Monday, August 4 2014, 04:19 PM MDT
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 18, 2014
(KUTV) It's a busy week for new releases as Disney's runaway hit Frozen and David O. Russel's American Hustle lead the charge. Frozen, the story of Anna, a young woman, who sets out to find her sister Elsa after Elsa's powers leave their kingdom blanketed in eternal snow, took home the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song while staying in the box office top 10 since its debut in November. American Hustle was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and tells the story of a con man forced to work for an overly ambitious FBI agent. The film stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence. I wasn't nearly as high on the film as some critics, but it's still a worthy way to spend two hours.
Also released this week is Saving Mr. Banks, the story of P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins, and Walt Disney's efforts to turn her novels into a film, the flawed, but recommended, Idris Elba starring biography Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Sundance favorite Kill Your Darlings starring Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsberg and Dane DeHaan as destructive muse Lucien Carr.
It's a great week for Criterion Collection fanatics as the label releases the Blu-ray debut of Akira Kurosawa's brilliant The Hidden Fortress (which inspired George Lucas to write a little film known as Star Wars) and A Brief History of Time, Errol Morris' fascinating documentary about Stephen Hawking.
Elsewhere Lionsgate unleashes Reasonable Doubt, a thriller starring Dominic Cooper (The Devil's Double) and Samuel L. Jackson, Cohen Media Group's Swerve, an Australian neo-noir starring Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Emma Booth (The Boys Are Back) and David Lyons (Safe Haven), Jeff Dunham's politically incorrect animated film Achmed Saves America, The Wrath of Vajra, an bareknuckle martial arts film set between the world wars, Troma king Lloyd Kaufman's horror comedy Return to Nuke 'Em High, and the first season of the BBC's Atlantis, a strange take on Greek Mythology from the creators of the Merlin series.
Parents may also be interested in the Blu-ray releases of Disney's The Jungle Book 2 and the 1979 cinematic adaptation of Walter Farley's novel The Black Stallion.
By Ryan Michael Painter
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