February 9th, 2009 Blu-ray Releases
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Pretty Woman hits the screen in glorious high definition. This is one movie where the significant other will appreciate your latest Blu-ray purchase. Another solid bet are Imax films. Seeing the detail in a nature documentry is a great way to show off your home theater :).
Nothing else really grabs my attention. What are guys and gals buying this week?
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Blu-ray Releases – February 9th, 2009
The satirical sensibilities of writer Peter Shaffer and director Milos Forman (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
were ideally matched in this Oscar-winning movie adaptation of
Shaffer’s hit play about the rivalry between two composers in the court
of Austrian Emperor Joseph II–official royal composer Antonio Salieri
(F. Murray Abraham), and the younger but superior prodigy Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). The conceit is absolutely delicious:
Salieri secretly loathes Mozart’s crude and bratty personality, but is
astounded by the beauty of his music. That’s the heart of Salieri’s
torment–although he’s in a unique position to recognize and cultivate
both Mozart’s talent and career, he’s also consumed with envy and
insecurity in the face of such genius. That such magnificent music
should come from such a vulgar little creature strikes Salieri as one
of God’s cruelest jokes, and it drives him insane.
Charismatic young stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus play two
Irish brothers, Connor and Murphy, who believe themselves ordained by
God to rid the world of evil men. Their first killing is in
self-defense; but after that, they start killing with devotion, gunning
down a summit of the Russian mafia. Willem Dafoe plays a gay FBI agent
(he listens to opera while examining crime scenes) who knows what the
boys are doing but feels that their vigilante tactics are necessary.
There’s not much plot to The Boondock Saints–it’s mostly a
series of violent scenes in which the boys are partially ingenious and
partially lucky. The movie seems to want to provoke debate about
vigilantism, but the scenario is too implausible to stir any real
controversy. The peculiar mix of earnestness and machismo will not
appeal to everyone, but it’s certainly unique and may acquire a cult
A young girl learns to fight from watching TV and the fighters from the
boxing school next door. When she finds a list of debtors in her ailing
mother s diary, she sets upon a violent quest to collect payment for
medical expenses. Her quest is a dangerous one that ultimately leads
her to her father, a gang member of the Yakuza.
This unclassifiable but stunningly original film obliterates the walls
between teen comedy, science fiction, family drama, horror, and
cultural satire–and remains wildly entertaining throughout. Jake
Gyllenhaal (October Sky) stars as Donnie, a
borderline-schizophrenic adolescent for whom there is no difference
between the signs and wonders of reality (a plane crash that decimates
his house) and hallucination (a man-sized, reptilian rabbit who talks
to him). Obsessed with the science of time travel and acutely aware of
the world around him, Donnie is isolated by his powers of analysis and
the apocalyptic visions that no one else seems to share. The debut
feature of writer-director Richard Kelly, Donnie Darko is a
shattering, hypnotic work that sets its own terms and
gambles–rightfully so, as it turns out–that a viewer will stay aboard
for the full ride.