This week is on the quieter side in terms of releases, but it does see a musical reworked for the movies hit Blu-ray for the first time. Additionally, Melissa McCarthy goes on a road trip with her alcoholic grandmother in Tammy and Sookie says goodbye to Bill for the last time. Check out this week's releases, below.
Jersey Boys Blu-rayThere was a lot of love and sweat put into Jersey Boys when it originally came together as a jukebox musical on Broadway. The writers took a look at the behind-the-scenes perspectives of each of the members of The Four Seasons and ended up with a hopping product with a great soundtrack that won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Bringing Jersey Boys to the big screen was a large task, but director Clint Eastwood largely succeeds.
The story follows The Four Seasons as they choose a name based on a bowling alley title and try to make their way higher and higher up in the showbiz world. Later in the flick, the personal lives of band members Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young), Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen), Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda), and Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) become more of a focal point. All of the leads do compete for time onscreen, and in order to accommodate, there are a lot of unnecessary theatrical devices used in the flick, including breaking the fourth wall to narrate what’s going on.
What consistently works in the film is the music. From "Sherry," "Walk Like A Man," "Rag Doll," and the infamous "Big Girls Don’t Cry," Franki Valli and The Four Seasons offer a wealth of catchy pop hits that are interspersed throughout the film in the perfect moments and contexts (there's even an appearance from The Angels, who sing "My Boyfriend's Back"). It makes Jersey Boys a widely enjoyable movie, despite its faults.
You can order Jersey Boys over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s set is pretty basic, but the extras hit the right notes. There’s a really likeable segment for fans of both the musical and the movie, called "From Broadway to the Big Screen." It basically walks the audience through the process it took to make Jersey Boys. It’s an in-depth look that connects the musical with the film in a ton of key ways.
"Too Good to be True"
"’Oh, What A Night’ To Remember"