Moviefone’s Top Blu-ray of the Week
“Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery”
What’s It About? David Lynch’s two season TV series had viewers riveted to figure out who killed the beaming blonde homecoming queen Laura Palmer. And maybe, just maybe, some of us fell a little in love with Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), the curious FBI agent sent to investigate Laura’s murder while enjoying many damn fine cups of coffee.
Why We’re IN: This ten-disc set comes with both seasons of “Twin Peaks,” as well as the movie “Fire Walk With Me,” plenty of featurettes, and deleted scenes (!!!!) from the beloved TV series. Not that we’ll ever really know what happened in the strange little town of Twin Peaks, WA.
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What’s It About? Nick Frost (“The World’s End,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Shaun of the Dead”) stars as a down-and-out dude named Bruce who lost touch with his inner dancer long ago. It just so happens that his new boss, played by Rashida Jones, is also a secret fan of cutting a rug. Can Bruce conjure up his inner tiny dancer to win over Julia (Jones) and regain his self-esteem, or will his co-worker (Chris O’Dowd) win out in the end?
IN or OUT: This got mixed reviews from critics, but if you’re in the mood for a weird romcom with a touch of British humor, give it a whirl.
“Half of a Yellow Sun”
What’s It About? Based on the award-winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Yellow Sun” takes place during the Nigerian-Biafran War, which is filtered through the experiences of four people: a professor named Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), his house boy Ugwu (John Boyega), Odenigbo’s lover, Olanna (Thandie Newton), and Olanna’s twin Kainene (Anika Noni Rose).
IN or OUT: Although it didn’t get as much attention or critical love as its source material, it’s definitely worth a look.
What’s It About? Richard Jenkins, Garrett Hedlund, Anne Archer, Amy Adams, and Jessica Brown-Findlay star in this weepy about a dying dad (Jenkins) who decides it’s time to give up the fight.
IN or OUT: Critics were not a fan of this flick, which works overtime to get your tear ducts flowing.
What’s It About? Russell Crowe stars as Noah himself in this Biblical epic from Darren Aronofsky. Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, and Logan Lerman co-star.
IN or OUT: Aronofsky’s bold vision left some fans swooning, but it was a touch too heady for most audiences.
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“The Other Woman”
What’s It About? Kate (Leslie Mann) discovers her husband Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”) is cheating on her with Carly (Cameron Diaz), who had no idea that her beau was married. Meanwhile, he’s cheating on them both with a third woman, Amber, played by Kate Upton. Revenge-motivated hijinks ensue.
IN or OUT: Thanks, but no thanks.
“The Protector 2″
What’s It About? Plot is kind of irrelevant in this wall-to-wall action fest, starring Muay Thai master Tony Jaa as a guy who protects elephants. Yes, elephants. He also has a special fighting technique called… wait for it… elephant boxing. RZA appears as a bad guy, of course.
IN or OUT: Check out “Ong-Bak” instead.
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“The Big Chill” (Criterion)
What’s It About? Lawrence Kasdan’s ensemble dramedy about a group of friends reunited by one’s suicide is a who’s who of the baby boomer ’80s. Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Berenger, William Hurt, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and JoBeth Williams co-star.
IN or OUT: “The Big Chill” received the full Criterion restoration treatment, which also includes a making-of documentary, deleted scenes, and an essay by Lena Dunham.
Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies
What’s It About? This is a fancy 5-disc box set that includes 12 restored films starring Charlie Chaplin. Cool features include the option to choose between a full orchestral score and a piano accompaniment.
IN or OUT: Chaplin fans will want in.
Herzog: The Collection
What’s It About? This 13-disc set includes 16 of Werner Herzog’s most famous films, like “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” and “Fitzcarraldo,” as well as weirder offerings like “Even Dwarfs Started Small.”
IN or OUT: For Werner fans, this is a no-brainer.
The Ong Bak Trilogy
What’s It About? Tony Jaa kicks all the butt in this popular action trilogy, which includes “Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior,” “Ong Bak 2: The Beginning,” and “Ong Bak 3: The Final Battle.”
IN or OUT: Well, it’s certainly a better investment than Jaa’s Protector 2.”
“Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music” (Limited Edition Revisited)
What’s It About? This is the 40th anniversary limited edition director’s cut of the award-winning doc by Michael Wadleigh.
IN or OUT: It includes two more hours of performance footage by Woodstock’s finest, plus interviews and other extras.