New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (06/11/19) – ‘Captain Marvel’ And ‘The Mustang’ Reign Supreme

This week, “Captain Marvel” is here to save the day, with Bruce Dern joining in on the action. If Carol Danvers and Dern seem like an unlikely pair, well, they just happen to be headlining this week’s top Blu-Ray and DVD options. Read on for more.

PICK OF THE WEEK

Captain Marvel

The Marvel Cinematic Universe finally gave one of its female characters a solo film with the introduction of Carol Danvers. The MCU’s most powerful hero anchors an entertaining 1990s piece, giving the genre a slightly grungy flavor. Brie Larson makes for a tremendous Captain Marvel, handling emotional restraint and conviction with a firm balance. The cultural significance of the character was hit on in our own review, here on the site:

Many are looking to “Captain Marvel” to accomplish for women what “Black Panther” did for people of color. And in some ways it does.

“Captain Marvel” succeeds on its own as an enjoyable superhero adventure. It soars higher, further, faster on the back of Larson and the representation that this brings to the world. MCU fans had to wait a while for this one, but it was well worth it.

Special Features: Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Featurettes, and more
Total Box Office: $426,258,348 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet

RECOMMENDED MOVIES

The Mustang

Mattias Schoenaerts delivers powerful work here in this redemptive prison drama. Joining him in a juicy supporting role is the legendary Bruce Dern, who has the opportunity to let loose in a way that livens up every scene he’s in. Together, they tell a story about broken animals and broken people that turns into something quietly devastating. In particular, the final shot of the film is a killer. From RogerEbert.com:

A testament to the worthy stories yet to be told about the healing, unbreakable bonds between tormented people and the misunderstood animals that come to their rescue.

The Mustang” rides off into the sunset on the backs of Dern and Schoenaerts. Any fans of the two will be floored by what they achieve here.

Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $5,043,620
Major Awards: None yet

Wrestle

One of 2019’s best documentaries so far, this look at a high school wrestling team is very much “Hoop Dreams” for a new generation. The immediacy of how sports offers an escape is palpable in every single frame. It’s not a groundbreaking documentary, but it is a vibrant one, from start to finish. The Hollywood Reporter had this to say:

Though hardly the first movie of its kind, it feels more vital than many of its fellow descendants of Hoop Dreams, and reminds us there are more than a couple of sports offering pathways to a college degree.

Wrestle” is a potential Best Documentary Feature player this year. Anyone looking to be up on the race should check it out!

Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $26,597
Major Awards: None yet

VINTAGE VIEWING

In honor of this week’s release of “The Dead Don’t Die,” the pick today is a prior effort from filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. It’s “Paterson,” which also stars Adam Driver. With the quiet mood of an acoustic Bruce Springsteen song, Driver and Jarmusch make a character study with efficiency and empathy. From our highly positive New York Film Festival review that year:

This is a film almost entirely about vibe – albeit alongside a captivating lead performance.

Driver and Jarmusch fans should revisit this first collaboration before the new one hits on Friday.

OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED

Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the three recommended titles in “Captain Marvel,” “The Mustang,” and “Wrestle”:

Captive State

This high concept science fiction tale frustrated audiences earlier this year. On the one hand, an alien invasion had never really been depicted in this manner. On the other, the writing left much to be desired. The Wrap found it full of ideas but misguided with its execution:

An unsatisfying potluck of quasi-relevant, frustration-inducing ideas.

How interesting potential audiences find the concept to be will dictate whether it’s worth their time.

Box Office: $5,958,315

Five Feet Apart

Another terminal illness teen romance, this one stars Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse as the potentially doomed lovers. If nothing along the lines of “The Fault in Our Stars,” reviews still found Richardson and Sprouse to be worth the price of admission. CNN hammered that point home with their take:

Offers a solid showcase for its young leads, Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse, while laboring to flesh out a complete movie.

Richardson is going to be a bit star, so perhaps get in on the ground floor of her future fan club with this effort?

Box Office: $45,729,221

Special Criterion Collection Section

Swing Time

The one option coming to Criterion today is the 1936 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers classic “Swing Time.” Under the direction of George Stevens, they proved to be an effortlessly engaging pair in this Oscar winning musical. The Collection hits on just how strong all three’s work is in their sales pitch:

In this irresistible musical, the legendary dancing duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are at the pinnacle of their art as a feckless gambler and the shrewd dancing instructor in whom he more than meets his match. Director George Stevens laces their romance with humor and clears the floor for the movie’s showstopping dance scenes, in which Astaire and Rogers take seemingly effortless flight in a virtuosic fusion of ballroom and tap styles.

This is one of the most fun Criterion Collection releases in some time. Pick it up and enjoy.

TV RELEASES

“I am the Night: Limited Series”
“Magnum P.I.: Season One”
“Orange is the New Black: Seasons 1-5”
“Orange is the New Black: Season 6”
“Queen of the South: The Complete Third Season”
“Spongebob Squarepants: Movies and Season One Collection”
“Timeless: Season Two / Finale”
“V: The Original Mini-Series / V: The Final Battle”

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