Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what treats are in-store this week on Blu-ray in the UK: Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, some incoherence in Inherent Vice, Johnny Depp in Mortdecai and some society parties in Brian Yuzna’s Society…
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Both a critical and public darling, Matthew Vaughn’s hugely exciting spy adventure has been a massive success across the globe as well as in the UK and US. Colin Firth, Taron Edgerton, Mark Strong and Michael Caine are part of an elite British espionage team trying to track down the evil Samuel L. Jackson.
Incoherent Vice is more like it – Paul Thomas Anderson’s hugely anticipated new film split audiences like Marmite, with many loving it’s eccentricities and humour, while others couldn’t make head-or-tail of it. But if you don’t think about it too much and just go with it, Inherent Vice is one of the year’s most impressive feats so far. Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon and a nutty Martin Short are amongst the cast.
The film that almost started World War III and brought Sony to its knees finally makes its way onto Blu-ray and DVD this week, so if you haven’t seen what all the fuss is about, now is your chance. Strangely, despite the controversy, it’s actually quite mild, and if you enjoy Seth Rogen’s style of comedy and love a bit of James Franco, then The Interview is for you. A Steelbook release is also available.
Poor old Johnny Depp, he just cannot catch a break right now. The biggest high-profile flop of his career, Mortdecai tanked when it was released earlier in the year, barely scraping $7million is the US through its cinema run. That said, the film while no Citizen Kane isn’t half as bad as many have made out, but is just another reason why Depp needs to mix up his game and break away from the silly voices for a while. Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn and Jeff Goldblum co-star.
One of the greatest (and slimiest) cult classics of all time, Brian Yunza’s horror-satire is finally given the Blu-ray treatment by those awesome people at Arrow Films. Baywatch star Billy Warlock gets more than he bargained for when he suspects his neighbours aren’t all what they seem, particularly when they throw a party. A new transfer and lots of bonus feature goodness accompany the film, which still packs a punch over 25 years later.
Suits: Season 4 – more ups-and-downs in the world of law with Gabriel Macht
Supernatural: Complete Season 9 – new season of the hit US show
Son of a Gun – Aussie thriller starring Ewan McGregor
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken – thriller starring Anthony Hopkins and Sam Worthington