La Chienne Blu-ray Disc June 14th, 2016

Posted in Blu-ray, Commentary, Criterion, Drama on June 17th, 2016 by Dave

La Chienne Blu-ray

La Chienne is one of the latest French movies released by the Criterion Collection – on Blu-ray Disc June 14th, 2016.

This drama film was the second sound film by director Jean Renior, and the twelfth film of his career.

The literal English translation of the film’s title is The Bitch, though the movie was typically retitled Isn’t Life a Bitch?

The story was remade in English by Fritz Lang under the title Scarlet Street.


The Martian Extended Edition Blu-ray Disc June 7th, 2016

Posted in Adventure, Blu-ray, Commentary, Drama, Fox, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction on June 13th, 2016 by Dave

The Martian Extended Edition Blu-ray

Ridley Scott’s latest film is available in a new The Martian: Extended Edition from Fox Home Entertainment, on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD June 7th, 2016.

This science fiction movie is based on Andy Weir’s 2011 novel The Martian.

Matt Damon stars as an astronaut who is mistakenly presumed dead and left behind on Mars.

The story follows his struggle to survive on the arid planet and the subsequent effort to rescue him.


Hail Caesar Blu-ray Disc June 7th, 2016

Posted in Blu-ray, Comedy, Commentary, Mystery, Universal on June 10th, 2016 by Dave

Hail Caesar Blu-ray

Hail, Caesar! is the latest Coen brothers movie, released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Disc June 7th, 2016.

This mystery comedy was written and produced by Joel and Ethan Coen.

The film was originally set to take place in the 1920s, but the idea was shelved.

The story now follows Hollywood “fixer” Eddie Mannix in the 1950s, trying to discover what happened to the leading actor who vanishes during filming.


Anomalisa Blu-ray Disc June 7th, 2016

Posted in Blu-ray, Comedy, Commentary, Drama, Paramount, Romance on June 8th, 2016 by Dave

Anomalisa Blu-ray

This week Paramount Home Entertainment released the unique stop motion animated movie Anomalisa – on Blu-ray Disc June 7th, 2016.

This comedy-drama was written by Charlie Kaufman, based on his play from 2005.

The story follows a lonely customer service expert who perceives everyone as looking and sounding the same.

Anomalisa was nominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.


How to be Single Blu-ray Disc May 24th, 2016

Posted in Blu-ray, Comedy, Commentary, New Line, Romance, Warner on May 26th, 2016 by Dave

How to be Single Blu-ray

May 24th, 2016 marked the arrival of the Warner Home Video Blu-ray release for How to be Single.

This romantic comedy was written by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, based on the novel by Liz Tuccillo.

The story takes a different approach, following the main character Alice through the times between relationships as she enjoys or struggles with being single.

Alice’s sister and a co-worker, both single and proud, help her on her journey.


In a Lonely Place Blu-ray Disc May 10th, 2016

Posted in Blu-ray, Commentary, Crime, Criterion, Drama, Film Noir, Mystery, Romance, Thriller on May 13th, 2016 by Dave

In a Lonely Place Blu-ray

A key classic film release this week was the Criterion Collection’s In a Lonely Place – on Blu-ray Disc May 10th, 2016.

This 1950 film noir features Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, and is based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes.

Bogart stars as Dixon Steele, a troubled screenwriter suspected of murder, and Grahame is Laurel Gray, a neighbor who falls for Steele’s charm.

Bogart’s performance is considered by many critics to be among his finest.


Remember Blu-ray Disc May 3rd, 2016

Posted in Blu-ray, Commentary, Drama, Lionsgate, Thriller on May 7th, 2016 by Dave

Remember Blu-ray

Remember is the latest Atom Egoyan film, released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Disc, with a May 3rd, 2016 release.

This Canadian-German thriller film was written by Benjamin August.

The film features Christopher Plummer as Zev Guttman, a dementia sufferer who escaped Auschwitz at the end of WWII.

With the help of his friend Max, Zev sets out to find the Nazi officer who was responsible for killing their families.


Brief Encounter Blu-ray Disc April 26th, 2016

Posted in Blu-ray, Commentary, Criterion, Drama, Romance on April 28th, 2016 by Dave

Brief Encounter Blu-ray

Brief Encounter is one of the latest classics to be released by Criterion Collection – on Blu-ray April 26th, 2016.

This romantic drama features a screenplay written by Noël Coward, based on his 1936 one-act play Still Life.

The story follows a British suburban housewife named Laura, whose life becomes complicated following a chance meeting at a railway station.

This 1945 film has become a favourite with British audiences spanning generations.


The Revenant Blu-ray Disc April 19th, 2016

Posted in Adventure, Blu-ray, Commentary, Drama, Fox, Thriller, Western on April 21st, 2016 by Dave

The Revenant Blu-ray

The Revenant Blu-ray is big release from Fox Home Entertainment with an April 19th, 2016 release.

This survival drama was directed, co-produced, and co-written by Alejandro G. Inarritu.

The screenplay was based in part on Michael Punke’s novel inspired by the experiences of frontiersman Hugh Glass.

The story follows Glass’ quest for survival and revenge after one of his men betrays him and leaves him to die.


Point Break Blu-ray 3D March 29th, 2016

Posted in 3D, Action, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, Commentary, Crime, Sport, Thriller, Warner on April 1st, 2016 by Dave

Point Break Blu-ray 3D

The Point Break Blu-ray 3D is a key action title released by Warner Home Video on March 29th, 2016.

This crime thriller was written by Kurt Wimmer and is a loose remake of the 1991 film of the same name.

The US/Chinese co-production was released in China on December 4th, and in the United States on December 25th.

Despite poor critical response, the film went on to earn $131 million against a $105 million budget.