Monday Blu(e)s and DVD

Here we are, with a second fantastic week for home video releases. The number of strong titles available this week is mightily impressive.  

Please feel free to use the comments section below to let us know if we’ve missed anything. Monday Blu(e)s and DVD’s is produced in association with Film@Home, the British Video Association’s digital hub for the promotion of Blu-ray. More information on Film@Home can be found on their Facebook page.

Disc Of The Week

An Affair To Remember – Leo McCarey’s most famous work, if not his finest (click here for that) makes a belated appearance on Blu-ray. The story itself is well worn, combining McCarey’s trademark mixture of heart and cutting, and comes complete with a wealth of extras, thus far unseen in the UK.

Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive might just be the most popular film of 2011, if the vocal majority of Twitter are to be believed. We liked it a lot on theatrical release, but found that it didn’t hold up quite as much on subsequent viewings (Don’t get us wrong, it is very, very good). I’m not sure we can recommend this home video release though. Refn has stated before now that a Special Edition in in the pipeline, complete with substantial extras, so it might be worth holding out for. Read our full review here.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Another of 2011’s real crowd pleasers, Tomas Alfredson’s reinvigorated take on the seminal John le Carré spy novel was a fantastic success, and one whose quality was reflected by a fantastic public reaction here in the UK. Gary Oldman is on fine form, with support turns from Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth all noteworthy. Read our full review here.

Win Win – We still haven’t gotten around to Win Win, in spite of the pedigree of the filmmaker behind it. Tom McCarthy’s earlier works, the fantastic The Station Agent and 2008’s The Visitor remain perennial favourites of Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second, so it’s a mystery as to why this has eluded us for so long.

A Bigger Splash – Were we come from David Hockney is the archetypical “Big Deal”. Perhaps our hometowns greatest hero, anything with the artist’s fingerprints on will always draw our attention. A Bigger Splash, named for what is perhaps Hockney’s most famous work of the period in which the film was made, is a fantastic docu-drama of sorts, and features appearances from all manner of notable figures from the period. It’s fantastic to see a film like this given such lavish treatment, courtesy of the BFI.

The Tin Drum – The Arrow Academy stumbles on, with this release of Volker Schlöndorff’s seminal New German Cinema classic The Tin Drum. While their output might not be as reliable authoritative as some of their boutique rivals, this remains a welcome package.

Alien – Lord knows why anyone would purchase this latest release of Ridley Scott’s Alien. We’re not disputing the quality of the film, but at a price point that practically matches that of the mammoth, and landmark 6-disc Blu-ray Anthology from last year we can see no reason why anyone would pick this up instead. BUY THE BOX SET! You won’t regret it.

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