Blu-ray movie releases for Dec. 17, 2013:
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)
Critically acclaimed crime drama set in 1970’s Texas, starring Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, and Casey Affleck. Winner of the U.S. Dramatic Cinematography Award at Sundance and a Critics’ Week selection at Cannes.
The Beast Within (1982)
The child of a woman and a swamp beast comes of age and must discover his identity before attacking the locals.
The Blue Angel: Two-Disc Edition (1930)
The German film that launched the career of renowned, yet mysterious actress Marlene Dietrich. She plays Lola Lola and sings her trademark song, “Falling in Love Again.”
Klaus Kinski stars as a psychotic landlord who spies on female renters using a number of crawlspaces. He also likes to torture his victims incessantly.
Matt Damon and Jodie Foster star in this science fiction vehicle set in the year 2154 when two classes of people exist: the very rich who live on a space station called Elysium and the very poor who live on Earth, which has been ruined and practically depleted of resources.
The Family (2013)
Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer star in this action comedy from executive producer Martin Scorsese. It features a mafia boss and his family who are hiding out under the Witness Protection Program in a small town after giving up the goods on the mob.
Ghost Team One (2013)
This comedy thriller features an ensemble cast and is directed by Scott Rutherford, a writer on Comedy Central’s “Workaholics.” The plot revolves around two friends who are trying to impress the same girl who believes the spirit of a women, who was a madame in a house of ill repute, is haunting their abode. As they investigate it appears the ghost is real and is crushing on the friends.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, and River Phoenix star in this classic action adventure film. In it, Indiana Jones (Ford) must rescue his father (Connery) from Nazis, who want Indy’s help to find the Holy Grail.
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The first in a series of action adventure films starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, who must prevent the Nazis from finding the Ark of the Covenant, which presumably would make them invincible.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Another in a series of thrilling adventures starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. In this installment, Indy travels the world fighting evildoers with his sidekick Short Round (Ke Huy Quan) and meets up with love interest Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw).
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
In this sequel to “Kick-Ass,” this time with Jim Carrey as part of the cast, average citizens once again dress up as super heroes and fight bad guys.
The Lone Ranger (2013)
This movie did terrible at the box office, but may recoup some funds from its Blu-ray release. Johnny Depp, who plays Tonto, blamed the press for the poor theater returns, and many who’ve seen the film seem to like it. The story is told from Tonto’s perspective and recounts his crime fighting days with the masked Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer).
Nothing Special (2010)
An acclaimed comedy drama about a young woman who is excelling at her career as an insurance underwriter and her mother (Karen Black), who is bi-polar. Their relationship is strained as the woman (Julia Garcia Combs) becomes close to her boss (Barbara Bain) who is battling cancer. When May (Black) and Louise (Bain) meet unexpectedly on Mother’s Day, shocking behavior ensues.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) – 2D and 3D
This action adventure film features Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, as he continues his quest to fulfill his destiny.
Predator (1987) – 3D
The Arnold Schwarzenegger classic science fiction film has been released in 3D for more thrills as a super strong creature begins killing off a group of commandos who are in search of hostages held by Central American guerillas.
Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard star as two fathers desperately trying to find their little girls who vanish on Thanksgiving Day in Pennsylvania. Jake Gyllenhaal is Detective Loki who investigates their disappearance in this tense thriller.
The Whip and the Body (1963)
This horror fantasy film was controversial when it was initially released in the early 1960s. It is directed by Mario Bava and features Christopher Lee, who is shunned for having fun with a servant girl who later kills herself. Later, he returns to his family and begins to lust after his brother’s wife (Dahlia Lavi). Lee is murdered, along with many townsfolk, leading some to believe it is his evil spirit at work, but a twist reveals the true killer.