'The Possession', 'Taken 2' and 'To Rome with Love' On DVD and Blu-ray This Week

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: January 15, 2013

UPDATE: I originally had The Intouchables listed as releasing this week, but that date has changed to March 5. And The Paperboy was moved to January 22 as well... Maybe these studios should stop counting on Oscar nominations for their release dates.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (Criterion Collection)
Alfred Hitchcock twice directed The Man Who Knew Too Much, once in 1934 with Peter Lorre and again in 1956 with James Stewart. Criterion is releasing the '34 edition of the story that focuses on a man and his wife who receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet. I've never actually seen this version, but I can only assume Criterion has given it all the attention it deserves.

Buy The Man Who Knew Too Much (Criterion Collection)


To Rome with Love
To Rome with Love on DVD Blu-ray today
To Rome with Love made my most disappointing of 2012 list, primarily because I look forward to every Woody Allen film and this one simply failed to deliver the overall goods. It's still decent and maybe I need to adjust my expectations, but rent this one or don't, you aren't really missing much.

Buy To Rome with Love


Branded on DVD Blu-ray today
Branded seemed like it could be interesting, but I haven't yet taken the time to watch it. Here's the synopsis for any of you that may also be intrigued:

Branded is a dark and mind-bending sci-fi thriller that takes you into a surreal, dystopian society where mega corporations have unleashed a monstrous global conspiracy to get inside our minds and keep the population disillusioned, dependent and passive. One man's quest to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with the hidden forces that really control our world.

Sounds like a rental, but could be a decent one.

Buy Branded


The Possession
The Possession on DVD Blu-ray today
I received this screener, but when the studio is unwilling to screen it for me in theaters I don't instantly rush to watch it at home.

Buy The Possession


Taken 2
Taken 2 on DVD Blu-ray today
Ugh, I only wish the studio had been unwilling to screen Taken 2, a film that made my Worst Movies of 2012 list and the "unrated" version on Blu-ray can't be any better.

Buy Taken 2


Won't Back Down
This may be one of the most surprisingly mediocre films of 2012 given the cast that's involved and the solid performances from Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal, but believe me when I say this should have been on Lifetime and never released in theaters as it was one of the biggest bombs of the year.

Buy Won't Back Down



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

    Unfortunately, it appears Intouchables has shifted to a March 5 release.

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

    I remember liking the Jimmy Stewart version of The Man Who Knew Too Much back in high school. I wasn't aware there was an earlier version.

    No Criterion for The Master? Oh well, it was unlikely anyway; they very rarely pick up new American films nowadays. Hopefully there will be some quality features...Paramount really screwed the pooch on There Will Be Blood, though the two disc DVD version does have some impressive packaging art. And I've been wondering when Universal was going to finally upgrade Schindler's List as they've been doing with so many of their catalog titles this past year...waiting for the 20th anniversary makes sense though.

  • Lewis

    are there any plans on TWC re-releasing The Master into theaters after its 3 Oscar noms?

  • Lenny feder

    No Brad! Branded is the worst film of the year! Please avoid it like the plague. I saw it at empire 25 in a theater full of the seemingly deranged and insane. The eclectic audience only made the movie seem more like an incoherent dream. I'd never mentioned the film in desperate feat my warning would spark a morbid curiosity. I've seen every significant release of 2012 and it's the worst.

  • Lenny feder

    Also, with Criterion they cannot get TWC releases as they have a deal established with anchor bay for home releases. Weinstein era Miramax was far from
    forthcoming with titles as well but there were a few (Chungking Express). A Master criterion would be remarkable but I fear an impossibility. It's not that they don't take modern American films but they are most often through the established IFC deal. If you need a PTA fix though it's been a long held rumor that the excrutiatingly underrated Punch-Drunk Love might be loaned from Sony.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    The only one I think I'll definitely watch at some point via Netflix rental is Taken 2, despite the poor reviews.

    May get around to watching The Paperboy and Branded, which sounds like it could be interesting as you mentioned.

  • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

    "The Paperboy" was pushed back to January 22nd!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/chewbaca38/ Baca

    You should watch The Possession because it's awesome.