Blu-ray Releases For May
May 1, 2014
Hello movie fans. It’s time once again for the monthly column spotlighting what’s new on Blu-ray. As usual it’s a pretty full release schedule chock full of interesting and varied films from most of the major studios. Here is a look at what you can expect to see on vendors’ shelves in the next month.
We’ll get things started with a look at some of the recent titles that you may expect to see. These include Pompeii (not reviewed); The Monuments Men (**); Three Days to Kill (* ½); Veronica Mars: The Movie (** ½); That Awkward Moment (not reviewed); Her (***) and Endless Love (not reviewed).
Matt Damon & Cate Blanchett in The Monuments Men
Criterion is known for their breathtaking special editions and there will a number of them seeing the light of day during this month which merit a mention and are sure to get film buffs hearts racing. These include the 1975 anti-war film Overlord (***); Like Someone in Love (not screened); Billy Wilder’s 1951 stunner An Ace in the Hole (*** ½) and the classic John Wayne vehicle Red River (***). Also, fans of director Wes Anderson’s current film The Grand Budapest Hotel will probably want to snap up copies of his earlier film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (** ½) which will also find its way to shelves courtesy of Criterion. Speaking of special editions, the 1942 horror classic White Zombie (***); finally gets its due, while Scream Factory will issue a deluxe edition of the early 80s horror flick Evilspeak (** ½).
Fans of director Steven Spielberg’s films can rejoice as several titles from his resume are making their hi-def debut as well during the month, courtesy of Dreamworks/Paramount. These include Amistad (**) and The Terminal (** ½). Paramount will also issue the John Wayne vehicle McClintock (not screened) during the month.
The weird singing twins from Godzilla vs Mothra
Fox will be digging into their vaults and will issue such varied titles as Weekend at Bernie’s (** ½); Revenge of the Nerds (***); The Deep End (***) and a double feature of Tora Tora Tora (***)/Von Ryan’s Express (** ½). Warner will plumb their vaults as well for such offerings as a 40th anniversary edition of Blazing Saddles (****); The Big Red One (not screened); The Bridges of Madison County (*** ½) and a double feature of the first two Crocodile Dundee films (both ***).
Twilight Time continues to issue limited editions of films that none of the major studios seem to care about getting out there. This month’s offerings include The Firm (***); Fate is the Hunter (not screened) and Rollerball (1975) (***). These are all limited to 3000 units so get ‘em while you can.
Finally, in anticipation of the release of the latest Godzilla opus, several studios are releasing a large number of the Godzilla films. These include Godzilla vs. Destroyah, Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Godzilla vs. Mothra, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2, Godzilla vs. Space Monster, Godzilla: Final Wars and Godzilla: Tokyo SOS. Individual ratings hardly apply to these films but let’s just say on average they rank (** ½).
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