Blu-ray Invasion – May 16th
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (Wal-Mart Exclusive)
It’s just another night at the morgue for a father (Brian Cox) and son (Emile Hirsch) team of coroners, until an unidentified, highly unusual corpse comes in. Discovered buried in the basement of the home of a brutally murdered family, the young Jane Doeeerily well preserved and with no visible signs of trauma shrouded in mystery. As they work into the night to piece together the cause of her death, the two men begin to uncover the disturbing secrets of her life. Soon, a series of terrifying events make it clear: this Jane Doe may not be dead. The latest from Trollhunter director Andre Ovredal is a scarily unpredictable, supernatural shocker that never lets up.
An extremely creepy time in a mortuary, not that there could ever be good times in a mortuary. But this is driven by two fantastic performances that carry every single moment of the film beautifully. Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch bring just the right amount of star power to a film like this. You really feel like no one else could have made this film work. The work of the corpse is also brilliant, even though she doesn’t really do anything. The extra features on this disk leave a lot to be desired. It’s a film shorter than 90 minutes, but there are three different trailers included and that is it. Still, this is a great film, one that’s infinitely rewatchable. BUY IT
I Am Not Your Negro
Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #Blacklivesmatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
One of the most powerful documentaries you could ever hope to see. Even if you’re a good person and are aware of what an absolute horror racism in America is, this is still a must watch for everyone. Powerful imagery, great storytelling, compelling interviews. This has everything a great documentary needs and delivers on every level. For even more information, there are three Q&As included, one with Samuel L. Jackson. Queue It
Heat – Definitive Director’s Edition