This Week On DVD and Blu-ray
'Safety Last', 'Jack the Giant Slayer', 'Stoker' and More on DVD and Blu-ray Today
A decent week for new releases, especially from Criterion
Before Sunrise / Before Sunset
At only $7.99
if you don't own Before Sunrise
and Before Sunset
you can't pass this deal up. Yes, they may become available on Blu-ray soon, but at $7.99 is it really that much of an expense not to own two of the greatest romance films ever? Buy 'em both, watch 'em and head on out to check out Before Midnight
and feel good all over.
Safety Last! (Criterion Collection)
I already wrote up my review of Criterion's Blu-ray for Harold Lloyd
's Safety Last!
(read it here
) so most of you should already know I highly recommend this title. This is a silent film right up there with the likes of Buster Keaton
and Charlie Chaplin
's best. Film lovers won't regret the purchase.
Marketa Lazarova (Criterion Collection)
I also reviewed Criterion's Blu-ray for Frantisek Vlacil's Marketa Lazarova
, which isn't a title for everyone. This is a fantastic release for a very experimental and difficult film for anyone not used to digging deep for meaning and reason. Read my full review here
for a greater explanation.
Ugh, sorry, I did not like Chan-wook Park's Stoker
in the least. How this thing has a "fresh" rating at RottenTomatoes is beyond me, but you can read my theatrical review
if you please, but here's my opening paragraph:
Outside of an appreciation for the freeze frame nature of the picturesque visuals, there's little else to appreciate when it comes to Chan-wook Park's English-language debut, Stoker. An infatuation with the look of Stoker causes the film to suffer greatly. The unnatural mise-en-scène is so precise, it allows no room to breathe, yielding empty characters who exhibit zero evidence of humanity leaving the viewer utterly detached.
Jack the Giant Slayer
Here's another relative dud that wasn't a complete bust and will serve audiences better at home on their couch, but hardly one to write home about. You can read my full theatrical review here
If this had been the feature directorial debut of someone in their mid-twenties or early-thirties it would be quite the achievement, but considering it's Dustin Hoffman
's directorial debut it comes across as a safe project, made during some downtime. It's not a great film either way, just a milquetoast kind of feature that doesn't move the dial either way.
21 & Over
It's weird when a movie you forgot even existed comes out on DVD and Blu-ray.
The Last Exorcism Part II
I never saw it. The first one, in my opinion, was junk and they didn't even offer up a screening for press before this second one was released so I never made the effort.
partner, Laremy Legel, considers this one of the worst films he's seen in several years. Reason enough for me to avoid it forever.