This Week In DVD/Blu-Ray: 23rd May

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This week, I learn that there’s still specials being made of the Peanuts show.
Notable Releases

May 24th

I Am Number Four

Year: 2011
Newly Released On: DVD/Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 31%
Synopsis: Three of them have already been killed, and he’s number four. A man on the run moves into small town in Ohio and discovers his first love in what I’m guessing is a Twilight-esque fashion. Sooner or later though, he has to face his enemies.

Gnomeo & Juliet (Also In 3D)

Year: 2011
Newly Released On: DVD/Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 55%
Synopsis: Essentially a reworking of Shakespeare’s classic love tragedy Romero And Juliet, but for kids. And with gnomes. Yeah.

Platoon

Year: 1986
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%
Synopsis: Oliver Stone’s revered film about an unflinching look at a young soldier’s experiences in Vietnam during the war. Stars Charlie Sheen before he was winning.

Gettysburg

Year: 1993
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%
Synopsis: Gettsyburg follows the decisive 1863 battle of the American Civil War at said location. It focuses on the main people who were involved in the battle between the Union and Confederacy forces.

Le Mans

Year: 1971
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 57%
Synopsis: King of cool Steve McQueen is a champion race car driver competing in the famous Le Mans 24 hours racing event. As well as facing his chief rival, he romances with the widow of the driver who was in an accident with him a year earlier.

The Great Dictator

Year: 1940
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray (Criterion Collection)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%
Synopsis: One of Charlie Chaplin’s most famous films sees him play both Adenoid Hynkel, the dictator of Tomania (a clear parody of Adolf Hitler) and a Jewish barber, who recovers from amensia only to see all of the Jews in Tomania are being oppressed and wiped out.

Solaris

Year: 1972
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray (Criterion Collection)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%
Synopsis: The crew of a space station start to experience strange hallucinations that appear to be originating from the nearby planet.

Papillon

Year: 1972
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%
Synopsis: Another Steve McQueen film which is based on the true story of Henri Charriere, one of the only people to escape from the French island prison of Devil’s Island.

Happiness Is A Warm Blanket (Editor’s Choice)

Year: 2011
Newly Released On: DVD/Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: N/A
Synopsis: I had no idea Peanuts specials were still being made in 2011. I haven’t see any of this week’s films so I’m putting this as Editor’s choice simply because the Peanuts cartoons were awesome. In this 45th special (holy crap!), Linus’s Grandma is coming to visit and she wants to get rid of his beloved blanket. The Peanuts gang will try and help Linus to cope without his one love.

May 25th

Surf Nazis Must Die!

Year: 1987
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: N/A
Synopsis: Neo-Nazis try to take over California’s beaches after an earthquake destroys most of the state. However, their Surf Nazi reign is challenged by a rival group of surfers. A cult terrible film.

Other releases this week
Burning Palms (2010) (DVD/Blu-Ray) (29%)
Tigerland (2000) (Blu-Ray) (77%)
The Firm (1993) (Blu-Ray) (76%)
The Big Bang (2011) (DVD/Blu-Ray) (8%)

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