CLOUD ATLAS

For whatever reason Warner Brothers delayed the release of Cloud Atlas until now, which is surprising as it came out in October, and most films have a four to five month window before the hit home video. Well, we’re glad it’s here. It’s a very strong week for catalog titles as well, so check out what’s hitting this week.

New:

  • Cloud Atlas: The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer put a lot on the line to make one of the most expensive independent films ever made, and assembled a cast that included Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, and yet it was weird and near three hours long, and people had weird make up, so it was not met with the sort of acclaim that leads to awards or box office. Oh well, it’s a great movie, and hopefully one more people will discover on home video.
  • Texas Chainsaw – 3D: The latest semi-sequel semi-remake of the original 1974 film is in 3D, which makes it totally different than the other remake/sequels. Totally different.

Classics:

  • 3:10 to Yuma (1957), Jubal: Two westerns from Delmer Daves are entering the Criterion collection. Both are worth catching, and the original 3:10 to Yuma is not only better than the remake (no duh), but also (perhaps because it was written by Elmore Leonard), plays like an early version of Out of Sight.  
  • The Amazing Spider-Man, Angels & Demons, Battle: Los Angeles, Ghostbusters, Glory, The Karate Kid (2010), The Other Guys, Spider-Man (2002), Taxi Driver, Total Recall (2012) (Mastered in 4K): Sony has decided to remaster some of their biggest hit films for Blu-ray with 4K transfers. This is sort of like their Superbit line on DVD. Picture quality is said to be vastly improved, especially on Ghostbusters, so there’s that.
  • Battlestar Galactica (1978): The TV movie/pilot of the original BSG is a Best Buy exclusive. It’s quaint but fun.
  • Crimewave: Sam Raimi’s second film suffered at the hands of its independent financers, who forced a new lead on him and the film was taken away from him in editing. It was also something he wrote with the Coen Brothers. So it’s definitely a curio worth checking out, even if it is horribly compromised.
  • In the Cut / Trapped, Mr. Sardonicus / The Brotherhood of Satan, The Nines / Slipstream, Physical Evidence / The Anderson Tapes, Universal Soldier: The Return / Second in Command : The latest batch of Mill Creek double features offers some good films in the mix, like the Sidney Lumet film The Anderson Tapes. Mileage will vary.
  • Leave Her to Heaven,  Philadelphia: The latest 3,000-only limited editions from Twilight Time include the film that won Tom Hanks his first Oscar. So strange that a film like that is not something the studio would want to handle themselves. Heaven is a noir masterpiece.

What are you picking up this week?