New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (10/31/17) – A Scary Lack of Quality

Happy Halloween! This week, the new releases coming to Blu-Ray and DVD leave a hell of a lot to be desired. Now, not all Blu-Ray/DVD slates are great, but this is perhaps the worst one we’ve ever had. Still, as always, we press on!

PICK OF THE WEEK

Person to Person

In a rough week like this one, we take what we can get. An ensemble dramedy that feels like a throwback, this is passable enough. Michael Cera is solid (look for him to be really great later this year in “Molly’s Game“), while the vibe is charming enough. The AV Club had this to say in their kind review:

A sweet, light puff of a movie, Person To Person succeeds on the strength of its affection for shaggy-dog stories and the personalities who waltz in and out of them.

Most weeks, “Person to Person” wouldn’t warrant a recommendation. Without anything else in terms of Blu-Ray/DVD releases to grab on to, this makes the cut by process of elimination.

Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $48,499
Major Awards: None yet

Vintage Viewing

In honor of this week’s release of “Last Flag Flying,” the pick today is be Richard Linklater‘s last film. It’s “Everybody Wants Some,” another of his hang-out movies. This time, he looked at college, which led to all sorts of fun. Our rave review here on the site included this high praise:

Everybody Wants Some is an instant college classic.

Linklater’s newest focuses on older men, while this one focuses on young men. They make excellent companion pieces, so be sure to check both out!

Other Films Being Released

Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today on Blu-Ray/DVD, in addition to the barely recommended “Person to Person”:

The Dark Tower

Once upon a time, this adaptation of the Stephen King novel series was hotly anticipated. Then, we saw it. Idris Elba is wasted (also better in the upcoming “Molly’s Game”), Matthew McConaughey phones it in, and this turns into a giant lost opportunity. A franchise launcher, this is not. Rolling Stone hated the movie, writing:

So much is so wrong about this stunted film version of Stephen King’s marvelously dense and dazzling series of eight novels, that all I can say is this unholy mess shouldn’t happen to a King, much less a paying customer.

What a disappointment.

Box Office: $50,701,325

Hermia & Helena

This pretentious independent tale has its fans, but this writer is not among them. Back at the 2016 New York Film Festival, it was one of the worst films on display, and furthermore, is among the worst of 2017 so far. Last year during NYFF, we filed this pan of a review on the site:

This is a meandering and pretentious tale, one that doesn’t immediately seem to have a point.

Even in a crummy week for Blu-Ray/DVD releases, you can do better.

Box Office: $43,104 (and counting)

Kidnap

Halle Berry, what happened to you? A talented actress and Oscar winner, it has been some time since she wasn’t in garbage. This B movie was widely dismissed, and rightly so. It’s trash. Hopefully Berry gets out of this rut soon. In a highly negative review, indieWIRE had this to say about it:

A Halle Berry vehicle with four flat tires, this is the worst movie of the summer.

Hard pass on this one.

Box Office: $30,684,683

TV Releases

“Chargeman Ken: The Complete Series”
“Fist of North Star: The Complete TV Series”
“Flipper The Original Series: Season 3”
“Magical Canan: The Complete Series”
“Orphan Black: The Complete Series”
“Outcast: The Complete Season One”

Thoughts on what to watch this week on Blu-Ray or DVD? Share them in the comments below!