Tuesday, June 18 2013, 10:55 AM MDT
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for September 25, 2012
By Ryan Michael Painter
(KUTV) This week’s round up will be heavy on information and light on reviews. This is due to me selfishly taking a break from the cinema to visit my sister in Minnesota. Over the next couple weeks I’ll work in reviews of some of this week’s secondary titles. However, for many of you there are only a couple titles that matter: “The Avengers,” the James Bond box set “Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection” and the first season of “American Horror Story.”
“The Avengers” might be the best popcorn movie ever made. Its big, bombastic, a lot of fun and far smarter than your typical Hollywood blockbuster. The special effects are perfect, the performances are spot on, the script is fantastic and worthy of all the hyperbole that you might have heard. Of course if you’ve seen the film you already know this. Superhero fans will also want to seek out the new animated film “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part. 1.”
James Bond needs little, if any, introduction. “Bond 50” is the first time all the Bond films have been made available in on box set (although the unofficial Bond film “Never Say Never Again” is missing). This marks Blu-ray debut for 9 films previously only available on DVD. The quality of the various films is already known. The only question here is how well the films look and sound.
“American Horror Story” is a strange and wonderful beast. Brought to life by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck, the people behind “Nip/Tuck” and “Glee,” the show’s first season is a self-contained storyline that follows the Harmon family as they move into a beautifully restored mansion only to find that things aren’t nearly as lovely once you scratch beneath the surface. Infidelity, ghosts, murder, latex and baby snatching follow. It’s a bit too camp at times, but over-all it works pretty well.
Other titles released this week include the new animated feature “Resident Evil: Damnation,” the Blu-ray debuts of “The American President,” the delayed Blu-ray release of the excellent creeper “Arachnophobia,” Jessica Biel in the horror film “The Tall Man,” horror-comedy “Strippers vs. Werewolves,” Greta Gerwig in Whit Stillman’s dryly hilarious “Damsels in Distress,” the first season of Comedy Central’s “Key & Peel,” Samuel L. Jackson in “The Samaritan,” the luminous Audrey Tautou in “Delicacy” and the Criterion Collection’s release of the dark comedy classic “Eating Raoul.”
Check in next week for reviews of many of the titles listed above as well as whatever else makes its way into my blu-ray player.
(Copyright 2012 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)