RT on DVD

New on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Babadook, Big Eyes, and More

by | April 13, 2015 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got one of the most acclaimed horror films in recent memory and Tim Burton’s latest film, an understated true story. After that, we’ve also got new films from David Cronenberg and Jean-Luc Godard, as well as some other notable indie titles and a few new releases on television, including a Robin Williams sitcom. Read on for the full list:


The Babadook (2014) 98%

Horror as a genre has undergone a lot of transformations over the years, so much so that it’s become almost impossible to pinpoint what exactly defines a “typical” horror film these days. Perhaps because of this, critics have warmly welcomed films that have returned to what they’ve labeled more “traditional” fright flicks. Last year’s The Babadook, an Australian film about a single mother learning to cope with the death of her husband, offered exactly the brand of horror critics were craving, and they rewarded it with a Certified Fresh 98 percent on the Tomatometer. Essie Davis is Amelia, whose husband’s tragic death six years prior has traumatized their son Sam (Noah Wiseman). After reading Sam a disturbing bedtime story about a boogeyman-like monster called the Babadook, strange occurrences begin manifesting in their home, and Amelia fears she may be losing her mind. More tense and atmospheric than gory or startling, The Babadook‘s reliance on psychological terror is likely to stick with you far longer than the cheap thrills offered by other films.


Big Eyes (2014) 71%

Tim Burton employs such a specific tone and aesthetic that, after 15 feature films, audiences come to his movies with some preconceived notions. Even the few occasions where he’s ventured a little beyond his niche — efforts like Ed Wood or Big Fish — sport enough Burtonian flourishes to bear his unmistakable signature. Enter Big Eyes, a quieter, gentler look at a remarkable true story that still feels like a Tim Burton movie, only different. Christoph Waltz plays Walter Keane, the celebrated painter of the 1950s and 1960s known for his eccentric trademark: portraits of waifs with unusually large eyes. As we know now, however, the truth was that he didn’t paint those portraits at all; they were the work of his wife Margaret (Amy Adams), who let a lie spiral out of control as Keane’s popularity grew. Critics called Big Eyes thought-provoking for its social commentary and well-acted, thanks to its top notch cast, even if some felt it failed to delve deeply enough to achieve long-lasting significance. At 71 percent on the Tomatometer, it’s an understated drama just a bit outside of Burton’s typical wheelhouse, but a fascinating story nonetheless.


 

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

Goodbye to Language (2014) (86 percent), Jean-Luc Godard’s challenging Certified Fresh portrait of a relationship from the perspective of a stray dog.
[Rec] 4: Apocalypse (2015) (81 percent), the fourth installment of the Spanish zombie-horror series.
God Help the Girl (2014) (68 percent), starring Emily Browning and Hannah Murray in a bohemian coming-of-age drama set in Glasgow, Scotland’s West End.
Maps to the Stars (2015) (63 percent), starring Mia Wasikowska and John Cusack in David Cronenberg’s ensemble drama about a troubled Hollywood family.
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2015) (22 percent), the sequel to the 2012 Hammer Films horror entry about the haunted Eel Marsh House.
Sullivan’s Travels (1941) (100 percent), Preston Sturges’ iconic Hollywood satire starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, is the first of two releases from the Criterion Collection and available in a new DVD and Blu-ray.
Odd Man Out (1947) (100 percent), Carol Reed’s celebrated noir thriller starring James Mason and Kathleen Ryan, is Criterion’s second release this week, also available in a new DVD and Blu-ray.
The Missing‘s (2014) (96 percent) acclaimed first season is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
The Crazy Ones (2013) (55 percent), CBS’ sitcom starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and the late Robin Williams, releases its first season on DVD this week.

Tag Cloud

worst films discovery HBO Go remakes screenings foreign crime thriller cancelled TV series dragons Disney Plus Fantasy Sundance mission: impossible CW Seed Funimation technology Walt Disney Pictures 71st Emmy Awards comics composers Amazon Studios children's TV 2016 social media Black Mirror natural history Showtime OneApp scary movies Trophy Talk OWN talk show PaleyFest Premiere Dates E! Marathons Superheroe Emmys ghosts TCA 2017 DGA crime drama Winter TV justice league 2020 Watching Series cooking Shondaland Trivia Sundance Now satire romantic comedy Character Guide USA Network 45 Amazon Captain marvel true crime Reality Competition Apple TV+ movies hispanic vampires Amazon Prime BBC RT History TV renewals Year in Review Discovery Channel travel IFC Films Television Critics Association Arrowverse Mudbound TV Land Lifetime Christmas movies Drama dark Schedule El Rey The Witch Countdown Shudder The CW screen actors guild Pop TV finale Red Carpet video strong female leads jamie lee curtis Christmas Marvel worst movies Rock serial killer Comedy Central reboot Podcast Interview Netflix History TNT IFC sag awards Holidays Biopics mockumentary Trailer Disney+ Disney Plus GoT comiccon Mary Tyler Moore Valentine's Day cults Oscars See It Skip It Set visit Disney Channel award winner PlayStation Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stoner joker Peacock directors parents ratings die hard disaster SundanceTV cancelled television Pride Month TruTV Mary poppins spanish language all-time Kids & Family TCA Winter 2020 sitcom franchise canceled TV shows politics SDCC Photos Extras FX on Hulu historical drama Hallmark Universal Crunchyroll Elton John Film Festival anthology SXSW Winners toronto revenge President cartoon Marvel Studios criterion PBS christmas movies CNN cancelled streaming asian-american Mystery green book BBC America Freeform comedies Britbox tv talk TBS Endgame spider-man based on movie medical drama Disney streaming service documentary DC Comics fast and furious APB blaxploitation Nat Geo Horror emmy awards cops festival spy thriller Rocky TV TCM Pirates Ghostbusters Rom-Com Sony Pictures biography nfl Hear Us Out Hulu stand-up comedy war 72 Emmy Awards TIFF 21st Century Fox sequel San Diego Comic-Con CMT Logo Vudu Pop X-Men animated BET Awards unscripted laika nbcuniversal universal monsters Fall TV south america toy story Turner Infographic ESPN Fox News Super Bowl police drama Crackle hollywood Spring TV Music Musicals Western kids Opinion chucky Warner Bros. zombie concert Avengers Disney Pixar Rocketman Spike Video Games Tubi reviews 4/20 Quiz golden globes rotten classics football Cartoon Network Academy Awards Mary Poppins Returns latino boxoffice Comedy Best and Worst First Look Nickelodeon LGBT Masterpiece CBS YouTube Premium blockbuster The Purge breaking bad ABC Family Hallmark Christmas movies supernatural Syfy Toys YA YouTube Red science fiction Comics on TV Brie Larson indie LGBTQ Star Trek singing competition harry potter a nightmare on elm street Tumblr 2017 Lifetime MCU Reality what to watch Food Network Teen book WarnerMedia cinemax Esquire obituary Paramount Network Spectrum Originals adaptation diversity Calendar festivals game of thrones transformers child's play Binge Guide VICE Classic Film scorecard RT21 sequels Song of Ice and Fire dogs Chernobyl movie Acorn TV independent Creative Arts Emmys BET Martial Arts docudrama Film miniseries Paramount First Reviews Cannes Epix critics Starz Apple TV Plus zero dark thirty aliens American Society of Cinematographers game show facebook versus romance NBC venice canceled FXX best Marvel Television slashers Tomatazos Holiday FOX casting Pet Sematary Family The Walking Dead Musical Heroines GLAAD Apple Lionsgate witnail cancelled TV shows name the review video on demand doctor who USA werewolf FX Women's History Month theme song Sundance TV series renewed TV shows thriller DC Universe National Geographic rotten movies we love DC streaming service Lucasfilm twilight DirecTV 2018 Bravo quibi space nature NYCC AMC Turner Classic Movies Sneak Peek 2019 Baby Yoda crossover MSNBC VOD documentaries crime comic New York Comic Con Polls and Games ABC WGN batman adventure superhero 20th Century Fox Mindy Kaling A&E CBS All Access HBO Sci-Fi GIFs free movies Tarantino TCA Awards spinoff cars Ellie Kemper dc BBC One Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt indiana jones MTV 007 zombies Animation period drama dceu Box Office 2015 Columbia Pictures political drama Country Television Academy Cosplay Amazon Prime Video anime Writers Guild of America Travel Channel YouTube Adult Swim sports Star Wars binge stop motion teaser A24 news Awards Superheroes Black History Month ITV mutant 24 frames Thanksgiving television Certified Fresh Anna Paquin halloween robots Emmy Nominations psycho Summer Election VH1 spain cats elevated horror dramedy BAFTA Awards Tour Comic Book TLC Action psychological thriller richard e. Grant Ovation Grammys The Arrangement Stephen King Nominations Dark Horse Comics hist Netflix Christmas movies HBO Max TCA E3