Box Office Buz: DVD and Blu-ray releases for November 21, 2017
Another light week as we head towards the end of November but we start with a bang with The Hitman?s Bodyguard. Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) was the best bodyguard in the business. But after a botched protection job his reputation is in the gutter. When he gets a call from Interpol to escort an infamous international assassin, Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) from Manchester to The Hague to testify against a tyrannical dictator, Bryce jumps at the chance to redeem himself and jumpstart his career. With two huge egos and legions of skilled killers out to stop them, Bryce and Kincaid must find a way to get past their dislike for each other if they are going to get the job done.
The Hitman?s Bodyguard doesn?t really tread any new ground here, it is full of clichs and action sequences we have seen before, but it is still totally worth your time thanks to the brilliant charisma and chemistry of Reynolds and Jackson. The two work very well together trading quips and punches, Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) direction is fast paced and tight, the laughs are frequent, well placed and hilarious and the action, while maybe not original, is very entertaining and well constructed. Come for the action, stay for the team up.
Next up is a new special edition of one of my favorite sci fi films of all time, The Man from Earth. Professor John Oldman (David Lee Smith) is moving on and his colleagues have shown up at his house for an impromptu farewell gathering. But when Oldman reveals to his learned friends that he has in fact been alive since the time of Paleolithic man, a tense and revealing debate ensues as the scholars all try to decipher if he is telling the truth.
The Man from Earth is brilliant in its simplicity. The whole movie is essentially a group of people in one room discussing something that could be theoretical if it weren?t for the fact that the Oldman character insists it is real. The ensuing conversation is tense, well written, fast paced, fascinating and challenges societal beliefs in all areas; science, religion, history. The performances are great all around from Smith, William Katt, Tony Todd, John Billingsley, Ellen Crawford and the rest of the cast. The Man from Earth is a great one to watch with a group of friends and will no doubt spawn hours of conversation afterwards. And if you end up loving it as much as I did, there is a sequel out in January that I will also be taking a look at.
Lastly this week is a new and long overdue special edition of one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever, Misery. Best Selling novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is on his way home from his cabin after finishing his latest book when his car crashes in a blizzard. Paul is terribly injured but rescued by a nurse, Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) who also happens to be Paul?s number one fan. As Paul recovers in Annie?s remote mountain cabin he soon discovers Annie may have a few issues as she decides to hold Paul hostage until he rewrites his book and keeps her favorite character alive. And Annie will stop at nothing to get her way.
Misery, directed with brilliant ease by Rob Reiner, is a masterpiece of thrills. The majority of the movie is two characters and lots of dialogue but you never lose interest and are always on the edge of your seat. The tension during some scenes is near unbearable. This is simple yet effective thriller storytelling at its very best. This new special edition features a beautiful new 4K restoration, new interviews with Reiner and with special effects legend Greg Nicotero as well as two very entertaining audio commentaries and 6 in depth featurettes on the making of the film. Misery is well worth revisiting, a modern suspense classic.
Also of note this week is the action extravaganza The Villainess, which fans of films like The Raid should definitely check out, the Bruce Lee martial arts drama Birth of the Dragon chronicling one of the martial arts masters most legendary fights, and the big budget sci fi box office flop from Luc Besson, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday November 21, 2017
Birth of the Dragon
Bob the Builder ? Mega Machines: The Movie
Cease Fire 3D*
Fritz Lang: The Silent Films 12 Disc Box Set*
High School Lover
I?ll Be Seeing You*
Leap! Aka Ballerina
Misery Special Edition
My Journey Through French Cinema
Mystery Science Theater 3000 XXXIX
One Last Heist
Red Dwarf XII
Since You Went Away*
South Park Seasons 1-5*
The Fall: Complete Collection
The Fall: Series 3
The Hitman?s Bodyguard
The Librarians: Season One
The Man from Earth: Special Edition
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
*Catalog Blu-ray debut