Taken 2 - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
I liked the original Taken, but the sequel is earning much weaker reviews. I'm still waiting for the screener, but most critics complained about the lack of thrills and surprises. Thrillers don't work when you know what is coming. Extras are only average, so it is likely only worth a rental to those who really liked the first film, but I won't know for sure till the screener arrives.
To Rome With Love - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
This film was one of the bigger limited release hits of the summer, but it wasn't one of the best. Also, like so many other Woody Allen releases, there are almost no extras on the DVD or the Blu-ray. If you are a fan of his, then it is worth a rental, but that's it. Also coming out this week are Sleeper on Blu-ray and Hannah and Her Sisters on Blu-ray. I'm hoping to get those screeners to review, but they are late.
Wake in Fright - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Donald Pleasence plays a man traveling to a new job. He has to stay the night in a small town where there's nothing to do but drink, so he drinks. And he drinks. And he drinks. And he drinks. The film came out in its native Australia more than 40 years ago, but despite earning amazing reviews, it hasn't been seen a lot since then. I'm waiting for a screener and I've heard it is a little difficult to watch, but it is still a contender for Pick of the Week.
Waking the Dead: Complete Season Seven - Buy from Amazon
A British police procedural that focuses on the cold case squad. It's an Award-winning show and the price-per-minute is better than a lot of imports.
Won't Back Down - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Inspired by a true story, only in real life, when the public school switched to a chartered school, the test scores went down. This shouldn't be a surprise to those paying attention to the education debate, because charter schools do worse on average than public schools. That wouldn't be a fatal flaw, if the film was good as a drama, but it is not. It does have better than average extras, but I don't think it is worth renting.
Date posted: 2013-01-15