This Week On DVD and Blu-ray

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: April 5, 2011

'Taxi Driver' on Blu leads the way with a 'TRON: Legacy' begging for your money

Taxi Driver (35th Anniversary Edition)
I could have sworn I requested a copy of this one, but it would seem I did not. Too bad, because I hear it is an excellent transfer, which tells me it's meaty and chewy with every texture of film you would want and expect from a high definition transfer of this classic. This is a film I didn't immediately like when I first saw it, but I discussed all this before when I reviewed the 2007 edition of this flick. I'm not sure if it's a film I necessarily need to own on Blu-ray, but at $12.99 at Amazon I am seriously considering buying this one right now and suggest if you are thinking the same thing you hit the Buy Now button before the price goes up.
Buy Taxi Driver (35th Anniversary Edition)
I Love You Phillip Morris
This is a decent movie with a pair of great performances by Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, but as I said in my theatrical review, it's "half of a good movie told twice." You can read my review right here for my thoughts, but a quick suggestion would be rent it.
Buy I Love You Phillip Morris
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
Releases Friday, April 8
This one doesn't hit shelves until Friday, but I'm not going to do a special edition of this column so you get my thoughts on it now. Those thoughts... it's probably the best of the three, but is that really saying all that much? I didn't mind the first two films when I first saw them, but can't stand to sit through them now. One big benefit to Dawn Treader is the fact it's under two hours long, while the other two were over-stuffed with what felt like an attempt to be epic, rather than actually being epic. I'm not sure I'll ever watch this film again, but I would say seeing it once is a satisfying experience.
Buy
TRON: Legacy
This thing is available in about a 100 different formats. You can buy it on DVD, on Blu-ray, on 3D Blu-ray, with the original Tron on Blu-ray or in a massive special edition pack with toy packaging and what not. My suggestion, ignore it outright. It's not a very good movie and the only way to see it was in theaters. That time has passed. If you want the best of TRON: Legacy just wait until someone uploads the light cycle sequence to YouTube and buy the Daft Punk score and you'll be set.
Buy TRON: Legacy (Five-Disc Combo)
Little Fockers
You will never get me to watch this. If it's up your alley, have at it. I'm not interested.
Buy Little Fockers
Casino Jack
I want to watch this, but I just haven't yet. I'm not expecting much, but it looks like it could be mildly entertaining.
Buy Casino Jack
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  • http://joker93.livejournal.com Nick

    I share your feelings for Taxi Driver. I did like it when I first watched it, but thought it was severely overrated, with many of Travis' actions lacking any motivation (and while I understood that he was losing his mind, at first I just thought it was lazy on the writer's part) and an ending that didn't fit. Well three years and three or four viewings later, I'd say if it isn't a masterpiece, it's pretty damn close. On a smaller scale, this is also what happened with Raging Bull, which I have seen twice by now. First time I admired it and was confused by it at the same time, second time I absolutely loved it and it could grow on me even more. Of what is commonly considered Scorsese's trilogy of masterpieces, Goodfellas is the only film I unabashedly loved the first time.

    The first Chronicles of Narnia came out when I was 12, naturally I still remember how I totally fell in love with it in December '05. Rewatched it 2 years later and the cheesiness suddenly was so obvious, oh man. Prince Caspian was a bit more mature but I still didn't like it that much and never bothered to return to it. Dawn Treader, could never ever bring myself to have any kind of interest in it. Makes me a bit sad, really... a perfect example of your change of perception of kids' films as you go through teenage years. Though it's a movie's fault, too, a lot of movies I loved as a kid I still find wonderful, but not this one.

    And yeah. Tron Legacy in IMAX 3D was undoubtedly one of the best moviegoing experiences I've had. And Daft Punk's music kicks all kinds of ass. But that's all it is... a moviegoing experience. No more, no less.

    • maja

      I agree with you regarding Scorcese - I think that Goodfella's is by far the easiest to love and admire the first time round simply because the characters are more relatable than in either Raging Bull or Taxi Driver. Casino too is another one that is very easy to love on a first viewing.
      When I first watched Raging Bull i thought it was one of the best films ever made, but I couldn't love it when you despise the main character and cannot relate to him. On a second viewing, and knowing what to expect more, Raging Bull does vastly improve.
      Taxi Driver I have only seen once and have never found a reason to go back to it - I thought it was decent but overrated.

      • http://joker93.livejournal.com Nick

        I think deep down, most men can relate to Jake, starting even from mature teenagers. And if not relate, then at least understand and sympathize with his destruction by his massive jealousy and insecurity. Personally I don't like him too much, but he's heartbreaking closer to the end and it helps that you just perfectly know what he feels in any given moment you see him.

        Raging Bull is also a lot funnier on the second viewing, and you could more clearly see the great subtle acting from Pesci and Moriarty. And so many great directorial touches that you can't help but miss first time around.

        I also think you have to give Taxi Driver another chance at some point down the road. You'll most certainly find new interesting things in it.

  • Chris138

    I picked up a copy of Taxi Driver on Blu-ray at my local Best Buy earlier today. It was going for the same price that Amazon has it listed for. It's sweet deal for what you get; it even comes with production photos inside, which is pretty cool.

  • m1

    Wow, Disney is really promoting the hell out of the Tron: Legacy release. I actually wanted to see it when it was in theaters, but never got the chance, so I guess I can do it soon.

  • Ryan

    I bet if I am number four makes 60 million plus off DVD and blue ray sales alone there will be a sequel. It is at about 130 million with overseas included in theaters, so it has done well. But disney was not happy with Prince Caspian or Old Dogs and both did well with overseas totals so who knows!

  • Steve

    Little Fockers was actually pretty decent. Not as good as Meet The Parents, but much better than Meet The Fockers, and had some pretty good laughs.