Box Office Buz: DVD and Blu-ray releases for January 23, 2018
A nice selection of old and new and different genre’s this week and we start with The Killing of a Sacred Deer from director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster). Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a respected cardiothoracic surgeon. After losing a patient years ago Murphy carries on a strange relationship with the patient’s son Martin (Barry Keoghan), buying him expensive gifts and befriending the odd teenager. But Martin has more in mind than a friendship as he systematically dismantles Murphy’s life to make him pay for the death of Martin’s father.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is not for everyone. I actually didn’t care for Lanthimos’ last film, The Lobster, but I found Killing to have a strange, hypnotic quality that lured me in and kept me captivated. The performances by Farrell and especially Keoghan were startlingly good and the bizarre, cold and detached dialogue and demeanours of all the characters add to the surreal atmosphere of the film. Very different but very intriguing and masterfully constructed.
Next up is the complete opposite end of the movie spectrum, Geostorm. In the near future, catastrophic climate change has endangered the entire planet causing world governments to band together and create the Dutch Boy Program, a literal net of satellites surround the planet armed with technology that keeps natural disasters from occurring. But after two years, someone seems to be hacking into the system to cause terrible weather endangering the entire planet. Pioneered by Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler) who has since been dismissed from the program for behavioural issues, Jakes estranged brother Max (Jim Sturgess) must call on his expertise to find out who is hacking the system and stop them before they destroy half the world for their own gain.
Geostorm is a pretty by the numbers disaster movie but that doesn’t prevent it from being a heck of a lot of fun. The star-studded cast including Butler, Sturgess, Ed Harris, Abbie Cornish, Daniel Wu, Andy Garcia, and Richard Schiff all put in their best b-movie serious faces and director Dean Devlin, who wrote the original Independence Day, amps up the disaster CG to the max with some pretty cool destruction. Geostorm delivers exactly what you come for.
Lastly this week is the return of one of the most successful horror franchises ever with Jigsaw. Detective Halloran (Callum Keith Rennie) and medical examiner Nelson (Matt Passmore) have come across quite the new case. A group of corpses are found bearing the trademarks of notorious serial killer John Kramer (Tobin Bell) aka Jigsaw. But seeing as how Kramer has been dead for ten years, Halloran and Nelson are stumped as to who might have killed the victims. At the same time a new group of victims find themselves captive and forced to play new games involving their secrets and sins, games that could cost them their lives.
Jigsaw isn’t particularly breaking any new ground in the Saw series but directors Michael and Peter Spierig (Daybreakers) bring at least a bit of a fresh feel and concentrate a little more on characters and a little less on sensationalism. But there is still plenty of gore, inventive traps and everybody trying to outsmart everybody else in order to make it out alive. And really, that’s what we all came for in the first place isn’t it?
Also of note this week is the Blu-ray debut of Dario Argento’s horror classic Opera, the new Ben Stiller film Brad’s Status, the excellent new Jackie Chan thriller The Foreigner, and the firefighting true story Only the Brave.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday January 23, 2018
10 Cloverfield Lane 4K
A Dog and Pony Show
Along Came Jones*
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: Special Edition*
Chasing the Dragon
Dario Argento’s Opera: Special Edition*
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Invasion of the Star Creatures
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie
Love is Blind
My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea
Only the Brave
Red Krokodil: Director’s Cut
Teen Titans: The Complete First Season
Thank You for Your Service
The Devil’s Well
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
The Paper Chase: The Final Season
The Sunshine Makers
The Sword and the Claw
The Twilight People*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut