This Week On DVD and Blu-ray

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: January 25, 2011

Criterion releases 'Broadcast News' and 'Dogtooth' hits shelves

Broadcast News (Criterion Collection)
This arrived on Monday afternoon so I've only had the chance to remove the cellophane. However, this was my most anticipated title from Criterion this January as I've heard so much about this film from James Brooks but have never seen it. The disc comes with a brand new audio commentary with Brooks and film editor Richard Marks as well as deleted scenes and an alternate ending with commentary from Brooks. I should have a full review within the next week.
Buy Broadcast News (Criterion Collection)
Dogtooth
I didn't know this one was coming out today until I was putting together this article and I'm sure Kino is half-excited and half-upset at the prospect it's landing the same day as the Oscar nominations are announced. On one hand it's nice to hit shelves the same day you could possibly be named one of the Academy's Best Foreign Language nominees, on the other hand it sucks you can't put that stat on the packaging, let alone hold off another month and wait to see if you win the award. Oh well, it's still a great film and one I recommend you check out.

You can read my theatrical review of Dogtooth right here.

Buy Dogtooth
Red
Meh, a so-so film that will probably play better at home than it did in the theater... for me at least, but I won't be picking this one up.
Buy Red
The Color Purple
I just watched this Blu-ray over the weekend as well as the features and will have a review shortly. If you love this movie, though, I can tell you this Blu-ray is flawless and it comes with a great selection of features, but none of them are new as they were all ported over from the two-disc DVD.
Buy The Color Purple
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
The worst of the three films in the Swedish trilogy and I'll be interested to see if the American adaptation does anything to spice things up. Hell, they completely changed the Bourne films compared to Ludlum's books and no one complained. Why would they complain about these? It's already been reported screenwriter Steven Zaillian dramaticall changed the ending of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for David Fincher, and my guess is they did it to make the follow-up films more intriguing. However, I finally finished reading "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and I must say those are some entertaining, easy-to-read books, but I've heard the third book is quite boring. Anyone care to agree or disagree?
Buy The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Saw: The Final Chapter
It's over, and done with. Or is it? Does anyone truly believe the Saw franchise has completely come to a close? If so, where is the massive Blu-ray box set?
Buy Saw: The Final Chapter
Secretariat
This is a decent movie, good enough for a rental, but that's about it.
Buy Secretariat
Enter the Void
I have heard good things about this one, but most of the people I've heard it from are online writers that I don't necessarily trust. I'm sure I'll see it at some point, but I'm not making it a top priority.
Buy Enter the Void
Nowhere Boy
This one I didn't like and was actually discussing it last night before my screening of The Mechanic and the person I discussed it with agreed that it just didn't know what it wanted to be. You can get my opinion on this one in greater detail by reading my theatrical review.
Buy Nowhere Boy
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
This film I did not like and was shocked to see it on the Academy Best Documentary shortlist. It's repetitive and passive aggressive junk. Director Alex Gibney had an agenda when making it, but he didn't want to let it be known, despite how transparent his opinion truly is.
Buy Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
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  • http://www.stickskills.com Hamza Zain

    Brad, I thought that, even though, the movie fumbles with where it ultimately wants to end up, it has a very good performance from Aaron Johnson. What did you think about the acting in it?

  • http://joker93.livejournal.com Nick

    You absolutely should see Enter the Void. It may not be a good movie, but it's an absolutely unique one.

  • Kevin Blumeyer

    Red Hill is a really good western/horror hybrid.

    I despised Enter the Void.

  • Mom

    I thought The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest was the best of the three books, particularly the ending. Of the three, the first was the toughest to get into. If you made it through the first part of that one, there's nowhere to go but up with the other two. You owe it to yourself to finish the trilogy, then comment, rather than the other way around.