'Skyfall', 'Perks of Being a Wallflower', Bond Blu-ray Singles and More on DVD and Blu-ray Today

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: February 12, 2013

Wow, this is actually a pretty great week for new DVD and Blu-ray releases.

Before we get to the list, I want to direct your attention to the Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection which is the Blu-ray Deal of the Week at Amazon for $129.99, $170 off the retail price. You can buy that here, but I also want to direct your attention to the "Even More" section below as several of the previously unreleased James Bond Blu-ray titles are available today as Blu-ray singles. So, if you don't want the complete collection, you can buy individual titles such as Diamonds Are Forever, Octopussy, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Spy Who Loved Me or my personal favorite, The Living Daylights individually rather than in the complete collection.

Of course, today also marks the release of Skyfall on Blu-ray and as a courtesy you can just click here and take a look at all of them together and decide from there. Otherwise, let's get to today's new releases...

Skyfall on DVD Blu-ray today
It bothers me a little that I don't really care to own Skyfall. To me it doesn't really feel all that much like a Bond film, even less so than Quantum of Solace. Of course, people all over the world disagree with me as it's made over $1.1 billion worldwide, surpassing The Dark Knight Rises, but that's the nature of the business. It's still a good movie and I expect it will be selling millions upon millions of copies, but if I check it out again it will be on Netflix.

Buy Skyfall


The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower on DVD Blu-ray today
Now here's a movie I would actually consider buying, especially if I was about ten years younger. The Perks of Being a Wallflower made my list of the top ten movies of 2012 and after seeing it multiple times I'd gladly watch it again.

Buy The Perks of Being a Wallflower


The Sessions
The Sessions on DVD Blu-ray today
Now here's a movie you're going to want to, at the very least, rent. The Sessions is great in the way you will love it the first time you see it. Helen Hunt, John Hawkes, William H. Macy and Moon Bloodgood are all great in it and while it's not necessarily a movie you'll go back to often, making it a film I wouldn't really recommend buying, be sure to at least watch it once.

Buy The Sessions


The Kid With a Bike (Criterion Collection)
I have yet to see The Kid with a Bike despite all the love it has received since debuting at Cannes two years ago. In fact, I've never seen any of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's films, which I understand is something I need to remedy. All in good time...

Buy The Kid With a Bike (Criterion Collection)


Silent Hill: Revelation
This arrived at my house only a couple of days ago and I've actually been trying to start watching some "Breaking Bad" episodes on Netflix Instant and I have Criterion's On the Waterfront in my "must watch" pile so this got pushed to the side. That said, I'm certainly a little curious to see how this turned out.

Buy Silent Hill: Revelation


The Man with the Iron Fists
The Man with the Iron Fists on DVD Blu-ray today
I also had this one sent to me, but the reviews from both critics and those that saw it weren't exactly forgiving. Anyone see this and recommend I do the same?

Buy The Man with the Iron Fists


Robot and Frank
Robot and Frank on DVD Blu-ray today
Looks good, just not a title I feel the urge to rush and watch.

Buy Robot and Frank


Bully on DVD Blu-ray today
I am not a fan of this documentary in the slightest. I felt it was far too one-sided and obvious to be effective in its message. It's an important subject, but this doc simply didn't work.

Buy Bully




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

    I haven't seen The Sessions yet so I'll rent it. The two that I'm definitely buying are Skyfall and Perks of Being a Wallflower. I thought both were great and I will watch them again, although I think Perks will hold up a little bit better than Skyfall. I actually got the Bond 50 set for Christmas which even includes a spot for Skyfall, so that's pretty cool.

  • Chris138

    Perks was my favorite movie of last year so I'll definitely be picking that up. I'll also probably get Skyfall. I agree with you that it doesn't fee like a Bond film, and I still think Casino Royale is better, but I would like to watch it again.

  • adu

    Skyfall and Perks were great, so will be bagging them once the prices slip a bit.

    As for Fists, Brad I've seen it and it is AWFUL! (I didn't have the patience to finish the stinker)

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

    Pre-ordered Skyfall on Amazon. Out for delivery today! Legit!

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

    Waiting for Django Unchained Blu-ray date to be announced.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13

      Blu-Ray.com has Django coming out on April 16th, not sure how reliable that is though.

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

        Yeah I saw that. But Blu-ray.com a lot of times estimate the date it is gonna be out before the official announcement. April 16th sounds good to me and I already pre-ordered on Amazon. But just waiting for the official press release by The Weinstein Company.

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

        Other than that, blu-ray.com is excellent to keep track of releases and prices for your favorite movies and TV shows. love it.

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

    Some good stuff this week. I really liked Skyfall and I'll probably buy it. I'll rent Perks of Being Wallflower and the Sessions.

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

    Skyfall was my favorite film of 2012 so needless to say, I pre-ordered it. It should arrive any time now and I'll be watching it again this evening.

  • Susan

    Brad, you have to see The Kid with a Bike. The Dardennes may be without equals.

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

    Skyfall was great. Perks, not so much. (in my opinion, obviously most others loved it)

  • Winchester

    I kind of see your point on Skyfall. The most striking thing I remember about it is basically Deakins photography in the final third. The rest was nothing particularly special, although it was all executed very well. I could see myself watching it once or twice more but I think I'm going to try and resist buying it. I have the feel a couple more watches of it is all I need and I'll be done with it like I am with most of the Bonds.

    I am interested in The Sessions and Perks but I will catch them on rental

  • http://letterboxd.com/austin/ Austin G.

    Skyfall and Perks are some of the best films of last year and I plan on picking them up on blu-ray sometime soon.

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    Just picked it up! Eager to check it out again. I did find it enjoyable, but still like Casino better.

    What I'm really looking forward to is The Master. Such a beautiful film. Can't wait.

  • m1

    I loved Skyfall and I might buy and watch it again. I definitely need to rent Perks and The Sessions, I've heard great things about both and haven't seen either.

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

    Still wondering if it is worth in investing in a Blu-Ray collection or just sticking to digital copies. Thoughts?

    • adu

      I love having the physical medium, so I continue building my collection until bly-rays stop being made...hopefully another 10 years at least. At that point I can continue on with a digital collection. I will hopefully keep 3-4 blu rays players as back-up for the collection I would have built up prior to that, should last me till I die. Wow, that was morbid.

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

        I usually spring for the blu-ray (always a hardcopy) for films like Skyfall or anything with a lot of movement and big sound. I havent seen Skyfall so the blu-ray is definitely in my cart. But for something like perks, I will stick with simple high def.
        Geez, I had better grab another blu-ray player now that you mention it!
        Any other must haves you recommend on blu ray?

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

      Another thought I have regarding actual discs is that the sound seems to be better on the blu-ray. There is also a sense of security I feel having the film in my hot little hands!!

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

        I also think the Blu-ray video quality is better than the iTunes or Amazon 'HD' video for the movies.

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

      I absolutely love having physical copies. These days you get a digital copy with the Blu-ray anyway. I hope physical media sticks around for a while so I can complete my collection. If your concern about investing in blu ray is money, here's an idea.... i got Skufall for $19.99 on Amazon. I got the blu-ray/dvd combo with digital copy. One of my close friend and I split the price because he get's the DVD and I get to keep the blu-ray. We both don't care about digital copy. So it ends up coming to $10 for each of us. Which is totally worth it in my opinion. So if you can find someone to do that with, look into it :)

      Also, use blu-ray.com to track prices and buy it when prices drop.

      • adu

        That's the way to do it. But the question is who gets to keep the cover/case?

        I actually put aside the dvds I get from combo packs for a buddy of mine who lives in Pakistan (it's almost impossible to find legit dvd/blu ray there (pirated dvds and blu rays is the way people watch movies at home, besides what they show on cable). I don't charge him anything, just send it out to him when someone travels back.

  • adu

    Me too, The Master is my most anticipated bly ray of 2013.

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

      I loved the Master, but not everyone did. It is incredibly thought provoking. I thought both PSH and Joaquin were incredible. I was surprised JP did not get a nom for his performance. Well lets just say His performance merited the nom. But perhaps the undercurrent of politics out weighed it.

      • Chris138

        Joaquin Phoenix did get nominated for his performance...

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

          Oops, you are right! I think I haven't even looked at the other contenders for best actor because Lewis is such a lock!

  • Dale

    I'm most excited about "The Kid with a Bike," one of my favorite movies of last year, a poignant look at a boy desperately trying to connect with his father.