‘All That Jazz’, ‘Blended’, ‘The Double’, ‘Vengeance is Mine’ and More on DVD & Blu-ray Today

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: August 26, 2014

All That Jazz (Criterion Collection)
I’ve only seen Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz once and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it a lot for its excellent photography, but I’m not sure I feel any need to purchase it. I didn’t even ask for a review copy, but I will say were it to come on television I’m pretty sure it would be an easy movie to sink back into. One thing I will add, however, is Roy Scheider crushes this performance; a stand out, dripping with intensity performance that’s certainly worth seeing.

This new Criterion release comes loaded to the gills, here are the features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring editor Alan Heim
  • Selected-scene audio commentary by actor Roy Scheider
  • New interviews with Heim and Fosse biographer Sam Wasson
  • New conversation between actors Ann Reinking and Erzsebet Foldi
  • Episode of the talk show Tomorrow from 1980, featuring director Bob Fosse and choreographer Agnes de Mille
  • Interviews with Fosse from 1981 and 1986
  • On-set footage
  • Portrait of a Choreographer, a 2007 documentary on Fosse
  • The Soundtrack: Perverting the Standards, a 2007 documentary about the film’s music
  • Interview with George Benson from 2007, about his song “On Broadway,” which opens the film
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Hilton Als

Buy All That Jazz (Criterion Collection)

Blended
Blended on DVD Blu-ray today
It’s coming out today so I feel I have to mention it, but come on, are any of you shelling over your hard-earned money for this?

Buy Blended

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas
Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas on DVD Blu-ray today
I saw Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas in Cannes last year and while the movie itself didn’t do much for me (read my review here), Mads Mikkelsen is great and if you’re a fan of his work and his performances you might owe it to yourself to watch this one for him alone.

Buy Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

The Double
The Double on DVD Blu-ray today
I seem to be in the minority when it comes to Richard Ayoade‘s film, but I didn’t get much out of this one (read my review here) other than to see a film that wanted to be a Terry Gilliam film and was on “rinse and repeat” until it felt it got it right.

Buy The Double

Vengeance is Mine (Criterion Collection)
I just received this and at nearly 2.5 hours long and including an audio commentary it’s going to be a few days before I get it finished, but I did sneak it into the player for a few minutes and I’m already digging its vibe. The film tells the story of Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata), a man who went on a 78-day killing spree, and yes, it’s based on a true story. Here are the features:
  • Restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring critic Tony Rayns
  • Excerpts from a 1999 interview with director Shohei Imamura, produced by the Directors Guild of Japan
  • Trailer and teaser
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson, a 1994 interview with Imamura by filmmaker Toichi Nakata, and writings by Imamura on Vengeance Is Mine and his approach to directing

Buy Vengeance is Mine (Criterion Collection)

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
One of the biggest flops in box office history, probably worth buying… right?

Buy Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

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