New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (07/04/17) – Celebrate Malick on Independence Day

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This week, the latest film from Terrence Malick comes to Blu-Ray and DVD. There isn’t much else hitting shelves today, so even though we’re getting lesser returns from the legend, that’s basically all we have to fete. Here goes nothing!

PICK OF THE WEEK

Song to Song

It has been a while since a Malick film has been universally beloved. Ever since returning with “The Tree of Life,” his more modern style has become more and more divisive. Here, he continues to throw away plot in the pursuit of feelings and mood. It doesn’t work at all, but at least the cast tries their best to save things early on. Then, it all falls apart for Malick. Rolling Stone agrees, writing:

Legendary filmmaker Terrence Malick hits all the wrong notes with this rambling, incoherent love-triangle story set against the Austin, Texas music scene.

Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, and Rooney Mara try their best. Malick just has other things on his mind with “Song to Song“. Fans only need apply here. In a rough week like this though, it winds up the top pick regardless.

Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $443,684
Major Awards: None yet

Vintage Viewing

In honor of this week’s release of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (our review can be found here), the pick today is going to be a bit obvious. It’s “Captain America: Civil War,” the Marvel outing that introduced Tom Holland as Spider-Man. It’s one of the best in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, bringing together almost every hero for a fun and surprisingly moving adventure. Variety agreed, putting forth the following:

The most mature and substantive picture to have yet emerged from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Don’t miss “Spider-Man: Homecoming” folks. In the meantime, the introduction to Spidey is a perfect appetizer!

Other Films Being Released

Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides Malick’s “Song to Song”:

Drone

This thriller focuses on timely material, but overly dramatizes things. According to the New York Times, it doesn’t work:

Overheated family confessions meet SWAT team conventions at the climax, and little resonates in their wake.

Sounds like a missed opportunity.

Box Office: N/A

Vincent N Roxy

A gritty little B movie starring Emile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz that played at the Tribeca Film Festival, this one met with mixed reviews. The two of them apparently make it work, according to fans of the flick. At the very least, The Hollywood Reporter thinks so:

Emile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz, as strangers thrown together by a violent incident, enjoy an easy chemistry here, encouraging viewers to forget the menace that starts the story and, with startling violence, will end it.

If you want a back up option, this might be it.

Box Office: N/A

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Once upon a time, this seemed like a major Oscar player. Jessica Chastain saving animals and children from Nazis? Give her the award now. Alas, the film never fully came together, being delayed and then dumped earlier this year. The Atlantic was disappointed in their review, writing:

It’s a worthy film that fails in revealing any depth to its protagonists, remembering them for their courageousness and little more.

Keep your expectations in check.

Box Office: $17,445,186 (and counting)

TV Releases

“Homicide: Life On The Street – The Complete Series”
“The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny & Friends”

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

  • Joey Magidson

    Enjoy the 4th!