This Week On Blu-Ray: January 24th – 30th, 2012

I know shame on me for missing the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately I had things come up that hindered me from being remotely close to TDR. Well I’m back. In the past couple of weeks I’ve missed some good releases such as Moneyball, Boardwalk Empire: Season 1, The Ides of March and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star. Oh did I mention Boardwalk Empire: Season 1. I honestly hadn’t even heard of it until I saw it was getting good reviews. I decided to pick it up blindly and I’m very happy that I did. Well since that recaps the last couple of weeks (I apologize again), let’s get onto this weeks releases.

Let’s start the week off right with my top film of 2011. 50/50 starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick. This is a film about an average 25 year old who has everything going for him. He loves the job that he is at, he has a loving girlfriend. Then he gets diagnosed with cancer and everything changes. Everyone has their own way of coping through tough situations like that and he decides to keep his sanity by using comedy. While his family struggles to find their way to handle everything he gets settled in his. 50/50 is a film that has the ability to pull every single emotional string in your body. One minute you can be laughing and the next it can have you close to crying. The acting by everyone is amazing. Gordon-Levitt stepped up his game and showed that he can be the leading man in movies instead of just a side character.

Unfortunately 50/50 didn’t get the treatment I would have liked to see when it hit Blu-ray. I would have loved to see a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack. I wish it would have a slipcover but unfortunately it doesn’t look like it gets either of those. Seeing as it is not getting those, it’s only getting a single Blu-ray disc release. Sad Day. Regardless, this is a movie that everyone should check out. It is simple amazing at how it can connect to everyone.

I’m not sure how we are going to top 50/50 when it comes to releases this week but let’s keep going. Next on the list is Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly and Dakota Goyo. This robot fighting film is about a washed up fighter who was pushed out of the ring for the heavier steel robots. Now that he is broke and hit rock bottom he settles with his estranged son to build a robot to fight. The difference between building the robot with his son and what he normally does for a living? His son found the robot in one whole piece instead of him piecing parts together just to enter fights and lose. That automatically makes that robot better than any other one he has built (sarcastic). Anyway, Real Steel is an underdog, robot fighting story. Leave it to Disney/Buena Vista to have such a story. If you are looking to pick up this film you’ll be able to find it in a Blu-ray/DVD package as well as Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy. I personally haven’t seen the film however Jeremy has and this is part of his review.

“The characters are the most generic and uninteresting people I’ve seen on film this year and the story plays it so safe leaving no room for surprises.” 5/10 – Jeremy

Moving right along, Paranormal Activity 3 is being released as an Unrated Director’s Cut. This is a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack as well. There honestly isn’t that much to say about this film. I haven’t been the biggest fan of this series. I don’t like the fact that this was the series that pushed the Saw  franchise to the side. Well here is what Wilson had to say when he reviewed Paranormal Activity 3 in theaters.

“Overall, I would say if you are a fan of the series, you’ll like this. If you were looking for some sort of explanation on how this all started, this movie should paint a picture for you. Just know the majority of it is the same ol’ shit they have been pulling for the first two movies. It is nothing really new, just a continuation of the series. If that’s enough for you to see it, by all means, have fun. If you’re looking for something new from this, you won’t really get anything.”

We are also given a couple of other releases that I’ll briefly touch on. Some of Alred Hitchcock‘s films are now being transferred onto Blu-ray. Rebecca, Notorious and Spellbound are all now available on single disc Blu-ray. The Whistleblower, which is based on a true story of a female cop from Nebraska, is also being released as a single Blu-ray disc.

Well there you have this week’s new Blu-ray releases. Like I said earlier, I’m sorry for missing the past couple of weeks. Shit happens.

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