Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a bit of a step down from the first film but thanks to the cast – primarily Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Julianne Moore – it does make for an entertaining enough sequel.
Cutter’s Way is, I’d say, on the underappreciated side of things. Not only is the story compelling but the performances by Jeff Bridges and John Heard are exceptional to go along with Lisa Echhorn. The Blu-ray released through Twilight Time has a decent video transfer, good audio but does fall short in the features department.
The Fabulous Baker Boys is one of the more forgotten classics from writer/director Steve Kloves (mainly known as a writer now) that finally gets some recognition courtesy of Twilight Time’s release on Blu-ray. As for the release, the audio and video transfers are both well done and there’s a decent selection of bonus material toplined by a new commentary with Kloves.
The Giver is a perfectly acceptable sci-fi suspense/thriller but outside of being passable, it doesn’t really offer much else, although Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep both help keep it afloat from a story that falls a bit short in terms of weight. The Blu-ray released by Anchor Bay has an OK selection of bonus material.
Twilight Time’s release of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, a long ignored title within the MGM catalogue line, is a fun flick featuring excellent performances from Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges set against the beautifully photographed backdrop of the Midwest. The Blu-ray offers up good video/audio transfers, both certain upgrades over their DVD counterpart, but the features are limited.
Perhaps R.I.P.D. had potential but between the casting and screenplay, it never really came together. I don’t know nor do I care how it compares to the graphic novel (heard there are major differences), but as a film while some of the action is decent as were the visual effects and the casting Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon, the only two who seemed to be having a good time, was great, everything else fell flat.
While True Grit didn’t exactly enthrall me as it has others, it’s still a worthy effort thanks to the performances of Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld as well as the brilliant cinematography of Roger Deakins. The Blu-ray itself excels in the audio and video departments and although there’s a nice 30-minute documentary on writer Charles Portis, everything else falls short.
I still don’t get all the hype the original TRON has received over the years, and the sequel does not make me change my mind on the new film either. It’s an interesting idea, but overall, it just feels like a PS3 Gamers dream movie, but not enough to hold my interest. In regards to the 3D Blu-ray, the movie may not have made an impact on me, the video and audio on the other hand did and both are reference quality.
Paramount Home Entertainment announced the release date and features for the Western remake from directors Joel and Ethan Coen. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards (though it got shut out) as well as numerous other awards. See exactly what’s included on the Blu-ray and DVD releases and also check out the artwork for both formats.
Crazy Heart may not live up to my expectations in terms of both the story and Jeff Bridges’ performance but at the same time it’s still a good movie, just one that should have been better. The film is competently directed as Scott Cooper incorporates the beautiful south and southwest landscape.