Have you missed me? Sorry, it’s been a while since I have posted a ‘New Blu-Ray’ blog… but have no fear, I am back (in the saddle again!) Did I just make an outdated Aerosmith song reference? Yes. Yes, I did. Anyway, there is one new release for this week that I want to highlight, as well as, some other releases from the last couple weeks that we missed in my absence from writing these articles.
PRINCE AVALANCHE (Release Date: Nov. 12, 2013)
The first film is the indie-flick Prince Avalanche from Director, David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, HBO’s Eastbound & Down) and starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. This film had a limited theatrical-release and should find a strong following on Blu-Ray and VOD.
“Driven by striking performances from Rudd and Hirsch, Prince Avalanche is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that’s been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic setting, beautifully shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing an unlikely friendship. Funny, meditative and at times surreal, Prince Avalanche features a moving score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo, and was loosely adapted from an Icelandic film called Either Way.” – (VideoETA.com)
Below are releases from the past few weeks that I’ve missed that you should be adding to your collection:
WHITE HOUSE DOWN (Released Nov. 4, 2013)
White House Down is basically the exact opposite of Prince Avalanche, in that it is a balls-to-the-wall action flick starringtwo megastars, Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. A victim of bad timing at the box office (released shortly after the very similarly themed, Olympus has Fallen) White House Down only grossed $73.1 Million on a budget of $150 Million. Call me crazy, but I am a sucker for over-the-top action flicks and the special effects and set-pieces are, in my opinion, the best of the year.
Synopsis: “Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it’s up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.” – (VideoETA.com)
THE CONJURING (Released Oct. 21, 2013)
If you are a fan of ghost stories, The Conjuring lays it on thick with mounting suspense and terror throughout the film. I don’t mean to overstate this, but The Conjuring might be one of my favorite horror movies of all time. Seriously. I went and saw it with my fiance and there were moments when it seemed the entire movie theater was holding it’s breath at the artfully crafted scares.
I guess it says something about how much I love the movie as a whole that I haven’t even mentioned the stars of the film. Incredible performances abound, the film stars Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, and Lili Taylor. As well as a group of incredible young actresses that play the tortured daughters of Livingston and Taylor. Wilson is a frequent collaborator of the film’s director, James Wan (Saw, Insidious.)
Okay, enough rambling. What is the movie about? “The Conjuring tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.” – (VideoETA.com)
Some other notable releases from the past few weeks:
Grown Ups 2 – Don’t go into this movie thinking you are about to see earth-shattering, smart comedy. It is a fun-enough movie that is easy to be consumed by as general an audience as possible. “The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns for more summertime laughs. Lenny (Adam Sandler) has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.” – (VideoETA.com)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – I was a HUGE fan of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This film fell well-short of my personal expectations, but it still has an audience and if you liked LOTR you’ll probably appreciate it enough to warrant renting the flick at your closest Redbox. “The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the Wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.” – (VideoETA.com)
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