February 23, 2014 |
Blue Is the Warmest Color Criterion, $19.95; Blu-ray, $24.95 Available on VOD beginning Feb. 25 For all the controversy over the explicit sex in writer-director Abdellatif Kechiche's three-hour adaptation of Julie Maroh's graphic novel "Blue Is the Warmest Color," the film is ultimately just a sensitive and honest coming-of-age story, showing how a teenager discovers who she is with the help of her older lesbian girlfriend, then has to...
February 15, 2014 |
Jimmy P. Available on VOD beginning Feb. 20 French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin is responsible for some of the most audacious and entertaining films in world cinema today: movies such as "Kings and Queen" and "A Christmas Tale," which take offbeat approaches to relatable family dramas. Desplechin's "Jimmy P. " drew mixed reviews when it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last year, perhaps because it doesn't resemble the sprawling, experimental work he's best known for. It's rather a quiet, direct and talky film, with Benicio Del Toro playing a Blackfoot Indian and World War II veteran being treated by an anthropologist-therapist played by Desplechin regular Mathieu Amalric.
February 12, 2014 |
The animated comedy "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" ate the competition's lunch in its home video debut. The children's sequel, complete with food/animal hybrids, was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release. Featuring the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris, "Cloudy" was a box-office success for Sony Pictures Animation last year, generating about $265 million in worldwide ticket sales, a little less than half of which came from the U.S. and Canada.
February 3, 2014 |
The Somali pirate hijacking drama "Captain Phillips" has commandeered the home video market. The Tom Hanks film, directed by Paul Greengrass, was the bestselling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release, according to Rentrak. "Captain Phillips" is nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture, and has generated $217 million in worldwide ticket sales. Also debuting were the critically panned action picture "Machete Kills," about a man hired to take on a billionaire arms dealer, and the PG-13 bilingual comedy "Instructions Not Included.
February 2, 2014 |
Dallas Buyers Club Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday As the Oscars approach, some of this year's big contenders are starting to show up on home video, including this best picture based on the true story of self-medicating Texas AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, who started slinging drugs not approved by the Food and Drug Administration to people who were similarly suffering. As both a drama and a period piece (set in the mid-1980s), "Dallas Buyers Club" tries too hard to be a crowd-pleaser, to make the audience feel superior to the doctors and bigots who stood in the way of Ron and his customers.
January 27, 2014 |
A trio of new releases have ended the reign of "Despicable Me 2" over the home video market, according to rankings from Rentrak. The Vin Diesel sci-fi sequel "Riddick" was the best-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release, coming in ahead of the White House drama "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and the horror remake "Carrie. " "Despicable Me 2," the animated comedy that topped the list for five straight weeks, fell to fourth place. "Riddick" is the third installment in the "Chronicles of Riddick" series, which began with the 2000 release "Pitch Black" and continued with 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick.