Blu-ray Releases – March 1, 2011

Can you believe it’s March already? Well some cool movies here. I was really tempted to pick 127 Hours as my pick of the week given all the rave reviews I’ve read about it, but having not seen it yet just didn’t feel bad. You have to really like Johnny Depp to invest in a 7-disc set of the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy, but it’s there for you.

MissingRemote’s Pick of the Week

Remember when Anne Hathaway was this sweet, innocent actress playing princesses and other boring characters? Boy has she jumped out of that typecast with some recent roles! And here’s another one, as she plays a girl with a disease who falls for a Viagra salesman for a no-strings-attached romance. But trust me, this is not very typical–at least for most of it, and I think both stars did a great job.

Note:  Warner Brothers, Universal and Fox titles which  have the 30-day Netflix/Redbox rental window imposed on them are noted with **  next to the title.


  • I don’t understand how some

    I don’t understand how some movies, especially ones that normally win a lot of awards or expected to be in the running for awards, I never hear of or even see advertised as coming to theaters.  I had never heard of The King’s Speech or that Natalie Portman movie that she was up for, or won, an award for.

    I’m sitting here watching American Idol with my wife and I just saw the advertisement for that movie Love & Other Drugs coming out on bluray, and I’m thinking, “Never heard of it, and it’s coming out on bluray?”  Then I come here, and I see that it’s your pick.  And I’ve never heard of 127 Hours.  Yet, both of these movies have some “known” actors/actress.

    I think living here in Virginia there’s a lot of movies that don’t make it to theaters, but I find it funny that it’s the (potentially) award winning movies.

  • interesting points and i’m

    interesting points and i’m sure the fact of Virginia plays a role. I can understand some of them, but I’m a bit surprised you hadn’t heard of Black Swan if only because it’s been pretty controversial all around. But yeah, if your friends don’t watch that sorta stuff and you stay away from any award shows (like Golden Globes) then i can understand. The Marketing Budget for films like Kings Speech and Black Swan is VERY small as they rely on movie reviews and word of mouth to really spreadh. I believe their box office sales numbers were pretty strong if i recall.

    Now, take a movie like Drive Angry or Transformers (or any recent Adam Sandler film) and they compensate for the pretty weak script and acting with an absurd amount of advertisements to make sure that when you go to a movie theater, you can at least say “Yeah, i’ve heard of that”

    • I saw Harvey Weinstein last

      I saw Harvey Weinstein last night on Piers Morgan and one of the things he was talking about was that it’s really difficult to market adult-themed movies like King’s Speech because the adults are typically busy working, raising kids, etc. and they just don’t have time to either see the movie or see the adverts. So that is probably another reason why you see a billion Transformers commercials and none for smaller-budget adult-themed films.

      It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with Kevin Smith’s Red State as he’s bypassing the typical distribution model. Actually, it seems like we’re seeing more of these types of experiments. I saw some indy film named Rubber was on Vudu before the theaters. Kevin Smith has a great point though regarding lower-budget films, they spend more on marketing than it even costs to make the film and the marketing just isn’t that effective.

  • I’ve never heard of Red State

    I’ve never heard of Red State either.  The other year when there was so much talk about Slumdog Millionaire possibly winning awards was the first time I had heard about it.  I was like, “What is that??”.  The blockbusters and the comedies with big actors/actresses I hear about, but these award-nominated films are obscure to me.