Box Office Buz: DVD and Blu-ray releases for March 7, 2017
The week before March Break and the kids let loose upon society! A few movies to keep you busy when you are winding down after keeping the kids entertained, and one big one to keep them busy as well. These are your new releases for March 7, 2017.
First up this week is the new Disney animated feature, Moana. Based on stories from Polynesian mythology, Moana is the story of Moana Waialiki (Auli'i Cravalho), the only daughter of the Chief of her tribe. Moana comes from a long line of navigators and finds herself drawn to the sea but is warned never to leave the waters surrounding their island. But when the island fishermen find the fish are disappearing from their waters and their crops failing due to the actions of a mythological demigod named Maui (Dwayne Johnson), she sets sail to find Maui and set things right for the future of her people.
Moana is another fantastic tale from the storytellers at Disney. The visuals are stunning, the adventure is of a grand scale and the characters of Moana and Maui feel right at home among the best Disney characters ever created. And of course, the morality tale told within, about being true to yourself and pursuing your passion, are well conveyed without ever being overwhelming. Disney can’t seem to do wrong lately, Moana is highly recommended March Break viewing.
Next up is fantastic new independent horror film called The Eyes of My Mother. In an isolated farmhouse in Portugal, a former surgeon, her husband and daughter Francisca lead an idyllic life. But when a tragic visit from a psychotic traveller leaves her mother dead, Francisca (Kika Magalhaes) grows up damaged and clings to her increasingly reticent father. But eventually Francisca’s loneliness and scarred psyche lead her to a very dark existence endangering anyone who crosses her path.
The Eyes of My Mother, written and directed by Nicolas Pesce, is an absolutely gorgeous film to begin with. Utilizing the best that black and white has to offer, The Eyes of My Mother is haunting, disturbing and very intimate. Magalhaes is both sympathetic and terrifying and the story is sad and horrific. For anyone searching for a horror film that is unique and apart from the rest of the mainstream movies, look no further than The Eyes of My Mother.
Lastly this week is an older movie finding its way to Blu-ray for the first time, ironically during a time when it is more relevant than ever. Colors stars Robert Duvall as veteran L.A. cop Bob Hodges and Sean Penn as his eager and hot-headed new partner Danny McGavin as they patrol the streets of 1988 Los Angeles dealing with the violent rise of gang activity.
When it was released in 1988 Colors was controversial and quite brutal in its depictions of gang life in L.A. While the gang problems today may be far less than in 1988, the issue of cops vs. young black American males has become a far bigger issue. Colors take a non-flinching look at the lives of police officers, how they operate on a day to day basis and how their personal opinions and philosophies can directly affect their jobs. It is also a brutal snapshot of just how out of control gangs were in the late 80s. With Dennis Hopper directing, you had better expect these issues would not be softened. Colors holds up extraordinarily well today and this new edition is a worthy addition to the Blu-ray catalog.
Also of note this week is Natalie Portman in her Oscar Nominated performance in Jackie, Ice-T as a bootlegging vampire in Bloodrunners and the Blu-ray debut of Alfred Hitchcock’s claustrophobic masterpiece Lifeboat.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday March 7, 2017
45 Years* - Criterion Collection
Arthur: King of the Britons
Care Bears & Cousins: BFFS Volume 2
Cold War 2
Death Walks at Midnight*
Door to the Other Side
Kikoriki: Legend Of The Golden Dragon
Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge: Volume 2 – Extinction
Spirit of the Game
Star Trek Voyager: The Complete Series Epik Pack
The Brand New Testament
The Eyes of My Mother
The Legend of Chupacabras
The Shadow People
Trespass Against Us
We Are X
What Planet Are You From?*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut