Monday, June 20, 2011

Mystery and Suspense Films, New This Week on DVD (110621)

Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller Films on DVD and/or Blu-ray Disc

Checking through our list of films currently scheduled for release this week on DVD and/or Blu-ray disc, shown below are those that fall into the mystery, suspense, thriller and adventure categories.

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The Adjustment Bureau
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The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

Matt Damon stars in this action thriller about a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him – and chooses to fight for his own destiny. Battling the powerful Adjustment Bureau across, under and through the streets of New York, he risks his destined greatness to be with Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), the only woman he's ever loved.

Based on the Philip K. Dick short story "Adjustment Team", originally published in the Sept./Oct. 1954 editioin of Orbit Science Fiction. (PG-13; 106 minutes)

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The Eagle
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The Eagle (2011)

In 2nd-Century Britain, celebrated Roman soldier Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) embarks on a dangerous quest to restore the tarnished reputation of his father and find the golden emblem that disappeared with him and thousands of troops twenty years earlier. But the highlands of Caledonia are a savage wilderness, and Marcus must rely on his embittered slave, Esca (Jamie Bell), to navigate the perilous region. It’s a journey that tests the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism.

Adapted from the novel The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff. (Not Rated; 114 minutes)

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Kiss Me Deadly
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Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

In this film adaptation of Mickey Spillane’s 1952 novel of the same title, produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, Ralph Meeker stars as private investigator Mike Hammer, whose decision one dark, lonely night to pick up a hitchhiking woman (Cloris Leachman in her film debut) sends him down some terrifying byways. Brazen and bleak, this is a film noir masterpiece as well as an essential piece of cold war paranoia, and it features as nervy an ending as has ever been seen in American cinema.

In 1999, Kiss Me Deadly was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." (Not Rated; 106 minutes)

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Unknown (2011)

Liam Neeson plays Dr. Martin Harris, who awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Diane Kruger), Harris plunges into a deadly mystery forcing him to question his sanity, his identity and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth. (PG-13; 113 minutes)


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