Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis returns with his weekly look at what’s on offer in the world of Blu-ray…
In this week’s US edition we get tied up with Fifty Shades of Grey, twitch our mustache’s with Johnny Depp as Mortdecai, go computer hacking with Thor in Blackhat and see Julianne Moore FINALLY win an Oscar for Still Alice…
Fifty Shades of Grey: Unrated Edition
With over $550million grossed worldwide, audience (mainly female) flocked to see the film adaptation of the best-selling novel by author EL James this Valentines Day, so expect mega numbers from the Blu-ray sales as well as Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan get even steamier in this unseen edition of Fifty Shades of Grey. Expect it to be one of the year’s biggest sellers.
SEE ALSO: Read our review of Fifty Shades of Grey
Somewhat criminally underseen across the globe and dumped into a poor release date, Michael Mann’s latest, starring Chris Hemsworth, has evaded many filmgoers the world over, with some countries (including Australia) only getting the film on a straight-to-DVD release. And while the film isn’t a scratch on Mann’s previous works, it is still worth hunting down.
SEE ALSO: Read our review of Blackhat
Another critically reviled film on its release earlier this year, Mortdecai, similarly to Blackhat, is perhaps not as bad as everyone has said. Sure, it’s no classic, nor is it anything like Johnny Depp’s work, but it’s harmless fun for the most part, despite the excruciatingly annoying accents from the British contingent.
SEE ALSO: Read our review of Mortdecai
Julianne Moore finally garnered an Academy Award for her superb performance in Still Alice, easily one of the best of her career. Ably supported by Kristen Stewart, who continues her recent superb work, and Alec Baldwin, Still Alice is a thoughtful drama that while slightly lacking as a whole, is beautifully performed throughout.
SEE ALSO: Read our review of Still Alice
Also released this week:
The Cobbler – Adam Sandler continues her downward trajectory with this fantasy-drama. Or, is it a comic-book origin story? – you be the judge. If you dare.
Just Before I Go – directorial debut from Courtney Cox starring Sean William Scott and Olivia Thirlby
Tracers – new action-thriller starring Twilight’s Taylor Lautner. Yawn.
Wet Hot American Summer – timely release of the cult comedy set on a summer camp, with the limited Netflix prequel series (with a long list of A-list stars) set to debut in the summer