Not sure why the release schedule dried up this week but it’s pretty slim pickings out there. The new release schedule fairs somewhat better than the catalog titles but that’s not saying a whole lot. Fans of the offbeat comedy In Bruges will be happy, as will fans fans of the biggest found footage franchise in the world. Adam Sandler’s newest comedic abortion arrives on Blu-ray in both two and three dimensions while the newest film from the new Superman arrives on Blu-ray much like it did in theaters… DOA. With regards to the catalog titles we see the release of Ridley Scott’s first film, an Ethan Hawke space adventure, and a shameless double dip of one of an action series classic.
Nick’s Blu-ray Pick of the Week: Seven Psychopaths is the newest film from director Martin McDonagh who previously helmed the black comedy In Bruges. Here, a down on his luck screenwriter played by Colin Farrell becomes entangled in his friend’s crime of stealing of a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu. Aside from Colin, the other psychopaths are Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, and Olga Kurylenko. Special features on this release are a little light, but if you’re a fan of the film or of In Bruges I highly recommend it.
Other New Releases:
Throw Your Money Away Instead of Buying… Die Hard 25th Anniversary Collection. As much as it pains me to say it but this is a pretty shameless double dip of the 2007 collection. The only big exception is a bonus disc called Decoding Die Hard. What we don’t get is the remastered transfers of the first three films that fans have been waiting five years for or an unrated cut of Live Free or Die Hard. I’m a huge Die Hard fan and I’d happily turn my money over to 20th Century Fox for the movies all over again if they were giving me something new worth buying, but instead they’re essentially repackaging a five year old box set to capitalize on the release of another new film. What would Hans Gruber have to say about this kind of corporate greed?