DVD/Blu-ray Breakdown: August 3rd, 2010

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DVD Blu ray Releases August 3rd 2010 DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: August 3rd, 2010

This week’s home video releases finally give us a reason to break out that  dusty wallet. While there are no blockbusters in the mix, there is plenty to look forward to screening on that living room television.

From child superheroes to wet gangsters and wimpy kids, this week’s releases kick off August very well. Considering next week is almost entirely comedic releases, this is a good chance to get your action fix or fill of corruption.

All of the following movies are currently available on DVD and Blu-ray:

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NEW RELEASES

Kick Ass box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: August 3rd, 2010

Kick-Ass – One of the best movies of 2010 has finally reached home video. When we reviewed Kick-Ass, our own Kofi Outlaw gave it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. While many were disappointed by its minimal domestic box office, the film still tripled its production budget of $30 million.

The film gave us plenty to enjoy, especially the budding careers of director Matthew Vaughn and actors Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz. Moretz absolutely stole the show as Hit-Girl, an unprecedented foul-mouthed, ass-kicking child prodigy.

Visually stunning and filled with recognizable music retrofitted for an action-packed movie, Kick-Ass should excel on the home video market. Kick-Ass had a chance to hit it big in theaters, but somehow audiences didn’t flock to the R-rated film. As usual, it has a second chance to become the cult-classic it deserves to be.

The Ghost Writer box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: August 3rd, 2010

The Ghost Writer - Roman Polanski’s latest film garnered critical acclaim and a 4-star rating from Roger Ebert. In a limited release, The Ghost Writer just barely earned its production budget. The film explores an unknown ghost writer’s experience on a highly controversial autobiography of a former UK Prime Minister. I’ll take Ebert’s word for it and assume it’s definitely worth a rent.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: August 3rd, 2010

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – I recently caught this movie on the 4-hour flight to San Diego Comic-Con from Chicago. Now, films are not meant to be seen on a 4-inch screen, but I can’t say Diary of a Wimpy Kid will get any better on a television. If you have a family or enjoyed the book, this could be worth the rental.

The only special features you’ll find on the DVD/Blu-ray are a few deleted scenes and a commentary with director Thor Freudenthal and writer Gabe Sachs.

A Prophet box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: August 3rd, 2010

A Prophet – It took almost a year for this Oscar-nominated foreign film to reach home video, but it has finally become available to the world. In limited release, A Prophet took the indie circuit by storm with its gripping story of corruption.

Multiple outlets compared it to The Godfather, which I think is a bit of a stretch – never compare anything to The Godfather. Still, A Prophet is a brilliant study of a man’s self-awareness in the midst of a film that is just as exciting as it is emotional.

BLU-RAY RE-RELEASES

Road to Perdition box art DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: August 3rd, 2010

Road to Perdition – Sam Mendes’ second film finally arrives on Blu-ray. Cinematographer Conrad L. Hall’s final film – for which he received a posthumous Oscar – is possibly his most beautiful work. The performances are incredible, notably by Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. The film is a thematic, enthralling ride of discovery and violence – right up there with American Beauty as Mendes’ best work.

Conrad Hall’s incredible work is honored here with a fantastic video transfer. Exceptional detail give Hall’s dark and softly lit photography the best treatment a fan could hope for. On top of that, the audio transfer is heralded as one of the best of the year. The special features offer a good deal of content, but Sam Mendes’ commentary track looks to be the highlight.

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Next week is almost exclusively reserved for comedy, from the new release Date Night to the re-release National Lampoon’s Vacation. Basically, this is your only week until August 24th (Lost the Complete Set) to buy or rent some seriously good films.

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  1. I still can’t stop laughing when I picture Johnson riding on that gattling gun/ jet pack, shooting it, and screaming like a lunatic. Great film.

  2. Road to Perdition was a fine film, but Mr. Hall’s work was beyond brilliant. I am eager to see how the BD captures his treatment. Have to agree with the lighting comment. Have heard great things concerning Prophet and saw a snipet a year ago. Thank you for the information!

  3. I need to see A Prophet already!

  4. Kick ass was great can’t wait to buy it.

    • I just watched it last night (on demand) for the first time. I would have guessed you wouldn’t have liked this film. Not trying to start anything but it just seemed to far out of the realm of possibility for you to say it was “great”.

      Dont get me wrong I enjoyed it. There were a few parts (the above mentioned jetpack/gun setup, and the ability for Big Daddy to amass the money he did and acquire the fire power…) that made me go eh? However I dont think it was as good as people say it is. I was actually looking for that “Real Life” connection it seemed to elude to.

      Strong was by far the best part of the movie overall. Fight scenes with any blood was easily identified as CGI, reminded me of that Ninja Assassin movie.

      Strongs right hand and his Body guard was also portrayed rather well. Nic was decent I couldnt really tell if he was acting the part of a crazy revenge bent nut job or just being himself.

      Kick Ass himself up until the introduction of BD and HG was handled well also.. however after that point they should have just called it Hit Girl and Big Daddy.

      Hit Girl… I dont knwo if it was the mask, her delivery or what. I wasnt to keen on the close ups and or her talking. Her physical acting and portrayal was good… I dont know maybe its me and being a father and seeing/hearing that from a person her age… meh…

  5. Pick me up a copy Daniel.

    (Dream bonus feature)
    All the scenes with Big Daddy & Hit Girl cut together.

    Call it the Hit Girl cut!

  6. I thought hitgirl was hilarious and I loved her and Christopher Mintz was great and hilarious as always. He was top notch. Comedy aside I think Kick Ass was handeled well and showed real well what it would be like if a person was really to try.

  7. Im gonna rent kick ass;)

  8. Absolutely loved Nic Cage’s Big Daddy. A shame he won’t get his spin off film.

  9. We loved the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie”. It was fun and great- relatable “laugh out loud” entertainment. Something everyone of all ages can relate to.

    Not sure why there is so much neutral stuff written about this film. Probably because it doesn’t have an “A” list director or actors. The movie is definitely better than Kick Ass and “Kicked” Kick Asses butt at the theater. I think this is one of the better films of the year. It’s sequel “Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules” is equally good.

    Basically, there isn’t anything not to like in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It is good wholesome and enjoyable entertainment.