The sun may be hiding but the new releases are out! We kick off the week with a dark new horror comedy, Tone Deaf. Olive (Amanda Crew, Silicon Valley) has lost her job and her relationship is imploding, so she flees the city for the weekend and rents a countryside estate for some peace and quiet. The owner of the house, Harvey (Robert Patrick) is an eccentric widower who quickly becomes obsessed with Olive and turns her weekend into a fight for her very life.
Tone Deaf is written and directed by Richard Bates Jr., who has made a few other exceptional dark horror comedies such as Excision, Suburban Gothic and Trash Fire. Tone Deaf is slightly on the goofier side but still has plenty of disturbing scenes of violence that keep you switching between horror and humor. Crew is a solid lead with great comedic timing and veteran actor Robert Patrick gives the psycho role everything he’s got with a sadistic and gleefully over the top performance. Tone Deaf also has some great underlying commentary on our current cultural and political climate while never sacrificing the fun elements. Tone Deaf is great fun.
Next up this week is a new Criterion Collection Blu-ray of one of the best documentaries out there, When We Were Kings. In 1974 32-year-old Muhammad Ali was thought to be past his prime. Opponent George Foreman was ten years younger and the Heavyweight Champion of the World. But in an effort to make a name for himself, promoter Don King offers the two fighters’ huge paychecks to fight in Zaïre for one of the biggest events in boxing history.
When We Were Kings is so many great things in one stupendous package. It is the definitive chronicle of one of sports biggest events, The Rumble in the Jungle. It is a fascinating portrait of one of the greatest athletes ever in Muhammad Ali and features some outstanding music performances of the music festival that was happening at the same time. Director Leon Gast captures some of the most stunning visuals I have ever seen in a doc, of Ali, of the musical performances and of Africa. And this new Criterion Collection edition also features a wonderful documentary about the Zaïre 74 music festival directed by Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte. When We Were Kings is essential viewing for all.
Lastly this week is a new Arrow Video special edition of Guillermo Del Toro’s gothic haunted house film Crimson Peak. Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) is haunted by the death of her mother. But when she meets the charming entrepreneur Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) her life seems to be looking up. Edith goes to live with Thomas and his scheming sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) in the crumbling mansion Allerdale Hall. But once there Edith has vividly real nightmares and is soon haunted by ghoulish apparitions. Soon Edith starts to uncover the mysteries of Allerdale Hall and the Sharpe’s and the truth may endanger her very life.
Crimson Peak is a gothic, epic and gorgeous haunted house movie anchored by excellent performances and some of the most beautiful sets and photography around. Del Toro is a true artist and a passionate storyteller and his foray into the haunted house sub-genre is marked by his signature style and unique vision. Not to mention some of the coolest ghosts I have seen on film. The new special edition also features full length commentary by Del Toro, a feature length documentary on the making of the film, and tons of other extra features for hours of insight into the film. For fans of Del Toro and horror fans in general, the Crimson Peak: Special Edition is a must own.
Also of note this week is the new Disney live action film The Lion King, a new thriller with Noomi Rapace, Angel of Mine, and the new TV show based on the novel by Joe Hill, NOS4A2: Season One.
Until next week movie lovers!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday October 22, 2019
007: The Daniel Craig 4K Blu-ray Collection
A Man for All Seasons (1966)*
Angel of Mine
Bless Their Little Hearts
Crimson Peak: Special Edition
Dauntless: The Battle of Midway
David Crosby: Remember My Name
NOS4A2: Season One
She’s Just a Shadow
Sisters of the Wilderness
Strange but True
The Dead Center*
The Lion King
The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)*
VeggieTales: The Best Christmas Gift
Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season
When We Were Kings (1996)* - Criterion Collection
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
WWE: Smackdown 20th Anniversary
Zoltan... Hound of Dracula (Dracula's Dog) (1977)*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut