Paramount Home Entertainment has announced the date and released artwork for the epic drama, Gladiator starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed and Richard Harris. Click on the link below or image to the left to check out the features and artwork.
Grace of Monaco might’ve been well meaning and the production and costume designs are well done and the performance by Nicole Kidman wasn’t bad but it’s easy to see why it failed to go to theaters and instead aired on Lifetime instead. However, when a movie opens with “the following film is a fictional account inspired by real events,” you’re already behind the eight ball.
Cinderella wasn’t quite as magical as I’d hoped but there’s plenty elements to admire especially in the costumes and production designs which both I’m certain will receive award recognition in some form. The acting and all around casting itself also isn’t bad with Lily James serving as a great Cinderella and Cate Blanchett serves well as a devilish foe. But for all the good, the story itself doesn’t offer much new or different and the conflict is limited and ineffective.
Henry V is yet another fine Kenneth Branagh Shakespearian drama with great performances all around including future Dame Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi and Emma Thompson while Christian Bale makes an appearance in one of his early roles. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory has good audio, merely acceptable video but sadly no features.
Anonymous is a compelling drama that I think would’ve been better received if Roland Emmerich’s name wasn’t attached. Even so, it does feature some fine performances (especially by Rhys Ifans) while the costume design was particularly impressive. I can’t quite recommend a blind purchase but if you’re interested in the subject and/or time period, it might be worth a rental.