Box Office Buz: DVD and Blu-ray releases for December 5, 2017
We?re back in business this week with a hefty list of goodies. First up is Despicable Me 3. Although life has been good for Gru (Steve Carell) with a happy life with Lucy (Kristin Wiig) and the girls, he finds himself having something of an identity crisis after meeting his long lost twin brother Dru (Carell) who tempts him to turn back to his former life as a super villain. Especially after failing to capture Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), a new super villain obsessed with the 1980s.
The Despicable Me films are just pure joy for me and my family. Carell is brilliant as the lovable Gru and also brings another great addition with brother Dru. Wiig is hilarious as usual, the girls are still as adorable as possible, especially Agnes in her search for a real unicorn, and South Park?s Trey Parker is downright brilliant as the 80?s villain who has Michael Jackson fight moves and Rubik?s cube weapons. And we can never get enough of the Minions. Illumination Entertainment is nailing it with this series, let?s hope there are many more adventures of Gru and family in the future.
Next up is American Assassin. Dylan O?Brien stars as Mitch Rapp, a man who loses his girlfriend in a terrorist attack while on vacation who has devoted his life to infiltrating the terrorist organization responsible seeking revenge. When the CIA learns of his plans they draft Mitch to be trained by Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) to investigate a wave of recent attacks that may be leading to a group planning on starting a world war.
American Assassin is a great action thriller with a solid cast. The story consistently ratchets up the tension building to a huge showdown climax that is pretty damn intense. Dylan O?Brien holds his own as an action lead and Keaton is excellent as the deadly teacher showing him the ropes of terrorist hunting. A well paced, well written action flick well worth your time.
Lastly this week is a new Christmas themed dark horror comedy, Better Watch Out. Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) is babysitting teenager Luke (Levi Miller) one last time before she goes off to college. Luke has a mad crush on Ashley and is hoping to finally reveal his feelings for her when a mysterious stranger starts stalking the house. But all is not as it seems for Ashley?s last job as secrets are revealed and the night spirals into a crazy night of hell Ashley can only hope to survive.
Better Watch Out starts out with a lighthearted horror feel along the lines of something like Krampus (also highly recommended) but soon descends into a weird, violent American Psycho night from hell. There are still laughs to be found but they are very dark laughs while the film becomes something more akin to The Strangers as Ashley tries to figure out how exactly to get out of the worst night of her life. I don?t want to reveal too much more about the plot as it is just too much fun to discover on your own. Highly recommended holiday viewing for the horror fans out there.
Also of note this week is a new Collector?s Edition of the classic 1984 horror fave Silent Night, Deadly Night, the new John Cusack sci fi movie Singularity, and the crazy Russian sci fi fantasy action film Guardians.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday December 5, 2017
100 Years of Olympic Films ? Criterion Collection
2017 World Series Champions: Houston Astros
A New Leaf ? Signature Edition*
Better Watch Out
Beyond the Farthest Star
Code of Silence ? Special Edition
Conor McGregor: Notorious
Despicable Me 3
Digimon Adventure tri.: Confession
Go Tell the Spartans*
Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom
Letter from an Unknown Woman ? Signature Edition*
Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case*
Maigret Sets a Trap*
Malatesta's Carnival of Blood*
Men in Black Trilogy 20th Anniversary 4K
On Wings of Eagles
One Day at a Time: The Complete Series
Out of the Wild
Pokemon Advanced Challenge Complete Collection
Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 Set 1
Santa Stole Our Dog!
Silent Night Deadly Night ? Collector?s Edition
Summer '82: When Zappa Came to Sicily*
Teletubbies: Big Hugs
The Amicus Collection*
The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One
The Premonition - Special Edition*
The Pumpkin Eater*
The Whales of August*
The Witch Who Came from the Sea*
Transformers Age of Extinction 4K
Transformers Dark of the Moon 4K
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen 4K
Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series
Valley of Bones
Werewolves of the Third Reich
*Catalog Blu-ray debut