Hot Tips and Top Picks: DVDs, Blu-rays and Digital Debuts for August 14
Videodrone's take on the biggest, best, coolest and culty-ist releases of the week
"The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate), the first blockbuster of 2012 and the latest young adult franchise to hit it big, debuts on Blu-ray and DVD on Saturday, August 18 (the first copies go on sale at 12:01 am at select stores). Also available on that date On Demand and Digital Download, and available at Redbox. Videodrone's review is here.
"The Raid: Redemption" (Sony), set almost entirely in an apartment building in the slums of Jakarta, is extreme action film from Indonesia that has earned s well-deserved reputation as one of the fiercest, most brutal crime thrillers around. Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand, available at Redbox. Reviewed on Videodrone here.
"Kill List" (IFC) is a British hit-man thriller that swerves into a jangly horror film that MSN film critic Glenn Kenny describes as "harrowing, inventive, disturbing and shudderingly brisk." Blu-ray and DVD.
"Tonight You're Mine" (Sony) is a romantic comedy shot on location in the midst of the chaos and craziness of a real-life music festival. DVD only.
Also new this week: "Juan of the Dead" (eOne), the first zombie film from Cuba, and the documentaries "Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment" (First Run) and "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" (HBO). All DVD only.
TV on Disc:
"Community: The Complete Third Season" (Sony) may be remembered as the season that this fan-favorite sitcom really gelled as the most clever comedy on TV. It will surely be celebrated as the last season with its brilliant creator/producer Dan Harmon at the helm. 22 episodes and loads of extras on three discs. DVD only. Videodrone's review is here.
"Dexter: The Sixth Season" (Paramount) pits everyone's favorite serial-killer hero (Michael C. Hall) against religious psycho "Doomsday Killer" tag-team of Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks. 12 episodes plus supplements, Blu-ray and DVD. Reviewed on Videodrone here.
Cool and Classic:
"La Promesse" (Criterion) and "Rosetta" (Criterion), the breakthrough films from Belgian directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, are a one-two punch of socially-engaged cinema, made with a documentary directness and a tough-love compassion. They make their respective Criterion debuts on Blu-ray and DVD with all-new supplements. Both reviewed on Videodrone here.
"Jaws" (Universal), Steven Spielberg’s meticulously directed, tension filled thrill machine, is the original modern summer blockbuster. It’s still one of the best, an elemental monster movie as well-tooled thriller invading the comfort zone of the suburban summer vacation. Videodrone's review is here.