RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Hyde Park on Hudson

Plus... Not much else, actually.

by | April 9, 2013 | Comments

For the second week in a row, we’ve got some pretty slim choices coming on home video. So much so that really the only notable new release is an FDR biopic misfire starring Bill Murray. Since there wasn’t much else to write about, we’re also including two others that at least received Fresh reviews, as well as a couple of new Criterion releases that may be of interest to you cinephiles out there. See below for the full list.

Hyde Park on Hudson


As this week’s only prominent new release, Hyde Park on Hudson is kind of a disappointment. Based in part on the private writings of Margaret “Daisy” Suckley, distant cousin to Franklin D. Roosevelt (and suspected mistress of the same), the film stars Bill Murray as the fmous 32nd POTUS and Olivia Williams as his wife Eleanor. The year is 1939, and FDR is hosting King George VI (Samuel West) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) at his titular homestead, entertaining a plea for support by the royals on the eve of World War II. If that seems a bit dry and serious for a Bill Murray picture, don’t worry; between playful fish-out-of-water gags and whimsical romantic intrigue (between FDR and Daisy, played by Laura Linney), Hyde Park on Hudson featured enough mild high jinks to keep it from seeping into melodrama. That said, critics largely found the film middle-of-the-road; not enough drama to take seriously, and not enough humor to make it an effective comedy. At 38% on the Tomatometer, most say its crime isn’t that it’s outright bad, but that it doesn’t leave much of an impression either way.

One Life


Those of you who are familiar with the BBC’s nature documentaries — often hosted and narrated by David Attenborough — know how impressive they are. Back in 2006, Discovery Channel co-produced with the BBC what might be considered the definitive nature series in Planet Earth, and the astounding footage compiled for that series has been repurposed for other shows and, in the case of DisneyNature, films like Earth and African Cats. One Life similarly compiles several bits of previously seen footage into one feature-length glimpse at the strange and beautiful inhabitants of Earth, this time narrated by Daniel Craig. If you’ve seen Planet Earth and its sister programs, there won’t be much new to you here, but at 95% on the Tomatometer, it’s unlikely you’ll find such dazzling imagery anywhere else.

In Another Country


South Korea has produced a number of notable auteurs in the past decade or so, and while some — like Park Chan-wook (Stoker) and Kim Jee-woon (The Last Stand) — have even transitioned into Hollywood this year, others remain less recognized. One such case is Hong Sang-soo, a Cannes regular whose most recent film, In Another Country has earned largely positive reviews. The film begins with the framing device of a young film student dreaming up three scenarios for a screenplay set in the small town where she and her mother are hiding out from debtors. All three plots star Isabelle Huppert as a French woman named Anne visiting the Korean countryside, and all three play comically with themes of jealousy and infidelity. Critics agree that Huppert plays the part(s) with charm and lighthearted grace, making this film a pleasant and intriguing curiosity, even if it doesn’t offer the most profound observations.

Also available this week:

  • Two more from the Criterion Collection: 1954 Oscar-winner Gate of Hell (100%) is newly available on both Blu-ray and DVD, and David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch (69%) is now available in a Blu-ray version.
  • The CGI-laden fantasy martial arts film The Sorcerer and the White Snake (21%), starring Jet Li.
  • Bad Kids Go to Hell (44%), a graphic novel-based horror-comedy sendup of The Breakfast Club, featuring none other than Judd Nelson.

Tag Cloud

MSNBC Comedy Central TV harry potter Premiere Dates MTV thriller YA supernatural Biopics Teen Rocky Valentine's Day NYCC travel war FOX Logo comiccon Sundance Netflix Kids & Family APB police drama SundanceTV zombie historical drama Spring TV Awards TIFF Writers Guild of America Martial Arts adventure Bravo Character Guide Winners BBC Superheroes cooking Box Office composers CBS All Access The Arrangement sitcom ESPN ITV science fiction Fantasy Election vampires 24 frames Showtime Pirates BET dramedy ABC Family Red Carpet Winter TV Polls and Games transformers Horror Holidays Universal crime thriller Tomatazos Masterpiece Musicals Action American Society of Cinematographers Rock E3 Rom-Com First Look Hulu Mindy Kaling DC Comics NBC technology Musical RT History crime Comedy Video Games USA Summer politics CMT Mary Tyler Moore Podcast E! singing competition social media Esquire SDCC Star Trek BBC America DirecTV Crackle cops Dark Horse Comics crime drama Marvel Freeform VH1 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Fall TV Starz TBS TNT Disney discovery CNN GoT docudrama Disney Channel A&E Lifetime Ellie Kemper Food Network TCA VICE sports Schedule Animation Sci-Fi boxoffice OWN Best and Worst LGBTQ Sneak Peek Watching Series 007 Opinion 2015 Nickelodeon El Rey Cartoon Network political drama TCA 2017 2016 Drama Certified Fresh psycho aliens Interview Reality History Star Wars period drama based on movie Grammys 2017 WGN Adult Swim Amazon Country TLC The CW Mystery FXX cats Pop Year in Review Super Bowl CBS PBS President Set visit Tumblr PaleyFest Photos Thanksgiving TCM Fox News X-Men HBO AMC Ghostbusters Music Infographic Comic Book IFC Cosplay Nominations Syfy FX Toys GLAAD Trivia Oscars GIFs Reality Competition Calendar Emmys Countdown Nat Geo Marathons diversity Extras cinemax ABC Trailer TV Land Lionsgate TruTV serial killer biography