'Magic Mike', 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' and 'Blade Runner' on DVD and Blu-ray This Week

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: October 23, 2012

This week offers a wide range of titles including Criterion's presentation of John Schlesinger's Sunday Bloody Sunday, a new anniversary edition of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and then Steven Soderbergh's latest film Magic Mike. On top of that I have several new releases added to the calendar including The Bourne Legacy, Butter, The Paperboy and Criterion's upcoming release of Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby.

But before we get to the upcoming releases, let's check out this week's new releases.

Magic Mike
Magic Mike on DVD Blu-ray today
I wonder, can Magic Mike make my top ten for the year? I haven't taken a look at it a second time yet, but I hope to before the year is up. I was looking through my reviews for the year so far and I have given out 11 B+ grades (which seems like a lot) already and Magic Mike was one of them and one of the titles that still remains at the forefront of my mind. Not enough to request a Blu-ray review copy, however, which may say something about its chances.

Buy Magic Mike


Sunday Bloody Sunday
Sunday Bloody Sunday
I had the chance to finish watching Criterion's presentation of John Schlesinger's Sunday Bloody Sunday, but I haven't yet had a chance to watch the features so my full review will have to wait. When it comes to Schlesinger's work, I'm a novice having only seen Midnight Cowboy once and this being my first time with Sunday Bloody Sunday, but I will say it's a fantastic piece of cinema.

It's a challenging relationship drama and one that will certainly having me saying something along the lines of "Is simply knowing you are loved enough?" as it features on a bisexual (Murray Head) carrying on a relationship with a woman (Glenda Jackson) and an older man (Peter Finch) and the issues that come about as a result of the relationship. Playing a part are not only their feelings, but their childhoods, their memories and certainly the 1970s setting. The image looks great and I can't wait to dive into the features.

Buy Sunday Bloody Sunday


Blade Runner: 30th Anniversary Edition
Blade Runner: 30th Anniversary Edition on DVD Blu-ray today
The way Warner Bros. has milked this film on DVD, Blu-ray, HD DVD and whatever other kind of media possible you'd think everyone in the world would have at least three copies. Yet, I wonder how far the knowledge of Blade Runner spans. It still feels like a film best known by cinephiles and only loved and oft referenced by the sci-fi geeks among them. This 30th Anniversary collection has a lot to like, but is it anything you actually need? Click the "Buy Now" link for more information on this release.

Buy Blade Runner: 30th Anniversary Edition


Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World on DVD Blu-ray today
Not a very good movie. Sorry, but those are the facts as I see them.

Buy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on DVD Blu-ray today
I actually had a decent time with this film in theaters, but have no desire to see it again. However, everyone should see Abraham Lincoln battle a flying cow before seeing Steven Spielberg's Lincoln or you won't fully understand all The Great Emancipator was up against.

Buy Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter


Take This Waltz
Take This Waltz on DVD Blu-ray today
I never did end up seeing this, though I've heard some good things. Not surprising given the fact it's directed by Sarah Polley and stars Michelle Williams.

Buy Take This Waltz


Fear & Desire
Fear & Desire (Blu-ray)
I first saw Stanley Kubrick's Fear & Desire on TCM HD and I've had it saved on my DVR ever since. I didn't ask Kino to send me a copy because, quite frankly, it's just not that good. If you're interested, trying giving this one a rent, but I wouldn't bother shelling out any money.

Buy Fear & Desire


Secret Of The Wings
Secret Of The Wings
It's going to be considered for Best Animated Feature, you better be sure and see it. No, I'm not serious, but I'm sure if you have a young daughter you may know someone interested.

Buy Secret Of The Wings


Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines
Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines
I featured a pretty gnarly exclusive clip from Wrong Turn 5 a little while back (included just below) and if you're a fan of this franchise it looks to deliver more of what you're looking for, though I'm not sure they'll ever be able to do better with this series of films than the second one.

Buy Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines


Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection
Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection
If only Alex Cross had done better they may have been able to get people who saw it to casually walk through a store and look over and say, "Hey, isn't that genius-level detective that caught that psychopath? What's he doing in a dress? Oh man, this must be the sequel! Gonna buy it!" Unfortunately, I don't think Madea gained any new audience members in the last four days.

Buy Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection




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

    Nothing too interesting this week except possibly Sunday Bloody Sunday which I have not seen.

    Magic Mike is worth a rental.
    Take this Waltz and Seeking a Friend are both skippable movies.

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

    Planning to Netflix "Magic Mike" (maybe "Abraham Lincoln VH") and that's about it.

    Never seen the original "Wrong Turn", but heard it's pretty decent, so will probably check out.

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

    Re-watched Magic Mike the other day and it's definitely one of the best movies that's come out so far this year (of course that's not really saying much of anything). Given how pathetic 2012 has been for movies, I'm sure Magic Mike will end up making my top 5 of the year.

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

      hey AS - gotta disagree with you here. I actually think 2012 has been a pretty decent year so far, much better than 2011 anyways. Looper and Moonrise Kingdom were both excellent, Prometheus I thought was very interesting, Skyfall is a very good film and possibly the best Bond movie of the last 30 years, Perks of Being a Wallflower was solid. Plus we are just getting into Oscar season too where I'm expecting much from Silver Linings Playbook, Argo and Les Mis.

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

        I thought 2011 was really bad, but at this point last year I had seen 3 great movies in Drive, Contagion and The Ides of March. I have not seen ANY great films as of this moment.

    • Randall P McMurphy

      There has been many good movies this year maybe your just not looking some of them are: looper, moonrise kingdom, the intouchables, rust and bone, bullhead, polisse, despues de lucia, detachment, the raid, tdkr, the avengers, cabin in the woods, to rome with love, ted...

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

        Of the films you mentioned, I have seen Looper, Moonrise, Intouchables, Bullhead, The Raid, TDKR, Avengers, Cabin and To Rome with Love and none of those films impressed me in any significant way.

  • Winchester

    These are very much rentals at this point.

    Although some look interesting. From before it even came out I've had this sneaky suspicion I'm going to find Magic Mike (anyone else ever get that gut feeling before they see a film?) a load of twaddle but that's why I'm curious to catch it on rental.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Criterion10/ Criterion10

    I want to get Fear and Desire, but I think I may wait for the UK Blu-Ray which contains more special features. Will rent Magic Mike at some point and buy Sunday Bloody Sunday during the next Criterion sale.

  • Chris138

    I would be curious to watch Magic Mike again but I'm not sure if I'd buy it. It's definitely one of the stand outs of the year so far.

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    I hated Seeking a Friend for the End of the World so much that it's my worst film of the year. Just letting anyone know not to bother with it! :)

  • Dale

    "Sunday Bloody Sunday" stars two superb actors whose careers ended much too soon. Peter Finch died in 1977 at age 60, shortly before winning a best actor Oscar for "Network." Glenda Jackson quit acting to enter politics at age 56 in 1992, after having won best actress Oscars for "Women in Love" and "A Touch of Class" (one of the few times someone has won a leading role Oscar for a comedy). If you don't know these two great talents, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" offers the opportunity to see them in peak form.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Criterion10/ Criterion10

      Women in Love is one of Ken Russell's finest films. I highly recommend it to those who haven't seen it.

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

    "Abraham Lincoln battle a flying cow"

    It's a flying horse.