Box Office Buz: DVD and Blu-ray releases for November 7, 2017
November starts off with a solid list of releases beginning with The Glass Castle. Brie Larson stars as Jeannette, a woman trying to lead a normal life after being brought up by an eccentric artist mother (Naomi Watts) and a free spirited but alcoholic father (Woody Harrelson). After a childhood full of hope and promises from her nomadic and usually destitute parents, Jeannette wrestles with her now homeless parents, her siblings and their lives, and her hopes for the future of her own life.
The Glass Castle drew many comparisons to 2016?s Captain Fantastic but obviously these comparisons were drawn before people actually saw the movie. The cast is equally phenomenal from everyone playing the adult children to the brilliant kid actors used in the flashback scenes. Harrelson and Watts are amazing but infuriating as the self-centered parents who disguise their bad decisions and idiotic ideas as free spirited in order to hide their life conditions from their children. The Glass Castle is a great movie about acceptance and learning to accept one?s past, but it is not an easy journey. But still one well worth taking.
Next up is a new thriller entitled The Limehouse Golem. In Victorian London England, a series of brutal murders has shaken the community of Limehouse. Detective John Kildare (Bill Nighy) has been assigned the case and on the same night as the last murder, Elizabeth Cree (Olivia Cooke) is accused of poisoning her husband John Cree Sam Reid), who is one of four suspects in the murders. Now Kildare must figure out the mystery before Elizabeth is hanged for the murder of her husband, possibly finding some leniency for her.
The Limehouse Golem is an old-fashioned murder mystery of the best kind. Harkening back to the stories of Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, the tale of Detective Kildare has everything going for it from the dark and foggy setting of Victorian London to the excellent cast of characters and the enigmatic lead in Bill Nighy. If you dig a good old mystery you can really curl up by the fireplace with, The Limehouse Golem will definitely do the trick.
Lastly this week is one of my favorite lesser seen films of the 80s, John Landis? Into the Night. Jeff Goldblum plays Ed Okin, who is having a severe bout of insomnia. After discovering his wife is having an affair, Ed drives to the airport late one night considering a trip to Las Vegas to get away from it all. But when he encounters Diana (Michelle Pfeiffer), a beautiful young woman on the run from men trying to kill her, Ed?s life gets turned upside down as he spends the next 24 hours trying to help Diana out of her mess. Along the way Ed encounters movie producers, actors, a hitman, an Elvis impersonator and four insane Iranians. But at least his life isn?t boring anymore.
John Landis is one of the most underrated directors out there in my opinion. Not only can he direct any genre, he does it with a flair that is uniquely Landis. Into the Night is one of the most Landis movies he has ever made. It has drama, tension, thrills, action, tons of laughs, a strange surreal dreamlike atmosphere, Goldblum at his very best, Pfeiffer only two years after Scarface and two years away from The Witches of Eastwick, an awesome host of famous cameos and one of the briefest but most entertaining roles by David Bowie ever. Into the Night is a rollicking good time and this new Blu-ray edition debut is the best way to finally check it out.
Also of note this week is the twisted dark comedy Ingrid Goes West with Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, Cars 3 and the new Dee Wallace horror flick Red Christmas.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday November 7, 2017
2307: Winter?s Dream
Attack Force Z ? 35th Anniversary*
Bob the Butler
Darkman II: The Return of Durant*
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die! *
DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection
Dreaming Purple Neon
Father Goose ? Signature Edition*
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 4K
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 4K
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 4K
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer?s Stone 4K
Harry Potter Collection 4K
He Walked by Night*
In His Own Home
In Pursuit of Silence
Ingrid Goes West
Into the Night*
Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Season Six
Open Water 3: Cage Dive
Operation Petticoat Signature Edition*
Summer of ?42*
The Crown: Season One
The Final Resolution
The Glass Castle
The Godfather Collection: Omerta Edition
The Good Karma Hospital: Series 1
The Hot Touch*
The Limehouse Golem
The Philadelphia Story ? Criterion Collection*
The Spanish Chainsaw Massacre
Trollhunters: Season One
Westworld: The Complete First Season
Your Name ? Collector?s Edition
*Catalog Blu-ray debut