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In-home Releases: February 20, 2018: THE FLORIDA PROJECT, DADDY’S HOME 2, MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY, & More

Willem Dafoe Brooklynn Prince The Florida Project

In-home Releases: February 20, 2018

New films and TV shows have been released on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra, and Digital HD today (February 20, 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 Florida Project
Daddy’s Home 2
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Mom and Dad
An Actor’s Revenge
Farewell, My Lovely
The Star
Dragon Ball Super: Part 3

Thoughts on This Week’s In-home Releases

The Florida Project was one of 2017’s best-reviewed films.  Directed by Sean Baker, the film follows the life of a precocious six-year-old over one summer living near Disney World.  With an Oscar-nominated performance, Willem Dafoe is the standout in the film.

In his review FilmBook writer Marco Margaritoff said about the film:

Sean Baker has clearly upped his game with this movie. While I thoroughly enjoyed Tangerine (2015), and admired its do-it-yourself nature and production wholeheartedly – The Florida Project seems far more substantial, regarding an assured cinematography, efficient shot-direction, and narrative storytelling. It’s so much fun to run around with these kids, before switching to Dafoe’s character and his issues, before having to return to Halley to watch her fuck her life up. Fortunately, this movie never dwells on anything too long, so these elements are perfectly balanced. There’s a moment toward the end that can make a grown man cry, especially those who have had people like Halley in their lives. It’s not fair, and it hurts to watch kids go through the same traumas that you might have. And that’s where Baker switches things up – going from 0 to 100 at the drop of a dime, for just a few seconds. This tonal shift at the end, while thoroughly confusing and shocking, was also truly heartfelt, and kind.

Another 2017 comedy sequel that severely underwhelmed both critics and audiences was Daddy’s Home 2.  Will Ferrell doesn’t seem to be trying much over the past few years, returning to the well (Zoolander 2, Anchorman 2) too often.  It is nice to see Mel Gibson acting again, but he deserves better than to be wasting his talents, both in front of and behind the camera, in this drivel.

One older release that piqued my interest and getting the Blu-ray treatment is Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery.  Released in a limited run of 3,000 copies, the film reunited Allen with the always delightful Diane Keaton.  In the movie they play a couple who think that one of their neighbors in their building committed a murder.  A fun spin on an Agatha Christie-type story, we get the usual Allen tropes (struggling marriages, long monologues about philosophy and life) but none of it is taken seriously.  It’s a light-heated romp, with one of Keaton’s funniest performances.

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About the author

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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