New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (07/10/18) – Shouting About ‘A Quiet Place’

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This week, a fright flick from Emily Blunt‘s husband leads the charge of new Blu-Ray/DVD titles. Yes, that’s a reductive way of describing today’s top pick, but it’s a silly way to ever so slightly bury the lede. Plus, Blunt is just great in this film. So, let us get down to brass tacks!

PICK OF THE WEEK

A Quiet Place

John Krasinski joined the ranks of the triple threats with this blockbuster horror offering. Featuring Academy Award-worthy sound design, a tremendous turn from not just Blunt but Krasinski himself, and creative monsters, this is the full Hollywood package. Kudos to Krasinski for finding his filmmaking niche. We on the site were quite fond of it, putting forth the following praise in a review:

Krasinski and his entire team execute style with orchestral prowess, commanding attention

A Quiet Place” is one of 2018’s better titles. If you love horror, this is a must watch. It works in a big way.

Special Features: Featurettes
Total Box Office: $187,446,026 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet

RECOMMENDED MOVIES

Chappaquiddick

This look at the worst moment of Ted Kennedy’s life is a fascinating bit of history. Jason Clarke‘s Ted is a bit of an enigma, while Bruce Dern as patriarch Joe Kennedy steals the show without ever really saying much. This is much more about the why of it all, as opposed to the how. Truthfully, that makes for a much more interesting film too. Rolling Stone had this to say about the flick:

Did Sen. Ted Kennedy (an electrifying Jason Clarke) leave a female passenger to drown when his car plunged off a bridge in 1969? Instead of scandal, this questing film examines the broken moral compass of a driven politician.

Chappaquiddick” fell short of being awards worthy, but it’s still well worth seeing.

Special Features: Featurettes
Total Box Office: $17,389,381 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet

Lean on Pete

A tough sit, this coming of age story is almost torturous in what it puts its protagonist through. The acting from Charlie Plummer pulls you from beginning to end, even when it’s a struggle. As Karen wrote in our review here on the site, it ends up worth the wait:

“Lean on Pete” is a film that takes its time, and asks you to do the same. It is one that requires thought and some patience. And that patience is rewarded with an ending sequence that feels like the peace that comes at the end of a very long day.

Lean on Pete” won’t be for everyone. It’s a hard watch. Still, if you can handle the material, it’s worth it.

Special Features: Featurette
Total Box Office: $1,163,056
Major Awards: None yet

VINTAGE VIEWING

In honor of this week’s release of “Shock and Awe,” the pick today is going to be one of director Rob Reiner‘s best efforts to date. It’s “The American President,” a classic Reiner partnership with Aaron Sorkin. I’ve cited it numerous times in the past, so I’ll let Roger Ebert do the dirty work today. From his four star rave review:

It is hard to make a good love story, harder to make a good comedy and harder still to make an intelligent film about politics. Rob Reiner’s “The American President” cheerfully does all three, and is a great entertainment

We reviewed Reiner’s latest here. Make of that what you will, but revisit one of his most glorious works and remind yourself why he’s such a talent.

OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED

Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the recommended titles “Chappaquiddick,” “Lean on Pete,” and “A Quiet Place”:

Future World

James Franco co-directed this poorly received post-apocalyptic tale. Closer to the work he’s been putting out behind the camera for most of his career than to last year’s Oscar nominated effort, it’s rather low-grade stuff. The rare zero percent film on Rotten Tomatoes, The Hollywood Reporter panned it as such:

A low-rent, post-apocalyptic sci-fi tale that doesn’t succeed as either homage or parody of such obvious inspirations as the Mad Max series, Future World proves as original as its title.

The Disaster Artist,” this is not. Krasinski and “A Quiet Place” is the actor helmed genre feature to pick up, not this one.

Box Office: N/A

The Leisure Seeker

This Golden Globe nominated drama does feature a lovely pair in the central role. Teaming up Helen Mirren with Donald Sutherland should make anything worth watching. This, however, proved to be a bit of an exception. Variety, in their negative review, found the subject matter lacking, especially considering the talent:

Not even two actors as talented as Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland can save this dreadfully predictable Alzheimer’s road movie.

Pass.

Box Office: $3,226,443

Special Criterion Collection Section

Bull Durham

Our first new Criterion release this week is an all time sports movie classic. An iconic baseball tale, it’s one of the most quotable Kevin Costner roles. Throw in Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon in parts that helped make them famous, and this is just an all around gem. “Bull Durham” is an all timer for a reason. The Collection has an easy pitch to make here, no pun intended:

Former minor leaguer Ron Shelton hit a grand slam with his directorial debut, one of the most revered sports movies of all time.

This is a must own, so definitely pick it up! Along with “A Quiet Place,” this is the other Blu-Ray to 100% purchase.

Dragon Inn

The other title joining the Collection today happens to be a ground breaking martial arts film from the 1960’s. Fans of this sort of thing may very well be in for a bit of a treat. This is how Criterion sells it to you all:

The art of martial-arts filmmaking took a leap into bold new territory with this action-packed tale of Ming-dynasty intrigue.

Give it a look!

TV RELEASES

“Alice: The Complete Seventh Season”
“The Last Man on Earth: The Complete Fourth Season”
“The Magicians: Season Three”
“Mosaic”
“New Girl: The Complete Seventh & Final Season”
“Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Fifth Season”

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