Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis looks at this week’s big Blu-ray releases in the US…
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
All roads have led to this point, as they say. The final film in both The Hobbit Trilogy and J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations (at least for now), director Peter Jackson bids a fond farewell to Hobbits, Orcs and Wizards alike. Martin Freeman, Ian e, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lily and Orlando Bloom return amongst the stellar cast, as Bilbo and friends face the final battle to save Middle-earth from the deadly Smaug.
You read what Flickering Myth contributor Alfie Nobes made of the final chapter here.
While it failed to make as much of an impact along the awards season over the last few months, Angelina Jolie’s excellent sophomore directorial effort made over $160 million and features another superb performance from Brit Jack O’Connell (’71) alongside Domhnall Gleeson (Ex_Machina), Jai Courtney (Insurgent) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy).
You can read the thoughts of Senior Staff Writer Rohan Morbey on the film here.
Into The Woods
Another year, another hit musical, this time an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s must-loved take on Grimm’s fairytales. Rob Marshall, who brought Nine and Oscar winner Chicago to the screen, directs Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean) amongst others in the film which brought in over $170 million during its theatrical run at Christmas.
You can read the thoughts of contributor Edward Gardiner on the musical here.
ALSO NOTABLE RELEASES THIS WEEK:
Song One – indie drama starring Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises) as a woman who finds love through music after her younger brother is left in a coma
Fast & Furious Collection – with Furious 7 only a week away, rev your engines once more with the first six films in the franchise in a limited wheel-shaped collector’s packaging.
Blind Woman’s Curse – another classic cult film given the Arrow Films Blu-ray treatment, this time Teruo Ishii’s 1970 classic.
The Beyond – supernatural horror classic from Italian director Lucio Fulci (Zombie Flesh Eaters)
The Thin Blue Line – Errol Morris’ legendary police documentary gets a first Blu-ray release through The Criterion Collection