This week, Fox announces one of their would-be summer blockbusters while still keeping a lid on dates for The A-Team and Knight and Day. Aside from those and the eagerly-awaited debut of Eclipse by the twi-tards, we're headed into July territory where we could be hearing something about Inception sooner than you think. Until that day, we can all feel like old men full of regret while remakes of Deathtrap and That Championship Season are announced. Not really, but kinda.
Five guys on a winning basketball team in their youth are all brought back together as 40 year-old men by their one-time coach. OK, so it's the coach's funeral, but you get the picture. What else you going to call it? Probably pretty bad if directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler and his boys, but Grown Ups still became his biggest hit since 1999's Big Daddy. $159 million for this thing. OK, so it was slightly better than Zohan, The Longest Yard remake and that Chuck & Larry garbage, but we're still a long way from the Happy Gilmore/Wedding Singer days. Rank it for yourself when Sony releases it on Nov. 9. If you would rather see well-written women go about their daily lives, please check out Nicole Holofcener's Please Give with Catherine Keener, Rebecca Hall, Amanda Peet and Oliver Platt on Oct. 19. Same studio. Much better film.
If the mere presence of estrogen bothers you, then just pick up the Predators reboot on the same day. So much promise that this would harken back to the Schwarzenegger original. It starts so well and Adrien Brody actually fulfills the tough guy role pretty well - until he's forced to ditch his shirt and oversell the unnecessary toughness in the final scenes. The film had bigger problems well before Brody's disrobing though. Like how about doing something with your pluralized title? Just barely doubling its $24 million opening, it was another disappointment from Fox this summer.
And unless you were on the coasts or caught a glimpse of it at last year's Toronto film festival, you probably did not hear much about The Disappearance of Alice Creed with Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan. It's a watchable, if not overwhelming three-character kidnapping thriller with twist after twist, most of which you will see coming. So it's not Dyan Cannon, Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine, but it was certainly the best Gemma Arterton film of the summer. And she's naked too. Get your pause buttons ready on Nov. 23. Thank you, Anchor Bay.
In 1927 it went from 153-to-90 minutes. In 2001, a restoration brought it back to 124. Seven years later, an additional 25 minutes of lost footage was discovered and this April, "The Complete" Metropolis debuted at a nearly two-and-a-half hour running time with the original Gottfried Huppertz score. On Nov. 16, it comes to your home. Kino International, the company responsible for recent Blu-rays including Battleship Potemkin and Buster Keaton's The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr. is releasing The Complete Metropolis to both DVD and Blu-ray. It includes the original Huppertz score in Dolby Digital, a 50-minute documentary on the making and restoration and an interview with Paula Felix-Didier, curator of the Buenos Aires Cinema Museum where the lost footage was found.
Is it Christmas already? Paramount thinks it is by announcing White Christmas for Blu-ray on Nov. 2. For true cinema lovers, though, that date might actually be Christmas though as Sony releases David Lean's The Bridge on the River Kwai on Nov. 2. Lean's films are practically what the format was created for (and should be the cause of celebration when Lawrence of Arabia makes its planned debut later in 2011.) Kwai, usually mis-remembered as being a gigantic WWII action spectacular, is more an intimate character study within a POW camp - and now gets the epic treatment on Blu-ray.
New retrospective documentary tracing the original novel to the film's restoration? Check. Featurettes including "an appreciation" by John Milius? Check. Audio of William Holden narrating the premiere's events? Check. Alec Guinness on The Steve Allen Show? Check. A 35-page book including lobby card replicas. Check. Thanks to The Digital Bits for those details. Check.
But what would Christmas be without a family trip to Nilbog? Last week we told you about Michael Paul Stephenson's Best Worst Movie coming to DVD in November. But if you want the Holly dance and corn seduction in absolute clarity, than MGM grants your wish with the 20th Anniversary Nilbog Edition of Troll 2 on Oct. 5. Where they come up short on wish fulfillment is in the extras. Not exactly sure why they bother to do a version of this on DVD and not include anything new when you can just buy the double feature DVD and get both Troll films. Who cares if it is Vegetarian Awareness Month? How about a couple of commentaries with Stephenson and George Hardy. What about one with the fans or critics who praised Best Worst Movie. MGM has a full month until Best Worst Movie arrives on DVD. Postpone this release until November and get some extras up on this thing. Troll 2 fans demand no less!
As always for further planning, just click on the following links for a full schedule of DVD and Blu-ray releases.