//New on DVD and Blu-Ray: May 29, 2012

New on DVD and Blu-Ray: May 29, 2012

Judging by the tastes of myself and other Film Misery writers, it will probably be commonplace for a classic film to be number one on our weekly list of new DVD and Blu-Ray releases. It won’t be surprising in the least bit if a title from the Criterion Collection receives is on our list each and every week. Such is our plight.

Here are the five new releases that I am most excited about this week:

Top 5 New Releases:

5) Goon (2012)

Sean William Scott and I graduated from the same high school (he was ahead of me by a decade) and so I have had a curious fascination with his career for some time. Being a native Minnesotan, I have a soft spot in my heart for hockey and I have decent hopes for this movie. I am most curious to see if there is any correlation between this story about a hockey enforcer who is put on the ice solely to hit people and the true story of former Minnesota Wild enforcer Derek Boogard, who died of a drug overdose that many believe was caused by a brain injury.

4) True Blood: Season 4 (2011)

Out of all of the vampire series that exist in film and television, there is only one that I genuinely appreciate. HBO’s True Blood is campy good fun and has been a highlight of the Summer for the past several years for me. I no longer subscribe to cable, so I am going to have to find another way to watch Season 5 when it begins on June 10th. This will probably entail finding a friend who has a Cable account with HBO and mooching their login information to use HBO Go. If only HBO was smart enough to offer their service to non-cable subscribers.

3) Coriolanus (2011)

I must now admit that True Blood is the only item on this list that I have actually seen before, which may partially explain my excitement for the other releases. I missed Coriolanus during its limited theatrical run early this year, but I am an enormous fan of everything Shakespeare and so I will certainly be adding this movie to my queue. I am interested to see Ralph Fiennes’ interpretation and how he uses film to tell this deliberately theatrical story.

2) We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

I do a bad job of catching up with films that I am unable to see before producing my end of the year top ten list. Since this film did not come to Minneapolis until around March of this year, I had already moved on to seeing 2012 films and chosen to wait until DVD for any remaining films from the previous year. Now that the DVD has finally arrived, I have no excuse to catch up with this drama about a mother’s struggle to deal with her psychologically disturbed son.

1) Summer Interlude (1951) & Summer with Monika (1953)

I have seen about a dozen Ingmar Bergman films and they have all been revelatory. The Criterion Collection this week releases a double feature of two films that pre-date Bergman’s more famous works like Wild Strawberries, Persona, and The Seventh Seal. Being from the Criterion Collection you will of course find a great digital transfer and a film critic essay on each film. Check out the Criterion pages for Summer Interlude and Summer with Monika for more information and trailers for the release.


New releases that I am less interested in are Man on a Ledge, which Justin called a “personality-free sleepwalk” and Gone, which received a paltry 11% on Rotten Tomatoes. Clint Eastwood’s Western The Outlaw Josey Wales also gets its first Blu-Ray transfer this week, which might be worth a look.

Streaming Pick of the Week:

The Kid (1921)

Available on Hulu for Free.

Charlie Chaplin’s first feature length film is endlessly charming and a fun film to re-watch every time the opportunity arises. The story is about Chaplin’s Little Tramp who inadvertently becomes a father when a child is dropped in his lap one day. Despite a life of poverty, the Tramp and the Kid, played by Jackie Coogan, live a happy life together conning unsuspecting passersby and moving from house to house. The film is a testament to the idea that no matter where one is or what one owns, there will always be happiness along as it is with a loved one. The scene wherein Chaplin chases Coogan’s truck down the road with arms outstretched gets me every time. I reviewed the film back during Film Misery’s first marathon. Read that review and for goodness sake, watch The Kid.

Which new DVD or Blu-Ray release are you most excited about?

Alex started Film Misery in early 2009 after living the site’s title for many years. His film obsession began in high school when he and his friends would see all of the Oscar Best Picture nominees and try to make predictions...Full Bio.