By Chris Kavan - 10/05/10 at 12:10 PM CT
What is a plethora? It's a lot of good releases to make up for a trickle we've encountered lately. You've got to like the well-rounded selection this time around, but there can only be one winner.
1) No doubt the #1 pick is Disney's Diamond Edition of Beauty and the Beast. Out of the many films to choose from, this is easily one of Disney's best. With the high-def option, it should look even better, plus the extra features are astounding - including different versions of the film, commentary, sing-a-long feature and plenty of behind-the-scenes look into the music and animation. Certainly a must-buy for any fan of animation and Disney.
2) It may not be second in popularity, but the sci-fi/horror film Splice should be next. While it had a rather weak output at the box office, I knew as soon as I saw it that it screamed "cult" hit. It's such a twisted story, that it deserves to be seen just so you can ponder the mysteries of life... that is created by mad scientists.
3) Back to the family friendly demographic you have a remake that is actually good. I'm talking about The Karate Kid, which should have remained the kung-fu kid, but I guess marketing didn't like it as much. Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan put in some great moves, and good performances in this film.
4) Another remake, but not for kids. Freddy returns to haunt the dreams of teens once again in A Nightmare on Elm Street. I think Jackie Earle Haley was a good choice, but no one can compare to Robert Englund. I might check this out, but I can't see how it could be better than the original. I'll give it a chance, however.
5) Fans of animation have a second choice this week with the Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells. It's an Irish tale and filled with some stunning animation.
Blu-Ray fans also have a lot to cheer about this week: in my opinion one of the best release days of the year. Just in time for Halloween is the release of The Exorcist - a film I considered to be the best horror film of all time. You also have the special edition version of Grindhouse ONLY available on Blu-Ray. Two films for one great price - what's not to like? On the drama front are three spectacular films. First is The Last of the Mohicans, a great epic with a star-making turn for Daniel Day-Lewis. You also have two classic Humphrey Bogart films, first the noir tale of The Maltese Falcon and second is The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - a tale of morality, greed and paranoia.
You still have more! If you like a story with a lot of character, you have two great choices in Hard Candy, the film that put Ellen Page on the map, and Bad Lieutenant, in which Harvey Keitel makes one memorable cop.
Truth be told, if you can't find a good film to watch this week, I'm not sure I can help you anymore. As always, to check out all the new releases, visit the FilmCrave New DVD Releases and FilmCrave New Blu-Ray Releases pages today.