After a long holiday weekend, we’re finally get some decent releases on DVD and Blu-ray this week. Many of which are titles from earlier this year which failed to rouse much interest, but still, there’s Spring Breakers.
- Admission: The combination of Tina Fey and Paul Rudd would seem to suggest something that couldn’t miss, or at least something that would find an audience. It turns out that if Admission does find an audience it will be on home video. This film disappeared pretty quickly, which suggests that either it was marketing poorly, or it’s not very good.
- Dead Man Down: Niels Arden Oplev directed the original adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for the big screen, which gave him a chance to come stateside to helm this forgettable action movie, which stars Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. Rapace is also at the point now where it doesn’t feel like she’ll find a home in America, though Oplev had more luck helming the pilot of Under the Dome.
- The Host: Stephenie Meyers created the Twilight franchise, but it appears that her name is not enough to get people in to see the latest Young Adult adaptation.
- Portlandia: Season Three, Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special: This week’s television options are nice. Portlandia has maintained a fun, offbeat sensibility that is lazy and engaging, while Robot Chicken is usually funny, even if it feels a bit played out at this point.
- Spring Breakers: Harmony Korine, genius or exploiter, or possibly both? This was very much a love/hate affair, though many singled out James Franco’s performance as fascinating, even if the film was more posture than quality. Look at my sh_t, indeed.
- Tyler Perry’s Temptation: The latest from Tyler Perry made $50 Million at the box office, which suggest Perry is going nowhere.
- Bruce Lee: The Legacy Collection, Cohen & Tate: The latest from Shout Factory includes the definitive collection of Bruce Lee films that aren’t Enter the Dragon, and a cult favorite from the 80’s.
- The Jerk, Liar Liar: He must hate these cans.
- The Life of Oharu: Kenji Mizoguchi gets his second film in the Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray selections. Mizoguchi is renowned as one of the greatest Japanese filmmakers, and here’s another chance to sample his wares.
- Street Trash: Special Meltdown Edition: This is one of those low budget films from the 1980’s that was saved because the director had some skill behind the camera. It’s not a great film, but it’s an interesting piece of exploitation, that’s for sure.
What are you picking up this week?