Another week not big on quantity, but some great titles in here especially for superhero fans! We kick it off with the much anticipated and surprisingly well reviewed Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Determined to find a way to protect the world without the help of Superman, Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck), along with Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) begin recruiting a team of metahumans against the power of Darkseid and his army. But the super powered team must also face their own demons, their pasts and each other before they can come together and save the planet.
When Justice League came out in 2017 it was met with mostly negative feedback from critics and many fans alike, but there was a rumored cut of the movie that director Zack Snyder dreamed of that just seemed to be a holy grail of sorts for fans. Fast forward a few years and fan demand made the dream reality and Snyder reassembled his cut and filmed new footage to create the four-hour epic that would take the world by storm. Snyder’s cut brings in much better story arcs for all characters, much better storytelling for the plot and some fantastic new action. What seemed like an impossible dream turned out to be a pretty amazing success story with Snyder’s cut of Justice League gaining an incredible 71% score on Rotten Tomatoes vs the 40% for the original cut. Superhero fans, this is a must own, and the 4K is significantly more impressive than the streaming version we all rented. Epic, visually stunning and now cohesive and awesomely entertaining, Zack Snyder’s Justice League is very highly recommended.
More superhero goodness this week from DC’s competitor with Marvel’s Black Widow. Scarlett Johansson returns in Black Widow’s backstory film filling in the events after Captain America: Civil War as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow goes on the run and reunites with her sister Yelena (Florence Pugh) and parents (David Harbour and Rachel Weisz) to bring down the organization that made her, The Red Room.
Black Widow is a movie that may have been better placed if it was made closer to Captain America: Civil War, but nonetheless is an action spectacular full of humor, emotion, great characters, and stunning visuals. Florence Pugh steals the show and I sincerely hope we will see more of her character in the new Phase films from Marvel. Black Widow is pure Marvel: epic, fun and infinitely rewatchable. Highly recommended.
Also of note this week is the cult classic 1982 horror film Alone in the Dark with Martin Landau and Donald Pleasance in an awesome new Blu-ray edition from Shout Factory, and the excellent new thriller series from HBOMax, Mare of Easttown starring Kate Winslet.
Until next week movie lovers, stay safe!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday September 14, 2021
Alone in the Dark (1982)* - Collector's Edition
Black Widow (2021)
Blue’s Clues and You! Story Time with Blue
Catch the Bullet (2020)
Cold War Creatures: Four Films from Sam Katzman (1955-1957)*
Crazy Fist (2021)
Death Screams (1982) Special Edition
Eli Roth's History of Horror Season 2 (2021)
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) 4K
Kubo and the Two Strings – Laika Edition
Magnum P.I.: Season Three
Mare of Easttown: An HBO Original Limited Series
Out of Death (2020)
Rififi in Paris a.k.a. The Upper Hand (1966)*
Santa Fe Trail (1940)*
The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021)
The Devil in Maddalena (1971)*
The French Conspiracy a.k.a. L'attentat (1972)*
The Human Factor (2019)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 4K
Ultimate 10-Movie War Collection
Walk on the Wild Side (1962)*
Zack Snyder's Justice League Trilogy
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
*New to Blu-ray