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This Week on DVD & Blu-ray (08-16-11)

August 16, 2011

This week, all kinds of noteworthy names are popping up on the radar! From Polanski to Lebowski to classic Kubrick. Catch up with the latest from Robert Redford with “The Conspirator”, a historical drama revolving around Lincoln’s assassination, or watch Christopher Plummer phone it in while Paul Bettany plays apocalyptic action hero in “Priest”, or see if John Krasinski can figure out what to do with “Something Borrowed”. My recommendations? Check out two new Criterion releases, Roman Polanski’s 1966 film “Cul-De-Sac”, his second English language feature and Stanley Kubrick’s noir classic, “The Killing” from 1956 (both can be found on Netflix’s Watch Instantly right now). And a film that made my Top 5 of 2011 (so far) list, “Jane Eyre” is out now. With a mysterious and earthy tone, director Cary Fukunaga brings a fresh take to a literary classic that’s been adapted countless times. Great performances by Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska make this a fine intro for newbies and a unique perspective for those familiar with the material.  
Also, for those dying to get every Stallone film on Blu-ray, today is for you. And who can deny Muppets on Blu-ray? As always, links to reviews are listed below. Enjoy the Rundown….
  • Armed and Dangerous (Blu-ray)
  • Assassins (Blu-ray)
  • The Bang Bang Club (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season Two, Part One (DVD)
  • The Best and the Brightest (DVD)
  • The Big Lebowski (Limited Edition) (Blu-Ray)
  • Cobra (Blu-ray)
  • The Conspirator (2-Disc Collector’s Edition) (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Cul-de-Sac (Criterion Collection) (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • David Holzman’s Diary (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Dexter: The Fifth Season (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • The Final Destination (3D Combo Pack) (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Gavin & Stacey: The Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Gavin & Stacey: Season 3 plus 2008 Christmas Special (DVD)
  • Gavin & Stacey: Season Two (DVD)
  • The Grace Card (DVD)
  • Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (3D Combo Pack) (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Hush (Blu-ray)
  • Jane Eyre (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • John Carpenter’s The Ward (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • The Killing (Criterion Collection) (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf (DVD)
  • Meet Monica Velour (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Muppets from Space (Combo Pack) (Blu-ray)
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan (Combo Pack) (Blu-ray)
  • No Eres Tu, Soy Yo (DVD)
  • Outcasts: Season One (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Priest (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Smoke Screen (DVD)
  • The Specialist (Blu-ray)
  • Something Borrowed (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Season 9 (DVD)
  • Two Can Play It That Game (Blu-ray)
  • VeggieTales: Princess and the Pop Star (DVD)


Now go forth and conquer your preferred rental or purchasing venue!


And now for a trailer that should make you chuckle….




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