DVD/Blu-Ray Releases: 17 – February – 2015 DVD/Blu-Ray Releases: 17 – February – 2015
Today's new Blu-Ray & DVD releases! DVD/Blu-Ray Releases: 17 – February – 2015

Hey, hey everyone,

I know how everyone loves change so I am tweaking the format this week to try to include as many new releases as possible. Don’t like it? Let me know. If I still missed something, mention it in the comments.

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-Dan


PICK OF THE WEEK!

01_Birdman

I loved this film. Definitely one of the best last year and in recent memory. Insanely great filmmaking and acting. Don’t want my opinion? Fine! Here is what SN film reviewer Mathias Folsted had to say about it: “Birdman” is a wildly entertaining thrill-ride packed with witty dialogue, naturalistic performances, and impressive virtuoso filmmaking.


NOPE OF THE WEEK!

02_Animal

So this is what Joey Lauren Adams is up to nowadays. Nope.


NEW RELEASES


DoctorWho

I am not a regular viewer of Doctor Who but I have seen four Christmas episodes. Seems like a big deal for the show. Like the Simpsons and Halloween.


Dumb

Will I watch this at some point in my life? I’m sure I will. Will it be anytime soon? No. Unless this movie jumps directly to TBS and runs every fucking hour of the day. Which won’t happen. That’s what “Big Bang Theory” is for.


DyingLight

Nick Cage gotta eat!


GameofThrones

Purple Wedding, Red Viper v. The Mountain, Tywin Lannister on a toilet. If none of these things mean anything to you then you don’t watch or like Game of Thrones. Which is cool. The show is not suffering for ratings and Season 5 is right around the corner.


Jake_Squared

This movie, about a 50-something year old director who sets out to make a movie about his own life in order to figure out how he screwed things up so much, grossed $1,681 in box office and probably had a fraction of V/H/S: Viral’s budget.


LifeItself

The acclaimed documentary about Roger Ebert. Not featured: Siskel or Roeper.


MotivationalGrowth

Jeffrey Combs plays the voice of Mold in a bathroom that gives advice to a suicide survivor. Fuck yeah, this sounds awesome!


NoTears

A South Korean hitman/action/crime drama movie. People are gonna die.


SkatingtoNewYork

Puck Propaganda, what’s up with this one?


StVincent

I’ll see this just because it is Bill Murray playing a hedonistic war veteran.


TheHomesman

A drama/western starring and directed by Tommy Lee Jones. I like Tommy Lee Jones but this looks like a snorefest.


TheInterview

Ahem, in the words of Nick Nightly, “Whoooooooooooooo cares?” Seriously, the movie that almost kinda/sorta/not really sent the US to war with North Korea has been out on VOD and other places since late December. Apparently the DVD comes with a secret decoder ring to help you see the hidden code in the hacked Sony emails. SPIDERMAN + MARVEL = $$$$$$$$


ThePrincessKayuga

Here is what Detective Dee said about this one: Princess Kaguya is easily the best movie of the year: The retelling of a Japanese folk tale is realized with eye-popping, gorgeous hand-drawn animation and a strong sign of life from this kind of art form as well as from the responsible Studio Ghibli, both of which have been through some rough times lately. With its sketchy style, reminiscent of old Japanese paintings and early cartoons, it may be one of the most beautiful and inventive animation film in years.


TheTheory

Eddie Redmayne won the SAG award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking counter to Felicity Jones as Hawking’s wife, Jane. In the last decade, 100% of the actors who won the Best Actor SAG went on to win the Best Actor Oscar. Sorry Michael Keaton…


TheWorldMade

Haley Joel Osment and Noah Wyle. Something, something Civil War.


VHS

The third installment in the V/H/S franchise. It grossed $2,567 in box office. Yeah.


Wahlburgers

The Wahlberg family is so talented. Actors, singers, burger flippers. This is reality TV at its … best? Worst? I think I mean worst. Seriously, I watch a lot of crap, but the Walhbergs making hamburgers?


OTHER BLU-RAY RELEASES


01_Sneakers

Blu-Ray Pick of the Week: 1992 – A fun little spy movie starring Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier and Dan Aykroyd.

1969

1988 – Robert Downey Jr., Kiefer Sutherland

AnAutumn

1962 – Director: Yasujirô Ozu & Chishû Ryû

BeachBlanket

1965 – Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello

Caveman

1981 – Ringo Starr & Dennis Quaid

CultoftheDamned

1969 – Jennifer Jones

HowtoMurder

1965 – Jack Lemmon

KissMe

1964 – Dean Martin

LadyChatterly

1981 – Director: Just Jaeckin

lePont

1981 – Director: Jacques Rivette with Bulle Ogier

Munich

2005 – Eric Bana & Daniel Craig

MuscleBeach

1964 – Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello

Psych-Out

1968 – Susan Strasberg & Jack Nicholson

TheAndromeda

1971 – Director: Douglas Trumbull

ThePhantom

1989 – Robert Englund & Bill Nighy

TheRoadtoHK

1962 – Bing Crosby & Bob Hope

TheWildAngels

1966 – Peter Fonda & Nancy Sinatra

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  • Abe

    How can there be an Ebert documentary without Siskel? Without Siskel Ebert would have been a film critic with a slightly higher than average readership base.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Love this new format. Fun and practical.

  • ErnestRister

    MUNICH!!!

    Exclusive to Best Buy stores until May. 1941 (theatrical and extended cuts), Duel, The Sugarland Express, and Always also coming out in May. Disappointing thing about Duel…Spielberg prefers the original TV version, he had to go shoot 16 minutes of new material to pad the thing out for a theatrical release in Europe, the Duel release is going to be the “theatrical” version. Spielberg thinks the original short version is better.

  • Abe

    I never got around to it. Is it really worth a watch?

  • ErnestRister

    Munich? Absolutely…very misunderstood movie. Spielberg and Tony Kushner were a bit too smart for the room, inspired by Griffith’s Intolerance, telling two stories at the same time. Two trains running. The film jumps from one to the other, people thought they were Avner having flashbacks. Climax of both stories happens at the same time, people thought Avner was thinking about the Munich slaughter while having sex with his wife.

  • Abe

    Okay, you’ve sold me! I’ll give this one a watch.

  • ErnestRister

    I’ve got an old review for it up at Talkbacker…or should. I’ll have to go dig it up. One second.

  • ErnestRister
  • Abe

    Very nice review! I am sold on watching this now. And for any of you that have moral objections to going to TBer here’s a snapshot of the article.

    https://archive.today/1i5tr

  • I_am_better

    Sneakers is an underrated little gem. Great ensemble cast.

  • I_am_better

    I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the TV version of Duel. Here in europe it’s always been the theatrical version, I believe

  • ErnestRister

    I’ve never seen it, either, and I’m about as big of a Spielberg admirer as you’re ever going to meet. I think you can bootleg it, but that’s not my style.

  • I_am_better

    And then again, I LOVE this version of Duel, so I think seeing a shorter version might be anticlimactic

  • ErnestRister

    Just imagine the movie getting where it’s going, only faster.

  • I_am_better

    At 90 minutes, the longer cut moves pretty well too

  • Fuck you lol

  • Abe

    You know it has nothing to do with you! Everyone loves Puck.

  • ErnestRister

    One last cool thing about today’s blu-ray release of Munich….when the film came to market, it was released in two editions — a single disc release, and a two-disc version loaded with bonus features. Well, for reasons I don’t know, the two-disc version vanished within weeks and went out of print, and quickly became extremely pricey (and pirated)…we’re talking $100 a pop on e*bay and Amazon. I never had the chance to own it as I was in school when the thing came out and it was *poof!*…gone. And I wasn’t going to drop $100 on it.

    Today’s Blu-Ray includes everything from that two-disc release, and the film is in HD.

    Suck it, gougers!

  • Re: Skating to New York

    Never heard of it. Adding to the list of hockey films I need to go through.

  • I_am_better
  • The director is usually a cinematographer who has worked on a lot of garbage (those anthology style Vanlentine’s Day/New Year’s Day films, for instance), so it’s probably junk.

  • I_am_better

    I believe those two anthology films are screened in hell 24/7

  • I_am_better

    I might need Orcus to back me up on that one

  • ErnestRister

    Price drop on Princess Mononoke Blu-Ray…$19.99

    http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Princess-Mononoke-Blu-ray/45664/

  • Fate_Slistcrunch

    Have you seen Motivational Growth? Man, I think we need to get Combs on the show!

  • Tarmac492.1

    Those fucking VHS movies are garbage. Maybe 2% of the first two were worth something. Birdman is great!! Joey Lauren Adams really needs to hookup with Kevin Smith again so they can give the cinematic world it’s next Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Fucking Munich is amazing. Kind of a real life Mission:Impossible.

  • Tarmac492.1

    I like the tv version fine. A nice, crisp 80 minute thrill ride. A really good performance by Dennis Weaver. He very easily could have gone off the rails and turned it into parody or something. Tough talking to yourself on screen.

  • I_am_better

    The only good bit in the first 2 V/H/S’s was Gareth “The Raid” Evans’ bit in the second one.

  • Slothiplicity

    Sloth’s Picks of the Week: An Autumn Afternoon & Psych-Out

  • Tarmac492.1

    Do you consider Airborne a hockey film, or does it need to be ice hockey? Airborne is a cable classic if there ever was one!!!

  • lol the inline skating movie? I’m sure I’ve seen it but can’t remember anything about it. But anyway, nah, has to be ice hockey related for the series I’ll never finish because I’m a slacker.

  • Slothiplicity

    Clerks is a hockey movie because they play a game on the roof. And Don’t forget about Happy Gilmore.

  • Those will be reviewed in asterisks like mini-reviews similar to how Rister has done the not fully animated or non feature Disney films.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Yup. Jack Black’s best role this side of Shallow Hal. Had a good race at the end and some roller hockey. Also, it featured Roger Waters’ “What God Wants” during a scene. Strange. Yeah, I saw it waay tooo many times.

  • Stalkeye

    Birdman? Fuck yeah!! that was quite an experience watching the film throughout its entirety. Keaton and Norton fired on all cylinders and not to mention the soundtrack.
    very mesmerizing especially during the rooftop scene which in my not-so-humble opinion, should have been the movie’s ending.

    Whalbergers? Fuck that Shit and fuck Mark Wahlberg who blinded some poor Asian guy. Will checkout Ebert’s Life itself. I love that Fat bastid even if he once said that EFLA was a “Go for broke extravaganza”! (Yet, gave a thumbs down to the first “Escape” film.)

    I finally managed to check out Electric Boogaloo: The untold story of Cannon Films.
    Best Documentary I have seen in ages!!! Golan was one Cray-Cray SOB!!

  • Stalkeye

    That’s a drop? That shit should be at least $10.00.
    Just sayin.

  • Stalkeye

    I liked Siskel too, but he was a bit of a Dick at times.
    I wonder if he was buried in John Travolta’s Suit from Saturday Night Fever.

  • ErnestRister

    Drop from $24.99!!

  • ErnestRister

    Lots of people reporting they can’t find the Best Buy-exclusive release of MUNICH. I went to my local store, and they didn’t have it it. Hadn’t even heard of it.

  • Stalkeye

    WOW!! THAT”S BIG SAVINGS!!! 😛

  • ErnestRister

    Would you buy it for a dollar? (insert RoboCop meme here)

  • ponyboy_360

    As someone who buys Blu’s.
    It would be great if you could include the bonus features.
    If a blu contains a commentary, or multiple commentaries.
    Gag reels.
    Out-takes.
    Behind the scenes footage.
    Featurettes.
    Etc, etc.
    It would be nice to know what is available on my bluray before I buy it.
    Just a suggestion.
    People shit on me for still buying blu’s & 3-D blu’s.
    If I were to transfer all my films onto some digital format.
    I would have no movie towers, just a red wall with a laptop hanging in the middle.
    No digital release ever has bonus features.
    Especially commentaries.
    Peace.
    (refresh)

  • Dee

    Damn! Lauren Joey Adams was cute!

  • Dee

    Don’t watch The Interview. It’s not even funny.

  • Stalkeye

    Oh, Yeah! My limit is $10.00. Physical media leads to much clutter!

  • CoolHandJuke

    where were you when they first put it on Netfilx. could have saved me an hour and forty minutes. the image of Franco doing that Gollum impersonation will haunt me to my dying days (three weeks from now). i used to think he was cool…

  • Dee

    I never had anything against him… till that movie came out.

  • Bop

    True. Very underrated.

  • ErnestRister

    I so wish the youtube video of Siskel and Ebert’s review of Empire of the Sun was still on-line. Was taken down a while ago…how those two guys could be so spectacularly wrong about that movie is mind-blowing. They trashed it. They were so accustomed to the Spielberg they thought they knew, they fundamentally missed what he was doing, and what was going on.

  • I_am_better

    I guess it’s VERY exclusive

  • I_am_better

    Great doc. They sure burned some money there at the end

  • Stalkeye

    This was a great from Rags to Richards and back to Raggedy Ass story.
    it’s been often said that Superman IV, MOTU and Over the Top help to ruin Cannon.
    They had quite a few gems among the pile of crap and the irony is, that when Golan/Globus went for bigger budgeted films, that’s when their troubles began.

    had no idea that they were responsible for a lot of Sylvia Krystal’s softpron. man, was she hawt back in the day!!

    That’s one “Dutch Whipped Cake I wouldn’t mind feasting on. 😛

    RIP

  • Stalkeye

    “No digital release ever has bonus features.Especially commentaries.”
    Agreed.

    However, I prefer the digital content option because streaming is very convenient and not to mention takes up less space at the Crib.

    Oh, and I’m too lazy to dig through my Curio just to watch a Movie.

    I only purchase BDs only if its a damn good film and/or have great bonus features like the ones you have mentioned.

  • ponyboy_360

    All the films I own are, “damn good”.
    Scratch that, excellent.
    I can stand in front of my wall of movies for hours.
    I organize all my films by studio, not alphabetical, or some other shit.
    I know where every single film is.
    3 towers of WB.
    2 towers of MGM
    Etc, etc.
    Anyway.
    Peace Stalks.

  • Stalkeye

    That’s a damn impressive collection PB. You truly are a Cinemaphile.
    Some Movies I can only watch once or twice but since the introduction of Netflix, HULU, Amazon, I really have no need to hold on to a ton of Discs. However, you should be proud of your collection.

    Peace out!

  • ponyboy_360

    Cheers bud.