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Release Review – Week of November 6, 2012

This Week’s Big Releases

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (Available FRIDAY, 11/9)
Synopsis: Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield reboot the Spider-Man franchise, with varying levels of success. Emma Stone offers support.
Tomatometer Rating: 73%
Special Features: There’s a commentary with Marc Webb, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, an exclusive “3D Film School” featurette on the 3D version of the film, a mkaing of documentary, Second Screen compatibility, deleted scenes, pre-viz shots, stunt rehearsals and much, much more.
Deals: Amazon, Target and Best Buy all have the 3D Blu-ray combo pack for $27.99, and both Target and Amazon are offering a collector’s edition of the film, packaged with bonus figurines.
Buy/Queue/Skip: While the film kept insisting how different it was going to be from Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man films, this film ended up treading much of the same territory as the original, and didn’t do it nearly as well. While there are some great character moments and Garfield and Stone prevent the film from being a total mess, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN was one of the biggest disappointments of the summer for me. SKIP IT. Read Mel’s review for his thoughts. He was a bit gentler than I was.

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS
Synopsis: When Santa forgets to deliver a Christmas present to a child, his son, Arthur, springs into action determined not to end the magic of Christmas. With retired Grandsanta, a rebellious young elf, an old sleigh and some untrained reindeer, Arthur sets out to deliver the last gift! Featuring the voice talents of James McAvoy and Hugh Laurie.
Tomatometer Rating: 91%
Special Features: There’s a making of featurette and several progression reels of the various characters in the film.
Deals: Amazon has the 3D Blu-ray for $27.99.
Buy/Queue/Skip: This film is from the same folks who did WALLACE AND GROMIT and PIRATES! BAND OF MISIFITS, both of which I adore. The film was overlooked by many American audiences, but I’d say QUEUE IT this holiday season and get yourself in the spirit! Read Mel’s review for more.

Also Available This Week

There are quite a few classics making their blu-ray debut this week with Kurosawa’s ROSHOMON joining the Criterion Collection, Billy Wilder’s SUNSET BOULEVARD and PATTON

There are also a couple great 80’s films new to blu-ray this week, John Hughes’ PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES and cult classic THEY LIVE.

If you want to kick off your holidays early THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (20th Anniversary Edition) is here to make you realize it’s twenty years old, but if you want to give it a bit more time before you deck your halls the UK series CALL THE MIDWIFE is also available.

Best Buy is offering the three original Spider-Man films on blu-ray for eight dollars each this week and also has KICK-ASS and SOURCE CODE on blu-ray for six bucks.

In celebration of the release of SKYFALL at the end of this week, you can get $10 toward seeing the film if you pick up other Bond films like GOLDFINGER, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, or THE SPY WHO LOVED ME on blu-ray at Best Buy for ten bucks each.

Manny’s Pick

UNIVERSAL 100TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, which is another MONSTEROUS set available this holiday season. If you haven’t already gone bankrupt picking up the BOND 50, ALFRED HITCHCOCK: MASTERPIECE COLLECTION and the huge Harry Potter sets released recently, then this set, which includes 25 classic movies spanning the studio’s century long history is a must buy. Every film here is a classic, from DRACULA, to BACK TO THE FUTURE, JAWS, E.T., THE BREAKFAST CLUB, JURASSIC PARK, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, PILLOW TALK, THE BOURNE IDENTITY and many more!

See you next week!

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