As the world comes to terms with the dawn of a new year DVD and Blu-ray releases remain slow off the ground. As with last week though, the films that are released are pretty great. Except for Troll Hunter, that’s just rubbish.
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Disc Of The Week
Boardwalk Empire – Martin Scorsese’s televisual collaboration with Terence Winter is little short of amazing, and the first real “must-see” of 2012. Eeking out slowly like a well paced gangster flick rather than your typical television show, Boardwalk Empire plays out not unlike a prolonged and expanded Gangs Of New York. The first season explores the foundations of organised crime, with the series’ dual-protagonists of Michael Pitt’s Jimmy Doyle and Steve Buscemi’s Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson the anchors of said exploration, one a war vet and the other a corrupt politician in Atlantic City as America is plunged in to a world of Prohibition.
Arrietty – Studio Ghibli’s latest is a spin on the Borrowers tale. For those not in the know, the Borrowers are a group of four inch tall peoples, who live, unbeknownst to the human world, in and around our own homes and houses. Ghibli films always look beautiful, especially on Blu-ray, but there’s just something lacking to fully impress.
Hearts Of Darkness – A Filmmakers Apocalypse – George Hickenlooper and Fax Bahr edited footage shot and gathered by Eleanor Coppola to produce this award winning documentary from 1991. Most of us will no doubt already have this excellent film thanks to last years amazing Blu-ray edition of Apocalypse Now, but for those of us that don’t it’s being issued on its own today.
Troll Hunter – A Scandinavian Blair Witch knock-off that we didn’t like very much.