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This Week on DVD & Blu-ray (03-20-12)

March 20, 2012
Look what we have here – a big-screen adaptation (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), a resuscitation (“The Muppets”), and a remake (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) – all three Oscar-nominees and two of them actually took a golden boy home! Each of them are easy recommendations. And then there’s “Hop” one of those odd holiday releases that take a year to come out, because the studios know they have to wait for the particular holiday the movie coincides with – in this case, Easter. It’s no coincidence that one of the highest grossing movies in Japan, the controversial “Battle Royale” from 2000, is finally coming out here in the States, the same week as “The Hunger Games” – it is after all a story about a class of teenagers who are forced by their government to compete in a deadly game, where they must kill each other in order to win. I am eager to catch up with it, as it stars one of my favorite Japanese actors, Takeshi Kitano. Fans of Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet would do well to check out “Carnage”, Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the play “God Of Carnage” in which two supposedly civilized couples gather in a Brooklyn apartment to discuss an altercation their children had, too bad John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz don’t fare as well.
The two Criterion releases out this week couldn’t be more different from each other. There’s Soviet director, Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1960 film, “Letters Never Sent”, a Cannes entry, about a group of geologists searching for diamonds in the Siberian wilderness, known for its amazing cinematography. And then there’s the 1993 Academy Award – nominated documentary, “The War Room”, directed by Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker, about Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign during the 1992 election.
That’s it for this week’s releases! Previous reviews are highlighted below. Enjoy the Rundown….
  • Splintered (DVD)
  • The Adventures of Tintin: Season Two (DVD)
  • Battle Royale (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Battle Royale (The Complete Collection) (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Carnage (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Creature (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • The Hills Have Eyes 2 (Remastered Edition) (DVD)
  • Hop (DVD/Blu-ray) – March 23rd!
  • Kojak: Season Three (DVD)
  • Letter Never Sent (Criterion Collection) (DVD)
  • Lost Keaton: Sixteen Comedy Shorts 1934-1937 (Blu-ray)
  • The Muppets (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • National Lampoon’s The Legend of Awesomest Maximus (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Roadie (DVD)
  • Scarecrow and Mrs. King: The Complete Third Season (DVD)
  • The Sitter (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Snow White: A Deadly Summer  (DVD)
  • This Is Not a Movie (DVD)
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • The War Room (Criterion Collection) (DVD)

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