Blu-ray Releases For November
November 13, 2014
The leaves are falling and the days are getting colder so November seems like the ideal month to take stock of the current crop of films being released in Blu-ray. Here’s a look at what to expect to see during the month and there’s something to satisfy everyone’s tastes.
We’ll get things started with a look at some of the more recent titles one can expect to see. These include A Most Wanted Man (not screened); Hercules (not screened); Step Up All In (not screened); The Giver (** ½); Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (** ½); If I Stay (***); Into the Storm (** ½); 22 Jump Street (**); And So it Goes (not screened); Jersey Boys (***); Tammy (* ½); How to Train Your Dragon 2 (not screened); Planes: Fire and Rescue (not screened); an extended version of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (** ½); Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (not screened); Let’s Be Cops (not screened); Mood Indigo (not screened); Maleficent (not screened) and director Lars von Trier’s cut of Nymphomaniac (not screened).
Disney, as usual, will be busying themselves releasing animated titles from their archives. This month’s offerings include The Wind Rises (***) and Kiki’s Delivery Service (***).
Jessica Lange & Dustin Hoffan in Tootsie
Fans of the work of director Robert Altman can rejoice as several of the director’s most critically acclaimed films will finally see the light of day on Blu-ray. The titles being offered in November are Thieves Like Us (***); The Long Goodbye (*** ½) and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (not screened).
Several films of a cult variety will also make their way to Blu-ray in November. Some of the titles being offered are Demons (* ½); Demons 2 (not screened); Shock Waves (** ½); author William Peter Blatty’s (The Exorcist) 1980 directing debut, The Ninth Configuration (***); Weird Al Yankovic’s 1989 comedy vehicle UHF (***); Dolls (** ½); Don’t Be a Menace in South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (not screened) and Pumpkinhead II (not screened).
Varied other offerings during the month include Criterion’s special edition of Tootsie (****); a release of director Frank Capra’s final film A Pocketful of Miracles (not screened); the Burt Reynolds action film White Lightning (***) and its sequel, Gator (** ½); Pete Kelly’s Blues (***); the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol (***) and the 1978 Oscar winner Coming Home (*** ½).
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