Not a fantastic week for DVD/Blu-Ray releases this week. It’s still that slow time of year where most of the good movies are in theatres. Perhaps this is a good week to catch up on some classics that you’ve never seen. I personally recommend some Orson Welles classics as the man has been selected as this month’s Career Appreciation here at Film Misery.
Here are the DVD/Blu-Ray Picks of the Week for August 4, 2009:
Save your money this week.
The Soloist (2009)
Directed By: Joe Wright
Last year this film was on many lists as a possible candidate for Best Picture. However, it was pushed back to a release date that ensures it will be forgotten come Oscar time. It’s still worth checking out for the fantastic story about the look into one man’s struggle with mental illness. Joe Wright is an excellent director and with performances from Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr. this shouldn’t miss the mark too much. If nothing else, it’s worth checking out for the fantastic score featuring Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, and more composers with names that don’t start with B.
Race to Witch Mountain (2009)
Directed By: Andy Fickman
Unless you have little kids who are young enough not to understand when a movie sucks, I would avoid this. It’s a poor attempt to re-make one of the classic films from my childhood and I am simply offended by the effort. Kidding of course, the original Escape to Witch Mountain is not that sacred to me, although going and renting that would be a more worthwhile endeavor. Honestly, though, why is The Rock all the sudden in every children’s movie? He’s like this generation’s Steve Guttenberg.