Box Office Buz: DVD and Blu-ray releases for December 19-26, 2017
We have reached the end of another year of movies and it has been a pretty great one in my humble opinion. A nice selection on shelves this week, we start with one of the most controversial movies of the year, Darren Aronofsky?s mother! A couple (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) living in a secluded house in the country. The man is a once famous poet and the woman is meticulously restoring their old home, his childhood home, to its former glory after a fire. When the man invites a cryptic visitor (Ed Harris) and his strange wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) to stay, the woman has trouble dealing with the bizarre chaos the strangers bring with them, threatening their delicate sanctuary.
If you don?t dig artistic movies with heavy symbolism, mother! may not be for you. But if you like beautifully constructed, visually stunning, wonderfully acted movies that tell thought provoking stories that will spark loads of conversation among your movie going brethren, mother! just may be the movie you have been looking for. It took me a couple of viewings to get what I was seeing, but once it all settled in, my mind was blown. It is nice to get movies once in a while that challenge our concepts of what a movie is and Darren Aronofsky is a director that has always enjoyed challenging his audience. Check it out and decide for yourself.
Next up is a remake of a minor 90s horror classic, Flatliners. Five medical students start a series of experiments to explore the possibility of life after death. Each student has their heart stopped for a certain increasing period of time to try and explore what happens after death in an effort to bring actual medical evidence to back up their theories. But as their experiences intensify, their after-death experiences start to bleed into their real lives.
The original Flatliners was no masterpiece but was successful and has a solid following now as a solid example of 90s horror/thrillers. The thing the original really had going for it was a killer cast of hot young actors including Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt and William Baldwin. This new version does not have the same star power but still has a fully capable cast with Ellen Page and Diego Luna leading the group of students. The after-death experiences are creative and interesting storylines, actually a little more interesting than the standard stories for each student in the original. Overall Flatliners is a solid remake that might try a little too hard in some areas but keeps things interesting and tries enough new things to make it worth checking out.
Lastly this week (and not out until the 26th) is a new crime drama starring Vince Vaughn, Brawl in Cell Block 99. Bradley Thomas (Vaughn) is a hardworking man trying to make a life for his wife (Jennifer Carpenter) and their expected baby. But when he is fired from his job, Bradley takes a job running drugs for an old friend, which turns their life around for a short time. But when Bradley is arrested after a pick up gone wrong and imprisoned, the men whose drugs he lost ask him for a very risky and dangerous job he must do in prison or they will harm his kidnapped wife.
Brawl in Cell Block 99 just blew me away. First off, Vince Vaughn, whom I usually really like but does make the odd film I don?t care for him in, gives one of the best performances of his career. This is one of the most serious, fully fleshed out, relatable and most engaging characters he has ever portrayed. And the story keeps you guessing through the entire runtime with an engaging story of devotion, survival and determination. Brawl in Cell Block 99 is very highly recommended viewing.
Also of note over the holidays is the gorgeous new 4K restoration of Dario Argento?s classic horror masterpiece Suspiria on Blu-ray, Christopher Nolan?s epic Dunkirk, and the inspirational true story Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone and all the best in 2018!
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday December 19, 2017
4 Days in France
A Town Called Panic: The Collection
Batman Begins 4K
Big Business/Scenes from a Mall
Daniel Boone: The Final Season
Dark Knight Trilogy Collection 4K
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: Season One
Donnie Darko ? Limited Edition Steelbook
Holy Matrimony/Betsy?s Wedding
Policewoman: Season Three
Salvation: Season One
South Park: The Complete Eighth Season *
South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season *
South Park: The Complete Ninth Season *
South Park: The Complete Seventh Season *
South Park: The Complete Sixth Season*
South Park: The Complete Tenth Season *
Stan Lee?s Lucky Man: Season One
Suspiria: Special Edition*
The Apartment: Limited Edition
The Dark Knight 4K
The Dark Knight Rises 4K
The L-Shaped Room*
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
The Prestige 4K
Tomorrow is Forever*
Top of the Lake: China Girl: Season Two
Victoria & Abdul
*Catalog Blu-ray debut
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday December 26, 2017
Brawl in Cell Block 99
Manhunt: Unabomber: Season One
The Mountain Between Us