RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Magic Mike and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Plus, another Madea movie, a couple of indie romances, and a collection of classic horror flicks.

This week on home video, we get Steven Soderbergh's male stripper drama, some supernatural revisionist American history, and Tyler Perry's latest Madea comedy. On top of that, there's also the apocalyptic road trip rom-com, an understated relationship drama, and a couple of classics reissued. See below for the full list!

Magic Mike

80%

Steven Soderbergh is one of the hardest working directors in Hollywood, and Channing Tatum has seen his star rise rapidly in the past few years; put them together in a movie tailor made to make the most of Tatum's -- ahem -- assets, and you get a Certified Fresh winner. In a partially autobiographical role, Tatum plays the title character in Magic Mike, the story of a male stripper who shepherds a younger dancer (Alex Pettyfer) in the ways of partying and seduction. Critics found the film smartly written and engagingly directed, but also took special care to note this -- along with 21 Jump Street -- as Tatum's arrival as a true star. At 79%, this should make for a squealing good time for you (regardless of gender) and any lady friends you might entertain.

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

35%

Its title promises great fun to be had at the cineplex, but Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter failed to impress most who saw it. Written by the same man who penned the popular novel (as well as the similarly themed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) that inspired the movie and directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), AL:VH stars Benjamin Walker as the Great Emancipator, who encounters a vampire as a child, trains to fight them, and eventually moonlights as a vampire hunter (of course) whilst advancing his political career. Unfortunately, critics felt that the film often took itself more seriously than its silly title and premise warranted, resulting in an uneven story unable to live up to its potential. In other words, schlockfest connoisseurs beware: product may not deliver as advertised.

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Madea's Witness Protection

21%

Speaking of schlock, Tyler Perry's latest film is also out this week, and though Madea's Witness Protection earned the second-highest grosses of Perry's directorial career, it's also the second lowest-rated film to feature his burly matriarch, Madea. Faced with death threats from the mob after he exposes a Ponzi scheme at his firm, George Needleman (Eugene Levy) enters the witness protection program, through which he's placed into the loving arms of -- who else? -- Tyler Perry in drag. Most critics were quick to call Witness Protection lazy, even by Perry's standards, with tired humor and a script that simply drags when Madea isn't on screen. At 21% on the Tomatometer, this will probably only appeal to Perry's most ardent fans, but most seem to think he's capable of better than this.

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

56%

Steve Carell has made a relatively well-received transition from TV to the big screen, trading on his immense likability, and critics say that's one of the saving graces of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, an overall charming comedy that's unfortunately plagued by some tonal issues and a disappointing conclusion. Carell plays Dodge, an insurance salesman who takes to the road with his heartbroken neighbor (Keira Knightley) to find his high school sweetheart upon learning an asteroid will wipe out all life on Earth in three weeks' time. Feelings were mixed on Seeking a Friend, some calling it a tender and sharp, while others felt the story's individual threads could have converged in a more artful manner. At 55%, this is a road comedy that may alternately touch you and leave you unsatisfied.

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Take This Waltz

77%

Sarah Polley earned rave reviews for her first directorial effort, 2006's Away from Her (Certified Fresh at 94%), and though she doesn't hit as high a mark with Take This Waltz, she's now officially a director to watch. Michelle Williams plays Margot, a freelance writer who meets neighbor Daniel (Luke Kirby), with whom she shares an intense chemistry. Margot, however, is married to Lou (Seth Rogen), and initially suppresses her feelings for Daniel until they begin to take their toll on her marriage. Though Take This Waltz's themes are familiar, critics say Polley (who also wrote the script) succeeds beautifully in avoiding cliché and capturing the subtle, nuanced nature of love, both new and old. Certified Fresh at 78%, it's one of the more thoughtful relationship dramas around.

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Blade Runner - 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition

91%

Feel free to commence with the jokes about how many different versions of Blade Runner are available. For better or worse, this week will see the release of a 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition set, which essentially includes all of the content from the 25th Anniversary set (remember that snazzy briefcase?): "The Final Cut" plus three more versions of the film, the feature-length making-of doc "Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner," the deleted scenes and featurettes, and the workprint version; what's new this time around is a miniature concept spinner car, an action lenticular, and a 72-page production book with sketches, poster art, and photos. If you don't care for all the goodies, you can always pick up the Blu-ray digibook, too.

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Universal Monsters - The Essential Collection (Coffin Box)

A couple of weeks ago, Universal released pretty much all of their classic creature features on Blu-ray and in one set. This week, the same 8-disc collection, including their most iconic horror films from the 1930s to the 1950s, is available in a nifty new coffin-shaped box. Which movies, specifically? How about deluxe Special Editions of: Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Wolf Man (1941), The Phantom of the Opera (1943), and The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)? The set comes with an exclusive 44-page booklet and a theatrical poster for each film, while each of the titles includes the extras found on their individual Blu-ray releases. Not a bad pickup, just in time for Halloween.

Also available this week:

  • The Invisible War, Kirby Dick's (This Film Is Not Yet Rated) Certified Fresh (at 100%) doc about sexual abuse in the US military, is available this week.
  • John Schlesinger's 1971 relationship drama Sunday Bloody Sunday gets the Criterion Collection treatment.
  • Kino International will be releasing Stanley Kubrick's feature debut Fear and Desire on Blu-ray for the first time.
  • The trapped-in-a-sauna thriller 247 F arrives on home video.

Comments

Dave J

Dave J

Another "Blade Runner", I highly doubt it's going to be last of em!

Oct 22 - 04:12 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

How many more dips can they take into the Blade Runner pool? Wait, don't answer that. I really don't want to know...

Oct 22 - 06:07 PM

Sam Tebow

Sam Tebow

as Ray said I didnt know that some people are able to make $7575 in one month on the internet. did you look at this link http://bit.ly/X24LHP

Oct 28 - 10:09 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I hear this Blade Runner has new footage which connects it to Prometheus in a really round about MAKE IT STOP kind of way. Ha

Oct 23 - 09:05 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Funny thing is, the Prometheus Blu-Ray has a Blade Runner easter egg on it that suggests they take place in the same universe.

Oct 23 - 10:47 PM

Esteban Martinez

Esteban Martinez

I'm not sure if I like that idea. :/

Oct 24 - 06:55 AM

Justin D.

Justin D.

Really? What was the easter egg?

Oct 24 - 03:27 PM

Trevor M.

Trevor Merrill

How do people NOT know that Alien (including Prometheus) and Predator series' exist within the same world as Blade Runner?

Oct 26 - 08:40 PM

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Sean D.

Sean D

You like feel of the machine at your fingertips? Why not get a vibrator then?

Oct 25 - 11:23 AM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

One of these days, someone is going to write an academic paper on all the versions of Blade Runner that will ever exist. I wonder if for the sequel, Scott will finally be able to get his version into theaters like he did with Prometheus?

Speaking of Prometheus, I saw Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter in the cinema in 3D and like Scott's film it makes me wish that I have a 3D TV and BD player. Brilliant use of the effect; almost every shot has elements that adds depth. At various point it even plays a role in telling the story (the speck of dust when Lincoln's mother dies is a particularly poignant one). My favourite shot is not 3D, however. It's the one where Lincoln dramatically walks through a door frame; it's framed like an action shot but it's actually Lincoln moving on to a less action-packed (but no less hectic) part of his life. Bekmambetov apparently parodies the typical 'badass' sequence by turning the picture sideways to fit the entire thing onto the screen. At the same time, it shows that Lincoln is a larger than life figure, as the film itself demonstrates.

The movie itself is pretty good at being serious when it needs to, and being silly at other times. Also, I'm convinced that whole horse stampede scene is a John Ford reference (Ford also directed his own young Lincoln film).

Oct 22 - 04:27 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

FEAR AND DESIRE!!!! TCM premiered this film that Stanley Kubrick had withheld from commercial release for 55 years. I missed it. This is a wish come true for a Kubrick fan, even if it may very well be his weakest film. (Could it possibly be worse than his Seafaring Union recruiting film that has been available for a decade?)

I like Soderbergh and Sarah Polley, but I honestly don't have the urge to see either of these. "Son of Frankenstein" still needs more love. The BR doc "Dangerous Days" needs to be seen regardless of the package. For me, the '92 Director's Cut is still definitive.

Oct 22 - 05:22 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

Fear and Desire on Blu-Ray? Damn son. Almost makes me wish a had a blu-ray player.

I have said it before and I will say it again: Soderbergh is hit or miss. I loved "The Limey" and "Traffic" was pretty decent. But I just don't get all antsy for Soderbergh as many people do.

Oct 25 - 11:26 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I think it should be on reg DVD too.

Oct 25 - 06:15 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

How many more dips can they take into the Blade Runner pool? Wait, don't answer that. I really don't want to know...

Oct 22 - 06:07 PM

Sam Tebow

Sam Tebow

as Ray said I didnt know that some people are able to make $7575 in one month on the internet. did you look at this link http://bit.ly/X24LHP

Oct 28 - 10:09 AM

Kriftonucci

Jim Ylonen

Here's the perfect Blade Runner: no lazy Ford narration, yes ambiguous origami/existential quote ending and the violence unabridged. Anything else makes it look bad.

I might see Magic Mike because just like 300 with Sucker Punch, guys can also pull off Showgirls. Read the Abe Lincoln book instead, it's better, trust me. Take this Waltz looks pretty good. The rest I'll pass.

Oct 22 - 06:31 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I prefer the narration.

Oct 23 - 06:38 AM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

Han shoots first = Decker doesn't narrate.

Oct 23 - 01:57 PM

Kriftonucci

Jim Ylonen

Well said.

Oct 23 - 04:35 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Except Decker's narration was the original and the cutting of it was the change. Though I fully admit my love for the narration could be a product of nostalgia like how it's usually the first version of a song that you hear that you like the best.

Oct 24 - 03:28 AM

Kriftonucci

Jim Ylonen

I disliked the narration for 2 simple reasons: One, the subtlety without it made the film a lot more beautiful, poetic even. And two, the way Ford executes it suggests lethargy, that he too thought it was a bad idea but did it anyway.
Maybe he should rerecord it with more passion and I might change my mind.

Oct 24 - 01:48 PM

Fourteenyearold

Louie 098

That Universal Monsters Coffin Box looks superb . â?¡

Oct 22 - 07:06 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Don't have Blade Runner on blu-ray yet, so I might as well get this version... or should I wait for the next one?

Oct 22 - 08:05 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Fear And Desire is a must watch, I've never seen it before. I'll also check out "Tale This Waltz", mostly due to having received a fresh rating. Plus Seth Rogen is in it and I find him to be quite the funny guy. I've already seen multiple versions of Blade Runner and own a couple, I think I'll pass up on this one. As for the rest, I'll skip them all. Soderbergh is, for my money, more miss than hit (despite having quite a visual flair, the scripts in his movies are usually weak- even some of his most highly regarded movies like Contagion, The Limey and even Traffic had pacing issues, clunky dialogue and ambitions that are hardly met with)so I'm not at all interested on Magic Mike. As for Seeking A Friend... I saw the first 30 minutes and I though it was pretty bad. Yes, Carell is charming but the film is flat, uneven and it's attemps at comedy rarely suceed. Anything by Tyler Perry is, as far as I'm concerned, a must miss. As for Abraham Lincoln... well, it's too silly to consider. And this coming from a guy that actually kind of enjoys Van Helsing - It's one of my guilty pleasures.

Oct 23 - 02:39 AM

Esteban Martinez

Esteban Martinez

Nothing this week. And I'm not getting the new Blade Runner edition, I already got the previous Blu Ray release and a previous DVD one. I'm fine with that.

The Universal Monsters collection does sound tempting, but it's probably too expensive for me right now.

Oct 23 - 06:05 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I prefer the narration.

Oct 23 - 06:38 AM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

Han shoots first = Decker doesn't narrate.

Oct 23 - 01:57 PM

Kriftonucci

Jim Ylonen

Well said.

Oct 23 - 04:35 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Except Decker's narration was the original and the cutting of it was the change. Though I fully admit my love for the narration could be a product of nostalgia like how it's usually the first version of a song that you hear that you like the best.

Oct 24 - 03:28 AM

khan27052

Asif Khan

Take this Waltz is one of the best movies of the year, i wish people appreciate the movie more.

Oct 23 - 07:19 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Take this Waltz for me. I loved Away from Her.

Oct 23 - 09:05 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I hear this Blade Runner has new footage which connects it to Prometheus in a really round about MAKE IT STOP kind of way. Ha

Oct 23 - 09:05 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Funny thing is, the Prometheus Blu-Ray has a Blade Runner easter egg on it that suggests they take place in the same universe.

Oct 23 - 10:47 PM

Esteban Martinez

Esteban Martinez

I'm not sure if I like that idea. :/

Oct 24 - 06:55 AM

Justin D.

Justin D.

Really? What was the easter egg?

Oct 24 - 03:27 PM

Trevor M.

Trevor Merrill

How do people NOT know that Alien (including Prometheus) and Predator series' exist within the same world as Blade Runner?

Oct 26 - 08:40 PM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

Han shoots first = Decker doesn't narrate.

Oct 23 - 01:57 PM

Kriftonucci

Jim Ylonen

Well said.

Oct 23 - 04:35 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Except Decker's narration was the original and the cutting of it was the change. Though I fully admit my love for the narration could be a product of nostalgia like how it's usually the first version of a song that you hear that you like the best.

Oct 24 - 03:28 AM

Kriftonucci

Jim Ylonen

Well said.

Oct 23 - 04:35 PM

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Sean D.

Sean D

You like feel of the machine at your fingertips? Why not get a vibrator then?

Oct 25 - 11:23 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Funny thing is, the Prometheus Blu-Ray has a Blade Runner easter egg on it that suggests they take place in the same universe.

Oct 23 - 10:47 PM

Esteban Martinez

Esteban Martinez

I'm not sure if I like that idea. :/

Oct 24 - 06:55 AM

Justin D.

Justin D.

Really? What was the easter egg?

Oct 24 - 03:27 PM

Trevor M.

Trevor Merrill

How do people NOT know that Alien (including Prometheus) and Predator series' exist within the same world as Blade Runner?

Oct 26 - 08:40 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Except Decker's narration was the original and the cutting of it was the change. Though I fully admit my love for the narration could be a product of nostalgia like how it's usually the first version of a song that you hear that you like the best.

Oct 24 - 03:28 AM

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