Sunday, October 13, 2013

What's New on DVD and Blu, Episode 8: There Can Be Only One

I love doing this little column every week because I've long looked forward to Tuesdays so I could throw some money down at the local Family Video or, more recently, press a button and get a movie via DirecTV.  This week there's just one film that interests me in the least: Pacific Rim.  Find out my thoughts after the jump.

What's New (October 15)

Pacific Rim Collector's Edition (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD +UltraViolet Combo Pack)

If you've read any of the "What's New on DVD and Blu" columns, you know that I'm a big fan of digital download.  You get the film cheaper, earlier and don't have case to clutter up the house.  It is where companies are heading and, eventually, discs may be phased out altogether.  Much cheaper to just host it in a cloud server and sell licenses to the rights.  On that note, I picked up Pacific Rim on VUDU three weeks ago.  It was my second viewing as I saw it in theaters during its release.  I liked it just fine in theaters but, I must admit, I was distracted by the spectacle of the robot vs. monster violence and didn't pay much attention to little details like plot, characterization, performances, etc.  The film was pretty well reviewed (64 on Metacritic and 72 on Rotten Tomatoes) but it some very hardcore detractors, some even vocally rooting for the film to fail.  Through 4 viewings of the film now all I can do is enjoy it more and more and wonder where all the hate comes from.  It is by no means an award-worthy film but it is a helluva lot of fun from start to finish and the actors play it over the top, just like they should have. Charlie Hunnam's performance was incredibly ridiculous and campy, but it's a movie about huge monsters and hugerer robots he supposed to be imitating Laurence Olivier?  This movie cements Hunnam as the guy that needs to be cast when Marvel makes Iron Fist.  He can do action, he can be a lead and he looks the part.  Idris Elba's performance was perfect, but you'll have a hard time finding me hating on Elba.  I wish the guy got more big roles and I have loved Luther.  I've not even talked about the big money battles and I won't.  It's enough for me to say this is a fun movie, worth owning because you can always watch monsters and robots beat the hell out of one another on a rainy day.

What's Next (October 22)

Next week I'm going to hopefully take a run at The Conjuring and Monsters University (available on VUDU today).