Monday, 23 November 2015

DVD Roundup: emotional edition

Pixar has hit it hard this year, with The Good Dinosaur dropping in a couple of weeks, as well as the Finding Dory trailer being released (and all their sequels in development), but maybe the biggest film of there's lately is Inside Out. An almost stereotypical film for Pixar now, we see the usual pulling on the heart strings with literal embodyments of the emotions of a young girl. While it does not contain the unexpected emotional conections that previous Pixar films have shown, Inside Out is still an incredibly sophisticated and intelligent film that doesn't insult its audience, young or old. Make sure to check out our review here.

Seth MacFarlane has gone back to what he knows best, after the mess that was A Million Ways to Die in the West, and given everyone a sequel to the popular Ted movie. This time, Ted is trying to defend his "human" rights so that he can get adopt a child. Wildly silly and irrevarent, the highlight for me was the extended musical intro. If you are a fan of Family Guy and, of course, the previous Ted film, then Ted 2 is for you. Listen to our review here.

If its not Christmas for you without an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's iconic Middle Earth books, then you'll be happy to see that a special edition trilogy of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit is out now to buy. The already bloated series, "the only films with more minutes of film than book pages", now has 20 minutes of extra footage to indulge yourself in, as well as over nine hours of extra's. While I would not want to sit through these films again, if you've yet to see them, and you was a fan of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, then this may be a nice little gift to get yourself. Listen to our review of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies here.

The first full length feature of Henry Hobson, who previously specialised in graphics of movie credits, is out now to buy on DVD and Blu-Ray, after a very brief cinematic release. Maggie is a zombie film in a similar vein to Life After Beth and Warm Bodies, where the focus is on retaining the humanity of the recently re-animated, but this in a much more darker and thoughtful tone. Also, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the father. Could this possibly be a redeeming performance, especially after the travesty that was Terminator Genisys? Well, we have a copy of the film ready to review, so look forward to that soon.

F. W. Murnau's iconic 1922 gothic masterpiece Nosferatu has been remastered and re-released by the BFI. If you have any interest in the history of horror, or cinema itself, then this version of Bram Stoker's Dracula is a mandatory viewing. Still chilling today, it is well worth buying just for the shadow scene itself. The re-release also includes two short films, a documentary, and a booklet that looks at the occult origins of the film.

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