Sunday, December 30, 2012

Jan. 1 Blu-ray/DVD Releases


Taking a break from the glittery vampire scene, Robert Pattinson stars as a hotshot financial guru who cruises New York City in luxury, riding around in a limo and taking care of his sexual, business and hygeine needs as he rides around. He seems to have a solid grip on life, but as the night goes on his world steadily falls apart. Director David Cronenberg keeps the claustrophobic story flowing at a rapid pace, and Pattinson shows genuine acting chops, carrying what amounts to something of a one-man show. Cronenberg's commentary and cast and crew interviews highlight the extras.

Justified: Season 3

The FX Western has truly hit its stride, with Timothy Olyphant honing his Clint Eastwood-like act as a U.S. Marshal who plays by his own rules. Bold writing and breakneck action scenes keep the show wily and unpredictable, save for the certainty that Olyphant's Raylan Givens character will always nail his man. Extras in the three-disc Blu-ray set include deleted scenes, nine cast and crew commentary tracks and a slew of making-of featurettes.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt continues to prove to be one of the best actors at selecting scripts. In one of my favorite movies of 2012, he stars as an assassin-for-hire asigned to kill captors sent back in time by a powerful corporation. One of his marks is his future self (Bruce Willis), with whom he teams up to go on the run from the corporation they work for. Relentless action and a thought-provoking script grant the drama enormous appeal, and Gordon-Levitt and Wilson both deliver remarkable performances. The Blu-ray/digital copy combo includes director Rian Johnson's commentary, 22 deleted scenes and a slew of making-of featurettes.

Screeners were provided by the studios for review.


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