You would think that the studios would like to spread their films around a bit so that a lot of new releases wouldn’t come out the same week but here we are again. One of, if not the biggest movie of last year spies its way onto Blu-ray and is joined by RZA’s directorial debut, a flowery teenage ‘dramedy’, 2012′s only film about a virgin stuck in an iron lung, a couple of Showtime’s most heralded shows, and we are beckoned back to Silent Hill. For once there isn’t much of note concerning catalog titles, hopefully we’ll have more luck next week.
Nick’s Blu-ray Pick of the Week: Skyfall was my favorite film of 2012 and so far is probably the best Blu-ray of 2013. The video transfer and audio track is nothing short of perfection and the disc has a good amount of special features including two commentary tracks; one with director Sam Mendes, the other with Producers Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson and Production Designer Dennis Gassner, an hour long documentary called Shooting Bond, footage from the London premiere at the Royal Albert Hall, and the film’s theatrical trailer. Skyfall was amazing theatrically and is just as great on Blu-ray and easily receives my highest recommendation.
Other New Releases:The Man with the Iron Fists. I’ll admit that this movie is not aimed at me in mind but I do get what RZA was aiming for. Unfortunately, I think he missed the mark. The Man with the Iron Fists tried to combine blaxplotation and kung-fu together with an element fantasy and hip-hop. What he ended up with was a film that tried to do a little of everything but didn’t do any of it very well. There are a few moments that work well, but those are quickly forgotten as the film speeds on never building on any momentum. Worst of all, while the film never shies away from gratuitous violence or language it completely shies away from nudity. I only mention this because much of the film takes place in or around a brothel. Doesn’t make much sense to me to embrace violence and language but shy away from any nudity. Would the nudity have made The Man with the Iron Fists any better? Probably not, but I like nudity and it seemed like a waste not to have it here.