Hi Bryan Here…
Tons and Tons of good releases this week. It was a blast watching these. Sorry it’s a little late, but got caught up with other articles and reviews which will be posted later on. Should be on time from here on out.
As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.
Enjoy and Here We Go!!
ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN (BLURAY)
I remember when this first came out. I was in love with this film. I didn’t know I could get attached to cartoon characters like this before. This a great film for all ages. If you have a kid, they really should see this film, so pick it up and let them enjoy it for ages. Excellent voice work from Dom DeLuise and Burt Reynolds. A dog returns from the dead looking for revenge on his killer using an orphan girl who can talk to animals. The sequel is also available too.
ALL GOOD THINGS (BLURAY)
This was a solid film. I liked how this film was done. The whole murder and speculation it revolved around and the love and passion it has was wonderful. Pretty great film. I am not a huge fan of Kirsten Dunst but she is excellent in the film. And Ryan Gosling is just badass in everything he does. Check this out. You will be surprised. A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for an imaginative spellbinding story of family, obsession, love and loss
BLACK SWAN (BLURAY + DIGITAL COPY)
This movie was just FUCKING AWESOME. It was kinda like the Wrestler but with ballet. Natalie Portman just owns every second of this film. And her the costars are equally brilliant but the light is on Natalie here. This film is very haunting and very fucked up. Not for the faint of heart. This is a must own. Beautiful in every way. BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina in the New York City Ballet trying to make it to the top. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), also impresses Leroy and becomes Nina’s competition. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly with her innocence and grace, but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan with her fiery personality. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Metamorphosis: A Three-Part Series – A behind the scenes look at the filmmaking process from Darren Aronofsky’s visionary directing, to the physically-demanding acting, to the stunning special effects.
DEAD AWAKE (BLURAY)
Haven’t got a chance yet to watch this film, but the cast is amazing and the story seems cool. Anything with Nick Stahl in it, I will watch. Plus it has Amy Smart and Rose McGowan. A funeral parlor employee looks to unravel a 10-year-old mystery.
This film is pure HORROR. Very frightening. Not in the Friday the 13th aspect, but in the Shining or Black Swan kind of Horror. It will shock you and shiver your bones ill the y curl. Highly recommend this. This was nominated for BEST FOREIGN FILM at the Oscars this year. Definitely pick this up. Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family abode is instantly assigned a new meaning. Hence ‘the sea’ refers to a large armchair and ‘zombies’ are little yellow flowers. Having invented a brother whom they claim to have ostracized for his disobedience, the uber-controlling parents terrorize their offspring into submission. The father is the only family member who can leave the manicured lawns of their self-inflicted exile, earning their keep by managing a nearby factory, while the only outsider allowed on the premises is his colleague Christina, who is paid to relieve the son of his male urges. Tired of these dutiful acts of carnality, Christina enlists the elder daughter for some girl-on-girl action, carelessly disturbing the domestic balance. Soon enough, sex has spread throughout the household like fire. Next stop: rebellion.
FAIR GAME (BLURAY)
I liked this movie, but I have already forgotten about it. We all know the story of the CIA agent that was revealed to the public. This is that story. The acting is great and it has some great political tense situations, but it’s no Manchurian Candidate. It is still worth viewing though. Sean Penn and Naomi Watts are very good in it.
Audio commentary with Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson
THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (BLURAY)
Max Von Sydow from the Exorcist plays Jesus Christ. Nuff said. This looks amazing in high def, but it is a bare bones release.
YES!!! A Dario Argento film is on bluray. This is pretty much the sequel to the amazing and scary as hell film, Suspiria. While Inferno is not Suspiria, it is still a solid horror film that has some bat-shit scary moments. Definitely worth picking up and a must have for any horror film fan. Plus you get a cool intro from Argento himself. COOL!
MAD MEN SEASON FOUR (BLURAY)
One of the best shows on television at the moment. Well technically it is not on as we speak, but their fifth season will be out sometime in 2012 or hopefully a little sooner than that. This season was more comical than any other season I thought, and it is all about the downfall of the new ad agency and Don Draper. The hi-def episodes presented on these three discs are amazing. If you have not seen this show, I implore you and beg you to see this show. It will rock your world. Highly recommended.
THE MIKADO (BLURAY CRITERION COLLECTION)
Once again, Criterion knocks it out of the park with this 1939 film. Some would say that 1939 was the best year for film in the history of cinema, yet this film rarely ever gets mentioned. SHAME. For any fans of musicals or music and film, this is a no-brainer. This will rock your boat. This film is stunningly beautiful. All the colors are rich and the hi-def treatment is BADASS. The legendary Gilbert and Sulliavan troupe the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company joined forces with Hollywood for this 1939 Technicolor version of the fabled comic opera, the first complete work by the famed duo to be adapted for the screen, directed by musician and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Victor Schertzinger (One Night of Love, Road to Singapore). The result is a lavish cinematic retelling of the British political satire set in exotic Japan, with such enduringly popular numbers as “A Wandering Minstrel I” and “Three Little Maids from School Are We,” and featuring performances by American singer Kenny Baker as well as a host of renowned D’Oyly Carte actors, including Martyn Green and Sydney Granville. Highly recommended. And of course it comes loaded with extras.
This is fun and very fucked up little film. Christopher fucking Lee is in the movie too. ROCK!! This movie will disturb you to the core. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is just a crazy fucked up creepo in this film. And Christopher Lee plays his dad. It just owns. So the film follows Hilary Swank who play a hot as hell doctor who had a bad break up with her ex and is looking for a new place to live. Guess what? She moves in with the crazies. Make sure all you single ladies out there watch this film. It will terrify you. Loved it. Juliet (Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby), a beautiful doctor, has found the perfect New York apartment to start a new life after separating from her husband. It’s got spacious rooms, a spectacular view, and a handy, handsome landlord. But there are secrets behind every wall and terror in every room as Juliet gets the unnerving feeling that she is not alone. She is being watched. She is being stalked. And no one is safe when she discovers the relentless horror on her doorstep. But how do you stop an evil that you can’t see…until it’s too late? Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey’s Anatomy) and screen legend Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings) costar in this pulse-pounding shocker from famed horror studio Hammer Films (Let Me In).
SCREAM/SCREAM 2/SCREAM3 (BLURAY)
Sweet sweet slasher gods of blood. I remember seeing this film when it came out. I was 16 or 17 years old and I remember loving it so much. I thought i was funny, and ridiculous, and smart, and over the top all at the same time. Poor Wes Craven had such a tough time with the MPAA getting this an R rating for it to be released in all theaters. I have seen all these films and I can say that the first Scream is the best one by far. The 2nd film takes place in college whereas the first film had all the characters in high school. It had quite a few good scenes but didn’t have the same drive as the first film. But it was a fun movie non the less. Now the third film…christ….ridiculous on all levels. Really does not take itself seriously at all. The third film you will laugh all the way through and make fun of the film in its entirety. Overall this is a great trilogy and is best to watch with a group of friends who you have grown up with and relive those young days when this movie scared you. Looking forward to Scream 4.
THE SECRET OF NIMH (BLURAY)
This film is in my top five films that are 2D animated. I watched this constantly growing up. I really wish they still made films like this. This film is full of suspense and thrills and is full of love all at the same time. The animation and the story are absolutely brilliant.
Get ready to meet some runaway rodents with an earth-shattering secret! Suspenseful and heartwarming, this beautifully animated odyssey stars Mrs. Brisby, a mild-mannered mother mouse with a plan to move Heaven and Earth (or at least her house and home) to save her family from Farmer Fitzgibbon’s plow!
Along the way she gets some help from a lovelorn Crow, a busybody neighbor mouse and a fearsome Great Owl. Unfortunately, Mrs. Brisby will need an engineering miracle to hoist her home, and for that she must face a mysterious rat, fend off a ferocious cat and claim a magic amulet! But when Mrs. Brisby discovers the astounding secret of NIMH…it could change her life forever! This timeless tale of love, courage and determination will transport the whole family into an enchanting world where the bravest hearts live in the meekest of mice. Highest recommendation.
SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION 1939 (BLURAY)
FUCKING BADASS!!! All fourteen Basil and Nigel Sherlock Holmes films in one set. In hi-def no less. This might be one of the best film serials to ever come out. Everything about this movie series is awesome. I am a huge fan of Doyle and Holmes. This might be my favorite release of the week. Highest recommendation picking this up if you are a fan of the Sherlock Holmes universe.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection stars Basil Rathbone as the legendary Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as the venerable Dr. John H. Watson.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection is comprised of all 14 classic films on 5 discs:
The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror, Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, Sherlock Holmes in Washington, Sherlock Holmes Faces Death, The Spider Woman, The Scarlet Claw, The Pearl of Death, The House of Fear, The Woman in Green, Pursuit to Algiers, Terror by Night, Dressed to Kill.
SOYLENT GREEN (BLURAY)
Soylent Green is people! A must own cult film favorite. A fun crazy film with a big twist ending. Most of you already know what it is. I even said it in this paragraph. But Heston is great and the story is also fun. This is one ultimate geek film. I declare a law that any type of dip that is colored green should be named Soylent Green. I’m Seriously.
TANGLED (BLURAY+BLURAY 3D+DVD+DIGITAL COPY)
Tangled is a great film. You will really enjoy it. But the music in it isn’t that great and thus deterred me from really loving the movie. All those old classic Disney films had such great music. Still to this day do I hum and sing those tunes of old. Sadly, it doesn’t hold up here, but the story and voice talent is top notch. It is worth owning. Kids and your girlfriends,wives, or fiances will love it.
TEEN WOLF (BLURAY)
“These waves are mine!” Ever since I saw this movie in the theater I wanted to surf on top of a moving truck. Oh yah and be a werewolf. Each and everyone of you should buy this disc. Yes it is that good. Just do it. Re-live those memories growing up. Love this movie. What’s a high school kid got to do to be popular? Just let down his hair and howl! Starring Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future) Teen Wolf is an outrageous comedy about a shy teenager with more than a changing voice to contend with… he’s a budding young werewolf! And when his new-found powers help him score at basketball – and with the popular girls – he has some pretty hairy decisions to make.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (LIMITED EDITION BLURAY GIFTSET)
Probably one of the best “bible” stories ever put on the silver screen. You know the story. This is a staple in any movie collection for sheer awesomeness and pure classic cinema brilliance. Check out the tons of extras that come with this giftset.
The Ten Commandments: Making Miracles—75-minute documentary
TOPSY-TURVY (BLURAY CRITERION COLLECTION)
I love love this film. All of you should see this film. This might be my 2nd favorite release of this week. The world of GILBERT AND SULLIVAN comes to vivid life in this extraordinary dramatization of the staging of their legendary 1885 comic opera The Mikado from Mike Leigh (Naked, Secrets and Lies). JIM BROADBENT (Moulin Rouge, Iris) and ALLAN CORDUNER (Yentl, Vera Drake) brilliantly inhabit the roles of the world-famous Victorian librettist and composer, respectively, who, along with their troupe of temperamental actors, must battle personal and professional demons while mounting this major production. A lushly produced epic about the harsh realities of creative expression, featuring bravura performances and Oscar-winning costume design and makeup, Topsy-Turvy is an unexpected period delight from one of contemporary cinema’s great artists.
TREME: COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (BLURAY)
One of the better television series to come out in a long time. From the creators of the hit HBO show The Wire, comes the story of a 3 month post Hurricane Katrina New Orleans and the lives of several individuals after that horrific event and what they are doing to cope with the devastation and loss. This series is 80% about the music. New Orleans music. It rocks my world. This series is so good and you should definitely pick it up. It is worth every penny. It might become one of your favorite shows of all time. It has become one of mine. Get this show.
Wow. What a fracking week for releases. I had tons of picks. Stay tuned for next week for much much more.