January Blu-ray Releases
January 9, 2014
A new year is upon us and so are the new titles making their way to the high definition format Blu-ray. With that in mind, I present to you the latest batch of releases coming in the first month of 2014.
Robert Downey, Jr., & Cybill Shepard in Chances Are
Per my usual policy, I’ll cover the most recent theatrical releases making their hi-def debuts first. This month’s offerings in that department include the coming of age drama The Spectacular Now (***); the recent remake of Carrie (**); director Ron Howard’s Formula 1 drama, Rush (** ½) the latest entry from the Jackass guys, Bad Grandpa (** ½); director Robert Rodriguez’ sequel Machete Kills (** ½); the latest Vin Diesel sequel, Riddick (**); the Wikileaks dramatization The Fifth Estate (** ½); the geriatric comedy Last Vegas (** ½); the critically acclaimed Tom Hanks starrer, Captain Phillips (***); the horror opus, You’re Next (** ½); the dreadful Ben Affleck-Justin Timberlake outing, Runner, Runner (* ½); the acclaimed documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom (Not Screened); the sex addiction dramedy Thanks For Sharing (Not Screened); Woody Allen’s latest, Blue Jasmine (***); Fruitvale Station (***) and Lee Daniels’ The Butler (**).
Criterion has an impressive slate of titles lined up for the month of January. These include the 1963 cult comedy It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (***); director Michael Mann’s 1981 crime drama Thief (***); a box set containing some of the later films in Indian director Satyayjit Ray’s career (Home and the World, Enemy of the People, and The Stranger, all unscreened by yours truly) and entitled Late Ray; the acclaimed Akira Kurosowa film Throne of Blood (*** ½); director Jules Dassin’s 1955 heist film Rififi (Not Screened); the 1992 tragicomedy La Vie De Boheme (Not Screened) and British director Terrence Davies’ The Long Day Closes (Not Screened). All of these titles will be issued with copious amounts of bonus features that are certain to make film fans drool with delight.
Image will be issuing several Columbia/Tri-Star titles. These include the 1987 Blake Edwards comedy Blind Date (** ½) and the 1989 comedy-fantasy Chances Are (***).
Nastassia Kinski in Cat People (1982)
Shout/Scream Factory will also be busy during the month of January with such releases as a double feature of The Cassandra Crossing/The Domino Principle (Not Screened); a double feature of Beast of Hollow Mountain/Neanderthal Man (Not Screened); Raise the Titanic (**); Die Monster Die (**) and the 1982 version of Cat People (** ½).
Universal and Warners will both be issuing various titles from their catalogue. Among the titles are Tequila Sunrise (** ½); The Killing Fields (***); Coal Miner’s Daughter (*** ½) and The Hurricane (Denzel Washington) (** ½).
Other titles that will see release during the month include the 1973 version of The Wicker Man (***); Buffalo 66 (Not Screened); The Five Heartbeats (** ½); a remastered version of the 1987 Robocop (*** ½); Frankenstein Created Woman (** ½) and the John Barrymore version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (***).
That’s it for this month. Hope you find something to your liking.
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