DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 21st, 2014

The home market picks up steam this week, sort of. We are starting to get some of the Awards Season hopefuls coming out, which is great news for fans of great movies. However, there's not a lot of depth to go with the award-worthy movies. The two films that were the main contenders for Pick of the Week were Captain Phillips on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and In a World... on DVD or Blu-ray. It was a close decision, but in the end, I went with In a World...

Baffled ! - Buy from Amazon
A TV movie from the 1970s starring Leonard Nimoy as a race car driver who develops psychic abilities. It was actually a failed TV pilot, but as most critics point out, it barely had enough to sustain itself through a TV movie. A TV series would have run out of steam by the third week.

Bad Milo - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
A film about a man who is under so much stress that a small demon grows in his intestine only to rupture forth to kill those who are causing the stress. It's a bizarre movie, but the reviews were better than expected. If you like Ken Marino's other work, especially The Slate, then this is also worth checking out. Add in better than expected extras (audio commentary track, deleted scenes, outtakes, behind-the-scenes, etc.) and it is worth picking up.

Best Man Down - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
A limited release that failed to win over critics or moviegoers. Will it find a bigger audience on the home market? Or was it justifiably ignored the first time around? Read our review to find out.

Blu-ray Releases - Buy from Amazon: Blue Submarine No. 6: Complete Collection, Cat People, Die Monster Die!, The Doors: R-Evolution, The Doors: R-Evolution (Collector's Edition), The Five Heartbeats, Freezer, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Criterion Collection), La Vie De Boheme (Criterion Collection), The Lord of the Rings: Original Theatrical Trilogy, Medaka Box Abnormal, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, Nostalghia, Prey, Raise The Titanic, and Robocop 4K Remastered Edition
As usual, there is an eclectic mix of secondary Blu-ray releases this week, including a couple of Criterion Collection releases. RoboCop is a great movie, but it never looked great on Blu-ray, so hopefully the 4K release fixes all of the problems.

Blue Jasmine - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
I'm still waiting for the screener for this film. It's reviews are amazing and Cate Blanchett is the favorite for an Oscar for her performance in this film. Even if the DVD and Blu-ray are devoid of extras, it is at least worth picking up. Unfortunately, Woody Allen films tend to have very weak extras on them, so it is likely not a contender for Pick of the Week.

Borgen: Season 3 - Buy from Amazon
This is the third and likely final season of the Danish political drama. The show has earned a number of awards, including a BAFTA Award and was nominated for an Emmy. If you like political dramas and want to see one from a different nation, this is a great show to check out.

Captain Phillips - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
One of the best movies of the year and a player during Awards Season. The film boasts two incredible performances from Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi, but there are a number of people who challenge the historical accuracy in the movie. Extras on the DVD and Blu-ray include an audio commentary track and an hour-long making of featurette. It is certainly worth picking up and a contender for Pick of the Week.

Charlie Countryman - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
This film stars Shia Labeouf, but that's not why it is getting overwhelmingly negative reviews. In fact, many critics who disliked the movie praised his performance. On the other hand, Shia Labeouf has generated so much negative press recently that I think a lot of people just don't want to see him in anything. Extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette and some deleted scenes.

Crossing Lines: Season 1 - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
A police procedural set in Europe and deals with crimes that cross the borders within the EU. There are too many similar shows and this one's reviews are really weak, so even if you like the genre, you have better options out there.

In a World... - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Lake Bell writes, directs, and stars in this movie, which is about a woman who wants to follow in her father's footsteps. However, her father is a voiceover actor and there are no women in this field. The film's reviews are stunning and it even picked up an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Extras include an audio commentary track, deleted scenes, outtakes, and more. It is certainly worth picking up and even a contender for Pick of the Week.

Instructions Not Included - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
A record-breaking film and arguably the biggest surprise hit of the year. Did it deserve all of this success? Or did it benefit from being in the right place at the right time? Check out our review to find out.

Iron Girl - Buy from Amazon
I'm including this release on this week's list for two reasons. Firstly, it looks like it would make a good addition to my box of strange stuff from Japan. Secondly, I don't like it when two featured reviews are on the list back-to-back.

Machete Kills - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack
The follow-up to Machete, which was a good movie, but definitely a niche movie. Will fans want to continue the journey? Or has the premise worn itself thin? Read our review for my opinion.

N.Y.P.D. Blue: Season Five - Buy from Amazon
It has been a long time since this show has been released on DVD. DVD sales were weak for the first four seasons, so Fox dropped it. Fortunately for fans of the show, Shout! Factory has picked it up and has started releasing the seasons starting this week. It is one of the most critically acclaimed shows of all time, so if you like the genre, it is worth picking up.

P!nk: The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
Concert releases rarely sell a lot of units, but this one is currently in the top ten new releases, at least according to Amazon.com. That's a sign that it is a slow week.


- C.S.Strowbridge


Date posted: 2014-01-20