There are some great releases this week from art house to more mainstream features and I am leading the way with Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon (#4 on my top ten of 2009). Sony has put together a rather impressive Blu-ray release that’s light on features, but what’s there really works that begins with a spectacular transfer showing off the film’s beautiful black-and-white cinematography.
The special features were rather impressive as well including a very good making-of featurette that was more than a generic compilation of EPK material and exclusive to the Blu-ray release is an impressive documentary on Haneke himself that is well worth the watch for interested viewers. In my opinion this is a no-brainer addition to my collection, but you may want to read my theatrical review to see if it is one for you.
Now this is just a fun as hell film. A horror, action, thriller done right. If this is your kind of genre, this is your kind of film. Pick it up and enjoy and get ready for the fantastic car wash scene.
Everlasting Moments (Criterion Collection)
I just finished watching this no more than ten minutes ago and it is an incredibly effective film based on the true story of a woman that was perhaps born to become the source of inspiration. This is a truly magical story combined with some extraordinarily beautiful photography and use of color. I will have a full review shortly, but for now this is one to consider.
Hot Tub Time Machine (Unrated)
Fun. Wacky. Rental.
Predator (Ultimate Hunter Edition)
I am also going to have something ready for you on this one within the next 24 hours. There has been some considerable debate surrounding this title and the digital noise reduction (DNR) that has been used to “restore” the picture. This is the second release of this film on Bu-ray and hopefully I can help you decide is this is the direction you want to go or perhaps turn to the previously released version if you can still find it.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Here we have a failed franchise starter if you ask me. It did end up banking $88 million domestically and another $137 million in the foreign markets, and seeing how Fox or Fox International had their hands in the majority of those foreign territories we may see a sequel. However, they really should leave this one alone, it’s no good.
The Leopard (Criterion Collection)
I did catch the Blu-ray version of this title and while it’s a good film I can’t say I would particularly recommend the purchase after my one-time viewing. I just wasn’t bowled over, but I am willing to give it another shot and perhaps then my light bulb will switch on. As is, it’s merely a good film and one I’ll have to wait before giving a final verdict.