Anthony’s Weekly Blu-rays: June 12-18

This week has quite a few different new releases. There is a genre for everyone this week. We have comedy, drama, horror and children’s animated. That is quite the array of movies. I see myself getting at least two of these, possibly three.

The Lincoln Lawyer was not necessarily a box office smash but it did defiantly show one thing. That one thing is that Matthew McConaughey can still act. McConaughey stars as Mick Haller, a criminal defense attorney, who takes a case that is such a big deal that it could lead to many different opportunities. While working on a case for the playboy Louis Roulet, Haller starts to get a conscious. He took the case under the assumption that it would be a straight forward case with a huge payoff, however it turns into anything big a straight forward case.

You’ll be able to find The Lincoln Lawyer on the shelves in a two-disc set, Blu-ray and DVD. Of course you’ll also be getting a downloadable digital copy. This package also comes with a slipcover. It’s currently sitting with a certified fresh rating of 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Which I completely agree with. Personally, I really liked this movie and I plan on buying it day one.

Next we have the amazing money maker, Insidious. When I say that amazing money maker, I’m not kidding. The production budget was an astonishing $1.5 million dollars and it brought in whopping $54 million dollars. Therefore it puts it in the top 25 grossing horror films of all time. Regardless, Insidious  is about a family who just recently moved into a house. Since moving into the house they discovered that their son had become possessed by dark spirits. At first the family thought it was the house when their son went into a coma, only to find out that when they moved again it was actually their kid and not the house.

You’ll be able to find Insidious on a single Blu-ray disc. The cover art is simply the boy who is possessed, unfortunately nothing special. Personally the cover art is pretty boring, I think they could have done more thing with it. Meh. When I saw this movie in theaters I was actually quite surprised at how much I liked the movie. It’s currently sitting at a fresh rating of 67 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

With Insidious and The Lincoln Lawyer coming out on Tuesday, July 12th we have a couple of movies that are being released later in the week on Friday the 15th. First off we have Rango starring Johnny Depp‘s voice as the main character. Rango is about an ordinary little chameleon who accidentally winds up in a small town in the middle of the Wild West called Dirt. Unfortunately Dirt, who is currently lawless, needs a new sheriff. Well they have found it in this ordinary chameleon. You follow him as he goes through the hoops to become the sheriff of Dirt.

Rango is being released as a two disc set. One Blu-ray and the other DVD. Once again, you’ll be given a downloadable digital copy. Rango had a production budget of $135 million dollars however it only brought in a total of $123.2 million dollars domestically while in the box office. In my opinion, it should have done a lot better than those numbers show. I really liked this movie when I had the chance to see it in theaters. It’s currently sitting with a certified fresh rating of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Lastly, we have Russell Brand‘s Arthur being released on July 15th. This is remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore‘s version. Brand plays a very childish, yet millionare, Arthur Bach. He is faced with the biggest challenge of his life, he either has to choose between an arranged marriage or an uncertain future with someone that he fell in love with. The only hiccup is that if he chooses the uncertain future he looses all of the money that he currently gets from his mother. She pretty much cuts him off of everything.

Arthur is hitting the stores in a two disc combo pack. Once again, it’s one Blu-ray disc and one DVD disc with a downloadable digital copy. You’ll be able to find it as a single Blu-ray disc as well. It looks like it has a so-so transfer for audio and video. When it comes to the box office numbers, this movie didn’t do very well either. With a budget of $40 million dollars it only brought in $33 million domestically. With the box office numbers not looking so hot, it does just as well with Rotten Tomatoes. It’s currently sitting at 27 percent. Which is actually not that surprising. When I saw it in theaters, it was funny, but nothing special.

Well there we have it, another week of new releases in the bag. Like I said before, it’s pretty much a little bit of everything this week. I’m going to find myself buying a couple of these this week. Make sure to check back this week for the Blu-ray reviews of some of these new releases.

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