New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (09/19/17) – The Best Slate So Far This Year

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This week, we have the best crop of Blu-Ray and DVD releases that 2017 has had yet. Leading the charge are some unlikely heroes, as you’ll see below. One is even called “The Hero,” which has been raved about by yours truly for months now. With such good stuff to discuss, let us dive right in!

PICK OF THE WEEK

The Hero

The legend Sam Elliott gives the performance of his career here in this moving character study. It’s work that deserves to be recognized by the Academy, as it’s truly the sort of thing worthy of a Best Actor trophy. The whole flick is terrific, one of the year’s very best. Our rave review here on the site goes on and on about Elliott, writing:

“The Hero” represents the best work of Elliott’s career and shows that in his 70’s, he still has new things to share with his audience.

Without question, “The Hero” is something special. If you haven’t yet seen it in theaters, pick it up now to discover at home!

Special Features: Audio Commentary
Total Box Office: $4,074,662 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet

Recommended Movies

The Big Sick

One of the year’s biggest independent success stories, this dramedy just barely missed being the top pick today. Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani are one of the year’s best screen couples, bare none. Our rave review on the site right here found tons to like about this story:

In taking their life story and putting it on screen, writers Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani have put forward something wonderful. In a very real sense, you’ll laugh and you’ll cry in equal measure.

The Big Sick” deserves every bit of acclaim that it has received so far. It’s just as good as “The Hero” and is a 1A / 1B type situation. You can’t go wrong with either, so pick up both and thank me later!

Special Features: Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, and more
Total Box Office: $42,487,093 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet

Wonder Woman

DC and Warner Brothers finally got one right! Many a comic book hero has crashed and burned under their watch of late, but Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot knocked this one out of the park. Clayton loved it, putting forth the following highly positive review:

Color me surprised. “Wonder Woman,” the newest film in the DC Cinematic Universe encompasses sincerity, heart, and a charismatic and endearing performance from its star Gal Gadot.

Wonder Woman” is one of the better superhero movies of the last few years, so if you enjoy the genre, this is a must own!

Special Features: Deleted/Extended Scenes, Featurettes, and more
Total Box Office: $411,430,094 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet

Vintage Viewing

In honor of this week’s release of “Stronger,” the pick today is another film from David Gordon Green. It’s “All the Real Girls,” arguably his best movie to date. With a phenomenal human touch and a breakthrough turn from Zooey Deschanel, it’s a special little movie. Roger Ebert raved about it once upon a time, writing the following:

Green is 27, old enough to be jaded, but he has the soul of a romantic poet.

Stronger” just got a rave review here on the site, so until that one opens, revisit this early work from Green and enjoy!

Other Films Being Released

Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the recommended trio of “The Big Sick,” “The Hero,” and “Wonder Woman”:

The Bad Batch

This apocalyptic drama was all style and no substance. As such, it was considered somewhat of a disappointment. Furthermore, considering the previous film from this director was “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,” this is doubly a let down. Variety wanted more from it, as they wrote in their review:

Though there’s much to savor in the pic’s lavishly distressed visuals and soundscape, its narrative feels increasingly stretched and desultory.

Alas.

Box Office: $180,851

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

A faith based comedy meant solely to satisfy its core heartland audience, this is what it is. Reviews were not favorable though, suggesting that it doesn’t really even work in that small regard. The AV Club was not kind to it:

Like so many movies designed for believers first and ordinary sinners second, if at all, Gavin Stone has trouble approximating the sensibility of actual entertainment and is particularly deadly as a comedy.

Pass.

Box Office: $2,303,792

Special Criterion Collection Section

Certain Women

The only release to get the Criterion treatment today is actually going directly to the Collection, which is unusual. This drama was an acting showcase for a quartet of women, with newcomer Lily Gladstone and Kristen Stewart being best in show. Back at the New York Film Festival last year, Clayton had this to say in his review:

The expanses of the American West take center stage in this intimately observed triptych from Kelly Reichardt.

Very few films get this particular honor, so take that into account this week!

TV Releases

“Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season”
“Bates Motel: Season Five”
“Bates Motel: The Complete Series”
“Code Black: Season 2”
“Lethal Weapon: The Complete First Season”
“Living Single: The Complete Second Season”
“Madam Secretary: Season Three”
“Modern Family: The Complete Eighth Season”
“Ransom: Season One”
“Simon & Simon: Season 6”
“You’re the Worst: The Complete Third Season”

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

  • Joey Magidson

    You can’t go wrong with The Big Sick and/or The Hero!

  • Matt St.Clair

    I still think The Big Sick is the best film of the year and while I wasn’t crazy about The Hero, I thought Sam Elliott was fantastic and delivered an awards-caliber performance.

    • Joey Magidson

      The Big Sick rests just outside of my top five and The Hero just cracks my top five, so they’re both phenomenal to me. Obviously agreed completely about Sam Elliott.

      • Matt St.Clair

        Hopefully, because Best Actor is looking so fluid, Sam Elliott can pull a “Richard Jenkins in The Visitor” and get nominated.

        • Joey Magidson

          There’s a chance, for sure.