Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis returns after a tiring weekend of Comic-Con fun with his weekly look at the releases in the world of Blu-ray. This week in the US are Will Smith and Margot Robbie starrer Focus, sci-fi actioner Jupiter Ascending, Kristen Stewart’s superb Camp X-Ray and the return of SpongeBob Squarepants in Sponge out of Water…
First up this week is the hit crime-caper Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, who team up before they both feature in next summer’s eagerly-anticipated Suicide Squad. A decent sized hit, Focus is a breezy, fun film that will certainly be amongst the week’s biggest sellers.
SEE ALSO: Read our review of Focus here
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The poor Wachowskis: another sci-fi epic, another flop, both critically and commercially. Grossing only from a $181 million from a $176 million budget, Jupiter Ascending is an overblown, overlong film that while it looks spectacular, lacks any real story of heart. Still, it will no doubt look superb on Blu-ray. Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis and Eddie Redmayne star.
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Still yet to be released in many territories around the world (including the UK), Camp X-Ray is one of 2014’s underseen gems. Starring Kristen Stewart on superb form, it tells the story of a female army officer assigned to Guantanamo Bay. A hugely compelling drama, Camp X-Ray is worth seeking out.
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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
This year’s big animated film thus far, the long-awaited sequel to the hit 2004 film has been a massive success, grossing in excess of $311 million worldwide. This time out is arguably the strangest animated feast for many a year, but is no less fun.
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The Wire: The Complete Series
Finally, the wait is over. The first release of HBO’s critically-acclaimed show on Blu-ray, remastered for high-definition goodness.
Apollo 13 – 20th anniversary edition of Ron Howard’s sci-fi drama starring Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon
Justified – final season of the hit TV series, starring Timothy Olyphant
McFarland USA – Disney sports drama starring Kevin Costner
True Detective: Season 1 – steelbook release of HBO’s superb crime thriller
Monsters: Dark Continent – sequel to the hit micro-budget monster film