Every Monday Blu-ray Bob gazes into his crystal ball and predicts what discs will be spinning in your DVD player in the upcoming months. This week’s forecast calls for a lot of blood and thunder with a good chance of post-apocalyptic melancholy.
The troubled and expensive remake of The Wolfman starring Benicio Del Toro as the titular character and Anthony Hopkins as his estranged father didn’t connect with critics on an emotional level, but the atmospheric film will satisfy gore hounds with its stylized violence. Blu-ray Bob can confirm that Universal will release The Wolfman on DVD and BD in June, news that should have fans howling with delight.
Director Oren Moverman’s wartime drama The Messenger about two members (Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster) of the U.S. Army’s Casualty Notification Service has earned two Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. Oscilloscope Pictures will release the film on a Blu-ray/DVD combo on May 18 with special features such as cast and crew commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, Q&A with the cast and crew, and a documentary about the notification process.
In the annals of Prozac Cinema, The Road will go down as one of the most depressing movies of all time. If watching Viggo Mortensen as a dying father trying to get his son to safety in a bleak, post-apocalyptic world sounds like your idea of a party, you’ll have plenty to celebrate when Sony releases the dark drama based on Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 novel on May 25 on DVD and BD.
The apocalypse doesn’t end there. Are you game for a supernatural epic about a buff renegade angel (Paul Bettany) who tries to defend a small group of people from God’s wrath? Expect Legion to answer your prayers on DVD and BD in early May.
Based on a true story, Extraordinary Measures stars Brendan Fraser as father who will stop at nothing to find a cure for his two children with a rare genetic disorder and Harrison Ford as doctor fighting to find a cure. The CBS
movie of the week drama makes a house call on May 18 on DVD and BD.
One of the scariest horror films of all time, the 2005 spelunking horror film The Descent made a decent amount of cash at the box office and home video, yet no one stepped up to release The Descent: Part 2 domestically. The sequel has Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) escaping from the subterranean hell populated by carnivorous humanoid monsters only to return with a rescue party to find any other survivors. Lionsgate will release the sequel on DVD on March 31.
Matthew Broderick has gone from playing mischievous optimist Ferris Bueller to possibly the most negative man alive who comes to realize that cynicism may be a matter of perspective in Wonderful World. Magnolia will release the little-seen romantic dramedy on March 16 on DVD and BD. Extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette and “As Soon As Fish Fall Out of the Sky: Character and Story of Wonderful World.”