A Good Day to Die Hard

This week brings a number of the bigger films from early 2013. None of them are all-timers, but some might be happy to have all the Die Hard films. There’s also a lot of cool television, and some good classic titles this week, so check out what’s available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

New:

  • Adventure Time: The Complete First Season, Adventure Time: The Complete Second Season, Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season, Falling Skies: The Complete Second Season: It’s hard to say which title is the most exciting of these new television releases. Adventure Time has a huge following of children and adults, but then there’s also the first half of the final season of Breaking Bad to get. Decisions, decisions.
  • Escape from Planet Earth: This is an animated film that came out earlier this year.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard: The fifth and worst entry in the Die Hard franchise is now available to own. It’s also the lowest grossing. Bruce Willis is mostly awake in the film.
  • Identity Thief: One of 2013’s biggest surprise hits, the film paired Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy for a redress of Midnight Run and played like gangbusters. But it’s also the sort of film that no one will remember in six months.
  • Warm Bodies: This Rom-Zom-Com ended up being a small success as Nicholas Hoult played a zombie who falls in love with a human and doesn’t eat her. The film gets over on charm and cleverness, though it’s a piffle.

Classics

Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection, Earthquake, Midway, The Shadow: The Alfred Hitchcock films being released are a smaller bundle of the better known titles from the previous collection, so there’s nothing new there, but for those who didn’t want to spring for the big box, it’s an okay deal. Of the other releases, I have a soft spot for The Shadow, even though it’s not that good.

At Long Last Love: Peter Bogdanovich’s complete misfire At Long Last Love was brutalized when released in the 1970’s, as it was seen as a vanity project. He had Cybil Shepherd and Burt Reynolds singing and dancing when obviously their talents lay elsewhere. Still, as a curio, it’s utter fascinating.

Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection (Warner Brothers), The Mad Max Trilogy: It must be father’s day, right? The nice thing about the Mad Max trilogy release is that Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is finally hitting Blu-ray for completists, but you can buy it separately.

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry / Race with the Devil: to classic car chase films from the 1970’s are hitting Blu-ray in a double feature. This is totally worth picking up.

Scum: Alan Clarke is one of the most important British directors that most Americans haven’t heard of, and this was the film that helped launch Ray Winstone back in the day. It’s well worth seeking out.

What are you picking up this week?