Monday 3 December 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Blu-rays

Gotham's finest makes his final (for now) Blu-ray appearance this week, and although not many other releases dare go up against him, there's a couple of worthy contenders in the ones that do.

One of the biggest home entertainment releases of the year arrives this week; the concluding chapter of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight saga. A fitting end to Christian Bale's time in the cowl, The Dark Knight Rises sees the aforementioned hero take on a buffed up Tom Hardy as Bane, trying to bring Gotham City to its knees with a devious and life-shattering plan against old Brucie. With support from Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to conclude the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises is a must buy.

Jeremy Renner's attempt to pick up the Bourne franchise where Matt Damon left off was received rather tepidly during its theatrical release, but who knows? Maybe this one will find its audience now that it's out on DVD and Blu-ray. Personally, I think Renner spread himself a bit thin this past year in his efforts to join as many franchises as possible, when it may have been beneficial to the audience to easily identify him with one role. It's clear that he'd love to be the lead in a big action franchise, but I doubt that any of the characters he's taken on in 2012 will become a signature role for him. Don't believe me? Go on then, what's the name of his character in The Bourne Legacy?

A sort of sequel to the 2010 rom-com Valentine's Day, this mega-casted/multi-strand epic of women's magazines favourites may be a garish assault on the eyeballs, but is worthwhile existing if only for the spot on Funny or Die parody trailer. Something tells me this is milliseconds away from becoming a reality.

What more could you want from a re-packaged and re-released Blu-ray for Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters than to see a zombie tearing through someone's flesh on the cover? Another Arrow release loaded with special features that probably should have seen this steelbook edition carry a heftier price-tag, this classic of the genre literally* does what it says on the tin.

(*Well no, not literally. But you know what I mean.)

Screened earlier this year at Sheffield's DocFest, this is a rock documentary that proves that you don't always need to be a fan of or even have much prior knowledge of the subject to appreciate what is an astonishing story. Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet tells the heart-breaking story of Jason Becker, an incredibly skilled guitarist on the verge of becoming a megastar, cut down in his prime when he developed Lou Gehrig's Disease at the age of 19. Something of a folk hero and legend to the rock and roll community, this film follows Jason's inspiring journey to continue making music with the help of his family and friends, and is about the triumph of the human spirit in its purist form.

1 comment:

  1. I thought that TDKR wasn't that good, that TBL was a "worst good movie" (Renner is a better actor than Matt Damon), and that NYE was awful.