Rise of the Guardians 3D
I was pretty skeptical of Rise of the Guardians at first. The promotional material didn’t excite me and the concept didn’t quite grab me. However, after seeing the movie, I can say that I would most definitely watch Rise of the Guardians again. It may not be the best movie that Dreamworks Animation has put out but it is satisfying and quite enjoyable. It has some really fun visuals and the voice acting is quite good. The story might be a little predictable but the movie has some unique characters that make it a fun watch. I loved that Yetis were Santa’s toymakers and I laughed pretty much every time they were on-screen. Rise of the Guardians is quality fun for the whole family and an easy recommendation.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary Edition
Robert Zemeckis’ live-action/animation hybrid classic is finally on Blu-ray! This is one I’ve been waiting for awhile now as I sold my old DVD in anticipation of this release a long time ago. This sendup of 1940s Hollywood noir is a blast and, as far as I’m concerned, one of the highlights of Zemeckis’s career. It looks like most, if not all, of the special features from the previous Vista Series DVD are all ported over to this Blu-ray release (in standard definition). There doesn’t appear to be anything new feature-wise but the Roger Rabbit Shorts have been digitally restored and are presented in high-definition. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is easily the release that I’m most excited for this week and at a $16.99 price point, this comes highly recommended.
Hitchcock centers on the relationship between legendary director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the making of Psycho, spanning from Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for the character of Norman Bates, to the release of the groundbreaking film in 1960. I missed this in the theater unfortunately but really wanted to see it. I think Anthony Hopkins is well-cast as Alfred Hitchcock and the film’s supporting roster is full of very talented actors. The make-up effects look pretty good as well. I hope to watch this one soon.
Life of Pi 3D
I know that I’m probably alone here but Ang Lee’s latest didn’t impress me all that much. After seeing it and discussing it some, I appreciated the story and the thematics of it all but I have very little desire to watch it again. I may give it a go one more time though just to see if my opinions on it still stand after a second viewing and if maybe I just wasn’t in the right head-space when I saw the film at ten in the morning back when it was released (I’m not a morning person). That being said, everyone I know that has seen it has loved it and if you haven’t watched it, I say give it a viewing. It scored four Academy Awards, which will undoubtedly give it some attention, and is sure to look spectacular on Blu-ray.
I haven’t seen this Ron Howard-directed fantasy film since I was a little kid. My memory surrounding it isn’t all that clear and I only really remember feeling like I tried to avoid the movie. I think this was because I found something about it scary as a kid. Now that the years have passed though, I’m actually rather anxious to revisit it and see what my younger self was so apprehensive about especially since it doesn’t seem to be a very scary-looking movie. For those unaware or who may have a foggy memory of the movie as well, Willow stars Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley and Kevin Pollak and features a story from the mind of George Lucas. The cast and filmmakers involved should spark your interest if you’ve never seen it before and if you want some 80s nostalgia, I’m sure this one will be packing plenty of it. I’m really looking forward to revisiting this and seeing what fun the movie contains that I’ve been missing out on over the years.
I almost didn’t list this release in today’s post because this is a limited release (of only 3,000 units) from Twilight Time and, if you are just finding out about this now, I have bad news. IT IS SOLD OUT. John Carpenter’s Christine sold all 3,000 units during the pre-order and those of us, myself included, who heard about it too late must go without it. Bummer. I’m still listing this release though because there will undoubtedly be Christine Blu-rays popping up over on eBay soon since I’m sure there were people (of the greedy variety) who snatched up a bunch of copies for the sole purpose of reselling them. It may cost you a pretty penny on eBay but if you really want this movie on Blu-ray, I’d look there. I believe Twilight Time has exclusivity on the title for three years so there may be hope that after their exclusive rights expire we may see Christine re-released on Blu-ray (hopefully through someone awesome like Scream Factory).
After a Soviet space station crashes into a New York City subway tunnel, a species of poisonous spiders is discovered, and soon they mutate to gigantic proportions and wreak havoc on the city. Spiders 3D is the latest film from Tibor Takács, the director of 1987’s The Gate, and looks to be a less comedic take on Eight Legged Freaks. I’m curious to check this one out even though I haven’t heard any rave reviews. Apparently it’s low-budget nature shows and it takes a while for anything spider related to happen and when it does, it’s not enough. Despite this though, I still want to watch this, if for no other reason than to see if something new from a director that made a decently fun 80s horror movie.
Other titles released today:
Jersey Girl (Best Buy Exclusive)
She’s So Lovely (Best Buy Exclusive)
Mother’s Boys (Best Buy Exclusive)
The Devil’s in the Details
Alfred Hitchcock: The Classic Collection – Notorious, Rebecca, Spellbound
Grave Encounters 2
The Blob: Criterion Collection
Ministry of Fear: Criterion Collection
Ripper Street: Season One
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: 2-Movie Collection
Mulan/Mulan II: 3-Disc Special Edition
Brother Bear/Brother Bear 2: 3-Disc Special Edition
Fairy in a Cage
This Must Be the Place
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
Superman: Braniac Attacks
Subspecies: The Blu-ray Collection, Vol. 1 – Subspecies I-III
Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster
Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire
Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword
Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico
by Ben McBride