RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Django Unchained Brings Western Justice Home, Tarantino Style

Also, an indie dramedy, a French animated film, and a couple of rereleases.

With the exception of our illustrious headliner, you can mark this down as the third week in a row we've had with just a few notable releases on home video. Maybe Quentin Tarantino's latest is big enough to render all others negligible, but for what it's worth, we also have a relationship dramedy starring Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie, as well as an animated film from France and a small nature documentary and our customary Criterion Collection releases. See below for the full list.

Django Unchained

88%

Lots of folks were hopeful that Quentin Tarantino would "hurry up and make a Western, already," and those folks got their wish last year with Django Unchained. Lining up a typically outstanding ensemble cast for the film, Tarantino placed Jamie Foxx in the title role as a slave who's taken under the wing of a German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz)in the pre-Civil War American South. If Django assists Schultz in tracking down a fugitive gang known as the Brittle brothers, he will help Django locate and rescue his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). Django Unchained opened on Christmas Day last year (because that makes sense) and earned positive reviews from critics who hailed it as an appropriately incendiary follow-up to Tarantino's last piece of "historical" fiction, Inglourious Basterds. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, taking home two for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Waltz's second, after his Oscar-winning performance in Basterds). Certified Fresh at 89%, Django Unchained is a bloody and thematically bold adventure that should prove rousing to both Tarantino fans and those simply looking for an irreverent, explosive western.

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Save the Date

46%

Lizzy Caplan has maintained a loyal fanbase, though she continues to fly largely under the Hollywood radar, and anyone who watches Community can attest to Alison Brie's rising popularity. Unfortunately, putting the two of them together seems to have done little to raise the profile of this indie dramedy about sisters Beth (Brie) and Sarah (Caplan) who are on divergent relationship paths. While Beth is preparing for her wedding to musician Andrew (Martin Starr), Sarah rejects a proposal from Andrew's bandmate Kevin (Geoffrey Arend) and begins to wonder about her romantic lot in life. Soon, she meets Jonathan (Mark Webber) and struggles to decide how to proceed. Save the Date earned a 44% on the Tomatometer from critics, who mostly enjoyed the acting work by the two likeable female leads but found the script lacked truly incisive wit. In other words, there isn't much to make this one stand out from the rest, but you'll know what you're getting, and if that's what you want, you'll probably be satisfied.

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Also available this week:

  • Two more from the Criterion Collection: The 1984 cult sci-fi comedy Repo Man (98%) is newly available on both Blu-ray and DVD, and an Eclipse Series collection of four of influential Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi's films is available on DVD.
  • The animated French import A Monster in Paris (84%), about a mutated flea with an operatic singing voice (among other things).
  • Dragon (84%), starring Donnie Yen and Takeshi Kaneshiro in a period martial arts drama about a quiet craftsman whose shadowy past comes under investigation of the local detective.

Comments

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Criterion still rules my wallet with the awesome edition of "Repo Man", the cultiest of 80s cult classics. I don't think I'll buy "Django" just yet, as it has no commentary. I'll wait for an updated edition. I'll want to rent the Kobayashi collection, as I haven't seen these films, all earlier than his classics "Harakiri", "Kwaidan" and "Samurai Rebellion". And Donnie Yen is probably the best Hong Kong action satr today, so "Dragon" is worth seeing.

Apr 15 - 06:04 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

To change things up from the below strand...
I got Django. My day is made.
I saw the packaging for the edition of Repo Man, and damn. It is possibly one of the best packages I have seen.

Apr 16 - 06:09 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

I saw that Repo Man package as well. I was in my local video store and it caught my eye.

I'm envious of your Django purchase.

Apr 16 - 06:25 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Definitely checking out Django.

Apr 15 - 06:22 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

The Kobayashi set would be more worth it on Blu-Ray, but I still might snatch it up alonside Django and Repo Man. I'll wait for Dragon to inevitably come to Netflix to check it out.

Apr 15 - 07:51 PM

Jacob Arnett

Jacob Arnett

Django's a rental for me. It was probably my least favorite movie from QT so far (that still means I liked it). Maybe I'll get more out of it from a second viewing.

Apr 15 - 08:20 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Getting Django, my favorite film from last year.

Apr 15 - 09:01 PM

Zane B

Chum Chum

Shit..Django. What else?

Apr 15 - 09:10 PM

Gregarious Kys

Gregarious Kys

i real like this movie

Apr 16 - 03:45 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

I won't be buying anything this week as I spent all my extra cash on books but when I get my pocket in order I still will not purchase Django just yet. I love the movie but this edition is bare bones, I'll wait for something more meaty. The Masaki Kobayashis films are probably great and woth a rental at least but I'd rather buy "Harakiri", "Kwaidan" or "Samurai Rebellion, as I don't own any of them (why is that? I love them...) I couldn't care less about the rest of the movies listed.

Apr 16 - 06:46 AM

Dave J

Dave J

What four films from Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi's that are available on DVD?

Apr 16 - 11:57 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Black River, The Inheritance, I'll Buy You, Thick-Walled Room

Apr 16 - 12:24 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Gee, I have no idea why users have to find that info. for themselves instead of RT supposedly doing that for us- it's not like the users are psychic!

Apr 16 - 01:14 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Criterion has a website, you know.

Apr 16 - 01:42 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Well, as much as I loved checking it out users shouldn't have to go to the website to find that out when RT can do that for us!

Apr 17 - 04:43 PM

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