This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: September 28, 2010


The Thin Red Line (Criterion Collection)
I just reviewed this release and there really isn’t much more to say. Even though Malick doesn’t contribute to the special features, this is still a spectacular release filled with an absolutely stunning picture, a fantastic audio track and hours of brand new bonus material that will keep you busy for days. Fans of this film need to pick this up without question. Add it to your shopping cart right now.
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King Kong (1933)
I just finished watching the Blu-ray edition of Kong and it looks great, but people that don’t like a lot of grain with their old school black-and-white classics will have issue with a few sequences in this new Blu-ray, most notably those taking place in the fog. Other than that, this release is exactly the same as the two-disc Collector’s Edition that was released back in 2005, although if you bought the collectible tin version instead of getting the original souvenir program from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and original poster reproduction postcards this one is in Warner’s Digi-packaging and comes with a 32-page booklet with essays, promotional shots, production stills, posters, etc. It’s a quality release and I’d expect any die-hard Kong fan is likely to want to include this in their collection. Personally, I’m a fan of film grain when it isn’t so bad it washes out the picture and with this release it adds some authentic texture that gives it a whole new feel. I have both the two-disc DVD and the Blu-ray edition and if I were to choose I’d go Blu all the way.
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Iron Man 2
Meh, I didn’t ask for a review copy and I feel as if I will never watch this film again. I felt it was a better film overall than the first one, primarily due to my hatred of the finale in the first film, but it is certainly less memorable. If I need an Iron Man fix I’ll just return to part one, no need to add this one to the collection.
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Get Him to the Greek
I’m upset I haven’t yet had a chance to give this one another watch. This is one of the few films this year I’ve actually seen twice in theaters. Admittedly it wasn’t as good the second time around, but I’m hoping the unrated version adds a little something extra and the idea of sitting in the comfort of my own home while watching will also add to the enjoyment. I’ll definitely be giving it a spin soon, but at the same time there’s a lot in front of it… such as the director’s cut of Robin Hood that I’ve been meaning to watch…

Anyone else think these things come out so quickly nowadays there is hardly any hype or interest in seeing them again? It feels like we’ve just watched these movies.

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The Killer Inside Me
I thought this was an interesting film. As I said in my theatrical review, “For the most part I enjoyed The Killer Inside Me as a fascinating character study with a fantastic performance from Casey Affleck, who continues to prove he’s worthy of the big time if only he’d get cast in more roles. There is a bit of a herky-jerky start to the picture, with little character building before Lou (Affleck) goes a bit crazy, but once things are moving it works quite well.”

If you’re interested and don’t have a problem seeing some rather hardcore violence against women give it a shot, but be prepared, this one can be tough to take at one moment specifically.

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Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky
Never saw it and didn’t hear good things from people I trust and did hear good things from people I don’t. When that’s the case my interest level goes way down and after one Coco Chanel film last year I’m not that interested in exploring the character again.
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Now this is a pretty good film, and one I had to watch on a screener and not in the theaters for my review and I still ended up liking it quite a bit. Here’s a pull from my review; “Frozen is a genre film that has its flaws, but it shows some major signs of a director with a true understanding of what it means to set up a story, what to show the audience and what to hold close to the chest for greater impact later in the film. There are some rough moments to sit through for queasy audiences — it’s certainly not for everyone — but I can’t begin to say how impressed I was, especially considering Green’s 2007 slasher Hatchet didn’t do much for me and certainly didn’t show this kind of promise.”
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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Criterion Collection)
I haven’t seen Bridge on the River Kwai for some time, but this one immediately brought that film to mind as both involve British soldiers in Japanese POW camps during World War II. However, I don’t think the films can be compared too far beyond that. This is more of an introspective film than Kwai and much more of a character and cultural study. To that effect it’s not as “entertaining” in the traditional sense of the word, but it reaches a certain level of humanity that resonates throughout and grows as two cultures slowly begin to understand one another and by the end are both left without an answer to the very same question.
Buy Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Criterion Collection)
As easy as it would seem to make a cute film centered on babbling babies, Babies is hardly entertaining and even though it’s only 79 minutes long it feels much longer than that.