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DISCussion: New on DVD and Blu-ray (4.22.2014)

The Michael Caine crime movie Get Carter is the DISCussion Recommendation of the Week. It is being re-released on a bare bones Blu-ray.

First Release
Big Bad Wolves (DVD and Blu-ray)
Bettie Page Reveals All (DVD and Blu-ray)
Barefoot (DVD)

Re-Release
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) (DVD and Blu-ray)
Sorcerer (1976) (DVD and Blu-ray)
Seven Warriors (1989) (DVD and Blu-ray)
Get Carter (1971) (Blu-ray)
Get Carter (2000) (Blu-ray)
Conspiracy Theory (1997) (Blu-ray)

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Get Carter (1971) (Blu-ray) *Recommendation of the Week*

Directed by Mike Hodges
Written by Mike Hodges (screenplay), Ted Lewis (novel ‘Jack’s Return Home)
Starring: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, John Osborne, Britt Ekland

The 1971 movie Get Carter is a gritty crime classic in the UK, about Jack Carter (Michael Caine), a London gangster who goes to Newcastle for his brother’s funeral and quickly suspects foul play. As he investigates he dives deep into the seedy underworld of Tyneside.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 89% (excellent)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 8.5/10

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $9.96 (Blu-ray)

The big new release of the week is the critically acclaimed Israeli crime thriller Big Bad Wolves whilst many movies are being re-released including Don Siegel’s Riot in Cell Block 11 and William Friedkin’s Sorcerer.

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Big Bad Wolves (DVD and Blu-ray)

Written and directed by Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Starring: Lior Ashkenazi, Tzahi Grad, Dovel’e Glickman, Rotem Keinan

Big Bad Wolves is a crime thriller from Israel which Quentin Tarantino dubbed the best film of 2013. Big Bad Wolves follows three men whose worlds are about to collide, Miki (Lior Ashkenazi), a police detective who suspects a schoolteacher, Dror (Rotem Keinan) is murderer and Gidi (Tzahi Grad), the father of a murder victim and he wants revenge.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 78% (very good)
Metacritic Rating: 63/100 (good)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features:  Making of Big Bad Wolves; AXS TV A Look at Big Bad Wolves; Theatrical Trailer

Amazon Price: $12.96 (DVD), $14.96 (Blu-ray)

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Bettie Page Reveals All (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Mark Mori
Written by Doug Miller
Starring: Bettie Page

Bettie Page Reveal All
is a documentary about the famous 50s pin-up girl Bettie Page as she tells about her life, work and cultural impact.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 76% (very good)
Metacritic Rating: 64/100 (good)

DISC DETAILS

DVD Special Features: The early years of Bettie Page; Filth and obscenity! Bonus footage reel; Phone call with Bettie and Paula Klaw; Restored Irving Klaw “Wiggle Movies” starring Bettie; “Bettie Page” music video; Bettie’s funeral video; Exclusive pin-up gallery

Amazon Price: $26.96 (DVD), $31.46 (Blu-ray)

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Barefoot (DVD)

Directed by Andrew Fleming
Written by Stephen Zotnowski
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Scott Speedman, Treat Williams, Kate Burton, J.K. Simmons

The romantic comedy-drama Barefoot is a remake of the 2005 German movie Barfuss. Scott Speedman (Underworld) is a “black sheep” of a wealthy family who meets a young psychiatric patient, Daisy (Evan Rachel Wood) and takes her to his brother’s wedding.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 11% (awful)
Metacritic Rating: 22/100 (very bad)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $12.99 (DVD)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content 1.5 stars, Video 4 stars, Audio 3.5 stars, Extras 0.5 stars, Replay 1 stars (out of 5). Skip It.

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Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Don Siegel
Written by Richard Collins
Starring: Neville Brand, Leo Gordon, Emile Meyer, Frank Faylen

Don Siegel is a director with a great record, making movies like Dirty Harry and Escape from Alcatraz and with producer Walter Wanger he made the prison movie Riot in Cell Block 11 where a group of prisoners overtake a prison wing in protest against their harsh treatment.

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $15.99 (DVD), $24.99 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content 4 stars, Video 4.5 stars, Audio 3.5 stars, Extras 4 stars, Replay 3.5 stars (out of 5). Highly Recommended.

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Sorcerer (1977) (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by William Friedkin
Written by Walon Green (screenplay), Georges Arnaud (novel ‘Le Salaire de la peur’)
Starring: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou, Ramon Bieri

Directed by The Exorcist and The French Connection director William Friedkin, Sorcerer is a remake of the 1953 French movie The Wages of Fear. Set in the depths of an unnamed South American country five men from different nationalities work in a oil-drilling operation. When a fire breaks out four of the men could make a fortune if they undertake a dangerous mission to transport dynamite through the jungle.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 78% (very good)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $11.01 (DVD), $23.78 (Blu-ray)

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Seven Warriors (1989) (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Terry Tong
Written by Tsang Kan Cheung
Starring: Adam Cheng, Jacky Cheung, Max Mok, Tony Leung, Wu Ma, Shing Fui-On, Ben Lam, Lo Lieh, Elaine Jin, Gregory Lee, Yip San, Sammo Hung

Seven Warriors is an action movie from Hong Kong and a homage to Seven Samurai. Set during the Warlord Era in China a village is constantly being raided by bandits and have to hire seven warriors to help defend their home.

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $22.98 (DVD), $9.96 (Blu-ray)

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Get Carter
(2000) (Blu-ray)

Directed by Stephen Kay
Written by David McKenna (screenplay), Ted Lewis (novel ‘Jack’s Return Home’)
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Rachael Leigh Cook, Alan Cumming, Mickey Rourke, John C. McGinley, Rhona Mitra

As well as the classic British original the awful American remake of Get Carter is also being re-released onto Blu-ray. Sylvester Stallone takes on the role of Jack Carter and the action is transferred Seattle as Jack investigates his brother’s death.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 12% (awful)
Metacritic Rating: 24/100 (very bad)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 4.0/10

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $9.96 (Blu-ray)

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Conspiracy Theory (1997) (Blu-ray)

Directed by Richard Donner
Written by Brian Helgeland
Starring: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart

Richard Donner and Mel Gibson have worked on many movies together, including this action-thriller. Gibson stars as Jerry Fletcher, a New York cab driver and an insane conspiracy theorist (so like Gibson in real life). But it turns out that one of Fletcher’s theories is right, he just has to figure out which one it is.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes: 52% (average)
Metacritic Rating: 49/100 (average)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 8.0/10

DISC DETAILS

Amazon Price: $9.96 (Blu-ray)

 

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