Here is a list of some of the premiere new releases to both DVD and Blu-ray for this Tuesday, October 23, 2012. There is a wide variety of choices this week that includes some much anticipated, hard to find films.
- Magic Mike (2012): This summers hit comedy about the on the rise business of male stripping. From Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Oceans 11, 12 and 13), this film was a huge success this last summer and promises to continue its popularity due to positive reviews and Matthew McConaughey’s significant Oscar buzz for his supporting role in the film. This movie also stars Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Olivia Munn. You can read a full review at French Toast Sunday.
- Fear And Desire (1953): Stanley Kubrick is one the most acclaimed filmmakers of all time. Fear And Desire is his first full-length feature and has never before been released on any home media. In fact, it is hard to find people who have even seen this film. The rumor was that Kubrick himself tried to destroy all the prints he could find, but luckily for us there were some prints in private collections and now, through Kino Lorber, we are able to see this hard to find war/adventure movie. Stanley Kubrick served as the films director, producer, editor and cinematographer.
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012): Yes, this really is a movie. Despite negative reviews, this movie had a relatively decent showing at the box office, and with Halloween around the corner, could be something worth watching in the upcoming weeks. (Although I doubt it.) I don’t think I need to explain the plot here because the title pretty much tells you all you need to know. This title will also be available in 3D.
- Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (2012): A large asteroid is heading for Earth and all efforts to stop it have failed. With three weeks left before impact everyone is acting differently. Dodge (Steve Carell) wants to find his high school sweetheart and his neighbor, Penny (Keira Knightley), wants to return to England. Together they form a friendship that will last…well, as long as it can. This movie received mixed reviews and was a box office failure. Many critics said that the movie had several problems, but the comedic performances on the parts of Carell and Knightly were still enjoyable.
- Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971): This drama film from director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy) is the story of a bisexual artist (Murray Head), who is involved in a love triangle with a male Jewish doctor (Peter Finch) and a female consultant (Glenda Jackson). Although this film has been previous available on DVD, this edition, on both Blu-ray and DVD is being released through the Criterion Collection and will include their usual array of phenomenal special features.
- Tinkerbell And The Secret Of The Wings (2012): This is a direct to DVD and Blu-ray movie that is the fourth in the Tinkerbell series. Although I have no idea if this movie is any good, the previous three in the series have all been decent movies that have proven enjoyable to the young audiences for which they are made. One downside to this film is that Disney is also releasing it on Blu-ray 3D, and they have packaged them all together in a combo pack at a ridiculously high price. If you don’t need the Blu-ray, you can buy a single disc DVD edition at a more reasonable price.
- Blade Runner (1982): I think there might be more editions of Blade Runner than any other movie in existence, however I must say that my curiosity has been peeked for this 30th anniversary Blu-ray set. Director Ridley Scott has re-cut the film (yet again) to include new scenes, as well as extended scenes. It is a five disc collection that also includes the 1982 “Theatrical Version”, the 1982 “International Version”, the 1992 “Director’s Cut”, the extremely different “Workprint Version” and hours upon hours of bonus features and documentaries. Right now Amazon.com has this collection for the low price of $23.99.
- The Penalty (1920): In one of Lon Chaney’s breakout performances, he plays a man whose legs were mistakenly amputated as a child. His anger has grown over the years, and as an adult he has become a gangster determined to get revenge on the doctor who operated on him years before. This film is brought to us by Kino Lorber. You can purchase this film at their website (www.kinolorber.com) at the sale price of $23.46 on Blu-ray or $14.96 on DVD.
- Finally this week, there will be three more additions to the Bond Blu-ray collection, You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). All of these were of course included in the Bond Blu-ray collection released last month, but this is the first time you can buy these films on Blu-ray individually.