New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Breaking Dawn -- Part 2;' Art House Favorites 'The Master' and 'Holy Motors' Head Home

New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Breaking Dawn -- Part 2;' Art House Favorites 'The Master' and 'Holy Motors' Head Home

Feb 26, 2013

You Know You Secretly Want to Watch It

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 - Summit Blu-ray and DVD
Note: Releases on Saturday, March 2

Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Kristen StewartRobert PattinsonTaylor LautnerPeter FacinelliElizabeth ReaserFull cast + crew

The Twilight Saga is an easy punching bag, but the saddest part about that is the people who throw the most punches are those who don't even watch the movies. That's not necessarily a defense that the films are fantastic, misunderstood pieces of cinema, rather that they are inarguably the exact films they want to be. There's no compromising here, no trying to pretend they're anything other than movies that exist purely to serve a fanbase. There's a shamelessness to it all that's actually pretty admirable considering other Hollywood blockbusters aren't quite so dialed in to what their fans want.

Plus, at this point the Twilight Saga movies seem to have realized that the source material is so inherently ridiculous that the only way to pull it off is to do it is to go big or go home -- and few movies have gone quite as big and wacky as Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 hits retail shelves this week, but it also brings with it a new Blu-ray issue of Part 1 that features a new extended edition to maximize the glorious cheesiness.

Special Features: Audio commentary by Bill Condon; a "Jump To..." feature that lets people watch only Edward's or only Jacob's scenes; a seven-part, 93-minute long documentary called "Forever Filming;" a six-minute featurette on filming both movies at once; a music video for "The Forgotten" by Green Day.

 

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If you went exclusively off of buzz from film festivals and art house lovers, you'd think Holy Motors would have been nominated for every award at this year's Oscars. It didn't receive a single one, of course, though that hardly means it wasn't deserving. At the very least, Denis Lavant should have been a shoe-in for a Best Actor nomination, but alas Leos Carax' latest film isn't likely to ever receive the mainstream spotlight. And understandably so, because it's a difficult, distancing, bizarre movie-- and if you're the type of person who appreciates a bit of a head-scratcher, you'll likely love it.

Then we have The Master, the latest from Paul Thomas Anderson. It did receive a mainstream spotlight, but unfortunately it never became the breakout hit the Weinstein Company had been expecting after it slowly rolled it out last year. Again, that's understandable, because as with Holy Motors, it can be a bit of a head-scratcher. But it features some incredible cinematography and even more impressive acting, which will no doubt make it more accessible than the French mind-bender.

Also out this week we have the Gerard Butler-led surfing movie Chasing Mavericks, the Danielle Panabaker-led thriller Girls Against Boys, and the Coen Brothers' The Hudsucker Proxy. As you'll see below, there are plenty of other older films getting Blu-ray releases this week, and The Hudsucker Proxy is bare bones compared to a few of them, but if you haven't seen this somewhat overlooked piece of the Coen's filmography, you should check it out.

 

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