This week brings one of the biggest films of 2013 (so far) to home video, some Disney animated titles, and some classic schlock. All in all a good week of releases.
- Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters: This film was a modest success on release, which means they’re talking about some sort of sequel. This looks like high-concept garbage, and it’s hard to find good reviews of the film, but maybe it’s better at home.
- House of Cards: The Complete First Season, The Newsroom: The Complete First Season: Netflix’s first must-see original series hits home video, so those who don’t have Netflix instant can finally see what the rumpus was about (it’s darn good), while Aaron Sorkin’s controversial HBO series is also hitting home video.
- Oz The Great and Powerful: Sam Raimi’s Wizard of Oz prequel was a modest success and mostly charming (if a bit sluggish), so we’re wondering if there’s a sequel on the way (likely no). But the gorgeous production design could turn this in to a fun home video visit.
- Save the Date: With Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie, this movie had some buzz earlier this year, but seemed to fade quick, as is often the case with films that hit theatrical at the same time as VOD. It looks like a charmer, perhaps now that everyone can watch it, it might gain a greater following.
- Snitch: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in an action movie? Sold. Supposedly this was better than it looked, so perhaps it will grow in people’s estimation. Though I thought that might happen with Faster, which is a solid piece from him. I guess he’s money when he’s in a sequel.
- Atlantis: The Lost Empire / Atlantis: Milo’s Return, The Emperor’s New Groove / Kronk’s New Groove, Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch: Disney was turning into a machine at the turn of the century, and here are some of their hits and misses on Blu-ray. Emperor’s New Groove was great, and Lilo & Stitch was thoroughly entertaining. All of these are great choices for parents.
- Driven, Enter the Dragon: 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition, Rendition, Running Scared, Tom & Jerry: The Golden Collection – Volume 2: Warner Brothers catalog dump includes the underrated Running Scared (with Paul Walker), and a new version of Enter the Dragon, which may not warrant an upgrade, but is still one of Bruce Lee’s best.
- Hard Times: Twilight Time’s release of this Walter Hill classic is most deserving.
- Ninja III: The Domination: This is a trash classic. Enough said.
- Street Trash: This is mostly trash, but fascinating.
- Wild Strawberries: Of Ingmar Bergman’s films, this is probably up there in classics with The Seventh Seal. A great film, for sure, but also one of his most accessible.
What are you picking up this week?