Box Office Buz: DVD and Blu-ray releases for November 28, 2017
As the month of November dwindles to a close, so does our list of new releases. Luckily there are still a few interesting titles in the mix. First up is the new Steven Soderbergh film, Logan Lucky. Channing Tatum and Adam Driver star as Jimmy and Clyde Logan, two brothers that can?t seem to catch a break. Jimmy is convinced the answer to all their problems is to plan an elaborate robbery at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Their plan involves breaking out demolition expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) from prison without anyone knowing, then returning him afterwards so his upcoming release is not endangered. But with a savvy FBI agent (Hilary Swank) on their trail, the boys will need more than a little luck to pull of the heist of a lifetime.
Steven Soderbergh is one of my all time favorite filmmakers. He is original, innovative and versatile with drama?s, comedies, thrillers and action movies all under his belt. Logan Lucky fits in well to his filmography, especially alongside his Ocean?s Eleven films. The dialogue is quirky and fun, the performances top notch across the board (although Craig does steal every scene he is in), great action hijinks and an interesting storyline that actually surprised me a couple of times. Logan Lucky is another great Soderbergh picture well worth checking out.
Next up is a new thriller starring Antonio Banderas, Acts of Vengeance. Banderas plays Frank Valera, a high powered corporate defense lawyer who loves his wife and daughter but rarely has time for them. But when his family mysteriously turns up murdered, Frank takes a vow of silence and devotes all his time to training and honing his skills to seek revenge on the ones who took his family.
Acts of Vengeance offers nothing new but for fans of straight up action flicks, this one is very entertaining. It is nice to see Banderas taking up a solid action role and he plays it well. The action is well staged, the story interesting if not a little standard, and the addition of Karl Urban as a beat cop who helps out Frank is a nice addition. As far as direct to video action fare goes, you could do a lot worse than Acts of Vengeance.
Lastly this week is an interesting new sci-fi thriller, Rememory. Carolyn Dunn?s (Julia Ormond) scientist husband Gordon (Martin Donovan) has just been found dead after unveiling his newest invention, a groundbreaking device that is able to extract, record and play a person?s unfiltered memories. When a mysterious man named Sam Bloom (Peter Dinklage) shows up at Carolyn?s house, they begin an investigation of memories that will lead to revelations about everyone involved.
Rememory is a really involving, tightly constructed thriller that kept me guessing what was going to happen right up until the last frame. Dinklage really steals the show here with a very subtle and nuanced performance. The sci-fi angle of the memory machine is utilized well with those elements not overpowering the story of the characters and their motivations. But it does serve as a great vehicle to carry the story along and makes for a very intriguing tale. For something a little different and well made, check it out.
Also of note this week is the lost cult classic Bob Clark horror flick Deathdream making its Blu-ray debut, the HBO documentary The Defiant Ones with Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, and the Kirsten Dunst psychological thriller Woodshock.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday November 28, 2017
Acts of Vengeance
Death Laid an Egg a.k.a. La morte ha fatto l'uovo*
Deathdream ? Collector?s Edition*
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Girl in the Box
I Do?Until I Don?t
Misery ? Collector?s Edition
Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years, Vol. 1 - Seijun Rising: The Youth Movies*
The Defiant Ones
The Woman in Red*
The Wrong Guy*
Twin Peaks: The Third Season*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut