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Kentucky Fried Movie
It seems like a light week for Blu-ray releases but Shout! Factory looks to have taken advantage and have not one but three releases this week! First up is the Blu-ray that I’m looking forward to getting my mitts on the most this week, Kentucky Fried Movie! This sketch comedy film from Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker (the minds behind the classic Airplane!) is so incredibly fun. It has some absolutely hilarious bits throughout and provides more funny jokes than failed ones. While I do prefer Amazon Women on the Moon to this one, Kentucky Fried Movie is a comedy triumph and a hell of a good time. The Blu-ray features the original trailer and a commentary with director John Landis, the Zucker brothers, Jim Abrahams and Robert K. Weiss. There is also a one-hour video conversation with David and Jerry Zucker in which they discuss how Kentucky Fried Movie got off the ground as well as various aspects of their careers.
The Producers: Collector’s Edition
One of Mel Brooks’ most popular films hits Blu-ray in a Collector’s Edition from Shout! Factory. The video transfer on this release was sourced from a new HD master and I’ve heard the results are rather incredible. Most of the special features from the previous Special Edition DVD have been ported over to this new disc with a brand new feature, Mel and His Movies: The Producers, offering more interviews with Brooks. Despite being a Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder fan, I think I’ve only seen The Producers once a long time ago and don’t remember much of it. Given the film’s longevity both cinematically and on Broadway, I think it might be time to revisit it for a second viewing.
The residents of Tower Block 31 are terrified after witnessing the brutal murder of a young man. The case is left unsolved, due in large part to their collective silence. A year later, with their building marked for demolition, the witnesses begin to find themselves picked off one by one by a mysterious sniper out for justice. Pitted against not only the sniper’s deadly traps, but also each other, the residents must figure out a way to escape their own building…or die trying. While I haven’t seen this movie yet, it looks like it would sit well next to Attack the Block or Harry Brown in terms of films set in the British projects. I’ve heard some really good things about the movie and am looking forward to watching it. Shout! Factory’s Blu-ray features a commentary with writer James Moran, some behind-the-scenes interviews and the original trailer.
After the death of her husband, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Cara Harding’s faith in God has been shaken, but not her belief in science. In an attempt to open her up to accepting unexplainable psychiatric theories, her father introduces her to Adam, a patient with multiple personalities, who takes on some of the physical characteristics of his other personalities. Cara quickly discovers that Adam’s personalities are murder victims, and the more she finds out about him and his past, the closer she and her loved ones are to becoming murder victims themselves. This psychological thriller from co-directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein stars Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Frances Conroy, Jeffrey DeMunn and Nathan Corddry. The Blu-ray features no bonus features.
This new film from Ruba Nadda stars Alexander Siddig, Joshua Jackson and Marisa Tomei. The movie follows Adib, a promising young officer in the Syrian military police who leaves Damascus under suspicious circumstances. He leaves behind the love of his life and makes his way to Canada to start anew. Twenty-five years later, Adib has a beautiful wife, two grown daughters and a great job in Toronto. But when his daughter suddenly disappears in Damascus, his past threatens to violently catch up with him. Teaming up with a Canadian emissary, Adib must now confront the turmoil he thought he left behind so many years ago in order to find his daughter. The Blu-ray features an audio commentary, a behind the scenes look, deleted scenes, a Q&A session and the original trailer.
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