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This Week on DVD & Blu-ray (04-17-12)

April 17, 2012

Two of the best movies from last year are now available for home viewing – for one of them you’ll wish you had a mini-IMAX in your home, while the other, well, you might want to choose your viewing companion carefully. Translation: Brad Bird’s awesome live-action debut “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” turned out to be the best of the franchise and director Steve McQueen’s “Shame” is a harrowing portrayal of sexual addiction featuring an incredible performance by starring Michael Fassbender. With Earth Day around the corner, the release of the excellent nature documentary “Born to be Wild” only seems appropriate. It may be yet another doc narrated by Morgan Freeman, but it’s an undeniably touching and inspiring look at orphaned orangutans and elephants. Those are the three films recommend this week. Two films I have not seen getting the Criterion treatment this week are “Late Spring” and “¡Alambrista!” – as expected, they look quite interesting and will be added to my ever-expanding list of  films to catch up with. 
That’s about it for this week. Links to previous reviews will be provided below.
 Enjoy the Rundown….
  • The Amazing Bulk (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • American Dad!: Volume 7 (DVD)
  • The Asphyx: Remastered Edition (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Volume 5: The Ultimate Ending (DVD)
  • Bob’s Burgers: The Complete 1st Season (DVD)
  • Born to Be Wild (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Buck Privates (Universal 100 Year Anniversary) (Blu-ray)
  • Conan the Adventurer: Season Two, Part 2 (DVD)
  • Crew 2 Crew (DVD)
  • The Divide (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Eight is Enough: The Complete First Season (DVD)
  • Episode 50 (DVD)
  • Ernie Kovacs: The ABC Specials (DVD)
  • Frozen Planet: The Complete Series (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Halloween: Resurrection (Blu-ray)
  • In Too Deep (Blu-ray)
  • Late Spring (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray)
  • Operation Condor 2: The Armour of God (Blu-ray)
  • Robotropolis (DVD)
  • Roger Corman’s Cult Classics: Night Nurses Collection (DVD)
  • Shame (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Treme: The Complete Second Season (DVD/Blu-ray)
  • Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns: Season 5 (DVD)
  • ¡Alambrista! (Criterion Collection) (DVD/Blu-ray)





3 Comments leave one →
  1. Tairy Greene permalink
    April 18, 2012 1:47 pm

    Rented Ghost Protocol yesterday and was utterly let down. I passed on it when it came out because the MI franchise let me down every time. I thought this one would be different. The stunts were exaggerated and laced with odd humor. The gadgets were inconsequential throwaways and the plot was filled with cliches. The two boss guys have to fight it out in the end, but why does a ‘top agent’ like Ethan have a tough time beating up a retired chubby old russian diplomat? Crazy!

    • David J. Fowlie permalink*
      April 18, 2012 5:38 pm

      The stunts were exaggerated? Of course they were! The odd humor? A breath of fresh air! The incomsequential gadgets? How else is a guy supposed to scale the outside of the world’s tallest building? As for the final face-off at the end….Ethan was pretty wasted himself and he’s no spring chicken. Crazy, indeed!

  2. April 21, 2012 1:15 pm

    Late Spring looks great, I’ll be getting to some Ozu soon.

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