escape-plan-1This week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases offers mostly newer titles, but there’s a Criterion release, and one of the best picture nominees, and some turkeys (literally, there’s a film about turkeys).

New:

  • About Time: It’s shocking that the latest film by Richard Curtis, the mind behind Notting Hill and Love Actually, was given a piffle of a release and didn’t connect with audiences. This seems more like a release problem than a film problem, but I didn’t see it.
  • Baggage Claim: Paula Patton is successful enough to get a rom-com based around here now, after the success of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. All word was that this very formula.
  • Cutie and the Boxer: One of best documentaries of 2013 hits DVD and Blu-ray today, in this portrait of two artists who are also a married couple, with one more famous than the other.
  • Dallas Buyers Club: Best picture nominee, and a likely winner of one – possibly two – Oscars, this is a perfectly fine TV movie that proves to more interesting when Matthew McConaughey, who plays an AIDS stricken cowboy, is ruthless whilst running drugs that help AIDS patients than it is when his character learns lessons and begins to appreciate the homosexuals around him.
  • Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series: Say goodbye to Matt Smith as he leaves the franchise behind for possibly greener pastures.
  • Escape Plan: Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger finally starred opposite each other in a movie that would have been the biggest film of all time twenty five years ago.
  • Free Birds: Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson star as time traveling turkeys. Yeah.
  • Romeo and Juliet: Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes adapted William Shakespeare’s romance, and no one noticed, even with True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet.

Classics:

  • City of Angels, Death Wish: 40th Anniversary Edition, Million Dollar Baby: 10th Anniversary Edition, Stop-Loss,  Two Weeks Notice: There’s no real theme to Warner Brothers catalog releases this week. There’s some romantic comedies, Two Weeks Notice, an Oscar Winner. Eh. It’s nice to see them pump out older titles.
  • Jules and Jim: Francois Truffaut classic love triangle is hitting Blu-ray this week. We’re hoping this leads to more Truffaut on Blu from Criterion.
  • The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Napoleon Dynamite: 10th Anniversary Edition: Vote Pedro.
  • Night of the Demons: Collector’s Edition, Witchboard: Though I’m sure these films have their following, it feels like Scream Factory is releasing films that were popular because of the VHS box art more than films that have a cult following. But, there’s value in that too.

 What are you picking up this week?