Box Office Buz: DVD and Blu-ray releases for September 5, 2017
Starting off September with a solid week full of all kinds of goodies. We start off with the new biopic, All Eyez On Me. Demetrius Shipp Jr. stars as prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur following his childhood in New York City with his revolutionary activist parents through his rise to become one of the most influential rappers of all time until his tragic death at the age of 25.
All Eyez On Me is a very well done biopic following in the tradition of 2015?s Straight Outta Compton. Directed by music video director Benny Boom, the film has the slick, polished look of a much more expensive film and is filled with incredible performances, especially from Shipp Jr. and The Walking Dead?s Danai Gurira as Shakur?s mother. The story is inspirational and may actually open many viewer?s eyes to Shakur and what he was all about despite his image. But you should also note, I don?t know a whole lot about the real life of Shakur, so I am not recommended it based on accuracy to truth, but in entertainment value. In that respect, I very much enjoyed it.
Next up is a new drama based on a true story, Megan Leavey. Kate Mara stars as title character Megan Leavey, a young Marine corporal trained to use a military combat dog in Iraq to sniff out explosive devices. Leavey gets teamed up with Rex, a particularly aggressive dog thought to be untrainable. But Megan and Rex quickly form a bond that helps save countless lives in Iraq. After both of them are injured in an IED explosion, Megan finds she cannot move on without Rex and begins a journey to reunite with Rex so they can both heal.
A movie like Megan Leavey could easily have slipped into the sappy territory we all know too well but the writers and director did a great job of keeping to the actual story and letting what really happened be enough without padding it with fake emotion. Mara is excellent as Leavey and the dog (or dogs) playing Rex is astoundingly good as well. Their bond is a powerful one and their story is truly inspirational making for an equally powerful and entertaining film.
Lastly this week we have a new thriller, Sleight. Jacob Latimore plays Bo, a young man trying to support himself and his little sister after their parents passing. Performing magic on the streets to pay the bills, Bo finds it is not enough to pay the bills and turns to working for a gangster named Angelo (Dule Hill). Soon Bo finds himself in far too deep with Angelo and must use his magic and his wits to find a way out for himself and his sister.
The closest film to compare Sleight to is 2012?s Chronicle. It is a very well done sci-fi-ish thriller that keeps you wondering throughout the movie as to what exactly is going on and whether Bo actually has some sort of power or not. There are also shades of M. Night Shyamalan?s Unbreakable in here but Sleight manages to keep its own identity and be a deft blend of both films, action, sci-fi and thriller. It will prompt much discussion afterwards but Sleight is definitely worth checking out.
Also of note this week is the new comedy Rough Night with Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon, the new romantic drama Paris Can Wait with Diane Lane and the HBO film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks with Oprah Winfrey.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday September 5, 2017
A Dark Song
All Eyez On Me
American Psycho 2*
Blade Runner: The Final Cut 4K
Cabin in the Woods 4K
Crime of Passion*
Criminal Minds: The Twelfth Season
Curious George: Spooky Fun
Doctor Who: Season 10 Part 2
Hawaii Five-O: The Seventh Season
Just Shoot Me: The Complete Series
Kevin Can Wait: Season One
Narcos: The Complete Season Two
One Week and a Day
OSS 117: Five Film Collection*
Paris Can Wait
Rebecca ? Criterion Collection*
Red 2 4K
South Park: The Complete Twentieth Season
Supernatural: The Complete Twelfth Season
Teletubbies: Big Hugs
The Flash: The Complete Third Season
The Ghoul ? Special Edition*
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Last Face
The Wedding Plan
They Shoot Horses, Don?t They?*
When Calls the Heart: Healing Heart
*Catalog Blu-ray debut