Hot New DVDs Drop for Great Viewing Available Now: Black Swan, Love & Other Drugs, Wild Target & MORE!!
The hottest of the Blu-ray and DVDs releases out right now are up for review and maybe a few you might want to put on the back-burner as well.
Black Swan with Natalie Portman is a must-see movie. If you aren’t into psychological thrillers, then you might not like this one. I was totally engrossed in this and saw it on the big screen and the DVD version I was given to review didn’t disappoint. It was nice to see the movie again because I caught little nuances and bits that I missed the first time. ( I saw this in Austin Texas in a theater and everyone with me jumped at one scene — and I was the only one who didn’t). The movie isn’t for the shy, timid or fearful and the extras with the DVD and Blu-ray discs include
A behind the scenes look at the filmmaking process from Darren Aronofsky’s visionary directing, to the physically-demanding acting, to the stunning special effects.
●Behind the Curtain: An inside look at the film’s costume and production design.
●Ten Years in the Making: Natalie Portman and Darren Aronofsky discuss their creative journey, from “preparing for the role” to “dancing with the camera.”
●Cast Profiles – Roles of a Lifetime :presented by Fox Movie Channel, the stars reflect on the their challenging and rewarding characters
Love and Other Drugs stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Oliver Platt in what starts out aas a smart, sharp girl meets pharmaceutical sales guy who is a player and she’s not in the mood for love but sex is just fine. Rather than end up like the Kate Hudson & Jennifer Lopez movies with a sacharine ending, this movie maintains the sharp edge and adds in some pathos when Hathaway’s character has a chronic illness and suddenly love comes to visit the man who actually falls in love. Loved the movie, Gyllenhaal and Hathaway had great chemistry (why didn’t that combination host the Oscars?) and it’s a believeable story.
It’s a must watch movie!! It’s available in Blu0–ray and DVD.
Wild Target Emily Blunt, Bill Nighy and Rupert Grint are the stars in this movie (along with Rupert Everett) which is a crazy British comedy that really is silly but it’s so funny that unless you are having a really bad day (lost a job, someone died) you will at least give a giggle about this. Grint seems to play almost the same sort of character as he does in Harry Potter. Nighy on the other hand was outstanding (last seen in Pirate Radio, Pirates of the Caribbean), he’s always funny and in a really twisted sort of way. Emily Blunt is good as a foil and it’s a movie worth seeing if only for Nighy alone. He’s great. It’s not yoru usual type of comedy.
Unstoppable is a runaway train featuring blue eyed hunk, Chris Pine and Denzel Washington as the crochety senior railroad engineer who’s getting laid off to save the company money. It’s a movie that is great for a crowd when you want to talk and not miss much of the movie if you do. It’s a “phone it in” movie that we have seen so many times before in different presentations. Denzel was great, Chris Pine showed more depth than he did in Star Trek. The rest of the movie — great for when you have nothing else to watch.
For Colored Girls is a remake of the stage play “Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” and Tyler Perry (director of various comedies) turns this serious play into a deftly crafted, intelligently acted (and casted) ensemble piece that turns the spotlight onto the lives of various women of various ages and interweaves them together through some horrific events that occur that affect all these women — each in their own way to take posession and control of their own lives. This is an intense drama and the actors are all fabulous. Not for the faint of heart because of some of the topical matter — it’s smart, sharp and brilliant. Definitely get it in blu-ray as it will just give some much more juice to the costumes and set design.
Chloe is another drama– and this review seems to be filled with them but hang tight I do have a really funny one at the end. With a stellar cast lead by Liam Neeson (David, a professor), Julianne Moore (Catherine, an MD) and Amanda Seyfried, (Chloe,) this is an intense movie with what is presented as a usual plot of a married older man who seems to be cheating on his wife. With the final straw of the husband missing his own birthday party, Catherine hires Chloe to attempt to seduce her husband and see if he goes for the bait. Chloe reports back that he does and that the man and the young woman are having an affair. While Catherine is paying for this subterfuge, she realizes that Chloe is insinuating herself into the lives of her family — including that of the couple’s son. There are some serious plot twists here and while there are bits that are a bit stale, there are elements that are really eye-popping. It’s an ending that is beyond belief. It’s definitely deserves the R rating for nudity, sexual content and language. It does get your attention!!
Killers stars Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher as an unlikely couple that meet up in France. Spence is a spy and working an assignment and Jen’s there with her parents because her fiancee just dumped her and she needs the break. He quits the spy business to marry Jen and have a normal life. Tom Selleck plays the dad (a great performance) and the mom is played by Catherine O’Hara who does a great job showing that she can drink as a solution to her husband’s authoritarian attitude. He quits the spy business to marry However while this movie starts cute, it falters a bit after they have been married 3 years. Spencer gets a message from his former boss that they want him back and he’s starting to feel the itch to get “active”. Jen is worried that maybe their marriage is failing and is heading off to a business trip but winds up not on that trip but walking back into the total insanity and murder going on back at the house. This is the BEST part of the movie and who knew that these two (Heigl & Kutcher) could be this great and this believable in this section of the movie. The kicker is the ending and Tom Selleck pulls off the coup of the movie. NO spoilers here. You need to see it to find out!
Do take the time to check out some of these titles on DVD– the ones you haven’t seen are really worth the time.
Stevie Wilson, LA-Story.com
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