This is not a very strong week for new DVD/Blu-Ray releases. There are no Criterion Collection releases, very few mainstream films, and the few independents that are hitting shelves did not receive very positive word during their limited theatrical release. I did my best to pick the few films that are worthy of seeking out, but might I recommend taking this week to catch up on last year’s films or TV series (might I suggest “Game of Thrones, Season 2”?).
Here are this week’s top 3 new releases:
Top 3 New Releases
3) The Sweeney (2012)
Nick Love’s British crime thriller did not receive the best reviews during its short theatrical run with a disappointing 47% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, Ray Winstone being a badass and delivering his lines with his thickest version of Cockney seems enough to make this worth checking out for some mindless entertainment. The film is based on the 1970s UK television show, which I know nothing about, but I have a feeling plot and character are not the draw here.
2) That Thing You Do! (1996)
This nice little film written by, directed by, and starring Tom Hanks tells the story of a small band from Pennsylvania that makes it big when one of their songs goes national. It has been on DVD for a long time, but it finally gets a Blu-Ray release today. While it’s not the type of film that necessitates a High Definition viewing experience, it’s certainly as good or better than anything else coming out this week, so this may be a good opportunity to catch up with it.
1) Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
This film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year before being picked up for an end of the year U.S. debut on HBO. Its stars Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman were nominated for Golden Globe awards and the televised movie cleaned up at the Primetime Emmy Awards with 15 nominations and 2 wins. It tells the story of Ernest Hemingway’s romance with journalist Martha Hellhorn, which inspired Hemingway’s book For Whom the Bell Tolls. This sounds like a perfect film for literary nerds and a nice treat for everyone else.
Other New Releases
If you’re crazy and have extra money to burn, you might be interested in spending $150.00 on 4 disappointing movies and 1 decent one in the form of The Avengers Box Set, which includes The Avengers, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man. The independent film John Dies at the End features Paul Giamatti, so that’s a decent selling point for a film that I otherwise have no interest in. If you’re a television lover, you might want to catch the much publicized History Channel miniseries The Bible: The Epic Miniseries, although I will never trust anything that describes itself as “epic” in its subtitle. Additionally, The Killing: Season Two is out, which I’m told has some people excited.
Streaming Pick of the Week
Holy Motors (2012)
Available on Netflix Watch Instant.
While I have inexcusably yet to catch up with it myself, the much-praised Holy Motors is now widely available for streaming. The film appeared on several Film Misery Top Ten Lists and was widely named one of the best films of 2012 by critics across the internet. Phil Kollar assured me that the film was right up my alley, which means I should waste no more time avoiding it and finally check it out. You should, too.
What movies are you looking forward to seeing this week?