What’s Out Today in DVD & Blu-ray – 1-27-2015

Adam RuhlTelevision, TV on DVDLeave a Comment

I look forward to every Tuesday. It may be different in other nations, but in the USA every Tuesday is when a new slate of DVD’s and Blu-ray’s hits the shelves; or your mailbox if you’re an Amazon Prime member. I’m starting a little experiment here and it may be a little periodic at first, but hopefully soon enough this will be a regular post. I present to you, the first ‘What’s Out Today’, a short list of good stuff available now that’s worth checking out. (Click the pictures to order!)

 

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Henry V (Shout Factory)

Kenneth Branagh (Director of THOR) directs and stars in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry the 5th. He is accompanied by an all-star cast including Paul Scofield, Derek Jacobi, Ian Holm, Emma Thompson, Alec McCowen, Judi Dench, and Christian Bale (Newies age Bale, not Batman). This is actually part four in Shakespeare’s Henriad Tetralogy, but don’t worry about that because it works as a standalone story (though you must have the patience for Shakespeare to appreciate it). The film was well received and nominated for three academy awards, winning for costume design. The picture is clear but looks a little old and grimy; also there are no bonus features beyond a trailer.

SPECS:

  • Trailer
  • 1.85:1 ASPECT RATIO
  • Rated PG-13
  • 1989
  • Runtime: 138 Minutes
  • DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo/ English Language & Subtitles

 

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Jean de Florette/ Manon of the Spring Double Feature (Shout Factory)

So this is two films that tell one complete story and they were actually filmed together. Talking about the plot of the second film spoils the first so I’ll try to avoid spoilers. In the first film, Jean Cadoret (Gerard Depardieu) inherets his mother’s farm and attempts to start a new life with his family. However, he is unaware that his neighbor desires his land and has a nefarious plot to acquire it. The second film is set ten years later and follows Jean’s daughter (if you enjoy the first one, you shouldn’t need any prompting to watch the second. It’s right there.) Both films look really good in Hi-Def, but again the discs have only trailers for extras.

SPECS:

  • Trailer
  • 2.35:1 ASPECT RATIO
  • Rated PG
  • 1986
  • Runtime: 233 Total Minutes
  • DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo/ French Language & English Subtitles

 

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Marie’s Mind for Murder (MHZ International Mystery)

I’ve covered several of MIM’s imported series and they’ve been quite excellent. If you enjoy crime drama this is a great line to find series that are almost unknown in America. Marie’s Mind for Murder follows Inspector Marie Brand, who works with the burglary division of the police. She left Homicide behind after the death of her father but a difficult murder case brings her and her Sherlock-like investigating skills back into action. She is paired with a much younger, self-described ‘ladies’ man’, who resents her at first, but they soon develop a working relationship of mutual respect.

SPECS:

  • Previews
  • 1.85:1 ASPECT RATIO
  • Not Rated
  • 2008
  • Runtime: 884 Minutes across 10 episodes
  • Stereo/ German Language & English Subtitles

 

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Crime Scene Cleaner (MHZ International Mystery)

Crime Scene Cleaner is the exact opposite of ‘Marie’s’; instead of crime drama it’s a half-hour crime scene comedy. Heiko Schotte is a crime scene cleaner; coming in after the police are finished. He’s more or less a failure at everything else in life including school and romance. This was a very funny series and it’s a great break from more serious fare. It’s a single camera comedy and its tone reminded me a little bit of My Name is Earl.

SPECS:

  • 1.85:1 ASPECT RATIO
  • Not Rated
  • 2011
  • Runtime: 266 Minutes across 10 episodes
  • Stereo/ German Language & English Subtitles
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Adam RuhlWhat’s Out Today in DVD & Blu-ray – 1-27-2015