Published Apr 06, 2011This week in the world of DVD and Blu-Ray releases, several classic (or at least older) films get the Blu-Ray treatment, giving additional home viewing options to everyone that has already seen Natalie Portman go insane and Angelina Jolie wander around Europe in ball gowns. Here at Exclaim!, we have reviews of the latest titles to check out in our Recently Reviewed section.
Having earned a Best Actress Oscar and an abundance of critical praise, Black Swan (pictured) makes its home video debut, exploring the darker side of the ballet world and earning the Exclaim! Mark of Excellence from our reviewer, who calls it an "emotional rollercoaster." On the other side of the coin, we also have a review of the Angelina Jolie/Johnny Depp romantic adventure mystery The Tourist, which our reviewer called "bloated and hackneyed."
If a good television box set is on the agenda, the latest season of AMC's hit series Mad Men comes to DVD and Blu-Ray, featuring "an obscene amount of special features," detailing life in the '60s at the all-new Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce advertising agency.
Of course, if you would rather watch something made decades ago rather than something that merely depicts times passed, maybe Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments will appeal, featuring Charlton Heston in all his overacting, Republican, biblical glory. For something with less unintentional humour, Taxi Driver might hit the spot while answering the age-old question, "Are you talking to me?"
Jumping ahead a few years, Rob Reiner's adaptation of the Steven King novella "The Body," Stand by Me, makes its Blu-Ray debut, linking coming-of-age loss of innocence with mortality. Also waxing metaphysical is the sanitized technology admonition A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, wherein a relentlessly needy robot goes on a journey to become a real boy.
And lastly, we have the music DVD review of a Marillion: Live from Cadogan Hall, featuring the final show of Marillion's acoustic tour.
For more reviews of the latest DVD and Blu-Ray releases, be sure to check out the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section.