November Blu-ray Releases
November 14, 2013
By the time you read this, we’ll already be halfway into the month of November. The amount of titles getting a Blu-ray release this month is pretty impressive. As we head into the holiday season, the movie studios seem to ramp up their output as evidenced by their release strategies. Read on and you’ll see what I mean.
I usually take care of the recent theatrical films coming to Blu-ray at the top of the column.
Dustin Hoffman & Robert Redford, All The President’s Men
This month’s offerings include director Brian DePalma’s latest Passion (** ½); the ensemble drama Parkland (not screened), centering on the famed Dallas hospital immediately following the shooting of John F. Kennedy; an extended edition of Peter Jackson’s already overlong The Hobbit (**); the Sea World expose Blackfish (not reviewed); the Jennifer Aniston comedy, We’re the Millers (** ½); the alien invasion comedy The World’s End (***); the 2013 ‘comedy,’ Frances Ha (* ½); the dreadful Ethan Hawke-Selena Gomez action vehicle Getaway (no stars); the sequel no one was clamoring for, Red 2 (not reviewed); the Channing Tatum thriller White House Down (not reviewed); Disney’s latest animated venture, Planes (not reviewed); the Mark Wahlberg-Denzel Washington action opus 2 Guns (** ½); Oscar winning screenwriter, Diablo Cody’s directorial debut, Paradise (not reviewed); the Superman reboot, Man of Steel (* ½); Adam Sandler’s latest, Grown Ups 2 (no stars), and the biopic Lovelace (not reviewed).
Fans of the iconic actor James Dean will be pleased to learn that Warners is releasing all three of the actor’s films, Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, and Giant (*** for all three films).
Natalie Wood & James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause
You can get them individually or in a box set. Warners will also be issuing a 30th anniversary edition of The Right Stuff (*** ½); the acclaimed 1946 film The Best Years of our Lives (***); the holiday perennial The Bishop’s Wife (** ½); a two disc special edition of All the President’s Men (*** ½), and a reissue of JFK (****) timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death. The company’s subsidiary, New Line, will also be issuing Thirteen Days (***) and a 10th anniversary edition of Elf (** ½).
Criterion has quite a few noteworthy releases in November. These, of course, will be deluxe editions with many bells and whistles. Among the releases are Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (*** ½) and the 1953 film, Tokyo Story (***), which recently made Sight and Sound’s top ten listing of the best films of all time.
A few other films that are held in high esteem by many will be coming to Blu-ray through various distributors. These include the 1945 film The Bells of St. Mary’s (not reviewed); The Three Faces of Eve (***); the Oscar winner Oliver (** ½); The Way We Were (***); the 1944 version of Jane Eyre (***); a 25th anniversary edition of the anime classic, Akira (***) and Sophie’s Choice (***).
Will Farrell in Elf
If you’re a fan of westerns two noteworthy releases worth mentioning are the Kenny Rogers television film The Gambler (not reviewed), and an anniversary edition of My Name is Nobody (not reviewed).
Finally, several cult/horror/fantasy films are making their way to Blu-ray in November. These include a 25th anniversary edition of Scrooged (***); George Romero’s 1981 film, Knightriders (***); the 1977 film Day of the Animals (** ½); the 1989 film The Horror Show (not reviewed); the 1984 sci-fi pic Night of the Comet (***); John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 (*** ½) and the late actor/dancer Gregory Hines’ foray into science fiction territory, Eve of Destruction (not reviewed).
That’s it for this month. I’ll be back in December with more new releases.
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