'Life of Pi', 'The Blob', 'Rise of the Guardians' and More on DVD and Blu-ray This Week

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

Life of Pi
Life of Pi (Blu-ray 3-D) on DVD Blu-ray today
I don't always include the 3-D Blu-ray version when I put together this column, but with Life of Pi that's sort of the whole point right? I mean, if anyone talks about this movie the first, and sometimes only, thing they talk about are the visuals. Personally it was only an "okay" movie that I didn't really think amounted to much, but I expect it will have a rather impressive life on the home video market following its Oscar wins.

Buy Life of Pi


The Blob (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
The Blob (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
I watched this Blu-ray on Sunday night and listened to the commentaries yesterday on and off throughout the day. This isn't exactly a feature-rich release and we're talking about more of a classic sci-fi film from the late '50s with a nostalgia factor for some and a certain level of intrigue from cinephiles, but is it a "must buy"? The commentary with producer Jack H. Harris is certainly interesting and the picture is about as impressive as you're going to get, but overall I think only hardcore Blob fans need to pick this one up.

Buy The Blob (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]


Ministry of Fear (Criterion Collection)
Adapted from the novel by Graham Greene, this film from Fritz Lang I didn't get to screen, though I wish I had. However, if The Blob is lacking in features, they are virtually non-existent on this release, coming with only the trailer and an interview with Fritz Lang scholar Joe McElhaney. Bit odd for a Criterion release nowadays.

Buy Ministry of Fear (Criterion Collection)


Rise of the Guardians
Rise of the Guardians on DVD Blu-ray today
Here is a decent animated film and one that is certainly better than the Oscar-winner Brave. Yet, it never really found much traction at the box-office. Will it find any at home?

Buy Rise of the Guardians


Smashed on DVD Blu-ray today
Solid rental though definitely not worth buying as watching a woman deal with alcoholism once should really be enough.

Buy Smashed


Hitchcock on DVD Blu-ray today
I didn't mind this film as much as others seemed to, though I think some were looking for more of a straight-forward drama, while the performance from Anthony Hopkins could be looked at as more mimicry than an out-and-out performance. Yet, I thought it was light and fun, though definitely nothing worth rushing to see.

Buy Hitchcock


This Must be the Place
This Must be the Place on DVD Blu-ray today
Never saw it and never had much desire to. Sean Penn plays a goth rocker who sets out to finish what his late father started, revenge for the lifetime of embarrassment he suffered as an ex-Nazi war criminal.

Buy This Must be the Place


Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away on DVD Blu-ray today
Then there's this movie, which I never saw...

Buy Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away


Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)
Any Who Framed Roger Rabbit? lovers out there? It's out on Blu-ray for its 25th Anniversary. Get it while it's hot.

Buy Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)


Willow (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
Willow (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
I haven't seen this film in ages and just looking at that cover reminded me why.

Buy Willow (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)


Sound City
Sound City
Now this documentary I actually really want to see and hopefully will before the year is out. Directed by Dave Grohl, it takes a look at the famed recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California and the legendary recording console that not only recorded the sounds of Nirvana, but also those of Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses, Fear, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, and countless other musical legends over the past 40 years.

Buy Sound City




  • Lenny feder

    If these are review copies (which I assume they are) than you would have no need to know this, but "Ministry of Fear" is a reduced price criterion because it has so few supplements. They've done this a few times before with others like "Ballad of Narayama" and "The Moment of Truth." Next is "Gate of Hell." it makes sense that you wouldn't know but I just wanted to throw that in. Criterion is the fairest around and they truly try to price according to overall value.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Yeah, I actually didn't receive a review copy of Ministry of Fear, was only looking at the Criterion site, but they do make sure they don't overcharge... I was just a little surprised to see a Lang film with so few features.

      • Lenny feder

        I hate to say it but if Criterion couldn't find appropriate features they likely don't exist. Of course, they could have shot interviews with Lang scholars to offer context and analysis. If you end up getting the film I look forward to a review! I always enjoy your take on Criterions.

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

    I really liked Life of Pi until the ending. Other than that, I think it's still pretty good. The visuals certainly are spectacular but they probably aren't as good on the small screen.

    Hitchcock is a solid rental, but if you don't see it, you're not missing much.

    Count me among the Who Framed Roger Rabbit lovers. I think it's great and would definitely buy it on Blu-Ray if I got the chance.

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

    Willow's not a bad film actually. It's not great but it's better than the Hobbit.

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

    I'm considering picking up Life of Pi, if only for the visuals. I'll be renting Hitchcock. I was interested in it, but I never found the time to watch it in theaters.

  • adu

    Definitely picking up Life of Pi.

  • Danny

    I will have splurge a bit and got get Who Framed Roger Rabbit... I have been waiting for that to hit Blu-Ray for awhile now... I'm just glad the extras include the three Roger Rabbit Short films that played before other Disney Releases back in the early 90's as they were never available before, with exception of the one that played in front of Honey I Shrunk the Kids on VHS... I still a have an indifferent view about Life of Pi... If I see it, I see it, if I don't, it really won't bother me... Ministry of Fear and The Blob are two more Criterion Collection films I am putting on my "Criterions I need acquire" list... And Hitchcock was a lot of fun for me, I saw it in Seattle when the SIFF Uptown theatre had a one night only screening of Psycho and Hitchcock... Watching them back to back was really cool and it was cool to see Psycho on the big screen.