Recommendations for interesting and noteworthy DVD & Blu-ray movies releasing the week of August 2nd, 2011 (8/2/2011), along with localized information on Pittsburgh availability.
Slim pickings this week, but there are a couple cool titles worth discussing. The first section is my recommendations, followed by a list of other titles coming out.
Info on local retailers that stock most of these titles can be found here: Best Buy locations in Pittsburgh, Target locations in Pittsburgh, Barnes & Noble locations in Pittsburgh. For online shopping, Amazon usually has the best prices.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011:
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (original title) | Thai with English subtitles
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Released by Strand Releasing
Released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc
Recipient of the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, this Thai film focuses on the title character as he ponders his past lives and potential reasons for the sickness that now has him on his death bed. The film is broken into 6 segments, each evoking a different style of cinema. Beautiful and secretive, and also surreal and humorous, Uncle Boonmee is a fascinating film unlike any I’ve seen before.
Availability: Available at most online retailers
Mystery Science Theater 3000 – Vol. XXI: MST3K vs. Gamera
Released on DVD
Mystery Science Theater 3000 was a comedy/sci-fi show based on the premise of a maintenance worker trapped on a deep-space satellite and maliciously forced to endure the worst films ever created by mankind. As a coping mechanism, he and his two robot pals find the humor in these cinematic abortions and lambast them out loud. Each episode is a different real film, with the silhouette of our comedians overlaid on the bottom and a non-stop stream of jokes making fun of it. Many episodes require approval from the company owning the original film that is being lampooned, so these are being slowly trickled out on DVD on a set-by-set basis. This particular set is somewhat of a holy grail for fans, as the owners of the Gamera films have previously been very sensitive about their properties – Gamera is a giant flying turtle, and was created as a competitor for the original Japanese Godzilla films, so you can imagine why. But now these 5 episodes have been secured for release by Shout! Factory, and MST3K fans can cross a few items off their wishlist.
Availability: Limited availability at Best Buy, and available at most online retailers
Other titles released 8/2/2011:
Conan the Barbarian (1982) – Blu-ray Disc
Conan the Destroyer (1984) – Blu-ray Disc
Eastbound & Down: Season 1 – Blu-ray Disc
Eastbound & Down: Season 2 – DVD and Blu-ray Disc
The Final Destination (2009) – Blu-ray 3D
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) – Blu-ray 3D (Best Buy exclusive)
Rio (2011) – DVD and Blu-ray Disc
Rio (2011) – Blu-ray 3D (Best Buy exclusive)
United States of Tara: Season 3 – DVD
Check out the slideshow for cover art of my selections, and post a comment with your own thoughts on this week’s releases!
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