The Blu-ray Crypt – Nov. 6

They Live

They Live hits blu-ray today and fans should be pretty excited for it!  I watched this new release from Shout Factory over the weekend and was pretty impressed with it.  The image quality is pretty damn good and the sound was nice and robust.  The special features, while all no longer than 10-15 minutes, are all pretty interesting and reveal some interesting insights into the film and filmmakers.  In particular, there is an interview with John Carpenter that is worth watching where he talks about the themes of the film and working with the actors that was short but sweet.  On top of the contents of the disc, the new release features reversible cover art where you can feature the newly commissioned art (above) or the classic poster design.  For fans of John Carpenter, this is absolutely a must own.  For all others, this is a worthy sci-fi action flick that is pretty entertaining and provides some interesting commentary on the state of society (that is still applicable today).  So be sure to check this release out, it’s well worth a purchase.

The Amazing Spider-Man

This disc set doesn’t actually come out until Friday, November 9th, but I wanted to mention it here since this is easily the biggest release of the week.  I’m not sure why the decision was made to release this on a Friday instead of the regular Tuesday release.  I don’t really know that its release date needed to be singled out.  This isn’t a Twilight franchise release where the die-hard and rabid fans will make the release an “event.”  Regardless, if you are really wanting this movie, you’re going to have to wait a couple days to get it.  I’m probably going to pass on picking this up (unless I find it for dirt cheap down the road.. maybe), though I might just rent it from Netflix or Redbox.  I really didn’t like what they did with Peter Parker in this film.  He doesn’t feel like Peter Parker to me at all.  The score was remarkably terrible and the movie felt like it was Spidey a la The Dark Knight (which in my opinion is a big no no for a Spidey film).  I have to admit that I did really like some of the visuals in the film and those alone will get me to sit through it again at least one more time.  I also really liked Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and this film may feature one of my favorite Stan Lee cameos.  I was really rooting for Marc Webb to pull off this new entry in the franchise but it just didn’t work for me that well.  Since I love Spider-Man though, I’ll forever hold out hope that the next one will be worth watching, but sadly I know that some of the things I don’t like about this new one will be carried over to the sequel.

Your Sister’s Sister

This is a movie I really wanted to see but somehow managed to miss while it was in the theater.  I’ve heard nothing but good things in regards to the film and the reviews have stated that it feels really genuine in its portrayal of its characters and their reactions to the situation presented in the film.  It also features the lovely and talented Emily Blunt as well as Mark Duplass from another great indie title from this year, Safey Not Guaranteed.  I don’t anticipate that this will be very special features heavy, at the very least you’ll get a commentary and a trailer, but that’s probably it.  Having not seen the film yet, it’s hard to give a recommendation but I’d bet that it is a movie worth checking out if you’re in the mood for a good dramedy.

The Muppet Christmas Carol – 20th Anniversary Edition

While I don’t get into the Christmas spirit until after Thanksgiving, there is nothing wrong with picking up a few Christmas titles in preparation for the holiday.  This week we are treated to The Muppet Christmas Carol which is a movie that has often played during my many Christmas seasons.  You’ve got a couple options with this release as it is available on Blu-ray (+Digital Copy) or Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD+ Digital Copy).  The special features include an all-new commentary with some of the Muppets, a gag reel, a behind the scenes featurette “Frogs, Pigs and Humbug: Unwrapping a New Holiday Classic,” and a few other small things.  I’ll happily add this to my Christmas movie collection.

More titles released today:

The Pact

Rashômon

Sunset Boulevard

Beaches

Sweet Home Alabama

Guys and Dolls

Entourage: The Complete Series

The Client

White Men Can’t Jump

Arthur Christmas

360

Red Vs. Blue: RVBX – Ten Years of Red vs. Blue

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland

The Bonfire of the Vanities

Fire with Fire

Maximum Conviction

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