Hot Tips and Top Picks: DVDs, Blu-rays and digital debuts for the week of September 6
“Now You See Me” (Lionsgate, Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, VOD), a high concept heist movie starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco as a team of guerilla magicians who execute their robberies in plain sight, plays fast and loose with logic and credulity but it’s a colorful and playful lark that zips along from scene to scene with the momentum of an adrenaline-charged action film. Videodrone’s review is here, and we have an interview with director Louis Letterier here.
Michael Shannon is “The Iceman” (Magnolia, Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand), a contract killer with a seemingly normal family life, in this drama based on a real-life story.
“Blancanieves” (Cohen, Blu-ray and DVD), an inventive retelling of Snow White as a silent-movie melodrama in the 1920s world of bullfighting royalty and flamenco style in Spain, is our foreign language pick this week.
“Stories We Tell” (Lionsgate, DVD, On Demand), the third directorial effort from actress and filmmaker Sarah Polley, is the non-fiction pick of the week and “From Up on Poppy Hill” (Cinedigm, Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand), the gentle coming-of-age drama directed by Goro Miyazaki and produced by animation legend Hiyao Miyazaki, is the animation pick.
Also new this week: “The English Teacher” (Cinedigm, Blu-ray and DVD) with Julianne Moore, British horror comedy “Cockneys vs. Zombies” (Shout Factory, Blu-ray and DVD), and “Empire State” (Lionsgate, Blu-ray and DVD) with Liam Hemsworth, Emma Roberts, and Dwayne Johnson.
Three SyFy original “super”-sized disaster movies — “Super Storm” (Anchor Bay), “Seattle Superstorm” (Arc), and “Super Eruption” (Arc) — lead off the monthly B-Sides Round-up of direct-to-disc and made-for-cable films.
“Iron Man 3” (Disney/Marvel) is available on HD Digital and HD Digital 3D this week, before the disc editions arrive on September 24.
Most releases are also available as digital download and VOD via iTunes, Amazon, and other web retailers and video services.
“A Bay of Blood” (Kino, Blu-ray and DVD) and “Five Dolls for an August Moon” (Kino, Blu-ray and DVD) are the latest remastered arrivals in Kino’s “Mario Bava Collection” and “Hell’s Angels on Wheels” (Hen’s Tooth, Blu-ray+DVD Combo) starring Jack Nicholson debuts on Blu-ray.
New on Netflix Instant: “War of the Buttons” (2011) from France with Laetitia Casta and Guillaume Canet (two weeks before disc) and “Downfall” (2004) from Germany with Bruno Ganz as Adolph Hitler. Hulu has Gus Van Sant’s “Drugstore Cowboy” (1989) and Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona” (1966), and Fandor has “Night Across the Street” (2012), the final feature from Raul Ruiz.
“All the Boys Love Mandy Lane,” the buzzworthy horror hit of 2006 film festivals that disappeared down the rabbit hole of distribution paralysis for years, debuts On Demand and VOD starting Friday, September 6, in advance of its long-awaited theatrical release.
Arriving same day as theaters is “Adore” with Naomi Watts and Robin Wright and film “Bounty Killer” with Gary Busey, and arriving same day as disc is the magician heist film “Now You See Me,” the thriller “The Iceman” with Michael Shannon and Winona Ryder, the animated “From Up on Poppy Hill,” Sarah Polley’s first-person documentary “Stories We Tell,” among others.
The TV on Disc guide, which spotlights the first season of “Revolution” this week, is at TV Buzz here.