April 4, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Week of April 4th 2014
Casey St. Charnez has been video editor for Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide since 1986 and buyer for Lisa Harris' Video Library since 1981. He likes Lisa, cats, crosswords, and the Metropolitan Opera, probably in that order.
VIDEO LIBRARY NEW RELEASES/Week of April 4th 2014
ANCHOR MAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (2014) D: Adam McKay. Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd. Or, The Return of Ron Burgundy. Three distinct choices: original [PG-13] theatrical version, 118min.; “Super-Sized” [R]-rated (MPAA) version, 122min.; and unrated version, 143min.
AT MIDDLETON (2013) 99min. D,CoSc: Adam Rodgers. Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga. Two people, each unhappily married, meet and fall in love while touring a college campus for their incoming freshman progeny. Looks like a romantic comedy, but it’s more delicate and restrained than it appears. [R]
THE BAG MAN (2013) 109min. D: David Grovic. John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa, Robert De Niro. A hitman shoots his way through a mission to deliver a mysterious parcel to his boss, without peeking to see what it is, desperately dodging dirty cops and angry goombahs en route. And his only ally is a sympathetic hooker. [R]
47 RONIN (2013) 119min. D: Carl Rinsch. Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sakada. Large-scale fantasy epic about a band of samurai whose warlord is dead, and they’re looking for vengeance. Their best weapon is a half-caste slave. Remake in name only of the Mizoguchi classic from the 1940s. [PG-13]
KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM (2013) 86min. D: Joe Lynch. Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Summar Glau, Peter Dinklage. 21st century Cosplayers stupidly unleash a medieval demon for reals. [R]
ANCHOR MAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
FARGO (1996) Blu-Ray debut.
GODZILLA! GODZILLA!! GODZILLA!!!
In eager anticipation of Warner Bros.’ mega-budget American remake coming May 16th—with Brian Cranston, no less!-- we’re tickled to stock new remastered editions of several classic entries in the ongoing series of sequels, reboots, and reimaginings. Each title comes striaht from the Toho Studios Master Collection, and gives you your choice of either an English-language soundtrack, or a Japanese-language soundtrack with optional English subtitles. We firmly recommend the Japanese track. Be sure to check out each disc’s special features, including a bio of director Ishiro Honda and a docu on the Art of Suit Acting, as well as some audio commentaries. Here are the titles:
ALL MONSTERS ATTACK (1969-Japan) Aka GODZILLA’S REVENGE.
GHIDORAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (1965-Japan) Toho’s most beautiful work.
GODZILLA (1956-U.S. Japan) Raymond Burr as reporter “Steve Martin”!
GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (1955-Japan)
GOJIRA (1954-Japan) The somber original. Highly recommended.
INVASION OF THE ASTRO-MONSTER (1965-Japan) Aka GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO.
MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (1964-Japan)
TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (1975-Japan)
Casey St. Charnez has been the buyer for Lisa Harris' Video Library since 1981, and video consultant for Leonard Maltin's Movie Guides since 1986.