Own It! March 4th 2014March 3, 2014
In the premiere of our new weekly article Own It!, we take a look at which DVDs and Blu-rays you should add to your collection.
12 Years A Slave
At last nights Academy Awards, 12 Years A Slave took home 2 Oscars, including Best Picture. Steve McQueen has had a short history of not being nominated for Oscars for some of his films, but this one resonated with the community and it deserves it’s awards.
Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.
The Grandmaster is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of legendary martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained martial-arts legend Bruce Lee. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China.
Ip Man’s peaceful life in Foshan changes after Gong Yutian seeks an heir for his family in Southern China. Ip Man then meets Gong Er who challenges him for the sake of regaining her family’s honor. After the Second Sino-Japanese War, Ip Man moves to Hong Kong and struggles to provide for his family. In the mean time, Gong Er chooses the path of vengeance after her father was killed by Ma San.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
(Available March 7th, 2014)
Catching Fire is the sequel to the widely successful 2012 film, The Hunger Games. If you haven’t fallen in love with Jennifer Lawrence yet, her performance in this film might finally draw you in.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen returns home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a Victor’s Tour of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell), a competition that could change Panem forever.
Also Being Released This Week…
Philomena – Stephen Frear directs this drama starring Judi Dench, Steve Coogan and Sophiw Kennedy Clark.
The Last Days on Mars – Liev Schrieber stars alongside Elias Koteas and Romola Garai in this sci-fi/thriller directed by Ruairi Robinson
Oldboy – Stan Lee’s American remake of the 2003 South Korean cult action film, starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley.