Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: 'Footloose,' 'The Skin I Live In, and More, Plus an Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Clip From 'Immortals'

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: 'Footloose,' 'The Skin I Live In, and More, Plus an Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Clip From 'Immortals'

Mar 05, 2012

High-Profile New Releases

Footloose (Paramount Pictures)
Release Date: Release Date: Oct 14, 2011
Director: Craig Brewer 
Cast: Kenny WormaldJulianne HoughDennis QuaidAndie MacDowellMiles TellerFull cast + crew

Verdict: Buy Me
Available On: Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD
Special Features: Commentary track with Craig Brewer, Jump Back: Re-Imagining Footloose, Everybody Cut: The Stars of Footloose, Dancing with the Footloose Stars, Deleted Scenes, 3 music videos
Additional Thoughts: Footloose is a movie that seemed foolish to remake. Not because the original Kevin Bacon-led film is untouchable, but because it seems so ... distinctively '80s that its story of a small town that bans dancing couldn't possibly be upgraded into today's world where teenagers seem to be preoccupied with far more moral depravity than dancing. And yet, here we are, with an incredibly fun film that does a remarkable job of doing just that. Even if you don't like musicals, it's hard to resist being infected by its unapologetic need to bust a move. Plus, stars Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough both give strong performances, making the transition from dancer to actor seem easy.

 

Immortals (20th Century Fox)
Release Date: Nov 11, 2011
Director: Tarsem Singh
Cast: Henry CavillMickey RourkeFreida PintoStephen DorffKellan LutzFull cast + crew

Verdict: Rent Me
Available On: 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD
Special Features: Alternate opening, Alternate Endings, "It's No Myth," Caravaggio Meets Fight Club: Tarsem's Vision
Additional Thoughts: Immortals has been wrongly written off as a goofy 300 cash-in. Yes, it's from the producers of Zack Snyder's film, yes, it has roughly the same color palette, and yes, it has people in loin clothes battling-- but Tarsem Singh's film isn't as derivative as any of those superficial comparisons make it sound. It has some pacing issues, and the script will probably drive a Greek mythology purist insane, but it's still an entertaining and, particularly during its final battle against the titans, blood-drenched story about faith (or lack thereof).

Check out this exclusive clip from the Blu-ray and DVD, which reveals why Tarsem Singh, an open athiest, was interested in making a film about Gods and faith.

 

The Skin I Live In (Sony Picture Classics)
Release Date: Oct 14, 2011
Director: Pedro Almodóvar 
Cast: Antonio BanderasElena AnayaMarisa ParedesJan CornetRoberto AlamoFull cast + crew

Verdict: Buy Me
Available On: Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD
Special Features: The Making of The Skin I Live In, An Evening With Pedro Almodovar, On the Red Carpet, Trailers
Additional Thoughts: The less said about The Skin I Live In, the better. But, if you need some more encouragement, we'll say that it's a brilliant, twisted, beautiful, dark, playful, hilarious and sexy thriller-- all words that don't normally go together, but that's just what makes this film so unique. Even if you don't love it like we do, we guarantee whatever reaction it evokes will be strong.

 

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High-Profile Catalog Releases

The Town Ultimate Collector's Edition (Warner Bros.)
Release Date: Sep 17, 2010
Director: Ben Affleck 
Cast: Ben AffleckRebecca HallJon HammJeremy Renner,Blake LivelyFull cast + crew

Verdict: Buy Me
Available On: Blu-ray
Special Features: As you can see from the image above, there are a LOT of goods in this package. You'll find physical reproductions of props from the film, including the FBI profile sheets for Ben Affleck's gang, a rub on tattoo sheet, a poster-sized map of Chalrestown annotated with notes about what scenes took place where, a letter from Ben Affleck, AND a 48-page behind-the-scenes photo book. And that's just the physical stuff.

On the discs themselves you can expect to find the theatrical cut, the extended cut with alternate ending. Plus, The Town: A Director's Journey, a new documentary produced just for this disc, commentary tracks for the theatrical and extended cuts, and Ben's Boston, a look at Affleck's hometown.
Additional Thoughts: If all you care about is the theatrical cut of the film, then the previous Blu-ray issue will do the trick. But, if you love The Town (and for the record we think it's pretty damned good), there's no question that this Ultimate Collector's Edition lives up to its name.

 

To Catch a Thief (Paramount Pictures)
Release Date: Aug 05, 1955
Director: Alfred Hitchcock 
Cast: Cary GrantGrace KellyJesse Royce LandisCharles VanelBrigitte AuberFull cast + crew

Verdict: Buy Me
Available On: Blu-ray
Special Features: Commentary from Hitchcock historian Drew Casper, A Night with the Hitchcocks, Unacceptable Under the Code: Censorship in Hollywood, Writing and Casting To Catch a Thief, The Making of To Catch a thief, Behind the Gates: Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock and To Catch a Thief: An Appreciation, Edith Head: The Paramount Years, an Interactive Travelogue, Trailer and Galleries
Additional Thoughts: Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief is, like all of the director's work, a film that truly does stand the test of time. There's not much more that need to be said here about the actual film other than it's a wonderful reminder of a time when characters drove the story and romance (and not the other way around, as is too often the case these days).

As for the actual Blu-ray, the picture quality is pristine and it's loaded with quality special features. Unfortunately most of the film's featurettes are all Standard Definition, but they make up for visual prowess with genuine insights.

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