In this installment, John and I discuss the new Blu-ray and DVD releases…
ECLIPSE SERIES 33: UP ALL NIGHT WITH ROBERT DOWNEY SR: BABO 73, CHAFED ELBOWS, NO MORE EXCUSES, PUTNEY SWOPE, TWO TONS OF TURQUOISE TO TAOS TONIGHT – THE CRITERION COLLECTION – DVD
Steve: “Maybe this is where underground film-making was in the ’60s. They represent Downey Sr’s total lack of inhibition. Most of these have the thinnest thread of a story-line. They’re like performance pieces in a way. Downey thought he was making ephemera but he captured something of the time. They’re fascinating.”
MEMORIAL DAY – Blu-ray
John: “Director Sam Fischer does a really good job. They try to sell it as a war movie, but it’s really about veterans and their inability to talk about what they went through. It’s well done. Good acting. The battle scenes are REALLY well directed. And it has heart. It’s worth checking out.”
Steve: “It’s kind of a No Holds Barred film. It’s fucking bloody. And violent. And bruteish. And entertaining because of the fact that it doesn’t hold back.”
John: “This is the best performance I’ve EVER seen Sean William Scott give. There’s something psychotically fascinating about watching this guy. He so nice and polite, and he’ll beat the shit out of you and the other team. He’s fascinating to watch in this movie.”
THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY – Blu-ray
John: “It’s based on THE BORROWERS. It’s about little people who live in a house. And they live by borrowing sugar or needles or thumb tacks. Whatever they need. There’s this whole other world behind the walls of the house. Nice story and BEAUTIFUL art. They way they capture the world of these little people, where a raindrop is a day’s water supply, just the way they shoot it is really beautiful. Great voice work from everyone from Will Arnett to Amy Poehler to Carol Burnett.”
HONDO – Blu-ray
From 1953, HONDO was a 3D film, but apparently very few people got to actually SEE it in 3D, as it was released in that format for only one week in ’53. But all of the elements survived, thanks to John Wayne’s son. And they’ve restored the film for release. It looks spectacular on Blu-ray. It really just couldn’t look better. And there’s some great extra features on the disc: a commentary with Leonard Maltin and star Lee Acker, docs on the making of the film, and a featurette for Wayne fans called A LOOK INSIDE THE BATJACK VAULTS, where many of John Wayne’s film prints, props and costumes are stored.
MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD – Blu-ray
John: “These [film-makers] are known for their splatter. Which means people are hacked to pieces and it’s like they’ve got a fire hose of red that just shoots out.
Steve: “It’s like Put Your Thumb Over The Garden Hose And Spray It-type of blood.”
John: “Or Don’t Just Punch Someone, Punch Through Their Head, you know? It’s kind of like the X-MEN with gore and guts and boobs. It’s insane. Insanely violent and WAY over the top.”
PLAYBACK – Blu-ray
JOHN CARTER – 4-Disc Set – 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD
ANNOUNCEMENT: HAROLD AND MAUDE – THE CRITERION COLLECTION – Blu-ray
ANNOUNCEMENT: THE BEATLES’ YELLOW SUBMARINE – Blu-ray
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