Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Today's New DVDs- 8/4/09

Honestly, it's kind of a lame-ass week on DVD. "The Soloist" is the only new release of note; a few other catalog titles are popping up on Blu. And that's about it.

The Soloist: Joe Wright's drama was befuddlingly mishandled by the folks at Paramount, which is too bad--it's a smart, complex, sometimes humorous, surprisingly moving drama for grown-ups. Performances by Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx are top-notch.

Sling Blade (Blu-ray): Billy Bob Thornton's big break-through was, as far as I'm concerned, one of the great indie flicks of the 90s. Miramax's Blu-ray is a little underwhelming, quality-wise, though it ports over most of the special features from its excellent 2006 standard-def DVD.

Elvis: The Ed Sullivan Show- The Classic Performances: Any student of music or pop culture worth their salt should have Elvis' immortal Sullivan apperances in their library. Trouble is, this thrown-together collection just grabs the Elvis clips from a previous box set of the entire shows; that more comprehensive box set is about 3 bucks more expensive than this slim disc.

My Cousin Vinny (Blu-ray): Mean ol' Fox doesn't send out their Blu-rays until just before release date, so I haven't yet received my review copy of Jonathan Lynn's Oscar-winning (yep!) 1992 comedy. But unless my sense of humor has completely changed in the last 17 years, I'm pretty sure I can stand by my original view that this one is a hoot.

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