New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (05/29/18) – ‘Annihilation’ of the Competition

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This week, the best film of the year so far comes to Blu-Ray and DVD. With not much else hitting shelves today, there’s no sense in burying the lead. It’s of course “Annihilation,” the mind bending science fiction movie. Almost nothing else is bothering to come out against it too, though that has more to do with what’s in theaters. Regardless, the top pick is just that.



annihilationA stunning sci-fi flick, this effort from Alex Garland blew many away when it finally hit screens earlier this year. “Annihilation” is something special. It asks questions, doesn’t provide easy answers, and suggests that the end of the world may not be as horrifying as we think. Plus, it’s the rare would be epic that passes the Bechdel Test. Nothing else so far in 2018 has matched this one’s raw power. Variety rightly raved about it, writing:

For those willing to put in the effort, “Annihilation” achieves that rare feat of great genre cinema, where we are not merely thrilled … but also feel as if our minds have been expanded …

“Annihilation” stands tall among 2018 releases. It’s a must own, especially if you love challenging cinema. Garland, Oscar Isaac, Natalie Portman, and company crafted something you won’t soon forget.

Special Features: Featurettes
Total Box Office: $32,732,301
Major Awards: None yet


Frederic Bourdin the serial imposterIn honor of this week’s release of “American Animals,” the pick today is going to be director Bart Layton‘s breakthrough documentary. It’s “The Imposter,” which created quite a stir when it first came out back in 2012. Layton has a talent for taking his subject matter and roping you in to their stories. This is part of what we said in our review at the time:

The subject itself is a remarkable one, and oftentimes the documentary is enthralling

Be sure to make time for both of these during the week! Plus, here is our interview with Layton from 2012. Enjoy!


Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the only recommended title in “Annihilation”:

Miss Stevens

miss stevensThis comedy is finally hitting shelves over two years after its brief theatrical release. Part of that surely has to do with Timothee Chalamet‘s newfound stardom. Regardless, this dramedy had some fans back then, notably for Lily Rabe‘s lead turn. The Village Voice had this to say:

Lily Rabe’s discomfiting performance anchors the fascinatingly uneasy comedy-drama Miss Stevens.

Make of this one what you will.

Box Office: $4,611

The Road Movie

17 the road movie.w710.h473 1A compilation of insane footage from Russian highways, this film is a really odd duck. Truly a festival sort of movie, it now looks for a new life on home video. Frankly, there’s nothing else like it out there. The Hollywood Reporter was fond of it, writing up the following:

Suspenseful and funny, occasionally poignant and often nearly unbelievable, it captures a certain sociological flavor while remaining universally accessible.

Sounds like an oddity to consider.

Box Office: $35,757

Special Criterion Collection Section

Au hasard Balthazar

azylfc9zuh1afmenygt2 1The first new Criterion release this week is an effort by noted filmmaker Robert Bresson. Not many classic movies star a donkey, but this isn’t just any film. The Collection explains it to you like so, in the way that only they can:

A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some kind and some cruel but all with motivations beyond his understanding.

Bresson fans should grab this one.

Midnight Cowboy

3983ba445706e8e649764952ed7fe12a 1The other title to join the Collection today is a history making Best Picture winner. Furthermore, it happens to be an unabashed classic. Starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, it’s truly something special. Criterion‘s full description helps to do it justice:

One of the British New Wave’s most versatile directors, John Schlesinger came to New York in the late 1960s to make Midnight Cowboy, a picaresque story of friendship that captured a city in crisis and sparked a new era of Hollywood movies. Jon Voight delivers a career-making performance as Joe Buck, a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy city women; he finds a companion in Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida, played by Dustin Hoffman in a radical departure from his breakthrough in The Graduate. A critical and commercial success despite controversy over what the MPAA termed its “homosexual frame of reference,” Midnight Cowboy became the first X-rated film to receive the best picture Oscar, and decades on, its influence still reverberates through cinema.

Sounds like a must own!


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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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