The Blu-ray Crypt – Feb. 12

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Skyfall

I loved this movie and it is easily my favorite of the Daniel Craig-era James Bond films.  It mixes the harder-edged, serious tone of Casino Royale with classic Bond and it’s a mixture that works wonderfully (you can read my full review of the movie here).  I’ve always liked Craig as Bond but it wasn’t until Skyfall that I felt that he could possibly usurp Sean Connery as my favorite James Bond. This release of the film features a comprehensive behind-the-scenes documentary, Shooting Bond, that shows the making of Skyfall from the beginning of the film’s production.  The disc set also features two commentaries, one with director Sam Mendes and the other with some producers and the production designer, as well as a short featurette on the world premiere of the film.  This is a must-buy.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This coming of age story may have some flaws but ultimately is a pretty moving experience. The acting across the board is good with Logan Lerman turning in a surprisingly good performance.  Stephen Chbosky adapts and directs this film from his 1999 novel of the same name and provides a thoughtful commentary track in the special features section of the disc.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower is definitely a film you should be checking out.

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The Man with the Iron Fists

I have yet to see this supposed love-letter-to-kung-fu movie from freshman director RZA.  The reviews seem a little mixed on this one but I’m down for giving it a chance.  This Blu-ray edition features a 95-minute R-rated theatrical version and an extended 107-minute unrated cut. With exception of 24 minutes of deleted scenes, there isn’t really much else in the way of in-depth special features, just a few EPKs.

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Silent Hill: Revelation

This sequel comes in both 3D and 2D Blu-ray sets.  I never saw it in the theater but had heard that director Michael J. Basset made good use of the 3D and am a little bummed that I didn’t get to see the 3D theatrical exhibition.  I can’t say I was a huge fan of the first film and that is more than likely the reason that caused me to delay seeing it.  I might still check it out on Blu-ray though when I enter my “month of horror” phase come October.

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The Sessions

The Sessions is about a man, crippled by polio, that hires a sex surrogate to lose his virginity.  I haven’t seen this one yet but have added it to the list of movies I want to try to watch before the Oscars air.  Helen Hunt is up for Best Supporting Actress for her role and I’d like to see it to judge for myself.  John Hawkes, who has been doing some really amazing work in films like Winter’s Bone and Martha Marcy May Marlene, co-stars with Hunt as the crippled man.

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Bully

This documentary sheds light on peer-to-peer bullying and tries to show the consequences and effects it has on individuals, families and communities.  Bully takes a look at five people who have suffered from or are currently suffering from bullies.  Director Lee Hirsch, who was a victim of bullying himself, demonstrates real things that happen in order to bring up a discussion and awareness on a subject that is prevalant today.

More titles released today:

Weeds: The Final Season

Nurse Jackie: Season Four

The Thieves

Dolphin Tale

Rise of the Zombies

In Like Flint

The Kid with a Bike

Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead

Dangerous Liaisons

Nicholas and Alexandra

Pony Soldier

The Massage Parlor Murders

Die Screaming, Marianne

House of Whipcord

Schizo

The Comeback

Crush

by Ben McBride

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