This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: May 10, 2011


Some Like It Hot
I haven’t seen this Blu-ray, but seems to think it looks pretty good. The features, however, are nothing new so it’s a toss-up as to whether those of you that already own it should upgrade. Personally I think this is a good film, but I’ve only seen it twice and was never bowled over.
Buy Some Like It Hot
Blue Valentine
This is certainly not a film I would ever buy. As you can tell from reading my Cannes review from last year, I didn’t dig this film the same as everyone else. The film itself I found to be a bit sloppy, even if it had a pair of excellent performances. But beyond that, I wouldn’t buy it simply because it’s too much of a downer. It’s one of those Sundance Film Festival-esque films that excels at lower-to-middle class suffering, even if it was A-material the first time around (think Precious), I wouldn’t want to own it.
Buy Blue Valentine
No Strings Attached
This one just isn’t a very good film, but it’s a safe bet you will enjoy it as a Netflix rental. At this point I’m just curious to see if Friends with Benefits will be any better.
Buy No Strings Attached
The Illusionist
What a sad movie this is. It surprised me how somber it was when I saw it in Toronto last year. I also didn’t think it was necessarily the best of films, but the artistry is worth a look. I wouldn’t recommend a blind buy, but for those of you with Netflix accounts and a Blu-ray player definitely give it a rent.
Buy The Illusionist
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Didn’t see this film and don’t really care to.
Buy Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
I Saw the Devil
I saw this film and remain a bit confused as to the reason it was made. It’s a very well made film and actually keeps you interested as it moves along, but in the end it takes its sadistic nature to such an extent that I don’t think much is ultimately accomplished. You can read my theatrical review right here.
Buy I Saw the Devil
Something Wild (Criterion Collection)
I didn’t get a chance to watch this Jonathan Demme late ’80s comedy before I left for Cannes, but the fact it stars a fleet of well known actors and is getting the Criterion treatment is enough to intrigue me. Too bad it will be at least two weeks before I get a chance to watch it.
Buy Something Wild (Criterion Collection)