Posted on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 by Adam Quigley
This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.
RED RIDING TRILOGY
“This is the North—we do what we want.”
The Red Riding trilogy is as ambitious a set of films as you’re likely to see, intertwining characters and events from three distinct stories (separated by date: 1974, 1980, 1983) that use the real-life Yorkshire Ripper case to explore tales of deep-seated provincial corruption. You could watch each one as a stand-alone film, but it’s the time-spanning intricacies that give the trilogy its heft. Individually, the films are well-made, well-acted and well-written, but not emotionally engaging enough to justify a one-off viewing; the reward comes from watching them together, with each subsequent film thoughtfully complementing what’s come before. So if you’re going to give the trilogy a try, be ready to commit to it. Some may find this harder than others, as the tone of series is unrelentingly grim and bleak, and its methodical pace requires some patience. The payoff is worth it though; the motivations of the films smoothly transform as they progress, initially introducing conflicts dealing with investigations of the murders only to reveal by the end that the story you’ve been watching has been about something else entirely. If it recalls Zodiac, it’s for all the right reasons.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – TV spots, deleted scenes, a trailer, a making-of, and an interview with Julian Jarrold.
|BEST DVD PRICE|
|Amazon – $21.49|
|BEST BLU-RAY PRICE|
|Amazon – $27.49|