DVD/Blu-Ray Releases: 13 – January – 2015 DVD/Blu-Ray Releases: 13 – January – 2015
Hey, hey everyone, Interesting mix of releases this week. As always, if you want to buy one of these, click on the image and... DVD/Blu-Ray Releases: 13 – January – 2015

Hey, hey everyone,

Interesting mix of releases this week. As always, if you want to buy one of these, click on the image and buy through Amazon so the site can get a few pennies here and there for operational costs. Like booze and gambling debts.

-Dan


A_Walk_Among

Liam Neeson plays a man with AIDS. No, wait, that was a skit on Life’s Too Short. This has Liam Neeson’s wife, er, daughter, no wait, a drug kingpin’s wife kidnapped and murdered so Neeson has to use a special set of skills to find these people and kill them. All joking aside, I love Neeson. The Taken movies are guilty pleasures and I do want to check this one out.


Capricorn_One

The cover of this DVD is a bit misleading. Maybe an astronaut’s helmet or a space shuttle would have been better since its about faking a landing on Mars? Look, its Thanos’ dad and OJ Simpson! I vaguely remembering either seeing this or maybe seeing a VHS cover of it when I was a kid.


Gone_Girl

Based on a Gillian Flynn novel, Gone Girl is centered on Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) as he’s pushed into a media circus following the disappearance of his wife. Yeah, I’m interested in seeing this. I tend to love Fincher and I have never felt burned by one of his films (that counts Dragon Tattoo – which I enjoyed). But how about an opinion from someone who has seen it?

What remains is a clunky, unwieldy and indigestible behemoth of a film. It’s as if David Fincher directed an overlong, unusually dark episode of Desperate Housewives. – Excerpt from Detective Dee’s analysis of the film


Honeymoon

This one was made on a $1,000,000 budget but you don’t need money for a good horror films. Except, this doesn’t look like a good horror film. But maybe I’m wrong. The premise is this: man and woman fall in love, get married, have a honeymoon, wife goes crazy or is possessed or something in the woods.


Jessabelle

Tagline for this one is “The dead are back for life.” I actually kinda dig the DVD cover art here but I’m not big on ghost fare like this. It takes place in Louisiana so there could be some cool voodoo shit going on here.


Love_is_Strange

I love Lithgow and Molina and I’ve heard good things about this. Lithgow and Molina play a married couple who are forced to live separately with family as they sell their house. I’m sure there will be some laughs in this one and probably have the old heart strings pulled a bit. But love will probably conquer all, right?


Men_Women_ChildrenDirected by Jason Reitman who did Juno (meh), Thank You For Smoking (awesome) and Up In the Air (pretty good) so who knows how this will be. It has Adam Sandler in it, which could be death knell, but maybe Reitman pulled a P.T.A. and got some goodness from Billy Madison here. The description of this film seems so vague and weird, though: High school teens and their parents navigate how the Internet has changed their relationships. What the fuck? Like, porn? That’s what the Internet is, right? Do they have the Internet on computers now?


Middle_of_Nowhere

Makes sense this is getting a bigger release on DVD. It’s directed by Ava DuVernay, who is getting some love (and nominations) for directing Selma. One of the leads (Omari Hardwick) played Hit-Girl’s stepdad in the original Kick-Ass. What does that have to do with this film? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.


Once_Upon_a_Time_in Shanghai

Maybe our Asian films specialist Detective Dee has seen this one. A dude moves to China to become rich (?) but instead uses his Kung-Fu skills to survive. Andy On is in it, who starred in Zombie Fight Club. Yes. You read that correctly.


The_Identical

Twin brothers separated at birth. One becomes Elvis and the other becomes Ray Liotta.


The_Two_Faces_of_January

Its got Viggo and the latest craze, Oscar Isaac. And Kirsten Dunst too. Viggo plays a conman and Dunst his wife. They meet Oscar and get into some trouble. Not really drawing me in but what is drawing me in is that IMDB says if you like this then you’ll like Cold In July. So maybe its worth a gander.


Wetlands

A German comedy. Is that an oxymoron? Germans can be funny? Yeah, they can. I know this German dude named Markus who is one of the funniest dudes I’ve ever met. This movie? Well, a girl named Helen is in the hospital being treated for an anal fissure and narrates her backstory of sexual practices, hygiene, and drugs. One of the plot keywords on IMDB is “female pubic hair.” Okay, sold.


Boardwalk_Empire

I watched half of the first episode of this series. It didn’t immediately draw me in but I’ve heard it gets great (then lame, then good again). I plan on giving this a shot someday.


Dallas

Larry Hagman is dead but even his involvement gave me no interest in watching this. Unless there is a monster with Patrick Duffy as a leg, I’ll probably never watch this version of the show. I did watch reruns of the original show when I was younger and Hagman did have some good moments. But again, he’s dead. Did I mention he was dead?


Episodes

I’ve seen a few episodes of this show and its pretty fucking funny. I plan to eventually give it a real shot. Matt Leblanc is excellent (yes, you read that correctly) while Chandler can’t hold onto a show for more than 8 episodes and Ross, well, who gives a fuck?


House_of_Lies

I like Don Cheadle but the commercials for this show have done nothing to get me to want to watch this. But I hear its pretty good. Verdict from the visitors to this site? Watch it or skip it?


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  • Capricorn One is a classic, O.J. or not.

  • I guess “Liam neeson kicks asses” and “Gone Girl” are the only other two interesting ones here besides that.

  • ErnestRister

    Needs more ellipses, factual errors, and lies…oh, wait. Wrong site.

  • Dan needs to make every selection more about him…?

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    I’ve always wanted to see O.J. Simpson murder people on Mars.

  • Kickstarter!

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    I think I need to see Wetlands.

    Also, I don’t think I’m alone in wanting to see a 2 hour film of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan as a married couple bickering in their bedroom as they get ready to attend a friend’s wedding.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    I think he’ll do it for free.

  • Although Gone Girl seems weirdly thin in the extras department for a Fincher film

  • And he needs to tell us a story about the cast Class of Nuke ‘Em High stopping by for his birthday.

  • Stalkeye

    Muthafuker! You beat me to it!! 😛

  • Mr Nick Nightly

  • ErnestRister

    25th Anniversary edition of Dances With Wolves out today, also…but it’s only the extended cut. Kevin Costner told EW that he had nothing to do with the extended cut, it was made for ABC to stretch the movie over two nights. Costner says his “director’s cut” was the theatrical version. If you want the theatrical version on Blu-Ray, you have to import the bloody thing from Europe.

  • ErnestRister

    Ian McKellan has hands the size of ping-pong paddles.

  • Huh. I like the longer version.

  • Stalkeye

    That reminds me of this joke i heard from The Howard stern show many Moons ago;

    ‘Why would OJ make for a perfect Thanksgiving guest”?

    “Cause he’s good at carving the White meat”.

    Too soon?!?

  • Stalkeye

    http://www.followingthenerd.com/site/wp-content/uploads/oj-simpson-as-terminator.jpg

    And to think that JC was going to cast him for the role of T-1000 and changed his mind because he thought Simpson was too nice a guy. Cameron is allowed to make bad judgement calls; this and well, True lies!

  • ErnestRister

    The problem with the extended version is that the audience is ahead of Dunbar the whole time. We know what happens at the abandoned fort before Dunbar does. We know the Sioux tribe has a “white” woman in their community before Dunbar finds her. The audience knows more than he does. The theatrical cut stays with Dunbar, so we learn things as he does, we’re “with him” the whole time, and I think it is a stronger film and the cut scenes should have stayed as deleted scenes. The extended cut was made for ABC because the film was too long to show in one night, too short to show over two nights, so Jim Wilson created the extended cut by including the scenes deleted during editing. Costner had no involvement with it. He doesn’t disown it, he simply says his “director’s cut” was the version shown in theaters. The best thing in the extended version, for me, is the scene where the Sioux catch and kill the white buffalo hunters who have been slaughtering the buffalo for their hides en masse, and Dunbar is so torn and alarmed, he can’t allow himself to camp with the Sioux that night. That was a nice and welcome bit of accurate complexity.

  • ErnestRister

    Three good friends, stuck together for 9 months on a trip to Mars, confined to a small capsule…and then one of them finds out the other two have been dating Marcus Allen.

    http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk37/Bogman_photo/Sci-Fi%20Film%20Stills%20Dos/CapricornOne2.jpg

  • Stalkeye

    Yup, this “reboot” needs a Kickstarter!
    There’s plenty of comedic gold with the Simpson references alone!

  • Stalkeye

    Yup, this “reboot” needs a Kickstarter!
    There’s plenty of comedic gold with the Simpson references alone!

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    And then O.J. murders them.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    And then O.J. murders them.

  • ErnestRister

    Off-topic, but reviews are coming in for Black Hat and they are withering. I was linked over to Drew McWeeny’s pan of the movie, and saw this:

    “Drew McWeeny

    A respected critic and commentator for fifteen years, Drew McWeeny
    helped create the online film community as “Moriarty” at Ain’t It Cool
    News…”

    The online film community existed way before AICN — people were talking about movies on BBS sites and rec.arts.movies groups and Usenet forums long before AICN even existed. And just on a more trenchant note…people who are respected don’t need to tell people they are respected. Or need to claim achievements they didn’t achieve.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Man, I will never, ever, ever tire of O.J. jokes. http://m.youtube.com/?reload=7&rdm=1dqm6y15q#/watch?v=VswaN5b_SzQ

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Seems like another case of the younger generation creating their own version of history.

  • Stalkeye

    Damn, I would have to play this at home.
    Gotta keep things ‘civil” while working, yanno. (0:’

  • Forget “Wetlands”.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Sucks?

  • Yes. Shiny polished crap. And most German comedies are indeed unfunny.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Bummer.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    The only German comedy that I think I’ve seen is “Killer Condom” and I liked that quite a bit.

  • It’s based on a very successful book by a German TV-host. It was “controversial” because she wrote about such hot topics like pubic hair and anal sex.

  • Most German comedies are either rom-coms or vehicles for bad German comedians.

  • ErnestRister

    Drew’s our age, man. Knew him when he was a clerk at Dave’s Video off Laurel Canyon and Ventura. Such a dick — he was “that guy” who commented on what you were renting, talking trash. Just shut up and ring me out, Gene Shalit.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Fuck all that.

  • “Killer Condom” is a total exception. There are a few really funny ones but mostly they are bad.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    He must think quite highly of himself. I have to say, I thought he did a fantastic job with writing “Cigarette Burns” and “Pro-Life.” Thats all I’m familiar with.

  • Both versions have their merits. Too bad Costner kinda disappeared into his own arse for a long time after that though. The next good film of his was “Open Range”

  • Well, maybe “Wyatt Earp”, but “Tombstone” kicked it’s ass anyway

  • ErnestRister

    I thought he was very good in The War and A Perfect World. And I thought
    13 Days and Tin Cup were solid.

  • 13 Days and The Perfect World are good. I can’t remember anything about Tin Cup…..Don Johnson and Cheech Marin were in it…?

  • ErnestRister
  • ColonHell

    I laughed a lot during “Gone Girl.” It’s borderline absurd, and that’s why it works so well. You don’t see many mainstream movies take on love, loyalty and feminimity with such vicious glee.

  • I think that was the appeal on Fincher to do it.

  • ErnestRister

    Ron Shelton is aces with sports movies. It’s no Caddyshack, but it’s a good little golf movie.

  • I catched it on TV like – 11-12 years ago….might need to revisit

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Classic sketch! Speaking of SNL, Norm MacDonald was the king of the O.J. joke.

  • Bop

    I always wanted to see O.J. Simpson and Mike Tyson as a tag team in the WWE.

  • Bop

    Best German comedy I ever saw was :”Wo Ist Fred?”

  • ErnestRister

    If you believe the rumors, that’s also what got him fired.

  • With the guy in the wheelchair?

  • Stalkeye

    “Twin brothers separated at birth. One becomes Elvis and the other becomes Ray Liotta.”

    LMAO Dan’s Column is far more amusing than Harry’s.
    Thought i’d state the obvious. Carry on my wayward sons.

  • Stalkeye

    What about German pron?

    “Spread ze Azz, I’m going in you schweinhund”!

  • Let’s say not my thing. No further comments.

  • Stalkeye

    LOL Ouch!

  • Well its still nice to hear that, Stalks.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Yeah, I know the real story. It’s a shame, he’s the best they ever had.

  • Bop

    Yeah. That one. Did you like it?

  • Bop

    Who is that she?

  • Charlotte Roche.

  • Stalkeye

    Dan, You left out
    Jimi: All is by My Side!
    No love for the greatest Guitar player ever? (Even though he’s being potrayed by Andre 2000? hahhahahaha)

  • That came out yesterday? Blah, sorry.

  • Stalkeye

    I shall be watching this over the weekend just to see if “Agent Carter’ bares arse. Oh, and The legendary biopic of Hendrix of course . 😛

  • CurseofZodLovesMaude

    Those fuckers cancelled Dallas on a cliffhanger…

  • CurseofZodLovesMaude

    Have you read anything by Sir Drew, he needs all the self-promotion he can muster…

  • CurseofZodLovesMaude

    Haha. those were horrible. I stopped watching that show after those two shitheaps.

  • CurseofZodLovesMaude

    He murdered people in Brentwood, what else do you want?

  • CurseofZodLovesMaude

    This is a great little flick… despite OJ murdering everyone.. actually, it wasn’t just OJ, but his eldest son that helped him commit the murders… something the idiotic prosecution never even bothered to touch… D’oh.

  • CurseofZodLovesMaude

    “Ill be back… to murder you..”

  • CurseofZodLovesMaude

    Costner is solid… most of the time. He’s like Eastwood, not all his stuff is great, but when it is, it’s great!

  • CurseofZodLovesMaude

    Haha. So how did he get anyone’s attention… Any one of us here know as much if not more about movies, except we don’t have to be dicks or lie about things… Knowles is the one to blame on that…

  • ErnestRister

    Drew was likely on the same Usenet boards as everybody else at that time. That’s the soup from which AICN was born. I’ll give you this – he was the best writer for AICN and he turned that into some opportunities.

    He was still annoying as a video store clerk. My heart would sink down to my feet when I walked in to Dave’s Video to rent laserdiscs and saw him behind the counter. “Crap, gotta listen to this guy again…”

  • CurseofZodLovesMaude

    Haha.

  • CurseofZodLovesMaude

    OJ was my third grade teacher… he was great and didn’t try to kill me, *giggles*

  • Godzilla Fanboy

    I remember watching Capricorn One on TCM. Oh the 70’s, paranoia, SF, and OJ as a legit lead.

  • coolhandjuke

    no love for Scorpion King 4? you know a movie is quality when it’s on Netflix the same week it’s released straight to DVD. off i go to snap rubber bands around my nutsack…