This Week in Home Video: Fast & Furious 6, Mary Poppins, Free Christmas Classic screenings
This Week in Home Video previews all the latest Blu-ray, DVD and on-demand titles hitting the street this week, plus lost gems, crazed Cancon, outrageous cult titles and the best places to rent, buy, talk or see movies in Toronto.
Fast & Furious 6 (Universal)
Hobbs (The Rock) has Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) re-assemble their OG crew in order to take down a mastermind who commands an organization of mercenary drivers across 12 countries.
Now the subject of intense ghoulish interest since the fiery death-by-automobile of star Paul Walker, this sixth installment in the high octane gearhead series is thankfully a decent movie, with enough asphalt fury to clot the blood, and coincidentally a fitting epitaph for Walker.
Bountiful extras include "Gearhead's Delight", a look at the latest hot cars showcased in Fast Six, a look at franchise's newest "mind-blowing" vehicle the pivoting FLIP car, and "Hand to Hand Fury" which chronicles the film's intense fight sequences.
Two childhood friends are each seduced by the other's mother. Usual ick factor in such a boundary crossing tale is significantly softened by the fact the moms are played by Naomi Watts and Robin Wright (realistic, right?), but still this is sub-xHamster click bait fantasy fodder for voyeurs disguised as art. What else is new?
Jayne Mansfield's Car (Anchor Bay)
Billy Bob Thornton, still smarting from when Jian Ghomeshi pwned his ass, brings together an impressive collection of actors (John Hurt, Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, Frances O'Conner) in this Southern fried drama set in 1969 at a funeral in which he also stars and directs.
Touchy Feely (VSC)
Massage therapist Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt) suddenly becomes unable to deal with body contact, which puts a strain on her career and love life. Half-baked attempt at quirky indie vibe sink this faster than the average first world problems based sitcom, but fans of Ellen Page might want to check out her mature performance as Abby's niece Jenny. Extras include lots of behind the scenes with director Lynn Shelton (who also directs episodes of NEW GIRL).
Despicable Me 2 (Universal)
Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. Monied sequel that has beat Pixar at its own game makes for a perfect all-ages time waster now that the forced co-viewing Holiday season is upon us. Also the perfect itunes download for that 9 year-old who demands looped viewings on tablet/tv/phone.
Futurama: Volume 8 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
The final batch of 13 FUTURAMA episodes, including classic episodes "2D Blacktop", "Game of Tones" and the pensive series finale "Meanwhile" and full length audio commentaries on all episodes, a collection of deleted scenes, and a look at the Writer's room. This series has been a 2000s era mainstay and it is sad to see it go away (again).
Doctor Who - The Day of the Doctor (BBC)
Rush release of the top heavy DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary special which sadly amounted to Matt Smith and David Tennant have a pissing contest while John Hurt dropped one-liners. Two great cameos elevate this to watchable, but the series is coming off a bruising few years of mediocrity and hopefully the casting of Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor will give it a much needed gut check.
Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition (Walt Disney)
Long before Harry Potter became the de facto cheerleader for magical London it was all up to Mary Poppins. Fifty years later and it still goes down a treat, for the first time on Bluray to boot. Featuring new sing-a-longs, a deleted song, a reunion of the cast, and a thorough Making-Of this is pretty much the definitive version, and perfect Holiday time viewing.
Killer double feature of spooky made for TV movies THE INITIATION OF SARAH and ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE?, the type of which used to be a regular feature in the beige 1970s landscape. The pacing may feel glacial for today's ADD audience, but these slow burn thrillers still pack a wallop.
FREE SCREENINGS OF CHRISTMAS CLASSICS!
Celebrate the holidays as The Bloor Cinema commemorates their 100th anniversary as a cinema with screenings of some Bloor Christmas classics on December 23rd - White Christmas, at 1 p.m., A Christmas Story, at 4 p.m, Home Alone, at 6:30 p.m., and the alternative Christmas classic, Die Hard, at 9 p.m.