RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Star Trek Into Darkness and We Steal Secrets

Plus, a middling comedy, an acclaimed doc, some indies, and Friday the 13th

This week on home video, we've got one blockbuster, a couple of highly rated documentaries about controversial subjects, and a Tyler Perry production. Then we've got a decent low-budget horror flick, a well-reviewed drama, a solid romance, and a smart mystery, plus some new Blu-rays, a couple of choices from The Criterion Collection, and an iconic horror box set. Read on for the full list:

Star Trek Into Darkness

87%

2009 saw the reboot of one of the most popular and beloved sci-fi franchises, and though some fans were skeptical at first, Star Trek proved to be a hit both with audiences and critics. 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness continues the journey with the Enterprise's youthful new cast and proves the series is as strong as it ever was. This time out, Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and crew are in pursuit of a powerful and mysterious villain (Benedict Cumberbatch) terrorizing the Federation. When they discover the threat may have ties to their own organization, they uncover larger conspiracy that will challenge their bonds and force them to make difficult sacrifices. Though some again conceded that this sleeker, more action-packed Star Trek is a slight departure from the headier themes of earlier films, most couldn't help but enjoy themselves, giving Into Darkness a Certified Fresh 87% and calling the sequel a solid, entertaining entry in the series. Note: This will also be available in a limited edition gift set that includes a Starfleet Phaser.

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We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

93%

Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney turned his critical eye upon Julian Assange and WikiLeaks for his most recent film, a profile of the Australian hacker-journalist-activist and his controversial website, which publishes top secret documents. We Steal Secrets begins with a 1989 worm attack on NASA computers -- purportedly the work of Assange and a few others -- and takes viewers through a history of WikiLeaks, both demonstrating bold journalistic decisions and examining the ethical implications of Assange's work. As provocative as any of Gibney's work, We Steal Secrets fascinated critics to the tune of a Certified Fresh 95%, providing an insightful but sometimes troubling depiction of an extremely timely and important issue.

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Peeples

35%

Screenwriter Tina Gordon Chism cut her teeth on Drumline and ATL before making her directorial debut in this Tyler Perry-produced comedy about family, marriage, and the ties that bind. Craig Robinson is Wade Walker, and everyman in love with Grace Peeples (Kerry Washington). With the intent of asking for her hand in marriage, Wade unexpectedly shows up at the wealthy Peeples' family reunion, only to discover he doesn't quite fit in. Can he break through and convince Grace's folks he's the right man for their precious girl? Critics felt Peeples had its heart in the right place, but also that it played things much too safe and, like some of Perry's own films, poured the message on a little thick. At 35% on the Tomatometer, this is a light, feelgood farce, but one with little creativity or inventiveness.

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Chasing Ice

96%

Speaking of timely documentaries about complicated topics, Chasing Ice tackles the climate change debate head-on, thanks to the man at its center. James Balog was a climate change skeptic when the issue first came to public attention, but once the National Geographic photographer made a trip to the Arctic himself, he quickly reversed his stance and became an evangelist for the cause, helping to create the Extreme Ice Survey to collect data on glaciers. Chasing Ice follows Balog and his team through these perilous expeditions, chronicling the hardships faced and providing stunning time-lapse footage from Balog's research. Certified Fresh at 96% on the Tomatometer, Chasing Ice is a unique, eye-opening glimpse at a subject that many have opinions about but that few have seen first-hand evidence of; most critics agree that the footage speaks for itself, no matter what side of the argument you may support.

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Also available this week:

  • War Witch (96%), about a young African girl who escapes her fate as a child soldier and enjoys a time of peace, only to confront past ghosts again.
  • Susanne Bier's Love Is All You Need (75%), starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm in a light romantic drama about a woman who recovers from breast cancer and discovers new love as her daughter's wedding approaches.
  • Frankenstein's Army (75%), a B-movie styled horror film about WWII-era Soviet soldiers encountering disfigured Nazi experiments.
  • Wish You Were Here (72%), starring Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer in a mystery about three people who return from a trip to Cambodia, having lost a fourth member of the group who disappeared, and must piece together what happened.
  • Two choices from The Criterion Collection: the 1978 French farce La Cage aux Folles (100%) is available for the first time, and the 1968 John le Carré adaptation The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (83%) is now available on Blu-ray.
  • The classic 1958 original of The Fly (94%) arrives on Blu-ray.
  • A "Complete Collection" of the Friday the 13th films is available this week on Blu-ray.

Comments

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Frankenstein's Army for me. And War Witch and We Keep Secrets. All rentals.

Sep 9 - 04:57 PM

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Vincent

Dickah Sperman

Cool! You bots get hotter and hotter each day.

Sep 9 - 06:01 PM

Vincent

Dickah Sperman

Am I the only one who thought Star Trek was a horrible film?

Sep 9 - 05:00 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I thought it was stupid. Shiny and stupid.

Sep 9 - 05:24 PM

Vincent

Dickah Sperman

You, my good fellow, are a genius.

Sep 9 - 05:42 PM

RoHiT

Good Looking RoHiT

Shut up idiots !

Sep 9 - 08:40 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Not better than the first, *spoiler alert* and the whole thing with Kirk having to get irradiated and then being brought back to life with Khan's blood was predictable and weak. A good film weakened by a very poor plot choice.

Sep 10 - 05:15 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Shut up idiots!"

Yes, these reasonable values are exactly what you'd expect to find in fans of thoughtful, socially conscious science fiction. They say these new films are Star Trek films for people who hated Star Trek, but I think they're also films for people who hate good sci-fi and the importance of moral allegory.

Sep 10 - 06:00 AM

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I feel its a huge disservice to constantly compare the new Trek to the old. The new action oriented films aren't completely devoid of intellectual ideas, but I admit they are secondary to explosions. Lets not let nostalgia give us rose tinted glasses however. The original Trek movies were getting a little stale towards the end.

Sep 11 - 12:40 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The lack of scientific sense or moral allegory are irrelevent to nostalgia. This is a weak defense.

Sep 11 - 11:18 AM

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There wasn't a defensive statement made. The new films lack the amount of "scientific sense or moral allegory" that was present before the reboot. That being said, its clear they have made the series more action oriented and it is essentially not the same style of franchise it was. So that is why I feel going in and having expectations will prevent you from enjoying a decent action sci-fi movie.

Sep 11 - 03:01 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The difference between "science fiction" and "fantasy" is that sci-fi is scientifically plausible, or tries to be. The poor understanding of science that Orci/Kurtzman show in their films make them poor sci-fi. These aren't just my expectations, they are the standards of the genre, and the standards of the Star Trek franchise. These new ST films may not be as bad as "Final Frontier" or "Nemesis", but they don't hold a candle to the best ST films.

Sep 11 - 03:28 PM

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While I was just discussing expectations, you do bring up a rather valid and important point. The franchise has moved from science fiction to a more fantasy feel. I labeled it sci-fi because that's the category it falls in. It's loosely sitting there though, and I am agreeing with you that they don't compare to the originals. They are good science fantasy popcorn movies though. That's all I have been saying. You will not find a thinking man's science fiction with the new movies.

Sep 11 - 04:08 PM

Sir Phobos

Sir Phobos

I thought it was great. I enjoyed the spectacle but I also thought the story was good and the acting was spot on. I left that movie very happy, and look forward to owning the Blu Ray.

Sep 9 - 06:21 PM

Vincent

Dickah Sperman

Glad you enjoyed it. It just felt a little bland to me.

Sep 10 - 03:14 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I didn't hate it because my kids enjoyed it but yeah it was really bummed out by it. I'm more of a Next generation guy. You know, logic and smart sci fi story telling. Even the Original Star Trek had a lot of Logic and Smart Sci Fi story telling though.

I'm just so mad that the resolution to everything is Running and hitting. Where does Star Fleet Recruit, a Track Meet?

Sep 9 - 06:26 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

I wouldn't call it horrible but it certainly was underwelming. All I can can say is that I wasn't that bored with it but have not the slightest interest in watching it a second time.

Sep 10 - 02:52 AM

Esteban Martinez

Esteban Martinez

I'm not a Trek fan, but I thought it was inoffensive. All I can say is that while I did not love it, I wasn't bored by it either.

Sep 10 - 01:35 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I thought it was stupid. Shiny and stupid.

Sep 9 - 05:24 PM

Vincent

Dickah Sperman

You, my good fellow, are a genius.

Sep 9 - 05:42 PM

RoHiT

Good Looking RoHiT

Shut up idiots !

Sep 9 - 08:40 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Not better than the first, *spoiler alert* and the whole thing with Kirk having to get irradiated and then being brought back to life with Khan's blood was predictable and weak. A good film weakened by a very poor plot choice.

Sep 10 - 05:15 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Shut up idiots!"

Yes, these reasonable values are exactly what you'd expect to find in fans of thoughtful, socially conscious science fiction. They say these new films are Star Trek films for people who hated Star Trek, but I think they're also films for people who hate good sci-fi and the importance of moral allegory.

Sep 10 - 06:00 AM

- 42 -

- 42 -

I feel its a huge disservice to constantly compare the new Trek to the old. The new action oriented films aren't completely devoid of intellectual ideas, but I admit they are secondary to explosions. Lets not let nostalgia give us rose tinted glasses however. The original Trek movies were getting a little stale towards the end.

Sep 11 - 12:40 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The lack of scientific sense or moral allegory are irrelevent to nostalgia. This is a weak defense.

Sep 11 - 11:18 AM

- 42 -

- 42 -

There wasn't a defensive statement made. The new films lack the amount of "scientific sense or moral allegory" that was present before the reboot. That being said, its clear they have made the series more action oriented and it is essentially not the same style of franchise it was. So that is why I feel going in and having expectations will prevent you from enjoying a decent action sci-fi movie.

Sep 11 - 03:01 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The difference between "science fiction" and "fantasy" is that sci-fi is scientifically plausible, or tries to be. The poor understanding of science that Orci/Kurtzman show in their films make them poor sci-fi. These aren't just my expectations, they are the standards of the genre, and the standards of the Star Trek franchise. These new ST films may not be as bad as "Final Frontier" or "Nemesis", but they don't hold a candle to the best ST films.

Sep 11 - 03:28 PM

- 42 -

- 42 -

While I was just discussing expectations, you do bring up a rather valid and important point. The franchise has moved from science fiction to a more fantasy feel. I labeled it sci-fi because that's the category it falls in. It's loosely sitting there though, and I am agreeing with you that they don't compare to the originals. They are good science fantasy popcorn movies though. That's all I have been saying. You will not find a thinking man's science fiction with the new movies.

Sep 11 - 04:08 PM

Vincent

Dickah Sperman

You, my good fellow, are a genius.

Sep 9 - 05:42 PM

RoHiT

Good Looking RoHiT

Shut up idiots !

Sep 9 - 08:40 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Not better than the first, *spoiler alert* and the whole thing with Kirk having to get irradiated and then being brought back to life with Khan's blood was predictable and weak. A good film weakened by a very poor plot choice.

Sep 10 - 05:15 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Shut up idiots!"

Yes, these reasonable values are exactly what you'd expect to find in fans of thoughtful, socially conscious science fiction. They say these new films are Star Trek films for people who hated Star Trek, but I think they're also films for people who hate good sci-fi and the importance of moral allegory.

Sep 10 - 06:00 AM

- 42 -

- 42 -

I feel its a huge disservice to constantly compare the new Trek to the old. The new action oriented films aren't completely devoid of intellectual ideas, but I admit they are secondary to explosions. Lets not let nostalgia give us rose tinted glasses however. The original Trek movies were getting a little stale towards the end.

Sep 11 - 12:40 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The lack of scientific sense or moral allegory are irrelevent to nostalgia. This is a weak defense.

Sep 11 - 11:18 AM

- 42 -

- 42 -

There wasn't a defensive statement made. The new films lack the amount of "scientific sense or moral allegory" that was present before the reboot. That being said, its clear they have made the series more action oriented and it is essentially not the same style of franchise it was. So that is why I feel going in and having expectations will prevent you from enjoying a decent action sci-fi movie.

Sep 11 - 03:01 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The difference between "science fiction" and "fantasy" is that sci-fi is scientifically plausible, or tries to be. The poor understanding of science that Orci/Kurtzman show in their films make them poor sci-fi. These aren't just my expectations, they are the standards of the genre, and the standards of the Star Trek franchise. These new ST films may not be as bad as "Final Frontier" or "Nemesis", but they don't hold a candle to the best ST films.

Sep 11 - 03:28 PM

- 42 -

- 42 -

While I was just discussing expectations, you do bring up a rather valid and important point. The franchise has moved from science fiction to a more fantasy feel. I labeled it sci-fi because that's the category it falls in. It's loosely sitting there though, and I am agreeing with you that they don't compare to the originals. They are good science fantasy popcorn movies though. That's all I have been saying. You will not find a thinking man's science fiction with the new movies.

Sep 11 - 04:08 PM

This comment has been removed.

Vincent

Dickah Sperman

Cool! You bots get hotter and hotter each day.

Sep 9 - 06:01 PM

Vincent

Dickah Sperman

Cool! You bots get hotter and hotter each day.

Sep 9 - 06:01 PM

Sir Phobos

Sir Phobos

I thought it was great. I enjoyed the spectacle but I also thought the story was good and the acting was spot on. I left that movie very happy, and look forward to owning the Blu Ray.

Sep 9 - 06:21 PM

Vincent

Dickah Sperman

Glad you enjoyed it. It just felt a little bland to me.

Sep 10 - 03:14 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I didn't hate it because my kids enjoyed it but yeah it was really bummed out by it. I'm more of a Next generation guy. You know, logic and smart sci fi story telling. Even the Original Star Trek had a lot of Logic and Smart Sci Fi story telling though.

I'm just so mad that the resolution to everything is Running and hitting. Where does Star Fleet Recruit, a Track Meet?

Sep 9 - 06:26 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Star Trek was the best movie of the summer by far.

Sep 9 - 08:12 PM

Vincent

Dickah Sperman

Well, I thought you would have said Man of Steel,considering the pic.

Sep 10 - 03:15 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

lol I had that before I saw it. It was my most anticipated movie of the summer, but unfortunately, it wasn't done quite as well as I would've liked.

Sep 10 - 04:04 PM

Vincent

Dickah Sperman

It was the biggest disappointment of the year......after Iron Man 3.

Sep 11 - 12:31 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I thought that all the superhero movies this year (IM3, MOS, and Wolverine) were disappointing. They weren't necessarily bad but they didn't realize their full potential.

Sep 11 - 03:04 PM

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I was going to see Iron Man 3 in the theaters until I heard the bad buzz. Now I figure the best option will be to Redbox it. I'm getting its a $1.25 worth of entertainment vibe.

Sep 11 - 03:14 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

It wasn't stupefyingly bad; it had its moments. However, while I can appreciate some of the points it was making, it ultimately ended up wasting a great opportunity.

Sep 11 - 05:25 PM

RoHiT

Good Looking RoHiT

Shut up idiots !

Sep 9 - 08:40 PM

Jon Cox

Jon Cox

finally, I can own my #1 film of the year on Blu-Ray:

'Star Trek Into Darkness'!!!

next up 'Iron Man 3' on the 24th

Sep 9 - 09:11 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

I wouldn't call it horrible but it certainly was underwelming. All I can can say is that I wasn't that bored with it but have not the slightest interest in watching it a second time.

Sep 10 - 02:52 AM

Vincent

Dickah Sperman

Glad you enjoyed it. It just felt a little bland to me.

Sep 10 - 03:14 AM

Vincent

Dickah Sperman

Well, I thought you would have said Man of Steel,considering the pic.

Sep 10 - 03:15 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

lol I had that before I saw it. It was my most anticipated movie of the summer, but unfortunately, it wasn't done quite as well as I would've liked.

Sep 10 - 04:04 PM

Vincent

Dickah Sperman

It was the biggest disappointment of the year......after Iron Man 3.

Sep 11 - 12:31 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I thought that all the superhero movies this year (IM3, MOS, and Wolverine) were disappointing. They weren't necessarily bad but they didn't realize their full potential.

Sep 11 - 03:04 PM

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I was going to see Iron Man 3 in the theaters until I heard the bad buzz. Now I figure the best option will be to Redbox it. I'm getting its a $1.25 worth of entertainment vibe.

Sep 11 - 03:14 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

It wasn't stupefyingly bad; it had its moments. However, while I can appreciate some of the points it was making, it ultimately ended up wasting a great opportunity.

Sep 11 - 05:25 PM

brunomen

Bruno Mendes

We steal secrets is an excellent doc everyone should see. It's not only about Julian Assange as the description above implies, it's also about Bradley Manning, the true hero in my eyes (and probably yours after you see it). It took a lot of courage to do what Manning did, knowing he would probably face severe consequences. He has been put in solitary confinement and was charged with 35 years in prison for making public what should've never been kept a secret and for helping the world know some relevant truths, because that's all he did, although perhaps in a too naive sort of way.

Sep 10 - 03:28 AM

J.D Dean

J.D Dean

Interesting, I'll make sure to check it out!

Sep 10 - 10:45 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Not better than the first, *spoiler alert* and the whole thing with Kirk having to get irradiated and then being brought back to life with Khan's blood was predictable and weak. A good film weakened by a very poor plot choice.

Sep 10 - 05:15 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Shut up idiots!"

Yes, these reasonable values are exactly what you'd expect to find in fans of thoughtful, socially conscious science fiction. They say these new films are Star Trek films for people who hated Star Trek, but I think they're also films for people who hate good sci-fi and the importance of moral allegory.

Sep 10 - 06:00 AM

Esteban Martinez

Esteban Martinez

I'm not a Trek fan, but I thought it was inoffensive. All I can say is that while I did not love it, I wasn't bored by it either.

Sep 10 - 01:35 PM

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