Tuesday, June 18 2013, 10:55 AM MDT
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases For May 21, 2013
By Ryan Michael Painter
This week’s reviews include the fantasy romance Beautiful Creatures, director Steven Soderbergh’s swan song Side Effects starring Jude Law and Rooney Mara and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to action films with The Last Stand.
Other recent theatrical releases appearing on DVD and Blu-ray this week include Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez in the action thriller Parker and Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in the crime comedy Stand Up Guys.
Slightly off the beaten path is the Hong Kong action thriller Nightfall starring Ip Man’s Simon Yam, Iron Man 3’s Ben Kingsley in the terrorist thriller A Common Man, Irvine Welsh’s (Trainspotting) Ecstasy, Chris Colfer’s (Glee) blackmail comedy Struck By Lightning and the coming-of-age drama Open Road with Camilla Belle and Juliette Lewis.
It’s also a big week for television series as the fifth season of HBO’s vampire fantasy True Blood makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut. Other television releases include the first seasons of TNT’s crime drama Perception and the supernatural medical drama Saving Hope.
Those looking to revel in some comedic nostalgia should pick up the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray release of National Lampoon’s Vacation and its amusing sequel Vegas Vacation.
Children and adults alike should rejoice in Disney’s Blu-ray releases of the Studio Ghibli classics Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro. This week also sees the release of A Night in Cowtown, the third title in the Dove Family approved series Adventures of Bailey.
Documentary releases include the BBC’s look at the last four generations of the British Monarchy with their 4-disc set The Royal Collection as well Of Two Minds, a haunting look at bipolar disorder, and Ben Shapiro’s fly-on-the-wall look at a renowned photographer Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters.
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