than what i was expecting and will probably buy it when the price drops

    • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

      I'm with you on Lincoln. As for Killing Them Softly, I didn't particularly care for it, so I'll definitely skip that one.

      If I didn't already own the Jurassic Park blu-ray trilogy, that would be a definite pick up.

      Horror fans should consider checking out The Collection - one that I found entertaining when it was in theatres.

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

    I never had the chance to see Killing Them Softly in theaters. But with all this dialogue and mixed opinions, I can hardly wait to rent it.
    Lincoln was a one time only watch for me. I liked the film. But It was pretty slow.
    I miss the special features with streaming rentals. Sometimes that is the only reason I will actually purchase a dvd.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    The only film I'm actually interested in purchasing this week is Parental Guidance,

  • adu

    As good as it is, I wouldn't watch Lincoln again.

    Might pick up KTS at some point. A different movie, just not a great one for me.

  • Dale

    I liked "Killing Them Softly" a lot and am sorry it wasn't well received by audiences, but boy are you right about people's unwillingness to stretch their minds and give a "different" kind of movie a chance. Yes, these are the folks who gave "Here Comes the Boom" an A CinemaScore and who felt cheated because they thought "Drive" was a car chase movie. So sad.

  • Newbourne

    Killing Them Softly is a film I can watch again and again and never get tired. Not only is it brilliantly directed, but I understand more and more of the script every time I watch it. Also, both Brad Pitt and Scoot McNairy are excellent to watch along with the rest of the supporting cast. Scoot and Brad should have gotten acting nominations, but they really screwed up with marketing this film.

    The F-Cinemascore was just ridiculous. Obviously, general audiences just can't be trusted to judge art anymore.

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

    Per your comment , I've moved Killing Them Softly to the top of my que. I have heard that people who know about films like it. And the ignorant ones-well, gave it an "F"!!