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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Silent House' and More

Elizabeth Olsen in "Silent House"
Open Road Films

This week: Elizabeth Olsen plays a young woman who helps her father and uncle prepare their boarded-up summer home only to become trapped inside with a killer in "Silent House," a low-budget horror movie originally said to be shot in one long, continuous take.

Also new this week is the romantic drama "The Deep Blue Sea" with Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston, the supernatural thriller "Monitor" with Noomi Rapace and the Blu-ray debut of  1996's "The Island of Dr. Moreau" starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer.

'Silent House'

Silent House on DVD
Universal

Box Office: $13 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 41% Rotten
Storyline: Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of the Olsen twins, plays a young woman, Sarah, who is helping her father and uncle clean out their secluded, boarded-up summer home in preparation for a renovation. After her uncle takes off to the nearest town, Sarah discovers her father badly injured upstairs and realizes to her horror that she is trapped in a darkened house with one or more unknown killers.
Extras!
The DVD and Blu-ray have a commentary track by co-director couple Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, the duo behind the shark thriller "Open Water."
We Say: A big deal was made of this film being one long continuous shot, but the directors have since admitted that there are a few hidden cuts and that the movie was made in about 12 long takes, which is still quite unusual. Even though the single-take gimmick does keep the focus on Olsen and you experience everything she sees as she creeps around the creaky house, this claustrophobic thriller unravels with a predictable ending and isn't visually interesting in the least due to it being so poorly lit.

'The Deep Blue Sea'

The Deep Blue Sea on DVD
Music Box Films

Box Office: $1 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 80% Fresh
Storyline: This British drama set around 1950 stars Rachel Weisz as the free-spirited younger wife of a judge who embarks on an affair with a reckless RAF pilot (Tom Hiddleston) to find some passion that will inspire her to keep living.
Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray have interviews with Weisz, Hiddleston and director Terence Davies.
We Say: Although this is a story told in many flashbacks and features two lead characters that are difficult to like, Weisz still turns in a powerful performance as a woman caught between the devil (appropriately, the guy who played Loki in "The Avengers" and "Thor") and the deep blue sea.

'The Monitor'

The Monitor on DVD
Lions Gate

Box Office: N/A
Rotten Tomatoes: 75% Fresh
Storyline: "Prometheus" heroine Noomi Rapace plays Anna, a woman who escapes from her abusive husband and moves far away with her eight-year-old son. The baby monitor Anna places in his room emits strange sounds that echo throughout the building, so Anna must determine what is real and what is paranoia before her sanity slips away.
Extras! This DVD-only release has a few deleted scenes.
We Say: This unsettling thriller was originally titled "Babycall" when it was released theatrically abroad. Whatever you want to call it, the movie keeps you guessing until the very end as you wonder if Anna's perspective is reliable.

'The Island of Dr. Moreau' Blu-ray

The Island of Dr. Moreau
New Line

Box Office: $28 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 23% Rotten
Storyline: On a remote island in the South Pacific, Dr. Moreau (Marlon Brando) has successfully introduced human DNA into animals and created new hybrid life forms, but the creatures rebel against their maker. When a United Nations negotiator (David Thewlis) is brought to the island after his plane crashes, the sole survivor discovers a worse hell awaits him in the form of Dr. Moreau's drug-addled accomplice (Val Kilmer) and his man-beast lackeys.
Extras! This Blu-ray debut includes a behind-the-scenes featurette with Kilmer, Thewlis and the late-great Stan Winston.
We Say: The unrated director's cut featured on this Blu-ray debut won't redeem this much-ridiculed sci-fi thriller with most viewers, but the film has definite cult appeal thanks to Brando's participation and the weird creature designs by makeup wizard Winston.

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"Jiro Dreams of Sushi"
"Footnote"
"My Way"
"Meeting Evil"
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"Brake"
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