New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Godzilla' Stuns in HD; 'The Fault in Our Stars' Declares War on Tissues

New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Godzilla' Stuns in HD; 'The Fault in Our Stars' Declares War on Tissues

Sep 17, 2014

Godzilla - Warner Bros. - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Aaron Taylor-JohnsonElizabeth OlsenBryan CranstonDavid StrathairnKen WatanabeFull cast + crew

Gareth Edwards' Godzilla movie is not going to be a home run for everyone. The human characters in it are a bit dry, and the titular monster himself is only on-screen in small doses until the end, and it's understandable if that turns off anyone hoping for this to be reaching Pacific Rim levels of constant, citywide carnage. But Godzilla just isn't trying to be like Pacific Rim.

No, instead of an action extravaganza, Edwards and his team have reverted Godzilla to his roots as a force of sheer shock and awe. He exists as a titan of nature to put humanity in its place. Yes, this movie may be about an impossible scenario in reality, but really Godzilla is a spectacular extrapolation of how mankind is at the whims of the planet, and that we as a global species don't have the control over the world that we may think.

This is a wonderful change of pace for summer blockbusters and I can't recommend it highly enough.

 

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The Fault in Our Stars is the kind of young-adult movie that puts most of its peers in their place. It doesn't require some absurd dystopian future. There's no need for a belabored love triangle where fans are asked to take sides. It's just a simple love story between a girl and a boy, who just so happen to be fighting for their limited lives on Earth. Thanks to an endearing story and stellar performances by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, this is is the kind of movie that an entire generation will still be looking back on with fondness a decade or two from now.

Speaking of movies that stand out among their peers, zombie movie fans absolutely must see The Battery. This simple indie is about the relationship between two friends who are wandering the countryside in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. This isn't a comedy like Zombieland or a melodramatic soap opera like The Walking Dead or a gore opus like Dawn of the Dead. This is just a calm, cool, confident movie about dudes trying to move on with their lives in a world that's pretty much done with humanity.

The rest of the week is filled with a handful of small releases that should be noteworthy for fans of the properties. The recent 4K restoration of the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre gets a super fancy new Blu-ray. There's a Thomas The Tank Engine movie called Tale of the Brave that should hold the attention of little kiddos who are way too young to watch a horror movie, but who are old enough to handle a little twinge of suspense. And lastly we have Congo, which is a rather middle-of-the-road Michael Crichton sci-fi story that I have way too much fondness for.

 

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