RT on DVD: JCVD, Animated X-Men, and Star Trek on Blu-ray
Plus, Bride Wars, Hotel for Dogs, The Uninvited and more debut on DVD.
This week, home video enthusiasts have all kinds of new flicks -- fresh and rotten -- to peruse, starting with a surprising comeback by former action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD). Mainstream viewers can choose between a kiddie-canine comedy (Hotel for Dogs), a superficial chick flick (Bride Wars), and a poky horror remake (The Uninvited), though we'd recommend giving a pair of lesser-known, but better-reviewed films a chance (What Doesn't Kill You, Nothing But the Truth). For the daring crowd, we've got a pair of flicks that push the boundaries of taste (the Guillermo del Toro-produced While She Was Out, Criterion's In The Realm of The Senses) and lastly, a few throwback TV on DVD titles for anyone feeling nostalgic (X-Men: The Animated Series Vol. 1 & 2, Star Trek: The Original Series on Blu-ray).
Fans of meaty '80s action flicks no doubt know the name Jean-Claude Van Damme from such glorious, sweaty butt-kicking films as Bloodsport (1988), Double Impact (1991), and Universal Soldier (1992) -- not to mention the cheesy video game adaptation, Street Fighter (1994) -- so it brings us great pleasure to report that the fallen idol's latest film, aptly titled JCVD, is not only a (gasp!) drama, but a bona fide comeback to boot! JCVD stars the Muscles from Brussels as himself, a former action star struggling with obsolescence who stumbles into a bank robbery; what results is alternately existential and comic, a referential heist movie laden with black comedy and extraordinary revelations by Van Damme about his life and career. (Also note, JCVD is Van Damme's first and only Fresh movie to date.) Bonus footage, trailers, and more will be included on the DVD release.
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