Box Office Buz: DVD and Blu-ray releases for September 26, 2017
We are officially out of summer, but the thermometer doesn?t seem to care. It?s a pretty hot new release week as well starting with Transformers: The Last Knight. Mark Wahlberg returns to the franchise as Cade Yeager, who is now in hiding since new laws have been enacted making Transformers illegal since the battle in Hong Kong. But when the secret history of the Transformers on Earth is discovered to be the key to everyone?s future, a new war is on for the planet and the future of all species involved.
There is much hate thrown at Michael Bay?s Transformers series but I love the pure unadulterated fun of them and their perfectly executed special effects. Wahlberg has been a great addition to the franchise and this entry takes it even further by adding the great Anthony Hopkins as well. In fact, Transformers: The Last Knight may be my second favorite film in the series only after Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Another solid entry with some great backstory into the history of the Transformers relationships with humans dating back centuries. Haters of the series stay away but fans, check it out, it is definitely one of the best so far.
Next up is a new underwater thriller, 47 Meters Down. Mandy Moore stars as Lisa, who along with her sister Kate (Claire Holt) are on a carefree vacation in Mexico. Yearning to do something different and memorable, the sisters take the advice of a couple of locals and go into a shark cage to experience sharks up close. But when the cables break the women find themselves 47 meters down on the floor of the ocean with one hour?s worth of air and no communication with the surface. With sharks circling them, they must find a way to survive and get back to the surface before they perish on the ocean floor.
47 Meters Down is a very well made, simple but very effective thriller. The shark footage in the movie is spectacular and incredibly realistic and the performances are all great with Mandy Moore really standing out as Lisa. She does a fantastic job of conveying the complex emotions of someone in her situation with hers and her sisters very lives at stake in a seemingly hopeless situation. For fans of films like The Shallows and Open Water, check out 47 Meters Down.
Lastly this week is a new little horror gem called The Devil?s Candy. Ethan Embry plays Jesse Hellman, a struggling painter and heavy metal music enthusiast who finds the house of his dreams for himself and his family, wife Astrid (Shiri Appleby) and daughter Zooey (Kiara Glasco). But after moving in Jesse finds his work taking a notably darker tone, especially after the unbalances son of the previous owners (Pruitt Taylor Vince) shows up on their doorstep asking to come home. As the mysterious past of the house is revealed, Jesse realizes he may have to deal with the devil himself if he is to keep his family safe.
The Devil?s Candy is one of the best horror flicks in quite some time. First off Ethan Embry, who is a vastly underrated actor, gives one of his best performances here. Same can be said for Pruitt Taylor Vince, whose name you may not know but whose face you definitely do know from films ranging from JFK to Angel Heart to Mississippi Burning, Jacob?s Ladder, Natural Born Killers and dozens upon dozens of other films. And in addition to an interesting story and some great scares, you get a killer metal soundtrack including tunes from Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age and Pantera. Writer and director Sean Byrne has only made one other film, 6 years ago, called The Loved Ones, which is you have not seen it, seek it out. One of my all-time favorite horror flicks. And The Devil?s Candy can be added to that list as well. Let?s hope it doesn?t take Byrne 6 more years to do his next film.
Also of note this week is a new Special Edition of the classic Stephen King film adaptation Children of the Corn from Arrow Video, the Blu-ray debut of the bizarre Sgt Pepper?s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Longmire: The Complete Fifth Season, a show I am quite addicted to.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday September 26, 2017
3 Idiotas (3 Idiots)
47 Meters Down
A Quiet Place in the Country*
All the Sins of Sodom/Vibrations*
Channel Zero: Candle Cove: Season One
Children of the Corn Special Edition
Chuck Norris Triple Threat
David Lynch: The Art Life* - Criterion Collection
Flatliners: Special Steelbook Edition
Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Super Kawaii
L.A. Confidential: 20th Anniversary
L.O.R.D.: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties
Longmire: The Complete Fifth Season
Mune: Guardian of the Moon
Ned and Stacey: The Complete Series
Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band*
Shameless: The Complete Seventh Season
Taken: Season One
The Black Room
The Dead Next Door
The Death of Louis XIV*
The Devil?s Candy
The Devil?s Honey*
The Legend of the Holy Drinker
The Long Riders*
The Paper Chase: Season Three
The Piano Teacher* - Criterion Collection
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea*
Transformers: The Last Knight
*Catalog Blu-ray debut