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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘This is the End,’ ‘Sunshine,’ ‘The Shining’ & More

Written by , on October 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm 

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

From Here to Eternity (Fred Zinnemann)

In this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Winner of eight Oscars(r), including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting awards for Sinatra in a career-defining role and for Donna Reed as a not-so-wholesome club hostess. – Amazon.com

The Little Mermaid (Ron Clements, John Musker)

With unforgettable characters, thrilling adventures, soaring Academy Award-winning music (1989: Best Music, Original Score, and Best Music, Original Song, Under The Sea.), The Little Mermaid is one of the most celebrated animated films of all time. Now spectacularly transformed for the first time on Blu-ray with digitally restored picture and brilliant high-definition sound! Venture under the sea where Ariel, a free-spirited mermaid princess, longs to be part of the human world. After bravely striking a bargain with Ursula, a sneaky sea witch, Ariel embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. With Flounder and Sebastian at her side, Ariel will need all of her courage and determination to make things right in both her worlds. – Amazon.com

This is the End (Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg)

You’ve got to hand it to the Apatow tribe; they’ve all gotten together playing themselves in a movie about the Christian end-of-days and not a soul is spared from the fires of a self-inflicted  comedy roasting. Cries of ‘vanity project’ may apply, but the gang, which includes Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, James Franco and Craig Robinson, are so merciless in their own lampooning that even jaded haters would have a hard time conjuring barbs as stinging as some of those launched here. Not content to be just an hour and a half of in-jokes aimed at Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen’s other work, This is the End makes good on its premise of a darkly-humorous celebrity apocalypse. This sometime grim, sometimes goofy miasma comes complete with horrific overtones, quasi-poignant soul searching, gleeful raunchiness and a sincere male bonding that rings truer than many of Apatow’s own films. Sure, it’s messy and scatter-shot in places, but This is the End delivers enough laughs to qualify it as this years ’s most successful mainstream comedy to date. - Nathan B.

See Also: [Review] This is the End

Recommended Deals of the Weeks

(Note: new additions are in red)

The American (Blu-ray) – $4.99

Cape Fear (Blu-ray) - $8.99

Cool Hand Luke (Blu-ray) - $8.49

Collateral (Blu-ray) – $5.99

Contact (Blu-ray) - $6.49

Dark City (Blu-ray) - $8.49

Goodfellas (Blu-ray) – $8.99

Hugo (Blu-ray) – $9.49

Inception (Blu-ray) - $8.85

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (Blu-ray) - $40.84

Memento (Blu-ray) - $9.98

Once Upon a Time in the West (Blu-ray) - $8.99

No Country For Old Men (Blu-ray) - $5.00

Restrepo (Blu-ray) - $8.88

The Shining (Blu-ray) - $7.99

Sunshine (Blu-ray) - $8.99

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Blu-ray) - $7.79

There Will Be Blood (Blu-ray) - $9.94

The Thing (Blu-ray) – $8.99

The Truman Show (Blu-ray) - $8.99

Wanderlust (Blu-ray) - $7.76

Winter’s Bone (Blu-ray) - $6.97

Zodiac (Blu-ray) – $9.98

What are you picking up this week?


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