Your weekly look at what’s new on Blu-ray & DVD. Monsters comes in all shapes and sizes this week, with the larger than life ‘Kong: Skull Island’ facing off against Jordan Peele’s acclaimed modern horror ‘Get Out’. Charlie Hunnam goes in search of ‘The Lost City of Z’, and Finland’s Aki Kaurismaki returns with another super slick drama-comedy, ‘The Other Side of Hope’.
Get Out (15)
Horror | Mystery
Dir. Jordan Peele, US, 2017, 103 mins
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
When a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).
At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
Kong: Skull Island (12)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
Dir. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, US/Vietnam, 2017, 118 mins
Cast: Brie Larson, Tian Jing, Tom Hiddleston
The producers of Godzilla reimagine the origins of one the most powerful monster myths of all in Kong: Skull Island.
A compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer), the film tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.
Blu-ray Special Features:
- Creating A King: Realizing an Icon
- Creating A King: Summoning a God
- On Location: Vietnam
- Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveller
- Through the Lens: Brie Larson’s Photography
- Monarch Files 2.0 (Companion Archive), Director Commentary, Deleted Scenes
The Lost City of Z (15)
Action |Adventure | Biography
Dir. James Gray, US, 2016, 141 min
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller
Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region.
Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages”, the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide de camp (Robert Pattinson) – returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.
- Behind the Scenes
- Interviews with James Gray and Sienna Miller
- Percy Fawcett featurette
Comedy | Drama | World
Dir. Aki Kaurismaki, Finland/Germany, 2017, 100 mins, subtitles
Cast: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiäinen, Ilkka Koivula, Nuppu Koivu, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon, Niroz Haji, Kaija Pakarinen
A super slick drama-comedy that sees a poker playing restaurateur and former travelling salesman befriend of a newly arrived group of refugees. Wise, sardonic and beautiful.
From the critically acclaimed and multi-accolade winning Aki Kaurismäki.