Box Office Buz: DVD and Blu-ray releases for October 3, 2017
A huge week to kick off October starts with Johnny Depp?s return in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) faces his greatest challenge ever when an old nemesis, Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escapes from the Devil?s Triangle and is determined to kill every single pirate on the high seas to find Sparrow and settle an old score. Jack?s only hope lies in partnering with Henry Turner (Brendan Thwaites) to find the mythical Trident of Poseidon, which bestows total control of the seas to its owner.
The Pirates of the Caribbean series has been hugely successful and has an incredible following but I have personally never been blown away by them. They are fun adventure movies but they all seem to blend into one another. Which is why it is nice to see this new installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, actually feel pretty fresh and exciting. The addition of Javier Bardem to the cast certainly doesn?t hurt, he chews up the scenery with glee and looks awesome with the now trademark sea ghost effects of floating hair etc. Depp in on point as usual, I am sure he could do Sparrow in his sleep by now, and there are some nice story nods to the origins of the series in there for fans as well. All in all, this is probably my favorite film in the series after the original film.
Next up is the Blu-ray debut of a little seen holiday comedy directed by Jodie Foster that has been a favorite of mine for years, Home for the Holidays. Holly Hunter is absolutely wonderful as Claudia Larson, a 40-something single mother whose life seems to come crashing down just before a visit to Baltimore for a family Thanksgiving at her parent?s house. With her daughter spending the holiday with her boyfriend, Claudia is left to deal with her eccentric family alone. Her overbearing parents Henry and Adele (Charles Durning and Anne Bancroft), her crazy Aunt Glady (Geraldine Chaplin), her humorless sister Joanne (Cynthia Stevenson) and her mischievous gay brother Tommy (Robert Downey Jr.) all make this Thanksgiving one crazy event after another giving Claudia a chance to take a long hard look at her life before deciding where her life is headed.
Home for the Holidays is such a relatable and wholly hilarious holiday film. You love and hate characters and most people will recognize the personality types from their own lives. We have all lived through a holiday like Claudia?s. Holly Hunter is amazing here giving a subtle but very genuine, funny and touching performance. And to be backed up by the liked of Robert Downey Jr, Charles Durning and Anne Bancroft, well, you really can?t go wrong with this cast. If you have never seen Home for the Holidays the upcoming holiday season is the perfect time to finally get around to it.
Lastly this week is a new apocalyptic thriller, The Survivalist. Martin McCann stars as a man living a solitary life in the woods in an uncertain and dangerous future. When a woman (Olwen Fouere) and her daughter (Mia Goth) stumble upon his refuge, he cautiously strikes a deal with them for food and lodging. But as their partnership continues, desire and suspicion start to corrode relationships and threaten the already challenged futures.
The Survivalist is a beautifully constructed thriller. Writer/director Stephen Fingleton uses silence expertly with his three main actors using facial expressions and movements subtly and brilliantly. Despite being in the middle of the open world, the feeling is claustrophobic and full of dread and as the relationships develop between the characters you see their whole world changing through their actions. Wonderfully acted, written, directed and edited, The Survivalist is highly recommended.
One special mention this week as well, Warner Archives in the US is releasing a Superman: The Movie 2-Film Collection on Blu-ray containing the Special Edition previously released in the Superman Box Set as well as a very rare 3-hour version of the film not seen in decades featuring footage added for television release back in the day. All the footage is newly remastered and I for one and beyond excited for this release. Strange that it is not getting more attention but this one is one of the most anticipated releases of the year for me.
Also of note this week is A Ghost Story starring Casey Affleck, Cult of Chucky, the newest installment in the Chucky franchise, and The Book of Henry with Naomi Watts.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday October 3, 2017
A Fish Called Wanda Special Edition
A Ghost Story
Alpha and Omega: 8 Movie Collection
American Horror Story: Roanoke
Bram Stoker?s Dracula 4K
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 25th Anniversary*
Christmas for a Dollar
Chucky: Complete 7 Movie Collection
City of Industry*
Cult of Chucky
Don?t Torture a Duckling Special Edition*
Gene Roddenberry?s Andromeda: Season 1
Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
Home for the Holidays*
House of Cards: The Complete Fifth Season
iZombie: The Complete Third Season
Justice League: The New Frontier Commemorative Edition
Kill and Kill Again*
Loch Ness: Series 1
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Holiday Hearts
Naruto Shippuden The Movie Rasengan Collection
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Popcorn: Special Edition*
Sniper: Ultimate Kill
Stone Cold Dead*
Superman: The Movie - Extended Cut and Special Edition 2-Film Collection*
Terminator 2: Judgement Day 4K
The Book of Henry
The Bridge on the River Kwai 4K
The Divergent Series: 3 Film Collection
The Expendables: 3 Film Collection
The Game Changer
The Son: Season 1
The Suspicious Death of a Minor*
The Wizard of Lies
Vampyr ? Criterion Collection*
Vikings: The Complete Fourth Season Volume 2
Warm Bodies 4K
When Calls the Heart: 6 Movie Collection
When Calls the Heart: Heart of a Secret
Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut