RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Hyde Park on Hudson

Plus... Not much else, actually.

For the second week in a row, we've got some pretty slim choices coming on on home video. So much so that really the only notable new release is an FDR biopic misfire starring Bill Murray. Since there wasn't much else to write about, we're also including two others that at least received Fresh reviews, as well as a couple of new Criterion releases that may be of interest to you cinephiles out there. See below for the full list.

Hyde Park on Hudson

36%

As this week's only prominent new release, Hyde Park on Hudson is kind of a disappointment. Based in part on the private writings of Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, distant cousin to Franklin D. Roosevelt (and suspected mistress of the same), the film stars Bill Murray as the fmous 32nd POTUS and Olivia Williams as his wife Eleanor. The year is 1939, and FDR is hosting King George VI (Samuel West) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) at his titular homestead, entertaining a plea for support by the royals on the eve of World War II. If that seems a bit dry and serious for a Bill Murray picture, don't worry; between playful fish-out-of-water gags and whimsical romantic intrigue (between FDR and Daisy, played by Laura Linney), Hyde Park on Hudson featured enough mild high jinks to keep it from seeping into melodrama. That said, critics largely found the film middle-of-the-road; not enough drama to take seriously, and not enough humor to make it an effective comedy. At 38% on the Tomatometer, most say its crime isn't that it's outright bad, but that it doesn't leave much of an impression either way.

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One Life

90%

Those of you who are familiar with the BBC's nature documentaries -- often hosted and narrated by David Attenborough -- know how impressive they are. Back in 2006, Discovery Channel co-produced with the BBC what might be considered the definitive nature series in Planet Earth, and the astounding footage compiled for that series has been repurposed for other shows and, in the case of DisneyNature, films like Earth and African Cats. One Life similarly compiles several bits of previously seen footage into one feature-length glimpse at the strange and beautiful inhabitants of Earth, this time narrated by Daniel Craig. If you've seen Planet Earth and its sister programs, there won't be much new to you here, but at 95% on the Tomatometer, it's unlikely you'll find such dazzling imagery anywhere else.

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In Another Country

81%

South Korea has produced a number of notable auteurs in the past decade or so, and while some -- like Park Chan-wook (Stoker) and Kim Jee-woon (The Last Stand) -- have even transitioned into Hollywood this year, others remain less recognized. One such case is Hong Sang-soo, a Cannes regular whose most recent film, In Another Country has earned largely positive reviews. The film begins with the framing device of a young film student dreaming up three scenarios for a screenplay set in the small town where she and her mother are hiding out from debtors. All three plots star Isabelle Huppert as a French woman named Anne visiting the Korean countryside, and all three play comically with themes of jealousy and infidelity. Critics agree that Huppert plays the part(s) with charm and lighthearted grace, making this film a pleasant and intriguing curiosity, even if it doesn't offer the most profound observations.

Also available this week:

  • Two more from the Criterion Collection: 1954 Oscar-winner Gate of Hell (100%) is newly available on both Blu-ray and DVD, and David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch (69%) is now available in a Blu-ray version.
  • The CGI-laden fantasy martial arts film The Sorcerer and the White Snake (21%), starring Jet Li.
  • Bad Kids Go to Hell (44%), a graphic novel-based horror-comedy sendup of The Breakfast Club, featuring none other than Judd Nelson.

Comments

Sean D.

Sean D

It's all about Django next week. Awwwwww yeeeeeeee

Apr 8 - 05:08 PM

Kate W.

Kate Williams

what Kate said its wonderful that one can make about $6500 in monthly by uploading music/video clips on HomeProfit, did you read the page at http://cutt.us/Career

Apr 12 - 11:59 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'm buying "Naked Lunch", a magnificent adaptation of "Interzone" (not the book itself but about how the circumstances around "Lunch" being written). Awesome roles for Peter Weller, Ian Holm and Roy Scheider. One of Cronenberg's wildest, and that's saying something. Rub some bugpowder on your lips!

I definiely want to see both "In Another Country" and "Sorcerer and the White Snake". "Gate of Hell" is a classic of its time, but this getting expensive. I'll be curious about the bonus stuff, but I probably won't add it to the library.

Apr 8 - 05:18 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

I wanna check out Naked Lunch. Aside from that, an abysmal week. Like Sean D. stated before, Django next week.

Apr 8 - 06:13 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Prepare yourself for weirdness. As long as you aren't turned off by that, you have a chance.

Apr 8 - 06:35 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

The first I had ever even heard of naked Lunch was from The Simpsons. Bart got a fake ID and took Nelson and Millhouse to see Naked Lunch. The exit the theater and Nelson quips "I can think of at least two things wrong with that Title"

Apr 8 - 09:47 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Something is naked at least a couple of times in the film. I honestly can't say exactly what that something is either time.

Apr 8 - 10:28 PM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

European Version Only

Apr 9 - 06:17 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

The other good one is when the kids skip school to see the R rated Barton Fink and they think its going to be so exciting. The last you see of them is them walking off shouting, "Barton Fink! Barton Fink!".

Apr 9 - 08:57 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

I love Barton Fink.

Apr 9 - 10:19 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

Lol Yeah, David! Great minds think alike :)
Naked Lunch is one of Croenberg's weirdest and also one of his best. Do not go in expecting the novel, if you have read it (and if you haven't, you REALLY should). Burroughs, I believe, gave it the thumbs up. Definitely check it out then watch "The Fly," "History of Violence," and "Videodrome."

Apr 11 - 06:20 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Prepare yourself for weirdness. As long as you aren't turned off by that, you have a chance.

Apr 8 - 06:35 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

The first I had ever even heard of naked Lunch was from The Simpsons. Bart got a fake ID and took Nelson and Millhouse to see Naked Lunch. The exit the theater and Nelson quips "I can think of at least two things wrong with that Title"

Apr 8 - 09:47 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Something is naked at least a couple of times in the film. I honestly can't say exactly what that something is either time.

Apr 8 - 10:28 PM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

European Version Only

Apr 9 - 06:17 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

The other good one is when the kids skip school to see the R rated Barton Fink and they think its going to be so exciting. The last you see of them is them walking off shouting, "Barton Fink! Barton Fink!".

Apr 9 - 08:57 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

I love Barton Fink.

Apr 9 - 10:19 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

When did Hyde Park on Hudson even get released?

One Life looks good.

Apr 8 - 08:00 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

The first I had ever even heard of naked Lunch was from The Simpsons. Bart got a fake ID and took Nelson and Millhouse to see Naked Lunch. The exit the theater and Nelson quips "I can think of at least two things wrong with that Title"

Apr 8 - 09:47 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Something is naked at least a couple of times in the film. I honestly can't say exactly what that something is either time.

Apr 8 - 10:28 PM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

European Version Only

Apr 9 - 06:17 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

The other good one is when the kids skip school to see the R rated Barton Fink and they think its going to be so exciting. The last you see of them is them walking off shouting, "Barton Fink! Barton Fink!".

Apr 9 - 08:57 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

I love Barton Fink.

Apr 9 - 10:19 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Something is naked at least a couple of times in the film. I honestly can't say exactly what that something is either time.

Apr 8 - 10:28 PM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

European Version Only

Apr 9 - 06:17 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

The Naked Lunch! What a brilliant film. One of the few cases in which the movie surpasses the book it is based on.

Apr 9 - 07:49 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

The other good one is when the kids skip school to see the R rated Barton Fink and they think its going to be so exciting. The last you see of them is them walking off shouting, "Barton Fink! Barton Fink!".

Apr 9 - 08:57 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

I love Barton Fink.

Apr 9 - 10:19 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

Lol Yeah, David! Great minds think alike :)
Naked Lunch is one of Croenberg's weirdest and also one of his best. Do not go in expecting the novel, if you have read it (and if you haven't, you REALLY should). Burroughs, I believe, gave it the thumbs up. Definitely check it out then watch "The Fly," "History of Violence," and "Videodrome."

Apr 11 - 06:20 PM

Kate W.

Kate Williams

what Kate said its wonderful that one can make about $6500 in monthly by uploading music/video clips on HomeProfit, did you read the page at http://cutt.us/Career

Apr 12 - 11:59 AM

Bank B.

Bank Bond

Bad Kids Go to Hell was by far the best movie of the bunch. A 2013 mash up of Heathers, The Breakfast Club, and Scooby-Doo. An instant classic.

Apr 14 - 10:51 PM

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