This week’s home video releases are mostly new, which is a pleasant change. The summer’s hits, and misses, are finally reaching DVD and Blu-ray.
If you are wondering why Metropolis has found its way into the Breakdown again, it was delayed at the last minute last week. No worries, the ultimate classic epic will be on shelves this week.
Stallone brings some much-needed testosterone to an otherwise low-key week of new releases. Also, the mixture of romance and drama has full control over this week’s releases.
The following titles can now be found on DVD and Blu-ray.
The Expendables – Sylvester Stallone’s throwback to the muscle movies of the ’80s wasn’t exactly a runaway hit. It did make $265 million worldwide on an $80 million budget, but the overall response was mixed. In the end, Stallone didn’t bring back the good ‘ole days for good, but there’s something there and a sequel is in development.
Plenty of fans got everything they wanted out of The Expendables. It was a fun movie, but the general concept turned some audiences away. While the movie may not usher in a new crowd on home video, those who enjoyed it will have a chance to relive the magic.
The home video will feature a three-pack that includes a BD, DVD and Digital Copy. What you won’t find on this release is the Director’s Cut. Stallone promised fans an unhinged cut in a few months, but this is not it. Inferno, the making-of documentary can be found in the special features. The disc also includes a healthy amount of other supplements.
- The Expendables: Ultimate Recon Mode: in-movie BonusView where Stallone and the other Expendables provide a multi-layered, all-access look at the making of the film as it runs (BD-exclusive)
- Audio commentary with Sylvester Stallone
- Comic-Con 2010 panel (BD-exclusive)
- Inferno: feature-length making-of documentary (BD-exclusive)
- From the Ashes: Post-production documentary
- Deleted scene
- Gag reel
- Marketing archive, including trailers and TV spots
- Metamenu remote and BD Touch enabled
- D-BOX motion control enabled
Flipped – Not many movies get a perfect review from us. In Vic’s review of Rob Reiner’s latest film, he called it “a sweet, engaging family film with enough heart for two movies.” Reiner represents another side of the ’80s – one with heart, emotion and the universal language of great storytelling. He has recaptured that magic with this glowing (literally) comic-of-age tale.
Flipped is at least worth a rental. In a single sitting, it serves its purpose and enhances the lives of any who watch it. It is truly moving. But it is also unique in its structure, mixing two perspectives in a mini-Rashomon-style movie about puppy love.
The film may not be geared for a surround sound, massive home theater experience, but it’s worth a look on Blu-ray. The special features should enhance the at-home experience, but won’t wow you.
- Flipped: Anatomy of a Near Kiss
- The Differences Between a Boy and a Girl
- Embarrassing Egg-cuses
- How to Make the Best Volcano
Eat Pray Love -Piggybacking on the success of the acclaimed novel on which it is based, Eat Pray Love had a fantastic box office run for a drama. In 12 weeks, the film made nearly $200 million worldwide.
The overall response was generally negative towards the Ryan Murphy film. Either Julia Roberts’ sizzle has dried up or the world just wasn’t digging the adaptation of a beloved novel. If the bad reviews kept you away from the theater, a rental couldn’t hurt. But it doesn’t look like the movie will get any better in the comfort of your home, even with an additional director’s cut.
Some of the supplements will add to the feature’s story, but it sure doesn’t explore the filmmaking process in depth. It might fill up an extra hour after the credits roll.
- Music Video: Eddie Vedder, “Better Days”
- Ryan Murphy’s Journey with Eat Pray Love
- The Beginning of the Journey
- Praying in India
- Finding Balance
I’m Still Here – Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix had us going for a while when I’m Still Here hit theaters. Just as the the world stops talking about it, the movie hits shelves on DVD and Blu-ray. The psychological experiment didn’t exactly blow up the box office, but it did create some intrigue amongst movie bloggers and enthusiasts.
Anybody who saw the mockumentary was forced into one side of the argument – was it real or not? Some were unconvinced from the get-go of the charade, but I was admittedly concerned for Phoenix’s well-being. In my review, I was more fascinated by the detailed portrayal of a man on the edge of insanity than the question of realism.
Watch the movie on your own time and terms on home video. Unfortunately, the special features don’t dive into production. Apparently, everything was left onscreen. You’ll find some deleted scenes, but it’s a shame they didn’t have some extra supplements to enhance the creation of this idea. There’s no doubt they filmed it. Maybe they will give us what we want in the audio commentary with Affleck and Phoenix.
The Disappearance of Alice Creed – Gemma Arterton was praised for her performance in this independent feature. Few people saw it in theaters, as it didn’t even break the $1 million mark. But Alice Creed is the one movie I’ve been hoping to see on home video for a few weeks now.
In one of the smallest casts I’ve ever seen, J Blakeson’s movie only has three actors – Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston. The drama follows a kidnapping that is at times tough to watch, but always engaging, according to most critics.
As a small-budget indie, the special features are not extensive, but at least provide a little more than I’m Still Here.
- Audio commentary with director J Blakeson
- Storyboard featurettes
- Extended scenes with commentary
The Complete Metropolis – For years film historians have attempted to find the complete Metropolis movie that was shortened for American audiences in the late 1920s. A number of editions have claimed to be the most comprehensive, but apparently the entire film has finally been found and is now available on Blu-ray.
The silent epic is one of cinema’s most revered works of all time. The new release is a collaborative collection from dedicated filmmakers across the world. While this won’t be a perfect transfer, even the tremendously damaged reels that have been salvaged look as good as ever. Those of you who claim old movies cannot be any better on Blu-ray should check out this release. It’s the best example of bringing decaying history to life.
You’ll even find a 5.1 surround sound track in addition to the stereo track. One of the earliest behemoths of cinema is truly available for the most advanced home video systems in the world. It’s a wonder to behold.
The special features are small, but worth an extra look. It took enough effort just to get the entire movie on Blu-ray, but there are a few nice supplements:
- Voyage to Metropolis, a 50-minute documentary on the making and restoration of the film (in HD)
- Interview with Paula Felix-Didier, curator of the Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires, where the missing footage was discovered
- 2010 re-release trailer
There’s enough to keep you busy during the Thanksgiving weekend, but nothing especially enthralling. Next week will have plenty of big movies with big audiences. The family-friendly releases should prove for a big home video week.
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