New highlights for DVD, Blu-ray and digital releases September 27-Oct. 3, 2021
It’s a week filled with successes, failures, a touch of horror and more than a few quirks.
- Free Guy – Ryan Reynolds stars like Guy, an insignificant character in a video game, who begins to question the redundant nature of his life. Wanting more, Guy is drawn to a mysterious woman who has her own side mission. I was worried that “Free Guy” was nothing more than Reynolds being Reynolds. There’s quite a bit of muggings and watered-down Deadpools, but there’s also more to the story than the trailers suggest. Recommended. [Full Review]
- Remembrance – Hugh Jackman stars in this dark future set in a flooded world where technology has advanced to the point where an individual can relive their memories. Written and directed by Lisa Joy (HBO’s “Westworld“),” Reminiscence “presents a rich atmosphere and a story as undeniably alluring as the ability to look back on the best moments of our lives. The narrative is a bit rambling and leaves too many people unexplored (a miniseries could have been more efficient), but I like what there is. [Full Review]
New on DVD and Blu-ray
- The Sparks Brothers – The story of the brothers Russell and Ron Mael, better known as the eclectic pop group Sparks, is fascinating and perfectly suited to the director Edgar wright‘s sensitivities. I can’t call it the quintessential band movie because Sparks was never conventional enough to be compared to anyone else. We’ll call it the Sparkiest Sparks Movie Ever. Recommended to everyone, to the dedicated and to the uninitiated.
- Dreaming of the Grand Avenue – They never met, but Maggie and Jimmy continue to appear in each other’s dreams. Brought together by a sense of loss and injustice, the couple navigate a Chicago tinted with black. “Dreaming Grand Avenue” is a little too ambitious, but there are some interesting ideas bubbling beneath the surface.
- For fools only – The name Delete Close probably isn’t familiar to you unless you’ve studied improvisational comedy history. Close was a revolutionary teacher who inspired hundreds of artists with his original thinking. He’s also a larger-than-life character who was known to exaggerate his personal experiences and accomplishments to the point of making the truth impossible to pin down. A chaotic documentary for a man who was chaos embodied.
- The purge forever – The purge, a 12-hour period in which murder and mayhem goes unpunished, has become a cherished annual tradition. For some people, 12 hours is not enough. America needs a constant and eternal purge to become pure again. Yes, “The Forever Purge” looks like white supremacy in the eyes and hyperviolence ensues.
- Sibyl – Adèle Exarchopoulos plays the role of an actress with a long list of issues that turns out to be a tempting source of inspiration for her psychotherapist (Virginie efira) who can’t help but take the most ugly details and incorporate them into his next novel.
- Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Movies – Melvin Van Peebles made the blaxploitation plan with “Sweet Sweetback song Baadasssss“but his career is also the writer / director who has directed films in a variety of styles. This set includes” Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song “and the romantic drama”The story of a three-day pass, “the scandalous comedy”Watermelon man, “and the musical”Don’t play us cheap. ”
- Beats – scottish teens Jeanno (Cristian Ortega) and Key (Lorn macdonald) are best friends with no discernible future. Constantly pursuing the feeling of being, the couple decide to attend an illegal rave in the hopes that it will be the best night of their seemingly unnecessary lives. Set in 1994, “Beats” is an ode to an era of rebellion and disillusionment.
- Children of Corn 4K UHD – Arrow Films brings 1984’s “The children of the corn, “an adaptation of a Stephen king short story, in 4K UHD for the first time. The film notoriously tells the story of a young couple who find themselves trapped in a rural town where children worship a cruel deity known as “He Who Walks Behind the Rows” and murder anyone over the age of 19.
- The damned – Released in 1969, “the damned” is Luchino Visconti‘s black soap opera about a wealthy family and their associates who sink into complete moral decay in the shadow of Hitler and the rise of Nazism. Visconti creates a carnal nightmare filled with a thirst for power and depravity.
- Legend – In 1986 director Ridley scott released “Legend”, a dark fantasy film starring Tom cruise, Mia Sara and Tim curry. As with many Scott films, the theatrical release never quite delivered the story the director intended to tell. A Director’s Version was released in 2002. Arrow’s new set includes new 2K scans of the US Theatrical Cut (including the Tangerine Dream score) and Director’s Cut. Why not 4K? It mainly comes down to the quality of the movie elements available. The Director’s Cut is largely taken from a secondary print rather than the original negative. It’s as good as it gets. At least for now.
- Robotech: Collector’s Edition – “Robotechwas my introduction to Japanese animation. I didn’t know it at the time. It was 1985 and the concept of international cartoons hadn’t occurred to me when I was 9. So when a email arrived in my mailbox about this amazing box set, I couldn’t help but feel incredibly nostalgic for a more innocent time in my life.Available only direct from Funimation, this box set includes Newly remastered versions of the original Robotech series “The Macross saga, “”The Masters” and “The new generation. “They even included patches and figures for Roy Focker and his VF-1S robot. The three seasons will be released on their own over the next few weeks. As a complete one, I can’t imagine buying single seasons when you can get them. – all in one glorious package.