Hey friends, Shep here with the DVD rundown for the week of Tuesday, March 31. My pick for this week is the French thriller Tell No One. And away we go!!
First is this little film that went and made a big noise, called Slumdog Millionaire. You may have heard of it when it won a whopping eight Oscars a couple months ago, including Best Picture. It was easily the best film among its competitors and I’m glad that it won. Ever since its win, it’s been hanging in there quite well at the box office and has had some great staying power. Currently the $15 million picture has made over $130 million domestically. So this should bode very well for its life on home video. It’s doing quite well and it’s not because it has a bunch of big names attached or has had some massive marketing campaign, it’s because it’s a good damn movie. Good for Slumdog! It totally deserves all of its attention.
Next, we’ve got Will Smith’s drama from last winter, titled Seven Pounds. Speaking of box-office success, I’d like to point out that this is the FIRST Will Smith film since Ali in 2001 that has grossed less than $100 million at the box office. I didn’t see this movie, but I asked someone who did to spoil the film for me and explain to me what was going on in what I thought were damn near impossible-to-comprehend trailers. So, now knowing the “secret” of the film (and it’s pretty stupid), let me just give you this spoiler-free synopsis. Will Smith is sad and helps people. So there you go. Do what you will.
Our last major release is Marley & Me. And now I’d like to digress and tell you about a little something. There’s a long drive that I’ve taken many times. Along the way there is a billboard for a Cracker Barrel that I think is just brilliant advertising. It’s a picture of a tray of biscuits and the only thing it says (aside from the Cracker Barrel logo at the top) is “This Exit.” And it’s brilliant. They are confident enough that all they need to do is show you the damn biscuits and you’ll naturally want some and want to know where to find them. The box art for Marley & Me is the same way. They feel no need to show you the faces of Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, the film’s big name stars. All they do is show you that damn puppy. And that’s all you really need, isn’t it? He’s just so CUTE!! I saw the movie and it really is a cute, wholesome little film about family (and dogs). It’s no Oscar contender, but if you’re looking for good family fare, you could do a whole lot worse.
Also available are the films from the After Dark Horrorfest III. After the first one of these two years ago, they stopped coming to my city, so I’ve seen none of these movies and have little to say about them. Here are the titles: The Broken, Slaughter, Perkins 14, Butterfly Effect: Revelation, From Within, Dying Breed, Autopsy, and Voices. We’ll also be getting a “Nickelodeon Original Movie” called Spectacular, which I’m sure will live up to its title, as well as a direct-to-video HP Lovecraft movie titled Cthulu, based loosely on his story “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.” Finally there are two additions to the Criterion Collection, Roberto Rossellini’s Il Generale Della Rovere, and Andrzej Wajda’s Danton.
Blu-Ray releases include Slumdog Millionaire, Seven Pounds, and Marley & Me. Older films seeing their release to Blu-Ray include 10th Anniversery release of The Matrix, as well as Pitch Black and its sequel The Chronicles of Riddick, the 1951 Best Picture-winning musical An American in Paris and the 1958 Best Picture-winning musical Gigi, Jet Li’s The One, and John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars. So that’s an eclectic little bunch for ya.
My pick of this week’s releases is the acclaimed French thriller, Tell No One, directed by Guillaurme Canet and based on the 2001 novel by Harlan Coben. Now, living in Louisville, Kentucky, I have unfortunately not had a chance to see this film yet, but I’ve heard nothing but great things and saw it showing up on many-a-critic’s top ten list from last year.
The story concerns a doctor coping with the murder of his wife by a serial killer. Eight years later, out of the blue, he finds himself implicated in a double-murder of which he knows nothing. Soon he becomes tangled up in a vicious plot and learns that his late wife may still be alive. Craziness ensues.
Again, I’ve not seen this one yet, but it sounds pretty cool and exciting. I plan on checking it out in the very near future, and I recommend you do the same. It will be on DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday (as will all the other titles mentioned here).
Buy Tell No One on DVD HERE.