No Limits To Bradley’s Power

Tuesday, August 2 2011
No Limits To Bradley’s Power

With numerous TV, radio and magazine pieces over the weekend, thanks to star Bradley Cooper flying in to the UK, as well as acres of reviews, Limitless was one of the weekend’s most talked about home entertainment releases, as our weekly round up of DVD and Blu-ray coverage in the press shows.

It was neck and neck with Submarine, which similarly seemed to be everywhere, but the fact that Cooper was trending so high on Twitter shows just how high his, and the film’s, profile was.

As well as Submarine and Limitless, there were honourable mentions  for the brilliant Lake Mungo, The Castle among others.  

Our week in reviews traditionally begins with the Metro newspaper, the freesheet that is handed our predominantly to commuters in major cities and conurbations and has a full page devoted to DVD and Blu-ray releases, mostly of titles that were out that week. So last Tuesday’s featured one of the previous weekend’s biggies, namely The Eagle (Universal) as its DVD Of The Week. Other reviews included Justin Bieber Never Say Never (Paramount), a one star notice for Fox’s Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son (“a queasily cynical affair… the film’s tone lurches everywhere but ‘funny’” and much more of the same), and, at the opposite end of the scale, a five star review for Night And Fog (Optimum), stating that it is a “landmark work”. Its Cult Vulture selection (“oddball choices for sofa loafers) was Paramount’s long-overdue release of the excellent Aussie comedy The Castle.

Moving on to Friday, and the next in line for scrutiny is the Evening Standard’s DVD and Blu-ray releases round-up. This week’s selections included The Lincoln Lawyer (EV), Rango (Paramount), Lake Mungo (Second Sight), Justin Bieber Never Say Never, Oranges And Sunshine (Icon) and The Eagle (Universal).

Three of those titles – The Lincoln Lawyer, Justin Bieber and Oranges And Sunshine – all appeared again in the Daily Mail’s weekly round-up too.

On to the tabloids now, where the reviews started to look ahead to releases due on the following (this) Monday.

The Daily Star had a review and competition for Limitless (Momentum) and further reviews for Submarine (Optimum), The Lavender Hill Mob (also Optimum) and The Castle.

The Daily Mirror’s The Ticket supplement had Submarine as its DVD Of The Week, followed by Super (G2), Limitless, The Company Men (Universal) and Faster, with a review for the SPHE title and an interview with star Dwayne Johnson (also known as The Rock).

The Sun, ever esoteric in its choices, had The Eagle, Lake Mungo and CSI Miami Season 8 (Momentum).

The Independent featured The Lavender Hill Mob in a full five-star review, Super and Submarine.

Nothing specifically home entertainment related in The Guardian’s Film & Music section, but we must admit, we did love the latest from writer Joe Queenan on how technology would have ruined film plots made before the digital era, it’s worth reading over here. Saturday now and we’ll start with the television guides and magazines that often give a mention to DVD and Blu-ray releases. The Sun’s Buzz magazine featured Limitless and Submarine as its Top DVDs, the former was the lead review for the whole page, featuring Bradley Cooper writ large on the page and The Mirror’s We Love Telly had a competition for Acorn’s New Tricks.

The Guardian’s Guide was devoted to Edinburgh festival material, but with three pages of DVD advertising (for Hobo With A Shotgun, 2 entertain’s Twenty Twelve and Submarine), it was a shame to DBD and Blu-ray releases merely warranting a half page of editorial. On the plus side, there was one of the weekend’s more positive reviews for G2’s Super, as well as mentions for Submarine, Faster, Limitless, The Lavender Hill Mob and Spiral Series 1-3.  Edinburgh coverage sadly put paid to any DVD reviews in the Daily Telegraph’s Review section.

Over in The Times’ Saturday Review section, there were for familiar faces, all scoring well, including The Company Men, Submarine, Limitless and The Lavender Hill Mob.

More familiar titles in the weekend edition of the Financial Times too, taking in Limitless Hobo With A Shotgun (Momentum), Submarine and Oranges And Sunshine.

On to Sunday now, and last week we noted the temporary disappearance of the People’s film and DVD page, which was this week replaced with a new regular feature called “We’re Loving…”, aiming to offer a guide to all the new “stuff”, including films, home entertainment, music and other desirable items. DVD was included in this, with a mention for Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, while over on its TV page there was a competition for Baywatch The Complete Fourth Season (Network).

Some interesting stuff in the Daily Star On Sunday, including not one but two DVD-related stories on the same spread, the first concerning Pippa Middleton and her possible fitness DVD release (see here) the other following Revolver’s Knuckle and flagging its theatrical and forthcoming DVD releases (see here). As for its DVDs Of The Week, the paper featured Limitless, Super and Submarine.

Submarine and Limitless appeared again in the Sunday Mirror too.

Moving (slightly) upmarket, and the Mail On Sunday’s column on This Week’s Entertainment Releases, as featured in its Live magazine, featured, alongside cinema, book and CD releases, included mentions for United (Revolver), at number one, no less, Camelot Season 1 (eOne), Limitless and Faster (SPHE). In the same paper’s Review section, there was a somewhat belated review for Rabbit Hole (Metrodome), alongside The Eagle, Rango, The Lincoln Lawyer and a brace of Optimum’s Alain Resnais films, Hiroshima Mon Amour and Night And Fog.

Moving further upmarket, the Independent On Sunday featured Submarine and Limitless, while the more esoteric selections of the Sunday Telegraph’s Alan Stanbrook took in The Company Men and two from Artificial Eye, Ward No. 6 and Love Like Poison, while the DVD Of The Week was the more recognisable Submarine.

That same title was in the Observer too, kicking off Mark Kermode’s reviews page (“feels like Gregory’s Girl’s twisted sister”), before going on to Limitless, Super, Hobo With A Shotgun and The Silent House (Optimum). Two other DVD-related pieces came in the shape of Philip French’s Classic DVD (or rather, Blu-ray, seeing as it talked about the BD bow of Optimum’s Cross Of Iron) and The Film That Changed My Life, interviewing Richard Ayoade, Submarine director, about his choice ) Zazie Dans Le Metro, since you ask) and plugging the Optimum release. Oh, and we also liked Mark Kermode’s contribution to a rather pointless piece on critics and their holidays (we cared marginally more about his than anyone else’s contributions, but it was still a rather futile exercise, but it does mention some DVD stuff, so here’s the link http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/jul/31/how-critics-spend-summer-holidays?INTCMP=SRCH

And we’ll end, as is our wont these days, with Time Out’s DVD coverage. This week it featured Here’s A Health To The Barley Mow (BFI) as its five star DVD Of The Week (dip in and you’re bound to find something extraordinary”), with further reviews for The Castle, Oranges And Sunshine (Icon), Unknown (Optimum), Patagonia (Soda), Justified Season 2 (SPHE), Lou Reed Lollapalooza Live (Sister Ray Enterprises), Doug Stanhope Live In Oslo (Roadrunner) and Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (Bounty Films). The regular Last Night A DVD Saved My Life feature was given over to Noah Taylor, talking to plug the forthcoming release of Submarine.

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