Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (10/29/2013)

monsters_universityThis week, I regret to inform you, my dear readers, that there’s simply very little coming to Blu-Ray and DVD today. Yes, there’s one particular item worth picking up among the small slate, but it overall is a rather barren field of titles. This does happen from time to time (and honestly, I think part of it has to do with Halloween being this week and the assumption that just horror flicks will be folks pick up if they’re shopping between now and the 31st of October), but it doesn’t make my life any easier, I’ll tell you that much. Still, this is my job and it’s hardly worth complaining about, so I’ll make it up to you (the dearth of quantity, if not the quality part) with a special version of Vintage Viewing in a bit, so hopefully that evens the game a little. Regardless, I needed a top pick this week and it didn’t take long to decide on the one. For my PICK OF THE WEEK, I opted to go for the only theatrically released title that I liked. It does happen to be an Oscar hopeful for Best Animated Feature, so there’s that at least. You’ll see the one I’m speaking of in a moment (though it shouldn’t be hard to guess which one I’m going to be speaking of), but until then, I did mention some extra Vintage picks, didn’t I? I did, so let’s get on with the show over there!

Vintage Viewing

Sinister-01In honor of this week being Halloween, I’m doing a special two part Vintage section. This first part is just a collection of recently released scary movies for you to potentially watch on the 31st. I tried to come up with an eclectic list, so here goes (in alphabetical order) nothing: The Bay, The Cabin in the Woods, The Innkeepers, Sinister, and V/H/S. Those five fright flicks are all a bit different, including one of my favorite films of 2012 (you know which one). Any of these should unsettle you, to differing degrees. Take a look at some, or all, of them and let us know what you’ll be watching on Halloween also!

pirate-radioHere now is the more traditional Vintage pick. In honor of this week’s release of About Time (my very positive NYFF review of which can be found here), I’m going to cite a previous film by Richard Curtis. You all know and love his directorial debut Love Actually I’m sure, but I’m recommending his sophomore feature Pirate Radio. Maybe I’m alone, but I adore this comedy, which has an all time great soundtrack, some hilarious moments, and all the heart that Curtis usually has on display. His new one is good stuff, but for my money, this last one is even better, so check it out at some point this week if you’ve never gotten the chance to do so previously…

Films In Release

All Hallow’s Eve

Here’s a horror movie that I think may have skipped theaters entirely, though with it being this particular time of the year, I figured it was worth a mention. Who knows if it’s any good though…that’s on you to figure out if you choose to give it a shot.

Box Office: N/A

Bounty Killer

Another flick that opted out of screening in theaters, though this one seems like very much a direct to video type of B movie. If that’s your thing, perhaps you’ll want to investigate this one further? I won’t, but it’s your call there.

Box Office: N/A

byzantiumByzantium

I was incredibly disappointed by filmmaker Neil Jordan’s return to vampire films. This overly talky and frankly boring drama was a huge letdown for me. Perhaps you felt differently or remain curious about this one, in which case you might still want to pick this one up, but just don’t say that I didn’t warn you (I literally did in my review here) about it…

Box Office: $85,252

R.I.P.D.

Apparently I dodged a bullet by skipping this bomb of a sci-fi action/adventure hybrid, since it just looked like a boring ripoff of Men in Black. Maybe there’s a fun quality to it that can be enjoyed at home, but the reviews and severe audience disinterest so far suggest otherwise.

Box Office: $33,618,855

TV Releases

Damages: The Complete Series
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23: The Complete Series
Family Tree: The Complete First Season
Raising Hope: The Complete Third Season

PICK OF THE WEEK

Monsters University

monsters-university02Though hardly a new Pixar classic, this prequel is hardly without its charms. I had a good time with the flick, though I can’t say it’s my favorite animated movie of 2013 (more on that next month though) and think it would be a weak Oscar winner in the animated category. Still, it’s a fun cartoon that works for all ages. It’s not really fair to compare it to prior Pixar releases aside from Monsters Inc., but I don’t mean to suggest that it being inferior to other options makes it unworthy of your time. This is well worth picking up and enjoying for what it is. Especially if you’ve got kids hanging around, this is a pretty solid addition to your collection.

Special Features: Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, and much more…
Total Box Office: $267,788,620 (and counting)
Major Award: None yet, but it’s almost assuredly getting nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars…

What will you be watching this week? Discuss in the comments!