New Blu-ray/DVD Releases (02/28/17) – The Best Picture Winning ‘Moonlight’

This week, Barry Jenkins‘ Academy Award winner “Moonlight” leads the charge of new releases coming to Blu-ray and DVD. Joining the surprise Best Picture winner at the most recent Oscars are a pair of other nominees as well. Passions are still running high, so let us cut to the chase and dive right in!

PICK OF THE WEEK

Moonlight

Leaving out what happened on Sunday night and all that chaos, this is an excellent little indie that could, exceeding expectations from start to finish. “Moonlight” is a real success story, not just for Jenkins, but for Mahershala Ali and company as well. Full of raw emotions and very much reflective of our current society, it’s a special film. Here is a taste from Clayton’s rave review of “Moonlight” out of the New York Film Festival:

A magnificent portrait of urban life, Barry Jenkins‘ astounding ‘Moonlight’ captures the essence of a generation.

“Moonlight” is our new Best Picture winner. If you’re an Oscar completist, or even if you just love the film, it’s a must own.

Special Features: Audio Commentary, Featurettes and more
Total Box Office: $22,286,234 (and counting)
Major Awards: Won Best Picture at the Academy Awards

Recommended Movie(s)

Doctor Strange

Easily the most psychedelic Marvel superhero outing to date, this is also overall one of their best. It takes more risks than the studio normally allows, resulting in a sense of added excitement. Much like with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” their less well known properties seem to pay off in the biggest ways. Plus, who doesn’t like weird Tilda Swinton getting to have fun in a blockbuster? From our very positive review here on the site:

This is a trippy, psychedelic, and really fun introduction to the world of magic within Marvel’s realms. Not only does this open up their universe in an intriguing new way, it doesn’t rely solely on setting up future installments.

Doctor Strange” is best suited for Marvel fans, but everyone can enjoy its visuals. Pick it up and see for yourself!

Special Features: Audio Commentary, Deleted and Extended Scenes, Featurettes and more
Total Box Office: $232,526,026 (and counting)
Major Awards: Nominated for Best Visual Effects at the Academy Awards

Vintage Viewing

In honor of this week’s release of “Logan,” the pick is going to be last year’s superhero flick that vied for awards love. It’s “Deadpool,” which came up short with Oscar, of course. Still, it’s a new benchmark for comic book cinema, which is well worth celebrating. In addition, the movie is just an absolute blast. From our rave four star review here on the site:

Operating on a very specific wavelength, this is not just the most meta superhero film to date, it’s also one of the best.

“Logan” is the best film of the year so far, while “Deadpool” is one of last year’s best. Get ready for one by revisiting the other!

Other Films Being Released

Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides recommended titles of “Doctor Strange” and “Moonlight”:

Allied

A classy yet oddly predictable would-be epic, this movie falls short of where director Robert Zemeckis must have dreamed of. Stars Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt try their best, but it’s all in vein. From our mixed-to-negative review, found right here on the site:

When you get right down to it, ‘Allied’ is just too traditional for its own good. Zemeckis and company believed they were making a classic in their own right, but it’s too often a pale imitation.

Simply put, it should have been a lot better.

Box Office: $40,098,064

Chronic

Tim Roth received some kudos for his turn in this drama, but nothing much ultimately came of it. The Village Voice raves though, writing:

‘Chronic’ doesn’t traffic in cliché or glamorize sickness. Rather than spoon-feed platitudes, it presents failing bodies and leaves the audience wondering what to think.

If you can handle the material, it seems like one to consider picking up.

Box Office: $9,033

Rules Don’t Apply

Aside from when he presented Best Picture, this is Warren Beatty‘s biggest misfire in some time. Our review back from AFI Fest was rather dismissive, and rightly so. Here’s a taste:

Warren Beatty‘s haphazard ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ is a screwball dramedy that plays like a direct-to-video sequel to Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Aviator.’

The Aviator” > “Rules Don’t Apply

Box Office: $3,652,206

Shut In

A horror/suspence flick that apparently wastes both Jacob Tremblay and Naomi Watts…ouch. The Hollywood Reporter had this slam within their negative review:

This hokey horror film should have stayed cooped up.

Pass.

Box Office: $6,900,335

Wheeler

This musically tinged drama completely failed to catch on. “La La Land,” this is not. Variety said the following in their take:

This faux documentary about a country music singer-songwriter plays like a long-distance ego trip.

Seems like nothing to make too much of a fuss over.

Box Office: N/A

Special Criterion Collection Section

The Before Trilogy

It’s an absolute delight to see these three films join the collection as one big package deal. Richard Linklater‘s brilliant three movies with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are each classics in their own right. “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” work individually and also together. They make for perhaps the best franchise of all time. Here’s what Criterion themselves has to say on their site promoting the release:

The cornerstone of director Richard Linklater’s career‑long exploration of cinematic time, this celebrated three-part romance captures a relationship as it begins, begins again, deepens, and strains over the course of almost two decades. Chronicling the love of Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), from their first meeting as idealistic twentysomethings to the disillusionment they face together in middle age, The Before Trilogy also serves as a document of a boundary-pushing and extraordinarily intimate collaboration between director and actors, as Delpy and Hawke imbue their characters with a sense of lived-in experience, and age on-screen along with them. Attuned to the sweeping grandeur of time’s passage as well as the evanescence of individual moments, the Before films chart the progress of romantic destiny as it navigates the vicissitudes of ordinary life.

Agreed. This is a must own!

TV Releases

“Banshee: The Complete Fourth Season”
“Fuller House: The Complete First Season”
“London Road”
“A Place to Call Home: Season 4”

Thoughts on what to watch this week on Blu-ray or DVD? Share them in the comments below!

About Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of Indiewire's Criticwire Network as well as the Internet Film Critics Association.
  • Joey Magidson

    Believe it or not, you can love both La La Land and Moonlight.