Blu-ray Buyer’s Guide: December 6

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This week only had one new multi-release worth noting, along with one regular release. Both are among the best movies I’ve seen all year and are definitely worth picking up, or at least renting if you haven’t seen them yet.

Here are my picks for December 6, 2016.

160977_frontJason Bourne
Universal Studios
Written by Paul Greengrass and Christopher Rouse
Based on characters created by Robert Ludlum
Directed by Paul Greengrass

I’ve been indifferent to the Bourne series since its inception. The first film was forgettable for me, and I didn’t even bother with the sequels. My wife made me watch the other films fairly recently in preparation for watching Jason Bourne in the theater. I’m glad she did because the films steadily got better and better. The action is interesting and very raw. I just wish Paul Greengrass would tone down the shaky-cam a bit.

This newest Bourne film is the bets of the series. Matt Damon came to his senses and returned to the series after a lengthy absence (and an okay spin-off with Jeremy Renner). This sabbatical actually did the film a service, as the character has aged and is now much wiser and slick than he was. More layers are peeled off from his story, which is always cool to watch. The action is also the best of the series, though Greengrass still hasn’t let up on the shaky-cam.

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Best Buy: SteelBook edition.

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Target: Exclusive bonus disc.

My Pick: Extra bonus material is always good. An actual bonus disc is even better! Most exclusive bonus features are now digital, so any time I can get a physical disc is great. Target takes the top spot this week.

Other Notable Releases

167037_frontThe Hollars
Sony Pictures Classics
Written by Jim Strouse
Directed by John Krasinski

A movie overlooked by both critics and audiences this year, The Hollars is one of the best family dramadies I have seen in a while. It’s an honest look at the importance of communication within a family, and why family is important in the wake of tragedy.

Director John Krasinski, most famous as Jim Halpert of The Office, is a natural – just letting the characters be who they are and not covering things up with unnecessary camera moves or avant-garde storytelling. He also allows for some hilarious, Office-like awkwardness, which is delightful.

To find out more about The Hollars, check out my review from earlier this year.

Happy Watching!

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