RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Cinderella and Dark Shadows

Plus, a couple of thrillers, another beloved fantasy film, and space Nazis.

This week on home video, Disney releases another one of its timeless classics on Blu-ray, and Tim Burton's latest collaboration with Johnny Depp and Danny Elfman hits shelves. Beyond that, we've got a handful of movies -- good and bad -- that only a few people saw and Blu-ray reissues of another beloved storybook movie and a moody Wong Kar Wai film. See below for the full list!

Dark Shadows

38%

If you weren't already familiar with Dark Shadows, the cult TV show that first aired from the late 1960s to early 1971, you probably had less of a desire to see Tim Burton's big screen adaptation of it. The story follows Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), an 18th Century playboy-turned-vampire -- thanks to a witch's (Eva Green) curse -- who is buried alive until he is rudely awakened in 1972. Upon returning to his family manor, he finds it occupied by unruly descendants and sets about righting the family's fishery. Though the quirky, dark, and campy source material seemed a perfect fit for a Burton-Depp collaboration, most critics felt the film almost completely missed its mark, tonally speaking, and saddled it with a 38% Tomatometer.

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People Like Us

55%

Chris Pine's career hasn't quite taken off the way some people suspected it might after his successful turn as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek reboot, and People Like Us isn't likely to make him any more of a household name. Here he plays a smooth-talking salesman named Sam who, upon his father's death, learns he has an older sister (Elizabeth Banks) he never knew about; as he attempts to reconnect with lost family, Sam must reexamine his own life. Critics liked the fact that the film catered more to adult filmgoers than most modern dramedies have, and conceded that both Pine and Banks were great. Unfortunately, they also found the story too calculated and overly melodramatic, so it just misses the mark of Freshness at 57% on the Tomatometer.

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Red Lights

29%

What happens when you score a surprise hit with a relatively low-budget thriller? Rodrigo Cortes, director of the acclaimed 2010 film Buried found out: you get to make another movie, but this time you have a bigger budget, and you can hire people like Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy, and Elizabeth Olsen to be in it. Red Lights focuses on physics wiz and supernatural debunker Tom Buckley (Murphy), who decides to confront the world's most renowned psychic (De Niro) against the wishes of his superior (Weaver). As Tom begins his investigation, strange things begin to happen, and of course, all may not be as it seems. Cortes drew comparisons to M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) with this script, and that can either be a good thing or a bad thing, but overall, critics felt the story was too outlandish and failed to sustain momentum to the end. At 29%, Red Lights can be chalked up as a disappointment for most everyone involved.

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Sound of My Voice

74%

If Red Lights was an unsatisfying psychological thriller, Sound of My Voice may be a suitable palate cleanser. Sharing some themes with PT Anderson's The Master but somewhat rooted in sci-fi notions, Sound of My Voice stars Christopher Denham and Nicole Vicius as Peter and Lorna, investigative journalists whose relationship is tested when they attempt to infiltrate a cult centered around a mysterious woman (Brit Marling) who claims to have come from the future. While several critics felt the film's climax left a lot of important questions insufficiently answered, most found the film thought-provoking and effectively unsettling, leading to a Certified Fresh 75% on the Tomatometer.

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Iron Sky

36%

How's this for a nutty premise: a secret German space program enacted during the last days of World War II has thrived on the dark side of the moon for decades, and when an American astronaut unwittingly makes contact, the space Nazis decide it's about time to make their way back to Earth and conquer it. Such is the plot of Iron Sky, a would-be over-the-top action comedy that, according to critics, doesn't quite live up to the promise of its giddy B-movie trappings. It's impressively made for the budget it was working with, but Iron Sky isn't nearly funny enough to work successfully either as ironic satire or silly comedy. At 37%, it'll provide a few laughs, but likely not as many as one would have hoped.

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Cinderella - Blu-Ray

97%

In arguably the biggest re-release news this week, Disney is letting loose another of their beloved fairy tale classics on Blu-ray. This time, it's Cinderella, the story about an unfortunate young woman who is mistreated by everyone in her stepfamily until her fairy godmother shows up, turns a pumpkin into a carriage, and sends her off to the Prince's ball, where she charms said prince, leaves a glass slipper behind, and resumes her slave lifestyle until he comes to whisk her away. As with other similar Disney releases, Cinderella is available in a variety of packages, from the 2-disc Diamond Edition to a 6-disc box set that also includes the film's two direct-to-video sequels. Bonus features include an alternate opening sequence, a Tangled short, and three new featurettes on the inspiration behind the Fairy Godmother, the renovation of Fantasyland, and the design of glass slippers.

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The Princess Bride - 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray

97%

Cinderella is a timeless classic for sure, but for a certain generation of moviegoers, Rob Reiner's storybook rom-com The Princess Bride holds just as dear a place in the heart, if not dearer. A young Cary Elwes plays Westley, a stable boy-turned-pirate thought long dead who resurfaces to save the love of his life (Robin Wright) from a scheming kidnapper and an evil prince. With winning turns from Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Mandy Patinkin, and of course Billy Crystal, The Princess Bride holds an impressive Certified Fresh 96% on the Tomatometer. The 25th Anniversary Blu-ray includes mostly the same features found on the previous two-disc Blu-ray release, but with one new extra called "True Love: The Princess Bride Phenomenon" that explores why the movie has resonated to strongly with audiences.

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In the Mood for Love - Criterion Collection Blu-Ray

90%

There are few modern directors who are able to capture the sense of yearning and subdued heartache quite like Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai, and In the Mood for Love might be his most quietly evocative effort to that effect. Essentially a story of unrequited love, In the Mood finds Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung as new neighbors who maintain polite contact at first but soon form a bond when both discover that their spouses are engaged in an affair. As their relationship begins to deepen, they find themselves at odds with the vows they have made to their respective spouses and which their spouses have chosen to ignore. Certified Fresh at 88%, In the Mood for Love arrives on Criterion Blu-ray with a wealth of extras, like deleted scenes, a short film by Wong, archival film festival footage, new interviews, and more.

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Also available this week:

  • Joe Dante's supernatural thriller The Hole, which opened in theaters just last week, is simultaneously available on DVD and Blu-ray this week.
  • John Huston's 1982 big screen adaptation of the 1977 musical Annie arrives on Blu-ray for the first time.
  • The bizarre Masters of the Universe, loosely based on the popular He-Man cartoons of the 1980s, also arrives on Blu-ray for the first time.

Comments

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik


Funnily enough, I read a portion of "The Princess Bride" while subbing for an English teacher TODAY...had no idea it was coming out on Blu-ray! It's a great movie, but I've seen it so many times that the last time I saw it was probably in 1999 or something.

Anyway, I'm probably going to check out DARK SHADOWS and PEOPLE LIKE US, despite the rather blah receptions. I've actually seen some of the original Dark Shadows show, although it was all pre-Barnabas stuff. Plus, the women...OH GOD...I LOVE ALL the women in DARK SHADOWS: Michelle Pfieffer, Chloe Moretz, Eva Green and...um, and....oh, f*ck!

Oct 1 - 05:54 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Saw "Dark Shadows" in theaters. Meh at best. Already own "The Princess Bride" on blu-ray, and Cinderella doesn't resonate too much with me. Might rent the rest on a bored night. Overall, meh week in general.

Oct 1 - 05:55 PM

Kadeem S.

Kadeem Stewart

Well, Dark Shadows, in my mind, was a disappointment but it has enough laughs. So I'll rent it on Redbox.

The Princess Bride and Cinderella. I gotta buy it this week. Thanks to Disney for the re-release. Now I'm hoping that Aladdin and The Little Mermaid is next in line for a 3-D release.

Oct 1 - 06:16 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Dark Shadows was crap, the first 2 acts were forced and off with only occasional moments of quality. The final act is a trainwreck of epic proportions.

Let's ease off on writing Chris Pine off just yet. Star Trek and Unstoppable put him miles ahead of some would be stars I could name **cough cough Ryan Reynolds cough cough**

Oct 1 - 06:31 PM

Bret Gammons

Bret Gammons

Chris Pine hasn't proved himself capable of Herculean performances like those demonstrated by Reynolds in 'Buried' and 'The Nines.' All Pine has done is played bland characters rather blandly, and, yes, I'm referring to 'Star Trek' and 'Unstoppable.' Let's face it: Pine has nothing to do with why either of those movies are enjoyable, whereas Reynolds is the only reason 'Buried' works at all.

All of this probably comes off more harshly than I'd like, but really, if you think 'Star Trek' and 'Unstoppable' put Pine "miles ahead" of Reynolds, you just haven't seen the right Reynolds movies.

Oct 1 - 11:06 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Ryan Reynolds sucks massive hairy balls. I'd take Pine over Reynolds any day, at least I don't hate his face.

Oct 2 - 11:48 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

How was the guy who played Capt Kirk not integral to a Star Trek movie? He also held his own next to Denzel Washington in Unstoppable much better than Reynolds did in Safe IMO. Neither is on Denzel's level obviously, but Pine seemed a much lighter load than Reynolds. Even if we accept the premise that Pine had nothing to do with those movie's being successful at least those movie's were successful unlike almost everything Reynolds has been asked to anchor. Reynolds is decent in joint roles and small scale films, but everytime he steps up for a big film he seems to revert to Van Wilder: Action Star. He's gotten dozens of chances to stamp himself as an A lister, just saying we shouldn't write Chris Pine off after what 4 movies, two of which were rousing successes, the other is a rom com that scored just below fresh and the last even Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy couldn't save. That's not a horrible track record to me.

Oct 2 - 04:30 PM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

Star Trek 2 is a given hit, so I'd say his upcoming Jack Ryan reboot will be the true test.

Oct 2 - 07:54 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Sorry Big Brother, but I have to go with Bret on this one. I'm no Reynolds fan, save for BURIED (he was, quite frankly, award-worthy), largely because I have a strong hatred for his comedy stuff like VAN WILDER and WAITING. Someone recommended to me SAFE HOUSE, which I had decided to pass up awhile back even though I like Denzel Washington. He was great, as always, but it was really Reynolds who impressed me. As Brad says, the Jack Ryan reboot is going to be Pine's true test.

Oct 2 - 11:13 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I'm not saying Pine is a sure thing by any means. I'm just saying what I think you're saying that it's too early to write him off as a failure. I agree with you on Buried, less so on Safe House which I think Denzel carried like a boss. Just using Reynolds, who I don't hate btw as an example of someone whose had waaaayyy more chances to succeed, and is still in a similar place to Pine despite being years further along the path.

Oct 2 - 04:33 PM

Jacob Holmes

Jacob Holmes

I'll rent Dark Shadows...eventually. I'll get Cinderella at some point down the road.

Oct 1 - 07:21 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Love Cinderella, but I'm not sure it's worth the upgrade. The non blu-ray already looks great. We'll see. The Hole looks like it might be worth a rental. A definite no to Dark Shadows.

Oct 1 - 07:26 PM

Bret Gammons

Bret Gammons

Chris Pine hasn't proved himself capable of Herculean performances like those demonstrated by Reynolds in 'Buried' and 'The Nines.' All Pine has done is played bland characters rather blandly, and, yes, I'm referring to 'Star Trek' and 'Unstoppable.' Let's face it: Pine has nothing to do with why either of those movies are enjoyable, whereas Reynolds is the only reason 'Buried' works at all.

All of this probably comes off more harshly than I'd like, but really, if you think 'Star Trek' and 'Unstoppable' put Pine "miles ahead" of Reynolds, you just haven't seen the right Reynolds movies.

Oct 1 - 11:06 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Ryan Reynolds sucks massive hairy balls. I'd take Pine over Reynolds any day, at least I don't hate his face.

Oct 2 - 11:48 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

How was the guy who played Capt Kirk not integral to a Star Trek movie? He also held his own next to Denzel Washington in Unstoppable much better than Reynolds did in Safe IMO. Neither is on Denzel's level obviously, but Pine seemed a much lighter load than Reynolds. Even if we accept the premise that Pine had nothing to do with those movie's being successful at least those movie's were successful unlike almost everything Reynolds has been asked to anchor. Reynolds is decent in joint roles and small scale films, but everytime he steps up for a big film he seems to revert to Van Wilder: Action Star. He's gotten dozens of chances to stamp himself as an A lister, just saying we shouldn't write Chris Pine off after what 4 movies, two of which were rousing successes, the other is a rom com that scored just below fresh and the last even Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy couldn't save. That's not a horrible track record to me.

Oct 2 - 04:30 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I enjoyed Another Earth so Sound of my Voice it is.

Oct 2 - 07:30 AM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

Star Trek 2 is a given hit, so I'd say his upcoming Jack Ryan reboot will be the true test.

Oct 2 - 07:54 AM

Billy Rutledge

Billy Rutledge

Princess Bride is one of the few rom-coms I actually like (even though the score sounds like it came out of an '85 Yamaha keyboard) so I may end up getting that one. Being a Disney collector, Cinderella will most likely end up in the library.

May rent Dark Shadows.


Out of the other ones listed, I know my best friend will probably get Iron Sky. He's a connesour of bad movies.

Masters of the Universe on Blu-Ray?! Why?! FUUUUUUUUUUUU

Oct 2 - 08:51 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"In the Mood For Love" isn't my favorite Wong Kar Wai (that would be a toss-up between "Fallen Angels" and "Chungking Express") but the fact is that I've never seen a WKW that was too far below excellent. The only possible way this could be more of a must-purchase was if they added its sequel "2046" to the mix.

"Sound of My Voice" is one I'll definitely check out, hopefully making it an intriguing companion piece to last year's "Martha Marcy May Marlene". I'll also have to judge "Red Lights" for myself. "Dark Shadows" was cute fun, but hardly something to add to the library. And "Iron Sky" - look! If you can't get excited by a film that stars Udo Kier as the Goddamn MOON FUHRER that you obviously know nothing about gall bladders (or "Flesh For Frankenstein" references - what can I say? It's October, bitches!)

I think I'll skip "White People's Problems" and "Masters of the Lubriverse" (for those who weren't there, He-Men were entirely about the cool-ass toys, nothing more).

Oct 2 - 09:43 AM

King  S.

King Simba

Agreed about the original He-Man series, though I must say the 2002 remake was surprisingly good. More than anything, I think the difference in quality between the two demonstrates just how much animated series have evolved since the 80s when they were basically nothing more than commercials for toys.

As for the movie, for a guy who supposedly has an incredibly high IQ, it's amazing how bad Dolph Lundgren's movie choices have been.

Oct 2 - 10:38 AM

King  S.

King Simba

Agreed about the original He-Man series, though I must say the 2002 remake was surprisingly good. More than anything, I think the difference in quality between the two demonstrates just how much animated series have evolved since the 80s when they were basically nothing more than commercials for toys.

As for the movie, for a guy who supposedly has an incredibly high IQ, it's amazing how bad Dolph Lundgren's movie choices have been.

Oct 2 - 10:38 AM

King  S.

King Simba

Kind of a weak week. Out of all of these the one I'm most interested in is Princess Bride.

On a side note, I think the 97% approval rating for Cindrella is a little too high. It's a good film and the pumpkin transforming scene is one of the most iconic scenes in animation, but it's still nowhere near as good as most of the stuff early Walt Disney, 90s Disney or Pixar produced. Like a lot of early Disney princesses, Cinderella is just too bland of a character and every time the film switches to her and away from the mice or Fairy Godmother the film suffers.

Oct 2 - 10:52 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Agree, but it's rated highly because it came before these films and blazed the way for it's predecessors. Many 'classic' films have inflated ratings just due to being landmarks.

Oct 2 - 11:51 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I agree with Val, I think Cinderella gets points for setting an achetype that was followed/imitated for 30 years after it was made. Ask most girls born from when this movie came out to say the 90's when Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Alladin to name 2 princesses and you're probably 90% of the time going to get Cinderella or Snow White.

Oct 2 - 04:38 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Yeah, she is a little boring. Let's face it, though. If Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty were the Three Stooges, then Cinderella would definitely be the Moe of the group. Granted, showing off her new dress to her jealous sisters wasn't the smartest move, but there's an underlying wit to the character that I've always enjoyed. Of course, she is something of an imperialist, taking those poor little mice out of their natural environment, dressing them up, forcing them to assimilate to match her definition of "civilized." Who does she think she is, anyway?

Oct 2 - 11:46 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

So, would that make Belle Shemp? :)

Oct 3 - 07:11 AM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Sure, why not :) Ariel's a slut and a hoarder, so she doesn't get to be in the Stooges.

Oct 3 - 10:12 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Oh! But dwarf-slavery - that's acceptably Stoogish.

Oct 4 - 10:29 AM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

In the Disney Universe, yes :)

Oct 4 - 04:38 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Sorry Big Brother, but I have to go with Bret on this one. I'm no Reynolds fan, save for BURIED (he was, quite frankly, award-worthy), largely because I have a strong hatred for his comedy stuff like VAN WILDER and WAITING. Someone recommended to me SAFE HOUSE, which I had decided to pass up awhile back even though I like Denzel Washington. He was great, as always, but it was really Reynolds who impressed me. As Brad says, the Jack Ryan reboot is going to be Pine's true test.

Oct 2 - 11:13 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I'm not saying Pine is a sure thing by any means. I'm just saying what I think you're saying that it's too early to write him off as a failure. I agree with you on Buried, less so on Safe House which I think Denzel carried like a boss. Just using Reynolds, who I don't hate btw as an example of someone whose had waaaayyy more chances to succeed, and is still in a similar place to Pine despite being years further along the path.

Oct 2 - 04:33 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Ryan Reynolds sucks massive hairy balls. I'd take Pine over Reynolds any day, at least I don't hate his face.

Oct 2 - 11:48 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Agree, but it's rated highly because it came before these films and blazed the way for it's predecessors. Many 'classic' films have inflated ratings just due to being landmarks.

Oct 2 - 11:51 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I agree with Val, I think Cinderella gets points for setting an achetype that was followed/imitated for 30 years after it was made. Ask most girls born from when this movie came out to say the 90's when Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Alladin to name 2 princesses and you're probably 90% of the time going to get Cinderella or Snow White.

Oct 2 - 04:38 PM

Luanne Morris

Luanne Morris

so glad Cinderella out on blue-ray, picked it up today and watched it with my granddaughter.

Oct 2 - 03:34 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

How was the guy who played Capt Kirk not integral to a Star Trek movie? He also held his own next to Denzel Washington in Unstoppable much better than Reynolds did in Safe IMO. Neither is on Denzel's level obviously, but Pine seemed a much lighter load than Reynolds. Even if we accept the premise that Pine had nothing to do with those movie's being successful at least those movie's were successful unlike almost everything Reynolds has been asked to anchor. Reynolds is decent in joint roles and small scale films, but everytime he steps up for a big film he seems to revert to Van Wilder: Action Star. He's gotten dozens of chances to stamp himself as an A lister, just saying we shouldn't write Chris Pine off after what 4 movies, two of which were rousing successes, the other is a rom com that scored just below fresh and the last even Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy couldn't save. That's not a horrible track record to me.

Oct 2 - 04:30 PM

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