New Blu-ray Releases for May 27-June 2, 2015
With the end of May drawing near and the beginning of summer just weeks away, moviegoers everywhere know that Hollywood’s blockbuster season is about to kick off. In fact, with The Avengers: The Age of Ultron and Tomorrowland out in theaters, the 2015 Summer Movie Season is already underway.
Meanwhile, home video collectors and movie buffs can expect a new batch of Blu-ray releases that includes such recent titles as director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman (available for pre-order on May 27) and Jupiter Ascending, as well as older films along the lines of Apollo 13. Cahill, United States Marshal, and Wolfen
Birdman (Drama, 2014)
Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Armando Bo, and Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. Starring: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton
In this Oscar-winning movie (for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography), Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thompson, a fading Hollywood actor best known for playing the comic book superhero Birdman on the silver screen. Now in his late 50s, Riggan wants to reboot his artistic career by writing, producing, and co-starring in a stage version of Raymond Carver’s story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”
Apollo 13 (20th Anniversary Edition)
Apollo 13 – 20th Anniversary Edition (Historical Drama, 1995)
Directed by Ron Howard. Written by William Broyles, Jr. and Al Reinert, based on the book Lost Moon by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger. Starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Kathleen Quinlan, Ed Harris
In April 1970, astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) and Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) go into space to attempt America’s third lunar landing – and no one seems to care. Flying to the Moon is “routine” now, and none of the three major TV networks air any of the live broadcasts beamed by the crew of Apollo 13. But that apathy changes when something goes wrong with the astronauts’ fragile spacecraft 205,000 miles away from Earth. After Lovell says “Houston, we have a problem,” the whole world watches as NASA strives to return the three astronauts home.
Jupiter Ascending (Space-Fantasy, 2015)
Written and directed by The Wachowskis. Starring: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Nikki Amuka Bird, Tuppence Middleton
An unhappy and bored Chicago housekeeper named Jupiter Jones discovers that she’s really interstellar royalty in this spaced-out fantasy by The Wachowskis, the brother-sister duo behind The Matrix series and Speed Racer. Visually striking but saddled with a muddled narrative, Jupiter Ascending is geared mainly for fans of interstellar eye candy.
Wolfen (Horror-thriller, 1981)
Directed by Michael Wadleigh. Written by Michael Wadleigh and David Eyre. Story by Michael Wadleigh and David Eyre, based on the novel by Whitley Streiber. Starring: Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Edward James Olmos, Gregory Hines
A psychologically-scarred New York City police officer named Dewey Wilson (Albert Finney) teams up with Detective Rebecca Neff (Diane Venora) to investigate a series of grisly murders. The twist? The victims all look like they’ve been attacked by wild animals. Wolfen is a rarity in the horror-thriller genre; it is intelligently written and incredibly crafted.
Cahill, United States Marshal
Cahill, United States Marshal (Western, 1973)
Directed by Andrew V. McLagen. Written by Harry Julian Fink and Rita M. Fink, based on a story by Barney Slater. Starring: John Wayne, Gary Grimes, George Kennedy, Neville Brand, Marie Windsor, Denver Pyle
One of John Wayne lesser late-career oaters, Cahill, United States Marshal pits the Duke against Abe Frasier (George Kennedy), a ruthless outlaw and gang leader. In this otherwise slow-paced and predictable film, the widowed Marshal Cahill is unaware that his long absences while chasing bad guys has pushed his sons (Gary Grimes, Clay O’Brien) to fall under Frasier’s influence.