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DISCussion: New on DVD and Blu-ray (9.9.14)

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

New on DVD this week, we have some highly-anticipated releases, and some wonderful throw-backs to the 70’s. While The French Connection and Young Frankenstein are both incredible films, we have chosen the action-packed Captain America: The Winter Soldier as our Recommendation of the Week

New Release:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Ida – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Willow Creek – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Palo Alto – (DVD and Instant)
Fed Up – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
God’s Pocket – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Borgman – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Korengal – (Blu-ray and DVD)
Brick Mansions – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)

Re-release:
Young Frankenstein (1974) – (Blu-ray)
The French Connection (1971) – (Blu-ray)

 

New on DVD

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant) *Recommendation of the Week*
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo
Written by Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay), Ed Brubaker (concept and story), Joe Simon (comic book) and Jack Kirby (comic book)
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie

The long awaited sequel to the Captain America franchise was well worth the wait. Packing even more outrageous comic book action as its predecessor, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a wholly entertaining addition to the Marvel series.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 89% (Very Good)
Metacritic: 70 (Very Good)
IMDB: 7.9 (Very Good)
Entertainment Fuse: 8.5/10 (Read our review, or listen to our episode of The Plot Hole)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $17.96 (Blu-ray); $14.96 (DVD); $14.99 (Instant Buy)

 

New on DVD

Ida – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
Written by Pawel Pawlikowski (writer) and Rebecca Lenkiewicz (co-writer)
Starring: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik

Ida is the story of a young Catholic nun who is about to take her vows. Upon discovering that she is of Jewish descent, her and her aunt begin to uncover the tragic history of their family before and after the Nazi occupation of Europe.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 95% (Excellent)
Metacritic: 89 (Superb)
IMDB: 7.5 (Very Good)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $31.44 (Blu-ray); $25.46 (DVD); $3.99/$12.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

 

New on DVD

Willow Creek – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed and written by Bobcat Goldthwait
Starring: Alexie Gilmore, Bryce Johnson, Laura Montagna

Bobcat Goldthwait (God Bless America, World’s Greatest Dad) delivers a somewhat inconsistent, yet terrifying horror film with Willow Creek. Featuring Gilmore and Johnson as intrepid campers determined to discover Bigfoot, the two get much more than they bargained for.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 88% (Very Good)
Metacritic: 62 (Good)
IMDB: 5.4 (Okay)
Entertainment Fuse: 7.5/10 (read our review)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $15.98 (Blu-ray); $21.23 (DVD); $3.99/$7.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

 

New on DVD

Palo Alto – (DVD and Instant)
Directed by Gia Coppola
Written by Gia Coppola (screenplay) and James Franco (short stories)
Starring: James Franco, Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer

Emma Roberts stars as the class virgin and soccer star who begins a flirtatious relationship with her coach, Mr. B (Franco). Torn between her older coach and her crush, Teddy (Kilmer), their lives descend into chaos as one party blends into the next, and Teddy’s friend Fred begins to go off the rails.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 72% (Good)
Metacritic: 69 (Good)
IMDB: 6.5 (Good)

DISC DETAILS

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

 

New on DVD

Fed Up – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed by Stephanie Soechtig
Written by Mark Monroe, Stephanie Soechtig
Starring: Michele Simon

This Katie Couric produced documentary focuses on the obesity epidemic in America, and the food corporations that help fuel it.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 82% (Very Good)
Metacritic: 71 (Very Good)
IMDB: 7.4 (Very Good)

DISC DETAILS
Special Features: Deleted scenes

Amazon: $25.49 (Blu-ray); $9.96 (DVD); $3.99/$12.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content: 4 stars(out of 5); Video: 4 stars; Audio: 4 stars; Extras: 1 stars; Replay: 3.5 stars. Highly Recommended.

 

New on DVD

God’s Pocket – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed by John Slattery
Written by Peter Dexter (novel), Alex Metcalf (screenplay) and John Slattery (screenplay)
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro

When Micky Scarpato’s (Hoffman) wild stepson is killed in a construction “accident”, no one in the blue collar town of God’s Pocket seems to care. When a local journalist begins to look into the untimely death, Micky’s life goes from bad to worse.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 34% (Very Bad)
Metacritic: 51 (Okay)
IMDB: 6.2 (Good)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $27.98 (Blu-ray); $19.99 (DVD); $3.99/$14.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

 

New on DVD

Borgman – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed and written by Alex van Warmerdam
Starring: Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval

An upper class family takes in a wandering vagrant and it turns their lives inside out. Haunting and gripping, this Dutch surrealist film leaves its audience stunned.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 82% (Very Good)
Metacritic: 71 (Very Good)
IMDB: 7.4 (Very Good)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $27.98 (Blu-ray); $22.49 (DVD); $3.99/$14.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

New on DVD

Korengal – (Blu-ray and DVD)
Directed by Sebastian Junger
Starring: LaMonta Caldwell, Miguel Cortez, Stephen Gillespie

Picking up where the award-winning Restrepo left off, Korengal features many of the same brave soldiers fighting in the same deadly valley in Afghanistan. Offering a new take on war, Korengal explores how war is fought and what it means to the young men who serve.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 85% (Very Good)
Metacritic: 67 (Good)
IMDB: 6.5 (Good)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $15.98 (Blu-ray); $14.99 (DVD)

 

New on DVD

Brick Mansions – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed by Camille Delamarre
Written by Luc Besson (screenplay, and District 13 screenplay) and Bibi Naceri (District 13 screenplay)
Starring: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA

In Paul Walker’s final non-Fast and Furious role, he plays Detective Damien Collier in a post-apocalyptic Detroit. Going undercover, Collier is determined to bring down a notorious crime boss in this District 13 remake.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 26% (Very, Very Bad)
Metacritic: 40 (Bad)
IMDB: 5.7 (Okay)

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $19.99 (Blu-ray); $14.99 (DVD); $4.99/$12.99 (Instant Rent/ Buy)

 

Re-release:

 

New on DVD

Young Frankenstein (1974) (Blu-ray)
Directed by Mel Brooks
Written by Mel Brooks (screen story and screenplay), Gene Wilder (screen story and screenplay) and Mary Shelley (Frankenstein novel)
Starring: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman

Mel Brooks’ hilarious adaptation of the famous Frankenstein story. The grandson of the notorious doctor (Wilder) returns to his grandfather’s lab in an attempt to recreate his monster.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 94% (Excellent)
Metacritic: N/A
IMDB: 8.1 (Excellent)
Entertainment Fuse: 9/10

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $9.99 (Blu-ray)

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

 

New on DVD

The French Connection (1971) – (Blu-ray, DVD and Instant)
Directed by William Friedkin
Written by Ernest Tidyman (screenplay), Robin Moore (based on the book by) and Howard Hawks (uncredited)
Starring: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

This classic 1970’s police thriller from director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, Sorcerer) details the true-life exploits of New York City police taking on a world-wide heroin distributer. Full of extended car chases, and gritty, sarcastic dialogue, The French Connection is an indelible piece of cinema history.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 98% (Superbly Superb)
Metacritic: 96 (Damn Good)
IMDB: 7.8 (Very Good)
Entertainment Fuse: 9.5/10

DISC DETAILS

Amazon: $12.79 (Blu-ray)

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

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