This Week On DVD and Blu-ray

'Mad World', 'Captain Phillips', 'Blue Jasmine' & 'Machete Kills' on DVD & Blu-ray This Week

A varied selection for you this week

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: January 21, 2014

Captain Phillips
Captain Phillips on DVD Blu-ray today
The wave of love and appreciation for movies today is interesting. When Captain Phillips was released you would have thought Tom Hanks was the greatest living actor and now today most everyone has dialed it back to "well, it was a pretty good final 15 minutes." Perhaps maybe once people watch it again at home they'll finally come around to agreeing with me that Danielle Albert also delivers a great performance. Maybe, but I'm not holding my breath.

Buy Captain Phillips

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Criterion Collection)
I've never seen Stanley Kramer's It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Criterion calls it "the most grandly harebrained movie ever made" and a "sobering investigation of American greed". This Criterion release includes a new 197-minute extended version of the film making it sound like anyone that has yet to see it finally has a reason to do so along with a massive list of additional features. Click here for a complete look.

Buy It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Criterion Collection)

In a World...
Blue Jasmine on DVD Blu-ray today
I have still yet to see this and most everyone that has discussed it gives good reason why I should remedy that. In the film, written, directed by and starring Lake Bell, an underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé.

Buy In a World

Blue Jasmine
Blue Jasmine on DVD Blu-ray today
I can understand why people are impressed by Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins' performances in this film, and Andrew Dice Clay is great as well, but the film itself is so dour I have a hard time believing I'll ever have the desire to watch it again. I'm sure Blanchett will go on to win the Oscar as that seems to have been written in stone since it was released, but I would say there are other performances just as compelling from this last year.

Buy Blue Jasmine

Machete Kills
Machete Kills on DVD Blu-ray today
Eh, a needless sequel proved it was needless. No surprise, though at home I don't doubt anyone that wants to watch this and does will have a little fun with it.

Buy Machete Kills

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

    I'm hoping to see In A World this week, heard lots of good stuff about it.

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    I still LOVE Hanks performance for all of Captain Phillips. This is a buy on blu-ray for me.

    As I wrote in my initial review, absent Cate Blanchett's performance, Blue Jasmine is a bad film.

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

      Much like 12 Years A Slave, Blue Jasmine is a film of very good performances and stand out scenes but i don't think either one is as good as the world would have you believe.

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

        I frankly don't understand the screenplay nomination for Blue Jasmine other than the fact that it was written by Woody Allen .

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

          Hollywood baby, Hollywood!

  • Dtello

    I just wish half those films had played in my town before they're released on video. I'm old enough to have seen It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World on the big screen. When James Durante 'kicked the bucket' I laughed so hard I may have moistened myself.

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

    MACHETEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (kills)

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

      He may be 86 but he's kickin' it.

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

        Machete don't age.

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

          Oh come on, that moustache is clearly from the prohibition era.

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

            Machete don't era.

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

            That last one made no sense but I don't expect the film to either, so.

  • robotsrule

    Probably not a buy in here for me but I liked Captain Phillips and Blue Jasmine was in my top ten. My feeling is that I don't own any Woody Allen DVD's and at this point it just makes more sense to wait until he's done making films and they release a definitive box set of everything. I'll probably get around to renting In a World at some point.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/PzyKo/ Max

      But what if Woody Allen never dies?

      • robotsrule

        Then every four or five years we'll get a great Woody Allen movie.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/PzyKo/ Max

          Well alright then.

  • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

    Might buy Captain Phillips and might rent In A World.

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

    Loved Captain Phillips the whole way through so I'll definitely buy the Blu-Ray at some point.

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

    Really looking forward to "In a World..." since as a kid I used to dream of being a movie preview announcer. The only theater that played it in my area was a 90 minute drive away, and I decided that was too much.

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

    I really enjoyed Captain Phillips and In a World..., but neither are "buys" for me at the moment. And though Cate Blanchett is wonderful, Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) gave my favorite performances from last year.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

    I bought Captain Phillips. It's still in my Top 10 of the year. Tom Hanks was robbed of an oscar nom in my opinion. The last scene of the movie features Hanks doing some of the best acting I've ever seen