Monday Blu(e)s And DVD
It’s a fantastic week for new discs, with no less than three downright essential titles hitting stores. Wilder, Cronenberg and a personal (if unlikely) cinematic milestone make an appearance.
Double Indemnity and The Lost Weekend – We’re unashamed and enthusiastic supporters of Eureka’s Masters Of Cinema imprint, so it will come as no surprise to see their latest offerings, a double-bill of Billy Wilder, is our choice for “Disc Of The Week”. Double Indemnity is the archetypical film noir, with its tale of an insurance man out of his depth the stuff of legend and convention, while The Lost Weekend is tonally similar yet eschews the external to present a very personal tale of a man on the brink. The pair are accompanied by a mass of extras, with the three-hour long episode of Arena entitled Billy, How Did You Do It? the most impressive supplement (and on the The Lost Weekend disc). There are steelbook flavours available for those of thee with a metal-fetish too.
In-depth looks at both Double Indemnity and The Lost Weekend will follow.
A Dangerous Method - David Cronenberg’s first theatrical release of 2012 very nearly made our “Best Of 2011″ list following a preview screening at the London Film Festival, such was the impression that it made on us. The film sees the Canadian director working with his post-millennial muse, Viggo Mortensen for the third time in as many features, while it’s newcomers to the fold Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley that really steer the project. Knightley’s was our favourite female turn of last year.
Check out our review of the film here. Our Cosmopolis iPad book also features a look at A Dangerous Method, and can be found here.
Young Adult – Not being the greatest fans of Charlize Theron it was with some caution that we turned to Jason Reitman’s Young Adult earlier this year. Alas our concern proved to unnecessary, with the film proving a real gem.
Check out our review of the film here.
King Of New York – Abel Ferrara directs Christopher Walken in this mixed bag of a crime drama. Walken is on fine form as the Robin Hood riffing hood turned good, but it’s really not our thing.
The Innkeepers - Ti West is said to be something of a saviour for the horror genre by some. His latest, The Innkeepers, has been given one of those really annoying close-to-theatrical home video releases, and we’re told it deserves better.
The Aristocats – Nostalgia reigns! The Aristocats was the first film yours truly saw in a theatre, hence its inclusion here. While I may not have seen it for almost 25 years, it remains an essential part of my cinematic make-up, and by extension that of Hope Lies too…