Samurai's Pick: LE BEAU SERGE (Region 1 DVD & Blu-Ray; Criterion)
Many call this the real beginning of the French New Wave, Claude Chabrol crafted an interesting story about friendship and despair. The leads are playing against each other but are ultimately two angles of the same despair. This film is a bit arty so be warned....it is the story of people suffering through the end of a town's life cycle and ultimately the pressure this brings on the humans that inhabit it. For an interesting experiment if you end up enjoying this film check out Les Cousins, which is essentially the same film, with the same leads except the lead actors change roles....good stuff and Criterion is releasing both this week on Blu.
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Large William's Pick: DUMBO - 70th Anniversary Edition (Region 1 Blu-Ray; Disney)
You wanna know something? This movie fucking SLAYS me. The trunks through the cage scene ruins me every time. Every. Single. Time. All of that aside, this film truly does deserve the much bandied about title "classic". In the pantheon of such a cinematic luminary as Disney, this one deserves to be at the very top. Seeing animation over 50 years old in blu ray is really a site to behold. You can get a great sense as to the craftsmanship, love, and, attention to detail that was put into each project. If you have kids, it's a must buy, and even if you don't, a break from the sleaze and grime every now and then can be a good thing...
Kisses(while I wear my pink cardigan),
They Call Him Chad's Pick: DEAD HEAT (Region 1 Blu-Ray; Image Entertainment)
Not sure what else I can add, but this is a lot of fun and something like a very poor man's Lethal Weapon meets Re-Animator. Joe Piscopo's finest work! Treat Williams' most enduring performance! Terry Black proving he's not just Shane Black's brother! Check it out!