Blu-ray Releases For February
February 5, 2015
Everyone knows that in the dead of winter there’s no better time to cuddle up with a good movie. The studios must be fully aware of that as the coffers are loaded with great new titles being issued to Blu-ray for the first time. Here’s a look at what you can find during the month of February.
As per our usual custom, we’ll list the recent theatrical releases making their debut first. These include Jon Stewart’s directing debut, Rosewater (not reviewed); Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (not reviewed); Kill the Messenger (not reviewed); Dracula Untold (not reviewed); Dear White People (not reviewed); John Wick (not reviewed); Big Hero 6 (not screened); Ouija (* ½); Force Majeure (not reviewed); Nightcrawler (*** ½); Birdman (** ½); Horrible Bosses 2 (* ½); Whiplash (****); The Theory of Everything (***); Life Itself (*** ½); Dumb and Dumber To (**); and St. Vincent (not reviewed).
Criterion, known for their special edition releases with all the attendant bells and whistles one might expect comes through again with a fantastic slate of titles. These include one of my all time favorite films, Don’t Look Now (****); Jean Luc Godard’s Every Man For Himself (not screened); Jean Renoir’s A Day in the Country (not screened); Yasujiro Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon (not screened); Fellini’s Satyricon (** ½); and the beautiful animated film Watership Down (*** ½).
Warner Brothers will be issuing a number of catalog titles in February. These include About Schmidt (****); American Gigolo (***); Love and Basketball (** ½); Diner (***); Far From the Madding Crowd (** ½); and a Frank Darabont collection featuring The Shawshank Redemption (*** ½), The Green Mile (*** ½) and The Majestic (***).
Kino Video, who have taken control of much of the MGM/UA library, will be issuing such titles as F.I.S.T. (not screened); the 1960 version of Black Sunday (***); Ten Seconds to Hell (not screened);
Diane Keaton & Woody Allen in the hilarious Love & Death
The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming (not screened); Cult of the Damned (not screened) and 52 Pick Up (not screened).
Scream/Shout Factory also does a great job releasing cult classic and will continue the trend with such films as double features of Love at First Bite (***); Once Bitten (** ½); and Vampire’s Kiss and High Spirits (not screened); Miami Blues (not screened); New Year’s Evil (not screened); From a Whisper to a Scream (** ½); and the 1989 version of The Phantom of the Opera (** ½);.
Olive Films has an interesting slate of releases in February as well. These include Wild Orchid (** ½); 1969 (** ½); Eat Drink Man Woman (not screened); Dangerously Close (not screened); The Night They Raided Minsky’s (not screened); Psych Out (not screened); The Wild Angels (** ½); How to Murder Your Wife (***); Kiss Me Stupid (*** ½); the 1981 version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover; Muscle Beach Party (**); Beach Blanket Bingo (** ½) and Caveman (**).
Universal’s slate of titles in February include the following: Munich (*** ½); The Andromeda Strain (***); Sneakers (** ½); Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (***) and Kull The Conqueror (* ½). Twilight Time, whose pressings are limited to 3000 units, will be issuing such titles as Lenny (*** ½); To Sir With Love (***); St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (** ½); Stormy Weather (not screened); Love and Death (****); and Zardoz (** ½).
Also, Sony will see fit to issue My Best Friend’s Wedding (***); and Disney will issue 101 Dalmations (***) and its direct to video sequel before the month is out.
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