The Week In Home Video.
It’s another strong week for new home video releases.
Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper is far better a picture than the knee-jerk, base-level reaction to the film’s politics would lead you to believe. In keeping with the director’s approach to other ideologically complex figures in films like The Outlaw Josey Wales and Sudden Impact, American Sniper stands as an important and necessary commentary on the place of the United States in the rest of the world and is Eastwood’s most interesting film for a decade. Whiplash had a better run with the critical community, and is a gripping piece of work (on which more can be found here).
Sabotage is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most popular British features, and here receives a Blu-ray reissue thanks to Network, who have been doing laudable work with Hitchcock’s filmography thus far in 2015. The Wire is one of those pieces of entertainment that is as good as the lofty reputation suggests. Controversially the aesthetics of the show have been posthumusly reworked so as to fit modern widescreen television.
The most frustrating thing about the release of The Gambler is that it serves as yet another reminder that the Karel Reisz film of which this is a remake is still without a UK release at all. The expected Blu-ray reissue of that never materialised unfortunately. Here’s hoping one of the boutique labels get hold of it eventually. Ryan Gosling made the leap from screen-front to director with Lost River (DVD-Only) earlier this year, following a disastrous debut at Cannes last year. We’ve still not seen it. Nor have we seen Ex Machina, the directorial debut of Alex Garland, which is also released on Blu-ray and DVD today.
The artwork for this batch of releases can be found below.
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