New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (7/29/14)

noah-movie-posterThis week, one of the more divisive movies of the year so far comes to Blu-Ray/DVD, along with…well, how can I put this? Basically, not much else of any real note. Yes, this is once again one of those leaner weeks, but it happens, plain and simple. My top pick is at least one I can get behind, so there’s that. It’s not an amazingly popular choice, but it’s one I’ve defended on the site already to some degree. So, for my PICK OF THE WEEK, I more or less had no choice but to cite one of the most unique films of 2014 to date, from an A list filmmaker as well. Honestly, I had no desire to go elsewhere with my selection either, so the flick did sort of have an edge.. I’ll talk about it shortly, but for now, I’m going to dive right in and get started on a Vintage pick…

Vintage Viewing

the-guard-posterIn honor of this week’s release of Calvary (which I’ll be watching as you read this, so stay tuned for my review this week), I figured I’d go and recommend John Michael McDonagh’s prior film. It’s The Guard, and man is Brendan Gleeson awesome in this. Funny, exciting, sad, and unique, The Guard is a special little flick. I can only hope that Calvary is half as good, and lucky for me the early word says that it’s far better than that, firmly establishing McDonagh as someone not to let out of your sight. In the meantime, be sure to pop this one in, especially if you’ve never seen it before, since it’s a real treat. You can thank me later!

Other Films Being Released

With only the one film to recommend, here now is a simple list of what else is hitting shelves on this day, sans my own personal recommendation or anything of that sort. Behold now:

Cuban Fury

I had really wanted to see this odd little comedy, but things just never worked out. Now that it’s available to watch at home, it’ll be much easier to catch up with it. If you’re of a similar mind as I am with this one, you might want to take a gander at it and see what you think…

Box Office: $92,384

The Den

This horror movie is basically almost unseen as far as I can tell, what with the lack of a box office and all. It’s a genre option for those who require that sort of a thing, so I suppose there’s that at least.

Box Office: N/A

Finding Vivian Maier

I missed this documentary during its press screening run, but I’ve heard very good things, to say the least. It might contend for a Best Documentary Feature nomination, so it’s something I’ll make a point of getting around to in good time. You probably should as well, though I can’t say for certain…

Box Office: $1,493,609 (and counting)

Half of a Yellow Sun

This romantic drama is mainly noteworthy for having Chiwetel Ejiofor in the lead role, but I’ve also heard that it’s a solid enough film. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m hoping to rectify that soon, so maybe some of you will take the leap with me and watch it at some point in the near future as well?

Box Office: $47,487 (and counting)

It Felt Like Love

I’d be lying if I said that I was particularly keenly aware of this drama, but judging by the somewhat svelte box office, I’m not alone there in that regard. If you feel strongly about this one, don’t let me stand in your way of ownership…

Box Office: $33,817

screen-shot-2014-05-02-at-6-57-11-pmLullaby

There’s a rather star studded cast on display here in this dramedy, but they never quite get enough to do. There are moments that really work, especially when the comedy mixes with the somewhat heavy drama on display, but they were a bit too few and far between for me to recommend this. Still, it’s probably the second best thing hitting shelves, so that’s almost a recommendation in and of itself, right?

Box Office: N/A

On My Way

I’d barely heard of this foreign flick before today, so you won’t get much of an opinion out of me about this particular one. I suppose you’re just on your own in regards to picking it up or not. Somehow, I think you’ll survive without me on this one…

Box Office: $317,324

The Other Woman

A fairly tepid revenge comedy, there’s very little to like here, but not a whole lot to hate either. It’s the definition of mediocrity, so make of that what you will. I don’t see any reason for you to check it out, but I won’t fight tooth and nail to keep you from seeing it either…

Box Office: $83,865,721 (and counting)

The Protector 2

I haven’t seen the first film in this now franchise, so I didn’t wind up seeing this one either. I know it certainly has its fair share of fans though, so if you’re among them, perhaps you’ll want to give this one a blind shot? I’m sure you probably could do worse, if nothing else.

Box Office: $2,463

TV Releases

2014 NBA Champions: San Antonio Spurs
Adventure Time: Princess Day
American Dad: Volume 9
Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery

PICK OF THE WEEK

Noah

noah-filmDarren Aronofsky has yet to make a bad movie in my book. In fact, in my review of the film (found right here), I address that pretty much up front. I wrote the following:

“If there’s two things out there that I really don’t enjoy, it’s stories from the bible and fantasy epics in the vein of The Lord of the Rings franchise. So, it’s with some manner of surprise that I can report that Darren Aronofsky has been able to capture my appreciation with Noah, a presumably very different take (judging by the protests coming from the religious right, at least) on the biblical title character. Almost more of an environmentally centered disaster movie than anything else, and 100% not a film looking to preach, Aronofsky continues his perfect run in my book by keeping closer to his previous work The Fountain here than allowing things to actually get, well…biblical”.

That fairly succinctly sums up my feelings on this disaster flick. It’s not perfect by any stretch, but it’s better than the reputation it now has, so give it a shot. This week especially, it’s the best option by far…

Special Features: Various Featurettes
Total Box Office: $101,200,044
Major Award: None yet, but it certainly could contend for any number of technical citations

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