Sunday’s New Release Round-Up!

New blu-ray and DVD releases for Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

This week’s group of new releases are mostly uninspiring, due to the fact that most of these are films released in the early months of 2013, when studios tend to release their “less than stellar” titles. Hopefully next week will give us a better selection. Anything here that you are going to watch?

    • “Shoah” (1985):Being inducted into The Criterion Collection this week is this French documentaryShoah (!985) directed by Claude Lanzman that centers of the Holocaust, particularly in Poland. There have been several different film versions over the years, this one runs at 550 minutes (yes, that’s right), and  includes a plethora of bonus features, including three other movies directed by Lanzman. “Shoah” has earned many accolades over the years, and is including as one of the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”

    • “Help!” (1965): Help! (1965)John, Paul, George and Ringo need help! Making its blu-ray debut this week is this Beatles classic that is still as entertaining as ever. It’s directed by Richard Lester, and features the band trying to fight off a villainous cult.

    • “Upside Down” (2013): Upside Down (2013)In this science fiction/romance film, the world is separated into two class systems, each with their own gravitational pull. The film is a love story between a man and a woman who come from different classes, and must face unbelievable odds in order to be together. Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst star in the film, and it was directed by Juan Diego Solanas.

    • The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” (2013):The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) In this poorly reviewed comedy film, Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi star as has-been magicians who go up against a highly intriguing street magician (Jim Carrey). This film also stars Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini and Olivia Wilde, and is directed by Don Scardino.

    • “The Call” (2013): Halle Berry stars in this The Call (2013)thriller from director Brad Anderson. In the film, Berry plays a 911 operator who is listening as a man attacks and kills a young woman. Feeling responsible, she begins to do everything she can to discover his identity, as he brings his maniacal violence to her. “The Call” also stars Morris Chestnut and Abigail Breslin, and has earned mostly negative reviews.

    • “Phantom” (2013): This is a cold war submarinePhantom (2013) adventure film that stars Ed Harris, David Duchovny and William Fichtner. The plot centers on a Soviet Naval Captain who attempts to prevent war in the late 1960’s. Despite seeming like it could have been a decent adventure film, “Phantom” has received extremely negative reviews.

    • “No” (2012): This film, which was nominated for No (2012)an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, takes place in Chile, in the 1980’s. The story is about an advertising man (Gael Garcia Barnel) who brings the advertising world into the political arena. “No” is directed by Pablo Larrain, and has earned extremely positive reviews.

0 thoughts on “Sunday’s New Release Round-Up!

    • Paul says:

      It looks really intriguing and well made. I have heard mixed things,but am more than willing to give it a shot. If you see it, I would love to hear your thoughts!


  1. R.A. Kerr says:

    “Shoah” looks like it’s worth it. It would be an intense experience, not to be taken in all at once, I’m sure. “No” sounds really good, too.

    I love these kinds of movies that make you think.


    • Paul says:

      I really want to see “Shoah”, but I don’t know that I am ready to commit. Perhaps the next time Criterion has a 50% off sale!


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