This Week On Blu-Ray: January 31st – February 6th

In this weeks episode of upcoming Blu-rays we have quite a few to discuss. Needless to say it’s an awesome week for new releases. Expensive week but awesome week. Not only are we given In TimeDream HouseDrive and The Thing as new releases but we also get a release of the classic To Kill a Mockingbird. How much better can this week get? I’m at least getting three of the new releases and possibly even Universal’s 100th Anniversary copy of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Well let’s get this show on the road with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried‘s sci-fi thriller In Time. Who thought that somebodies life time could be used as currency. Everyone has to die sometime right? Well if you want things in life you must pay the currency. All the rich people have a ridiculous amount of time. Timberlake’s character comes into contact with an individual who has an unbelievable amount of time. With circumstances beyond his control he inherits all of his time. With that though, he also inherits all the problems that came along with it. You follow his character in the fight for his life along with Seyfried’s character joining along.

In Time is being released as a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy. I’m hoping that it also receives a nice slipcover. Personally I haven’t seen In Time but I really wanted to check it out while it was in theaters. Jeremy has seen it and here is what he had to say in his theatrical review.

In Time is just a cluttered film that takes too much stuff to properly handle. It constantly switches from trying to be an emotional and serious science fiction film that deals with heavy problems that we all think of to a brainless sci-fi film that’s more interested in being flashy and funny”

Second on the long list of new releases is Daniel Craig‘s Dream House. Dream House is about a successful writer from New York City who decides to relocate his wife and kids to a house in New England. It is the perfect house to them. There is one slight problem with that concept. The previous family that owned the house was all murdered inside of it. The townspeople all have a problem with the new neighbors moving in. They believe that the murder was at the hands of the husband. You watch as everything unfolds. Dream House is being released as a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy combo pack despite its poor box office performance.

I personally haven’t seen Dream House starring Daniel Craig and Naomi Watts. However TDR’s Jeremy Lebens has and this is what he had to say about the film. “The film doesn’t have problems on a technical level with things like the camerawork, music and such, but it drops the ball massively in the story and characters. Nothing is given a sense of purpose and it all goes downhill from there.”

Drive stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks. Gosling plays Driver (yes that is his character’s name) who is a Los Angeles stunt driver for movie productions by day and then is a getaway driver for the criminal underground at night. He finds himself in a lot of hot water when a heist he had planned to help his neighbors husband goes wrong. After realizing that the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash in his trunk he decides that he has to fight for what he loves and what better way to do that then to do what he does best, drive!

I really did like Drive when I saw it in theaters. This is one that I will be buying on day one. It drops into stores as a Blu-ray and Digital Copy package. Everything about this film was perfect. The acting by Gosling was right on the dot and the camera angles were just superb as well.

The Thing (2011) is also being released onto Blu-ray this week. While out on Antarctica a research team discovers an alien aircraft. While researching the craft both graduate student Kate Lloyd and the scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson both get into a heated argument. While the doctor continues his research the graduate student chases after the alien life form.

The Thing is a prequel and it didn’t do very well at the box office. I’m actually surprised to see it getting the treatment of a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy package. Why on earth is it getting more treatment than Drive is! This is another film that I haven’t see but Jeremy has. “Aside from some moments of shoddy special effects and a couple of lifted scenes from the 1982 classic, The Thing (2011) is a worthy prequel that pays its respects but isn’t afraid to break off into its own direction and be its own “thing”. The tension is really good with constant focus on the fact that no one can be trusted. It makes us question even our main protagonist.”

To Kill a Mockingbird is another Blu-ray that is being released this week. It’s being released in two different packages. There will be a Universal 100th Anniversary package as well as a Collector’s Series Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy package. Glad to see that that classic is getting Blu-ray treatment, it’s about time.

Well that is another week of Blu-ray releases. Make sure to check out the reviews of these films throughout the coming week and also make sure to check back next week.

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