To accompany Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week, I will be offering my Editor’s Recommendations in this weekly column that will highlight some feature films and television shows that may not get their proper praise otherwise. While some are straight-to-DVD releases, often times those types of films can offer cinematic insight from time to time.
Homeland Season 1
Opening Wednesday instead of the conventional Tuesday due to respect of the 9/11 victims, Showtime’s Homeland is nominated for 9 Emmy Awards including Best Drama Series and is the likely the frontrunner to take home plenty of gold statues on Sunday’s broadcast.. As the Blu-Ray and DVD encompasses some outstanding features like behind-the-scenes footage and deleted scenes, you get to witness the outstanding star making turn of Damien Lewis and the impressive work of Emmy Award Winner Claire Danes. It’s a shame Danes doesn’t do more big screen work. She has the talent to catch the eye of Oscar voters in the future.
Season 2 of Homeland premieres September 30th on Showtime.
Snow White & the Huntsman
While the film enables some story flaws that could have been corrected by a seven-year-old, there’s no denying the visual aspects are not stunning especially when viewing the film on Blu-Ray. The film sparkles and shines in a spectacle that stands out in 2012. Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth could not be more wrong for their roles but Charlize Theron elevates the material with talent and standard sex-appeal. Truly the fairest of them all.
The film is on Blu-Ray and DVD Wednesday, September 12, 2012.
Sons of Anarchy Season 4
FX’s hit-show Sons of Anarchy returns to television tonight @ 10:00pm for its fifth season. The Season 4 Blu-Ray/DVD was released August 28th but there’s still time to purchase and catch up before the premiere tonight. The best part of the show is watching the hot and sultry Katey Segal still have the flair and the spunk that had her steal all her scenes in “Married with Children.”
Show Creator Kurt Sutter is still on a roll.
Titanic (1997) director James Cameron and co-star of the film Bill Paxton return to the final resting place of the doomed ship in the Cameron directed documentary Ghosts of the Abyss. This 3D Blu-Ray extravaganza brings us to the far reaches of the sea to revisit every near nook and cranny of the ship that took 1,500 lives over a century ago.
Cameron creates technology specifically for this quest and breathes some new life and excitement into a subject that has been beaten to death in the past.
The film opens on 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD September 12, 2012.
For Greater Glory
Directed by Dean Wright, For Greater Glory stars Andy Garcia, Eva Langoria, and Peter O’Toole and is set in the time of the Cristero War during the 1920s Mexico, a rebellion that arose over the Mexican government’s persecution of the Catholic Church. This is Wright’s directorial début who served as a visual effects supervisor on films like The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). Though the film did not receive the most positive reviews from critics, there are many that admire the old-fashioned filmmaking style.
The film’s opening was interestingly quiet back in June and is hitting DVD shelves today.
What are you picking up on DVD this week?
Tags: Blu-ray Disc, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Claire Danes, DVD, Editor, Emmy Award, emmy awards, Entertainment/Culture, kristen stewart, showtime, Sons of Anarchy, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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