New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (5/13/14)

Her-PosterThis week, there’s something special coming to Blu-Ray and DVD that I’ve been looking forward to citing here basically since the very moment I saw it. Yes, my favorite film of 2013 highlights the releases today, so not only does this get the column back on track, it does so in rather glorious fashion. It’s not an amazing slate otherwise, so the perfection of this movie is only exacerbated in comparison. It’d be my top pick in any other week, but today it wouldn’t even be close to a contest. For my PICK OF THE WEEK, I’m clearly going to be choosing the flick that blew me away more than any other last year. Smart folks like you should know exactly the one that I’m talking about, but just in case you’re still in the dark, well…you won’t be there long. Before we get there though, we have to talk about a Vintage pick, right? Right, so that’s where we’re headed now!

Vintage Viewing

cloverfield-2-1024In honor of this week’s release of Godzilla (which I’ll be seeing tomorrow evening), my pick is another monster movie that had me chomping at the bit to see it. It’s Cloverfield, and we all know what this one is about. For me, it was a roller coaster ride of a flick and one of my favorite theatrical experiences of the last decade. My heart raced the whole time. It’s not quite the same at home, but it’s still pretty effective, so this is a very solid choice to watch before a certain big lizard shows up in theaters this weekend!

Other Films Being Released

I’m so excited for my top choice this week, I won’t be overtly recommending anything else. That being said, other things are hitting shelves, so we can take a look at those right now…

Generation Iron

I missed this documentary during its theatrical run, so I can’t say if it’s any good, but the buzz was pretty solid. This could be the way to scratch a non fiction itch this weekend if you have one!

Box Office: $849,521

I, Frankenstein

Apparently this is a terrible film, but I skipped it, so I wouldn’t know. It certainly didn’t seem promising, but maybe at home it’ll play better? You’re welcome to find out for yourselves…

Box Office: $19,075,290

Special ID

Until today, I hadn’t even heard of this foreign action movie, and judging by the box office…neither did you. That doesn’t mean it’s good or bad, just a small title. Make of this what you will.

Box Office: $12,666

Stalingrad

I missed this 3D war flick due to some screening conflicts, but I heard decent enough things. If you want to go in blind on something, this might not be a bad choice, provided it fits your interests…

Box Office: $1,013,945

Stranger by the Lake

Even though I’d recommend this one overall to a certain type of audience, as I mentioned in my New York Film Festival review here, it’s really not meant for wide audiences. It hasn’t aged in my head well since that NYFF screening, so while it’s my number two choice overall this week, I’m not giving it that extra push.

Box Office: $325,196 (and counting)

awkwardmoment_poster__spanThat Awkward Moment

I’m actually going to be watching this comedy around the same time you’re reading this column, as it’s one I sadly missed in theaters. Reviews weren’t great, but I love the cast, so hopefully I’ll dig it. Perhaps you’ll give this one a shot too?

Box Office: $26,068,955

TV Releases

Doctor Who: Series 2, Part 2
Eastbound & Down: The Complete Fourth Season
Longmire: The Complete Second Season
Orange Is the New Black: Season One

PICK OF THE WEEK

Her

Her-Movie-siri-operating-system-ftrMasterpiece. That’d be my one word review of Spike Jonze’s visionary work. A longer review of mine can be found right here, but for a taste of it, I had this to say:

“…it’s very likely headed towards a spot on my all time favorite films list. Yes, Jonze has crafted something that amazing here. It’s a magical miracle of a movie in every single way. From the brilliant writing and direction of Jonze to the tender lead performance of Joaquin Phoenix to Scarlett Johansson‘s amazing supporting turn (not to mention the work of Amy Adams), the top of the line talent is doing tremendous work, while below the line there’s wonderful production design from K.K. Barrett, luminous cinematography from Hoyte Van Hoytema, and entrancing music from Arcade Fire and Karen O. On just about every level, this is a perfect film. It’s that rare bit of cinema that just grabs you deep inside, never to let go. From the first scene of this flick right up until the end credits, I was enraptured. I laughed often, was constantly moved, and when the ending came, I had tears in my eyes. This is plain and simple a beautiful movie”.

Yup, it’s just that good. Frankly, just buy it folks. You can thank me later. I could go on and on about this one, but it wouldn’t be as effective as just watching the movie. So, yeah…do that. Now. Run if you have to.

Special Features: A Few Featurettes…
Total Box Office: $25,568,251
Major Award: Won Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards

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