Monday, 22 May 2017

DVD Roundup: annoying marketing strategy edition

Illumination studios is at it again with a family friendly (well, kid friendly), story light waste of a couple of hours. Being the people behind Minions and The Secret Life of Pets, we can expect Sing to be a loud and colourful spectacle with the added bonus of songs that the parents will recognise. A bonus, I guess.

Mel Gibson is at it again, making a massively violent film about religion. Andrew Garfield stars in Hacksaw Ridge, based on the true story of Pfc. Desmond T. Doss, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor. The twist? He never once picked up a weapon, instead devoting his time to saving the injured during WWII. 

Dev Patel and Rooney Mara star in Lion, another film based on a true story, about a man's search to find his long lost family. Praised for being a tear jerker that doesn't reduce itself to the cliche's, Lion has been highly praised by the critics. Especially one to watch if you love Google Earth.

Re-release of the week goes to the 1975 Japanese B-movie Wolf Guy (subtitled Enraged Lycanthrope). The films blurb probably tells it best: "The only survivor of a clan of werewolves relies on its feral, full-moon-activated superpowers to solve crimes." Gotta see that, right?! Barely released outside of Japan, we have the opportunity to catch this on shiny blu-ray and enjoy Japan's exploitative cinema.

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