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

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.