[Our editor, Emily Bloom, brings you the best new releases in her "DVD / Blu Review" article. No filler, no hype, only movies and TV shows we personally buy.]
The releases for the 10th and 17th of January are so slim that we again have to combine them into one article. The good news is that next week we'll be showcasing a special selection of incredibly horrible titles that are beyond the "so bad they're good" category and back to just plain bad. I'm not talking about Tyler Perry bad either but many times worse. We were easily able to fill the usual eleven slots and you'll have to see every one to believe them. As for the worthwhile DVD and Blu-ray releases for the next two weeks, we have enough to keep you covered until the end of the month.
As the cover explains, The Tuskegee Airmen is based on the true story of the African American pilots of World War II. Laurence Fishbourne stars in this HBO made-for-TV movie that evenutally received a limited theatrical release and obtained generally positive reviews. Fans of WWII movies will enjoy this installment if for no other reason than it's unique subject matter and historic value. This Blu-ray is obviously meant to coincide with George Lucas' upcoming version of the story, 'Red Tails', which probably accounts for (but doesn't excuse) my issues with this release below. I'm sure it will be far superior in many ways but this one shouldn't simply be replaced entirely.
It's unfortunate that there isn't even one special feature on the disc itself. Surely the studio could have included a documentary on the real life Tuskegee Airmen or an interview with some of the surviving members. Obviously I don't expect them to do an audio commentary but I'm sure they enjoy retelling their stories over and over as best they can. But at least we get a 22-page booklet full of photographs from behind-the-scenes of the production as well as of the historic pilots.
The highly anticipated anime, Redline, hits Blu-ray along with it's polar opposite, Good Morning, Vietnam. Everything else is going to vary greatly among our readership. We're not even totally sure ourselves about how well we like the rest of the weeks' picks. I always wanted a Clive Owen and Jason Statham movie but Killer Elite doesn't exactly live up to my expectations. Then there's Sinners and Saints which, if you base a movie by it's cover, should be pure crap but it turns out it isn't. It isn't gold but it's not crap either, just another "down the middle" rating. Come back next week for the article I'm really excited about. It feels good to bash movies once in a while and there will be bashing.
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