This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: May 3, 2011


Smiles of a Summer Night (Criterion Collection)
I was going to try and finish watching this one before posting this week’s titles, but it just ended up getting too late so I will return to it tomorrow and post a full review. I, however, am still going to lead with it because it is still an Ingmar Bergman film and I am a decided fan of Bergman, particularly Persona, The Seventh Seal, The Virgin Spring and one film I really want Criterion to issue on Blu-ray, if only for Sven Nykvist’s cinematography, Fanny and Alexander. I’ll have more on this title soon enough.
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The Green Hornet
The quote on the cover of the 3D Blu-ray edition is rather comical as it says “Amazing 3D.” I have no idea if that was taken out of context or even what exactly it means outside of the superficial implications or if a 3D Blu-ray is even expected to replicate whatever was so amazing in the first place. However, I can tell you The Green Hornet is not a very good movie. As I wrote in my theatrical review it’s a “a so-so film that doesn’t fall flat on its face but has a hard time getting over its relatively interesting first third.” Oh, and I wasn’t impressed by the 3D and doubt seeing it on a screen several sizes smaller would do that aspect of the film any favors.
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The Dilemma
I would recommend The Green Hornet several times over before ever suggesting you watch this terrible, terrible film of which I gave a “D-” in my theatrical review only because Channing Tatum’s small performance made me chuckle.
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Fat Girl (Criterion Collection)
I did not have a chance to watch this film so I can’t give you any perspective on whether it’s good, bad or worth buying. I will say there must be something to it considering this is another one of those instances where Criterion has dipped into their previously released films and given one of them the upgrade. I have a hard time believing they’d do that if it wasn’t worthy of, at the very least, familiarizing yourself with it. Here’s a look at the film’s description:

Fat Girl is a provocative and shocking drama about sibling rivalry, family discord and relationships. Elena is 15, beautiful and flirtatious. Her less confident sister, Anais, is 12, and constantly eats. On holiday, Elena meets a young Italian student who is determined to seduce her. Anais is forced to watch in silence, conspiring with the lovers, but harbouring jealousy and similar desires. Their actions, however, have unforeseen tragic consequences for the whole family.

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