My review of this one was rather long, but it’s only because I hoped to convince as many of you as I can to buy it. This adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s “Orpheus Descending” is fantastic, and a film that sets the mood in such a way there will be no question when you’ll want to return to it, the moment will simply call for it and it will deliver.
Ride with the Devil (Criterion Collection)
Now this one, however, is a different story. It’s difficult to nail down the target audience for Ang Lee’s 1999 under-achiever (putting it lightly), but this new director’s cut is likely to enthuse some and bore others. Give my review a read and hopefully it will help you decide exactly which camp you fall in.
Out of Africa, Traffic and The Jackal (Blu-ray)
I want to watch all three of these, but I simply have not had a chance. I feel I owe it to you to at least check out the picture quality on the 35th Anniversary edition of Out of Africa, while I am assuming the picture on Traffic will be stellar, and I have never seen The Jackal, though I am quite interested in checking it out.
Tombstone and Armageddon (Blu-ray)
I will have a review piece for both of these either tomorrow or the next day, I just didn’t want to bombard you with too many reviews in one day. I will say this, Armaggedon is essentially featureless, though the picture looks great, There have been complaints about the picture on Tombstone, but those complaining seem to be folks thinking this plain box, limited feature release would be some kind of massive restoration. It’s not and while I agree there are noticeable flaws, it is the best the film has ever looked.
I watched this Blu-ray and enjoyed it just as much as I did in theaters. It’s not a great film, but it works and for the men out there, you could do much worse when it comes to films aimed at the ladies in the audience. Of course, it is yet another film dealing with rich white people and their problems, but I think we’re all pretty much used to that movie norm. At this point it isn’t even worth complaining about the audience disconnect… Right?
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Not a bad film serving as Heath Ledger’s final screen performance, but not a film worth buying in my opinion. I can see, however, some people falling in love with it. Here’s my theatrical review.
The Descent: Part 2
I also reviewed this one this week and unfortunately it does its best to repeat the claustrophobic scares of the first film, but instead just feels like a copy rather than something entirely new. It also ends with a cliffhanger for a third film that will undoubtedly turn the franchise into another horror cliche. Maybe give it a rent, but don’t let it spoil your love for the original.
Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (Blu-ray)
Unfortunately Universal didn’t send me either of these, though I would love to have added Elizabeth to my collection, that’s one hell of a film. However, you can keep The Golden Age. While I wasn’t one of the all out haters of the 2007 sequel, I didn’t exactly show it much love.