If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Here's another weekly salvo from Cyrus with the new stuff that just came out on DVD/Blu-Ray freshly today...
TAXI DRIVER (Blu-Ray)
This 1976 film was so good, that it's not only arguably director Martin Scorsese's best film, but star Robert DeNiro's as well. And that's saying something. Its story of a psycho vigilante in the making is shockingly violent and sociologically applicable even today (other than the clothing and hairstyles, obviously); "Taxi Driver" has totally stood the test of time. The new Blu-Ray gives it a fresh coat of paint, with a new transfer, a collection of glossy prints from the movie, and adding to the already voluminous collection of extras from previous releases, a neat interactive script comparison that you can watch as the movie plays. Essential.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Taxi Driver [Blu-ray]
...and then there's the rest...
Before you go spend money on the probably execrable (and certainly unwanted) remake of this classic Dudley Moore comedy coming out in theaters this Friday, you really should watch the original. For American audiences, it was Moore's most memorable character and still holds up today as one of the great comedies. Not so much the sequel, but hey...I just look at it as a bonus feature. Plus, drunk people are funny...as long as you don't have to clean up after them.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Arthur / Arthur 2: On the Rocks (2-Movie Collection) [Blu-ray]
A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Blu-Ray)
You can go broke overestimating the intelligence of your audience, or so Steven Spielberg found out when he released this ambitious, deep, science fiction film after director Stanley Kubrick's death that the late director had been trying to get off the ground since the 80's. Audiences expecting Spielberg's usual glowy, fun, fluff were perplexed by the darker concepts presented by the unwieldy film. If any piece of cinema deserves a second look post-expectations, it's this one, and the new blu-ray is a great way to do it, as visually, if nothing else, "A.I." is gorgeous.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY A.I.: Artificial Intelligence [Blu-ray]
Fuck yeah, that's my pig. Say what you will about the distressing talking animals genre of live-action film we've been bombarded with since the technology caught up with imagination (and there's certainly a lot bad to say about it) but "Babe" (and its sequel for that matter) are freakin' awesome. Not that I'm gonna quit eating bacon or anything, but I do, in fact, say to my Wendy's Baconator every time before I bite down, "That'll do, Pig".
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Babe [Blu-ray]
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Blu-Ray)
Not just one of the greatest musicals ever but one of the greatest translations to film ever of one, Norman Jewinson (despite his last name, a Protestant..lol) directed a keeper. This story of a Jewish settlement in Russia and a poor milkman having to confront changing times version the stability of tradition when it comes to his marrying daughters, is much more fun than I probably just made it sound, with some of the most memorable songs in musical history. Lots of fun new bonus features in this new HD edition as well.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Fiddler on the Roof (Single-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS (Blu-Ray and DVD)
The best comedy of the year that you weren't allowed to see. Why? Well, because it's got Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as a deeply in love gay couple at the center of things would be my guess. And that's a shame because this true story about a charismatic con man (Carrey) who can't seem to quit being adorably criminal made for one of the most laugh-out-loud films of 2010. You gotta see this one for yourself to believe it. And then look up the real guy online so you can gasp at how much of the film's unbelievable story was actually real.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY I Love You Phillip Morris [Blu-ray]
LITTLE FOCKERS (Blu-Ray and DVD)
Here it is, the nexus of the decline of our civilization and culture; we're celebrating it by going to see these unbearably awful 'Focker' sequels. The third in the series has the least charm so far, as a slightly more confident Ben Stiller goes head-to-head with his step-father (Robert De-Niro) over becoming the new head of the family (the 'Godfocker', so help me...) and a suspected affair of "Three's Company" proportions. I hate this movie too much to even use the obvious pun so I'll merely say, FUCK this entire series. But, you know, for those of you out there with less discernible taste, it just came out on blu-ray...
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Little Fockers (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
THE RULES OF ATTRACTION (Blu-Ray)
Director Roger Avery was still getting a lot of press by throwing around his 'story by' connection on "Pulp Fiction" and the 2000 adaptation of writer Brett Easton Ellis's "American Psycho" (much better than the book it was based on, for the record) was still being talked about, so a dysfunctional comedy set at a liberal arts college wasn't exactly what film goers were expecting from 2002's "The Rules of Attraction". Even so, its a sardonically dark little piece, reflecting Ellis' cynicism towards human nature perfectly within it's college setting. Shallow fuckers get what they deserve, eh Brett? Even the commentary track by Carrot Top...not kidding...even I'd never be that cruel as to force someone to listen to that.
--CLICK HERE TO BUY The Rules of Attraction [Blu-ray]
THE COVE (BLU-RAY)
Is there any way to get an audience angrier and ready to grab pitchforks and torches than to show them a film about people killing (or 'murdering' as that semantically gets a stronger response) groups of dolphins? Show them the same set-up but with people being killed, and you won't even get half the ire raised. Okay, so I'm cynical, but not so cynical as to not get pretty pissed off myself while watching this excellent 2009 Oscar winning film. There's certainly been some controversy over the portrayal of the Japanese fishermen in the film who kill the friendly mammals, but hey...THEY KILLED FLIPPER! GET 'EM!
--CLICK HERE TO BUY The Cove [Blu-ray]
TRON LEGACY 3D/TRON CLASSIC (Blu-Ray and DVD)
Five discs. Five goddamn Tron Deadly Discs worth of content if you get this all-in-one collection bringing together 2D and 3D versions of the new film and a HD upgrade of the original film. Sure, you could buy them separately, just getting the ones you want...but what are you, some kind of pussy? Just kidding, as I famously wasn't a big fan of the sequel (although I will give it a second look, I promise...I mean, hell, it's too shiny looking to not watch again in HD) but for those of you who are, this set comes with a Disney-sized butt-load of bonus features, including a series of clips that illustrate what was going on in the real world during and after the events of the film (that presumably will tie into whatever product connected to the Tron-verse Disney releases next).
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Tron: Legacy / Tron: The Original Classic (Five-Disc Combo: Blu-ray...
or, you know, if you're a pussy
--CLICK HERE TO BUY Tron: Legacy (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)