Dick Tracy: Blu-ray Jan07

Dick Tracy: Blu-ray

  Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment In shops now Before the holidays I went to an art talk at the Getty where Peter Weller was speaking about the renaissance in Florence.  He brought up a conversation he’d had with cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro about the painter Giotto. ...

Brave: Blu-ray

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment In shops now When Disney and Pixar get together to make a film and put out a DVD, they’re not messing about. “Brave” is the heroic journey that follows young Merida through the Scottish highlands around her family’s castle. ...

The Dark Knight Rise...

Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download Warner Home Video In shops on 4 December After all the hubub  of teasers and trailers for the final installments of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, I managed to never find an opportunity to see it in the cinema. So I was delightfully...

Family Guy: Volume 1...

Fox Home Entertainment In shops now In the year that brought us “Ted” and Seth MacFarlane hosting ‘SNL’ with his cannon of voices, it’s pretty great to sit down with the perennial comedy classic that is ‘Family Guy.’ Not only is this edition...

Lola Versus Blu-ray Sep24

Lola Versus Blu-ray

Fox Home Entertainment In shops now It seems there was a lot of excitement about Greta Gerwig and this film in general on its approach, but it somehow fizzled out by the time it hit the cinemas.  To be frank though, I’m even happier to watch at home, and “Lola Versus” has a...

Spider-Man 1-3 Blu-ray Jul02

Spider-Man 1-3 Blu-r...

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment In shops now As you prepare for the reboot of Spider-Man tomorrow (which is WELL worth it), it’s a perfect time to have a look back at the last go-round, which began way back in 2002. These reissues feature “Spider Sense Trivia Challenge” and...

John Carter Jun18

John Carter

Disney Blu-ray In shops now Poor Taylor Kitsch can’t catch a break.  Between “John Carter” and “Battleship” he’s doing a lot of big movies that aren’t making big money.  I’m really rooting for him come “Savages” time. Despite all...

Hell on Wheels: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Jun11

Hell on Wheels: The ...

  eOne Home Video In shops now It’s pretty much impossible to watch “Hell on Wheels” without thinking of HBO’s “Deadwood.”  It was the era when America was just setting stakes into the ground and beginning to define itself as a nation, with nothing more...

White Squall Blu-ray May30

White Squall Blu-ray

Mill Creek Entertainment In shops now I’ve been waiting years for this. Right about now, cinephiles all over the world can’t stop saying the name Ridley Scott.  “Prometheus” will surely be one of the summer’s most exciting events – I have no doubt.  And...

Sherlock: Season Two Blu-ray May17

Sherlock: Season Two...

BBC Home Entertainment In shops now When I first saw ‘Sherlock’ last year I was mesmerized.  First it was the tilt-shift photography and the playful subtitles to reveal text messages and emails, and then it was Sherlock’s gift for piecing together an entire narrative from...

Father of the Bride 20th Anniversary Edition &  Father of the Bride Part II Blu-ray May16

Father of the Bride ...

Touchstone Home Entertainment In shops now I’m not usually one for the “combo” pack DVD.  It can feel a little cheesy on the shelf in a proper cinephile’s library, but in this case I will allow it. “Father of the Bride” was a defining movie for me growing...

Gremlins & Gremlins 2 Blu-ray May03

Gremlins & Grem...

Warner Home Video In shops on 8 May Oh, the ’80s.  How wonderful you were.  The movies were about adventure and creatures and buried treasure and family.  Lately there’s not so much in the vein of “E.T.” or “The Goonies” or “Back to the...

Madonna: Truth or Dare Blu-ray Apr11

Madonna: Truth or Da...

Lionsgate In shops now It’s amazing how many changes Madonna has gone through to circle back to the original recipe. After listening to the new album (thank you, Spotify) and catching the beautiful ballads and explicit pop/rock/rap, I’m brought right back to the controversial gal...

That ’70s Show: Season One Blu-ray Apr10

That ’70s Show...

Mill Creek Entertainment In shops now Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Aston Kutcher, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama.  We didn’t know it at the time, but this little comedy had assembled quite the cast when it premiered in 1998.  It would run for eight seasons and 200 episodes, becoming its...

War Horse Blu-ray Apr09

War Horse Blu-ray

  Touchstone Home Entertainment In shops now Steven Spielberg is one of the few directors out there who actually makes his audience believe in the power and magic of filmmaking.  For that reason, you’re going to want the 4-disc combo pack of “War Horse” so that you can soak...

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Blu-ray Mar26

Tinker Tailor Soldie...

  Universal Studios Home Entertainment In shops now Gary Oldman finally received the attention he deserves for his role in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” this year.  Or, at least most of the attention he deserves.  Every time I see him I am tempted to revisit “Bram...

Casablanca 70th Anniversary Edition Mar23

Casablanca 70th Anni...

Warner Home Video In shops now After years of compiling JoyHog’s Holiday Gift Guide, we’ve seen a lot of collector’s edition DVD sets come through, and Warner Home Video truly makes the best (see also: the forthcoming Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection – it will...

The BBC High Definition Natural History Collection* Mar22

The BBC High Definit...

BBC In shops now *featuring Planet Earth Special Edition.  That’s actually the full name of the box set – perhaps the longest thing ever.  Though since it’s a 10-disc set that is ASTOUNDING then I guess it can have whatever title it wants. Inside you’ll find the...

The Muppets Mar21

The Muppets

Disney Blu-ray In shops now Such, such joy.  If you saw my review of the film then you know how much I loved it.  But now that it lives in the house with me, it’s even better.  For a movie as wonderful as this, I really don’t need bonus features, but this one has some good...

Jane By Design: Volume One DVD Mar20

Jane By Design: Volu...

ABC Family In shops now I must admit that I haven’t paid much attention to Pretty Little Dead Girl Liars or Secret Pregnant American Teenagers or whatever those other shows are called.  I have seen “Switched at Birth” and now “Jane by Design,” and I gotta say,...

Game of Thrones The Complete First Season: Blu-ray Mar19

Game of Thrones The ...

HBO Home Entertainment In shops now Considering that this series has four different Entertainment Weekly covers this week, it certainly needs no additional publicity from me.  But if you are a fan of this show, which returns next month, the unwrapping of the DVD will lead to much...

The Killing Blu-ray Mar12

The Killing Blu-ray

Fox Home Entertainment In shops now I’m not sure that I really need this on Blu-ray considering it’s such a gray and gritty series, but I do need the boxes to match. Nobody knew what “The Killing” was when AMC premiered it last year – except maybe that it was...

Immortals Blu-ray Mar09

Immortals Blu-ray

Fox Home Entertainment In shops now Tarsem’s “The Fall” was a film I probably saw half a dozen times.  Not only was it breathtakingly beautiful, but the simple magic of that story is the kind of thing that makes you want to spend a sunny afternoon folded into a library...

The Town: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Mar08

The Town: Ultimate C...

Warner Home Video In shops now Well, it’s not short.  The theatrical cut of “The Town” clocks in at 125 minutes, which is not necessarily excessive except that in Twitter time, it can feel like “Lord of the Rings.”  Now in the Ultimate Collector’s Edition...

Sexy Blu-rays Mar06

Sexy Blu-rays

9 1/2 WEEKS DISCLOSURE STRIP TEASE Warner Home Video In shops now I suppose these should have come out for Valentine’s Day, but then again, they’re not really love stories.  They’re sexy adult thrillers that caused quite the rumpus when they came out in cinemas.  Of these...

“That Show” with Joan Rivers Mar01

“That ShowR...

DVD Synergy Entertainment If you have never seen E!’s “Fashion Police” with Joan Rivers then you are one silly rabbit.  That mouth of hers only gets sharper with age, and she’s got some zingers that will make you laugh-out-loud and blush at the same time.  So for...

The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall Feb01

The Phantom of the O...

Universal Studios Home Entertainment In shops now “The Phantom of the Opera” was one of the first big Broadway shows I saw as a teenager.  My parents took me and my brother to see the national tour as it came through Boston to play the Wang Center.  Even back then I remember...

In Time Jan31

In Time

Fox Home Entertainment In shops now In 1997 I saw writer/director Andrew Niccol’s film “Gattaca” and was thoroughly amazed.  So many of the films in the sci-fi or speculative fiction arenas are heavy on effects and production design but sadly low on concept, and this was...

Drive Jan30

Drive

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment In shops now One of the smartest things FilmDistrict did when they were promoting “Drive” was release the opening chase as a viral trailer.  Ryan Gosling is so very still and calm, but there is also a layer or fear and excitement under it all as...

Annie Hall Jan26

Annie Hall

MGM Home Entertainment In shops now So I guess they didn’t have camera crews running around recording DVD commentary in 1977; the only special feature you’ll find on the Blu-ray of “Annie Hall” is the original theatrical trailer, which is pretty great for its stoicism...