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New Blu-ray/DVD Releases (12/31/19) – Wrapping Up 2019 Alongside The Decade

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This week, 2019 and the entire decade comes to a close. With that, we have the final Blu-ray column before turning the page. Today, we’ll be doing that by honoring some of the best releases, not just of this year, but of the last ten years. Read on for more.

PICK(S) OF THE WEEK

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In lieu of a traditional top pick (due in part to the lack of options, as you’ll see below), we have a handful of not just the year’s best choices, but a few for the decade as well. Just going by this year, 2019 gave us a ton of wonderful choices, but here’s a dozen: “Ad Astra,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “The Art of Self-Defense,” “Booksmart,” “Blinded by the Light,” “The Kill Team,” “Long Shot,” “Midsommar,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” “The Public,” and “Western Stars.” You really can’t go wrong here with whatever you choose.

Now, throughout the decade, we can highlight all sorts of things. To make it a little different, the focus will just be on Ryan Gosling. He had a hell of a decade, as you can see in these selections: “Blade Runner 2049,” “Blue Valentine,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love.,” “Drive,” “First Man,” “The Ides of March,” “La La Land,” “The Nice Guys,” “Only God Forgives,” and “The Place Beyond the Pines.” That’s ten of his outings this decade, covering just about every genre. Gosling arguably had the best decade of any actor, so it’s a perfect time to pay tribute to him.

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These films are all well worth your time and will remind you not just of how great 2019 was for cinema, but how terrific the decade was too!

VINTAGE VIEWING

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In honor of this week’s release of “The Grudge,” the pick today is going to be a film indebted to the original Japanese horror classic. It’s “Drag Me To Hell,” Sam Raimi‘s return to fright flicks. A really clever and silly mix of Asian demon haunting and Raimi’s own gory past, there’s a lot to like here. Even Roger Ebert had a good time with it:

Drag Me to Hell is a sometimes funny and often startling horror movie. That is what it wants to be, and that is what it is.

Prep for a potentially rough January, hot on the heels of a strong 2019, with this grimy little gem.

OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED

Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves, besides the recommended titles to close out 2019.

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Nicholas Cage is an actor who says no to very little. Sometimes, he at least picks projects that sound like they have potential. This low budget thriller has a strong premise, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. This is how indieWire dismissed the movie:

A lifeless game of cat-and-mouse-and-jaguar.
If you love Cage, this latest outing of his might be worth a look. Just keep your expectations in check.

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THOUGHTS ON WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK ON BLU-RAY OR DVD? SHARE THEM IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

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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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Joey Magidson

Have a very happy and safe New Year everyone!

FilmSnork

Some great films in those lists. Many of which I loved, a few slipped past me… not for long.
My favorite inclusion is Raimi’s “Drag Me To Hell” – an under-appreciated gem. People really should watch it, along with more than a dozen selection in this week write-up. But really people, check out “Drag Me To Hell.”

Looking forward to next decade’s recommendations.

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