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DISCussion: New on DVD and Blu-ray (9.30.14)

"New on DVD and Blu-ray this Week!"

While there are some great re-releases and Criterion editions this week, we have decided to go with Jon Favreau’s hit, Chef as our Recommendation of the Week.

New Release:
Chef – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) *Recommendation of the Week*
Cold in July – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Transformers: Age of Extinction – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Are You Here – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Third Person – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Hellion – (DVD and Instant)
Space Station 76 – (DVD and Instant)

Re-Release:
Once Upon a Time in America (1984) – (Extended Director’s Cut Blu-ray)
Sundays and Cybele (1962) – (Criterion Blu-ray)
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) – (Criterion Blu-ray)

 

New on DVD

Chef – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) *Recommendation of the Week*
Directed and Written by Jon Favreau
Starring: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo

Chef Carl Casper (Favreau) finds himself without a job after he mistakenly insults a food critic via Twitter. Turing to the burgeoning world of the food truck, Casper enlists the help of his ex-wife (Vergara), friend (Leguizamo) and his son to start a truck of his own. Chef is the story of a man forced to rediscover his passion for the trade, and his passion for life.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 88% (Very Good)
Metacritic: 68 (Good)
IMDB: 7.3 (Very Good)
Entertainment Fuse: 8/10

DISC DETAILS

Special Features: Commentary with Favreau and professional chef Roy Choi; Deleted scenes

Amazon: $19.99 (Blu-ray); $14.99 (DVD); $4.99/$14.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 4 stars(out of 5); Video: 4.5 stars; Audio: 4 stars; Extras: 3 stars; Replay: 3.5 stars. Highly Recommended.

 

New on DVD

Cold in July – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed by Jim Mickle
Written by Nick Damici (screenplay), Jim Mickle (screenplay) and Joe R. Lansdale (novel)
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson

When Richard Dane (Hall) kills a small-time burglar who breaks into his home, his life descends into chaos when the thief’s brother comes to town looking for revenge. Twisting and turning like 50’s noir, Cold in July sizzles as Dane struggles to keep up with his continually changing environment.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 86% (Very Good)
Metacritic: 73 (Very Good)
IMDB: 7.0 (Very Good)

DISC DETAILS

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

 

New on DVD

Transformers – Age of Extinction – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed by Michael Bay
Written by Ehren Kruger
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor

Michael Bay reboots his own franchise with a whole new cast, and robot dinosaurs.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 18% (The lowest yet!)
Metacritic: 32 (Really Bad)
IMDB: 6.0 (Barely Okay)
Entertainment Fuse: 4.5/10 (Read our Review)

DISC DETAILS

Special Features: “Bay on Action” – interview with Michael Bay regarding his directing technique; “Evolution Within Extinction” massive 8-part documentary involving all the aspects of making the film; “Just Another Giant Effin’ Movie” behind-the-scenes fun; “A Spark of Design” a look at Hasbro’s development of Transformers toys and merchandise; “T.J. Miller: Farm Hippie” Miller’s own behind-the-scenes reel; trailers

Amazon: $17.99 (Blu-ray); $14.99 (DVD); $3.99/$14.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 3 stars(out of 5); Video: 5 stars; Audio: 5 stars; Extras: 4.5 stars; Replay: 3.5 stars (Apparently better after a second viewing). Recommended.

 

New on DVD

Are You Here – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed and Written by Matthew Weiner
Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler

Ben (Galifianakis) and Steve (Wilson) are childhood best friends who team up once-again when Ben’s estranged father dies; leaving him a considerable fortune. The two men must travel back to their home town where they match wits with Ben’s formidable sister (Poehler)

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 7% (This might be the lowest score on DISCussion)
Metacritic: 37 (Very Bad)
IMDB: 5.3 (Bad)

DISC DETAILS

Special Features: Director Commentary

Amazon: $14.96 (Blu-ray); $12.96 (DVD); $3.99/$12.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 1.5 stars(out of 5); Video: 4 stars; Audio: 4 stars; Extras: 2 stars; Replay: 0 stars. Skip It.

 

New on DVD

Third Person – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed and Written by Paul Haggis
Starring: Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody

Director Paul Haggis uses his signature technique from Crash in this interwoven story of love. Three couples from around the globe share nothing in common, yet the relationships they form have very similar elements.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 24% (Very Bad)
Metacritic: 37 (Really Bad)
IMDB: 6.5 (Good)

DISC DETAILS

Special Features: Audio Commentary with Paul Haggis, Production Designer Laurence Bennett, Editor Jo Francis, Producer Michael Nozik, and actor Moran Atias; Q&A with Director Paul Haggis; “Making of Third Person”; Trailer

Amazon: $24.99 (Blu-ray); $19.99 (DVD); $4.99/$12.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 3 stars(out of 5); Video: 4.5 stars; Audio: 4.5 stars; Extras: 2.5 stars; Replay: 2.5 stars. Rent It.

 

New on DVD

Hellion – (DVD and Instant)
Directed and Written by Kat Candler
Starring: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins

When the continued delinquency of 13-year-old Jacob (Wiggins) places himself and his little brother in the hands of Child Protective Services, their absent father Hollis (Paul) must figure out a way to put his past behind him, and care for his boys.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 59% (Just Barely Rotten)
Metacritic: 55 (Okay)
IMDB: 6.5 (Good)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $22.98 (DVD); $3.99/$12.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

 

New on DVD

Space Station 76 – (DVD and Instant)
Directed by Jack Plotnick
Written by Jennifer Elise Cox, Sam Pancake, Jack Plotnick, Kali Rocha and Michael Stoyanov
Starring: Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Marisa Coughlan

A 1970’s version of the future where personalities and asteroids collide. (c) Official Facebook

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 61% (Fresh @ 18 Reviews)
Metacritic: 49 (Bad)
IMDB: 5.0 (Barely Okay)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $14.99 (DVD); $4.99/$14.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

Re-Release:

New on DVD

Once Upon a Time in America (1984) – (Extended-Director’s Cut Blu-ray)
Directed by Sergio Leone
Written by Harry Grey (Novel, “The Hoods”), Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Enrico Medioli, Franco Arcalli, Franco Ferrini, Sergio Leone, Stuart Kaminsky (additional dialogue) and Ernesto Gastaldi (uncredited)
Starring: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern

Sergio Leone’s urban epic that follows a group of Jewish gangsters as they rise to prominence during prohibition in New York City, and their return to the Lower-East-Side 35 years later.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 89% (Very Good)
IMDB: 8.4 (Excellent)
Entertainment Fuse: 8/10

DISC DETAILS
Special Features: Excerpt from “Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone”; Trailer

Amazon: $26.49 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 5 stars(out of 5); Video: 4 stars; Audio: 5 stars; Extras: 2 stars; Replay: 5 stars. DVD Talk Collector Series.

 

New on DVD

Sundays and Cybele (1962) – (Criterion Blu-ray)
Directed by Serge Bourguignon
Written by Serge Bourguignon (scenario and dialogue), Antoine Tudal (scenario), Bernard Eschassèriaux (novel and dialogue)
Starring: Hardy Krüger, Nicole Courcel, Patricia Gozzi

An emotionally damaged War veteran from The First Indochina War, Pierre (Krüger), returns to France where he lives in solitude. After striking up a bizarre friendship with a young girl who was ditched by her father, he begins to rediscover parts of his life that he thought were lost forever. Although the friendship is harmless, it raises some obvious concerns, and the relationship is misconstrued by even those closest to Pierre.

IMDB: 8.0 (Excellent)

DISC DETAILS

Special Features: 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; New interviews with director Serge Bourguignon and actors Hardy Krüger and Patricia Gozzi; “Le sourire” Bourguignon’s Palme d’Or–winning short documentary; Trailer; PLUS: An essay by critic Ginette Vincendeau

Amazon: $26.49 (Criterion Blu-ray)

 

New on DVD

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) – (Criterion Blu-ray)
Directed by and Written by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Starring: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin

An elderly German woman, Emmi (Mira), and a young Moroccan immigrant, Ali, (ben Salem), form an accidental romantic bond. When the odd couple fall in love and plan a marriage, their family and friends are appalled. However, the more their friends begin to accept the romance, the more rocky it becomes.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 100% (Superb at 23 reviews)
IMDB: 8.1 (Excellent)

DISC DETAILS

Special Features: New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Jürgen Jürges, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; Introduction from 2003 by filmmaker Todd Haynes; Interviews from 2003 with actor Brigitte Mira and editor Thea Eymèsz; Shahbaz Noshir’s 2002 short Angst isst Seele auf, which reunites Mira, Eymèsz, and Jürges to tell the story, based on real events, of an attack by neo-Nazis on a foreign actor while on his way to a stage performance of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s screenplay; Signs of Vigorous Life: New German Cinema, a 1976 BBC program about the film movement of which Fassbinder was a part; Scene from Fassbinder’s 1970 film The American Soldier that inspired Ali: Fear Eats the Soul; Trailer; PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara

Amazon: $33.96 (Criterion Blu-ray)

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

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