This week, we have a small yet very solid crop of new Blu-ray/DVD titles to share. Chiefly, the Academy Award nominated “Ford v Ferrari” paces the rest of the pack. Then, we have a special Criterion Collection release in “Roma,” which is well worth making a fuss over today. Read on for more.
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Ford v Ferrari”
Making a racing biopic into a crossover success was no easy task for James Mangold. Luckily, he had Christian Bale and Matt Damon on hand to help draw in a crowd. This sports drama is exciting, impeccably crafted, and a surprising amount of fun. Clayton really enjoyed it at the Telluride Film Festival, filing this review:
The adrenaline of speed and sound are the foundation of exhilaration in James Mangold‘s sensational “Ford v Ferrari” from 20th Century Fox. Classically made in the vein of pure crowd-pleasing excitement as audiences have been accustomed for decades, Mangold constructs a story entrenched within a sport that makes the viewer care genuinely for, even if they usually do not.
“Ford v Ferrari” is a technical marvel, but it’s Bale and Damon who ultimately ground it into something that resonated. Hot off of its Oscar showing, pick it up and relive the adrenal rush in the comfort of your own home!
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $116,376,692 (and counting)
Major Awards: Nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards
In honor of this week’s release of “Buffaloed,” the pick today is going to be a previous Zoey Deutch turn. It’s “Flower,” which was one of the first times that the talented young actress displayed her under-appreciated talents. It’s a force of nature performance that demands attention. Almost three years ago, we submitted this Tribeca Film Festival rave of a review:
In a perfect world, Zoey Deutch would be in contention later on this year for a Best Actress nomination. She caught some eyes last year in “Everybody Wants Some” and easily tops herself here. Sexual curiosity is a hard thing to pull off while not losing charm, and Deutch is more than up to the challenge. She’s positively captivating. A performance this riveting deserves some sort of attention. Whether it’s her clever dialogue, the knowing look behind her eyes, or her kinetic energy, this is the performance of 2017 so far.
Prepare for her latest gem with this underrated flick from a few years back!
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the sole recommended title in “Ford v Ferrari.”
One of the weirder films in recent memory, this satire plays out like an extended Adult Swim sketch. Whether that intrigues you or makes you roll your eyes probably says a lot about whether it has any appeal. At Film Fest 919, we had this mixed review as a response:
“Greener Grass” is an absurdist comedy that also wants to be a suburban satire. The absurdity is always in evidence, whether or not it works. The satire, however, is only really hammered home at the very end.
It’s weird, so either that sells you or puts you off. There’s really no in between here.
Box Office: $51,456
A literally killer dress looms over this slow burn horror tale. Filmmaker Peter Strickland doesn’t make it easy on his audience, but if you have patience, there’s some oddly compelling elements here. Another review out of Film Fest 919 had our reaction:
If the sound of a murderous red dress is interesting to you, “In Fabric” will be worth a shot.
Unconventional horror lovers may find this one intriguing.
Box Office: N/A
“Wild Nights with Emily”
Poet Emily Dickinson led a life worthy of cinematic treatment. Until now, no one has really ever leaned in to who she actually was, which is part of what makes this unconventional biopic so interesting. Variety enjoyed it, though actually thought it skimped on displaying her poetry:
If the film has a flaw, its that it’s so preoccupied with balancing its furious feminism with gags about Victorian life that there’s little running time to lavish on Dickinson’s actual poetry.
Fans of her work should definitely consider this one.
Box Office: $519,487
Special Criterion Collection Section
The one and only option coming to Criterion today is a special one. It’s the Oscar winning “Roma,” the first in a line of Netflix releases getting this home video treatment. Alonso Cuarón‘s passion piece is obviously well loved inside the industry and by cinephiles, but now it’s going to be available to own in a more tangible way. The Collection sells it to you like so:
Written, directed, shot, and coedited by Cuarón, Roma is a labor of love with few parallels in the history of cinema, deploying monumental black-and-white cinematography, an immersive soundtrack, and a mixture of professional and nonprofessional performances to shape its author’s memories into a world of enveloping texture, and to pay tribute to the woman who nurtured him.
Definitely pick this up and show both Criterion and Netflix that this partnership will be a fruitful one!
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