New on DVD: Woman in Gold, Survivor and more

woman in gold posterComing out on Blu-ray and DVD this week are eight great and different films including Woman in Gold, Danny Collins and Survivor. 

Woman in Gold is about Maria Altman (Helen Mirren), who lost everything during the Holocaust, including her possessions, her family and her history. One part of her history is a very famous painting of her aunt, by Gustav Klimt, titled “Woman in Gold.” Since the end of WWII the painting has been called the Austrian version of the Mona Lisa and a cultural landmark for the country. Along with her lawyer, E. Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she sets out to sue the Austrian government for the painting, not for the money, but for one of the last remaining tokens of her family’s history. During the legal battle, the film flashes back to young Maria (Tatiana Maslany) and her daring escape from persecution in 1940’s Austria.
Trailer: Woman in Gold

When aging rocker Danny Collins (Al Pacino) learns of a long-lost letter from John Lennon, he starts to re-examine the path his life has taken. He has sold out and become someone he never thought he’d be. Danny decides that he has to make changes in his life. He travels to New Jersey, the home of his son, Tom (Bobby Cannavale), whom he has never actually met.
Trailer: Danny Collins

Survivor is the story of a woman who was framed for a crime she didn’t commit, then targeted for death. Kate Abbott (Milla Jovovich) is on the run. She is being hunted by a well-known assassin known as The Watchmaker (Pierce Brosnan). Kate must clear her name and avoid death around every corner in order to get her life back.
Trailer: Survivor 

Jack O’Connell plays a young soldier, straight out of the academy, named Gary Hook, in ’71, a gripping action/drama that takes place on the mean streets of Belfast, Ireland. During a riot, Gary is separated from his unit and beaten by an angry mob. When a bystander stops the attack, Gary flees for his life and must make his way back home in this gripping and suspenseful film.
Trailer: ’71

Slow West is the story of a 16-year-old boy from Scotland and his journey across the Old West in search of the woman he loves. Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is making his way across the frontier when he realizes he is being targeted by bandits. In a chance meeting with Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender), the two partner up and head west, encountering all sorts of trouble along the way.
Trailer: Slow West

Director Thomas Lang (Daniel Brühl) is hired to adapt a book on the controversial trial of an American student, Jessica Fuller – who stands accused of murdering her English roommate – into a movie. The Face of an Angel tells the story of the director’s own investigation into the crime, revealing that not everything is what it seems to be.
Trailer: The Face of an Angel

Recently widowed, doctor Helen Matthews (Patricia Clarkson) returns to her remote island cottage for a little rest. There she finds a stranger who has been shot. October Gale tells the story of how the man, William (Scott Speedman), came to be there, and why the men who shot him are still in pursuit. Because she helped William, Dr. Matthews must now prepare to fight the men responsible for shooting him in the first place, making her a target as well.
Trailer: October Gale

President Francis J. Underwood (Kevin Spacey) has finally taken office after wheeling and dealing his way to the top. Season three chronicles how the president wants to leave his legacy for the American people. He’s established “America Works,” an incentive program for creating millions of new jobs at home. President Underwood also undertakes the challenges of running for a second term as president. House of Cards: Season 3 is as suspenseful and thrilling as the previous seasons with its twists and turns and continually fascinating side stories.
Trailer: House of Cards: Season 3

~Greg Chisholm 

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