Bonjour! Joseph here, and I’ve got the latest taste of Bluray for October 30th, 2012. This week’s episode features an Irish-American cop in New York City and the World’s Worst Baby. This week has some slim pickins, but we’ll make it through. So, let’s go!
Copper: Season One
From Emmy(R)-winner Tom Fontana, Academy Award-nominee Will Rokos and Academy Award-winner Barry Levinson comes Copper, BBC America’s first original scripted series. Copper is set in 1860s New York City. The 10-part drama centers on Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, MI-5), an intense, rugged Irish-American cop working the city’s notorious Five Points neighborhood. Corcoran is struggling to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world, while on an emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter. His friendship with two Civil War compatriots the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and an African-American physician who secretly assists Corcoran with his detective work takes him to the contrasting worlds of elegant Fifth Avenue and an emerging African-American community in rural northern Manhattan. The three men share a secret from their experience on the battlefield that inextricably links their lives forever. This series comes in both a 2-Disc Bluray and 3-Disc DVD collection. We love anything British here, so we’re firmly behind this one.
Rosemary’s Baby (R)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%
Released on June 12, 1968, Rosemary’s Baby marked the Hollywood debut of Roman Polanski (Repulsion). This wildly entertaining nightmare, faithfully adapted from Ira Levin’s best seller, stars a revelatory Mia Farrow (Hannah and Her Sisters) as a young mother-to-be who grows increasingly suspicious that her overfriendly elderly neighbors, played by Sidney Blackmer (High Society) and an Oscar-winning Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude), and self-involved husband (actor and filmmaker John Cassavetes) are hatching a satanic plot against her and her baby. In the decades of occult cinema Polanski’s ungodly masterpiece has spawned, it’s never been outdone for sheer psychological terror. This movie is getting the Critereon treatment, and they can do no wrong when it comes to restoring classic movies (of course, they gave Armageddon that treatment as well, but that’s another story for another day). This movie gets loads of special features, including new interviews with the leads and the director, a classic radio interview with the author, and an essay by renowned film critic Ed Park on the movie’s place in history. I’m not a fan of Roman Polanski; I find him personally repulsive and I won’t afford him the same benefit of the doubt that Hollywood does. That being said, I recognize a classic when I see one, and that’s why I choose this as my pick of the week.
That’s it for this week, folks. Got any questions, comments, or other thoughts? Drop them in the comments below!
Until next time…