This week brings at least one masterpiece to Blu-ray, one of the year’s biggest films, the year’s best action film, some great popcorn trash, and some Criterion classics. If you want to get everything good, you might need a bigger boat, or something.
- Klown: The Movie: Home video has changed dramatically for little films. So, yes, it’s true this was just in theaters, but it was already on VOD, and was streaming, and now it’s on home video after a couple of days. I thought the movie was really funny, and now everyone can check it out.
- Glee: The Complete Third Season, Nikita: The Complete Second Season: Is Glee still a thing? It feels like the show peaked a long time ago, but there are still fans, and I know they’re about to begin their fourth season. I guess these shows have big enough followings to keep going.
- The Hunger Games: One of the year’s most pleasant surprises was the fact that The Hunger Games was actually pretty good. Jennifer Lawrence became a star with her turn as Katniss Everdeen, and the film was a massive box office hit stateside. The disc doesn’t hit the streets until Friday, so don’t go looking for it today.
- Kill List: Ben Wheatley’s Kill List is a fairly clever spin on the supernatural genre, and the hitman subgenre. Definitely one of the better films of the year, and to say much about the plot may be giving too much away.
- The Raid: Redemption: If you think John Woo’s Hard Boiled is a masterpiece, then have I got a movie for you.
- Cradle 2 the Grave, Fallen, A Man Apart, New Jack City, Shaft: More catalog dumpage from Warner Brothers. Cradle 2 the Grave is sort of fun in a junky way, New Jack City was a huge hit, but does feature a good performance from Wesley Snipes, and the original Shaft is fun, but a bit slow.
- Death Wish II, Death Wish 3, Death Wish 4: The Crackdown: The Death Wish franchise probably should have stopped after one film, but that would deny us the greatness of Death Wish 3, one of the most impossibly stupid and completely entertaining films ever made.
- Jaws: If you don’t love this film, you probably have bad taste. Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece looks amazing on Blu-ray, and this is a must have.
- La Promesse, Rosetta, The Royal Tenenbaums: Though everyone will probably jump for Wes Anderson’s third film (and perhaps his best, it’s hard to say), it’s also great that they’re releasing two classics from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. The Belgain filmmaking duo are well respected out of the country, but their works haven’t taken much hold stateside. Perhaps Criterion can change that.
What are you picking up this week?