New to DVD and Blu-ray: ‘Snow White’ and the Greatest Love Story of All-Time
New on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming this week, fractured fairy-tales, indie comedy, strange science-fiction and James Cameron's 'Titanic' comes to port. ...
One of two 'Snow White' re-vamps from last year, this was the one that looked and felt like it was lurking around, sullenly, in front of a Hot Topic. (As opposed to the Lily Collins/Julia Roberts 'Mirror, Mirror,' which looked and felt like it had been mugged at the Hello Kitty store.) Charlize Theron is the icy Queen who'll kill to stay fairest; Kristen Stewart is the Snow White who has to die; Chris Hemsworth ('Thor,' 'The Avengers') is the killer Huntsman who has second thoughts. Mixing gothic fantasies with high-tech effects, the Blu-ray has plenty of extras on the film's making and design.
A brain-blasting tribute to trippy '80s and late '70s sci-fi (the film starts with the sigh of a hand popping a VHS tape into a machine, for heaven's sake), 'Beyond the Black Rainbow' earns points for being a pure piece of what-the-what filmmaking that's half David Cronenberg and half 'TRON,' as a bad, mad doctor-type tries to make a beautiful telepath spill her secrets. With crazed color and light and audio sequences that'll rattle your speakers, your fillings or your sanity -- and the kind of pacing that occasionally makes '2001' look like a Michael Bay film -- it's also one of the boldest and strangest indies of last year.
Near, far, etc., as Celine Dion would say. But put aside all the hype and history around James Cameron's 'Titanic,' coming home in Blu-ray all restored today, and just watch it, and it's an amazingly well-made film. The chemistry between DiCaprio and Winslet is rock-solid, and it has to be; it's the only thing we have to hold onto in Cameron's cold, slow-then-unstoppable brutal and bleak depiction of one of the greatest tragedies of the past century. The filmmaking's just as good in the little moments as in the big ones, and while it's become cool to dismiss the film's plot as soap opera, I can't think of a viewer who doesn't get a lump in their throat when that bloody big diamond goes into the water.
One of the most moving independent films of the year -- and also the funniest -- 'Your Sister's Sister' begins as Mark Duplass, still devastated by his brother's death a year ago, takes ex Emily Blunt up on her offer of the family's Pacific island cabin to get it together. Blunt's sister Rosemarie DeWitt, stinging from her breakup with a lover, has her own plans for the cabin, though, and didn't quite check in. Lots of booze, lots of grief, far from civilization... what could possibly go wrong? And of course, if Blunt showed up -- which she does -- that wouldn't complicate things at all. ... A major step forward for director Lyn Shelton ('Humpday,') 'Your Sister's Sister' is a breath of fresh, frank, funny air.