This week is bombarded with new releases in the Blu-ray market. We are also given a few re-releases or catalogs. I will do my best to go through and talk about each and everyone one of them. However if I do somehow miss the announcement of one of them it’s not because I don’t like it or anything. It’ll be because I just simply missed it.
First off we have Battle: Los Angeles. This movie follows a Marine Staff Sergeant who had just gotten his retirement approved going back into battle to assist other Marines in reclaiming the city of Los Angeles from aliens. Battle: Los Angels is being released in two different packages. You’ll be able to get it on a single disc or you can get it in the Blu + DVD combo pack. Battle: LA hit theaters in March and only brought in $83 million (domestically) on a budget of $70 million. Obviously that isn’t a good ratio of money in compared to budget. I personally thought the movie was good. If I remember correctly I gave it an 8 out of 10.
Amanda Seyfried‘s version of Red Riding Hood is also being released. This move follows Seyfried’s character, who lives in a village haunted by a werewolf, falling for a woodcutter that her parents don’t approve of. Of course she is doing this all while the village is being attacked and what not. It ended up getting rated PG-13 and I believe that is what ended up hurting this movie (besides the lack of storyline). They could have made it a lot more graphic if they wanted to. Red Riding Hood only brought in $37 million (domestically) on a budget of $42 million. You’ll be able to find this on the shelves in a single disc and a Blu + DVD + Digital Copy (DC) combo pack if you are truly interested in this movie.
Well now we hit my favorite movie of the week, Hall Pass. This movie is Bobby and Peter Farrelly‘s latest creation in the comedy world of movies. Throughout this movie you follow a married man who is granted one week off from his marriage. He is eventually joined by his best buddy who was just given the same pass. Within this one week there are no rules, therefore they can technically have an affair and it won’t matter. Well things get a little out of control when the wives end up giving themselves a Hall Pass and start engaging in such events as well. Sounds interesting doesn’t it? It was. This movie hit theaters in February of this year and brought in $45 million domestically. The budget for this film was $36 million. Just like Red Riding Hood, you will be able to find this in a single disc or a Blu + DVD + DC combo pack. Out of everything that is being released this week, this is the one that I highly suggest to see.
Kill The Irishman is being released as a single disc. If you were in select cities you were able to catch this movie in theaters. Kill The Irishman is about the true story of Danny Greene who was a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland in the 1970’s. It only brought in $1 million however its widest release was 56 theaters. That isn’t too bad considering it was a limited release. I wish it could have done better. Another movie that was on limited release was Rubber. Rubber is about Robert, a rubber tire, who discovers that he has destructive telepathic powers. After he discovers these powers he goes and bothers a town in the desert. While he is in the desert he finds a women who he becomes obsessed with. This is being released as a single disc package, which I don’t expect to see rolling out of the door quickly. It only brought in $92,567, with its widest release of 15 theaters.
Lastly for new releases is Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son. In this movie you follow Malcom Turner and his stepson Trent, FBI agents, as they go undercover at an all-girl arts school after Trent witnesses a murder. The production budget on this film was $32 million and it brought in $37.9 million domestically. Unfortunately, it met its budget … I’m not quite sure why people go and see films like these, they just look absolutely terrible. Regardless, if you found yourself liking this film you will be able to find it on the shelves in a Blu + DVD + DC combo pack.
Moving right along into catalogs and re-releases. First off we have The Boondock Saints. The reason for this getting re-released is because it just hit it’s 10th anniversary mark. I personally liked this film, however I don’t justify buying the re-release of it because it’s the 10th anniversary package. Point Break starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves is being re-released. It looks like it is being released by Warner Bros. now instead of 20th Century Fox. Oh boy, we have Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix coming out in their ultimate edition packages as well.
Well, there we have it. The weekly Blu-rays of June 14-20th. I will be doing my best to keep this up every week to bring you the news of what is hitting the shelves each week. If you have any comments or suggestions on how I do these types of articles either comment below or shoot me an email. Make sure you check back weekly.