Misery, which ranks right up there as one of the best movie adaptations of a Stephen King novel, hits Blu-ray November 28 via Scream Factory. The 2-disc collector’s edition set features a new 4K restoration of the movie plus new interviews with director Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride, This Is Spinal Tap) and special effects artist Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead).
The story centers on a Paul Sheldon (James Caan), a novelist who is recuperating after sustaining injuries in a car accident. Offering him tender loving care is Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates giving an Oscar winning performance), Sheldon’s self-proclaimed “number one fan.” Unfortunately fandom has its price, and Paul may be stuck in Wilkes’ cabin for quite a spell. William Goldman, who also penned Reiner’s film The Princess Bride (based on Goldman’s own novel), is also the screenwriter behind Misery.
Along with the new extras, the disc comes with previous commentaries from Reiner, Goldman, and several features. Are you a fan of Misery and are you looking forward to this Scream Factory release? Feel free to comment below!
Now out on DVD, A Fighting Man (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 88 minutes) is a cut above your average boxing film thanks to top notch workmanship from director Damian Lee and solid acting from all parties involved.
Dominic Purcell trained for several months to get in fighting shape as Sailor O’Connor, an proud ex-pugilist who has always stood on his feet in the boxing ring, even though tragedies in his past has scarred him for life. His resolve, however, hasn’t waned, and when a chance to earn some coin to help his dying mom make one final trip to Ireland, he’s back in the fight.
His adversary is King Solomon (Izaak Smith, who’s as equally effective in his role as Purcell), a hard knocks living youth who desperately needs a stroke of good luck, and knocking out Sailor will make all the difference. Even though his trainer (Louis Gossett Jr.) is as dedicated as they come, a shady promoter (Adam Beach) is desperate to place the King in his own corner.
James Caan and Famke Janssen also turn in first rate performances as two important pieces in Sailor’s life. Caan is Sailor’s mentor who reluctantly agrees to train the past his prime Sailor, with Janssen playing a just released prisoner who shares a seemingly tragic connection to our protagonist.
Director Damian Lee (A Dark Truth, King of Sorrow) works with a healthy share of subplots (Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Coates plays a priest who offers Sailor a bit of guidance), but thankfully each of these narrative strands weave an entirely cohesive and compelling tale. Dominic Purcell’s understated performance is a perfect fit for A Fighting Man, as we witness Sailor bob and weave his way through people who may deter him from his ultimate goal.
For film lovers craving a bit of action, the boxing sequences successfully land their punches, infusing A Fighting Man with enough jolts along the way to balance out the oftentimes somber goings-on. Credit also goes to Lee and cinematographer Bobby Shaw for giving the film a warm, textured look. On all counts, A Fighting Man emerges victorious, giving us a drama that’s well worth a look. Sailor O’Connor’s plight and journey may be a story you’ve heard before, but familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt. If you love solid acting and an intriguing storyline, A Fighting Man has more than a puncher’s chance of winning you over.
To check out my interview with A Fighting Man’s Damian Lee, please go to Deepest Dream.
Currently sinking like a stone at the box office (No. 7 in its second week of release), THAT’S MY BOY is an R-rated comedy centered on the strained relationship between a compulsively irresponsible father and his grown-up button-downed son. Directed by SEAN ANDERS from a script by DAVID CASPE, the cast features ADAM SANDLER, ANDY SAMBERG, LEIGHTON MEESTER, VANILLA ICE, JAMES CAAN, MILO VENTIMIGLIA, TONY ORLANDO and WILL FORTE.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen VANILLA ICE (aka ROB VAN WINKLE) in anything other than reality TV programming and he recently talked with entertainment reporters about stepping back into the ’80s and getting the “joke.” (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO) LANGUAGE NSFW
In theaters tomorrow, THAT’S MY BOY is an outrageous comedy centered on the troubled relationship between a compulsively irresponsible father and his grown-up button-downed son. Directed by SEAN ANDERS from a script by DAVID CASPE, the cast features ADAM SANDLER, ANDY SAMBERG, LEIGHTON MEESTER, VANILLA ICE, JAMES CAAN, MILO VENTIMIGLIA, TONY ORLANDO and WILL FORTE.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen VANILLA ICE (aka ROB VAN WINKLE) in anything other than reality TV programming and, at the recent press conference to promote the film, ADAM SANDLER talked about giving him a role in the film. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Opening in theaters this week, THAT’S MY BOY is an R-rated comedy in which an irresponsible, absentee father decides to show-up at the wedding of his estranged, straight-laced son. Directed by SEAN ANDERS from a script by DAVID CASPE, the cast features ADAM SANDLER, ANDY SAMBERG, LEIGHTON MEESTER, VANILLA ICE, JAMES CAAN, MILO VENTIMIGLIA, TONY ORLANDO and WILL FORTE.
To call the film “classic SANDLER” would just be another way of saying that there are no surprises here. It’s SANDLER doing what SANDLER does (only with an R-rating). During the press conference to promote the film, SANDLER admitted that he knows his strengths and sticks to what he knows. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)