Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: A New Herzog Doc, an Alien Invasion, an Australian Thriller and More

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: A New Herzog Doc, an Alien Invasion, an Australian Thriller and More

Apr 10, 2012

High-Profile New Releases

Into the Abyss (MPI Home Video)
Release Date: November 11, 2011
Director: Werner Herzog
Cast: Werner Herzog, various documentary subjects

Verdict: Buy Me
Available On: Blu-ray, DVD
Special Features: Just the trailer, unfortunately
Additional Thoughts: Werner Herzog is one of the most interesting documentarians working today, and Into the Abyss is no exception. Unlike most docs about the criminal justice system and death row, this isn't an advocacy documentary that comes down on capital punishment one way or another. It's not trying to argue the side of one man's murder case, it's just out to paint a picture of how one man's unthinkable actions can have a ripple effect that's felt for decades by both the immediate families and complete strangers. It's one of the best films of 2011 and it's an absolute must watch.

 

The Iron Lady (The Weinstein Company)
Release Date: Dec 30, 2011
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Cast: Meryl StreepJim BroadbentAnthony HeadRoger AllamRichard E. GrantFull cast + crew

Verdict: Rent Me
Available On: Blu-ray, DVD
Special Features: Making the Iron Lady, Recreating the Young Margaret Thatcher, Denis: The Man Behind the Woman, Battle in House of Commons, Costume Design, and a spotlight on recent historical Weinstein Company movies
Additional Thoughts: Meryl Streep may have taken home a Best Actress Oscar for her role as Margaret Thatcher, and while we don't want to diminish her performance, which is quite good, we can't help but be a little disappointed by the movie as a whole. On a technical and historical front, it's interesting, but it's a little dry and paint by numbers in its approach. Those who are interested in the life of Thatcher, and those who love Streep will get the most out of it, but others may not find much to get out of it here.

 

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High-Profile Catalog Releases

A Streetcar Named Desire (Warner Bros.)
Release Date: Jan 01, 1951
Director: Elia Kazan
Cast: Vivien LeighMarlon BrandoKim HunterKarl Malden,Rudy BondFull cast + crew

Verdict: Buy Me
Available On: Blu-ray
Special Features: Digibook packaging, commentary, Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey (the 75-minute long PBS documentary), A Streetcar on Broadway, A Streetcar in Hollywood, Censorship and Desire, North and the Music of the South, an Actor Named Brando, Marlon Brando Screen Test, Outtakes, Trailers
Additional Thoughts: Unfortunately all of the special features on this disc are in standard definition, but what they lack in visual quality they make up for with content. The feature-length documentary on director Elia Kazan alone makes the disc desirable, plus there's another hour-plus of vintage materials that look at the legacy of Streetcar and its star. So if you've ever had any inkling to own this terrific film, this is the package you want.

 

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