Another solid end of summer week kicks off with Universal?s new reboot, The Mummy starring Tom Cruise. Cruise plays mercenary Nick Morton, who while on a job in Iraq stumbles upon a long hidden tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess, Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella). But after removing her coffin and taking it back to London, Nick begins to see visions and discovers Ahmanet is attempting to use him to free her once and for all to regain the throne she was denied.
The Mummy is yet another attempt by Universal to resurrect their Monsters brand. And while The Mummy didn?t perform too well domestically, it did very well overseas and may just kick off the brand after all. The movie is tons of fun with Cruise giving it his all as usual, and the whole movie packed with great special effects and fast paced action sequences. It is more of an action adventure flick as opposed to the horror genre but it definitely works for a big, loud, fun blockbuster popcorn film.
Next up is It Comes at Night. Joel Edgerton plays Paul, who along with his wife Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) and son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) are hidden away in their boarded-up house deep in the forest after a sudden and widespread disease plagues the world. When Paul and his family take in a second family though, the already tense situation becomes even more unbalanced as mistrust, paranoia and danger set in.
It Comes at Night is another in a steady stream of lower budget thriller/horror films that have been becoming more frequent with films like The Girl with all the Gifts, The Invitation, Train to Busan, It Follows and many others. It Comes at Night is more of a character drama but with some unnerving atmosphere, fantastic performances, and unexpected plot twists. This film is all about the characters and atmosphere and both of these things are done exceedingly well leaving the viewer with an uneasy feeling from the first scene. If you dig those small gems that slip past most people, check this one out.
Lastly this week is the 35th (!) Anniversary Edition of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial in an all new 4K edition. The beloved 1982 Steven Spielberg film tells the story of a small, gentle alien stranded on Earth that befriends a boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas) who takes him home to take care of him. But Elliott must soon protect E.T. from legions of government forces determined to capture the alien for research purposes. Along with his brother, sister and friends, Elliott takes on the experience of a lifetime and gains a friend like no other.
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is one of Spielberg?s biggest hits and most loved films. It is brilliant in its simplicity, authenticity and heart. It also sports incredible effects, brilliant puppeteering and perfect casting. This new 35th Anniversary Edition includes over 3 hours of new and old special features as well as the new 4K transfer. If by some chance, you haven?t owned E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial yet, now is your chance to own one of the best editions yet.
Also of note this week is the hit show Orphan Black: Season Five starring Tatiana Maslany, the brilliant Silicon Valley: The Complete Fourth Season, and Salma Hayek in Beatriz at Dinner.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday September 12, 2017
A Twisted Tale
Beatriz at Dinner
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Chicago Justice: Season One
Chicago P.D.: Season Four
Custer of the West*
Dead Again in Tombstone
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 35th Anniversary 4K
Erik The Conqueror*
Festival* - Criterion Collection
Forests of Mystery
Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series*
Holiday Horrors Triple Feature
It Comes at Night
Krakatoa East of Java*
Leonard: Part 6*
Lifetime Scary Movie Set
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic ? Fluttershy
Night Gallery: The Complete Series
Night of the Unspeakable
Orphan Black: Season Five
P. King Duckling: Seize the Day!
Silicon Valley: The Complete Fourth Season
Suspect: 30th Anniversary Edition*
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Tenth Season
The Big Knife*
The Creep Behind the Camera/The Creeping Terror*
The Suspicious Death of a Minor ? Special Edition*
Tobor the Great*
Transformers Prime: Ultimate Rivals
Veep: The Complete Sixth Season
Visit to a Small Planet*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut