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January Blu-ray Releases

January 8, 2015

The holidays are over, winter is in full swing and there are many great films making their way to Blu-ray for movie fans to behold. Here is a look at what you can expect to see in the first month of the new year.

As usual, the crop of newer films making their way to video are listed first. This month the titles include the critical darling, Boyhood (*** ½); the horror dud Annabelle (**); the Liam Neeson starrer A Walk Among the Tombstones (** ½); the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All is by My Side (not screened); Gone Girl (*** ½); The 2 Faces of January (not screened); the so-called thriller No Good Deed (* ½); the James Brown biopic Get On Up (***); the sci-fi action flick, Lucy (***); the Nicholas Cage fiasco Left Behind (not screened); and actor James Gandolfini’s final big screen appearance The Drop (***).

Criterion will be releasing a new slate of films with their usual treasure trove of documentaries and commentaries. This month’s offerings from the company include My Winnipeg (not screened); The Palm Beach Story (not screened) and the German film The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (not screened).

Twilight Time, the company known for their limited releases of critically acclaimed films that other studios seem uninterested in releasing, has a nice slate of titles for release in January. These include a 30th anniversary edition of Fright Night (*** ½); the classic film about small town bicyclists, Breaking Away (****) and the 1985 Woody Allen film The Purple Rose of Cairo (*** ½).

Breaking Away: Paul Dooley, Dennis Christopher & Barbara Barrie

Shout/Scream Factory will be issuing several noteworthy films as well during the month. These include Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (* ½); Supernova (not screened); The Boys From Brazil (***); Capricorn One (*** ½) and On Golden Pond (*** ½).

Universal’s slate of January titles include some interesting offerings. Among them are Charlie Wilson’s War (***); The Constant Gardener (***) and The Good Shepherd (not screened).

Warner Brothers also is digging into their vaults and issuing such titles as the 1956 version of War and Peace (not screened); The Replacements (not screened) and The Art of War (not screened).

Other various titles that will see release during the month, in no particular order, include comic Moms Mabley’s only starring role, in a film from 1974, Amazing Grace (***); a box set of extended versions of all three Twilight films (** average review for each film); the 1978 cult adult film Sex World (***); the 1988 comedy Heartbreak Hotel (** ½); the Melanie Griffith vehicle, Working Girl (not screened); director Kevin Smith’s Jersey Girl (**); Marvin’s Room (***); a 25th anniversary edition of Dances With Wolves (***); The Falcon and the Snowman (not screened); the Bill Murray starrer The Razor’s Edge (not screened); The River’s Edge (*** ½); My Left Foot (***);  the Frank Sinatra vehicle A Hole in the Head (not screened); the S and M thriller Going Under (not screened); a 20th anniversary edition of The Usual Suspects (***); the 1978 made for TV biopic of Martin Luther King, King (***); the 1976 sci-fi opus At the Earth’s Core (not screened); Return to Me (***); Pork Chop Hill (not screened); Foxes (***) and one of director Werner Herzog’s best films, staring Klaus Kinski and Claudia Cardinale, Fitzcarraldo (*** ½).

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