New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave: Get The Rite Mechanic for Your Roommate & The Other Woman
By Chris Kavan - 05/17/11 at 10:38 AM CT
It's a little action, a lot drama and a dash of horror - so if you can't find something to interest you, well, there's always next week.
1) First up is Jason Statham once again proving he's the go-to guy for in-your-face action with the remake of The Mechanic. While I haven't seen the original, I know that Statham loves a good action film - the Transporter and Crank series are a testament to his skills. While none of those films will garner any awards, I have to admit they are a lot of fun to watch and I'm hoping The Mechanic will continue that trend.
2) I have a feeling it's going to be bit on the dry side of things, but The Rite at least presents and interesting concept: American priest investigates exorcisms at the Vatican and gets more than he bargained for. It helps that Anthony Hopkins is involved, though if the movie is a bit plodding I don't know if even he will be able to turn things around. Still, I'm at least willing to give it a shot.
3) Sticking to the horror side of things, as far as remakes go The Roommate probably won't rank amongst the best, but, much like Swimfan was a Fatal Attraction for the teen-young adult set, this is Single White Female for the same audience. Will is be anywhere near as fun? No, but if you're in the right mood, it could be a pleasant enough way to pass a couple hours.
4) Natalite Portman has been many things: a young assassin in training, a queen, a ballerina - but in The Other Woman she's not special - just a woman coping with a heavy burden. The whole films pretty much rests on her shoulders but if you're looking for a woman to carry a film, Portman is a great choice. While this kind of movie isn't exactly up my alley, if you're a fan of Portman and deep emotion, this will be a good choice.
On the Blu-Ray front you can remember Eddie Murphy in the good old days long before Meet Dave and Norbit. I'm talking about Beverly Hills Cop when he was fresh and still cool. The late, great Paul Newman does his best to scam his way to glory with The Hustler - probably my favorite Newman film after Cool Hand Luke and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. For fans of horror there are two very different films to choose from. On one hand, you have the Criterion releases of Diabolique - a creepy little mystery with a bold twist that prove the French have been doing horror right for over 50 years. On the other hand Dario Argento's Deep Red shows the director in top form. This is a great thriller in the giallo tradition and if you're a fan at all of the genre, it should be a must-watch.
You can catch all the new releases on the FilmCrave New DVD Releases and FilmCrave New Blu-Ray Releases pages today.