This week kicks off with the third film in the Gerard Butler action series, Angel has Fallen. Butler returns as Secret Service agent Mike Bannon who saves the life of President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) after an assassination attempt that leaves both men unconscious. When Bannon wakes up in the hospital and find out the President is in a coma, he is accused of masterminding the assassination attempt and taken into custody. After escaping, Bannon must find anyone who he can trust if he is to find out who was really behind the attack and clear his name.
Butlers secret service films have been very entertaining thus far with solid storylines and excellent action sequences. Angel has Fallen does a great job of turning the tables by taking Mike on the run resulting in another great action film with a stellar cast that also includes the always underrated Danny Huston and Piper Perabo. Stuntman turned director Ric Roman Waugh, who also helmed the excellent Felon, Snitch and Shot Caller does a great job of keeping the pace quick and the action fast and furious and Butler turns in another solid performance as the John McClane of Secret Service agents. Overall a fun and fast actioner.
Next up this week is a real treat, an Arrow Video limited special edition of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci fi classic Robocop. Peter Weller plays cop Alex Murphy in a future dystopian Detroit. After being killed by a notorious criminal, Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) and his gang, Murphy’s face and brain are merged with a robotic body to be the ultimate law enforcement officer. But while the corporation that owns the police force, Omni Consumer Products, is happy with Robocop’s results as an obedient cop, Murphy’s previous life starts to come back and Robocop sets out to avenge his own death.
When Robocop hit the screens in 1987 audiences had never seen anything like it. Verhoeven created not only a sci fi masterpiece but a brilliant and brutal action film loaded with satire and comedy. Peter Weller perfectly embodied the tough cop as he goes through the crazy transformation, Nancy Allen is wonderful as his partner Lewis, and Smith is over the top and absolutely brilliant as the psychotic Boddicker. Robocop has it all and is a great example of everything coming together like lightning in a bottle. The new limited special edition Blu-ray comes in beautiful packaging and contains a new 4K transfer of the unrated cut of the film and also includes the theatrical cut, six collectors postcards, a double sided fold out poster, 2 new commentaries, tons of newly filmed interviews, and much more. This is absolutely the definitive edition of Robocop and one of the best must own Blu-rays of the year.
Lastly this week is a new Shout Factory Collector’s Edition of the 1979 film Dracula starring Frank Langella. Langella plays the legendary vampire as he sets out to search for his ultimate bride. But the renowned vampire hunter Professor Van Helsing (Sir Laurence Olivier) is on Dracula’s trail and is determined to end the dark princes reign of terror once and for all.
Director John Badham created one of the very best Dracula adaptations ever with this film and Langella gives one of his best performances in one of the most romantic and gothic portrayals of the iconic vampire. The film is lush and features outstanding production design and an unforgettable score by John Williams. The new Collector’s Edition features two versions of the film featuring two variations of the color timing, plus a new introduction and no less than eight interview featurettes with cast and crew about the making of the film. For horror fans this is one of the most underappreciated but best adaptations of Dracula ever filmed and this is a wonderful edition of it.
Also of note this week is a new signature edition of the classic Bing Crosby/Ingrid Bergman film The Bells of St. Mary's, the new Gary Oldman thriller Mary, and a new Criterion Collection edition of All About Eve.
Until next week movie lovers!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday November 26, 2019
All About Eve (1950) - Criterion Collection
Angel Has Fallen
Bloodstalkers a.k.a. The Night Daniel Died (1976)*
Deal with the Devil
Don’t Let Go
Dracula (1979)* Collector's Edition
Erotic Nights of the Blind Dead
First Person Shooter
Gags the Clown
Harry & Meghan: A Very Modern Romance
Hotel by the River
Long Day's Journey into Night
MST3K: Season Twelve - The Gauntlet
Night of The Demons 2-Pack "Suzanne" And "Stooge" NECA Action Figures
Now, Voyager (1942)* - Criterion Collection
Picture of Beauty
Princess Diana: A Life After Death
Prophecy (1979) - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
Reigo: King of The Sea Monsters
RoboCop (1987) - Special Edition
The Angel Collection*
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) - Signature Edition*
The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection: Volume 6*
The Zombie Apocalypse in Apartment 14F
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
WWE: Finn Bálor: For Everyone
Young Justice Outsiders: Season 3
*Catalog Blu-ray debut