Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at all things Blu-ray…
Talk about your Christmas blockbusters. One of the UK’s biggest films of last year, Paddington charmed the crowds to the tune of £37 million, and became Studio Canal’s biggest film ever beating out last year’s Non Stop with a worldwide gross of $236 million. A wonderful family adventure, Paddington is set to be one of the year’s best sellers on Blu-ray and DVD.
A relatively small release in the UK for this indie crime drama, but certainly worth a watch. Directed by Michaël R. Roskam, The Drop is a hugely compelling film which stars Tom Hardy as a Brooklyn barman who gets embroiled in some mob dealings with the late James Gandolfini. Noomi Rapace also stars.
You can read our thoughts on the film here.
Another criminally underseen film gets its Blu-ray release this week, with Tommy Lee Jones’ critically-acclaimed The Homesman debuting on Blu-ray. The film charts the story of three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Lee Jones).
Read our ★★★★★ review of the film here.
Network / Rollerball
Two more cult classics get the Blu-ray treatment from UK distributor Arrow Films this week. First up is Sidney Lumet’s satirical look at corporate news in America in the 1970’s (no Ron Burgundy’s here) starring Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch and Robert Duvall, followed by another 1970’s classic in James Caan-starrer Rollerball. A preface to the Hunger Games in terms of its looked at a corporate-controlled future, Caan stars as an athlete determined to bring down the system through the ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball.
Both critically acclaimed and firm fan favourites to many, the films get a superb digital remaster as well as new special features by the truck load as is Arrow’s staple.
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