New on DVD and Blu-Ray

This week has a sparse, but interesting, collection of catalog titles, including a two-disc special edition of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (maybe the ultimate problematic fave for many people) and new restorations of two very different westerns, William Wyler’s The Big Country and Sergio Corbucci’s The Great Silence. But mostly, it’s dominated by a variety of not-very-good new releases, among them Eli Roth’s extremely ill-considered Death Wish remake, Ava DuVernay’s sadly scattershot A Wrinkle in Time adaptation, Nash Edgerton’s crime-comedy Gringo, the tepid YA adaptation Every Day (although that happens to have 20th Century Women‘s Lucas Jade Zumann amongst its cast, so it’s actually good), and the self-explanatory The Hurricane Heist. The only new title worth its weight in salt in Cory Finley’s Thoroughbreds, a perfectly mannered chamber piece mismarketed as a glib, Heathers-esque teen comedy. The laughs are so pitch-black that they get stuck in the throat more often than not (most of the film’s genuinely hilarious moments belong to Anton Yelchin as a small-time loser with entrepreneurial delusions), and the assaultive sound design and constant threat of horrible violence is quite nerve-jangling. But it’s damned effective in that wheelhouse, thanks to some surprisingly assured direction from a first-timer (let alone a first-timer who previously was a playwright) and fantastic performances from Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke (who should be having a “star is born” year after this and Ready Player One). And we should take careful note of its lessons about the nonexistent morals of the rich.

The Big Country (Kino)
Death Wish (MGM)
Every Day (Warner)
Freak Show (Shout Factory)
The Great Silence (Film Movement)
Gringo (Universal)
The Hurricane Heist (Lionsgate)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Warner)
Thoroughbreds (Universal)
A Wrinkle in Time (Disney)