One of this summer’s most talked about and discussed films hits Blu-ray this week, as does one of it’s biggest misfires, and Warner Brothers unloads some classic movies on to Blu-ray. And, of course, one of the most beloved and successful films of all time joins the Blu-ray ranks on its 30th anniversary. All this and more…
- Bones: The Complete Seventh Season, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season Seven, The League: The Complete Season Three: This week’s TV releases offers titles that are about to begin their new seasons. I always liked The League, even though it’s about as hit as it is miss.
- Prometheus: Is there more going on under the surface with this film? Will repeat viewings bring out its greatness? Unlikely. Ridley Scott’s semi-prequel to Alien has some great ideas and some truly terrible ones, but it does feature a great Michael Fassbender performance.
- The Raven: This came out in April and was considered laughable. That’s too bad because I normally like Lloyd Dobler, er, John Cusack.
- Rock of Ages: Tom Cruise stole the show in this musical, but it seems that the combination of 80’s music, and an actual musical didn’t play as well as it did on Broadway. It hurt that the leads couldn’t have been less interesting.
- Werewolf: The Beast Among Us: Universal has a direct to video label still going, and this is a semi-sequel spin-off to The Wolf Man. I hear it’s nigh-unwatchable.
Dead Ringer, Dial M for Murder, Ice Station Zebra , Little Shop of Horrors, Strangers on a Train, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?: Warner Brothers has been one of the best studios for retro titles, and this week we get two Hitchcocks, some classic 60’s horror and one of the weirdest musicals ever put to screen. All things told: Awesome.
Deep Rising / The Puppet Masters: I’m one of those people who just love Deep Rising, so I’m glad to see it come to Blu-ray. Treat Williams stars for Stephen Sommers in this B-movie, killer Sea Cumcumber classic.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: 30th Anniversary Edition: I watched this again recently, and it’s the story of Lassie Jesus, but holy crap is Steven Spielberg’s craft just immaculate in this film.
Find Me Guilty, Red Dawn: Fox has another couple catalog titles this week. Red Dawn is being released because of the remake, and the original has a strange power and logic that makes it indelible, while Find Me Guilty is a solid piece of work and features a good performance by Vin Diesel. Guilty is one of Sidney Lumet’s most underrated films.
The Great Mouse Detective: Special Edition: There are Disney films that speak to a certain audience, an audience that grew up with these movies. This is one of those.
What are you picking up this week?