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This Week on Blu-ray: August 23-29

Posted August 22, 2011 03:25 PM by Josh Dreuth

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While the American idea of a troll is likely to that of a nude, pot belly doll with varying shades of neon colored hair, the true mythology of trolls comes from Scandinavia. These large, imposing creatures remain a part of that culture even today, something that is very apparent with the success and popularity of today's Blu-ray release of Troll Hunter. The film has been (lovingly) compared to Blair Witch Project for the similar "found footage" plot and shaky-cam quality, but even if you're not a fan of the Witch, you might want to take look at this quality release.

Staff reviewer Casey Broadwater commented in his Troll Hunter Blu-ray review, "Troll Hunter is yet another entry in the now nearly exhausted shaky-cam found footage subgenre, but it's worth checking out, especially if you're into Norse folklore. As usual, Magnolia has delivered a solid Blu-ray presentation, and there are a few fun bonus features too."

Despite a theatrical release around the time where poker was coming out the basement and into the mainstream, Rounders failed to capture much attention at the box office. Once it hit home video, however, the all star cast and engaging story propelled the film into a cult hit. After numerous delays, and a change is distributors, we finally get the Blu-ray release today. It's unclear why Disney would hold onto the title for so long without giving it a proper HD release, but now that Lionsgate has the reigns, they wasted no time in providing fans with the quality we deserve.

For the Rounders Blu-ray review, staff reviewer Jeffrey Kaufman commented, "Rounders died a pretty quick death during its theatrical exhibition, but like so many films in the home video age, it's been acclaimed as a modern masterpiece by a coterie of fans who have helped make it into something of a cult sensation." He concludes, "With a solid visual and audio presentation and some appealing extras, this release is recommended."

Another Miramax gem that has been sorely missed (until today) on Blu-ray is the Swingers. Before going on to direct mega dollar blockbusters like Iron Man, Jon Favreau stared in this cult classic which features him as the subject of one of the most awkward scenes ever filmed. And don't forget about Vince Vaughn, who didn't have a roll so perfectly written for him again until Wedding Crashers. Swingers is an example of a film that just works.

Staff reviewer Jeffrey Kauffman commented in his Swingers Blu-ray review , "[It] is a sweet hearted film with some very smart ensemble acting and one of the best "real life" feels for what it must be like for journeyman actors plying their trade in the semi-mean streets of Los Angeles." He continues, "While this isn't the sharpest looking Blu-ray in history, it's a step up from the old SD-DVD."


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News comments (22 comments)


cmay13
 - Aug 23, 2011

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rounders and swingers

photograph17
 - Aug 23, 2011

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Another slow week but I'm picking up Rounders

bboisvert
 - Aug 23, 2011

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Slow week. Going to rent Troll Hunter and The Beaver.

movieman1979
 - Aug 23, 2011

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Rounders, Women in Cages (gotta love the Corman collection)

aherron
 - Aug 23, 2011

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Bambi 2 for me. Will wait for Rounders and Swingers to hit $7.99 which is my price point for these movies. Still got a lot of movies to watch.

rdkimes
 - Aug 23, 2011

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Rounders and Swingers for me as well!

lilant2248
 - Aug 23, 2011

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The Women in Cages

Slikkbradd
 - Aug 23, 2011

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Win Win, Henry's Crime, Little Soldier. C'mon gotta support the small companies... well, 20th Century Fox isn't that small, but these films are

Brad1963
 - Aug 23, 2011

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Win Win and Secret Sunshine and at some point Little Big Soldier.

Armorales102
 - Aug 23, 2011

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Win Win, Rounders and Swingers for me

ikari777
 - Aug 23, 2011

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Walmart, if they have them in stock, have both Rounders and Swingers for $10 each!

scarface16
 - Aug 23, 2011

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Swingers for me. I'd recommend Win Win to anyone who hasn't seen it. It's really good.

blufellas
 - Aug 23, 2011

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Swingers today, Rounders and Troll Hunter later in the week.

Cagedgator79
 - Aug 23, 2011

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Rounders and Swingers are both must haves. Also picking up Win Win, love anything Giamatti does and this was no exception.

cpstevens
 - Aug 23, 2011

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Maybe Win Win adventually for me, but nothing that I must have.

Beard Esquire
 - Aug 23, 2011

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Burial Ground...

LordRaymond
 - Aug 23, 2011

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Little Big Soldier!

The Theory
 - Aug 24, 2011

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Troll Hunter for sure. Secret Sunshine. Ooo, Rounders!

Some interesting ridiculous releases, too, that might induce a cheap-o purchase. I'm largely speaking Women In Cages here. haha.

MoulinBlu
 - Aug 24, 2011

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Little Big Soldier, Troll Hunter, Hostage, Beaver, Bambi II... man, these slow weeks can be expensive too.

BluPix
 - Aug 24, 2011

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Even in "slow weeks" (for me) there are usually a couple titles of interest. I plan to add Win Win, a well-crafted little drama about family and coming-of-age, to my collection in the not too distant future, after a price drop. The same can be said of Poetry, another fine, beautifully photographed drama about family and, more importantly, life in general. Down the line I plan to blind buy, probably during a sale, the highly-regarded Secret Sunshine, which is from the same director as Poetry.

Mastaplan23
 - Aug 25, 2011

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Swingers and Hostage!!!! Can't go wrong with Bruce Willis in a pure action flick, and Swingers is classic Vaughn/Favrue.

ikari777
 - Aug 25, 2011

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Picked up Swingers, Rounders, Bambi II, Little Big Soldier.


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