Most people see that a film is out on DVD and immediately goes to the store to buy said DVD if they previously enjoyed the film at Movies 278 or Regal Cinemas Stadium 22 in Austell. They also do this with new special editions that have been released. Sometimes this is a great idea and other times there really is not much that the DVD is offering you as a consumer one already has with a previous version. Before spending your hard earned cash, read these reviews and make sure you want to purchase the DVDs you have in mind. And remember if you’re a person who buys DVDs on the whim that just because a specific actor happens to be in said film does not always equate to the film being a brilliant feature. Sadly this is something this writer understands more than she cares to admit. Enjoy your purchases this week movie lovers! Links will be provided below of where one can purchase these various DVDs and Blu-ray editions.
Batman (1989) (Blu-ray)
Despite the fact that Michael Keaton is not my favorite Bruce Wayne/Batman combination, the fact that Batman (1989) is on Blu-ray excites me. Years ago, when they combined Batman, Batman Returns (1992), and Batman Forever (1995) in a VHS trilogy pack, this writer bought it. At the time, I was so excited, but little did I know in a few years I would year to own them on DVD instead. So the fact that they are making their way to Blu-ray also excites me for those who own a Blu-ray player. In this installment of the Batman movie franchise, Batman begins his war on crime and making sure that all thieves, robbers, and any other lawbreakers go into hiding. The first enemy he encounters is the insane clownishly villain, The Joker (Jack Nicholson). While new generations probably will remember Heath Ledger’s Joker as the definitive villain, as well as Christian Bale as Batman, Nicholson is a pure pleasure to watch in this feature. In fact, before The Dark Knight (2008), this writer wondered how Ledger would fill Nicholson’s shoes in the role. As we all know his acting is beyond legendary, but Nicholson’s remains so in this feature and forever will as well. Take the time to introduce this film to a son or even a daughter. Trust me, girls can love Batman too, I know I always will and part of that love started with this film.
Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011) (Blu-ray & DVD)
Sadly the Madea franchise is not something this writer has ventured into as of yet. However, every single time one of the movies are released, said movie reminds me of what this writer feels I am missing. In Madea’s Big Happy Family, Shirley (Loretta Devine) receives devastating news about her health and wishes to gather her children, [Kimberly (Shannon Kane), Tammy (Natalie Desselle), Byron (Bow Wow)], around her in order to them the news as a film. While this film does have an underlying undertone to be a bit sad in the long run, something tells me that with Madea (Tyler Perry) in action there will be more laughs than one expects. When the laughs are woven in right to any drama this is always a combination for success. Hopefully this will be one of those films that does well in rentals and maybe I will finally get around to watching some of the Madea franchise myself. Besides, it is never a bad idea to start watching movies within a franchise because one tends to have something to view for a while. Just a thought.
Films released on both Blu-ray & DVD and part of The Criterion Collection are the following: The Complete Jean Vigo & Orpheus.
Other films released this week on Blu-ray are the following: Affair to Remember, All About Eve, The Ant Bully, Batman, Blood Simple, Brave One, Children of the Corn: Genesis, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Clash of Titans, Coen Brothers Collection, Deadgirl, The Dilemma, Final Destination 2, Final Destination 3, Fracture, Gantz, Good Will Hunting, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, In a Better World, Journey to the Center of Earth, Latter Days, Miller’s Crossing, The Mummy Trilogy, The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D, Point of No Return, Radley Metzger’s Erotica Psychedelica, Raising Arizona, Rio, Rumor Has It, Rush Hour 3, Set It Off, Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek The Third, Songe, Tango & Cash, Under Siege, We Are Marshall, & Wild Bunch.
Other films being released on both Blu-ray and DVD today are the following: The 5th Quarter, Bereavement, and Bko: Bangkok Knockout, Carmen, The Perfect Host, Prom, Skateland, & Wrecked.
Other films being released DVD today are the following: Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams, Alex in Wonderland, Alex in Wonderland, The Atomic City, Blackmail Boys, The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom, The Coffin, Daguerreotypes, Death of a Cheerleader, the Devil’s Teardrop, Doc Martin: The Movies, Face to Face, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Little Senegal, Me Too, Ne Change Rien, Norwegian Ninja, Phantom Pain, Police- Adjective, Proper Violence, Red Faction: Origins, River Called Titas, Roots, Sinbad & The Minotaur, Vera, & X.
Documentary released on Blu-ray this week are the following: Eastern Voices, Forks Over Knives, & Wonders of the Universe.
Documentary released on DVD this week are the following: If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front & Royal Wedding of a Lifetime.
Music ventures on DVD released this week are the following: 2010 Salzburg Festival Opening Concert.
Comedy ventures on Blu-ray released this week are the following: Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious
Comedy ventures on DVD released this week are the following: Black By Accident
If you are interested in renting any of these films, make sure to check out this title through Netflix, your local Austell Blockbuster, Redbox, Videodrome, Movies Worth Seeing, or movie channels based upon your cable or satellite provider. To purchase any Blu-rays or DVDs mentioned in this review please check out your local Austell Best Buy, Walmart, Target, or Kmart.