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DISCussion: New to DVD and Blu-ray (8.5.2014)

There is a wide array of genres in this week’s DISCussion, but we have decided to go with horror, and pick Oculus as our Recommendation of the Week.

New Release:
Oculus (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Divergent (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Need for Speed (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
12 O’clock Boys (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
I’ll Follow You Down (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
God’s Not Dead (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)

Re-Release:
The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) (Blu-ray)
The Full Monty (1997) (Blu-ray)

 

Oculus

Oculus – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) *Recommendation of the Week*
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Written by Mike Flanagan (screenplay), Jeff Howard (screenplay), Mike Flanagan, Jeff Seidman (original short film)
Starring: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff

Kaylie Russell (Gillan) tries to exonerate her 21-year-old brother Tim (Thwaites) from a murder of which he was convicted many which he was convicted many years prior. Recently released from a mental institution, Tim has put his haunted past behind him, until his sister unlocks the ancient evil that ruined their lives.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 74% (Good)
Metacritic: 61 (Good)
IMDB: 6.6 (Good)
Entertainment Fuse: 7.0/10

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $19.96 (Blu-ray); $14.96 (DVD); $3.99/$12.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

 

Divergent

Divergent – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed by Neil Burger
Written by Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor (screenplay), Veronica Roth (novel)
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet

Adapted from the best-selling YA novel of the same name, Divergent is the action-packed drama surrounding a future wherein humanity’s destinies are pre-determined. Not fitting into any of the categories, the “Divergents” are cast out, and forced to fight against the system that is stacked against them.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 41% (Rotten)
Metacritic: 48 (Bad)
IMDB: 7.1 (Very Good)
Entertainment Fuse: 7.3/10 (Read Our Review)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $19.96 (Blu-ray); $15.99 (DVD); $3.99/$14.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

 

Need For Speed

Need for Speed – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed by Scott Waugh
Written by George Gatins (screenplay and story) John Gatins (story)
Starring: Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper

Based loosely around the popular video game series, Need for Speed is the story of a street racer, Tobey Marshall (Paul) who has recently been released from prison. Focused solely on revenge, Marshall acquires the fastest car his shop ever built, and enters the World’s most secretive and high-stakes street race – The DeLeon. Racing toward redemption, Marshall must clear his name and gain the recognition he deserves.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 22% (Very Rotten)
Metacritic: 39 (Very Bad)
IMDB: 6.8 (Good)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $35.99 (Blu-ray); $26.99 (DVD); $14.99 (Instant Buy)

 

12 O'clock Boys

12 O’clock Boys – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed and written by Lotfy Nathan
Starring: Coco, Pug, Steven

13-year-old Pug is growing up in urban Baltimore, and after the death of his older brother, Pug turns to a local dirt bike gang (the 12 O’clock Boys) for mentorship. Featuring action-packed sequences following the notorious gang, as well as a glimpse of Pug’s formative years, this documentary is one of the most unique stories in recent years.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 91% (Excellent)
Metacritic: 68 (Good)
IMDB: 6.5 (Good)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $35.99 (Blu-ray); $32.98 (DVD); $4.99/$9.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

 

Ill follow you down

I’ll Follow You Down – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed and written by Richie Mehta
Starring: Gillian Anderson, Haley Joel Osment, Rufus Sewell

A young scientist mysteriously disappears during a business trip. Years later, his own abandoned son becomes an accomplished scientist in his own right, and discovers a means to bring his father back. Embarking on a journey that could threaten his life, he must decide between his obsession and reality.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 25% (Very Rotten)
IMDB: 5.9 (Okay)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $24.97 (Blu-ray); $18.38 (DVD); $3.99/$9.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

Gods not dead

God’s Not Dead – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed by Harold Cronk
Written by Hunter Dennis (story), Chuck Konzelman (story and written by) and Cary Solomon (Story and written by)
Starring: Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, David A.R. White

God’s Not Dead is a made-for-TV-style movie about an agnostic professor who challenges his students’ beliefs in god.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 17% (Superbly Rotten)
Metacritic: 16 (Incredibly bad)
IMDB: 4.7 (Bad)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $16.99 (Blu-ray); $14.99 (DVD); $3.99/$12.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

The Man Who Knew Too Little

The Man Who Knew Too Little – (1997) (Blu-ray)
Directed by Jon Amiel
Written by Robert Ferrar (novel and screenplay), Howard Franklin (screenplay)
Starring: Bill Murray, Joanne Whalley, Peter Gallagher

Bill Murray stars in this satirical take on Hitchcockian spy thrillers. Mistaken for an international spy, Wallace Ritchie (Murray) believes that the assassination plot he becomes involved with is all a part of an elaborate theatrical performance.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 42% (Rotten)
IMDB: 6.6 (Good)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $16.98 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 4 stars(out of 5); Video: 3.5 stars; Audio: 4 stars; Extras: 3 stars; Replay: 4 stars. Highly Recommended.

 

The Full Monty

The Full Monty – (Blu-ray)
Directed by Peter Cattaneo
Written by Simon Beaufoy
Starring: Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy

When the local steel mill closes down, six former workers turn to the stage as a way to make money. Inspired by Chippendale’s dancers, the men form a risqué troupe of strip teasers, who become oddly comfortable with their new-found professions.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 95% (Excellent)
Metacritic: 75 (Very Good)
IMDB: 7.2(Very Good)
Entertainment Fuse: 7.6/10

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $16.18 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 3.5 stars(out of 5); Video: 3.5 stars; Audio: 5 stars; Extras: 4.5 stars; Replay: 3 stars. Recommended.

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