New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave This Week: Let Me In Never Let Me Go, Monsters!
By Chris Kavan - 02/01/11 at 12:10 PM CT
It's a veritable avalanche of drama and horror - so much so that you may NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN - or you will, you'll just have a lot more movies that you've happened to watch.
1) Leading the pack is an American remake that, while I have a hard time can best the original, at least looks like it packs a pretty good punch. The vampire drama Let Me In with Chloe Grace Moretz as the pint-sized bloodsucker. You won't find any shiny vampires here, this is the real deal. I really liked the original, so I'm interested to see how this stack up. It didn't make many waves at the box office, but that doesn't concern me.
2) If vampires aren't you're cup of tea, how about some alien horrors? I'm talking about the low budget sci fi horror that gives a new meaning to illegal aliens - Monsters. The premise looks interesting and even if the effects are on a budget, I have a feeling the finished project will be alright. It's one of those films that was under the radar and under appreciated, so I will check it out.
3) If you don't want horror, hopefully you like drama. Up first is the dystopian alternate reality of Never Let Me Go. You may need a pick-me-up after this rather depressing piece of movie magic - but, like Children of Men, I'm a sucker for depressing futures (or alternate realities).
4) If you don't want something quite as down, maybe a good crime drama is more your style. Then you should gravitate towards Conviction about a dedicated sister who puts herself through law school in order to set her brother free from a wrongful conviction. Hilary Swank is always good in these type of roles - I would prefer this over Amelia any day.
5) If you prefer a dysfunction drama, then the gritty Welcome to the Rileys will fill the bill. Plus, if you want to see Kristen Stewart in a very different role, here you go. It's about as far as Twilight as you can get.
On the Blu-Ray front it's a case of something old, something new(er). In the classic category, you have the releases of Disney's classic Alice In Wonderland, about as trippy as you can get for a Disney film, and one of my better liked films out of the older Disney classics. You can also get a double dose of classic actors: Better Davis struts her stuff in All About Eve while Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr have An Affair to Remember. While neither of those are quite up my alley, it's nice to see someone besides Criterion give the Blu-Ray treatment to classic films - and doing a nice job of extras too!
In the new(er) category is the wonderfully subversive Pleasantville that looks like a straight-forward drama, but has hints of everything from racism to censorship along with the much more fluffy romantic comedy You've Got Mail.
To find out the complete rundown on all the new releases this week, visit the FilmCrave New DVD Releases and the FilmCrave New Blu-Ray Releases pages today.