DVD Releases of the Week: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' To Lead Releases; Poland's Oscar Submission, 'Ida' Also Among New Movie DVDs
This week, a host of new movies hit the DVD shelves in store nationwide, led by Marvel's Avengers duo of Chris Evans' Captain America and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".
From superheroes to drama and documentary films, this week's list of new DVDs has it all:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
After a phenomenal run, Marvel will release the latest Captain America film on DVD. Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the film continues the story of Steve Rogers (Evans) as he struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the HYDRA agent known as the Winter Soldier. The film became the second-highest grossing film of the year and was acclaimed with great reviews. Critics said it redefined Marvel films and was the best film the studio made since "Iron Man." With "Captain America 3" already announced, this second installment is sure to be a big hit on DVD over the next few years.
Back in April, Relativity thought it would have a huge hit with Paul Walker's second-to-last film. However, the action thriller failed, making a disappointing $20 million. The movie tells the story of an undercover Detroit cop who navigates a dangerous neighborhood that's surrounded by a containment wall with the help of an ex-con in order to bring down a crime lord and his plot to devastate the entire city. The film is unlikely to obtain a huge fan base, especially since it obtained terrible reviews and the action thriller is inundated with better options. As a result, expect only Walker fans to be interested in picking this DVD movie up.
Radius TWC's critically-acclaimed documentary tells the story of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it. The documentary was hailed by critics for being compelling and for being an advocacy documentary that earns its outrage. The film was also a big box office success, as it made $1.5 million and it is likely to get attention on DVD by health organizations, education organizations and art house audiences. The film is also likely to gain awards attention in the next few months.
Music Box's latest film tells the story of Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, who is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation. The feature, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, was highly acclaimed and it was also a big box office hit. Poland recently submitted the film as the official Oscar selection and, as a result, the movie will garner a lot of attention on DVD, especially by those who are keeping track of awards season.
IFC's lackluster thriller will be released after flopping both critically and financially. The film, starring John Turturro and Philip Seymour Hoffman, tells the story of Mickey's crazy stepson Leon, who is killed in a construction 'accident.' As a result, Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when the boy's mother demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-or-death struggle between a body he can't bury, a wife he can't please and a debt he can't pay. The film premiered at the Sundance Film festival where critics complained about its script. With very little marketing and lackluster buzz, the film will most likely to appeal to Hoffman and Turturro fans.
Words and Pictures
The Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche film will finally be released after a successful run. The Roadside Attractions release tells the story of an art instructor and an English teacher who form a rivalry that culminates with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it scored mixed reviews. With a lack of romances in the market at the moment, this will likely charm on DVD.
The new film by James Franco and Emma Roberts tells the story of April, who is the class virgin and is torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach Mr. B and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy. The movie, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival, scored rave reviews and prompted Tribeca Films to change its release strategy. Rather than release the movie On Demand and in theaters at the same time, the company opted for a theatrical run. The drama became the highest grossing film for the company and demonstrated the Indie distributor could have a huge hit. Expect the movie to garner a cult following.
Other releases this week include Magnolia's "A Long Way Down" starring Pierce Brosnan, and Freestyle's "The Hornet's Nest." Saboteur film's "Korengal" and Zeitgeist's "The Galapago Affair: Satan Came" will also be released on DVD.
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