Hyde Park on Hudson
I really like Bill Murray but this movie looks like it would be a bit of a bore. I’m intrigued by the cast and their performances but I doubt that I’d want to sit through it, especially since the reviews on it don’t inspire a viewing. Those that have a strong interest in Franklin Delano Roosevelt, however, may want to check out the movie.
Troma previously released this film as a limited edition Blu-ray (of 5,000) and this re-issue of the film looks to be the bare bones version of the movie in both a single Blu-ray release or a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. I haven’t had a chance to see this yet but I do want to see it eventually. Troma movies may not be for everyone (they are often intentionally gross and offensive), but those who know what they are in for will probably get a kick out of the movie. I mean it’s a Troma grindhouse movie where three men hunt down the Father’s Day killer who has been decimating dads in all sorts of depraved and gorey ways, why wouldn’t you want to check it out? It sounds utterly ridiculous and fun in true Troma fashion.
Naked Lunch (Criterion Collection)
Criterion is releasing this David Cronenberg film, starring Peter Weller, which means this will be a quality release that will assuredly satiate fans. I’ve never seen Naked Lunch and I’m really looking forward to watching it. I may wait until one of Criterion’s 50% off sales and just pick this up as a blind buy. The high-definition transfer on the disc was approved by Cronenberg himself. This disc features Naked Making Lunch, a documentary from 1992 on the production history of the film, as well a commentary track with Cronenberg, an hour long audio recording of author William S. Burroughs reading from his novel upon which the film is based, plus more special features.
Massage Parlor Murders
A vicious serial killer is on the loose stalking the streets of New York City, murdering Times Square massage girls in brutal fashion. A rogue detective team must solve the case as the body count is on the rise! This exploitation film features over the top sex and violence, complete with a high-speed car chase through New York City. This release from Vinegar Syndrome, an independent distributor of rare and unique movies, has been restored in 2K from its original camera negative. This edition also features rare outtakes, a special edition lab card and extensive historical liner notes.
I’ve not heard anything about this movie but thought it might be of interest to Doctor Who fans as it features Matt Smith alongside Casino Royale‘s Eva Green. The movie is about a woman’s consuming love that forces her to bear the clone of her dead beloved. From his infancy to manhood, she faces the unavoidable complexities of her controversial decision. Sounds interesting and a little twisted.
Woochi: The Demon Slayer
This South Korean action fantasy looks like crazy fun. It’s a special effects laden, martial arts comedy that undoubtedly looks silly but has captured my interest nonetheless after watching the trailer. This release comes from Shout! Factory, who apparently give the film a pretty outstanding video transfer as well as a plethora of behind-the-scenes featurettes. I didn’t know about this film until I started writing this post and now I’m dying to watch it. The reviews I’ve read say it can be a little hard to follow but ultimately satisfies with its outlandish action sequences. Count me in Shout! Factory!
More titles released this week:
Boss: Season Two
Merlin: Season Five
Richard III (Criterion Collection)
Gate of Hell (Criterion Collection)
Down the Shore
Icons of Action
The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete First Season
The Sorceror and the White Snake
The Blue Planet: Seas of Life
by Ben McBride