Jane LevyThis isn’t a major week of releases for DVD and Blu-ray, but there’s some solid films worth checking out. For those who like action movies, there’s a Walter Hill film you may have missed in the theater, while Sony’s “Mastered in 4K” experiment continues.

New:

  • 42: Warner Brothers had a modest hit with this Jackie Robinson bio-pic. Chadwick Boseman stars alongside Harrison Ford is this modestly clever, but often too-by-the book portrait of a great man’s life.
  • Bullet to the Head: Saying that this is a Walter Hill film is going to mean something to a certain kind of movie fan. This lean, no-nonsense action thriller stars Sylvester Stallone and Sung Kang in the story of a hitman who teams up with a cop to get revenge. There’s not too much meat on the bone, but there’s also no fat. This is a B movie, but one that delivers what it needs to.
  • Evil Dead: The remake of the Sam Raimi classic delivered plenty of gore, like a lot of gore. Tons of it. But it’s way more gory than scary, and the ideas don’t feel all that interesting. There’s no danger behind it. There’s still some effective cringe scares, though. So for that it’s interesting.
  • Solomon Kane: This film was made in 2009, and I think I saw it around then. It finally hit theaters, sort of, last fall, and now limps on to home video. The funny thing is, it’s pretty good. It’s just cheap.

Classics

  • The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – Director’s Cut: Thumper from Bambi has advised me to say “No comment.”
  • Godzilla, Men in Black, Moneyball, Pineapple Express, Spider-Man 2: More 4K masters from Sony. It seems the older films benefit the most from this. I can’t imagine Pineapple Express looking that much better.
  • Heavy Traffic, Jackie Chan: Battle Creek Brawl / City Hunter: Shout factory has a Jackie Chan double feature and one of Ralph Bashki’s better cartoons this week.
  • Lord of the Flies: Upgraded to Blu-ray, this classic of literature makes for a pretty good movie.

What are you picking up this week?