Well we have another week of new releases that cover just about every end of the entertainment spectrum. With election day right around the corner and Halloween just two days away, there are some last minute, late-night favorites for all upcoming occasions. Also released this week is what could quite possibly be the greatest Blu-ray collection ever assembled, and sure to be a huge holiday item.
- Alfred Hitchcock The Masterpiece Collection (1942-1976): The long awaited and highly anticipated Masterpiece Collection is here, and Blu-ray is now better thanks to this release. This collection includes 15 of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest films, many being released on Blu-ray for the first time. Also included in this collection is 15 hours of bonus features and a collectable book. The films included are Saboteur (1942), Shadow Of A Doubt (1943), Rope (1948), Rear Window (1954), The Trouble With Harry (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo (1958), North By Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963), Marnie (1964), Torn Curtain (1966), Topaz (1969), Frenzy (1972) and Family Plot (1976).
- Rosemary’s Baby (1968): One of the scariest films of all time, Rosemary’s Baby is the story of a pregnant woman (Mia Farrow) who fears her husband (John Cassavetes) has promised her baby to the eccentric older couple (Ruth Gordon & Sidney Blackmer) living next door. In exchange, her husband would receive help from the occult obsessed couple with his career. Directed by Roman Polanski, Rosemary’s Baby has earned acclaim and controversy since its first release, and still terrorizes viewers today. It won an Academy Award for Supporting Actress for Ruth Gordon and was nominated for Best Screenplay as well. This is being released on Blu-ray and DVD as part of the Criterion Collection and is full of bonus features for anyone who can’t get enough of this film. It could be the perfect movie to watch this Halloween, especially if you haven’t seen it before. Good Luck.
- The Campaign (2012):This is a political satire film from director Jay Roach (Austin Powers International Man Of Mystery, Meet The Parents, Borat) that has been appropriately released just in time for the upcoming election. Starring Will Farrell and Zach Galifianakis as opponents for Congress, these two encounter every ridiculous scenario that is possible on their way to the polls. Although The Campaign didn’t receive stellar reviews, it is considered to be one of the funnier movies released this year, and well worth watching if you enjoy this kind of humor. With a supporting cast that includes John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox and Dylan McDermott, this movie is sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone feeling let down by their current political standings.
- Safety Not Guaranteed (2012): This is a comedy film about an intern at a magazine who is sent to investigate a classified ad that simply reads: “Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed.” They meet the ad’s writer and discover that he is trying to go back in time in order to prevent the death of his former girlfriend, in 2001. Safety Not Guaranteed has earned positive reviews and looks to be a quite interesting film that is said to boast strong performances from the entire cast.
- Ruby Sparks (2012):In this intelligent comedy, Paul Dano plays a struggling novelist who awakens to find that his main character, Ruby (Zoe Kazan), has come to life. As he continues to write about her character in his story, he can manipulate how she acts in their lives. This film has garnered some positive reviews and has been praised for its originality and ingenuity. The screenplay was written by its star, Zoe Kazan (the granddaughter of director Elia Kazan), and she had her then boyfriend, Paul Dano, in mind while she was writing. Also staring Antonio Banderas, Annette Being and Elliot Gould, Ruby Sparks is a comic delight in the spirt of Mannequin (1987) and Groundhog Day (1992) that promises to please those willing to give it a chance.
After I wrote this post, I was able to see Ruby Sparks and you can read my full review, here!
- Americano (2011):This is a French film directed by and starring Mathieu Demy. Living in Paris, Demy is forced to return to Los Angeles, where he was raised, in order to deal with events surrounding his mother’s recent death. He obviously has issues with his past, but when trying to settle an inheritance problem he has to go to Mexico and track down one of his mother’s friends, Lola (Salma Hayek), who is working as a dancer at the club, Americano. There he is forced to deal with his past, in order to understand the mysteries of his own mother. Also starring Geraldine Chaplin, Americano has received some mixed reviews but could end up being a surprising little film.
I have since seen Americano and you can read my full review here!
- Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962): This drama from 1962, tells the story of the dysfunctional Tyrone family one fateful day in August of 1912. All members of the family are addicts of some kind and have trouble dealing with their other family members. It was directed by the great Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, Network) and has an all star cast that includes Katharine Hepburn (in one of her Academy Award nominated roles), Jason Robards, Dean Stockwell and Ralph Richardson.