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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include an expletive-filled turn from Jude Law, a buzzy revenge thriller, one of the bigger sci-fi disappointments of the year, and more. Briefly: Dom Hemingway [Blu-ray] - $19.96 (29% off) Transcendence (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) - $22.99 (36% off) Blue Ruin [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (17% off) Sabotage (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet) - $22.99 (34% off) Heaven is For Real (2 Discs) - Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack - $22.99 (44% off) Insomnia (Blu-ray + DVD) - $33.96 (15% off) Anaconda - Blu-ray - $5.19 (48% off) Make Your Move [Blu-ray] - $19.96 (36% off) Witness for the Prosecution [Blu-ray] - $16.99 (43% off) The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes [Blu-ray] - $16.99 (43% off)
- Adam Chitwood
As far as pulpy vintage courtroom dramas go, Billy Wilder’s 1957 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famed play, Witness for the Prosecution, is hard to beat. By today’s standards, the twists and turns of its once inventive surprise ending has the potential for quaintness, perhaps because it’s something we’ve come to expect from the genre. However, one can’t deny the power of its superb screenplay and a pair of electric performances that make everything wholly unrealistic yet oh-so-watchable. In the pantheon of Wilder’s legacy, it’s not his strongest title, but it stands out, though perhaps for reasons not apparent upon its initial release.
When a wealthy widow (Eleanor Audley) is found murdered, the married man that had been wooing her, Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is arrested for the crime considering he had recently been named benefactor in a revised will. Vole’s solicitor seeks »
- Nicholas Bell
Dom Hemingway I quite enjoyed Dom Hemingway if only for Jude Law's brash performance, but it seems others weren't as taken with it as I was. I will say this, you can do a lot worse when it comes to rentals or even purchases this week so give this one a shot, I think you'll like it.
Witness for the Prosecution One film I feel any cinema fan will certainly enjoy is Witness for the Prosecution and my dumb ass was too slow on the uptake when Kino sent out notice they were releasing a new Blu-ray edition of the film so I missed out on a review copy. Directed by Billy Wilder this is a film that will one day be in my Best Movies section, check it out.
Blue Ruin Solid movie, though I can't help but feel people got a little too carried away in their praise. »
- Brad Brevet
Alex Ross Perry’s dark comedy premiered at Sundance earlier this year.Tribeca Film acquired rights from Cinetic Media and has set an October 17 theatrical release followed by VOD on October 21.Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce and Krysten Ritter star in the story of an anxious author awaiting the publication of his second novel who finds solace in the summer home of his idol.Joséphine de La Baume, Dree Hemingway and Jess Weixler round out the key cast.
Alex Ross Perry’s dark comedy premiered at Sundance earlier this year.
Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce and Krysten Ritter star in the story of an anxious author awaiting the publication of his second novel who finds solace in the summer home of his idol.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Highbrow distributor Kino Lorber is well-known for its DVD collection of art house films, especially those of historic and international significance--think Fritz Lang's "Metropolis." Now, the distributor is launching a new 'Studio Classics' label, releasing eight high-profile titles on Blu-ray this July--all of which will be making their Blu-ray debut, and one of which, "Paris Blues," will be released for the very first time on Blu-ray or DVD. The new collection includes the Best Picture Oscar-winner "Marty," as well as films by giants such as Billy Wilder, Sydney Pollack and Delbert Mann. Here's a list of all eight releases--no doubt there will be more to come as Kino Lorber's new label grows. "Witness for the Prosecution" "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" "Sabata" "The Scalphunters" "Marty" "Separate Tables" "Duel at Diablo" "Paris Blues" »
- Jacob Combs
The courtroom is the ultimate movie set. The elements of a criminal trial are effectively a scriptwriter’s ‘How To’ guide. The case for the prosecution is pure plot development; the conflict is inherent in two sides making completely opposing arguments. Main characters are set at loggerheads, motives are compromised and minor characters are wheeled in and out as witnesses at the writer’s beck and call. Finally, at its heart there is a mystery that can’t be solved until the judge bangs his gavel for the final time, or maybe just afterwards in a third act sting (see Jagged Edge, for example). It is no wonder Hollywood drags itself back to the courts time and time again.
- Cai Ross
Josh Olson on Noir! continues at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Olson introducing 1953's "Wicked Woman," starring Richard Egan as a small-town barkeep and perennial femme fatale Beverly Michaels as the sexy drifter who has his number.The memories of movie fans are papered with the work of the remarkably prolific producer Edward Small, ranging from such sophisticated fare as Witness for the Prosecution to boomer favorites like Jack The Giant Killer and It, The Terror From Beyond Space. In 1953 Small produced Wicked Woman, a memorably sleazy but amusingly self-aware noir out of the Jim Thompson playbook. Directed by Russell Rouse (The Oscar), and co-starring Percy Helton, the high-pitched gnome from so many other essential noirs including Kiss Me Deadly and Criss Cross. »
- Trailers From Hell
7 items from 2014
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