This week, the biggest box office success of all time leads the charge of new Blu-Ray/DVD releases. It’s the one and only “Avengers: Endgame,” finishing up its victory lap with a debut on Blu-Ray and DVD. Read on for more.
PICK OF THE WEEK
It had all been building up to this. Almost two dozen films and a decade of time, all for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to showcase this massive undertaking. The chances of disappointment were high, luckily, Marvel instead delivered one of their very best films, an epic tale filled with action, heart, and humor. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and company all outdo themselves, making sure this cinematic event is properly conceived. We were among the masses to profess our admiration of the box off juggernaut, putting forth this take, here, on the site:
Accentuating all the character’s greatest strengths and moral connections, the film graduates into a grand finale that will have fans and comic lovers cheering.
“Avengers: Endgame” is brilliant entertainment and a must own, especially in 4K. For Marvel fans, the more you watch it, the more there is to get out of it. It’s quite nearly a masterpiece.
Special Features: Deleted Scenes, Featurettes, and more
Total Box Office: $857,671,372 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release, “Blinded by the Light,” the pick today is going to be centered on Bruce Springsteen. It’s the recent Netflix special “Springsteen on Broadway,” which brought his one-man stage show to the masses. A riveting look at what makes him tick, it was a treat for any fan of The Boss. Our rave review here on the site included the following:
Not only does “Springsteen on Broadway” work on its own as a Netflix special, it really does give you all of the same feel that seeing the show live at the Walter Kerr Theater brought out. The intimacy of Springsteen alternating between telling stories and playing music remains hauntingly effective.
“Blinded by the Light” is one of the best films of the year so far. Springsteen fans should ready themselves by revisiting this Netflix gem.
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the sole recommended title in “Avengers: Endgame”:
“All is True”
Kenneth Branagh directed and stars in this look at William Shakespeare‘s final days. Seeing the actor/filmmaker portray the legend at the end of his life is a treat, even just as a showcase for his ample talents. Rolling Stone loved the movie, raving about it like so:
In a mesmerizing meditation on Shakespeare’s last days, director-star Kenneth Branagh shuns the idea of the Bard as a literary rock star to find the flawed, touchingly human man inside.
Branagh fans, as well as Shakespeare devotees, should definitely pick this one up.
Box Office: $1,194,257
“Trial by Fire”
Righteous anger flows through this dramatic retelling of a miscarriage of justice. Ed Zwick directs Laura Dern and Jack O’Connell in a look at the tragic case of Cameron Todd Willingham, allowing their strong performances to fuel his anti-death penalty film. The entry is anything but subtle. However, according to IndieWire, the passion from Zwick and company override any flaws:
What Zwick lacks in artistry, he makes up for in anger, and Trial by Fire burns with a righteous fury that spreads right off the screen.
Anyone looking to connect empathy and tragedy from the current state of affairs would do well to check this one out.
Box Office: $148,504
Special Criterion Collection Section
“The Inland Sea”
The only option coming to Criterion today is this unique 1991 travelogue of sorts. Director Lucille Carra found inspiration in a Donald Ritchie journey put down on paper and set out to document a trip of her own, this time cinematically. The Collection sells it like so:
In 1971, author and film scholar Donald Richie published a poetic travelogue about his explorations of the islands of Japan’s Inland Sea, recording his search for traces of a traditional way of life as well as his own journey of self-discovery. Twenty years later, filmmaker Lucille Carra undertook a parallel trip inspired by Richie’s by-then-classic book, capturing images of hushed beauty and meeting people who still carried on the fading customs that Richie had observed.
Give it a shot!
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