New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Silent House,' 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'

New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Silent House,' 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'

Jul 24, 2012

New Releases

Did all the major studios band together and agree to not release any high-profile titles this week? Did they think people would have already drained their bank accounts watching The Dark Knight Rises over and over? Whatever the reason, it's a strangely vacant release week, which is why we're skipping the highlighted discs and going straight to the general discussion.


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Arguably the biggest theatrically-released title of the week is Silent House, which marks the return of the duo that directed Open Water. The film, a horror movie starring Elizabeth Olsen as a young lass returning to her childhood home, made a bit of a stir at last year's Sundance Film Festival, but unfortunately it's not quite worthy of the buzz. Its "single take," real-time gimmick actually hurts the film, though it does make for a few effective scares, and where the story ultimately goes is rather cheap and ugly. Normally those words aren't exactly complaints when it comes to horror movies, but the thin handling of heavy material here taints the whole thing.

If you are in the mood for a good indie horror movie this week, do check out Corridor. It starts out as a familiar-friends-going-to-a-cabin-in-the-woods-type movie, but what happens once they're there is pretty cool. Also new to thriller territory this week is the Stephen Dorff-trapped-in-a-trunk movie Brake, the Noomi Rapace psychological thriller The Monitor, about a baby monitor that picks up another channel from someone else in her apartment building, and On The Inside, about an institutionalized man battling his internal demons.


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Also new this week is the rather standard Syfy channel worthy movie Age of the Dragons, a fantasy themed overhaul of Moby Dick starring Danny Glover as captain Ahab, and The Girl from the Naked Eye, a passable indie attempt at making a Sin City-type neonoir featuring Dominique Swain and Sasha Grey. Those are followed by a few heavy bits of foreign fare, the Oscar-nominated Footnote and My Way, a new Korean war movie from the director of Tae-Guk-Gi: The Brotherhood of War (which makes it a must-watch in my book). And finally we have the widely-praised documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi about world-renowned sushi master Jiro Ono.

Catalog Releases and Everything Else


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As with the new releases above, there really aren't any high-profile catalog releases this week, either. Criterion's two titles for the week are the Blu-ray premieres of The Last Days of Disco and Metropolitan, two films that certainly have their devoted followings but aren't milestone releases outside of the HD upgrade. 

Also going high-def for the first time this week are two wildly different bits of '90s weirdness, Mystery Men and The Island of Dr. Moreau. The latter is actually the director's cut of the infamous film starring Val Kilmer and a rather portly Marlon Brando, which may make it worth at least a rental. And sticking with the genre theme, there's the release of the Lon Chjaney Jr.-led '70s B-movie Dracula vs. Frankenstein, which features some great covert art that's surely better than the movie itself. 


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And wrapping out the week is a Syfy channel miniseries version of Treasure Island starring Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Steve Barron. I usually see all of the network's minis, despite most of them being awful, but I missed this one when it aired. Hopefully it's closer in quality to The Lost Room than Tin Man. And lastly we have The Deep Blue Sea, a period piece drama about a love affair between a Royal Air Force pilot and the wife of a British judge starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston.

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