Monday, 7 June 2010

This Week's DVD/Blu-ray Choice - 7th June

A busy week in the land of DVD/Blu-ray releases this week, leaving me unable to pick just one. Luckily, i've three to choose from!

My joint three are:
-A Single Man

All three stand firm in some of my favourites of '10, starting off with the war-drama Brothers. War veteran Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) goes missing in Afghanistan, leaving his wife Grace (Natalie Portman) and their two daughters distraught beyond comprehension. Luckily, Sam's misunderstood brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) is on hand to comfort Grace. When Sam unexpectedly returns home, he's clearly not himself. Traumatized by the events at war, his actions prove similar to the tactics he was forced under. A brilliantly acted remake of the Danish original, with a last act so unimaginably powerful it's hard not to be affected. A DVD purchase is fine.

Secondly, we have Colin Firth starring in his BAFTA award winning role in A Single Man. George (Firth), an English professor, deals with the death of his partner, Jim (Matthew Goode). Entirely unfazed by his surroundings, he goes about his average-ordinary day in Los Angeles. Tom Ford, the writer and director, has created a perfect balance of love and loss. A poignant, beautifully directed and almost poetic feature. A blu-ray purchase is recommended to emphasise the stunning visuals.

Lastly, we have the latest feature to be released by Studio Ghibli, the wonderfully uplifting Ponyo. A five-year-old boy Sosuke befriends what he thinks is a goldfish, which he so lovingly names Ponyo. However, Sosuke is unaware that Ponyo is actually a Princess who longs to be human. A captivating animation with a story so profoundly moving and heartwarming. Another hit by Master Miyazaki! A blu-ray purchase is recommended to highlight the beautifully drawn animation.

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