Today sees the release of the big-screen version of On the Road. Based on Jack Kerouac’s book of the same name, it is inspired by his journey across America with his friend Neal Cassidy. With the film positively bursting with acting talent such as Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen, you know you’re in for a tour de force of performances. To get you in the mood this weekend, why not check out these travel inspired Blu-rays?
In 1952, a young Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) set off on a road trip across South America on an old motorcycle with his best friend, Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna), with one simple goal: to enjoy themselves and maybe meet some girls along the way. But as their trip progresses they learn more about themselves than they imagined possible and encounter situations which come to shape the course of their lives.
The Blu-ray edition captures the awe-inspiring South American landscape in vivid detail, aided by Walter Salles’ powerful directorial vision. This is a must-see for any film-aficionado.
Bill Murray stars in this critically acclaimed film about love and loneliness in a foreign country. Playing a middle aged actor, Bob, going through a mid-life crisis opposite Scarlett Johansson’s Charlotte, who is trapped in a faltering young marriage, Murray gives a powerful performance of a man lost in both life and love. It’s a touching and moving film, shot beautifully on location in Tokyo with as much focus on the visual feeling of the film as the plot.
The high-definition Blu-ray really captures the mood and feeling of the film and is a vital addition to your collection.
You might expect the Coen brothers’ take on Homer’s epic ‘The Odyssey’ set in 1930’s America, to be a humorous and quirky romp – and you’d be right! With a star-turn from George Clooney as Ulysses Everett McGill, an escaped convict leading his two hapless friends to recover his treasure, this film is a real treat for Blu-ray fans.
Packed with classic cinema moments and a storming performance from John Goodman taking on the role of Homer’s Cyclops, this is one Blu-ray not to be missed.
Are there any favourites you think we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments!