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Happy Tuesday dude and dudettes (did I already use that one? (probably)). February has been a great month for Blu-ray releases and we still aren’t slowing down. This week’s pick is Knives Out, another one of my favorite movies of the year.
When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey dies just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc arrives at his estate to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Thrombey’s untimely demise. – Lionsgate
Rian Johnson tries his hand at a murder mystery whodunnit and it absolutely hits the mark. Imagine Clue and Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None had a baby, that’s Knives Out. This is a very funny movie that plays with all the tropes we’ve come to expect from whodunnits, lots of zigging and zagging. And the cast, oh man what a cast. There isn’t a bad performance in this whole movie. Ana De Armas absolutely kills it. She’s lead and needs to be the lead more often. Then there is Chris Evans playing completely against type. He is smug, arrogant and incredibly perfect and the sweater he wears is dope. I could go on and on about how well acted this movie is but instead, I’ll bring up one more actor. Daniel Craig is hilarious. He needs to play less serious roles more often. The entire movie Daniel Craig speaks in the most ridiculous southern accent. He plays the southern version of Sherlock Holmes, Benoit Blanc. Blanc is a gifted but eccentric detective nothing new there but it’s how Craig plays the role that makes it.
And here is some news, Lionsgate has already greenlit a sequel. I have to assume Daniel Craig’s Benoir Blanc will be back but as for the rest of the cast, I’m not sure. Either way, I will be in that theater day one.
Include with the Blu-ray:
- Blu-ray Disc
- Digital HD
- Special Features
- Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Rian Johnson, Director of Photography Steve Yedlin, and Actor Noah Segan
- In-Theatre Commentary by Rian Johnson
- Deleted Scene: “Bicycling Accident” (with Optional Audio Commentary by Rian Johnson)
- Deleted Scene: “Don’t Do Anything Rash” (with Optional Audio Commentary by Rian Johnson)
- “Making a Murder” Eight-Part Documentary
- “Rian Johnson: Planning the Perfect Murder” Featurette
- Writer-Director and Cast Q&A
- Marketing Gallery
- “Meet the Thrombeys” Viral Ads
You can buy Knives Out here.
Also available this week:
- Colour Out of Space
- Frozen II
- After Parkland
- Another Mother’s Son
- Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection
- The Corrupted
- End of the Century
- Paris Is Burning (1990) Criterion Collection release
- Perfect Friday
- Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman Criterion Collection 3-movie set
- City Hunter SEASON 1 PART 1
- Food Wars VOL. 3
- The Great Passage COMPLETE SERIES
- Honey and Clover SEASON 1
Next week, something I haven’t seen or something I haven’t seen from this week.