DVD/Blu-ray Releases — 9/27/2011

 New options for your home viewing this week:

Not as atrocious as the first and about on par with the terrible second, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is yet another entry in the helpless series of movies about boring human beings running around as giant robots fight in the background.  Much has been made about the climactic extended “battle” in Chicago, which makes up a large chunk of the two-and-a-half hour running time, and yes, buildings fall and robots fight.  It’s not spectacle, though; it’s just commotion.  Everything before it?  Well, it has the personality of a blender.  My review is here.  Available on DVD and Blu-ray on Friday, September 30.

On the other hand, there is genuine spectacle in William Wyler’s Ben-Hur, the epic that essentially defined the characteristics of what we now consider epic filmmaking.  It’s available on Blu-ray for the first time, and pretty much everyone has been raving about the discs.

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About Mark Dujsik

Film critic since 2001. Writer/editor/publisher of Mark Reviews Movies, and contributor for RogerEbert.com and Magill's Cinema Annual. Member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Online Film Critics Society.
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