Box Office Buz: DVD and Blu-ray releases for July 11, 2017
Another solid summer week that begins with the newest installment in one of the most successful franchises ever, The Fate of the Furious. With the whole team enjoying some kind of normal life for the first time in a long time, things get complicated when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) somehow seduces Dom (Vin Diesel) to betray everyone and turn to a life of crime. Now Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and former enemy Deckard (Jason Statham) must race to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos upon the world. And they must find out why Dom betrayed them and if there is a chance to get him back.
The Fast & Furious franchise has somehow managed to achieve something very rare in the world of film; to make each new installment even better than the one before it. The teams behind these films keep amping up the action, the fun and the stories and the cast are all giving it their all in every scene. The Fate of the Furious is no exception to the rule and may be the most entertaining film yet. The action set pieces are just astounding and the humor is fantastic as well, especially a scene blending the two that involves Jason Statham fighting off legions of enemies while trying to protect a baby. Brilliantly executed. If you dig the bombastic popcorn fun of this series you will not be disappointed.
Next up is The Lost City of Z. In this fascinating true story, Charlie Hunnam plays British explorer Percy Fawcett who journeys to the heart of the Amazon looking for evidence of an ancient but advanced civilization that may have once existed. Along with his friend Henry Costin (Robert Pattinson) and a dedicated team of explorers, they forge on against the unrelenting jungle and the ridicule of the scientific establishment in hope of finding one of the greatest discoveries ever.
The Lost City of Z is an epic adventure tale the likes of which has not really hit screens in years. It harkens back to classic films like The Mission, The Mosquito Coast, and The Emerald Forest with its incredible scope, beautiful cinematography and stellar performances. Hunnam in particular delivers perhaps his best role to date and is backed up by a top-notch cast including an unrecognizable Pattinson, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller, Angus Macfayden, and Ian McDiarmid. A wonderful adventurous drama well worth checking out.
Lastly this week I want to mention a title from a few weeks ago, the new Arrow special edition of Dario Argento?s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. This stunning 1970 thriller is just as effective today and being the first film directed by Italian Maestro Argento, was a strong precursor of things to come. The story revolves around American writer Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante), who witnesses an attempted murder while in Italy. Inspector Morosini (Enrico Maria Salerno) enlists Sam?s help to try and catch the serial killer responsible but it may end up just putting Sam in the killer?s crosshairs.
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is one of the best examples of Italian Giallo style thrillers ever and is a beautifully crafted film. This new special edition from Arrow is really something to behold. The packaging alone is impressive with a hard slipcase with beautiful new artwork, reproductions of original lobby cards, a large double sided poster and a very through book. The Blu-ray itself features a brand new 4K restoration of the film, new audio commentaries, and tons of new interviews, documentaries and essays. This one is a keeper folks and an essential addition to any horror library.
Also of note this week is the new Bruce Willis film Once Upon a Time in Venice, the new horror flick Devil?s Domain and the newest film in the Smurfs franchise, Smurfs: The Lost Village.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday July 11, 2017
A Quiet Passion
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West*
Curse of the Crimson Altar
Curse of the Pink Panther*
Do You Take This Man
King Kong: Ultimate Edition 4K
King Solomon?s Mines
L?Argent* - Criterion Collection
Last Day of School
Leon: The Professional 4K
My Life in China
Once Upon a Time in Venice
Roberto Rossellini?s War Trilogy* - Criterion Collection
Shakes the Clown*
Smokey and the Bandit: 40th Anniversary
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Son of the Pink Panther*
Spark: A Space Tail
Species ? Collector?s Edition
Star Slammer: The Escape*
Terror in a Texas Town*
The Blessed Ones
The Fate of the Furious: Extended Director?s Cut
The Fifth Element 4K
The Horse Dancer
The Hunting Party*
The Lost City of Z
The Magicians: Season Two
The Man from Planet X*
The Missing: Season 2
The Tunnel: The Complete Second Season
Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
You Only Live Once*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut