Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: The Best Wide Release of 2012 So Far Hits Home

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: The Best Wide Release of 2012 So Far Hits Home

May 14, 2012

Notable New Releases

The Grey (Universal)
Release Date: Jan 27, 2012
Director: Joe Carnahan
Cast: Liam NeesonFrank GrilloDermot MulroneyDallas RobertsJoe AndersonFull cast + crew

Verdict: Buy Me
Avaialble On: Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD
Special Features: Commentary with Joe Carnahan and his two editors, Roger Barton and Jason Hellmann, Six Deleted Scenes spread across 22 minutes
Additional Thoughts: For this writer's money, The Grey is the best wide release of 2012 so far. Joe Carnahan's film is not only a riveting survival story, but a deft tale of blue collar workers, modern manhood, and battling depression. That may sound heavy for a movie whose trailers sell it as Liam Neeson fighting wolves, but that's also why it's such a damned exciting film. Sure, it's got more than enough thrills in it, but there's more here than meets the eye.

 

Chronicle (Fox)
Release Date: Feb 03, 2012
Director: Josh Trank
Cast: Dane DeHaanAlex RussellMichael B. Jordan,Michael KellyAshley HinshawFull cast + crew

Verdict: Rent Me
Avaialble On: Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD
Special Features: Unrated Director's Cut, Deleted Scenes, Pre-Viz, Camera Test, Digital Copy
Additional Thoughts: It's a big year for superheroes on the big screen, and while films like The Avengers will hardly be forgotten, one of the year's biggest surprises is Chronicle, AKA the 'found footage superhero movie.' Josh Trank's film is an innovative, refreshing twist on normal superhero origin stories that not only does very interesting and ambitious things with its visual approach, but gets a lot of mileage out of its strong cast and character dynamics.

Dialogue: Josh Trank on How the '90s and Having Nothing to Lose Influenced Chronicle

 

One For the Money (Lionsgate)
Release Date: Jan 27, 2012
Director: Julie Ann Robinson
Cast: Katherine HeiglJason O'MaraDaniel SunjataJohn LeguizamoSherri ShepherdFull cast + crew

 

Verdict: Rent Me
Avaialble On: Blu-ray, DVD
Special Features: Behind the Scenes (11 minutes), Bond Girls: Kicking Ass in the Bail Bonds Industry (10 minutes), Gag Reel (3 minutes), Deleted Scene (just one), Trailer
Additional Thoughts: Katherine Heigl has earned a reputation for making one interchangeable romantic comedy after another. Thankfully One for the Money breaks that cycle. Sure, it's comedic, and yes, it has a romantic interest in it, but they're secondary in a light, overall enjoyable movie that seems like it should have been made in the '90s with Demi Moore as a gal in need of some fast cash who becomes a bail bondsman. If you're a Heigl hater, this is hardly good enough to erase away any prejudice, but if you either like or are indifferent to the Knocked Up star, give One For the Money a chance. It's breezy and charming; the kind of movie you catch on an airplane because it's the only thing playing, but you end up being pleasantly surprised by.

 

Other New Releases


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Notable Catalog Releases

Father of the Bride 1 & 2 (Touchstone)
Release Date: Dec 20, 1991
Director: Charles Shyer
Cast: Steve MartinDiane KeatonKimberly WilliamsKieran CulkinGeorge NewbernFull cast + crew

 

Verdict: Buy Me
Avaialble On: Blu-ray
Special Features: For Part 1: Commentary with Charles Shyer, Original Score Soundtrack, Behind The Scenes Featurette, Steve Martin and Martin Short interview each other. For Part II: Commentary with Steve Martin and Martin Short, a Behind The Scenes production video
Additional Thoughts: I'll admit my bias right up front: I've got a nostalgia-fueled fondness for both Father of the Bride films, which were cable mainstays during my youth. It's not exactly a series that demands an HD upgrade, but if, like me, you've got a pre-built affinity for the wholesome side of Steve Martin, this double-pack Blu-ray is a nice buy.

 

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