February 26

Gravity Tyson Thailand

 

FREE DVD GIVEAWAY

We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of Gravity, Lost in Thailand or Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, it is really easy!  All you have to do is send me an email at HoustonMovieGuy@gmail.com.  The subject line of the email should read DVD GIVEAWAY. In the body of the email, be sure to put your name, full mailing address and which DVD or Blu-ray you would like. Winners will be selected by random drawing. Best of luck!

 

GRAVITY – Warner

Academy Award nominated Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, stars Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone.

 

LOST IN THAILAND – WellGo USA

Smashing every box office record to date, Lost in Thailand is the highest-grossing film in China’s history. Two rival businessmen (Xu Zheng and Huang Bo) must track down their boss at a Buddhist temple to secure a patent on a revolutionary new fuel additive. Xu catches the first plane to Bangkok, where his plans are delayed by the happy-go-lucky Wang (Wang Baoqiang), an unexpected travel companion who will open his eyes to life’s true priorities.

 

MIKE TYSON: Undisputed Truth – HBO

Filmed before a live audience in New York City, this HBO Films presentation offers a front-row seat to former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s hit one-man stage show, which, like the film, was directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee. Raw, honest, powerful and full of humor, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth features “Iron Mike” recounting his life’s highs and lows. He opens up about such subjects as his troubled youth, landmark boxing career, time in prison, and family in his signature candid style.

 

NEBRASKA – Paramount

From Academy Award winner Alexander Payne, the director of Sideways and The Descendants, comes the film that critics are calling “An American Masterpiece.” When a father (Bruce Dern) and his adult son (Will Forte) embark on a journey to claim a million-dollar prize, what begins as a fool’s errand becomes a search for the road to redemption. Discover why Nebraska is “one of those movies I’ll watch for the rest of my life.”

 

TWICE BORN – E1 Entertainment

Longing to show her son the country where she fell passionately in love with his father, an Italian professor heads off on a summer vacation to the battle-scarred city of Sarajevo. There she discovers a long-hidden secret, which reveals a past more haunted than even her memories can disclose.  Academy Award winner Penélope Cruz and Emile Hirsch star in Twice Born, an epic family mystery that tells a moving story of love and loyalty in a time of war.

 

PULLING STRINGS – Lionsgate

A stunningly charming film! After his daughter’s Visa request to visit her grandparents in America is rejected, a single father (Jaime Camil) and his loyal best friend do everything it takes to win over the Embassy worker who turned her down.

 

SCARECROW – Cinedigm

A haunted farm that has been cursed over the years is the setting for this typical slasher film. With a school detention group entering the property, they collectively are the fodder for the creature that is sure to keep you freaked out until the very end.

 

AMBER ALERT – Cinedigm

Amber Alert presents the raw footage of a real life amber alert crisis caught on video. While filming their audition video for a popular reality television show, best friends Nate and Samantha notice several active amber alert signs. To their surprise, they recognize the car traveling in front of them as the vehicle described on the amber alert. Sam and Nate decide to follow the car, but with police slow to respond, their pursuit quickly turns into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with a murderous child rapist.

 

LA LAW: Season One – Shout Factory

One of the most critically acclaimed television series of the 1980s, L.A. Law comes to DVD from Shout! Factory. Co-created by Stephen Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher – the folks behind Hill Street Blues and Cagney & Lacey – comes the Emmy Award-winning series that takes us inside the law firm of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak. There, a team of ambitious and competitive attorneys must face the conflicts between their personal desires, their obligations as lawyers, and their principles as human beings. A portrayal of the law and its litigators that was both realistic and irreverent, L.A. Law became a favorite of critics and audiences alike during its eight-year run on NBC from 1986 to 1994. With an outstanding ensemble cast (featuring Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Jimmy Smits, and Corbin Bernsen), all 23 original episodes and stellar bonus features, you’ll judge L.A. Law to be as entertaining as ever.

 

FISTS OF LEGEND – CJ Entertainment

On a television show billed as ‘the greatest fight show on Earth,’ eager amateurs with lots to prove boldly step into the ring and expect to leave bloody but victorious. The ratings hungry producers seek out ‘legendary’ but largely forgotten street fighters and mine their desperation for recaptured glory and redemption into ratings gold. Fists of Legend features three old friends and rivals from high school days who get their invitation to the big fight for the chance to win $200,000 and much more. 25 years later – Deok-kyu, whose Olympic dreams were dashed, now runs a struggling noodle shop. Jae-seok who always wanted to be number one but still finds himself in a third-rate gang. And Sang-hoon, a thug turned corporate executive who must go back and find his bloodlust one last time. The characters are portrayed in the present and in their ‘glory days’ by younger selves, with the movie featuring a blend of staged MMA alongside street fights.

 

22 BULLETS – Flatiron

Lifelong mobster Charly Matteï (Jean Reno) has turned a new leaf and left his past as an outlaw behind him. With his former business firmly under his oldest friend s control, Charly has spent the past three years living a quiet, comfortable life, devoting himself to his wife and two young children. However, one winter morning he’s left for dead in the underground parking garage of Marseille’s Old Port with 22 bullets in his body. Against all odds, he will not die. After his miraculous recovery, he embarks on a hunt for vengeance that takes him back into the seedy criminal underworld he thought he’d left forever.

 

RAISE THE TITANIC – Shout Factory

Join the underwater race to salvage the Titanic and its vital defense cargo. Adapted from Clive Cussler’s international best-seller, the story follows the exploits of American special agent Dirk Pitt as he sets out to recover vital material from the Titanic which could make the US impregnable to atomic attack. The ship is down too deep for divers and the only solution is to raise it. The incredible project must be managed in absolute secrecy because of deadly interference from a rival nation. The Titanic is finally, and majestically, brought to the surface — but the vital, rare mineral is missing. A breathtaking adventure from beginning to end, Raise The Titanic stars Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, David Selby, Anne Archer and Alec Guiness.

 

CUTIE AND THE BOXER – Anchor Bay

In New York City in 1969, 19-year-old art student Noriko fell in love with 41-year-old avant-garde artist Ushio Shinohara and put her career on hold to marry and support this rising star of the Manhattan art world. After 40 years, their roles shifted. Now 80 and still struggling, Ushio is consumed with reinforcing his legacy via his “boxing” paintings, while Noriko is now finding her own creative voice through a series of drawings entitled “Cutie And Bullie” that depict their chaotic relationship and her desire to escape her husband’s shadow and be respected as an artist in her own right. Featuring original artwork by Noriko and Ushio Shinohara, CUTIE AND THE BOXER is a powerful and poignant documentary about creativity, sacrifice, and a love that is its own unique work of art.

 

THE AMISH SHUNNED – PBS

Filmed over the course of twelve months, The Amish: Shunned follows seven former members of the Amish community as they reflect on their decisions to leave one of the most closed and tightly-knit communities in the United States. Estranged from family, the ex-Amish find themselves struggling to understand and make their way in modern America. Interwoven through the stories are the voices of Amish men and women who remain staunchly loyal to their traditions and faith. They explain the importance of obedience, the strong ties that bind their communities together, and the pain they endure when a loved one falls away.

 

SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI – PBS

Enter the chilling world of anti-civil rights espionage. Spies of Mississippi reveals in shocking detail the state of Mississippi’s effort to undermine the civil rights movement using a vast network of spies. Their identities will shock you. Nothing I have learned about the civil rights era surprises me anymore.

 

MIDSOMER MURDERS: Series 6 – Acorn

Who knew the English countryside could be so violent? This British television program has taken the U.S.A. by storm and is arguably the best who dun it program currently on television anywhere in the world! Set in a contemporary setting, nice guy detective Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and his assistant, Sergeant Troy (Daniel Casey), work together to answer the questions left to ponder by the mortal man. A program for the true thinker as well as those that simply wish to be entertained, Midsomer Murders are worth the purchase price alone.

 

TESS – Criterion

This multiple-Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski is an exquisite, richly layered adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. A strong-willed peasant girl (Nastassja Kinski, is sent by her father to the estate of some local aristocrats to capitalize on a rumor that their families are from the same line. This fateful visit commences an epic narrative of sex, class, betrayal, and revenge, which Polanski unfolds with deliberation and finesse. With its earthy visual textures, achieved by two world-class cinematographers: Geoffrey Unsworth (Cabaret) and Ghislain Cloquet (Au hasard Balthazar) – Tess is a work of great pastoral beauty as well as vivid storytelling. 

 

 

Posted under: DVD Reviews