New DVD Releases for the Week of July 14 2009
Here is a list of the new DVD Releases for the week of July 14 2009 (for TV on DVD releases head over to Daemon’s TV):
The Edge of Love
Synopsis: Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by a brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both.
The passion and pathos of legendary poet Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys) is told through the lives of two extraordinary women. Vera Phillips (Keira Knightley) and Dylan were each other’s first loves who feel the thunderbolt once more when they unexpectedly meet in London ten years later. Caitlin (Sienna Miller) is his adventurous wife, wily at using her beauty and always up for a bit of fun.
Despite their love-rival status, the women form a surprising friendship – and though bombs rain down on London, the trio indulge in the glory of being young, and alive. When Vera meets and marries handsome Officer William Killick (Cillian Murphy), Dylan resents his trio becoming a foursome – and Caitlin notes it.
The collapse of their group is avoided when William gets sent away to war – and the others move back to rural Wales. With Vera now heavily pregnant and missing a husband who never writes back, the battle between her heart and head becomes more intense. William’s return instigates a confrontation that has long been brewing – but the savagery of his attack on Dylan finally forces Vera to choose between the men in her life and the friend that she loves.
Desire and guilt are complicated by love and friendship in this real-life tale set in beautiful London and the majestic Welsh countryside.
Cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew Rhys, Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller
Director: John Maybury
Recommendations: I really love the cast in that one and I really enjoyed the trailer for it, so it’s definitely something I’m going to add to my rental queue.
Synopsis: Aidan Breslin (Quaid) is a bitter detective emotionally distanced from his two young sons following the untimely death of his devoted wife. While investigating a series of murders of rare violence, he discovers a terrifying link between himself and the suspects in a chain of murders that seem to be based on the Biblical prophecies concerning the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death.
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Zhang Ziyi, Lou Taylor Pucci, Clifton Collins Jr., Patrick Fugit, Eric Balfour, Peter Stormare
Director: Jonas Akerlund
Recommendations: I didn’t hear much about Horsemen, so I think it’s going to be a movie that I watch on HBO or something. Although it does have a good cast.
Buy it: HORSEMEN on Amazon
Synopsis: Explicit Ills follows four inter-connecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia. Babo, an asthma ridden seven-year-old lives with his mother in the badlands of North Philly. His neighbor Demetri transforms himself into a well-read “smart” boy in order to get the girl. Michelle, a well-off art student is quick to fall into a drug induced love-affair with her dealer Jacob. Kaleef and Jill’s marriage is strained as they pursue their dreams of bringing “produce to the people” as their teenage son Heslin focuses on competing in the World’s Strongest Man competition.
Cast: Paul Dano, Rosario Dawson, Naomie Harris, Lou Taylor Pucci, Frankie Shaw
Director: Mark Webber
Recommendations: I think I’ll hold off to see Explicit Ills on TV, not that it doesn’t look good, but I’m not in a hurry to see it either.
Synopsis: A beautiful TV reporter and her cameraman are doing a routine interview at a local fire station when an emergency call comes in. Accompanying the firefighters to a nearby apartment, the news team begins recording the bloodcurdling screams coming from inside an elderly woman’s unit. After authorities seal off the building to contain the threat, the news crew, firefighters and residents are trapped to face a lethal terror inside. With the camera running, nothing may survive but the film itself.
Cast: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge Serrano, Pablo Rosso, David Vert
Director: Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza
Recommendations: [REC] is the original movie that Quarantine is a remake of. I didn’t really want to see Quarantine, so I think I’ll skip [REC] as well.
Buy it: [REC] on Amazon
The Haunting in Connecticut
Synopsis: Based on a chilling true story, Lionsgate’s The Haunting in Connecticut charts one family’s terrifying, real-life encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner’s clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover.
Now unspeakable terror awaits, when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the powerful dark forces of the supernatural, returns to unleash a new kind of horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family.
Cast: Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan, Elias Koteas, Amanda Crew, Kyle Gallner
Director: Peter Cornwell
Recommendations: Haunting, possessions, and all those things are not really my thing, so no Haunting in Connecticut for me.