This week, we’re treated to another average slate of Blu-Ray/DVD releases, but one that certainly has a worthy top choice for those in the mood for something action-oriented (not to spoil my choice or anything). Two weeks from now we’ll have a strong bunch of films to talk about, but for now let’s just remember that things could be worse here. For my PICK OF THE WEEK I really only had one choice, but it’s one that I can back whole-heartedly, so that’s good at least. Those with a little knowledge of the calendar and what films of this ilk I enjoyed recently can guess already what the title in question is, but for everyone else, there’s no need for surprise here. It’s:
The perpetually “soon to be retiring” director Steven Soderbergh has seemingly made it his business to tackle all sorts of odd projects before he hangs it up and rides off into the sunset (something I can certainly respect). Here, he’s taking a B-movie action premise, adding in the gimmick casting of MMA star Gina Carano, and filming it all in as unusual a way as he can. The result (aided by an unlikely cast of A-listers that also included the likes of Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, and Antonio Bandaras) is very entertaining, even if it’s not the most memorable of flicks. For Soderbergh’s filmmaking techniques alone this is worth checking out, but if you like action films, this should be a real treat for you…
-Before I get to the rest of the releases, I’ll make a quick mention of a non-theatrical title coming out today. It’s Martin Scorsese’s latest musical documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Fans of Harrison and the musical docs that Scorsese periodically puts out will eat this up, though others may not see what the fuss is over. If you’re among that first group, it’s right there for the taking on DVD now.
-Also out this week we have the bland comedy Joyful Noise, the forgettable romantic comedy New Year’s Eve, and two films I didn’t see…the romantic comedy And They’re Off, and Madonna’s directorial endeavor, the drama W.E., which was supposedly awful. None of these strike me as being something you NEED to have, but if I’m wrong, don’t let me get in the way of a potential purchase. Just know what you’re getting yourself into first…
-My Vintage pick, in honor of this week’s release of The Avengers, is a superhero movie that we all know and (mostly) love. It’s Superman: The Movie, and while I’m a Superman Returns apologist, it’s hard to deny that Richard Donner’s original is the true movie that made you believe that a man could fly. It’s got some great nostalgia value these days, but it’s impossible not to smile at Christopher Reeve as both Clark Kent and Superman. We’ll know in a year or so what Zack Snyder has done with the character, but for now, go back to where it all started!
-What will you be watching on Blu-Ray and DVD this week? Discuss on the Forum!
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