The Motel Life - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
This film came out in limited release as well as on video on demand last November. Like most such films, it performed better on the latter than in the former. But would it have struggled just as much had it not had the competition from Video on Demand? Check out our review
to find out.
New Tricks, Season 10 - Buy from Amazon
Great show, but there have been perhaps one too many cast changes. It isn't quite as good as it was in earlier seasons. Still worth picking up if you like British police procedurals and the price-per-minute is pretty good, especially for an import.
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself - Buy from Amazon
A documentary about George Plimpton, an American author, literary critic, amateur professional sportsman, etc. The film's reviews are stunning and the film is a must have for those who like George Plimpton. If you've never really heard of him, watching this movie might turn you into a fan.
The Pretty One - Buy from Amazon
Zoe Kazan plays two twins, one of whom dies and the other takes the dead twin's place. The reviews were mixed and the film missed the Mendoza Line during its opening weekend in limited release. It should do better on the home market, but for most a rental will be enough.
Pretty Little Liars: Season 4 - Buy from Amazon
I haven't seen this show, but a screener is on its way. Hopefully it is a good show.
Rawhide: Eighth & Final Season - Buy from Amazon
This is a classic Western, but the show lasted at least one season too long and went out on a low note. The price-per-minute is also high, as it lasted only 13 episodes instead of the usual 30. I guess if you bought all of the other DVD releases, then you might as well complete your collection, but that's hardly a ringing endorsement.
RoboCop - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
A remake of the beloved 1987 original. A lot of people thought this film would be a disaster, but it turned out okay. It certainly isn't as good as the original, but it wasn't a train wreck either. Likewise, the extras are rather weak with just some deleted scenes and a couple of featurettes. Call it a rental if you are interested on a new take of the 1987 film.
Son of God - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
A recut of the TV mini-series The Bible, and most critics agree it isn't as good. (They had to cut too much to get it to a reasonable running time.) There are a few extras on the DVD and Blu-ray, but I would just stick with the original mini-series instead.
Tiny: A Story About Living Small - Buy from Amazon
A documentary about homes and the fact that the average size of homes has doubled in recent decades. This might seem great for people living in those homes, but this documentary explores all of the problems this creates and why living small might be a better option for most. There are not a lot of reviews online, but they are mostly positive. Worth checking out if you are a fan of documentaries in general, or of advocacy documentaries in particular.
True Blood: Season Six - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
I'm still waiting for the screener for this TV on DVD release. Its last season is about to end, and I want to know if it is going out on a high note.
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape - Buy from Amazon
A three-disc, nine-hour box set about Video Nasties. If you are not from the U.K., you might not know what Video Nasties are. This is a term used by the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association (whose abbreviation was so close to NBMLA that I assume they were started as a joke). They used it to describe cheap horror movies that came out on video in the 1980s and caused a moral panic. If you like the genre, the DVD is worth checking out.
Workaholics: Season 4 - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
A Comedy Central TV series about slackers at work. It has a lot of fans, but I don't think it is unfair to say it has grown stale. The ratings of the final episode of season four dipped below 1 million for the first time in its run. There are still good extras on the DVD and Blu-ray and if you are a fan, then it is worth picking up.
Date posted: 2014-06-02