New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (4/29/14)

LaborDay_Pcom_940x528_v2This week, one of the more underrated films of 2013 is hitting shelves on Blu-Ray/DVD, and it’s part of a fairly eclectic group of titles coming out as well, so there’s that too. It seems like my top pick is one that only I loved, and that’s a bit of a bummer. Luckily, it’s not the only thing of note debuting on home video today, so I won’t have to mount too much of a defense this time around. That being said, my PICK OF THE WEEK was a pretty easy choice to make considering the competition, and those of you who follow my writing should know that this particular movie is one I appreciate more than most. It’s a would be awards hopeful from last year that sadly was all but completely ignored throughout the season, save for a Golden Globe citation. I’ll reveal the flick to you soon enough if you’re still in the dark about its identity, but until then, I’m going to kick off the column proper this week with my Vintage pick!

Vintage Viewing

The-Social-Network-andrew-garfield-19903013-1280-528In honor of this week’s release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which I reviewed here), I figured I’d cite my favorite Andrew Garfield performance to date. It’s The Social Network, and while Jesse Eisenberg steals the show, Garfield is the emotional center of the film. It’s basically a perfect movie, with Garfield one of the main reasons why. He’s a pretty good web slinger, but he’s an even better web designer. Watch this one again and see for yourself…

Recommended Movies

This other title that I’m about to discuss for a brief moment isn’t anywhere as good as my top choice, but it’s still worth a bit of discussion, so that’s what I’ll be doing now:

Gloria
[EDITOR’S PICK]

Paulina-GarciaThis onetime contender for the Best Foreign Language Feature Oscar is pretty much solely a success due to the performance of Paulina Garcia. In my review (which you can see here) I said the following: “Personally, this is pretty much all about García’s work here….watching García make you care for this simple individual is the true highlight. Gloria is an enjoyable NYFF title, but it wouldn’t be quite the same without her in the title role”. Months later, that remains true, so check this one out and see what I meant by that.

Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $2,092,909 (and counting)
Major Awards: Nominated for Best International Film at the Independent Spirit Awards

Other Films Being Released

Here now is just a pretty simple list of what else is hitting shelves on this particular day, sans my own personal recommendation. Behold:

The Best Offer

Up until today, I wasn’t even aware that this crime drama existed, despite a decently well known cast. Judging by the minuscule box office take, I think most of you are in that exact same boat.

Box Office: $87,662

Devil’s Due
[EDITOR’S PICK]

I didn’t get a chance to see this horror flick when it was in theaters, and while I hadn’t heard many good things about it, I remain curious to check it out at some point. Perhaps you’ll do the same?

Box Office: $15,821,461

smallEscape from Tomorrow

Though the final product was a bit too much of a mixed bag to overtly recommend, I do want you all to try and see this indie, which shot covertly at Disneyland. My review here and my interview with the filmmaker Randy Moore here should hopefully explain why…

Box Office: $171,962

Gimme Shelter

I saw this melodrama early on this year and frankly found it rather forgettable. I have a review right here that goes into the details, but I really think you can do better than this one today folks.

Box Office: $1,359,910

The Legend of Hercules

I didn’t see this one, but Terence recently did and he didn’t care for it one bit. Unless that’s some kind of a badge of honor, you should probably just avoid this flick and look elsewhere this week for your entertainment…

Box Office: $18,848,538

Locker 13

This anthology thriller isn’t especially great, but it’s better than I expected it to be and certainly deserved a wider audience than it got. Frankly, less than $3500 in total box office is depressing, considering how many utter garbage movies make tons more. If you’re looking for something a bit brasher than what I’m recommending this week, you could do worse than this one.

Box Office: $3,496

The Rocket

I never got to see this foreign drama, but some colleagues of mine thought it was worthy of a Best Foreign Language Feature citation, so that’s some heavy praise there. This could be a good one to take a leap of faith on…

Box Office: $54,331 (and counting)

The Selfish Giant

I know very little about this drama, but it had some big fans out there, so it’s got some sort of a pedigree to it. This is another sight unseen one to potentially give a shot to.

Box Office: $12,189

TV Releases

  • The Class: The Complete Series
  • Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series
  • Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Second Season

PICK OF THE WEEK

Labor Day

LaborDayThere’s a ton of melodrama and sap on display in Jason Reitman’s latest, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s all done so well that it was impossible for me to resist. I’ll quote my review (which you can read here as well) and say the following: “Yes, it’s melodramatic and you can’t have a cynical mindset when you sit down to watch it, but Reitman does deserve some credit for taking this sort of sappy romance story and giving it a fresh coat of paint”. The cast all do very fine jobs and the movie really does look beautiful. If you’re willing to go in with an open mind, I think some of you might actually appreciate this flick. I know I did. It’s far from perfect, but it’s the best thing out this week, so try to give it a fair shot!

Special Features: Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, and more…
Total Box Office: $13,371,528
Major Award: Nominated for Best Actress in a Drama at the Golden Globe Awards

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