New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Nightcrawler,' '101 Dalmations' and More Hit Home

New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Nightcrawler,' '101 Dalmations' and More Hit Home

Feb 11, 2015

Nightcrawler - Universal Studios - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD
Director: Dan Gilroy
Cast: Jake GyllenhaalRene RussoBill PaxtonRiz Ahmed,Michael PapajohnFull cast + crew

2014 had a ton of great movies left and right, but there's one that may arguably stand the test of time better than most: Dan Gilroy's directorial debut, Nightcrawler. Jake Gyllenhaal is both haunting and deeply, darkly funny as an ethically challenged entrepreneur chasing his own demented version of the American dream.

The supporting cast, particularly Riz Ahmed and Rene Russo, are wonderfully full, fleshed-out characters who get caught up in the whirlwind Gyllenhaal creates. And this twisted portrait of our relationship with macabre media forms an intense, thrilling, uncomfortable and just an all around spotless piece of filmmaking. 

Read our interview with Nightcrawler writer-director Dan Gilroy here. And then check out our interview with one of the real cameramen who helped inspire the movie.

 

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If Nightcrawler is a touch too dark and you want some family options, you can do very well with two new discs from Disney. 101 Dalmations is one of the last few Disney animated classics that hasn't received a big, splashy Blu-ray release, and now they've finally remedied that. If you haven't seen this movie in a while, it still holds up as a fun, adventurous story about a family that gets caught up in the evil scheme of a crazy lady.  There's also some really cool special features on this disc, including a 51-minute HD restoration of a 1961 episode of The Wonderful World of Disney that was dedicated to the movie, and a ton of old features ported over from the most recent DVD release of the movie.

On the new Disney front there's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, an adaptation of the popular children's book. The book would actually be a really strange thing to turn into a movie, but they actually have found a clever way by turning this into a story about a boy who makes a birthday wish that his family would finally experience one of his crummy days, which seemingly comes true as everything in their lives starts spiraling out of control. It's a classic Disney premise, with a good cast (Jennifer Garner is particularly good), and is an enjoyable, safe family comedy.

If you want to get away from some safe, family stuff, you've got some really good options this week as well. On the action-movie front, there's the Chinese epic Brotherhood of Blades. It's somewhat standard as far as these movies go -- China cranks out Ming Dynasty dramas even more frequently than Hollywood churns out superhero movies -- but it should satisfy fans of the genre. The same can be said of the Jeremy Renner-led Kill the Messenger, a somewhat grim biopic about the real life of reporter Gary Webb, who was instrumental in blowing the lid off the CIA's involvement with the L.A. crack trade and Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

Science fiction fans will want to check out the bendy time travel thriller Predestination. If you've read the Robert A. Heinlein story it's based on (All You Zombies), you won't be in for much of a surprise, but if you haven't, it should make for a pretty weird, memorable watch.

 

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