This is actually a pretty solid week for DVD releases and if you’ve been paying attention recently, it’s about damn time we got one. Now, not everything in here is a winner, but a few titles at the top are definitely worth your time.
If I had to pick one from the bunch, it would definitely be Blue Valentine. This is a must-see. You might remember the big rating controversy the film had after the MPAA slapped it with the dreaded NC-17. Of course, it was later changed to a standard R-rating. But, don’t expect this DVD to have all the “unrated footage” like a certain Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie movie promised.
Other highlights include the phenomenal Korean revenge flick I Saw The Devil, the Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher rom-com No Strings Attached, and The Almighty Thor. Marvel really pushed up the DVD release on that one… I feel like I just saw Thor in the theater.
One of the best movies of 2010. Seriously, if you haven't seen this seek out a copy of the DVD immediately. Gosling and Williams give electrifying performances in one of the most real and emotionally charged dramas of the past few years.
If you liked Oldboy, you'll love this one. It's not quite as good, but it's still a hell of a time. Choi Min-sik shines as serial killer who's murderous ways finally catch up to him in the most diabolical of ways.
Didn't see this one. But, it does have Natalie Portman in it, so there's that. Doesn't it feel like another Deep Impact/Armageddon thing with Friends With Benefits coming out soon?
Sean Bean in a Medieval movie? Sign me the fuck up. Seriously, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones have both shown this guy absolutely kicks this genre's ass.
I haven't paid much attention to wrestling since the 90s, but I did catch a lot of the buildup to this one just because of The Rock. He's got a hundred times more charisma than any of the other wrasslers they've been throwing into the ring lately. And speaking of Wrestlemania, who can forget the amazing promos that featured Limp Bizkit 's "My Way" for the Austin/Rock clash back in the day.
A classic satire from the 40s, written and directed by the great Preston Sturges. It basically pokes fun at mindless hero worship during the World War II era. The screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award.
Another Preston Sturges film! This time a screwball comedy. Here's a fun fact about Sturges... he was the first Hollywood filmmaker to make the leap from established screenwriter to director. It's a move that you see a lot more of today.
I'm not going to lie, I was flipping through the channels and stopped on this briefly when it was showing on Syfy last week. Kevin Nash as Odin. That's all I'm going to say.
Emannuel Lewis was ABC's answer to Gary Coleman. They just set it in Chicago instead of New York which, of course, made it infinitely better.
Dahmer vs. Gacy
It's like Freddy vs. Jason, but with real people!