A fantastic week awaits thee in the land of home video. Our second favourite film of 2012 leads a stellar line-up of discs.
Tabu – Miguel Gomes’ breathtaking Tabu was one of the real arthouse success stories of 2012, the wondrous tale sweeping up all who crossed paths with it. This Blu-ray ought to open the film up to a much wider audience, and a great disc it is too: while extras are limited to a pair of shorts from director Gomes, the digital transfer of the film (shot in 16mm and 35mm) is note-perfect. Read our complete review of Tabu here.
Dredd – Alex Garland’s adaptation of the famous 2000AD comic-strip character opened to a feverish response in the latter half of 2012, but struggled to find an audience outside of the characters homeland of the UK. Any and all sequel hopes rest on the success of this video release, which isn’t off to a great start: the 2D iteration of the film is said to be problematic, while the UK disc lacks several of the extra features from the US one. Between this and Entertainment’s apprehension to screen the film in 2D theatrically fans not of the third dimension might be miffed. Read our complete review of Dredd here.
Lawless – John Hillcoat’s Lawless was one of our favourite American films of 2012, with it’s meditation on the form of storytelling severely under-appreciated by many. Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain and Shia Labeouf all turn in solid performances, while Nick Cave’s score is fantastic.
The Titfield Thunderbolt – Our favourite Ealing comedy bar none, The Titfield Thunderbolt captures the essence of the post-WW2 British comedy in all it’s glory. Fellow Ealing alumni, albeit of the darker variety, Nowhere To Run is also released tomorrow.
Samsara – While not a film we loved, it’s impossible not to be impressed with the 70mm photography of Samsara. The Blu-ray should look excellent. Also available in a two-pack with Baraka, Ron Fricke’s early film of a similar ilk.
Django Prepare A Coffin and Django Shoots First – As was to be expected a whole raft of Django films are being reissued in an attempt to ride off of the back of the hype of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which opens in British cinemas this coming Friday. With over thirty unofficial sequels the range of titles adorned with the Django title is a bit of a mixed bag, although with Arrow Video behind the scenes of Django Prepare A Coffin one might surmise that it’s safe to assume that that particular title is worthy enough.