This week brings a massive box set of Clint Eastwood movies and a violent thriller that pits Gerard Butler against Jamie Foxx.
Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros.: If you’re an Eastwood fan, this DVD set will make your day. Included are 34 classic films from Eastwood’s time at Warner Bros., including his Dirty Harry movies, Pale Rider, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Mystic River, Unforgiven, Gran Torino and many, many more. The 35th film is an all-new intimate documentary called The Eastwood Factor. The collection also comes with a 24-page booklet featuring photos and studio correspondence. Although some of these films are available individually on Blu-ray, this set is disappointingly only available on DVD.
Law Abiding Citizen: Gerard Butler is the new go-to guy for action thrillers (sorry, Vin Diesel). Here he plays Clyde Shelton, a guy who witnesses the brutal murder of his wife and daughter only to see hotshot Philadelphia prosecutor Nice Rice (Jamie Foxx) offer one killer a more lenient sentence if he testifies against his partner. Ten years later the guy who gets off easy gets executed Saw-style by Shelton, who is imprisoned. Shelton starts making outrageous requests to Rice—a steak dinner, a comfy mattress—in exchange for information on assassinations of local officials that Shelton is somehow orchestrating from his cell. Can the man who played Ray Charles outwit and outmaneuver King Leonidas of Sparta? Find out on either DVD or Blu-ray in this ultra-violent, outlandish thriller by director F. Gary Gray that is packed with featurettes.
Black Dynamite: In this loving homage to pretty much every blaxploitation flick ever made, Michael Jai White plays the titular character who is a black private eye trying to avenge the death of his brother. There’s plenty of jive talking, pimps, sexy ladies, car chases and even a conspiracy involving malt liquor that makes black men’s penises shrink. If it all sounds dynamite, it’s because it really is. Available on both DVD and Blu-ray, extras include “The ‘70s: Back in Action,” “The Comic-Con Experience,” deleted scenes and more.
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever: Picking up right after Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever left off, this outrageous sequel finds a truck delivering contaminated bottled water to a local school that is preparing for prom. The high school kids start losing a lot more than their virginity on prom night as they drink the water and start sloughing off body parts. Although Eli Roth had no direct involvement with this follow-up, he gave his blessing to director Ti West who has crafted one of the sickest sequels in cinema history. Blu-ray Bob—an unapologetic gore hound—passed out for a second or two during one scene that really hit below the belt. Available only on DVD, extras include a making-of featurette, a gag reel and commentary with the cast and crew.
Also new this week: Cabin Fever (BD), Coco Before Chanel, Goodfellas: 20th Anniversary Edition (BD) and Ran (BD)