I've finally gotten to the point where I am now ordering Blu-Rays of films I also own on DVD. I certainly won't be replacing the 60+ DVDs I own but there are a good chunk I know would be better on Blu-Ray. In fact I imagine my Blu-Rays won't grow to be too large of a collection either. In part due to the usually higher prices of each film but also because I assume digital streaming and collections will trump traditional home video not too far into the future. I had multiple streaming boxes before I had a lone Blu-Ray player in my home and I think that says something about the future of home video.
|1. Dallas Buyers Club|
Like Iron Man did for Robert Downey Jr. it really seems Dallas Buyers Club is doing the same for Matthew McConaughey. All the sudden the actor who's the punch line to a lot of Hollywood jokes is somehow a major acting contender. Throw in True Detective and McConaughey is everywhere showing off just how good of an actor he can be.
|2. Escape Plan|
Stallone and Schwarzenegger team up to break out of a prison designed not to be escaped from. While you might hope for more from two 80's action icons this film is probably worth a watch on streaming but perhaps not worthy of a spot in your home collection. It is awesome to see these two still trying to make the films that got them here, even if they're bad.
|3. About Time|
If you learned you could travel through time what would your life look like? How difficult would it be to set everything up just right? And even once you have what you want how much will you have to still struggle with the problems we all have? About Time tries to answer, or at least examine, some of those questions. Well as much as a romantic comedy can anyways.
|4. Justice League: War|
Perhaps not the strongest of these DC animated features but still setting a high mark the real-life contemporaries can't seem to achieve. I still think a lot of the success of these films comes from the movie's ability to assume you know who Batman, Superman, and the rest of the Justice League are. Without 30 to 40 minutes of set up they can jump right into store.
|5. Cutie and the Boxer|
One of the best reviewed documentaries of the year that also happens to be on Netflix right now. This is about a couple, one a once burgeoning on fame painter and the other his sidekick of a wife who's struggling for recognition of her own. Can they both achieve success within the art world despite 40 years of trying?