Digital Breakdown: Loving ‘The Golden Age’

Cate Blanchett was born to play the role of Elizabeth I. She is powerful, poignant and fantastic in reprising her role as the leader of England in “Elizabeth — The Golden Age.” Facing new challenges from the invasion of Spain and the betrayal from her Catholic cousin, Mary Stuart (played by Samantha Morton), Elizabeth must once again balance what’s best for the country while staving off those that wish to deal her harm from within.

A lavish setting mixed with bloody torture, plenty of intrigue and some neat twists make this sequel a winner. Unfortunately, there isn’t much more on the DVD other than the film and a handful of featurettes. They issued a re-release of the original “Elizabeth” a few years after the original DVD release, so hold out for that, which should have more extras. Price: $29.98. Rent or buy: A most excellent rental.

THE BRAVE ONE

Vigilante justice is the order of the day in “The Brave One.” When Erica Bain (Jodi Foster) and her fiancé are attacked and he is killed, Erica is left alone and no longer sure in what she believes. So she takes to shooting violent criminals to alleviate her own fears. It certainly isn’t a light-hearted film. It’s another modern day “Death Wish,” this time with heavy topics about morality and ethics, but, unfortunately, lacks the subtle, sobering brilliance of “A History of Violence.” Price: $28.98. Rent or buy: Rent.

THIRD WATCH — THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

There are those cancelled televisions shows that some people just won’t forget. “Third Watch” was not quite a spin-off of NBC’s “ER” but close enough that they were echoed in the same breath. In any event, it garnered a similar fan base that has been shouting at the rooftops for the seasons to be issued onto digital.

Well, those cries have been answered in this 22-episode, six-disc set from Warner Home Video about members of the fire and police departments in New York City, as they respond to events happening during the 3 to 11 p.m. shift. Price: $59.98. Rent or buy: Buy, if a fan.

PERFECT STRANGERS — THE COMPLETE FIRST & SECOND SEASONS

Not sure how many people have been clamoring for “Perfect Strangers” on DVD, but, regardless, it is now coming out with 28 episodes of language barrier-inducing laughs from the first two seasons on four discs. Surprisingly, there is little else on the DVD set. Considering the two stars aren’t really doing much these days, you’d think they would have gotten them in for an audio commentary or something, other than the stupid clip montage that is included. Price: $29.98. Rent or buy: Eh, buy if a fan.

MIDNIGHT EXPRESS —  30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Has it really been 30 years since the Alan Parker-Oliver Stone Turkish prison escape flick debuted? Yes! This new re-release of the film features a new digital cut based on the original negatives, some vintage and new featurettes, a vintage commentary and more. Price: $19.94. Rent or buy: Buy, it’s cheap.

Other DVDs out Tuesday: “Tootsie — 25th Anniversary Edition,” “Killer Pad,” “2 Days in Paris,” “You’ve Got Mail: Deluxe Edition,” “Blind Dating,” “The Prince and the Pauper,” “Turok: Son of Stone,” “The Apartment,” “Across the Universe,” “The Jane Austen Book Club,” “Storm Warning,” “Feast of Love,” “Croc,” “Beauty and the Beast: Season Three” and “Niagara Motel.”

artsentertainmentOther Arts

Just Posted

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, pictured in July at Oracle Park, says team members simultaneously can be “measured and calm” and “looking to push the accelerator.” (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
How Gabe Kapler sets the tone for Giants’ success with strategy, mindset

‘There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the hands-down manager of the year’

Artist Agnieszka Pilat, pictured with Spot the Robot Dog from Boston Robotics, has a gallery show opening at Modernism. (Courtesy Agnieszka Pilat)
Screenshots of VCs, Kanye and tech parties by the Bay

In this week’s roundup, Ben Horowitz’s surprising hip-hop knowledge and the chic tech crowd at Shack15

If he secured a full term in the Senate, Newsom would become the most powerful Californian Democrat since Phil Burton at the height of his career, or maybe ever. <ins>(Kevin Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Firefighters extinguish burning material near Lake Tahoe on Sept. 3 in the wake of the Caldor Fire; environmental scientists say the huge fire is bringing to light deficiencies in forest management. <ins>(Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
Cal Fire, timber industry must face an inconvenient truth

We are logging further into the wildfire and climate crisis

Speaker of the Parliament of Mongolia Gombojav Zandanshatar said his country and San Francisco face similar challenges on issues including COVID recovery and climate change.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Mongolian leaders meet with tech, film leaders on city tour

‘I really want San Franciscans to meet the new Mongolian generation’

Most Read