This week in DVD and Blu-ray releases is a little scarce, but offers at least three films worth a glance. The three movies come with a combined eight Oscars nominations...and one Razzie nomination.
Unfortunately, there are no exciting Blu-ray re-releases this week. If you picked up The Walking Dead last week, maybe this week's limited home video releases won't bother you as much.
The Criterion Collection releases a pair of Blu-ray transfers this week: Yi Yi and Au revoir les enfants. If either of those interest you, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better copy on home video now that Criterion has made its mark.
The following titles are now available on DVD and Blu-ray:
The Fighter - David O. Russell's film earned seven Academy Award nominations, grossed nearly 500% of its production budget (worldwide) and made dozens of year-end lists, including our Favorites Movies of 2010. Now, it will continue to rake in the praise and revenue as it hits DVD and Blu-ray. In our 5-star review of The Fighter, Kofi Outlaw called it "a clever and darkly funny character piece set against a classic sports drama backdrop."
The look of The Fighter is just as integral to its success as any other aspect - including the Oscar-winning acting. The home video release showcases the beautifully subtle cinematography in a way that earns its stripes and the extensive sound design will fill up any room with surround sound.
With 17 minutes of deleted scenes and a fascinating audio commentary, this is a definite must-own for any home video lover and anybody with even the slightest interest in The Fighter.
- Audio Commentary
- The Warrior's Code: Filming The Fighter
- Keeping the Faith
- Deleted Scenes
Hereafter - Clint Eastwood's latest collaboration with Matt Damon explored the possibilities of life after death and earned an Oscar nomination for Visual Effects in the process. While our own Ben Kendrick gave the film a 4.5-star review, the movie found few critics on its side.
A two-hour documentary on Clint Eastwood's career is one of the best studies of a distinguished icon you'll find anywhere. You don't need to buy the Eastwood Collection to uncover the secrets to his success with this in-depth documentary.
The only other special feature is a 42-minute collection of behind-the-scenes featurettes. It's no surprise that a Clint Eastwood film is bare-bones in its home video release. His movies tend to shy away from extensive bonus features.
- Step Into the Hereafter Focus Points
- The Eastwood Factor: Extended Version
The Switch - Jennifer Aniston earned a Razzie for her performance in The Switch, but even Jason Bateman's charismatic acting had trouble keeping the comedy from hitting the funny bone. Still, this film has its fans and its alternative take on a similar issue to The Kids Are All Right helps it get in touch with certain audiences.
If you need something lighter than The Fighter or Hereafter, this is your choice for the week in DVD and Blu-ray releases. But we don't recommend a blind buy on this one - instead, give it a rental if your Blockbuster isn't closed yet.
The Switch features a small collection of supplemental footage, but the bloopers are worth a look. Still, if you want a behind-the-scenes glance at this production, you won't get it on the DVD or Blu-ray.
- The Switch Conceived
- Deleted and Alternate Scenes
Not a huge week for home video fanatics, but the three new releases will find their fans.
Next week should bring a few more options, including new and old movies. Blu-ray is bringing Ernest back to the fans, while Stand by Me and Awakenings also hit the new format.
How Do You Know, Skyline, The Tourist and Yogi Bear all hit DVD and Blu-ray next week as well.
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