New DVD Releases for the Week of October 20 2009
Here is a list of the new DVD Releases for the week of October 20 2009, as well as my intentions to buy, rent, watch on TV, or skip (for TV on DVD releases head over to Daemon’s TV):
Synopsis: It is turn of the century in Belle Epoque Paris and a scandalous romp is underfoot. The sensational tale begins as the ravishing Lea (Michelle Pfeiffer) contemplates retirement from her renowned stature as Paris’s most envied seductress to the rich and famous. Her plans are cut short when she is approached by a former courtesan and arch rival, the barb-throwing gossip Charlotte Peloux (Kathy Bates), who encourages Lea to teach her disaffected 19 year-old son — a bon vivant nicknamed “Chéri” (Rupert Friend) — a thing or two about women. The resulting escapades involve power struggles over sex, money, age and society – and unexpectedly, love itself — as a boy who refuses to grow up collides with a woman who realizes she cannot stay young forever. Director Stephen Frears (“The Queen”) and screenwriter Christopher Hampton (“Atonement”) reunite (“Dangerous Liaisons”) to playfully bring Colette’s unconventional romance, CHERI, to the screen.
Cast: Rupert Friend, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Felicity Jones
Director: Stephen Frears
Recommendations: I love Michelle Pfeiffer, so I’m definitely interested in checking Cheri out.
Buy it: CHERI on Amazon
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Synopsis: Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers. Joining the mission to protect humankind is Optimus Prime, who forms an alliance with international armies for a second epic battle.
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Rainn Wilson, Isabel Lucas, Matthew Marsden, Darius McCrary, Ramon Rodriguez
Director: Michael Bay
Recommendations: Saw this one in theaters. I can’t say that I really enjoyed it that much, but it might be worth a rental, if only for some of the action sequences.
Blood: The Last Vampire
Synopsis: I’m not too interested in this movie, but I might check it out on TV.
Cast: Gianna Jun, Masiela Lusha, Allison Miller, Liam Cunningham, JJ Feild, Koyuki
Director: Chris Nahon
Recommendations: On the surface, Saya is a stunning 16-year-old, but that youthful exterior hides the tormented soul of a 400-year-old “halfling.” Born to a human father and a vampire mother, she has for centuries been a loner obsessed with using her samurai skills to rid the world of vampires, all the while knowing that she herself can survive only on blood like those she hunts. When she is sent onto an American military base in Tokyo by the clandestine organization she works for, Saya immediately senses that this may be her opportunity to finally destroy Onigen, the evil patriarch of all vampires. Using her superhman strength and her sword, she begins to rid the base of its evil infestation in a series of spectacular and elaborate showdowns. However, it is not until she forms her first human friendship in centuries with the young daughter of the base’s general that Saya learns of her greatest power over Onigen may well be her ability for human connection…
Imagine That (Blu-ray)
Synopsis: In Paramount Pictures’ family comedy “Nowhereland,” Eddie Murphy stars as a successful financial executive who has more time for his blackberry than his seven-year-old daughter (Yara Shahidi). When he has a crisis of confidence and his career starts going down the drain, however, he finds the solution to all his problems in his daughter’s imaginary world.
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Thomas Haden Church, DeRay Davis, Ronny Cox, Nicole Ari Parker
Director: Karey Kirkpatrick
Recommendations: I’m really not sure about this new Eddie Murphy movie, so I might give it a chance on TV.
Buy it: IMAGINE THAT on Amazon