Welcome to Mid-July! It may not be a release week of quantity but the quality is top notch! We kick it off with a new Guy Ritchie/Jason Statham collab, Wrath of Man. Statham plays Patrick Hill, a man starting work at Fortico Security, an armored car service frequently under siege by armed robbers. But after Hill singlehandedly thwarts two attempted robberies, his co-workers start to question who he is and where he comes from. And if he is indeed just a guy looking for a job.
Wrath of Man is one of the best Ritchie films in years and one of Statham’s best as well. The story and action are brilliantly executed and as the plot unfolds you get a perfect balance of heist movie, revenge movie, action movie and thriller. Statham plays the strong silent type very well and in this film he does it to perfection. He is also backed up by a stellar cast including Mindhunter’s Holt McCallany, Josh Hartnett, Eddie Marsan, Andy Garcia and Scott Eastwood in probably his best role to date. I cannot recommend Wrath of Man highly enough, to Ritchie fans and to anyone looking for a solid adult action thriller.
Next up this week is one of my favorite films of all time making its 4K debut, Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous. In the early 1970’s, 15 year old William Miller (Patrick Fugit) is an aspiring rock journalist who cons his way into a job writing for Rolling Stone magazine. His first assignment is to hit the road on tour with the band Stillwater and write about the experience. But as Miller gets to see how the world of rock n roll operates behind the scenes, he forms close bonds with the band’s guitarist Russell (Billy Crudup) and the leader of the band’s groupies, Penny Lane (Kate Hudson). The rest of tour changes Miller and makes him discover his true self and his course for his future.
Almost Famous is pretty much a perfect film. The casting is spot on and full of career-best performances not only from Fugit, Hudson and Crudup, but also fantastic turns from Jason Lee as Stillwater’s lead singer Jeff Bebe, Frances McDormand as William’s mother, and a host of others including Zooey Deschanel, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and more. This is the perfect rock n roll movie full of memorable scenes, memorable performances, fantastic music, infectious humor, and scenes literally taken from rock history thanks to writer/director Cameron Crowe’s actual experiences as a teen rock writer. This new 4K edition is a nice upgrade over previous Blu-ray editions and features some nice new special features as well. As a huge fan, I couldn’t be happier with this new and definitive edition of Almost Famous. Wholeheartedly recommended.
Also of note this week is a new Criterion Collection edition of Bill Duke’s 1992 crime masterpiece Deep Cover starring Laurence Fishburne and Jeff Goldblum. If you have not seen this film and are a fan of crime drama’s, do yourself a favor and pick it up. Stylish, beautifully acted and written and featuring two powerhouse performances by Fishburne and Goldblum. Also check out the new Mortal Kombat feature film and the Blu-ray debut of Blake Edwards’ Skin Deep with John Ritter (which features a hilarious glow in the dark condom scene).
Until next week movie lovers, stay safe!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday July 13, 2021
Alias Nick Beal (1949)*
Almost Famous (2000) 4K
Deep Cover (1992)* - Criterion Collection
Ernest & Celestine (2012)
House of Wax (2005) - Collector's Edition
I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series
Mortal Kombat (2021)
No Man’s Land (2020)
Objective, Burma! (1945)*
Pennyworth: The Complete Second Season
Saving Silverman (2001)*
Skin Deep (1989)*
The Monster Collection
The Night (2020)
The Pianist (2002)
The Spongebob 3-Movie Collection
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020)
The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan (1979)*
The Web (1947)*
Two If by Sea (1996)*
Working Girls (1986)* - Criterion Collection
Wrath of Man (2021)
*New to Blu-ray