We are itching closer to Christmas and there are plenty of selections leading up to it. This weeks recommendations offers a romantic comedy, a gory horror and a season of a series to remember. Check out these potential stocking stuffers.
Romantic comedies and Reese Witherspoon go together like milk and cookies, a natural combination. In Home Again, Witherspoon plays a recently separated woman moves back to her hometown with her two daughters. Soon after she meets three young filmmakers who need a place to live, so naturally she lets them stay at her guest house. A lot of drama and romance ensue and the ex-husband comes back into the picture to muddy the waters even more. I like that there is a modern feel to this movie. It’s entirely feasible this is a situation that isn’t farfetched, especially where the story is set, Los Angeles.
Witherspoon is a natural in these sort of romantic comedy roles and the movie has enough witty banter to keep you laughing and engaged. Sometimes starting over isn’t as easy as it looks like, but this movie makes it fun.
BONUS FEATURE on BLU-RAY™, DVD and digital
- Feature Commentary with writer/director Hallie Meyers-Shyer and producer Nancy Meyers
Home Again is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
The holiday season is off and rolling and we are just a few weeks away from Christmas. The week of December 5 offers a nice variety of Blu-ray/DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases you should check out.
Jake Gyllenhaal has taken on some intriguing roles and turned out some fantastic performances, but the one that may get him that Oscar nod could be for playing Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing. This film is inspiring and personal. The story centers around Bauman’s recovery and fight to overcome all obstacles that face him after losing both of his legs in the bombings. Bauman’s will and no quit attitude is greatly depicted by Gyllenhaal. The film gives a unique first-person account of the terror of the bombings and the aftermath of individual struggle imposed by the events of the bombings. This is a must see film with terrific acting, engaging story, and lots of heart. Check out the story of this courageous man that had to face some improbable obstacles and be inspired.
Stronger releases on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand on December 19
October is winding down, but the film release slate is strong for the week of October 24. This weeks Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases include some notable films and some under-the-radar.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES:
The recent Planet of the Apes franchise has been outstanding. Matt Reeves has taken this franchise to a new level, War is the proof in that. War is as complete of a movie as you can get in a trilogy. Naturally sequels tend to water down, but War may the best of the three. The evolution of Ceasar has been thorough and compelling. In the film, we see Ceasar as an established leader that’s grown older, but wiser. The apes are facing their biggest threat, a ruthless out-of-control Colonel (Woody Harrelson). Many apes will die, but it’s up to Ceasar to guide them to safety.
The cool thing about the Apes movies is that they have had a natural progression of the characters. They went from wild and semi-villainous, to being the ones you root for, while the humans have gradually turned into the villains. These movies have a lot of underlying messages. From political to the human treatment of animals. These are smart films. War is as emotionally impactful as it’s visually startling. Tears will be shed from the pure emotions that the story will make you feel. Whether this is the end of the franchise or a new start, War for the Planet of Apes is one of the best films of 2017. An absolute must-see blockbuster that feels a lot more like a finely crafted indie drama.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Blu-ray Special Features Include:
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Matt Reeves
– Barrier Wall
– “I Owe You One”
– “A Great Man”
– “Do Not Lose Hope”
– The Colonel’s Speech
– Malcolm and the Dinosaurs
– “I Am Like Koba”
- “Waging War for the Planet of the Apes” – In-depth documentary on the making of ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’
– “All About Caesar”
– “WETA: Pushing Boundaries”
– “Music for Apes”
– “Apes: The Meaning of it All”
– “The Apes Saga: An Homage”
MOVIE RATING: 9/10
BLU-RAY/DVD FEATURES: 9.5/10
War for the Planet of the Apes is out now on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD
One of my favorite movies of this year The Only Living Boy in New York is coming to Digital HD for its home release. At this time there are no news if there will be a Blu-ray & DVD release date to follow. Lionsgate will release the film on Digital HD on October 20. Here are the special features included:
The home entertainment release of The Only Living Boy in New York includes three featurettes looking at the making of the film, the eco-friendly measures that the production used, and how the character of New York City contributed to the story.
DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
- ”The Making of The Only Living Boy in New York” Featurette
- “The Only Living Boy in New York: A Green Initiative Production” Featurette
- “New York City as a Character” Featurette
The week of August 15 offers some nice choices. As usual this weeks choices include under-the-radar Blu-ray/DVD releases, select theatrical and VOD. Check these films out and you’ll be happy you did:
There has been a nice run of boxing movies in the past year. The story of Roberto Duran in Hands of Stone, then there was the remarkable story of of Vinny Pazienza in Bleed For This, now comes another true life story of boxer Chuck Wepner in this film. Liev Schreiber stars as Wepner, a liquor salesman turned prizefighter who is famously known for going fifteen rounds with Muhammad Ali and being the real-life inspiration for Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa. I know I haven’t heard of Wepner till I saw this film. Schreiber is terrific in this role. They way Schreiber portrays the man as he goes through highs and lows and dealing with short-term fame duo to the popularity of Balboa. This is the real Rocky, and he’s not what you expect him to be. Very well written, presented and acted. This is a must see film not only for boxing lovers. Before you run out to see McGregor vs Mayweather on August 26, check this film out.
Blu-ray Special Features:
Chuck is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD
July marks the middle of summer and for movie lovers this marks the strongest month of the theatrical summer movie season. As far as the home entertainment movie releases this year has proved to be a strong July. Below is a list of the Blu-ray/DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases you should see.
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS:
This franchise isn’t slowing down. The eight installment is action packed and fun. The stunts are bigger than ever and the stakes are higher. Fan favorite Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) goes rogue and it leaves the rest of the team to go up against him and the villainous Charlize Theron. Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson electrify (no pun intended, Rock). Sadly Paul Walker is gone, but the franchise is still in good hands with more big name stars coming aboard. There are a couple big reveals also. The franchise fans should love it and any fan of action also. There are a ton of special features on the Blu-ray
‘The Fate of the Furious’ is out now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD and VOD