Sam Hatch’s DVD Picks For The Week: World War Z, Behind The Candelabra & More

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It’s the movie freak and the movie geek– Find out what to buy, what to rent and what to AVOID AT ALL COSTS as Damon talks to local movie reviewer extraordinaire, Sam Hatch from Culture Dogs about this week’s new DVD and Blu Ray releases!

This week has some outstanding movies that are totally worth checking out, so grab your popcorn and decide if you’re in the mood for a thrilling zombie adventure, a gripping biopic or many more choices. Get all the details right here…

World War Z

Despite limited expectations, this Brad Pitt zombie movie was really good, even if it’s very different than the book (which seems like it should have been a Band of Brothers type TV series instead).  But Pitt is great, as a UN agent who’s racing around the globe trying to solve the zombie crisis.  It has a good storyline, and it’s plenty intense, but there’s not much blood and guts or extreme violence, making this suitable to watch even for the more squeamish cinematic thrill seekers.

Behind The Candelabra

Steven Soderbergh made this Liberace biopic which showed up on HBO before finally coming to DVD and Blu Ray.  It stars Michael Douglas as the famed singer, and Matt Damon as his lover from the 70s.  It’s compelling and both actors did a great job.

The Bling Ring

In the mood for something ripped from the headlines? The latest from Sofia Coppola tells the true story of a group of teens who robbed millions of dollars from celebrities in LA.

The East

This stars Alexander Skarsgård from True Blood as an operative for a private intelligence firm, hunting down an anarchist company.

Disconnect

Here’s a drama about a group of people who commit to putting down their cell phones and find time to connect with their families.  It stars Jason Bateman, but don’t be fooled– it’s more of a straight up drama than a comedy.

Greeting From Tim Buckley

Another biopic that focuses on singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, who passed away in the 90s.  It tells the story of Jeff’s early years, and the story of his dad, Tim.

And Halloween is just around the corner, so Universal is re-releasing all the old 30s horror movies on Blu Ray, so you can pick up classics like Dracula, The Wolf Man and more.

Happy viewing, and for more from Sam Hatch and all manner of film-related goodness, check out culturedogs.org!

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