This Week On DVD and Blu-ray

'Monsters University', 'La Notte', 'R.I.P.D.' and 'Byzantium' on DVD and Blu-ray This Week

A solid Criterion release and a new Pixar

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: October 29, 2013

La Notte (Criterion Collection)
I just posted my review of Criterion's new release of Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte, and as a fan of his work I can tell you this may be my favorite film of his. Perhaps that's only because it's the first of his movies I've watched a second time and not having seen L'Eclisse or The Passenger there are still likely candidates to rise in the ranks.

I would like to say this is his most accessible film I've seen, even though it comes with an extraordinarily slow pace. I'm sure others would argue Blow-Up may be more accessible, but I almost suspect the more thrilling aspects of that feature may be lost on a crowd more interested in CG explosions and men in tights. Either way, this story of a married couple and their deteriorating relationship is one that gets better and better as the minutes tick by... I have a lot more to say in my review, which you can read right here.

Buy La Notte (Criterion Collection)

Monsters University
Monsters University on DVD Blu-ray today
Eh, another lesser Pixar, but I'm sure the kids will find some enjoyment even if most adults don't. You can read my theatrical review right here.

Buy Monsters University

Byzantium
Byzantium on DVD Blu-ray today
Someone is quoted on the cover of Byzantium calling it the best vampire movie since Let the Right One In. Considering that was only five years ago and I'd argue Let the Right One In is a massively overrated movie I'm not sure what to make of that statement. In fact, I'd argue the Fright Night remake and even Underworld: Awakening were more enjoyable than Let the Right One In and once Only Lovers Left Alive hits theaters (read my review here) it blows all of 'em out of the water.

Buy Byzantium

R.I.P.D.
The booby prize of the week goes to R.I.P.D., which, amazingly, is the second best selling title among new releases this week at Amazon behind Monsters University. Why does Hollywood keep making crap? Because people keep buying it. Even a film such as this, the theatrical release only served as a giant commercial for the DVD and Blu-ray release and now, here we are, the consumers are eating it up. Num, num, num.

Buy R.I.P.D.

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

    Yikes..........I watched 'Byzantium' yesterday on rental and it is NOT anywhere close to being particularly good. Derivative and with a story that doesn't really unfold very interestingly it's a two slog through nothing substantial. That said I thought the 'Fright Night' remake was trash and of the others I've only so far seen 'Let The Right One In' which is a massively better film overall.

    Apart from that only 'La Notte' is of interest.

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

    I've got Springsteen & I coming hopefully next week but that's a rental, everything else is a nah!

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

    Only purchase for me will be Monsters University. I seem to be in the minority, but I highly enjoyed it and think it's just as enjoyable for adults as it is for their children. The final thirty minutes are evidence of this.

  • code code

    You found Underworld Awakening more enjoyable than Let The Right One In? Wow... just wow. That movie was bad even for pretty low standards of Underworld franchise. Laughable story, pacing issues (even for such a short movie), bland characters and underwhelming action scenes.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      I won't argue any of your points because you're spot on, I just found Let the Right One In quite the bore. Oddly enough, between Let the Right One In, Fright Night and Underworld: Awakening, Let the Right One In is the only one of those three I actually own and have watched more than once. Go figure.

    • http://imqwerty.wordpress.com/ Jordan B.

      Haven't seen any of the Underworld films, but I will say I enjoyed Let Me In more than Let the Right One In. For some reason the remake worked better for me.

  • disqus_eClptFS30L

    Just saw R.I.P.D. at it's OK. Don't be afraid to rent it when you want to shut your brain off and got back to being 13.

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

    Thanks for the recommend of La Notte. I wonder if it's possible to rent rather than buying?

  • http://imqwerty.wordpress.com/ Jordan B.

    I had Monsters University on pre-order as a "just in case", but as I did with Brave, I cancelled it. I just don't know that I'll revisit it much if at all, and I already have all the films from Pixar's magic years.

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

    I'll buy R.I.P.D. eventually. That's all I'm really interested in this week.

  • m1

    I'll buy Monsters University sometime soon. With that and Brave, it seems like Pixar isn't so much going back to its earlier successes just yet as much as it is trying to move away from Cars 2, which is fine for now. It (as well as Star Trek into Darkness) are so far the only summer blockbusters I've seen from this year that actually came close to living up to expectations, so there's that.

    Any movie that has the guts to compare itself to Let the Right One In (as well as its fantastic remake) will have high expectations stacked against it. That movie was fantastic and I don't think Byzantium will reach that level (although having Saoirse Ronan is certainly a start).

    RIPD sounds like one of those movies that few people were interested in seeing when it was in theaters but many wanted to rent it. At least that's what I think.