The Blu-ray Crypt – May 29

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Doctor Who: Series Seven, Part 2

The Doctor kicks off this new run of adventures by searching for his companion Clara – an Impossible Girl he’s already lost twice.  Together they find themselves battling monsters on distant alien planets, trapped in a Russian submarine with a deadly passenger, chasing terrifying ghosts, delving into the heart of the TARDIS, facing the Crimson Horror in Victorian Yorkshire, and coming face to face with an army of upgraded Cybermen.  The action grows and the Doctor’s oldest secret threatens to be revealed as the world’s longest running science fiction series builds toward its explosive 50th anniversary.

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Doctor Who: The Snowmen

Christmas Eve, 1892, and the falling snow is the stuff of fairytales.  When the fairytale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess named Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) calls on the Doctor (Matt Smith) for help.  But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe.  As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind, or will he fight to save the world and Christmas from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace?  Special features include Clara’s White Christmas: Behind the Scenes of The SnowmenVastra Investigates: Prequel to The Snowmen and The Great Detective: Prequel to The Snowmen.

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Cleopatra

This 50th Anniversary release of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s epic starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton is now available on standard Blu-ray as well as, for a limited time, in digibook packaging.  The Blu-ray features superb video and audio as well as a plethora of excellent special features that include the in-depth, feature length documentary Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood,  commentary with two of Mankiewicz’s sons, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky, Cleopatra‘s Missing Footage and more.

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Dark Skies

I missed this while it was in the theater and have heard some mixed reviews in regards to this sci-fi horror film that stars Keri Russell.  It is directed by Scott Stewart, who previously directed the underwhelming films Legion and Priest.  The trailer didn’t look too bad though so I’ll be adding it to my Netflix queue to watch sometime in the near future.  The Blu-ray disc doesn’t feature much in the way of bonus features so if you are on the fence in regards to buying it without having seen it, I’d recommend renting it first.

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The Numbers Station

I almost completely ignored this new release due to its generic title, tagline and cover art.  I like John Cusack and Malin Ackerman well enough but their presence doesn’t guarantee me sitting through a movie they are in.  However, this independently financed movie from Furst Films, which brought us Daybreakers, has gotten enough fairly positive reviews that I think I might just add it to my Netflix queue.  The movie is about a disgraced CIA black ops agent assigned to protect the code operator at a secret American numbers station somewhere in the British countryside.

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Rolling Thunder

This new title from Shout Factory is probably the movie I’m most interested in seeing this week. Shout Factory (and genre arm Scream Factory) have released enough quality releases that anything they release on Blu-ray, I take notice.  I’d never heard of Rolling Thunder before but this disturbed-veteran revenge film sounds like it could be a good watch.  The movie stars William Devane (24) and Tommy Lee Jones and was written by Taxi Driver scribe Paul Schrader.  The Blu-ray features a making of featurette in addition to the theatrical trailer and some TV and radio spots.

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Lore

Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, staunch Nazi believers, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore, they set out on a journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north.  After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive.  This flick sounds pretty interesting and I will be (…yep, you guessed it…) adding it to my Netflix queue.  Perhaps you should do so as well.  Do it!  DO IT!  PEER PRESSURE!

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Airheads

This music industry spoof hit theaters in 1994, back when Adam Sandler was funny (or at least the adolescent me thought so then).  Three intelligence-challenged rock ‘n roll musicians break into a radio station with hopes that their demo gets played on the air.  The break-in turns into a hostage situation and hijinks ensue.  I don’t really remember too much about this Wayne’s World era comedy except it did feature a pretty fun cast that included Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Brendan Fraser, Joe Mantegna, Michael McKean and Chris Farley.  I may have to revisit it in high definition when I’m having a surge of nostalgia.

More titles released this week:

Life is Sweet (Criterion)

Bedazzled

My Super Ex-Girlfriend

Best Laid Plans

Dying Young

Simply Irresistible

The Newton Boys

Black Knight

Dead Mine

My Brothers

Jumpin’ Jack Flash

The Star Chamber

George Gently Collection: Series 1-4

George Gently: Series 5

My Dog Tulip

Chasing Papi

The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Shoot First, Die Later

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry/Race with the Devil – Double Feature

Reuben, Reuben

Father Goose

The File on Thelma Jordon

The Grass is Greener

Dark Command

Lady from Louisiana

In Old California

Blowing Wild

Shanks

by Ben McBride

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