New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (1/28/14)

rush-poster06This week, a decently large and assorted offering of Blu-Ray/DVD titles are hitting shelves, and beyond that, there’s some films to be excited for as well. To be fair, there’s nothing to really fall head over heels in love with (perhaps with one exception), but there’s also nothing here to out and out hate either (at least I don’t think so), so this is at the very least another solid slate for you all to sift through for potential purchases. There’s more or less something for everyone today, so that’s the kind of grouping that this column was pretty much made for, so consider me rather pleased overall. Today would have had more of a decision for me in terms of my top pick if I had gotten to a few more things, but alas, I do have one movie that I’m more than satisfied picking. For my PICK OF THE WEEK, I went with a rather enjoyable would be Oscar contender from the fall of 2013. Yes, as a hint that means that it was shut out on nomination morning. We’ll get to the film that I’m referencing in a moment, but before that, there’s the little matter of a Vintage pick or two, isn’t there? I thought so, so let’s head over there now and get started!

Vintage Viewing

Thank_You_for_Smoking_-_DVD-copyIn honor of this week’s release of Labor Day (which I saw last year and liked quite a bit, even if I’m one of the few it seems…stay tuned for my review later this week), my choices here are the previous works to date of filmmaker Jason Reitman. He’s yet to make a bad movie in my book, from his debut Thank You for Smoking to his sophomore feature Juno to his masterpiece so far Up in the Air, as well as his prior film Young Adult. He’s made a wide variety of quality flicks so far, and Friday brings one more to add to his filmography. In the meantime, revisit some of these for sure, as there’s something for everyone. His middle two films are his best in my book, but you can’t go wrong with one of Reitman’s, so sit down with this quartet of films and enjoy…

Other Films Being Released

Here’s a list of what else is hitting this week besides my top choice, plain and simple…

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This is a documentary about Formula One racing that would make for a perfect companion piece with my top choice this week (which is another strong hint about what it is). I didn’t put it in the recommended column because I didn’t finish it due to being exhausted a few weeks ago, but it’s a solid watch if you have an interest…

Box Office: N/A

Argento’s Dracula

I think it’s safe to say that no one is really getting excited for Dario Argento horror flicks anymore. This take on the legendary vampire was one I missed, but apparently I didn’t miss much. Unless you worship the filmmaker, this could be one to pass on.

Box Office: $4,556

Ass Backwards

I enjoy listening to June Diane Raphael on the podcast How Did This Get Made?, but I didn’t get a chance to see this comedy that she co-wrote and co-stars in. I didn’t hear much, but I’m curious enough that I’ll probably give it a shot soon…

Box Office: N/A

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Here’s another one I did not see, though I also didn’t see the first film in the now franchise. I did love the book as a child, if that means anything for you. Didn’t think so, but figured I’d throw it out there.

Box Office: $118,870,505 (and counting)

Concussion

This indie drama is another one that I meant to see but just didn’t get around to. I’ll be rectifying that soon, and since I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one, I think it could be a solid one to join me on too…

Box Office: $42,606

The Fifth Estate

Here’s a would be Oscar player that just completely fell flat. As biopics go, this is pretty limp, though it is timely, even if that’s actually something that hurts it more than it helps. I think we can do better than this, though I wouldn’t stop you if you were curious and wanted to check it out.

Box Office: $3,255,008

bad-grandpa-poster-jpg_124928Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

One of the few Oscar nominated films (yes, it’s a nominee) that I’ve yet to see, this comedy apparently has some terrific makeup…right? Well, it should be good for a laugh, though you likely already know if you want this one or not. Do as you see fit here.

Box Office: $102,003,019 (and counting)

Last Vegas

This is one I didn’t make much of an effort to see, though I know I’ll give it a shot soon. It’s better than the recent Hangover sequels right? Good, that means it can’t suck too much…I think.

Box Office: $63,749,942 (and counting)

Metallica: Through the Never

Here’s an oddity of sorts…a concert film with a dramatic narrative feature mixed in as well. I’m not sure it was something that completely worked, but you have to give it some points for originality at least. If you’re a fan of the band, this is probably something you have an interest in too.

Box Office: $3,419,967

A Perfect Man

I’m pretty broke these days so it’s hard to find an indie with a smaller gross than my checking account, but lo and behold, here’s one. I haven’t seen it so I don’t know if it’s any good, but folks seemed to completely ignore it, that’s for sure…

Box Office: $445

TV Releases

Charlie’s Angels: The Complete First Season
Downton Abbey: Season 4
Pinky, Elmyra & The Brain: The Complete Series
Treme: The Complete Fourth Season

PICK OF THE WEEK

Rush

rush-movie-james-hunt-and-niki-laudaRon Howard isn’t the most exciting director out there, I think we can all agree on that, but this is his liveliest film in some time. A little on the sexy side as well, Formula One racing and the story of the rivalry between James Hunt an Niki Lauda seemed to invigorate Howard and the result is a very enjoyable movie. Featuring top notch technical work behind the scenes, some very solid performances, and white knuckle racing scenes, this is the rare sports flick that also can function as an action movie as well. Plenty of you like this film more than I do, but I still dug it enough and have no problem recommending it today. It’s certainly the best of the bunch this week, that’s for sure…

Special Features: Deleted Scenes, Featurettes, and more…
Total Box Office: $26,947,624
Major Award: Nominated for Best Drama and Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Bruhl at the Golden Globe Awards…

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