MAY 1ST, 2012

Just as there are weeks when the quality of films released in theaters is dismal, the same can go for Tuesday DVD and Blu Ray releases. It doesn’t get much worse than this week, besides one average action film, absolutely nothing worthwhile was released this week on DVD and Blu Ray. It actually reminds me of the week Haywire came out in theaters. Besides Underworld: Awakening, nothing was worth the price of admission, just like no one is going to run out and buy Joyful Noise on DVD.

Haywire was actually a decent film. This Steven Soderbergh directed action film starring former American Gladiator Gina Carano was released at the beginning of the year and is filled with stars like Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, and Ewan McGregor. Though Haywire did not bring anything new to the genre, it was still enjoyable and worth checking out, if only to witness the strong, sexy leading lady kicking some ass.

Two films that I will forever steer clear, Joyful Noise and New Year’s Eve, were also on the list of available titles this week. A non-sequel sequel to Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve is the trending seasonal film with an ensemble cast, each probably only getting about ten minutes of actual screen-time. To rival that for worst releases thus far, Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton star in Joyful Noise, a film about two “strong-minded women” and a rival to control their choir heading into a national competition. I blame Glee and its popularity for this.

The rest of the release list is mediocre. George Harrison: Living in the Material World is the Martin Scorsese documentary that failed to get any Academy Award attention, though did find itself in several other awards ceremonies throughout the season. Also, the Academy Award nominated film, W.E., was released this week. Directed by Madonna, I am interested in seeing this, not for Madonna’s Golden Globe winning music, but for the fact that I missed this film during my annual Oscar Challenge (to which I try and catch the films I missed when they become available).

Overall, this week’s releases are completely missable. Though Haywire is worth a watch, the rest can be caught whenever they hit Netflix or become readily available. If you’re into masochism, then be sure to check out Joyful Noise and New Year’s Eve.

New Releases

  • George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)
  • Haywire
  • Joyful Noise
  • New Year’s Eve
  • W.E.

TV Box Set

  • Covert Affairs: Season Two
  • The Invisible Man (1975): Complete Series
  • Kojak: Season Four
  • Suits: Season One
  • The Virginian: Season Six
  • Wagon Train: Season Five
  • Who Do You Think You Are?: Season Two

Special Editions/Other Releases

  • 1313: Bermuda Triangle
  • And They’re Off
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Cirkus Columbia
  • Daylight (2012)
  • Exit Strategy
  • The Fighting Sullivans
  • Fight the Fight
  • Flicka: Country Pride
  • The Front Line
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Level Up
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • The One That Got Away
  • Pillow Talk: Universal 100th Anniversary
  • Real Conversations: A DVD Study
  • Rose Marie
  • She’s Not Our Sister
  • Snow White: A Tale of Terror
  • Strip Strip Hooray
  • Thunderstorm: Return of Thor

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