(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)
It’s time for another round-up of the best Blu-ray releases you can find this week. While some of you may have made the full switch to digital, I’ll be riding the Blu-ray train until this baby derails! There’s just something warmer about Blu-ray compared to digital; something more inviting. Or that could all be in my head.
This week’s Blu-ray column includes one of Marvel’s most enjoyable films, a Stanley Kubrick masterpiece, a fantastic film noir, one of the best directed films of 2017, a long-lost horror film, a not-so-classic recent horror film, and a bonafide Frank Capra classic. Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.
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Director Ron Shelton built his career making sports movies like Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump, Tin Cup, and Play It To The Bone, but now his most recent feature was 2003’s Hollywood Homicide, a quasi-buddy comedy that featured the main characters butting heads but ultimately working together to achieve a goal. Now, 14 years later, he’s back with Just Getting Started, yet another film in which the leads squabble and eventually join forces. But this time, the gimmick is that he’s directing old guys: Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones star in this goofy-looking comedy, and you can watch the new trailer right here.
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The cautionary advice of “be careful what you wish for” has been the center of endless tales of horror. Every now and then, it gets a rather literal depiction, which is exactly what Wish Upon looks to be bringing to the table this summer.
Joey King stars in the horror thriller about a bullied teenage girl named Clare who is given an ornate music box that somehow grants her seven wishes. A new trailer shows us what happens when she wishes that the girl responsible for making her life a living hell in high school would “just go rot,” but we already saw that in the original trailer. What’s new is a bit of background on the box which shows that it has quite the history of ruining the lives of those who had it in their possession.
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Late in Song to Song, a character strums an old guitar, noting that she could play the same chord for hours straight. Read it as another odd musing in a film filled with them or read it as director Terrence Malick summoning a nugget of self-awareness. Whatever it is, this moment sums up this film (and Malick’s recent output): this is the work of an artist willing to do the same thing over and over and over again, not because it makes a crowd-pleasing song, because it pleases him. These are his chords. His monotonous, frustrating, repetitive and undeniably distinctive chords.
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Just earlier this week a new red band trailer for the long-anticipated Bad Santa 2 arrived, and before that another raunchy trailer showed us the vulgarity in store for us from Billy Bob Thornton‘s return to the red suit. But for those who can’t watch those kind of trailers at work, or will be waiting for this movie to his basic cable, a new Bad Santa 2 green band trailer teases the comedy without any of the fun, naughty language or sexual content. But believe it or not, even without the R-rated details, it’s still a pretty funny trailer.
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The first trailer for Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, a new documentary from filmmaker Terrence Malick, debuted back in June ahead of a special 45-minute IMAX release of the film coming this fall. Brad Pitt narrates that version, and it’s the only one confirmed for a US release so far. However, there’s a feature-length, 90-minute cut of the film that is narrated by Cate Blanchett, and a new trailer has just debuted teasing that version of the movie.
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Nicolas Winding Refn‘s name appears many times in The Neon Demon, in both the opening and closing credits. But even if his name weren’t mentioned, nobody would mistake this darkly funny horror movie as anything but a Refn film. This time around, however, the director behind Only God Forgives, Drive, and Bronson tells a story from a woman’s perspective — which is a first in his career.
The Neon Demon stars Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Bella Heathcote, and, in a part that was shot over the course of three days, Keanu Reeves. Which one of these characters, with the possible exception of Reeves’ sleazy motel manager, is the titular demon is up to the viewer to decide. In my brief conversation with Refn, he refers to Jesse as the Neon Demon, but his story, which he co-wrote with Mary Laws and Polly Stenham, leaves plenty of room for an audience to think otherwise.
Sometimes you never fully know what to expect from Refn, as proven by our own Jacob Hall’s somewhat contentious interview with him and composer Cliff Martinez. I’ve spoken to the director a handful of times over the years, and just like his work, he’s occasionally unpredictable, but he’s also always engaged and not without a sense of humor, both about himself and his films.
Below, read our Nicolas Winding Refn interview, which has some mild spoilers for The Neon Demon.
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After becoming one of the most intimidating meth dealers we’ve ever seen, Bryan Cranston is now on the other side of the law, chasing down one of the most notorious drug dealers in history. The Infiltrator tells the story of the federal agent who went undercover as a money launderer in order to take down Pablo Escobar’s infamous drug trafficking empire back in 1986. A new trailer for the crime thriller has just arrived, and it looks like a refreshing bit of counter-programming to the usual blockbuster fare that arrives during the summer.
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Terrence Malick‘s films are often quite patient in their pacing. They aren’t exactly high-energy, unless you find excitement in staring off into the distance for long periods of time, caressing a lover’s hand or hair, or talking about what it all means to be alive. Malick’s movies are invigorating in their own way, as tone poems. However, his latest film, Knight of Cups, looks quite enthralling, in a more conventional sense.
Watch the Knight of Cups trailer after the jump.
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