Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at all things Blu-ray. In this week’s UK edition we’ve got Liam Neeson struggling through Taken 3, Oscar snubbed Selma, time-travel teen thrills in Project Almanac, two hit TV shows and the world of a footballing legend….
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After two massive hit movies, it was inevitable that a third chapter in the Luc Besson-written Taken series was going to get released. Newly found action hero Liam Neeson continues his career change, but as with the sequel, Taken 3 fails to muster up anything close to the original’s excitment. Instead, Neeson struggles in another 12A outing for his retired action-hero and bring Forest Whittaker along for the dull ride. So it will no doubt sell millions of copies…. (steelbook also available at HMV)
Criminally overlooked at this year’s Oscar ceremony, Selma is easily one of the years best films. Stark, honest and thought-provoking, it’s a wonderful piece of work anchored by a stunning performance from British actor David Oyelowo, who continues his rise up the Hollywood ladder. Ignore the Academy, see Selma as soon as you can…
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This week’s teen entry, this time with a group of teenage friends who discover the science behind time travel and set about changing things in their lives but without any regard for what their actions will mean for their future.
The Newsroom: Series 3
The final chapter in Aaron Sorkin’s superb look behind the scenes of a US cable news show, The Newsroom like a good wine gets better with each season. A stellar cast, headed by the magnificent Jeff Daniels, helps bring this awesome slice of TV to a close. Emily Mortimer, Olivia Munn and Sam Waterston co-star.
Homeland – Season 4
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After many mixed reviews from the second and third seasons of the show, Homeland continues to move along in earnest as the fourth season of the show takes a different approach after the events of the first three seasons. This time, Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison is in Pakistan with her new baby as she tries to stop more terrorist activities both at home and across the globe.
The Terminator Quadrilogy – a timely re-release of the first four Terminator films, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Claire Danes and Christian Bale, among others
Gascoigne – excellent documentary charting the life of famed footballer Paul Gascoigne, through the highs of his footballing power to battling his demons during his later life
Thunderbirds Are Go – animated feature based on Gerry Anderson’s classic television show