Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New DVD Releases for 10/30/2012

The Campaign – The big new release on Blu-Ray this week is the timely comedy The Campaign. Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell play two men campaigning for a North Carolina congressional seat. Of course lots of slapstick and dirty jokes. Directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents)

Rosemary’s Baby-Just in time for Halloween (barely) is the Blu-Ray release of the classic horror movie Rosemary’s Baby from 1968. The movie is about Rosemary (Mia Farrow) who becomes suspicious of her neighbors as strange things start to happen around her. Winner of Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards and ranked number 9 on AFI Greatest Thrills and is currently at number 221 on IMDB Top 250. Directed by Roman Polanski (Chinatown, The Pianist)

Safety Not Guaranteed-What is someone placed an article in the newspaper saying they had a time machine and was looking for someone to go back in time with them. Well that’s the premise of Safety Not Guaranteed. Three magazine reporters head out to find the guy who claims he can time travel. This is a fun little comedy with Aubrey Plaze, Jake Johnson (New Girl), and Mark Duplass (The League). Got good reviews at Sundance and I enjoyed it when I saw it over the summer. Directed by Colin Trevorrow

Ruby Sparks- An romantic comedy with a fantasy twist. Ruby Sparks is about a writer played by Paul Dano (There Will be Blood) who after getting writers block writes about the girl of his dreams. And one day he wakes up the girl Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan) really exists. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine)

A Christmas Story 2-Why make a sequel to a classic that is 30 years old? The only reason is to make money. This story takes place 5 years after the first movie and instead of Ralphie wanting a BB gun he now wants a car. There are no reviews of the movie since the studio did not send out any screeners so take a chance on it if you want.
Directed by Brian Levant (Beethoven, The Flintstones)

Elena- A Russian movie about a nurse named Elena who comes up with a scheme to inherit money for herself and her grandchildren. Played at the Milwaukee Film Festival this year but didn’t get a chance to see it. Also available streaming on Netflix. Directed by Andrey Zvyaginsev (The Return)

Craigslist Joe- A documentary about a guy named Joe who decided to live for 31 days with no money and see if he can find everything he needs from people on craigslist. Interesting concept and produced by Zach Galifianakis. Directed by Joseph Garner

First Position – Another documentary about 6 dancers from around the world who are participating in the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition. It sounds similar to other movies about kids like Spellbound and Mad Hot Ballroom but is getting some good reviews. Also available streaming on Netflix. Directed by Bess Kargman

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