This week, the volume of titles coming out on Blu-Ray/DVD hits a real low, though obviously a lot of that has to do with the large amounts of movies out in theaters as well as Thanksgiving (have a good one later this week folks, by the way), so it’s not exactly unexpected. Still, there’s at least one film hitting shelves that’s worth your while, so the column is in no danger today. I’ll be sure to supplement things with a few more Vintage picks than usual later on, so stay tuned for that. As for new releases, the one getting top honors from me is one that you’d have likely never expected a few months ago. Yes, for my PICK OF THE WEEK I’m going with a shamelessly silly action sequel. That’s rarely that case with my top choice here, but this one stands out, both in terms of this being a week crop of flicks, but also because it’s just a ridiculous amount of fun. What movie am I talking about? Well, in case you didn’t know already, it’s:
The Expendables 2
Yes, the sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s ludicrous action flick is back, and the insanity is up a notch, making for an even more enjoyable experience this time around. By stepping away from the director’s chair, Stallone wound up making the film better overall, though still very much a B movie. You see this for the silliness and overload of 80’s action heroes, and in both regards the film is a rousing success and delivers in spades. I may have preferred more of Chuck Norris, for example, but his cameo is still amazing. If you’re in the mood to just turn off your brain and have a good time, it’s hard to go wrong with this title, hence my recommendation today…
-Also out this week we have a trio of small titles that I haven’t yet seen. They are the documentary Tony Bennett: The Zen of Bennett, the dramedy The Obama Effect, and the comedy Bringing Up Bobby. These aren’t well known flicks, but if any of them have something to offer for you, don’t hesitate to pick them up and enjoy. It’s a good week to go out on a limb and experiment!
-Of note to Quentin Tarantino fans is the release today of the 8 film Tarantino XX Blu-Ray box set. I rarely highlight double-dips or sets like this, but in a small week like this one (a well as a week for shopping and possibly gift giving), it made sense to quickly mention this. QT fans likely already know about it, but consider this a short public service announcement in the column.
-My Vintage pick, in honor of this week’s release of Hitchcock (my Early Review can be found here, as well as my interviews with most of the cast and crew here), is a collection of my all time favorite biopics. There are tons to choose from, but I always thought most highly of the following ones. Since it’s a short week for new releases I’ll give a top 10 for biopics, in alphabetical order. They are Ed Wood, Good Night and Good Luck, Into the Wild, Milk, Moneyball, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Raging Bull, Schindler’s List, Shattered Glass, and The Social Network. There are of course tons of other great ones, and Lincoln is certainly going to be up there for me soon, but these are the ones that I personally happen to enjoy the most. I’m very curious to read what your favorites are, so be sure to share those in the comments, but these are mine. With Hitchcock and Lincoln both in theater options during Turkey Day, perhaps check those out as well…
–What will you be watching on Blu-Ray/DVD this week? Discuss in the comments!