Our gift guide for which DVDS to buy dad for 21 June…
Tremors (25th Anniversary Edition)
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Michael Gross
Almost the perfect bloke film, it’s slightly terrifying to think that this horror-comedy about a bunch of giant underground worms terrorising a remote town is 25 years old. The quips are great, as are the action and the scares, but while the effects look of their time, the lack of CGI makes it feel refreshingly authentic. The Blu-ray is good, with a comprehensive making of and some funny outtakes.
Casino (20th Anniversary Edition)
Starring: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci
It probably doesn’t get the plaudits it should thanks to its thematic and filmmaking similarities with Goodfellas, but watch it again and you’ll see another Scorsese masterclass. De Niro and Pesci – Marty’s old reliables – are brilliant as ever, but the revelation is Stone, at once fragile, narcissistic and malevolent. Epic, moving and sophisticated.
Commando: Director’s Cut
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Rae Dawn Chong
Fans of Arnie’s most brazenly stupid film will be a bit disappointed by what the Director’s Cut means – you don’t really get to see whether there was any genius left on the cutting room floor other than a couple of uninteresting little bits of backstory. As a man on a quest to rescue his daughter, Arn is in his element – minimal dialogue (apart from some classic one-liners), maximum muscles. The scene in which he loads up on weaponry is as hilarious as it is grotesque. If your giftee doesn’t yet own it, it’s ideal for the times he has 90 minutes to himself and wants to get OTT blokey.
The Long Good Friday (Limited Edition)
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Eddie Constantine
The late Hoskins’ magnum opus, the classic British gangster film gets a nice home entertainment release. Peopled by a slew of recognisable faces, occasionally the movie now can look a little hammy and stagey. But it’s anchored by a magnetic performance by Hoskins as a gang boss trying to find out who’s attempting to take down his business. It’ll make you realise why he became a national treasure.
Starring: Miles Teller, JK Simmons, Paul Reiser
The Oscar-winning indie (and it should have scooped more in our own opinion) comes to DVD and it’s perfect for dads. Particularly if you’re worried about what to do and what not to do as a father, because the film’s central relationship between a drum prodigy (Teller) and a teacher (Simmons) has all plenty of elements of both. At its core though, it’s about dreams and hard work and sacrifice and the performances are superb. Simmons won the little gold man, but he wouldn’t have been able to with Teller as his foil. It’s taut and lean and we can’t recommend it enough.