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New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (05/16/17) – The High Cost of Love

This week, a really underrated romantic drama in “Between Us” hits Blu-ray and DVD. There are other love stories of various forms hitting shelves today as well, so the heart is on full display here. Grab some tissues and dive in!

PICK OF THE WEEK

Between Us

One of the best movies to play at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, this relationship drama excruciatingly details how hard love is. “Between Us” manages to paint a cinematic yet realistic portrait of a coupling at a crossroads. Olivia Thirlby gives a performance worthy of awards consideration here. The movie overall is one of the year’s best. Here is a bit from our Tribeca rave review at the time:

‘Between Us,’ a layered look at a longterm relationship headed towards either marriage or a breaking point. Filmmaker Rafael Palacio Illingworth takes a highly relatable set up, mixes in a pair of top notch performances from Ben Feldman and Olivia Thirlby, some very bold directorial choices, and gets an end result that moved me to a large degree.

“Between Us” is a film that’s often hard to watch, but one you just might fall for. It slipped through the cracks, but deserves your attention. It’s something very special!

Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: N/A
Major Awards: None

Vintage Viewing

In honor of this week’s release of “Alien: Covenant,” today’s pick is…not going to be “Prometheus.” Instead, I’m going with Ridley Scott‘s other love in the science fiction realm and citing “Alien.” This out and out classic has no shortage of fans, so there’s not a whole lot more to be said. Roger Ebert puts it simply and truly in his Great Movie review:

Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie is a great original.

“Alien: Covenant” leaves much to be desired, as stated in our recent review, but “Alien” is an undisputed classic!

Other Films Being Released

Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the recommended offering “Between Us”:

Lovesong

This unique love story showcases not only the perpetually underrated Jena Malone, but also mumblecore alum filmmaker So Yong Kim. The Hollywood Reporter was a fan, putting forth the following:

A delicate heartbreaker about friendship, desire and the occasionally blurred line between the two.

If you like Malone and/or mumblecore, this could be something to seek out.

Box Office: $10,626

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Does anyone actually believe that this franchise has come to an end? Variety certainly thought it went out with a whimper, as opposed to a bang, writing:

Yes, the movie is called ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,’ but don’t let that get your hopes up.

Unless you love the series, why bother?

Box Office: $26,830,068

The Space Between Us

Love can overcome anything in movies. In this high concept sci-fi romance however, it can’t seem to overcome a bad script, even with the presence of Britt Robertson. Rolling Stone puts it pretty well in their review:

By the time you get to the money shot of two lovers kissing in zero gravity, you’ll either be deep in this movie’s pocket or have fallen into a diabetic coma.

Sounds like a wasted opportunity to make something potentially swoon-worthy.

Box Office: $7,885,294

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

A sequel that absolutely no one was asking for marks another franchise for Vin Diesel. Variety shrugged it off, stating the following:

Rarely do five minutes elapse between some sort of laugh-out-loud absurdity, and the distinction between the film’s intentional and unintentional comedy grows hazier as it goes.

You already know if this one is for you or not.

Box Office: $44,898,413

TV Releases

“Darren Robertson’s Charcoal Kitchen: Series 1”
“The Fresh Prince of Bel Air: The Complete Series”
“Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece: Series 1”
“Smallville: The Complete Series”
“Under the Grill: Series 1”
“The Wayans Bros.: The Complete Second Season”

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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