It’s another quiet week for home video with a pair of blockbusters leading the field. While we’ve said all that we want to say about the ghastly Transformers 3 (here and here), the final Harry Potter film is actually something of a landmark, if not a wholly successful one.
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Disc Of The Week
Something of a random, albeit wholly appreciated release. This box set collects Jules Dassin’s Brute Force, Rififi and The Naked City, three of the films which partly defined the cinema of the 1940’s and 50’s. Rififi is arguably the highlight, although few would argue that Burt Lancaster has never been better than in Brute Force.
Alain Delon and Romy Schneider star in Jacques Deray’s 1969 classic, a film synonymous with the European cinema of the late 1960’s.
Guilty Of Romance
Sion Sono’s film was received by mixed reactions on the 2011 festival circuit, with the convoluted tale deemed overtly nasty by many, and a mess by others. No doubt a future Eastern Premise article, Guilty Of Romance is the third in a trilogy preceded by Love Exposure and Cold Fish.
Hope Lies On Television’s Edwin Davies loved Todd Haynes’ television adaptation of James M. Cain’s Mildred Pierce. Plaudits fell from every direction too, with Kate Winslet’s star turn something of a revelation for the actor.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
While its debatable as to just how necessary it was to split the final Harry Potter movie in to two parts, its hard to ignore how impressive an achievement the series as a whole was. A ten year production, with the same cast in place for the duration (death permitting), Warner Brothers big franchise came to a dramatic end over the Summer. Hope Lies will remember the completely average series fondly for one reason; our (misquoted) appearance in the Telegraph’s round up of critical evaluations of the film, in which we were (unfairly) placed next to serial troll Armond White.
Note; Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 is actually available from Friday.