New Blu-ray and DVD Releases For November 13th, 2012

by Paul on November 12, 2012

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This week brings several new titles to Blu-ray and DVD. Some are new releases from this last year and some are hard to find classics. As we inch closer to the impending holiday season there are several new box sets and collections designed perfectly for every movie fan on your list.Lawrence Of Arabia

  • Lawrence Of Arabia (1962): This Best Picture winner is finally coming to Blu-ray! David Lean is one of the most accomplished filmmakers of all time, and this 50th anniversary edition is being released  in both a single disc edition as well as a ridiculously large four disc set with seemingly endless hours of bonus features. Obviously this newly remastered edition makes any movie library more complete, but with the high cost of the four disc set, it might be safer to get the single disc edition or wait until a special someone needs to find the perfect gift for you this holiday season.Brave (2012)
  • Brave (2012): This is the highly successful Pixar movie from this last summer. With decent reviews and huge box office totals, Brave is sure to be a film owned by many animation lovers (and children as well). For more on Brave you can read the full review from French Toast Sunday.
  • Abraham Lincoln (1930): In preparation for Steven Speilberg’s newAbraham Lincoln film, Lincoln (2012), Kino Lorber is releasing D.W. Griffith’s 1930 drama, Abraham Lincoln, starring John Huston in the title role. This was D.W. Griffith’s first sound film and the second to last movie he ever made.
  • The Watch (2012): Vulgar, crude and seemingly a waste of time. This film, starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill, received horrible reviews and appears to be a waste of time and money. The actors are funny enough, but with absolutely no entertaining plot, this appears to be a good film to miss.
  • Weekend (1967): It is hard to know what to say about this Jean-Luc Godard French film from 1967. So many of Godard’s films are dissected in detail that Weekend seems to have flown under the radar, but that is all about toWeekend (1967) change thanks to this addition to the Criterion Collection. This is an extremely dark comedy film that involves betrayal, murder plots and an insane amount of blood. It also has an extremely impressive tracking shot that lasts for more than eight minutes.
  • Empire Of The Sun (1987): Steven Speilberg has made so many popular movies that this 1987 drama about a young boy and his loss of innocence during WWII is often overlooked. Empire Of The Sun (1987)This is a great movie that showcases Christian Bale in what might remain the best performance of his career. If you have never seen this movie I would look to try it before you buy it because it is not your typical Speilberg movie. In some ways it has the feel of a Richard Attenborough or David Lean epic, and these influences helped make this one of the best movies in Speilberg’s career.
  • Pixar Shorts Volume 2 (2007-2012): Once again Pixar is releasing 12 of their animated short films from the last five years. This looks like lots of fun, but with a running time of only 40 minutes it seems a little (and by little I mean highly) overpriced. The other downside is that most (and possibly all) of these short films are already on different Pixar full-length movies. Nothing like paying $25 for eight short films that I already own and only four new ones, right?
  • Trilogy Of Life (1970-1974): Another Criterion release for this week, or perhaps I should say three more Criterion Releases this week, is the Trilogy Of Life from director Pier Paolo Pasolini. These three films based on medieval literature have been some extremely controversial films in history, and now they are available in this exclusive set. The three films are The Decameron (1971), The Canterbury Tales (1972) and The Thousand And One Nights (1974). Currently, Amazon has this Blu-ray set at a price that almost seems like a mistake, being much cheaper than the DVD set. Perhaps the DVD price will drop to meet the Blu-ray price soon.The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946 and 1981): Released today are both the 1946 version (Lana Turner & John Garfield) and the 1981 version (Jack Nicholson & Jessica Lange). Both are entertaining movies, but for my money I would go with the 1946. The real crime here is that they didn’t release them together in a two-pack! Here is a great review for the 1946 version from our friend at Twenty Fours Frames.
  • We Can’t Go Home Again (1973): Nicholas Ray’s experimental film from the early 70’s that involved his film students at that time. Also included with this film is a full length documentary, Don’t Expect Too Much, directed by Ray’s wife, Susan.
  • The Otto Preminger Collection (1967-1971): Three films from underrated directed Otto Preminger, all of whichOtto Preminger Collection received poor or mixed reviews upon their original release, but since then have become more popular. The three films are Hurry Sundown (1967), Skidoo (1968) and Such Good Friends (1971).
  • Sergei Eisenstein 2-Pack (1925): Two of the most influential movies of all time, together in one set. Battleship Potemkin (1925)and Strike (1925) have long been considered among the greatest early films, and this collection is certainly a must have for classic film fans. Another great release presented by Kino Lorber, the only downside to this set is the price. The suggested retail price doesn’t present a price break from buying each film individually, but right now you can get this gift set at a reduced price on the Kino Lorber site.
  • David O. Selznick Collection (1932-1937): This is another box set from Kino Lorber and contains five previously released movies from between 1932-1937. The films are A Farewell To Arms (1932), Bird Of Paradise (1932), Little Lord Flauntleroy (1936), A Star Is Born (1937) and Nothing Sacred (1937). Not a bad collection, but it would have been nice to see a lower price or include some previously unreleased films.
  • Film Noir Collection (1949-1951): This gift set including four film noir movies being released together on Blu-rayFilm Noir Collection for the first time. Rope Of Sand (1949) starring Burt Lancaster, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid and Peter Lorre, Dark City (1950) starring Charlton Heston and Ed Begley, Appointment With Danger (1951) starring Alan Ladd and Union Station (1950) starring William Holden, Barry Fitzgerald and Nancy Olson. Its a wonderful box set, but looks to be priced a little high right now at $66.99.
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