This Week On DVD and Blu-ray

'Wolf of Wall Street', 'Persona', 'The Past', 'King of Comedy' and More on DVD & Blu-ray This Week

Second guessing my decision to leave Wolf off my top ten of 2013

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: March 25, 2014

Persona (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray/DVD)
Persona (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray/DVD) on DVD Blu-ray today
I have watched all of Criterion's new Blu-ray for Ingmar Bergman's absolute classic, Persona, and will have a more in-depth look at the film tomorrow, but for now let me just say I consider this an essential title for film fans interested in collecting the best cinema has had to offer over the course of its rich history. I only saw Persona for the first time a little over three years ago and was absolutely floored. It's one of those films you don't need to "get" to understand, which I know is confusing. Put, hopefully, more simply, this is a film that's meant to confuse and confound, but it does it in such a way that you never feel you're missing something. Yet, by the end you'll be left enthralled by the images you've witnessed, the story (or lack thereof) you've witnessed, the performances, the score, the editing and just about everything else. You won't be able to explain it all and you might not be able to put it into words, but you'll know you've experienced something special.

Buy Persona (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray/DVD)

The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street on DVD Blu-ray today
I watched The Wolf of Wall Street just last night and I'm convinced I did a bad, bad thing, leaving it off my list of the Top Ten Movies of 2013. It just took too long for this movie to settle in for me as a favorite. I saw it twice in theaters, but my viewings were too close to one another to really allow the film time to gestate before seeing it again. It wasn't until the controversy caused me to look at the film a little closer and then, even further out, the comedy began hitting me harder. One day I'll have to revisit that top ten and give this film the credit it's due because it just might even be the best of 2013.

Buy The Wolf of Wall Street

The Past
The Past on DVD Blu-ray today
I haven't revisited Asghar Farhadi's The Past since seeing it at the Cannes Film Festival last year, but I will say it was one of 2013's most overlooked films and for the life of me I can't figure out why, especially given the love and adulation A Separation received, a film I feel is good, but falls short of this one. Give it a watch and enjoy the performances, most of all from Pauline Burlet, a newcomer I expect (or is it hope?) we'll be seeing a lot more of soon. You can read my theatrical review here.

Buy The Past

The Great Beauty (Criterion Collection)
I don't quite understand the love for this one. Paolo Sorrentino certainly shows respect for the work of Federico Fellini and has a loving eye for Rome, but the film is over indulgent and doesn't say much. There are some wonderful scenes, an outdoor conversation springs to mind, but overall it didn't capture my attention the way it did so many others. That said, it's a film you should see for yourself. Don't let my opinion cause you to avoid a film many others have enjoyed immensely.

Buy The Great Beauty (Criterion Collection)

King of Comedy: 30th Anniversary [Blu-ray]
I first saw Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy a little over a year ago as part of the now-defunct RopeofSilicon Movie Club. Maybe now that it's on Blu-ray more of you will see it and join the conversation?

Buy King of Comedy: 30th Anniversary [Blu-ray]

Hunchback of Notre Dame [Blu-ray]
Flicker Alley released the 1923 classic Lon Chaney version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame last week, but I overlooked it and wanted to be sure I mentioned it. I haven't yet watched it but this is a silent film well worth the watch and I'm hoping the Blu-ray adds to that experience. I will be reviewing it as soon as I find the time to properly dig in.

Buy Hunchback of Notre Dame [Blu-ray]

Delivery Man
Delivery Man on DVD Blu-ray today
Eh, now we get to the titles I don't have much interest in. I don't have anything to say...

Buy Delivery Man

Walking with Dinosaurs
...ditto...

Buy Walking with Dinosaurs

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  • BradyD

    Looks like I'll only be buying The Wolf of Wall Street this week. I saw Delivery Man a few weeks ago and while it was nice seeing Vince Vaughn in a semi-serious role, it wasn't that great. Chris Pratt was probably the best part about it.

  • http://cineenuruguay.com/ Driver

    I already have The Wolf of Wall Street coming my way. It was my favorite movie of 2013: It's got great black comedy, a hell of a good point, it works on a lot of levels and it shows that from time to time hollywood has the balls to make something like this.

  • adu

    I loved both Wolf and The Great Beauty...the former is by far more rewatchable though.

  • andyluvsfilms

    Still not interested in Wolf for some reason, maybe one day. I would recommend The Great Beauty though, my #3 for last year and a film i'll buy at some point.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

      Agreed on The Great Beauty, even if it doesn't have much plot it was a joy to watch.

      • andyluvsfilms

        They would probably make a lousy Avengers but the foreign market do films like this so well :-)

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

    Agreed on Wolf of Wall Street. I watched it again last night too and it just gets better and better.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

    This is quite a week! Wolf of Wall Street is a definite buy for me, The Great Beauty and The Past are potential buys, and I'll have to check out Persona.

    Wolf is definitely way up there in the best of 2013 for me. Inside Llewyn Davis, Frances Ha, Her, Blue is the Warmest Color, and Wolf, that's probably my top five.

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

    Wolf is my #2 from last year, and that and my #1 film are the only two things I have ever preordered (my #1 is also on this page)

    • http://cineenuruguay.com/ Driver

      I see you really enjoyed Walking with Dinosaurs then.

    • http://filmemignon.blogspot.com/ Corbin

      Big fan of Delivery Man, eh?

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

      I'm referring to Her, ya sarcastic bastards! ;)

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    WOLF is an immediate buy for me. I can't wait to re-watch it!

  • Shane O’Neal

    Something interesting about Walking With Dinosaurs: if you buy the 3D version it comes with the "Cretaceous Cut", which has all of the obnoxious voices removed, leaving just the visuals and music/sound effects. Probably makes the movie a whole lot better!

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

    "because it just might even be the best of 2013." It sure is. I placed it at #1 in my Top 10 Best Films of 2013 when I made the list about a month and a half ago. I am very glad to see you are starting to really like The Wolf of Wall Street.

    I plan to pick up TWOWS blu-ray when the price drops and The Great Beauty blu-ray during the next 50% off Criterion sale. The Great Beauty also made my Top 10 at #8. Persona was good but I have no interest in owning a copy. I haven't watched any of the others.

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

    I'm going to rent 'Wolf' but I've had this gut feeling all along I'll watch it and it's simply going to be 'Drive' all over again but to keep in with the conversation I'll take a look at it soon enough.

    I think I have 'Persona' on my rental list but it wouldn't be this version, probably an old DVD. I'll get to it at some point. I think apart from 'Delivery Man' and 'Walking with Dinosaurs' I'd be curious about at least renting the rest.

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

    For me The Great Beauty is not only the best film of 2013, but the best film since 1999 when Magnolia was released. A stunning masterpiece and one of the best cinematic experiences ever.

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

    Three great movies out this week: Wolf of Wall Street, The Past and King of Comedy.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

    I ordered Wolf of Wall Street from Amazon yesterday and it should be coming soon. I thought it was hilarious and I absolutely love it, my number 4 of last year.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

    I really did enjoy The Great Beauty. I found it to be a ridiculously entertaining tale about excess, creation of art, and decreasing marginal return of beauty. With that last bit, the main characters are constantly surrounded by the beauty of Rome. The opening scene starts off with someone literally dying over how beautiful it all is. And the main characters? They're apathetic towards it.

    I dunno, I found it fascinating. Definitely had some problems, a scene or two to trim, but.... Damn good.

  • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

    May buy Wolf of Wall Street and may rent The Great Beauty.

  • Xarnis

    LOTS of good stuff this week.

    I loved both The Wolf of Wall Street and Persona - definite pickups for me. The former was the best film of 2013, in my mind.

    I'll probably pick up The Great Beauty during the June Criterion sale.

    The King of Comedy is an excellent film as well, highly underrated in Scorsese and De Niro's filmography. Another pickup at some point.