New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave This Week: Want to Eat Pray Love or Hang With The Expendables?
By Chris Kavan - 11/24/10 at 10:28 AM CT
Two sides of the same coin? No, these movies don't even occupy the same currency. But, at least this week there's some variety to spice things up.
1) On one hand you have The Expendables. This is pure action, a call back to the days of 80s action, with 80s stars. It's a lot of fun, providing you like that kind of thing - just don't expect Oscar-worthy acting or story.
2) On the other hand you have Eat Pray Love with Julia Roberts back in form. It may not have made major waves at the box office, but if you're looking for a little TLC, then you probably won't do any better any time soon.
3) Criterion once again knocks one out of the park with America Lost and Found: The BBS Story (Head / Easy Rider / Five Easy Pieces / Drive, He Said / The Last Picture Show / The King of Marvin Gardens / A Safe Place). While not every film may be an instant "classic" you do get Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces and The Last Picture Show. Plus each film comes with its own set of extras - expect loads of commentaries, documentaries and interviews to supplement the films.
4) For classic movie buffs, you have The Complete Metropolis. Kino International's release includes newly-found footage along with a documentary on the restoration of this German sci-fi classic and one of the cornerstones of modern cinema.
5) Finally, families won't be left out this week. If you didn't want the Blu-Ray edition, Disney is also releasing the Diamond DVD-only version of Beauty and the Beast. Also, the 60s get a little sweeter with Flipped, Rob Reiner's take on the novel of the same name.
That's the new this week - stay tuned for updates on Black Friday, the one day you can vastly improve your film collection for a fraction of the cost.