This week is made by the release of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s first season on Blu-ray. There’s some catalog stuff, and two Eddie Murphy films, one that sat in the closet for nearly five years. Check out our picks…
The Deep Blue Sea: People emerged from Thor and The Avengers thinking that Tom Hiddleston was a movie star. If you want to catch more of him, you should watch this Terrence Davies film, where he plays against Rachel Weisz in this portrait of doomed love.
A Thousand Words: We’ve been curious about this Eddie Murphy film ever since we heard it was filmed in 2008, and sat in a can oh these many years. Unfortunately, word is that it’s just regular bad, not interesting bad.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi: This festival favorite got a limited release, but we’ve been told it’s nothing but a winner. A documentary on an older sushi chef and his legacy, it’s supposedly charming and will make you hungry.
The Last Days of Disco, Metropolitan: The Criterion Collection is issuing half of Whit Stillman’s filmography today. These are probably his best films, though the man hasn’t made a bad film yet. Metropolitan was his debut feature, and showcased a great writer, but his maturation in Last Days of Disco is evident, and it’s a great riff on a sort of Jane Austen-y tale of young privileged people finding their way in the world.
Life, Mystery Men: Life was supposed to be a big thing in pairing Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy, but the film has never had much of a reputation. I’ve always found Mystery Men to be a charming, deeply flawed but fun riff on superhero movies. Perhaps if it came out now it would be a bigger hit.
Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 1: A lot of TLC went into this set, as the show was restored from the original negatives, and a lot of care went into the supplements. Trekkers have been waiting for this, and it looks like it’s a definitive release.
They Made Me a Fugitive: A classic thriller/noir from Kino starring Trevor Howard was retitled “I Became a Criminal” stateside – likely to separate it from 1939’s They Made me a Criminal.
The Island of Dr. Moreau: Director’s Cut: This bug-F-ing nuts movie inspired mini-me, and is something of a camp classic. David Thewlis stars alongside Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando in a production as famous for its on-set problems as anything else. It’s an interesting film perhaps just as much for its flaws as anything else.
What are you buying this week?