New to View: Nov. 29
By Bob Bloom
The following Blu-rays and DVDs are being released on Tuesday, Nov. 29, unless otherwise noted:
Don’t Breathe (Blu-ray + Ultraviolet)
Details: 2016, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: R, disturbing images, violence, language
The lowdown: A thriller about three young thieves who break into the wrong house.
The resident is a blind man with a very dark and deadly side.
The trio may think they will be getting away with the perfect crime, but they would be lucky to escape with their lives.
The movie, which features veteran character actor Stephen Lang as the blind baddie, earned an impressive 87 percent positive rating at Rottentomatoes.com.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 2.40:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English audio descriptive track and Spanish 5.1 Dolby digital; English SDH, English and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras include deleted scenes, a commentary track, profiles of the cast members, a featurette on creating the creepy house, another on the film’s sound effects, a featurette on Lang’s character and a “No Escape” featurette.
Time After Time (Blu-ray)
Release date: Nov. 15
Details: 1979, Warner Archive Collection
Rated: PG, violence, language, sexual references
The lowdown: Nicholas Meyer directed this wonderful science fiction pastiche about H.G. Wells actually inventing a time machine and using it to go into the future to stop Jack the Ripper, who used the machine to escape capture.
The film jumps from Victorian England to 1979 San Francisco where Wells’ Malcolm McDowell is a fish out of water until he is taken under the wing of a pretty bank teller, played by Mary Steenburgen.
David Warner plays the Ripper.
The movie is a wonderful cat-and-mouse game between Wells and the Ripper that will hold you in suspense throughout.
The release is a made-on-demand Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection and can be found at www.wbshop.com or other online dealers.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 2.40:1 widescreen picture; English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH subtitles.
Fitzpatrick TravelTalks: Volume 3 (DVD-R)
Release date: Nov. 15
Details: 1940-53, Warner Archive Collection
Rated: Not rated
The lowdown: Another multidisc set featuring glimpses at places near to home and across the oceans that the vast majority of American filmgoers from the 1940s and early 1950s near got a chance to visit.
This set features more than 60 shorts that span the globe, from Australia and New Zealand to the Andes, Bavaria, Copenhagen, Rome, Egypt, Holland, Northern England, Chicago, New York, Michigan, Quebec, Vera Cruz, Costa Rica, Venice, Morocco and Algiers and Belfast.
These short jaunts were entertaining and educational and expanded the view of the world for many Americans.
The set is a made-on-demand DVD-R from the Warner Archive Collection and can be found at www.wbshop.com or other online retailers.
Technical aspects: 1.37:1 (4×3) full-screen picture; English Dolby digital monaural.
Other Blu-rays and DVDs being released on Tuesday, unless otherwise indicated:
DIGITAL DOWNLOADS and STREAMING
Southside With You (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)
Bodyguard: Secret Lives From the Watchtower (Gravitas Ventures, Dec. 2)
Mavis (HBO Documentary Films, Dec. 2)
Morgan (Fox Home Entertainment, Dec. 2)
The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 3 (Acorn TV, Dec. 5)
Coming next week: The Secret Lives of Pets
Bob Bloom is a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association. He reviews movies, Blu-rays and DVDs for ReelBob (ReelBob.com), The Film Yap and other print and online publications. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can follow Bloom on Twitter @ReelBobBloom and on Facebook. Movie reviews by Bloom also can be found at Rottentomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com.