If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Another week, another fresh slate of new home releases to check out. There's a lot of product hitting the shelves this week, so much so even I couldn't get to it all, but let's start off as usual with the...
BLACK SWAN (Blu-Ray and DVD)
Well, duh. Was there any doubt that my fave movie of the year was gonna be the best Blu-Ray pick of the week as well? Natalie Portman earns the shit out of her Oscar win playing the craziest professional dancer ever. And that's REALLY saying something. This visually sumptuous film (I FINALLY got to use the word 'sumptuous' in a sentence. Yay for me!) is essential to have in the highest quality ever so this is a no-brainer of a buy, especially when you add in the sweet bonus features, like a 49 minute doc. Sweet.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Black Swan [Blu-ray]
...and then there's the rest...
APOCALYPSE: WWII (Blu-Ray and DVD)
There's an awful lot of World War II documentary series coming out lately. Even the French are getting into the act here with their 6 part television series. No, it's not just footage of them running away, smart-ass.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Apocalypse: World War II [Blu-ray]
FAIR GAME (blu-Ray and DVD)
This Doug Liman-helmed 2010 political thriller about CIA agent Natalie Plume (Naomi Watts) and how White House officials threw her and all her informants under a bus in an attempt to discredit her rabble-rousing husband (Sean Penn), didn't seem to really get the chance it deserved in theaters. CONSPIRACY! CONSPIRACY!
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Fair Game [Blu-ray]
MADE IN DAGENHAM (Blu-Ray and DVD)
This charming little comedy led by the irresistibly likable Sally Hawkins was based on the real-life struggles of the women workers at the Ford Auto Plant in the UK where their unprecedented strike led eventually to landmark equal rights registration. Plus, they're in their underwear for a good part of the film so, you know, there's that.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Made in Dagenham [Blu-ray]
MAD MEN: SEASON 4 (Blu-Ray and DVD)
AMC's little show that could continues on into its fourth year, with John Hamm continuing to make the ladies sigh as the charismatic 1960s ad executive Don Draper, and Christina Hendricks makes the guys have to go have special 'private time', in the bust-out role that made her a household name.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Mad Men: Season Four [Blu-ray]
MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY #1 (Blu-Ray and DVD)
This is the second of two films (the first is "Mesrine: Killer Instinct") about the life of infamous French gangster Jacques Mesrine, played by the always-reliably-crazy-looking, Vincent Cassel who was well-lauded for his performances in the immensely popular series. Literally covered with laud. Ass-loads of laud. Oh laud, he's traveled so far.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (Part 2) [Blu-ray]
THE RESIDENT (Blu-Ray and DVD)
This 2011 horror film starring Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lee Pace, and Christopher Lee about a stalky landlord is getting more notice for being one of the first productions from the famous Hammer Films studios in quite some time...not that it's exactly getting swamped with rave reviews, but that's enough for ME to want to give it a look.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY The Resident [Blu-ray]
SCREAM TRILOGY (Blu-Ray)
What with the fourth installment of Wes Craven's self-aware horror series about to be released, no time like the present to revisit the original three totally fun slasher-comedies, now upgraded to Blu-Ray. Well, the first two are worth re-visiting at least.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Scream [Blu-ray]
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Scream 2 [Blu-ray]
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Scream 3 [Blu-ray]
TANGLED (Blu-Ray and DVD)
If not for the power of the "Swan", this certainly would have been the pick of the week, as Disney's animated take on Rapunzel is clever, fast paced, gorgeous, and funny. Especially that damn horse. If any character should get a spin-off, it's the horse. Always with the long face. He kills me. Oh yeah, and it's a Disney animated film so, as always, lots of cool bonus features.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Tangled (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (Blu-Ray)
The First Spill Commandment: Thou shalt not give Cyrus crap for having warm and fuzzy nostalgic remembrances of this 1956 awesome biblical epic starring Charlton Heston as the holy bearded guy with all the rules from the boss. I'd like to reedit this some day as a con-film. Seriously though, there are those who call it one of the greatest films of all time. I don't know about that, but it's certainly worthy of an upgrade to Blu-Ray and a nostalgic revisit.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY The Ten Commandments (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
TREME: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (Blu-Ray and DVD)
HBO's new series set in post-Katrina New Orleans hits it WAY out of the park with its top-notch performances, astonishing musical sequences, and adherence to realism in this ten episode set that the people of the city have largely embraced as accurately translating the spirit of the rebuild. Fascinating and inspiring.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Treme: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]