New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (4/08/14)

680x478This week, a decently eclectic mix of titles are hitting Blu-Ray and DVD. They may lack a large number of quality offerings, but there’s at least one, and that’s something to be thankful for, if nothing else This is the sort of week where you sort of have something for everyone, but at the same time, nothing that really looks likely to appeal to everyone. It makes for an odd day of sorts, but that happens in the column from time to time. Today is a pretty standard sort of slate, especially for this time of year. That being said, my top pick is the one most likely to appeal to readers of The Awards Circuit. For my PICK OF THE WEEK, I went with a surprisingly enjoyable Oscar nominee 2013 that perhaps didn’t do as well as hoped but still got a few citations. Yes, that’s a pretty good hint at what movie I’m talking about, but it’s also just simply the best release today by far. 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 for you all, isn’t there? I thought so, so let’s head over there now and get started!

Vintage Viewing

Moneyball-filmIn honor of this week’s release of Draft Day (my near rave review of which is coming in the next few days), I’m going to be going with the last great sports movie to hit theaters. It’s Moneyball, the terrific baseball flick from Bennett Miller. Kevin Costner’s role in this upcoming movie reminded me somewhat of Brad Pitt’s Oscar nominated performance, particularly in one scene I won’t discuss until you all see the film over the weekend. It’s a classic sports flick, so I won’t wax poetic on it again, but I’ll just reiterate that it’s something you can watch again and again. As such, it’s well worth revisiting…

Other Films Being Released

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

Back in the Day

An ensemble comedy that I’d never heard of until today, the lack of a box office number fuels my suspicion that basically no one else has heard of it either. Maybe you’ll go in blind for a laugh, but maybe not. If you do though, feel free to let me know how this one is.

Box Office: N/A

Best Night Ever

Another comedy with no box office cume listed, I’m actually kind of glad that seemingly no one saw it, since it’s made by…wait for it…Jason Friedberg and Andy Seitzer. Sigh, the less said about them, the better, right?

Box Office: N/A

Grudge Match

I missed this sports flick when it was in theaters, but I’m actually planning on giving it a shot this week. I didn’t hear much in the way of praise about this one, but it’s possible that this could be play well at home…

Box Office: $29,807,260

hobbit_desolation_of_smaug_posterThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Probably the closest that I’ll come to praising a Lord of the Rings flick, this second installment of The Hobbit trilogy had some decent enough elements, though my thumb was still very much down. You can see my review here, but I have a feeling you all already know if you’ll be picking this one up or not.

Box Office: $258,307,313 (and counting)

Justin Bieber’s Believe

I don’t even want to discuss this one, so I’ll just ask if anyone knows if we can deport Justin Bieber? One can dream, I suppose…

Box Office: N/A

Nurse

A little B horror flick, I haven’t yet seen this one, but I feel like I’ll eventually wind up checking it out. It seems somewhat up my alley, even though I’ll go in with pretty much no expectations. Maybe you should do the same?

Box Office: N/A

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

The first film in this horror franchise that I skipped, I feel like the point of this series has long since passed. Still, people are showing up, so it’ll continue on. If this was your type of movie, feel free to pick it up…

Box Office: $32,462,372

Snake & Mongoose

I’d never heard of this sports drama either, but at least it has a box office total on record. That being said, it didn’t set the world on fire, so it doesn’t appear that I’m particularly missing out.

Box Office: $152,200

TV Releases

The Bobby Darin Show
Bordertown: Seasons 1 & 2
Charlie Chaplin Volume 1
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 1
Holliston: The Complete Second Season

PICK OF THE WEEK

August: Osage County

osage-resize_wide-bd382d7396888cc783451ac4a395ac5f758afff4-s6-c30I wasn’t personally looking forward to this play adaptation much, but lo and behold, I left my press screening last fall fairly impressed. It’s not some classic, and everything until the infamous dinner table scene is kind of poor, but from then on, things really pick up. The acting ensemble is really on their game, and when Meryl Streep is far from the best performance on display, that’s saying something. I wasn’t bemoaning its Oscar misses at all, but it’s definitely a very solid flick and easily the best new release available this week. If you’re only picking one movie to buy today, this is the one to go with, bar none…

Special Features: Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Making Of, and more…
Total Box Office: $37,699,256 (and counting)
Major Award: Nominated for Best Actress for Meryl Streep and Best Supporting Actress for Julia Roberts at the Academy Awards…

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