Blu-ray Tuesday: ‘MAGGIE’, ‘SLOW WEST’ & ‘THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN’

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Preston Barta // Features Editor


MAGGIE | 95 min | PG-13
Director: Henry Hobson
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson

Arnold Schwarzeneggar may not be back making a box office thud like he did in his heydays (TERMINATOR GENISYS only taking in a measly $27 million this past weekend), but he sure does give his most nuanced performance as a father who won’t give up on his zombie daughter (Abigail Breslin) in MAGGIE. While the story may occasionally move like a zombie itself, there is enough suspense, humor and heart to keep it alive.

Extras include:

  • Making MAGGIE
  • Deleted Scene
  • Cast & Crew Interviews
  • Audio Commentary with Director Henry Hobson

SLOW WEST | 102 min | Rated R
Director: John Maclean
Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn and Caren Pistorius

In his feature debut, musician/filmmaker John Maclean (not to be confused with the Bruce Willis character) creates a perspective of the American frontier that is refreshing and yet captures the heart and spirit of classic westerns. SLOW WEST is a perfect blend of madness and respect of the genre.

The film follows a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who journeys across the 19th Century frontier in American in search of his beloved (Caren Pistorius), while accompanied by a bounty hunter (a charming and witty Michael Fassbender) who keeps his true motive a secret.

SLOW WEST finds its footing early and herds its audiences through a compelling narrative with minimal action and dialogue. While the film may be a slow simmer, it is later ferociously brought to a boil, before unleashing its fury in its final act. With its wicked humor and unexpected flashes of absurdity and violence, SLOW WEST makes for one hell of a watch.

Extras include:

  • On Strange Land: Making SLOW WEST
  • Deleted Scenes

118385_frontTHE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN | 86 min | R
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Cast: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson, Gary Cole and Denis O’Hare

Review coming later this week!

Official Synopsis: 65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.

Extras include: Unknown

Also available this week: 5 FLIGHTS UP, KILL ME THREE TIMES, THE ROAD WITHIN and WOMAN IN GOLD

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.