Monday, March 9, 2015

Blu-ray /DVD Released - Coming Soon on March 10, 2015

Summary: New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 10, 2015

Fox’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb headlines this slow release week. The second and apparently final sequel to 2006’s family-friendly hit shifts the story to London’s British Museum. The film was a modest success with audiences and, like previous entries in the series, had mixed reviews from critics. I personally found it to be more enjoyable than the first two films, but most of that had to do with being able to see Robin Williams on screen again. Ultimately it’s a film that will predominantly resonate with younger viewers.

Those looking for a little more sophisticated should consider The Liberator, a Venezuelan historical drama about Simón Bolívar and his role in the Latin American Wars of Independence in the late 18th century. The film was Venezuela’s official entry for the Academy Awards and stars édgar Ramírez (Zero Dark Thirty, The Bourne Ultimatum). Or perhaps, The Red Ten, Lifetime’s mini-series based on the Bible inspired novel by Anita Diamant starring Minnie Driver, Morena Baccarin and Rebecca Ferguson.

Horror fans have Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf, a grisly drama about a blind Vietnam vet (Nick Damici) who moves into a retirement community plagued by mysterious deaths.  

As a huge fan of Ronny Yu’s 1993 The Bride with White Hair (not so much David Wu’s sequel) I was interested in seeing White Haired Witch. The film stars Fan Bingbing, which probably explains why the film was fairly successful because the movie itself, while beautiful to look at, is a narrative mess. Apparently the script does more closely follow the original source material, Liang Yusheng’s novel Baifa Monü Zhuan, than Yu’s version did, but that only makes the story more confusing that it should be. A Blu-ray release of Yu’s film would be more appreciated. 

Older films getting new releases include the 30th Anniversary Edition of John Hughes’ coming-of-age The Breakfast Club, as well asThe Sound of Music: 50th Anniversary Edition that was teased at this year’s Academy Awards with a performance by Lady Gaga and the Criterion Collection’s release of Fran?ois Truffaut’s underappreciated 1964 romantic drama The Soft Skin

Top 1. Devil May Call (2013)

Blu-ray / DVD release date March 10, 2015


Samantha was once on the other end of the crisis hot-line phone. She lost her vision and wasn't sure how she'd cope with her new darkness. The person on the other end of the phone saved her life, so she's spent her time since giving her time to those in need too. After spending the last year listening to people's pain and offering them a sympathetic ear, Sam is leaving the hot-line. One of her regulars doesn't want her to leave. For the past year, she's been keeping this man alive, and he doesn't want to see her leave. He shows up at the hot-line offices because he feels betrayed by her leaving him. What she doesn't know is that he's a serial killer bent on having her for himself. 

Top 2. The Legend of Korra (TV Series 2012-)

DVD Release Date  March 10, 2015


A teenage girl named Korra has three of the four elements (Earth, Water, and Fire), and now seeks to find the final element, Air. In her journey, she travels to Republic City- a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology. At first, it seems like a place where benders and non-benders thrive, but Korra soon finds out that Republic City is crawling with crime and the city is in danger of being torn apart. Korra focuses on her air bending training while also fighting off the dangers of the city. 

Top3. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Blu-ray / DVD release date March 10, 2015


The museum comes alive at night. Old statues, monkey exhibits and figurines all come alive with the help of magic. The power comes from The Tablet of Ahkmenrah. Larry Daley, the night watchman at the museum, has saved the tablet and the museum before. He must save the museum's magic yet again. This time, the tablet's magic is dying, and Larry must leave on a quest that will take him around the world. It's the only way he can find a way to save the tablet's magic. He must join some of the most famous museum exhibits and favorites to keep the magic from dying completely. 


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