This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: May 24, 2011

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The Great Dictator (Criterion Collection)
Great film, though since getting back from Cannes I haven’t had a chance to watch the Criterion disc, but I plan on giving it a watch tomorrow along with the Marx brothers’ Duck Soup, sort of a farcical political comedy double feature for the ages.
Buy The Great Dictator (Criterion Collection)
Papillon
This is a very good movie. I first watched it as part of the Essential Steve McQueen Collection back in 2005 and I have to say, if it were up to me I would spend $40.99 on that collection instead of spending $25 on this one Blu-ray, but that’s just me.
Buy Papillon
Solaris (Criterion Collection)
I have never seen this film, but really cannot wait. Truth be told, I have a ton of Criterion titles sitting here I need to watch. I watched Something Wild a couple nights ago and enjoyed it, but don’t think I’ll be necessarily recommending it, but keep on the lookout for the review and many more shortly.
Buy Solaris (Criterion Collection)
Passion Play
Terrible movie. Not even worth a rental. For the rest of my opinion, you can read my review from last year’s Toronto International Film Festival right here.
Buy Passion Play
I Am Number Four
Kevin has a review of the Blu-ray version of this title that I’ll be publishing later today, but for now I will say I enjoyed this movie and really would like to see a sequel, but the box-office numbers weren’t good enough to make that happen. Oh well.
Buy I Am Number Four
Gnomeo and Juliet
I guess families will probably pick this one up, but it’s not a very good movie. You can read my theatrical review right here, but if you’d rather not, here’s a snippet: “Garden gnomes coming to life is a funny premise, it’s an idea that works well for a poster or trailer (or as snapshots in much-loved French films). But pulling much originality out of the idea proves to be a much more daunting task as this film and the years it spent in development imply.”
Buy Gnomeo and Juliet
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