Welcome to June! A nice pickup in quantity as well as quality this week. First up we have Disney's newest live action adaptation of one of their biggest animated films, Beauty and the Beast. Belle (Emma Watson) is a young woman living in a small French town. When her father goes missing on a trip, Belle finds him in the castle of a cantankerous beast (Dan Stevens) and offers to trade places with her father to free him. Now a captive in the castle, Belle slowly starts to realize the Beast may not be as horrible as he seems and actually has a dark secret that may endanger all of their lives.

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The animated Beauty and the Beast film from 1991 is one of Disney's most beloved films ever. After the recent success of their live action adaptations for Cinderella, Maleficent, and The Jungle Book, it was inevitable that they would get around to the more modern classics and the decision to do Beauty and the Beast seems to have been the right one. The film is lush and beautifully filmed, perfectly cast, especially in the case of Emma Watson as the perfect Belle, Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as a scene stealing LeFou. The songs are wonderful, the production design top notch, and the overall result true to the animated classic in every sense. This one might become just as much of a classic as the original.

Next up is a new Arnold Schwarzenegger film, but a very different one, Aftermath. Arnold plays Roman, a construction foreman who loses his wife and daughter in an airline accident. The air traffic controller that was on duty (Scoot McNairy) made an error that resulted in the accident and both men's lives are forever changed by the event and are destined to intersect, but to what end?

Aftermath is a very well done drama and features one of Arnold's very best and most subtle and emotional performances, right up there with the also excellent Maggie. The story is loosely based on a real incident that happened in 2002 and the resulting screenplay by Javier Gull'n is a powerful one that audiences will easily identify with. To write the story not only as Roman's struggle to deal with the greatest loss he could image but to also examine the grief of the man responsible was smart and makes for an emotionally charged story that will make it very hard to pick a side, which is kind of the point. Highly recommended.

Lastly this week is a new film from Gore Verbinski, A Cure for Wellness. Dane DeHaan plays Lockhart, an ambitious young executive sent on a bizarre task to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic wellness centre in the Swiss Alps. After an accident, Lockhart finds himself injured and under the care of the facility himself where he starts to unravel a mysterious secret hidden within the walls of the centre that may endanger every patient there.

Gore Verbinski is a versatile and underappreciate director capable of handling any type of movie from Mousehunt and The Ring to Pirates of the Caribbean to The Lone Ranger. With A Cure for Wellness he ventures into a bizarre blend of horror, thriller, drama and even a little sci-fi thrown in for good measure. And as usual, he does it well. A Cure for Wellness is one of the most gorgeous movies in recent memory and puts forth a very interesting mystery story reminiscent of a sort of jacked up Shutter Island. And DeHaan is excellent proving he can handle a leading man role with ease. If you are looking for something a little different out of the recent crop of Hollywood flicks, give A Cure for Wellness a try, it's a fun and visually stunning ride.

Also of note this week is the new horror film Don't Knock Twice starring Katee Sackhoff, The Assignment with Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver and The Belko Experiment from director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and writer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither).

Until next week movie lovers.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday June 6, 2017

1492: Conquest of Paradise*

A Cure for Wellness

A United Kingdom

Aaron's Blood


Bambi: Anniversary Edition

Beauty and the Beast

Becker: The Complete Series

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie*

Child of Satan

Curious George: Fun with Friends

Don't Knock Twice

Dredd 4K

Enter the Warrior's Gate

Ex-Machina 4K

Fahrenheit 451: 50th Anniversary Edition*

Father Dowling: The Complete Series

Hell in the Pacific*

Joan of Arcadia: The Complete Series

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back

Juice: 25th Anniversary Edition*

Kill Em All

Lady Bloodfight

Major Crimes: The Complete Fifth Season

Major Payne*

Numb3rs: The Complete Series

Operation Mekong

Seijun Suzuki's The Taisho Trilogy*

Sky on Fire

Snitch 4K

The Apple*

The Assignment

The Axe Murders of Villisca

The Belko Experiment

The Bourne Ultimate Collection 4K

The Last Word

The Sense of an Ending

The Ticket

The Young Pope

Ugetsu* - Criterion Collection

Van Helsing: Season One

When Calls the Heart: The Heart of the Community

Where the Buffalo Roam*

*Catalog Blu-ray debut

Written by
Bill Howard

A film fan since he was a wee child and received a full sized Terminator movie poster as a gift, Bill lives for movies. An avid collector of Blu-ray and DVD (and VHS, Beta, and Laserdisc before that), Bill also has his own review site, Fountain Pop.com and has recently completed his first horror novel, 10 Minutes from Home. Bill is often a crusader for the films that no one likes or no one has heard of(he loves Ishtar, Superman Returns, the Star Wars prequels and almost all of the horror remakes...) and just wants everyone to share their love for movies instead of spreading their hate for them.

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