Punch Drunk DVDs: 'Beauty and the Beast', 'A Cure for Wellness', 'A United Kingdom', And More!


Disney’s latest animation-to-live-action blockbuster sees the iconic story of Belle (Emma Watson) and The Beast (Dan Stevens) retold in a stunning realistic world. Using the brilliant music from the original classic, 2017’s Beauty and the Beast follows the brilliant Belle as she grows to find the humanity within The Beast with the help of the enchanted objects in his majestic castle.

We Said: “Every emotional beat, every sparkling romantic moment is as you remember it, brought to life with astonishingly beautiful production values that spring from the screen. If you thought everything in Cinderella looked like it was made out of wedding cake, or like it was lifted straight from a storybook, Beauty and the Beast is even better. The visuals are an almost slavish recreation of what came before, right down to the choreography on the many musical numbers.” Rating: 3.5 out of 5


Dan DeHaan stars in this new surreal thriller from acclaimed visual director Gore Verbinski as Lockhart, a young Wall Street yuppie sent to a secretive “wellness center” to retrieve his company's CEO. Things take a terrifying turn, after an unexpected injury forces him to stay at the spa himself, leaving him vulnerable to the mysterious workings of the facility’s staff. Disturbing secrets are revealed and his sanity to put to the test as he struggles to find a way out of the center.

We Said: “Of course, giving [director Gore] Verbinski such an amazing amount of freedom has its drawbacks. Lockhart's sleuthing isn't so interesting to carry 146-minutes, especially since the final act is where the story grows increasingly pedestrian. Fortunately, the rest of A Cure for Wellness is anything but pedestrian.  With style Verbinski has delivered a truly imaginative genre experience, and a cure for the common horror..” Rating: 3.5 out of 5


A United Kingdom tells the true story of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), an African Prince who shocked the world when he married a young white woman from England (Rosamund Pike) in the 1940’s, and the political complications the couple faced as their love was challenged internationally.

We Said: “There's no complete escape from  the deluge of story points and factoids that bog things down, but we remain invested in seeing this unbelievable partnership endure. Perhaps it's because things are so divided now racially that A United Kingdom shines like a beacon for how we ought to be.” Rating: 3.5 out of 5