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Monday Blu(e)s and DVD

It’s a bit of a flat week for Blu-ray and DVD releases, especially in the light of last weeks fantastic roster. As always though there are a couple of genuine gems out there today.

Please feel free to use the comments section below to let us know if we’ve missed anything. Monday Blu(e)s and DVD’s is produced in association with Film@Home, the British Video Association’s digital hub for the promotion of Blu-ray. More information on Film@Home can be found on their Facebook page.

Disc Of The Week

The Conformist – For our money this remains Bernardo Bertolucci’s finest film. An able package from Arrow’s¬†Academy imprint means that this is the best the film has ever looked on home video.

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold – We were surprised by just how impressed we found ourselves by Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold when presented with it as the opening film of last years DocFest. A playful documentary with a serious message at the heart of it, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold quite clearly fits the niche levelled out by the directors breakthrough work, Super-Size Me. Full review here.

Jack Goes Boating – Somehow Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut evaded us on numerous occasions last year, both at festivals and upon its very limited theatrical release. We hope to rectify that with this DVD release.

We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lynne Ramsy’s first film in nine years was amongst our greatest disappointments of 2011. Full review here.

Sleeping Beauty – An intriguing title let down by a horrendously ill-judged marketing campaign. The sort of thing that puts the “cunt” in erm, marcunting, the whole sorry saga can be seen over at Ultraculture.

Running On Empty – Another week, another obscure Australian cult drama. As with last weeks Malcolm we know very little of Running On Empty, but the premise (street racing in Australia in the early 1980′s) coupled with the artwork intrigues aplenty.

Monday Blu(e)s and DVD

A quieter week than last for home video releases, but one headed by a bona-fide classic from Bernardo Bertolucci. One of the Coen’s finest, a Brit action thriller and a blatant cash-in fill out the remainder of this weeks titles, read on for more!

Please feel free to use the comments section below to let us know if we’ve missed anything. Monday Blu(e)s and DVD’s is produced in association with Film@Home, the British Video Association’s digital hub for the promotion of Blu-ray. More information on Film@Home can be found on their Facebook page.

Disc Of The Week


Before The Revolution

a timely reissue of Bernardo Bertolucci’s Before The Revolution leads the pack this week. While hardly the filmmaker ¬†finest couple of hours, Before The Revolution is the one that saw Bertolucci really throw every one of his influences at the screen. Breathlessly bouncing from Antonioni to Godard, Before The Wave’s title acts almost as a proclamation for the filmmakers own career as much as it did measure the tone of the mid-1960′s.

Miller’s Crossing

It’s Albert Finney’s performance that really makes this film, with his aged gangster the finest role the Salford actor has notched up in the latter half of his career. Elsewhere, it’s business as usual for this serious Coen Bros. flick, with Coen-rep-regs John Turturro and Steve Buscemi surrounding Gabriel Byrne’s central performance.

Hanna

Joe Wright’s child killing machine drama infuriated as much as it impressed this viewer upon theatrical release earlier this year. While the action sequences are admittedly excellent, and the score courtesy of the Chemical Brothers is also wonderful, the pace of the film borders on the unbearably, the third act is one of the worst of 2011 and there are several questionable performances in there.

The Endless Summer

An affordable rerelease for the long out of print Bruce Brown film, in that increasingly rare of things; a two-disc DVD collection. This release includes the film Endless Summer Revisited, a feature comprised of unused footage from The Endless Summer and The Endless Summer II.

The Almighty Thor

Shameless, just shameless.