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Most of the new releases this week were films that disappeared from theaters at a very quick clip. Such is the first real week of January. Fortunately, Criterion is bringing an A title for those itching to purchase something.

New:

  • Big Ass Spider!: This is the sort of film that could be dumb fun or just plain dumb, but one way or the other, we kind of want to watch it (don’t judge, it looks better than Sharkanado)
  • Closed Circuit: This film stars Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall and got a wide release last year, but made zero impression while doing so.
  • Copper: Season Two, Duck Dynasty: Seasons 1 -4, The Following: The Complete First Season, Star Trek: Enterprise – The Complete Third Season, Legit: The Complete First Season: So the most controversial show going is hitting Blu-ray this week, along with some Star Trek.
  • I’m So Excited!: Pedro Almodovar’s latest didn’t get much traction stateside, but perhaps it didn’t find its audience. Perhaps people have grown more used to Oscar-bait Almodovar.
  • Runner Runner: Even starring future Batman Ben Affleck, this conman film just died at the box office. People don’t follow actors that much any more. Or maybe it’s that Justin Timberlake isn’t a leading man (yet).

Classics:

  • The Cassandra Crossing / Domino Principle: The latest from Shout Factory are some B movies that… maybe someone’s a fan of. We haven’t seen ‘em.
  • Coal Miner’s Daughter, Gorillas in the Mist, The Hurricane: It’s hard to find the theme in Universal’s catalog titles of this week. Perhaps it’s biopics. Perhaps it’s “films we have 1080p masters of”
  • For Ever Mozart, Hail Mary: Two mid 80’s Jean-Luc Godard films are hitting Blu-ray this week, and though they don’t have the same sort of draw of Godard in his prime, they are both fascinating works, even if Godard at that point liked to actively annoy his audience.
  • The Killing Fields: 30th Anniversary Edition, Tequila Sunrise: A very serious movie that was nominated for a lot of Oscars and a rather enjoyable late 80’s throwback are Warner Brother’s catalog offerings of the week. We prefer the latter.
  • Throne of Blood: The first of Akira Kurosawa’s trilogy of loose Shakespeare adaptations, Throne of Blood puts MacBeth into feudal Japan to amazing results. One of the great things about films like this is that actors would have bricks of wood put in their outfits, and when shot with arrows, they would have to pray the marksmen targeting them had great aim.
  • The Wicker Man: One of the best/greatest cult horror films of all time, The Wicker Man is one of those great paranoid horror films where the main character hopes to unravel a mystery but ends up unraveling themselves. A much bigger deal in England than in America, it deserves to have a better reputation stateside.

 What are you picking up this week?