It’s a slow week because of the holidays, so what you’re mostly getting is catalog titles. But if you like mediocre Disney movies, this is a good week for you. Check out our list of the best titles to pick up this week on Blu-ray and DVD.
- God Bless America: Bobcat Goldthwait has become something of a respected director, and his film World’s Greatest Dad is really good. I missed screening this beforehand, but I’ve heard mixed things about the point blank satire of the film. It’s about an older man (played by Joel Murray) who decides to go on a killing rampage because of what he hates. Not a bad set up, though it sounds like it could get repetitive.
- The Forger: I hadn’t heard of this before I got an email asking me to include it in my list. The film stars Josh Hutcherson, and this is the plot description:
Troubled, homeless 15-year-old Joshua (Josh Hutcherson) lives from hand to mouth on the streets. He lands in Carmel by the Sea, a small town in California known for its local art community, where his prodigious art skill is discovered. As his talent flourishes, Joshua is lured into the underground world of high dollar art forgery. At the same time, he falls in love with Amber, played by Hayden Panettiere (‘Heroes’). Amber is a privileged girl from the wealthiest part of town. As the two become closer, the temptations of his new, illegal world become too great a lure for Joshua to resist. In the cutthroat and high stakes game of art forgery, where no one is who they appear to be, Joshua must now attempt to survive, stay true to himself and win back the heart of the girl he loves.
So I guess it should be a big hit with Hunger Games fans.
- Barbarella: This is like the ultimate movie that sounds like a great idea until you watch it. Directed by Roger Vadim and starring Jane Fonda, this does have a certain appeal in its set design, but it’s a curiously listless for what it is. It should peppy and sexy and fun, but it never really gets there. But it looks great on Blu-ray, and it’s got a catchy theme song.
- Born on the Fourth of July: One of the big important movies of 1989, and featuring Tom Cruise in a performance that was meant to get him an Oscar, it’s a film that’s very much from Oliver Stone for better or ill. I haven’t seen it in years, but I remember that it’s gets really slow in the middle.
- Django, Kill… If You Live, Shoot!: As the world gets ready for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, it’s a good time to familiarize yourself with some of the other Django movies.
- The Entity: What’s most notable about the Barbara Hershey-starring horror movie is that it features a ghost that likes to rape. It’s a rape ghost. Kind of a bad movie, but it’s exceptionally memorable.
- Full Metal Jacket: 25th Anniversary Edition: This looks mostly to be a package upgrade, for what it’s worth. At this point Full Metal Jacket is both a classic and underrated in the scheme of things, and at the time it was upstaged by Platoon. But it’s become one of the most quotable films ever made, and it’s a great work, though at this point it’s had at least four different releases on Blu-ray.
- Home on the Range, The Horse Whisperer: 15th Anniversary Edition, Phenomenon, Step Up , Treasure Planet: 10th Anniversary Edition, Under the Tuscan Sun: Disney’s been working to put out a lot of their catalog titles on Blu-ray this year, and so we’re getting another catalog dump from them. Perhaps most interesting of these is Step Up as it stars Channing Tatum. Most of these films are junk, though.
What are you buying this week?