Category Archives: dvd tuesday
Silver Linings Playbook arrives today on DVD and Blu-Ray. The film is a tense comedy that deals with the not-necessarily humourous topic of mental illness. However, the movie is full of perfect performances from all the leads, including Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and nominees Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver. If you didn’t see it when it was in theatres, definitely check it out, as it works just as well at home.
The Details features an all-star cast that includes Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Kerry Washington and Laura Linney in this tale of a married couple (Banks and Maguire) whose relationship is tested when racoons begin tearing apart their perfectly manicured lawn. Sadly, even with the fantastic cast involved, there’s a reason this film didn’t make it into any sort of wide release. It’s just not very good.
Do you like the 90s? No, I mean, do you really like the 90s? Because Detention, out on Blu-Ray™, DVD and Digital today from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, has a focus on the 90s that rivals this decade’s most intense Bieber fanatic. Every single possible reference from that decade has been lovingly, bewilderingly crammed into the script.
Detention is an apocalyptic fantasy, horror, science fiction, action-thriller, body swapping, teen romantic comedy with a time-traveling space-bear. If that doesn’t get you, then I don’t know what to do with you. Perhaps you should go over there and stand with the Wall-Mart greeters and envelope stuffers of the world. To enjoy this film, you MUST embrace the randomness. Find out why after the jump!
Rango – This film is an animated adventure that features the voice talent of Johnny Depp and is directed by Gore Verbinski, who is probably best known for directing the first three installments of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy. Rango is about a chameleon that ends up in an old west town called “Dirt”, where he is encouraged by the locals to stand up to the outlaws of the town, including the evil Rattlesnake Jake. The film was a hit at the box office this spring and with the star power of Depp, I’m sure it will be a hit on DVD as well. This film will be released on DVD shelves on Friday.
The Lincoln Lawyer – This film stars Matthew McConaughey and is about a criminal lawyer who works out of his Lincoln sedan. He defends common criminals and most of his cases are just middle of the road, until he lands the case of defending a playboy who is accused of rape and attempted murder. As the case evolves, new plot twists are revealed and McConaughey begins to fight for his own survival in both his career and his life. The film was a surprise hit at the box office this spring, as it was a consistent performer during its run in theatres.
Arthur – This film is a remake of the Dudley Moore classic about a wealthy man who is threatened to be cutoff from his inheritance if he does not marry a girl that has been selected for him. Unfortunately for Arthur, he has met a new girl that he actually likes, so the age old question of “For Love or Money” comes into play. Russell Brand, Jennifer Garner and Helen Mirren star in the remake. The film was not a hit at the box office and I don’t think audiences are ready for Russell Brand in a leading role yet. This film will be released on DVD shelves on Friday.
Insidious – This film stars Patrick Wilson and the plot is about a family dealing with their house being haunted, except that maybe the house is not what is causing the haunting, but their child. The film is directed by James Wan (who directed Saw) and is co-produced by Oren Peli (who wrote and directed Paranormal Activity). Insidious was a hit at the box office this spring and the film got good reviews from critics, which we all know is a rarity for a horror film.
Miral – This film is from acclaimed director Julian Schnabel (he directed The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) and is about the lives of four women who fight for human rights despite the savagery of war that surrounds them. It only got a limited release in theatres, so you’ll probably have to hunt for it on DVD as stores will not be stocking up on this title.
TV on DVD
Damages: The Complete Third Season
Entourage: The Complete Seventh Season
E.R.: Season 15 (The Final Season)
MI-5: Volume 9
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Hobo with a Shotgun – This film stars Rutger Hauer as the hobo and the title of the film perfectly encapsulates what this movie is about. A hobo arrives in a place called “Hope Town”, which is actually not a nice place to live in. Some bad people run the town and the hobo gets a shotgun and starts cleaning up the town by taking out the trash. It is a “B” film and proud of it. This is a film for audiences who liked Grindhouse or Machete, which are perfect comparisons because Hobo with a Shotgun was originally a trailer that won a contest to be included in Grindhouse in the fake trailer section of the film (much like Machete). That fake trailer intrigued producers enough to make a feature length film on it. The film was well received by critics and currently has a 70% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
The Warrior’s Way – This film stars Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston and Korean star Jang Dong Gun and is about a swordsman who betrays his clan and heads to a small western town to try and hide. As we all know in movies, you can never outrun your past, and his past catches up with him in this town and all hell break’s loose. The film bombed when it was released in theatres this past Christmas, but I think it will find an audience on DVD because of the interesting premise of it being considered a samurai western.
TV on DVD
The PJ’s – Season 2
The Cape – The Complete Series
Victorious – Season One, Volume One
Dynasty – The Fifth Season, Volume One
Dynasty – The Fifth Season, Volume Two
According to Jim – The Complete Fourth Season
Boy Meets World – The Complete Sixth Season
Eureka – Season 4.0
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The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Editions – The Extended Editions arrive on Blu-Ray with improved sound and picture that diehards of the franchise will want to check out. The story of the trilogy follows Frodo and the Fellowship on a quest to destroy a ring – one ring that rules them all. It’s definitely the highest profile title of the week and I highly recommend checking out the Extended Editions on Blu-Ray. I should note that the trilogy is only sold as a trilogy, not individually.
Sucker Punch – Zach Snyder directs the sci-fi adventure that stars Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm and Vanessa Hudgens. The film is about a girl who is locked away in an asylum. Her only way to stay sane is to imagine an alternate world which will help her and some of her fellow inmates go free. The film was a box office disappointment, but it does have some very entertaining visuals and fantasy sequences (specifically the opening of the film), which are worth checking out. By no means is Sucker Punch a perfect film, but fans of Zach Snyder will want to see it.
Season of the Witch – Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman star in this action-horror film that follows a warrior who has to escort a woman accused of being a witch to a monastery. It is easy to badmouth Nicolas Cage films, but films like Season of the Witch are why he is slumping at the box office as of late. It received some of the worst reviews of 2011, and is an early contender for worst film of the year.
Barney’s Version – Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman star in this film based on the book by Mordecai Richler that follows the life of Barney Panofsky through the best of times, and more often than not, the worst of times. Giamatti won a Golden Globe for his performance and he is the reason to see this film.
Beastly – Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer star in this modern day version of the classic Beauty and the Beast tale. It was a moderately successful film at the box office and is definitely a film that teenage girls will want to watch.
TV on DVD
Law and Order: Criminal Intent – The Sixth Year
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Unknown – This is a thriller that stars Liam Neeson and starts off with a jolt as his character gets into a car accident Berlin. When he awakens, he finds out that his wife doesn’t recognize him and someone else has assumed his identity. Then assassins show up to try and kill him, which is when Neeson decides to take matters into his own hands and get back his life. The film capitalizes on the tough guy image Neeson has going thanks to the film Taken, but consensus is that Taken is the better film. Still, fans of Neeson will want to see this one.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules – This film continues to follow the adventures of teenager Greg Heffley, who is now dealing with the pressures of starting the 7th grade. On top of that, his older brother Rodrick keeps picking on him. The parents try to have the brothers be friends, but that only leads to disastrous results. The sequel is for fans of the books or the first film only.
The Adjustment Bureau – Based on a Philip K. Dick short story, this film stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt and it is a Hitchcock-ian thriller about a young politician who falls in love with a ballerina, except that is not part of “their” plan, and “The Adjustment Bureau” is sent in to keep the lovers apart at all costs.
Cedar Rapids – This film stars Ed Helms, Anne Heche and John C. Reilly and is about an insurance salesman who is representing his company at a convention and lets loose for the first time in his life. The film got great reviews by critics but never really found a mass following (this could be because it only got a limited release). Consider this the hidden gem of the week.
The Eagle – This is an action film that stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell. Set in Roman-ruled Britain, the plot follows Tatum’s character trying to redeem his family’s name by going on a quest with his slave to find the missing Eagle of the Ninth. If he can find it, he will restore honor to everyone in his family. This is definitely a film for action fans.
Elektra Luxx – This film stars Carla Gugino as a pregnant porn star named Elektra Luxx, who is making some extra income by teaching sex classes to horny housewives. When someone from her past shows up, her life quickly goes downhill (in a comedic way) leading to a climax full of revelations. Timothy Olyphant, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Malin Akerman, Josh Brolin and Emmanuelle Chriqui also star.
TV on DVD
Medium – The Final Season
Louie – The Complete First Season
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Battle: Los Angeles – This action film stars Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez and is about aliens who attack Earth, with the film focusing on the battle between humans and aliens that is taking place in Los Angeles. It some ways, it feels like a remake of Independence Day, but it was a decent hit at the box office this past spring and is the highest profile title of the week being released on DVD.
Hall Pass – This film stars Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis and is directed by The Farrelly Brothers. Hall Pass is a comedy about two men who are given a week off from being married by their wives, so they can let their freak flag fly. They soon realize that what they think the single life is like, compared to the reality of being single, are two wildly different things. The film was just a modest hit at the box office this spring, and I don’t know if it’s going to find an audience on DVD.
Red Riding Hood – This film is a new twist on the classic tale that stars Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman and is directed by Catherine Hardwicke (who directed Twilight). The film follows Seyfried’s character, as she is torn between two men, one she loves, the other her parents have arranged for her to marry. She wants to runaway, but a werewolf is roaming the woods and killing people in the village. When the villagers realize that the werewolf could be any one of them, Seyfried fears that it could end up being one of the men in her life. The film bombed in theatres, but I’m sure teenage girls will check it out on DVD.
Big Mommas: Life Father, Like Son – Martin Lawrence returns to one of his most successful franchises with Big Mommas: Life Father, Like Son. Unfortunately for Lawrence, the film was a flop at the box office as I think people got tired of the basic plot of Lawrence dressing up in drag to solve a crime. The catch in this sequel is that Brandon T. Jackson is his partner and dresses up in drag as well. It was far and away the lowest grossing installment in the franchise.
Jackass 3.5 – This is a Direct-to-DVD film that is comprised of unused footage from Jackass 3. This is definitely a film that only fans of Jackass will be interested in. There’s no plot, just ridiculous stunts (and since I’m a fan, I’ll be checking it out).
Kill The Irishman – Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Linda Cardellini, Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken star in this film that is based on a true story of Irish-American mobster and F.B.I. informant Danny Greene, and the turf war that took place in Cleveland between the Irish and the Italians in the 1970’s.
Foo Fighters: Back and Forth – Fans of the band are excited for this documentary. It chronicles the beginning of the band and the high’s and low’s they have suffered along the way. From what I’ve read it’s more of a documentary for fans who don’t know much about the Foo Fighters, but for fans of the band, they will think it is amazing.
TV on DVD
Tyler Perry’s House of Payne – Volume Eight
The Glades – The Complete First Season
Haven – The Complete First Season
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