Warrior on Blu-ray

Have you heard the buzz about Warrior? This film didn’t do much at the box office, but it’s been steady picking up superb word-of-mouth steam for months, and it’s now on Blu-ray ($18). The comparisons to Rocky are natural, but there are a few differences: first and foremost, this story involves mixed martial arts. I won’t get into spoilers here, but Amazon’s one-sentence summary may whet your appetite: “An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport.” If you’re looking for a trusted review, the New York Times calls it “appropriately blunt, powerful and relentless, a study of male bodies in sweaty motion and masculine emotions in teary turmoil.” So yeah, you might wanna watch this one without the lady–unless she’s into that kinda thing.