To make up for the lack of Blu these past couple months, this month’s roundup features primarily hi-def titles! What’s more is that they’re all some pretty great titles, so let’s get down to it
After Dusk They Come – This creature feature follows the formula for films of its kind: a couple of rich twentysomethings find themselves stranded in an unknown area where bloodthirsty creatures await to pick them off one by one. I’m not a huge fan of these types of movies, so it was tough for me to really get into this one. Overall the film itself is put together well and played out nicely, but it doesn’t do enough differently for me to get me to change my thoughts on the genre. This film is distributed by Lionsgate. Watch my video review.
Blindness/Proof Double Feature – Echo Bridge Home Entertainment released this Miramax set of two really awesome movies in hi-def. I was really excited to see Blindness, but Proof ended up really blowing me away. Both films were creative, smart, and equally moving despite their very different stories. Blindness, making its Blu-ray debut, is a dark epidemic flick while Proof is an intelligent tale of a young woman’s conflicts with herself and others as she copes with living in the shadow of her brilliant yet insane father.
Beyond the Black Rainbow – After seeing the trailer for this bizarre flick, I knew I had to see it. The 80s synth music, bold colors and mysterious looking characters just sucked me in. The film itself was just what I expected from the trailer: psychological and very obscure. This is not a film for everyone, but one that someone who appreciates out-of-the-box style with simple gorgeous and haunting cinematography will find themselves in for a treat with this one. This release is courtesy of Magnet Releasing.
Renaissance – This unique animated feature starring the voice talents of Daniel Craig and Ian Holm caught me off guard. The coloring is primarily black and white, yet the detail and features stick out. I’m often on the fence with animated features as they sometimes lack the liveliness of a live-action picture. This film started slow for me, but the story really picked up towards the end. Renaissance is a cool and unique animated futuristic thriller. This release is courtesy of Echo Bridge Home Entertainment.
Snow White and the Huntsman – I absolutely loved this film when I saw it in theaters, so I knew I was going to love the Blu-ray. The films visual effects are meant for high-def, and it just looks and sounds fantastic. The film itself is an awesome darker update of the classic fairy tale, and it’s put together and played out quite well. The setting, the music, and the acting all have a lot to admire. This release courtesy of Universal Studios Entertainment.
Lola Versus – Greta Gerwig has become a bit of the indie it-girl lately, and Lola Versus is a perfect example of why. Her girl-next-door sexiness and quirky sense of humor make her characters lovable and relatable. Lola Versus is a fun film about a young woman in the big city facing the tribulations of love, sex, and life in general. It’s an honest and heartfelt film that is as fun as it is emotional. Lola Versus is released by 20th Century Fox.