The Blu-ray Crypt – Apr. 23

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Gangster Squad

I missed this in the theater and, despite mixed reviews, I do want to give it a shot at some point, if for no other reason than this is a really well cast movie.  The movie is a chronicle of the Los Angeles Police Department in the 1940s and 1950s that fight to keep the East Coast Mafia out of Los Angeles.  The Blu-ray disc looks to have a really great transfer, superb audio and a fair amount of bonus features.

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The Impossible

Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star in this human drama/disaster film directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage).  The Impossible is an account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. An exceptional video transfer enhances the depicted destruction and the top notch DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track shows off the great sound design.

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Promised Land

Corporate salesman Steve Butler arrives in a rural town with his sales partner.  With the town in an economic decline, the two outsiders believe the local citizens would be likely to accept their company’s offer for drilling rights to their properties.  What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man who counters Steve both personally and professionally. This Gus Van Sant directed film was written by stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski and opened to lukewarm reviews.  The Blu-ray disc lacks any real bonus features with just a small EPK package serving as a behind-the-scenes look at the film.

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A Haunted House

This isn’t my type of movie and it’s safe to say I won’t be watching this.  For those that enjoy this brand of comedy and are looking to purchase the movie, the Blu-ray disc is a bare bones release with a short two-minute featurette as it’s only bonus feature.

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K-11

Breaking Glass Pictures latest release is a drama that tells the story of a man’s plight after winding up in K-11, the Los Angeles County Jail’s transgender inmate unit.  K-11 marks the directorial debut of Jules Stewart (Kristen Stewart’s mother) and stars Goran Visnjic, Kate Del Castillo, DB Sweeney, Jason Mewes, Portia Doubleday and Tommy “Tiny” Lister.  Jules Stewart’s son, Cameron Stewart, also makes his debut in the movie, which also features a special contribution from Kristen Stewart herself.  The Blu-ray features a commentary by Jules Stewart and producer Tom Wright, deleted scenes, interviews with key cast and crew, a behind-the-scenes featurette, the “My Liberty” music video by cast member Billy Morrison and a photo gallery.

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Jurassic Park 3D

Jurassic Park has previously been released in 2D on Blu-ray but now the movie comes to your home theater in eye-popping 3D!  I recently saw Jurassic Park 3D in IMAX at my local theater and was actually pretty impressed with the 3D conversion.  I saw a few hiccups in the converted image but they were very minor and didn’t take away from the experience which actually worked rather well in the third dimension.  Jurassic Park doesn’t need to be in 3D but having that extra dimension did actually help immerse you in the movie and just adds to the fun.  For those that have 3D display systems, this would be a great edition to have as it does include the normal 2D movie on Blu-ray as well.

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Thale

This Norwegian minimalist fantasy film definitely has caught my attention.  The low-budget film is inspired by the Norwegian legend of the “huldra”, a kind of forest sprite that appears in the shape of a beautiful woman with long hair and a cow’s tail.  To the man who encounters her, the huldra can be either lucky or spiteful, and sometimes both.  Thale builds its story around this legend and looks to mix in some elements of horror into the proceedings.  The Blu-ray disc just features the film with only its trailer provided as a bonus feature.

More titles released today:

Richard III (Criterion)

Pierre Etaix (Criterion)

The Great Gatsby

Champion

The Grapes of Death

Night of the Hunted

Copacabana

The Fighting Seabees

City That Never Sleeps

Wuthering Heights

Pawn

Magic Town

Wake of the Red Witch

The Red Pony

Flirt

Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie

Santa Fe Stampede

War of the Wildcats

Any Day Now

Meanwhile

Mr. Selfridge

The Central Park Five

by Ben McBride

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