New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (01/09/18) – Pennywise Follows You Home

This week, “It” leads the slate of films coming to Blu-Ray and DVD. Yes, that means Pennywise is back to terrorize you yet again. That’s the highlight today, continuing its incredible run. Lets dive right in!

PICK OF THE WEEK

It

This horror remake was a smash hit, setting box office records. By and large, folks loved this updated of Stephen King‘s classic novel. Some thought it was merely solid, while others found it to be a modern classic. Clayton was of that mindset, writing the following in his rave review on the site:

If there’s something you take with you when the credits roll, it’s the superbly executed work of the stellar cast.

It” released Pennywise back into the world, thoroughly influencing pop culture in 2017. In a somewhat shallow week like this, this one floats to the top.

Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $327,481,748
Major Awards: None

Vintage Viewing

In honor of this week’s release of “The Post” into theaters nationwide, the pick today is another timely film about journalism. It’s “Spotlight,” which took home the Oscar for Best Picture a few years back. A terrific winner, this drama is a throwback flick that will easily stand the test of time. Clayton loved it as much as anyone, writing the following in his four-star review:

Honestly speaking, “Spotlight” is the best investigative news drama this century.

Especially considering the Pennywise type figure in the White House currently, matching “The Post” with “Spotlight” this week makes perfect sense.

Other Films Being Released

Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the recommended title “It”:

Bullet Head

The latest in a long line of throwaway action flicks. This one happens to star Adrien Brody, among others like Antonio Banderas and John Malkovich. Shot in Bulgaria, it would have gone direct to video in another lifetime. Believe it or not, Variety‘s pan of a review was one of the kinder ones to be found out there:

A film that somehow manages to be fairly watchable, yet nonetheless really needed intervention from the conceptual stage onward.

Pass.

Box Office: N/A

The Foreigner

This pairing of Pierce Brosnan, Jackie Chan, and director Martin Campbell had the potential to be a blast. That wasn’t the case, however, as it ended up only passably enjoyable at best. That was a shame, considering the talent involved. We had this to say in the mixed review that went up on the site a few months ago:

This is another sort of movie that your dad will enjoy, especially if he stumbles upon it on TNT or USA late one night.

This was a definite disappointment. If you watch it, heavily temper your expectations.

Box Office: $34,393,507

Friend Request

Another horror release hitting shelves today, with this one being easily the lesser of the two. Frankly, very little about this one seemed at all appealing. The AV Club more or less agreed, as seen here in their take on it:

It’s flimsy genre junk of the most generic variety, just with a really groan-worthy Facebook spin.

Stick with Pennywise today.

Box Office: $3,759,078

Marshall

A would be awards hopeful, this biopic of Thurgood Marshall never quite lived up to its potential. Over at indieWIRE, their mixed to negative review took it to task for not being better. Also, for not actually making Marshall the main character of a film called “Marshall.” Here’s a sample:

The problem with this hokey courtroom drama isn’t that it says the right thing in the wrong way, the problem is that it ultimately doesn’t say anything at all.

Alas, what could have been?

Box Office: $9,480,742 (and counting)

My Little Pony: The Movie

Not counting the LEGO movies, toy-based cinema has a rough track record. Did anyone expect anything out of a “My Little Pony” film? Didn’t think so. The Los Angeles Times had a pretty pointed summation of it in their review, putting forth the following:

The film is done in the classic 2-D animation style and embraces the flat, colorful, Saturday-morning cartoon look and feel.

No thanks.

Box Office: $21,885,107

Special Criterion Collection Section

Young Mr. Lincoln

Our only Criterion release today is a film by John Ford well worth the treatment. Teamed with Henry Fonda, this was considered a top-tier Abraham Lincoln flick, at least until Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg got to the President. Here is what the Collection has to say about this one:

Few American historical figures are as revered as Abraham Lincoln, and few director-star collaborations embody classic Hollywood cinema as beautifully as the one between John Ford and Henry Fonda.

Pick it up and enjoy!

TV Releases

“Arrow: Seasons 3 & 4”
“The Big Bang Theory: Complete Seasons 1-5”
“The Big Bang Theory: Seasons 6-8”
“The Dukes of Hazzard: Complete Seasons 3 & 4”
“Gotham: Complete Seasons 1 & 2”
“Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Second Season”

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