Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What's New In Blu? (Week of April 13)

“Apollo 13” (PG)
Starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan
Directed by Ron Howard

Making its debut on Blu-ray 15 years after its theatrical release, and 40 years after the true event that inspired it, “Apollo 13” remains one of the best films in the career of both star Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard. A lot of meticulous work into recreating the time period and particularly the space program of NASA is on display here – and it shows. The film is able to maintain suspense in a story for which many people already know the outcome. Smartly focusing the story on the astronauts stranded in space (Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon) and the Mission Control crew (led by Ed Harris) desperate to get them back home, it’s a compelling journey that takes what could have been a massive tragedy and turns into a triumph.
Grade: A-

Other releases:
“Pirate Radio” (R)
Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost and Kenneth Branaugh
Directed by Richard Curtis

“The Slammin’ Salmon” (R)
Starring Michael Clarke Duncan, Kevin Hefferman, Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter
Directed by Kevin Hefferman

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