As Halloween draws ever closer, this week’s new DVD and Blu-Ray releases include another horror classic, this one by the folks of Criterion, often referred to as the Rolls Royce of DVD reproductions. Plus, we have two smart and witty independent films.
How to describe an oddball story like Ruby Sparks? It’s a romantic comedy, but at the same time it’s also drama mixed with magical fantasy. Written by its leading lady, Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks is a hugely likable film that tells of a writer who literally breathes life into a fictional character of his imagination. Ruby jumps off the page and into the writer’s life, but unlike other films of this kind, Ruby is not a character that only the writer can see, she’s for real; everyone can see her. Rent or buy the film, if only to see a wonderful performance from the young woman who, like the writer within the story, breathes life into the fictional character of Ruby, Zoe Kazan.
Safety Not Guaranteed is a small film that enjoyed a short run on the big screen and deserves a bigger audience. Inspired a by a real life classified ad that was even read on TV during Jay Leno’s Headlines section, Safety Not Guaranteed is a comedy of a man who believes he has cracked the secret of time travel and needs someone to assist him. The wit is as dry as a bone delivered straight, which makes the whole enterprise even funnier. Starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass with an appearance from Kristen Bell, Safety Not Guaranteed is highly recommended and is available in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats.
Based on Ira Levin’s creepy novel and reproduced almost word to word on the big screen, Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 classic that has been given the Criterion treatment. The folks of Criterion are known as film fanatics and their finished product is often referred to as the Rolls Royce of DVDs. In other words, the print doesn’t get any better, and with a hi-def reproduction for Blu-Ray there’s no finer version of Rosemary’s Baby available. Plus, for movie buffs, the Extras are worth their weight in gold. Happy Halloween!