This Week On DVD and Blu-ray

'Wolverine', 'Nashville' Criterion and 'Mortal Instruments' On DVD and Blu-ray This Week

A decent selection of titles this week

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: December 3, 2013

Nashville (Criterion Collection)
Nashville (Criterion Collection) on DVD Blu-ray today
I still need to dig through the special features on Criterion's new release of Robert Altman's Nashville, but I have already watched the film and this new 2K restoration looks great, just as you would expect it to. Included is a 2000 audio commentary featuring Altman and most notably a newly produced, 71-minute making of documentary featuring interviews with the likes of Ronee Blakley, Keith Carradine, Michael Murphy, Allan Nicholls, Lily Tomlin, screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury, assistant director Alan Rudolph and Altman's widow, Kathryn Reed Altman. Of course, that's not all, but suffice to say it's a release that has fans of the film taken care of.

Buy Nashville (Criterion Collection)

The Wolverine
The Wolverine: Unleashed Extended Edition 3D Blu-ray on DVD Blu-ray today
I've seen a lot of people on Twitter talking about how the extended edition of The Wolverine is incredibly bloody. What I haven't seen anyone saying is that actually makes it any better, because this was not a good movie. I presume the blood is CG blood that was essentially removed for the sake of the film's rating, which is to say the headlines could have simply read, "Now with More CGI", but I guess that isn't as sexy a headline.

Buy The Wolverine

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane on DVD Blu-ray today
This movie has had it's share of buzz considering director Jonathan Levine made it before The Wackness, 50/50 and Warm Bodies and yet it arrived in theaters after all three of those films. Genre fans seem to like it as well so perhaps it's worth a look.

Buy All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Argo: Extended Edition
Argo: Extended Edition on DVD Blu-ray today
I don't know why I would need an extended version of Argo, but here it is.

Buy Argo: Extended Edition

The Smurfs 2
The Smurfs 2 on DVD Blu-ray today
I don't know why I would need to watch a second Smurfs film, but here it is.

Buy The Smurfs 2

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones on DVD Blu-ray today
I know they've said they're going through with it, but I'm positive I don't need a second Mortal Instruments film, but City of Ashes is said to be a thing.

Buy The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Winnie Mandela
Winnie Mandela on DVD Blu-ray today
I can't tell if the timing was simply bad on this or if the film itself isn't all that good, but Winnie Mandela doesn't exactly scream out "Watch me!" Then again, neither does Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Buy Winnie Mandela

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

    I have seen the 'bloodier' Wolverine...you are right Brad, CGI blood, and not really a lot of it from what I noticed. It was nice to see Wolverine drop a few F-bombs though....let's face it, you can't just go shirtless and gnarly without F-bombs...so that was an improvement ;)
    But I liked the film overall, so there is that.

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

    I'll definitely check out Wolverine and Argo. But that's about it.

  • Ryan

    I want Nashville and I think The Wolverine is the best of the blockbusters this year, and that comes from a man who thought Man of Steel was just as good as Batman Begins. The Wolverine had tremendous pace and the deconstruction of the comic book movie being like a ronin film or a western.

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

    "I don't know why I would need an extended version of Argo, but here it is."

    This.

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    Still haven't seen Wolverine, but will inevitably check it out (along with X-Men First Class) before Days Of Future Past.

    Heard good things about Drinking Buddies.

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

      In my opinion Drinking Buddies is the best relationship movie of 2013 (and I have seen Before Midnight)

      • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

        Nice. Will have to give it a watch before making my best of 2013 I guess (adds to watchlist).

      • https://twitter.com/TooMuchHamza Hamza Zain

        I thought Drinking Buddies was fantastic. There's something about it that comes across really effortless. Easily Olivia Wilde's best performance by a mile.

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

    Good Ol' Freda is a really good doc about The Beatle's long serving secretary, lots of wonderful footage and stories.

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

    I am very interested in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Might check out Nashville to see if I want to buy the Criterion release. Argo extended cut is totally unnecessary. And Mortal Instruments was blah.

    • BradyD

      Do you mean Winnie Mandela? I'm just saying this because Winnie Mandela is the film that was released today. From what I understand Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is supposed to be the better of the two.

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

        Nope, I actually meant Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. I said that because Brad said, "Then again, neither does Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." I have no interest in Winnie Mandela.

        I will probably watch Long Walk To Freedom around Christmas because that's when it's supposed to expand nationwide. It's going to be a busy Christmas at the movies with The Wolf of Wall Street, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and probably even Walter Mitty if the reviews aren't horrible.

  • Xarnis

    Argo's pacing was already pretty bad as is, I have no clue why anyone would buy that extended edition. I do look forward to watching Nashville at some point, it's a shame it was released right after the end of the Criterion sale.

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

    I've always been curious about Nashvile but maybe best rented first. Picked up The Wolverine but I don't recall it feeling extended or bloodier. Argo is probably the main one there I haven't seen but I think if I really cared all that much after the Best Picture win I would have checked it out by now. And I'm still in no rush to.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/m1/ m1

      You really should see Argo. It's fantastic.

  • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

    Nashville is one of the films I'll probably be getting for Christmas.

  • https://twitter.com/TooMuchHamza Hamza Zain

    I'll probably check out Argo, primarily to see what was different and see if it was better or worse extended. I thought Wolverine was very solid for the first 2/3 of the movie, then had an AWFUL third act.