This week in DVD and Blu-ray releases, we’re seeing some of the Fall’s biggest missteps starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller. The good news is one of the year’s best films hit the streets, while there’s also classics by Otto Preminger, John Ford and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Check out our new release roundup…
- Martha Marcy May Marlene: Elizabeth Olsen made a name for herself outside of her more famous sisters with this stunning portrait of a woman who’s left a cult, only to return to a world that she feels disconnected from. It made our list of the best of the year, and is definitely the best of the new stuff.
- J. Edgar: Clint Eastwood‘s Wikipedia page of a biopic made our worst of the year list, but if you’ve ever wanted to see Leonardo DiCaprio wrestle with his inner transvestite, or roll around with Armie Hammer, there are some things to enjoy about the film. But it might help to be a masochist.
- Tower Heist: Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller? What could go wrong? Brett Ratner perhaps. This modestly charming heist film wasn’t the blockbuster that was hoped for, but on home video it should play that much stronger.
- Puss in Boots: Dreamworks spin-off from Shrek focuses on the Puss character (voiced by Antonio Banderas), and manages to be better than the last couple Shrek sequels. That is not hard (note: this hits stores Friday).
- London Boulevard: William Monahan is an Oscar winning writer (for The Departed), and his directorial debut was barely released theatrically. That doesn’t speak well of the film, but Colin Ferrell and Keira Knightley star, so it should have some charms.
- Honey 2: oooh, a direct to video sequel to the Jessica Alba film! (note: the Jessica Alba film is also being released on Blu-ray)
- Anatomy of a Murder: Otto Preminger’s classic starring James Stewart gets the Criterion treatment. Watch it to recognize the greatness of Ben Gazarra in one of his earliest meaty roles. The film is one of the best courtroom movies, and Preminger mines the abiguity of innocent until proven guilty for all it’s worth.
- Fort Apache: John Wayne plays against Herny Fonda in the first of John Ford’s Calvary trilogy. Though not one of Ford’s high points, that’s mostly because Ford was one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. This is a must-see.
- Unforgiven: Though the film has been on Blu-ray since the format’s inception, Warner Brothers has now put it in their book style packaging. There seems to be no reason to upgrade, but if you like your films to look like small books for children, have at.
- World on a Wire: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film was originally done for television as a two-parter. It’s a science fiction film that was recently revived for theatrical screenings, and with that revival it’s now seen as one of Fassbinder’s best. A distopian future done as a noir, this is appears to be the missing link between Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville, and Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner.
What are you going to buy this week?