RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Fast Five and Scream 4

Plus, Disneynature's latest documentary tale and a quirky teen comedy that works.

This week on home video, we've got quite a selection, mostly of hi-def reissues of existing movies, so we've chosen to focus on the big ones that are out for the first time. For those of you who are curious about what we're leaving out, they include new Blu-rays of Cinema Paradiso, Life is Beautiful, Peter Jackson's Dead Alive, Tim Burton's Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, and Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. On top of those, Criterion is also releasing new Blu-rays of Masaki Kobayashi's Harakiri and Pier Paolo Pasolini's controversial film Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom. As far as what we'll be covering in this week's article, we've got the latest in both the Fast and the Furious and Scream franchises, Disneynature's tribute to wild felines, a failed political documentary about Sarah Palin, and a surprise hit British teen comedy. To round things out, we've also got a couple of animated Disney classics on Blu-ray. See below for the full list!

Fast Five

77%

"Another sequel to The Fast and the Furious? Come on! Wait, what? Its actually pretty good?" Those were the sentiments expressed by many moviegoers early this summer when Fast Five hit theaters with a Certified Fresh stamp of approval. After helming Tokyo Drift in 2006 and Fast and Furious in 2009, Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow) was again brought on board for the latest installment in the action-packed but poorly reviewed franchise. So what made this one so much better? The difference seems to be that, this time around, they simply pulled out all the stops. Not only did the various stars of the previous installments all reunite for Fast Five, but they were joined by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and the story focused less on street racing than it did on an Ocean's 11-esque heist plot, with the most over-the-top action sequences the franchise has seen thus far. The film, which currently sports a 78% Tomatometer, even did so well that another sequel, with Justin Lin attached to direct again, is already in the works. It's a wild, thrilling popcorn flick with tons of action, and you might just be surprised by how entertaining it is.

Scream 4

58%

In 1996, horror icon Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) released Scream, a film that simultaneously brought chills to audiences and poked fun at existing fright flick clichés, and he scored a big enough hit with it that two more sequels were made. After a decade-long hiatus from the franchise, however, Craven decided to revive it by bringing back its original characters (played by Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courtney Cox) and introducing a new group of teens to terrorize. This time around, Sidney Prescott (Campbell) returns to Woodsboro on the 15th anniversary of the original Scream murders to promote the book she's written about her experiences, only to find that teens are, yet again, falling victim to similar fates. With a fresh new cast that included Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Anthony Anderson, Rory Culkin, and more, Scream 4 managed to entertain critics just enough to score a 58% Tomatometer. You won't see anything particularly new (unless you count the addition of webcams and podcasts), but the classic meta humor and gory kills are what made the franchise, and Scream 4 delivers decently on both counts, even if the proceedings are utterly familiar.

African Cats

71%

Being a documentary filmmaker has got to be a tough job. You have to sift through hundreds (if not thousands) of hours of footage and find the inherent narrative in order to avoid simply presenting a series of unrelated images. Disneynature has done a respectable job co-opting the stunning footage from BBC nature programs like Planet Earth for their feature film releases, and African Cats is no exception. The film focuses on two animal families dwelling on the African savannah: Sita, a mother cheetah, struggles to raise her five newborn cubs, and Layla, a lioness, faces her own hardships raising her cub Mara while the leader of her pride, Fang, attempts to protect them from the threat of another rogue lion. Being that this is Disney, after all, the stories are made to be easily digestible by young audiences, and while this may turn off some older viewers, there was still enough substance and heart here to earn a 66% from the critics. If Planet Earth is too sweepingly grand for your young'uns, African Cats wouldn't be a bad way to get them acquainted with nature.

Submarine

87%

Fans of British television will recognize Richard Ayoade's name from shows like The Mighty Boosh and The IT Crowd, but the accomplished writer/comic actor also found great success behind the camera with his 2010 feature film directorial debut Submarine. Starring Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, and Paddy Considine, Submarine chronicles the exploits of a smart, misunderstood, and socially awkward 15-year-old named Oliver (Roberts) who attempts to repair his parents' failing marriage and woo a no-nonsense classmate (Paige). Now, coming-of-age films about quirky teens have been done before with mixed results, but most critics enthusiastically endorsed Submarine, calling it funny, stylish, and ringing with adolescent truth. It does exhibit some symptoms of the typical idiosyncrasies found in such films, but by most accounts, Aoyade somehow pulls it off beautifully, balancing the offbeat humor with real emotion and drawing comparisons to Wes Anderson. It's an impressive debut, to be sure, and at a Certified Fresh 87% Tomatometer, Submarine marks Richard Ayoade as an exciting new director to keep an eye out for.

The Undefeated

0%

Few contemporary politicians are as polarizing as Sarah Palin. She's alternately been characterized as a staunch defender of common sense wisdom and good old fashioned American values, and as an intellectually incurious, hypocritical huckster. Well, with Joe McGinniss's scathing The Rogue now on bookshelves, Mama Grizzly lovers may be in search of a more positive portrayal of the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate. The Undefeated is a documentary portrait of Palin's rise from small town mayor to the national political scene, one that details her policy accomplishments and blasts her critics in a way that will feel either like a corrective to MSM bias or a feature-length presidential campaign ad, depending on your point of view. Yeah, we know it got a big fat zero on the Tomatometer, but before you start blaming some vast cabal of liberal movie pundits, remember that the reviews for Nick Broomfield's gotcha doc Sarah Palin: You Betcha! didn't exactly set the world on fire, either.

The Lion King - Diamond Edition Blu-Ray

90%

Fresh off the heels of its surprising two-week run atop the Box Office, Disney's animated classic The Lion King arrives home on Blu-Ray for the first time with a variety of choice packages. Despite some grumblings that the 3D format actually worked against the film in its recent rerelease, this brand new Diamond Edition comes in either a two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack or a four-disc version that also includes the film in 3D and a digital copy. Not enough for you? They're also releasing a box set of The Lion King Trilogy, which includes not only everything the four-disc Diamond Edition offers, but also The Lion King 1 1/2 and The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride in both Blu-ray and DVD, as well as a nifty collector's box, and a detailed replica of a drum inspired by art from the film. As far as special features are concerned, even the plain two-disc package comes with four never before seen deleted scenes, a deleted song, bloopers, Sing Along Mode, commentary, and more. It's a great pickup for anyone who's a fan of the film, or for any Disney collection completist. In addition, for those of you who held off on Beauty and the Beast last year, a similar five-disc Diamond Edition combo pack including the film on 3D also hits shelves this week.

Comments

Ken W.

Ken Wolfson

I've been waiting for Fast Five since opening weekend. Fanboy is pleased!

Oct 3 - 05:34 PM

Julian N.

Julian Nunez

I can't wait to put Scream 4 with the rest of the original trilogy. Been waiting forever for it. And ill give fast five a watch, since it has gotten good reviews.

Oct 3 - 05:48 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I watched it because of those good reviews. Don't do it - it's a trap! Seriously, if you hated the others, you won't like this. It's the same damn story told the same damn way as the others.

Oct 3 - 07:10 PM

HypeWaive487

Ernie Truman

Dude, see the fuckin movie. Odds are after watching the previous movies and being won over by previews and good critical word of mouth, you'll have a blast. It's BETTER than the others which might be not saying much for some, but as for the ones who even mildly liked the original, you'll enjoy this.

Oct 4 - 02:52 AM

Justin D.

Justin D.

Good reviews don't mean a thing. I firmly believe that there are some films that represents sizable investments for studios that they pay to be positively reviewed. If you want to see by all means do so; just don't trust everything you read in the reviews.

Oct 4 - 08:34 AM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

I doubt many critics were paid off to positively review "Fast Five." What would be the point? Most of the target audience for that movie could care less about good reviews; they'd see it regardless.

Oct 4 - 08:44 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Yeah, the fourth one got scathing reviews, and it was a massive hit, too. I don't think the studios really care whether they get any good reviews as long as the masses keep running out to see them. I personally hated Fast Five and thought it was exactly like the last few, just longer and even more ridiculous at some parts. The Rock was the only good thing about it, and he barely got any screen time compared to the others.

Oct 4 - 11:42 AM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

*couldn't care less*

Oct 4 - 12:23 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Justin D, who do you know that trusts everything they read in reviews?

If you know anyone, or know of anyone, the problem's really with them, not the reviews.

Yes, there are some people who are seemingly paid (through gifts or other things) to gush over movies, but it seems that most critics aren't. They're simply expressing their own personal opinions on movies.

Readers and critic-bashers alike need to take it all with a grain of salt. Besides, most people who read review already know that they're just opinions and are meant to be subjective. That's sort of the point of a critical review.

It's up to the reader to be smart enough to read between the lines. And it's not exactly all too difficult to do so. But there are enough morons out there, that perhaps reading critical analyses is above their mental capabilities. They neither should read nor have sharp objects in their homes. :)

Oct 4 - 02:59 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I would agree with you, except for the fact that 95% of the RT community judge a movie by its RT score - so in other words, they DO believe what the critics say. How many times this summer did a movie come out and get a bad review, only to have the RT community say "I KNEW that movie was gonna be shit." But yes, in the world I WANT to live in, readers understand that a critics opinion (whether it's honest, bias, or paid off) is just that - an OPINION. However, we don't live in THAT world.

Oct 4 - 05:21 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I don't really see the problem with taking the word of a large number of professionals. If 28it out of 30 auto mechanics tell you you need a new carburetor you'd be well advised not to plan a long trip. I don't see where the logic fails there.

Oct 4 - 06:23 PM

Justin D.

Justin D.

Noah said it for me. It would be nice to assume that the average movie goer knows to judge for themselves whether or not a movie will be good, but sadly human beings are sheep and conform to whatever they are told by so-called "experts." And I'm not even a "critic basher," as I prefer to take early reviews for some films into account before I watch them. However, taking an opinion into account and yielding to it are two different things, and I don't think a lot of people know the difference. And like it or not, reviews do play a part in the success of a film, otherwise critics wouldn't even get advanced screenings and such. @ Bigbrother - the only thing setting a professional film critic from those of us on RT who write reviews for movies is a paycheck. Their opinion is no more or less valid than our own.

Oct 4 - 08:32 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Bigbrother- The scenario you just described was something based on tangible fact. Not an opinion. But the mix up is exactly what happens here at RT all the time - confusing opinion with fact. And I'm sorry, but basing whether you will like a movie or not on the RT score is passive and lazy. Which is fine if that works for you; but if so, you can't claim that the score "proves anything".

Oct 5 - 12:26 AM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

I only believe and follow critics when the reviews are under 30%. If I see something has 12% I know there's a huge chance that I won't like it, so I try not to spend my few coins on that and wait for a rental (like Transformers 2). If something has 100% I don't fully trust it and would rather read excerpts or synopsis without too many spoilers to see if it's something that'd be my cup of tea. But I won't lie and say the critics mean nothing to me, Berardinelli has shown time and again he has a taste very much like mine so I check his reviews to see if there's something I'd like in a movie, then go watch it and see if I agree. Unless, like I said, something is so low or just looks so bad that it's just better to avoid.

Oct 6 - 03:53 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I see what you are saying about the 20% and below score. Makes sense. However, what I do is read the critics' reviews to see the reasons they give for hating it - and if those things would bother me, or if I disagree with that.

Oct 7 - 09:21 AM

Justin D.

Justin D.

Woohoo, that's a lot of negative feedback. In any event, I don't feel it's a stretch to imagine a multi-million dollar film studio, in an attempt to ensure their film starts off w/ positive word of mouth, would slip critics some extra income. You can't keep dishing out sequels w/o money, and you can't make money if potential audiences are bombarded by negative feedback (though a point was made that the last film was received poorly by critics but was a financial success). Even still, I would imagine most of you who didn't like this film dislike it because it is just more of the same. You all saw that yet these critics didn't? Hmm, I'll bet what convinced them was a little bit of "green" left in their seats when they walked into the screening.

Oct 4 - 08:21 PM

Justin D.

Justin D.

I don't care what anyone says, Fast Five can't be good. Being the best entry in a series that fluctuates between mediocre and bad doesn't mean it's a good movie. I've never been a fan of horror franchises that stretch their already thin premises to more than three films. Not interested in African Cats or Submarine, no one care about Sarah Palin anymore and, despite having an issue w/ The Lion King being released in theaters for two weeks in an attempt by Disney to make some extra cash, I will be buying this blue-ray (hey I still like the movie).

Oct 3 - 06:18 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Why can't it be good? Based on what scale? Compared to what movies? And is the real reason why it can't be good simply that you yourself don't like it?

Oct 4 - 03:01 PM

Justin D.

Justin D.

Based on my experiences with the past films in the franchise, the best of which was merely mediocre; that is why I say the movie can't be good. What differentiates this film from the four that preceded besides the shift from street racing to bank heists with cars? If your answer is "nothing" than you know why I don't believe this movie is any good. Action, ass, cars, explosions...wash, rinse, repeat.

Oct 4 - 08:07 PM

Ken W.

Ken Wolfson

The difference is that the previous four tried to maintain a semblance of reality, and thus exposed all their plot holes/bad acting. This one, they went all out and thus its too awesome to suck.

Oct 5 - 02:47 PM

manwithoutfear19

Daniel Raimondi

scream 4 was kinda lame but i would still buy lion king

Oct 3 - 06:29 PM

Justin  L.

Justin Linville

Defiantly picking up lion king and fast five. Will eventually pick up scream 4, i need to save my money. And I saw lion king in theaters which was amazing!

Oct 3 - 06:37 PM

Bradley J.

Bradley J

Wanted to see Lion Kimg but didn't get around maybe I'll get the movie later on. My main interest this week is African Cats! Love Disneynature movies and recently saw and enjoyed this one.

Oct 3 - 06:57 PM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

When the F%^$K are they gonna make a Lion King 3?????!!! (and no I don't count The Lion King 1 1/2 )

Oct 3 - 06:58 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

There was a Lion King 2?

Oct 3 - 07:11 PM

Bradley J.

Bradley J

Yes Lion King 2: Simba's Pride.

Oct 3 - 07:15 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Oh barf.

Oct 3 - 07:47 PM

nongshim

Kathryne C

i loved that movie when i was five. actually, i think i still do.

Oct 3 - 09:37 PM

DJ A.

DJ Adams

Okay I know this isn't saying much, but Lion King 2 is probably the best straight to video movie that Disney has ever made. I realize that's not the biggest accomplishment in the world, but it is still very watchable and at some parts very good. Nowhere near the caliber of the original, but still has the same awesome characters and Shakespearean based story line (this time it's Romeo and Juliet). Also the music isn't half bad.

Oct 3 - 09:40 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

I haven't seen that in forever, but I can say that I liked it so I guess it should be revisited.

Oct 4 - 12:40 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Children...take some time away from the Disney and check out the best and funnest zombie film of all time - "Dead Alive", and "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" will do you some good too. Tell 'em Large Marge sent ya.

Oct 4 - 05:41 AM

King  S.

King Simba

The Lion King 2 may have been one of Disney's better direct to DVD sequels, but I just can't stand what they did to Simba in that sequel. It was worse than what the filmakers did with the T-rex in Jurrasic Park 3. I hate it how every time Dinsey makes a sequel focusing on the kids of the main characters of the first movie, the main characters become completely unlikable. Also, I'm not one to complain about continuity, but where did all these supporter of Scar come from? They certainly weren't around in the first movie. I'm glad John Lasseter got Disney to stop making direct to DVD sequels of their animated films.

Oct 4 - 07:40 AM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I watched it because of those good reviews. Don't do it - it's a trap! Seriously, if you hated the others, you won't like this. It's the same damn story told the same damn way as the others.

Oct 3 - 07:10 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

There was a Lion King 2?

Oct 3 - 07:11 PM

Bradley J.

Bradley J

Yes Lion King 2: Simba's Pride.

Oct 3 - 07:15 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Oh barf.

Oct 3 - 07:47 PM

nongshim

Kathryne C

i loved that movie when i was five. actually, i think i still do.

Oct 3 - 09:37 PM

DJ A.

DJ Adams

Okay I know this isn't saying much, but Lion King 2 is probably the best straight to video movie that Disney has ever made. I realize that's not the biggest accomplishment in the world, but it is still very watchable and at some parts very good. Nowhere near the caliber of the original, but still has the same awesome characters and Shakespearean based story line (this time it's Romeo and Juliet). Also the music isn't half bad.

Oct 3 - 09:40 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

I haven't seen that in forever, but I can say that I liked it so I guess it should be revisited.

Oct 4 - 12:40 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Children...take some time away from the Disney and check out the best and funnest zombie film of all time - "Dead Alive", and "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" will do you some good too. Tell 'em Large Marge sent ya.

Oct 4 - 05:41 AM

King  S.

King Simba

The Lion King 2 may have been one of Disney's better direct to DVD sequels, but I just can't stand what they did to Simba in that sequel. It was worse than what the filmakers did with the T-rex in Jurrasic Park 3. I hate it how every time Dinsey makes a sequel focusing on the kids of the main characters of the first movie, the main characters become completely unlikable. Also, I'm not one to complain about continuity, but where did all these supporter of Scar come from? They certainly weren't around in the first movie. I'm glad John Lasseter got Disney to stop making direct to DVD sequels of their animated films.

Oct 4 - 07:40 AM

Bradley J.

Bradley J

Yes Lion King 2: Simba's Pride.

Oct 3 - 07:15 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Oh barf.

Oct 3 - 07:47 PM

nongshim

Kathryne C

i loved that movie when i was five. actually, i think i still do.

Oct 3 - 09:37 PM

DJ A.

DJ Adams

Okay I know this isn't saying much, but Lion King 2 is probably the best straight to video movie that Disney has ever made. I realize that's not the biggest accomplishment in the world, but it is still very watchable and at some parts very good. Nowhere near the caliber of the original, but still has the same awesome characters and Shakespearean based story line (this time it's Romeo and Juliet). Also the music isn't half bad.

Oct 3 - 09:40 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

I haven't seen that in forever, but I can say that I liked it so I guess it should be revisited.

Oct 4 - 12:40 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Children...take some time away from the Disney and check out the best and funnest zombie film of all time - "Dead Alive", and "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" will do you some good too. Tell 'em Large Marge sent ya.

Oct 4 - 05:41 AM

King  S.

King Simba

The Lion King 2 may have been one of Disney's better direct to DVD sequels, but I just can't stand what they did to Simba in that sequel. It was worse than what the filmakers did with the T-rex in Jurrasic Park 3. I hate it how every time Dinsey makes a sequel focusing on the kids of the main characters of the first movie, the main characters become completely unlikable. Also, I'm not one to complain about continuity, but where did all these supporter of Scar come from? They certainly weren't around in the first movie. I'm glad John Lasseter got Disney to stop making direct to DVD sequels of their animated films.

Oct 4 - 07:40 AM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Fast Five was horrible. Then again, I don't like the others in the series - and this was NO DIFFERENT. I seriously am thinking the critics were shown a different movie than the masses were presented.

Will rent Scream 4 (tho I only liked/own the first one) and African Cats (someday. maybe.).

Sarah Palin's documentary's title doesn't even make sense for her.

Oct 3 - 07:26 PM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

The title doesn't make sense because she probably came up with it.

Oct 4 - 05:54 AM

Justin D.

Justin D.

Critics weren't shown a different movie, they were just told (and by told I mean paid) to say what movies they "liked." It is no different from any other film in the series, it's just that the focus has now shifted from guys who race cars, to guys who steal shit while happening to have cars. As I said, no one cares about Sarah Palin anymore. Republicans don't even talk about her anymore since she decided not to run for president.

Oct 4 - 08:03 AM

King  S.

King Simba

Okay, I haven't seen the film, but why is it that everytime someone dislikes a film that critics like they try to find excuses as to why critics like it, ranging from being bribed to being shown a different film? Well news flash, most critics do give their honest opinion on films. Yeah, studios do try to please them with gifts and stuff like that, but actual bribing rarely occurs. Besides, it's not just the critics who loved this film. On IMDB it has by far the highest rating for the franchise, while it held on much better than the last film and ended up becoming the highest grossing film in the franchise, even when taking into acount increased ticket prices.

Oct 4 - 09:38 AM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I'm not going to restate my thoughts about Fast Five - but I WILL say that if you think critics don't go into a movie with a bias (or agenda), then you haven't been paying attention.

Oct 4 - 02:24 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Think you're confusing bias and an agenda with having an opinion and preferences. Yes critics are people and have the latter two, but doesn't mean they necessarily have the former and with minimal effort u can sort out the degree to which their preferences effect the RT score. The 78%former that fast five got in a genre that critics don't traditionally fawn over is actually more encouraging to me than a 78% for say an oscar darling.

Oct 4 - 06:33 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

You can't honestly say that critics don't have agendas or a bias. That's just crazy. I read Ebert's reviews a lot, and they are bias-loaded - and less about the actual movie. Read his review of Cars 2 for one example. Stephanie Zacherack (or however you spell her name - she used to work for Salon and now she's at Movieline). Her reviews are nothing but her agenda. The list goes on and on. Some really give their opinion or preference - but some don't - and most give their thoughts as absolutes (especially ones who want to make a name for themselves). I have NO problem with people giving an opinion that I disagree with - but I DO have a problem when they praise/damn a movie on false pretenses.

Oct 5 - 12:32 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

One of the things I like about RT is that this becomes very clear over a short time by following a number of critics. There are still some good ones, but many of them absolutely have made up their mind before entering the theater, or are more concerned with a faux-clever line that will produce clicks rather than actually watching the film. Whatever the motivation, it is hard to ignore this fact.

Oct 5 - 02:12 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Friggin' amen.

Oct 5 - 07:55 PM

Justin D.

Justin D.

I concur.

Oct 6 - 08:00 AM

Dave J

Dave J

@Noah---------What kind of a silly assumption is that, the version I saw is the exact same version as the one viewed by the critics. Using your silly theory means that because you liked some films, the critics do not like, like the Transformers movies must mean that they were showned a different film, right-that there's a conspiracy to show better versions to be screened to critics than to the paying public! When all it is, is that maybe you have questionable tastes!

Oct 7 - 03:52 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Again, where's the logic in this Noah? That because the mass of critics don't likes something that you like must mean that they may have not seen the same version as you have! I mean, how many films had you seen to make you into an expert in terms of 'good taste' in films, it's very subjective because some people like the same film but like it for different reasons, you're aware about that aren't you!

Oct 7 - 04:22 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

I'll check out Fast Five. Don't care about Scream 4 or the Sarah Palin doc. Submarine looks interesting, might check that out too. I think it's about time a re-watch Lion King, and in Blu-ray no less.

Oct 3 - 07:41 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Oh barf.

Oct 3 - 07:47 PM

Jacob H.

Jacob Holmes

I'm definitely going to buy Lion King, and I'll probably rent Fast Five. Other than that, nothing too interesting.

Oct 3 - 08:04 PM

nongshim

Kathryne C

i loved that movie when i was five. actually, i think i still do.

Oct 3 - 09:37 PM

DJ A.

DJ Adams

Okay I know this isn't saying much, but Lion King 2 is probably the best straight to video movie that Disney has ever made. I realize that's not the biggest accomplishment in the world, but it is still very watchable and at some parts very good. Nowhere near the caliber of the original, but still has the same awesome characters and Shakespearean based story line (this time it's Romeo and Juliet). Also the music isn't half bad.

Oct 3 - 09:40 PM

King  S.

King Simba

The Lion King is a must for me. As for the rest, the only one I'm slightly interested in is Fast Five, though my history with the franchise has been kind of bumpy. I liked the first one because they actually tried to give it heart. Granted, the story of a guy caught between two oppasite sides and questioning where his loyalties lie has been done in other, better film (Dances with Wolves, The Last Samurai, Avatar) but it's still good. The second, however, turned into a pretty generic drug busting action film (it did have some really cool cars though and there was some mindless fun to it) while the third was worse, and I haven't even bothered with the fourth. Still if this one is supposed to be the best, then I might just check it out (if it's as good or better then the first, I'll be happy)

Oct 3 - 11:10 PM

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