This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Warcraft, The Shallows, The Neon Demon


It’s a pretty packed week for DVDs and Blu-rays as we’ve got four major studio releases (all of which are available in 4K) plus plenty of genre goodness as we head into October. The biggest releases of the week are Duncan Jones’ video game adaptation Warcraft and shark thriller The Shallows plus a pair of summer comedies: Central Intelligence starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates starring Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza. We’ve also got Nicolas Winding Refn’s stylish horror-satire The Neon Demon and Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople (on DVD only). On Blu-ray, we’ve got Valley of the Dolls and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls plus new releases for Highlander and An American Werewolf in London as well as Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection (which includes Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey for the first time in HD). ’80s horror fans will also want to keep an eye out for Chopping Mall, Blood Diner and Slugs. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of noteworthy releases after the jump.

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Gimme Danger Trailer: Jim Jarmusch Tackles Iggy and the Stooges


Jim Jarmusch has a pair of acclaimed new films that have been touring the festival circuit this year: the Adam Driver drama Paterson and the documentary Gimme Danger. This is only the second time Jarmusch has dipped his toes into the non-fiction world (the first being the 1997 Neil Young concert film Year of the Horse) and Gimme Danger also happens to be a music-oriented doc. The film focuses on the legendary rock n roll band The Stooges, widely hailed as one of the forefathers of punk rock and renowned for the stage antics of their iconic frontman, Mr. Iggy Pop. While I don’t think this the first documentary to cover the band, it certainly could be the definitive one as it explores the band’s importance “musically, culturally, politically, historically” while also combining vintage footage with new interviews. Amazon Studios and Magnolia Pictures will release Gimme Danger in New York and Detroit on Oct. 28th before going nationwide on Nov. 4th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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True Memoirs of an International Assassin Trailer Starring Kevin James


Following in the footsteps of his good buddy Adam Sandler, Kevin James has his own Netflix original film coming later this year. Unlike The Ridiculous 6 and The Do-Over, however, this is not a Happy Madison production (which could a good thing but is probably irrelevant). True Memoirs of an International Assassin is a comedy that follows a pretty familiar premise: an average joe gets mistaken for a deadly assassin and finds himself pulled into a world of danger and intrigue. In this case, the main character is an author whose debut novel is falsely marketed as the true memoir of a professional killer. Directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2, Never Back Down), the movie is at least attempting to provide some solid action to go with the laughs. As for whether it actually succeeds, that still remains to be seen. True Memoirs of an International Assassin arrives on Netflix on Nov. 11th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Rings and Friday the 13th Sequel Delayed


This year’s crop of horror movies hitting theatres in October just got even smaller. Paramount has announced that their upcoming reboot of The Ring, titled Rings, is being pushed back to 2017. The news comes just one month before it was due to hit theatres and one month after they released the first trailer for the film. That’s not the only Paramount horror movie getting a delay, however; their upcoming Friday the 13th sequel is also getting a new release date, moving back to October 2017 instead of this coming January. Hit the jump for more details.

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Jon Favreau to Direct The Lion King Remake


Following up on the tremendous success of The Jungle Book earlier this year (currently the fourth highest grossing movie of 2016), Disney and Jon Favreau are teaming up for another adaptation of a beloved Disney animated classic. They were already in the midst of planning a sequel to The Jungle Book, but now it appears that Favreau will put that aside in favour of a new version of The Lion King. At this point I have completely lost track of which live-action remakes have already been announced by Disney, but this one had apparently been the source of speculation for a while now. The current list of upcoming animated to live-action Disney movies is as follows:

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Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women Trailer


Director Mike Mills is back with his first film since 2010’s Beginners, which helped earn Christopher Plummer an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. While that film explored male identity and relationships as a young man grapples with the fact that his elderly father has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is also gay, his new film 20th Century Women looks to examine the plight of the modern woman through the prism of three women living in Southern California in the late 1970s. The movie stars Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning and the first trailer is set against the backdrop of President Jimmy Carter’s 1979 “Crisis of Confidence” speech. 20th Century Women premieres at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 8th before hitting select theatres on Dec. 25th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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R.I.P. Curtis Hanson and Herschell Gordon Lewis


There have been quite a few high profile deaths over the past week, including at least a handful of movie-related ones, as 2016 seemingly continues to suck. Among them was Bill Nunn, the actor who played Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, and directors Curtis Hanson and Herschell Gordon Lewis. Hanson is best known for the films L.A. Confidential and the Eminem biopic 8 Mile, while Lewis is known as “The Godfather of Gore”, having pioneered the cult subgenre of horror known as the splatter film. Both have left an indelible impression on cinema. Hanson had been struggling with a rare terminal condition known as Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD); he was 71 years old while Herschell Gordon Lewis was 87.

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Fences Trailer Starring Denzel Washington


Denzel Washington returns with his third feature film as a director this Christmas as he brings the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences to the big screen. The screenplay was written by playwright August Wilson himself prior to his death in 2005 but it also apparently had some uncredited additions from Tony Kushner (Angels in America, Lincoln). The story revolves around a former Negro league baseball player who is now working as a waste collector, struggling to provide for his family in Pittsburgh in the 1950s. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reprise their roles from the Broadway revival of the play, which earned them both Tony Awards back in 2010. Could it also win them Academy Awards? Fences hits theatres on Dec. 25th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Poll Results: Best Brian De Palma Movie


Last week’s poll asked the Film Junk community to pick the single best movie from director Brian De Palma’s extensive filmography. Now that the results have been tallied, we can say that Scarface remains the clear favourite as the 1983 remake came out on top with 23% of the votes. That being said, it definitely didn’t win by a landslide as The Untouchables came in a close second with 19% of the votes followed by Blow Out with 17%. Carlito’s Way and Carrie rounded out the top 5. Mission: Impossible, Phantom of the Paradise and Body Double also had some significant support as well, although things dropped off pretty quickly from there. I should note that his 1970 film Hi, Mom! starring Robert DeNiro was accidentally left off this poll, although I don’t know that it would have really affected anything either way. Do you agree with these results?

1. Scarface — 23%
2. The Untouchables — 19%
3. Blow Out — 17%
4. Carlito’s Way — 10%
5. Carrie — 9%
6. Mission: Impossible — 5%
7. Phantom of the Paradise — 4%
8. Body Double — 4%
9. Snake Eyes — 2%
10. Dressed to Kill — 1%
11. The Fury — 1%
11. Casualties of War — 1%
13. Home Movies — 1%
13. Bonfire of the Vanities — 1%
13. Mission to Mars — 1%
13. The Black Dahlia — 1%
17. Sisters — 0%
17. Obsession — 0%
17. Wise Guys — 0%
17. Redacted — 0%
17. Passion — 0%
22. Murder a la Mod — 0%
22. Greetings — 0%
22. The Wedding Party — 0%
22. Dionysus in ’69 — 0%
22. Get to Know Your Rabbit — 0%
22. Raising Cain — 0%
22. Femme Fatale — 0%

Dog Eat Dog Trailer Starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe


After Paul Schrader’s last film, The Dying of the Light, was taken away from him in post-production and re-edited without his permission, he thought it might be his final work as a director. Fortunately for us, a couple of years later he was able to reteam with Nicolas Cage for an even crazier project that apparently did not have any studio interference whatsoever. Dog Eat Dog premiered at Cannes earlier this year and also played at TIFF where it definitely had people talking. The movie stars Cage and Willem Dafoe as a couple of ex-cons who are hired to kidnap the baby of a rival mobster. Raising Arizona it ain’t, but by all accounts, the movie is violent, unhinged and hilarious, and the good news is that it’s getting a release before the end of the year. Dog Eat Dog hits theatres in New York and L.A. on Nov. 4th before expanding and arriving on VOD on Nov. 11th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #583: Sully and Hunt for the Wilderpeople


0:00 – Intro / Jay’s Post-Screening Encounter
15:30 – Review: Sully
33:00 – Film Junk Re-review: Flight
1:03:50 – Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
1:21:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: Cabin Boy, Sing Street, Cat’s Eye, De Palma, Evils of the Night, Blow Out, The Fury, Sex World, Son of Zorn, The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey
1:49:40 – Junk Mail: The Marvel Symphonic Universe, Composeurs Continued, John Williams Lawsuit, Frank’s Lack of Love for Anchorman, X-Men Apocalypse Boy George Reference + PS 4 Pro
2:28:08 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:34:00 – Outro

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: The Magnificent Seven Ropes in Second Best Western Opening Ever


Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven remake gunned down all challengers over the weekend on its way to a $35 million debut, the second best opening ever for a western. Granted, the record is apparently held by Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens, which is a hybrid sci-fi film so it’s kind of an unfair comparison (and it’s only $1 million less anyway). The bigger point of contention is probably the fact that this stat is also not adjusted for inflation… I’m assuming it would be pretty far down the list if it were. Either way, that still doesn’t mean a whole lot considering that the film cost $90 million to make, although it should at the very least break even. In second place, the Warner Brothers animated film Storks earned $21.8 million, which is decent but not great. Elsewhere Sully fell to third, adding another $13.8 million and bringing its worldwide total to $126 million. Bridget Jones’s Baby and Snowden rounded out the top 5.

1. The Magnificent Seven — $35M
2. Storks — $21.8M
3. Sully — $13.8M
4. Bridget Jones’s Baby — $4.5M
5. Snowden — $4.1M
6. Blair Witch — $4.0M
7. Don’t Breathe — $3.8M
8. Suicide Squad — $3.1M
9. When the Bough Breaks — $2.5M
10. Kubo and the Two Strings — $1.1M