This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: July 7, 2009

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Knowing
I just reviewed the Blu-ray edition of this one and you can read that right here. I still find this a fascinating movie and definitely recommend everyone check it out at least once, but the second time around the two hour runtime does begin to really weigh on you and I didn’t end up finding anything new that I hadn’t noticed already. I personally hoped for more from a second viewing but came up empty. Not sure this one is a purchase, but do give it a chance if you haven’t seen it yet.
Buy Knowing
The Unborn (Unrated)
Meh, not a very good movie to begin with (read my theatrical review here) and I highly doubt this supposed “unrated” cut will be any better. If you want to see a low-rent PG-13 horror I would recommend The Uninvited over this one.

I do have one question though. What makes Megan Fox a star and Odette Yustman a forgotten actress? To me they appear to be the same person only one gets to runaway from CG robots and inspire late night computer sessions for 14-year-olds and the other can only look at Cloverfield as an accomplishment to this point. I just don’t get it.

Buy The Unborn (Unrated)
Push
It’s too bad this one wasn’t any better, and considering the $31 million box-office return I don’t think it did the kind of business Summit wanted to see in order to warrant a sequel. I haven’t checked out the Blu-ray yet, but it does have an actors and director commentary that may be an interesting listen, but I wouldn’t recommend you rush out and spend your money on this one outside of a rental.
Buy Push
UNIVERSAL BACKLOT SERIES
Universal is continuing their “Universal Backlot Series” DVD releases this week with four films I didn’t get a chance to watch but fully intend to as I have them sitting next to my brand new Paul Newman Collection I picked up at Costco for only $19 and a Universal Clint Eastwood Icon Collection I have also yet to get a chance to watch. The great thing about this new batch of titles is the big names are all over them.

Lonely are the Brave stars Kirk Douglas as a cowboy that has just broken out of jail and is on the run from Sheriff Morey Johnson played by Walter Matthau. The Trail of Lonesome Pine stars Henry Fonda and Fred MacMurray as they battle it out over a beautiful woman (Sylvia Sidney) in one of the first films shot outdoors in Technicolor.

Gary Cooper stars in Beau Geste as one of three brothers who join the Foreign Legion only to find themselves battling a sadistic sergeant in the Sahara. And finally there is Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves telling the story of Ali Baba (Jon Hall) as he is adopted by a band of thieves at a young age only to grow up with a desire to avenge his father’s death and rescue the woman he loves (Maria Montez).

As I said, I haven’t watched these yet, but I find myself increasingly interested in watching the old classics, and mildly obscure titles such as these four, rather than revisiting so much of the garbage studios are pushing on us nowadays. Watching movies like these, good or bad, broaden your cinematic viewpoint. I am not saying any of these four are must buys, but perhaps a Netflix consideration is in order. Then again, if you are interested in giving one or two of them a shot they are linked individually below or just click “Buy Now” for a look at all four over at Amazon.

Buy UNIVERSAL BACKLOT SERIES
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