Brave Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Starring Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane
Walt Disney Home Entertainment 5-Disc Blu-ray | 3-Disc Blu-ray | DVD
Release Date: November 13, 2012
The number 13. It is a bad one, often fraught with misfortune. Sadly that misfortune applies to Pixar’s unlucky 13th feature, Brave, a bold, well-intentioned and genuinely good film with many elements that regretfully do not work in its favor. Fortuitously, though, its Blu-ray release is among the best you can find this holiday season. So bear with me and embark on a Blu-ray review of Brave.
After an intense prologue set in medieval Scotland, where it looks like King Fergus (voiced with gusto by Billy Connolly) will be slain by demon bear Mor’du, we think the film will strike a consistently dark tone. In one sense, yes, Brave heads down an intense path with some accomplished guidance. Yet it also wanders around a trail scattered by silliness and irrelevance. That is perhaps the most consistent issue with Brave, in that it holds a conflicting narrative, never knowing if it wants to be a forceful or relaxed picture.
Each month Amazon offers 100 album downloads for $5 each at their MP3 store. Among the more notable titles released this month is the original music score for the Marvel Studios summer superhero spectacular Thor.
Composed by veteran movie music man Patrick Doyle, the Thor soundtrack is an exciting and suitably bombastic score, which is very fitting given that the movie it accompanies is an epic tale of a universe-spanning conflict between warrior gods that has its roots in both Norse mythology and 1960’s comic book storytelling. I wrote a review of the soundtrack back in May, which you can read here.
Thor: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD | MP3
Buena Vista Records
Release Date: May 3, 2011
One of the things I love most about seeing a movie for the first time is experiencing its music score. I have many favorites but the ones that affect me the most are the great adventure scores, from Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s jaunty and propulsive The Adventures of Robin Hood to John Williams’ endlessly hum-worthy Raiders of the Lost Ark. The best of these scores tend to plant themselves deep in my mind and always pipe up at moments when I need those sounds the most and my MP3 player is nowhere to be found. They calm my soul and motivate me to conquer each of life’s challenges, be they minor or potentially life-threatening, with a hearty laugh and my arms jutted forward like I could take off flying at any moment.