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In-home Releases: April 17, 2018: THE COMMUTER, THE POST, AUTO FOCUS, & More

In-home Releases: April 17, 2018

New films and TV shows have been released on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra, and Digital HD today (April 17, 2018), including new Criterion Collection films. Some of these releases are on single discs while others come in large collections, filled with extras, behind-the-scenes footage, and cloud capabilities. Below you find a listing of those films and TV programs.

Our Picks of the Best DVDs, Blu-rays, 4K Ultras, and Digital HDs Out Today

The Commuter
The Post
The Awful Truth
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Auto Focus
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season 11
Deep Blue Sea 2

Thoughts on This Week’s In-home Releases

In a relatively slow week for new releases, we begin with one of the first films released in 2018 coming to 4K Blu-ray, Liam Neeson’s latest action-thriller The Commuter. Directed by frequent collaborator Juame Collet-Serra, the film is the latest action vehicle starring Neeson since his career rejuvenation with Taken back in 2008. While their past films were all financial successes and movies that I enjoyed (Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night), The Commuter yielded diminished returns both critically and at the box office. At the age of 68, it may be time for Liam to hang up the action roles and take on more dramatic character-based material.  I tend to catch these Liam Neeson films once they are released at-home since they are typically mindless, fun popcorn entertainment.

Also releasing this week is the latest film from Steven Spielberg, The Post. Starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, the movie is about a cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents that pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher, and a hard-driving editor, to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. Spielberg quite miraculously was able to shoot this picture last year while he was supervising post-production on Ready Player One, and the two films were released within 3 months of each other. At his age, the most successful director of all-time (financially) is showing no signs of slowing down, and still attracts A-List actors. I have yet to see The Post, and have little interest as it seems like Oscar-bait with no real purpose of existing, aside from pandering to the Hollywood elites.

Also releasing this week for the first time on Blu-ray are a couple of older films that are worth checking out. These include The Awful Truth (courtesy of Criterion) and Auto Focus from director Paul Schrader.

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Kyle Steininger

Born and raised in Chicago, Kyle has loved movies ever since his father took him to the theater to watch Home Alone. Since then, he has developed a passion for films and everything about them from watching endless DVD extras, interviews with cast/crew, and attending screenings of older films when available. Some of his favorite directors include Kubrick, Fellini, Scorsese, Tarantino, Leone, and Nolan.

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