Blu-ray Tuesday: ‘101 DALMATIANS’, ‘ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE…’, ‘NIGHTCRAWLER’ & More

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101 DALMATIANS (1961) | 79 min | G
Director: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wolfgang Reitherman
Stars: Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, J. Pat O’Malley, Martha Wentworth and Ben Wright

Disney continues adding to the list of animated classics on Blu-ray, and next up is 1961’s 101 DALMATIANS. This is the classic tale of dog meets dog, owner meets owner, and both parties fall in love and babies are made— and lots of them.

It’s hard to say where 101 DALMATIANS sits in terms of the Disney collection, but it’s a hard one to beat, mainly for the sheer love of animated entertainment and wonderful storytelling that appeals to audiences young and old.

If you don’t already own or are looking to update your copy to Blu-ray, you might want to partake in adding 101 DALMATIANS to your collection today. It looks crisp, sounds great, and the extra features are above average. It’s a cherishable delight for those who are familiar to fall in love again and introduce to a younger generation. – Preston Barta

This Blu-ray includes:

  • 1080p, 1.33:1 HD Video
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 and Dolby Digital 1.0 English, DTS-HDHR 5.1 French, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Spanish
  • English (ESL/SDH), French, and Spanish Subtitles
  • All New Short – The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt
  • Walt Disney Presents The Best Doggoned Dog in the World (1961 Version)
  • Lucky Dogs
  • DisneyView Option
  • Dalmatians 101: Hosted by Cameron Boyce (Disney Channel’s The Descendants)
  • Plus a Selection of Classic Bonus Features


ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY | 81 min | PG
Director: Miguel Arteta
Stars: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette and Kerris Dorsey

Yes, that title is a mouthful, but most of us probably remember reading ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY in grade school. I remember after my teacher read the book to my class asking us what Alexander could do to get over his bad day, and I always thought about that one line that the mom said: “Everyone has bad days, even in Australia.” It was a great book that taught us to overcome our bad days and remain positive. Now, over 40 years later, the book gets adapted into a movie, and it’s just an endearing.

Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and the rest of the cast are all very likable and elevate the material. The message, like the book, is very sweet and delightful: putting your family first when they need you, looking on the bright side of things and just because bad things happen doesn’t mean things are not OK. This film’s heart is in the right place and it’s worth picking up for a family movie night. – Preston Barta

Blu-ray Includes:

  • Alexander… In Real Life – Author Judith Viorst and her son, the real Alexander, share the story behind the book and its impact on their lives
  • Snappy Cros and Punchy Roos: The Australian Outback Yard Party
  • Walkabout: A Video Diary – Ed Oxenbould, who plays Alexander, sets out with camera in hand on a behind-the-scenes adventure
  • And the Delightful, Magnificent, Very Good Bloopers
  • “Hurricane” by The Vamps – Music Video


FORCE MAJEURE | 120 min | R
Director: Ruben Östlund
Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren and Kristofer Hivju

Directed by Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund, FORCE MAJEURE focuses its gaze upon the imploding male ego after the patriarch’s primal instincts fail to protect his family. The film is incredibly thought-provoking and a frequently funny study of a floundering family dynamic. Ostlund captures beautifully framed long takes that employ both comedic and dramatic tones. – Cole Clay

Read Cole’s full review here.

Blu-ray Includes:

  • An interview with the writer-director and actor Johannes Bah Kuhnke
  • AXS TV: A Look at FORCE MAJEURE


LAGGIES | 99 min | R
Director: Lynn Shelton
Stars: Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Mark Webber and Mark Webber

Director Lynn Shelton and writer Andrea Siegel have forged a not-so great collaboration that echoes a much more successful film, Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA, that simultaneously celebrated and recognized the fleeting nature of being young. LAGGIES doesn’t takes the necessary steps to get answers for the questions that are posed. Yes, these are emotional issues we have all faced, but take your false sense of sympathy elsewhere. – Cole Clay

Read Cole’s full review here.

Blu-ray Includes:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio commentary with director Lynn Shelton
  • LAGGIES On with Lynn Shelton” Featurette
  • “Shooting Seattle: The Look of LAGGIES” Featurette


NIGHTCRAWLER | 117 min | R
Director: Dan Gilroy
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed and Marco Rodríguez

NIGHTCRAWLER is a haunting movie with a stilted atmosphere. Great character studies punctuated by violent action scenes keep the audience immersed in this gripping film. Some powerful performances (especially Gyllenhaal at the front) stylish direction and intricate plotting, complete this whirlwind of near-perfection. – Preston Barta

Read Preston’s full review and watch his interview with writer-director Dan Gilroy here.

Blu-ray Includes:

  • If It Bleeds, It Leads – A behind-the-scenes Making Of Nightcrawler
  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Dan Gilroy, Producer Tony Gilroy, and Editor John Gilroy


PREDESTINATION | 97 min | R
Director: Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Christopher Kirby and Christopher Sommers

PREDESTINATION premiered at last year’s South by Southwest Film Festival. Many, including myself, thought it would employ common aspects of the sci-fi genre; however, PREDESTINATION takes what we expect and puts a darker and grimmer twist on them. That being said, while the direction it goes is original and creative, it’s also kind of disgusting and hard to get past.

I’ve talked with several people about the film, and you will either call this movie “brilliant” or “too stomach-churning to handle.” Although I admired how ambitious the film was, I leaned towards the latter. It’s difficult to go into detail as to why I feel that way without going into spoilers, but give PREDESTINATION a shot and see which side of scale you lean on. – Preston Barta

Blu-ray includes:

  • Outtakes
  • A Journey Through Time Featurette – A behind-the-scenes look with star Ethan Hawke
  • Ten-Part Documentary: All You Zombies: Bringing Predestination to Life
    • Introduction
    • Casting
    • Pre-Production
    • Photography: Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
    • Post Production

ROSEWATER | 103 min | R
Director: Jon Stewart
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas, Haluk Bilginer and Shohreh Aghdashloo

In the summer of 2013, THE DAILY SHOW host Jon Stewart took a sabbatical from the long standing political satire program to write and direct his filmmaking debut ROSEWATER. The project on the surface comes across as your run-of-the-mill story of modern political oppression and how hope will always triumph, and it many ways it is this, but Stewart puts the story into a perspective that’s both thoughtful and earnest. – Cole Clay

Read Cole’s full review here.

Blu-ray Combo Pack includes:

  • 1.85:1, 1080p HD Video
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 English Audio
  • English SDH, French, and Spanish Subtitles
  • Iran’s Controversial Election
  • The Story of Maziar Bahari
  • Real Spies Have TV Shows
  • What Happens in New Jersey…
  • A Director’s Perspective

Other available films:
IN YOUR EYES, KILL THE MESSENGER, LILTING and THE LOOKALIKE

About author

Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.