February 23, 2010
| by Arlen Schweiger
Director Steven Soderbergh has a pretty good track history. So does actor Matt Damon. So how is it that so many people missed out on The Informant! when it was in the theaters?
Whistleblower movies are always entertaining and informative, and this one seems like it would make for good viewing. Maybe not as gritty as The Insider, but a good look at big business nonetheless. It’s based on a true story.
Another lesser-known screener is about a big-mouthed football manager - football as in soccer - in the demanding English Premier League. It’s called The Damned United, a dark comedy about the brief tenure of the manager of reigning champ Leeds United. Should be a must-see for sports fans, and with the screenplay by Peter Morgan, who also wrote The Queen and Frost/Nixon, it should be engaging for most viewers.
If it’s horror that you’re after, take a gander at George Romero’s The Crazies. Yup, same tale as the movie you’ve seen advertised on TV a bunch lately, except this is the original from the master zombie movie director, with stark grit as only early 1970s horror can provide.
Also this week several two-fer Blu-ray offerings will hit shelves. You can double-dip on Chevy Chase (Funny Farm/Spies Like Us), Harrison Ford (Presumed Innocent/Frantic), Sandra Bullock (Miss Congeniality and sequel), Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry/Magnum Force), De Niro/Crystal (Analyze This/Analyze That) and Grumpy and Grumpier Old Men.
For classical music fans, there are also a slew of classical and operatic releases this week for your listening pleasure.
Click here to view our slideshow of the Top 10 Blu-ray releases for this week. Here’s the full release schedule this week (listings and synopses courtesy of Blu-ray.com):
Analyze This/Analyze That
Birtwistle: The Minotaur
Cavalli: Ercole Amante
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
The Damned United
Dirty Harry/Magnum Force
Funny Farm/Spies Like Us
Grumpy Old Men/Grumpier Old Men
Ichi the Killer
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Miss Congeniality/Miss Congeniality 2
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Neil Diamond: Hot August Night
Nurse Jackie: Season One
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
Rossini: Il Turco in Italia
Schumann: Symphony No. 4 - Piano Concerto
Trailer Park Boys
The Universe: The Complete Season 4
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera
Wrong Side of Town
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.