RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Avengers and a James Bond Collection

Plus, a couple of solid indies, a couple of misfires, and a cult classic.

This week on home video, we've got a couple of things we know a lot of you have been looking forward to. Specifically, Joss Whedon's ensemble superhero dramedy The Avengers is now available, and every James Bond movie has been put on Blu-ray and in one set for the first time. Oh, and there are some other movies out this week, too. So have a look below and prepare thy wallets.

The Avengers

92%

After years of anticipation and separate movies setting up the backstories for Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Joss Whedon finally brought it all home in The Avengers. The result was a rousing success, pitting the charismatic heroes against intergalactic villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and an army of otherworldly invaders. Witty, action-packed, and careful to maintain its characters' humanity, The Avengers scored an impressive 92% and earned oodles of cash at the box office. It's about as good a blockbuster movie as we've seen in recent years, and it's available this week with a couple of making-of featurettes, several deleted scenes, and even a gag reel.

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Bond 50 - 22 Film Collection

The release of Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film and third to star Daniel Craig as 007, is just a little more than a month away, and MGM has decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic British agent with a comprehensive box set. The Bond 50 collection includes all 22 of the official James Bond movies, from 1962's Dr. No to 2008's Quantum of Solace, and even features an open slot for the eventual home release of Skyfall. Most of the bonus features from all the individual releases have been ported over, but there are a couple of new extras, like a featurette that explore the various actors who have portrayed the character and one that takes a look at the signature Bond style, from the cars and music to the women and villains. In addition, nine of the films are made available on Blu-ray for the first time, including beloved favorites like Octopussy, The Living Daylights, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Goldeneye. Pretty much a must-have for any Bond completist.

Damsels in Distress

75%

Damsels in Distress is less about privileged socialites than Whit Stillman's other films (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco), but it demonstrates that, even after 13 years, he still has a knack for telling stories about young people trying to find their place in the world. Greta Gerwig stars as Violet, leader of a group of college coeds whose aim is to help depressed students; in the meantime, each of the girls has her own relationship problems to navigate. Most critics found Damsels witty, charming, and well-acted, earning it a Certified Fresh 75%; if the story meanders a bit and falls short of his earlier work, it's saved by some great casting choices and deadpan humor.

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The Tall Man

48%

Jessica Biel hasn't appeared in a Fresh non-documentary film since 2006's The Illusionist, and unfortunately The Tall Man did nothing to change that. In this mysterious thriller, Biel plays Julia, a nurse in a small Washington mining town plagued by rumors of a supernatural entity known as the Tall Man. When local children begin disappearing -- Julia's son David among them -- Julia sets out to unravel the mystery and save her boy. At 45% on the Tomatometer, The Tall Man failed to make a strong impression on critics, who largely felt a creepy, atmospheric, and promising opening half slowly devolved into an unlikely jumbled mess by the end.

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The Samaritan

24%

When you average about five to six movies a year for over a decade, you're bound to star in a few duds. For Samuel L. Jackson, The Samaritan is one of those duds. Oh, you've never heard of it? That's probably because it earned just over $2500, opening in just three theaters for one week. The story here is pretty typical: Foley (Jackson) is an ex-con who gets pulled back into the crime business when all he wants is out. Aside from the familiar story, critics also pointed out that Jackson himself seemed to be rather bored throughout the production, and that the film probably would have worked better as a caper than a noir thriller. At 22%, The Samaritan isn't doing anyone any favors. Zing!

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Goodbye First Love

80%

A joint French and German film directed by French filmmaker Mia Hansen-LÝve, Goodbye First Love is a slice-of-life character exploration about a young girl named Camille who falls in love with Sullivan, a cheerful, free-spirited older boy. When Sullivan leaves on a trip to South America, the pair eventually fall out of touch, and Camille moves on with her life until Sullivan reappears years later to rekindle the romance. Certified Fresh at 80%, Goodbye First Love was praised for its realistic treatment of young romance, and all the powerful but fleeting moments, lingering emotions, and simple pleasures that come with it.

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Complete Collection

Some time ago, we wrote about the Blu-ray release of the Japanese samurai classic Shogun Assassin, which is actually a made-for-American-audiences recut of the first two films in the Lone Wolf and Cub series. This week, fans of the original films will get their chance to own the whole shebang on Blu-ray in one set, the Lone Wolf and Cub Complete 6-film Collection. Based on the classic manga of the same name, the series follows a betrayed assassin in feudal Japan who wanders the land with his infant son, taking contracts and encountering formidable opponents. Unfortunately, the set doesn?t include any extras, so you'll have to be satisfied with the films themselves for now.

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Comments

Bigbrother

Big Brother

What's "a Julia". Think you may have a wandering A there. Looking forward to Avengers, but think I'll totally geek out on this one and wait for the deluxe set with the glowing suitcase.

Can't beat Bond, but think I'll just continue to watch on TBS.

Is Greta Gerwig in everything these days? At least she seems to get her fair share of good reviews unlike a certain Ms. Biel who seems to have stolen Jessica Alba's job as talentless eye candy.

Might be interested in Lone Wolf and Cub, but living in Japan it's on regular TV enough along with Big Trouble in Little China which was surreal to see dubbed in Japanese. Can't help but think a ton of it was lost in the dubbing.

Sep 24 - 06:08 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Don't you get tired of commercials? I can't watch movies on television. I just have no patience for the editing and interruptions.

Sep 25 - 11:48 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I read during commercials. I'm a multitasker. It's easy to do since there are basically only 3 commercials in Japan. They're not distracting at all and the Japanese do their stuff different than ours. Commercials often come at the end of the show before the next one starts, for example, an episode of say Bones lasts about 42 minutes with 18 minutes of commercials before NCIS starts.

Sep 25 - 05:33 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

. . . but then BigBrother, you turn around and vote for the likes of Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney. MITT ROMNEY IS A TOTAL SCHMUCK, don't vote for him (because a guy like Big Brother IS going to vote for Mitt Romney)

Sep 25 - 06:22 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Again, not an Alaskan. Who votes for a Vice President anyway. On second thought go with that logic cause Joe Biden is a definate winner just like Gordon.

Sep 25 - 07:30 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I'm Alaskan and I didn't vote for her. Who cares anyway? She got exposed and has moved into color commentary mode. And I agree with Bigbrother on Biden though, he's a fucking dumbass.

Sep 25 - 10:24 PM

Jacob Holmes

Jacob Holmes

Definitely getting The Avengers. The Bond set would be nice if it wasn't so expensive(then again it is 22 movies...) and the fact that there are some pretty bad Bond movies in that set.(Moonraker anyone?)

Sep 24 - 06:36 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I actually have a soft spot for Moonraker it's got that awesome 70's camp factor going for it. I find it and all the other Moore Bonds much more tolerable than Timothy Dalton's 80's Bond. Oh, and I like it better than Live and Let Die which only had an awesome theme song and young Jane Seymour going for it. Man with the Golden Gun is probably my favorite Moore Bond.

Sep 24 - 09:33 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

MOONRAKER was the first Bond film I ever saw (sad, I know). That being said, I'd rather watch Bond seduce Dr. Goodhead any day than him driving an invisible car.

Sep 24 - 10:25 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Live and Let Die" also has a great villain in Yaphet Kotto.

Sep 25 - 11:47 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Not one of my favorites. My Bond Villain list would go:

1. Goldfinger
2. Blofeld
3. Scaramanga
4. Jaws
5. Dr. No
6. Alec Trevelyan
7. Le Chifre
8. Largo
9. Major Smythe
10. Maybe Kotto though I loves me some Christopher Walken although A View To a Kill was a weak entry overall. Grace Jones as a Bond Girl? Bleh.

Sep 25 - 05:41 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

@Brother - Bond doesn't care, he's like Kirk, he will bone anything that moves. I wanna see one where he actually schtoops Moneypenny.

Sep 25 - 08:04 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I wanna see one where he wing mans Q and bangs the fat friend. Now thats fighting for queen and country.

Sep 25 - 10:26 PM

Rebeccachu Elizabeth C.

Rebecca Clark

I honestly cannot wait to pick up The Avengers on Blu-ray soon. I'm getting pumped up for this movie!

Sep 24 - 07:59 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

I work at Fred Meyer, so I'm expecting to see a huge cardboard "Avengers" stand-up in the electronics department tomorrow to distract me every time I walk by ;) In all honesty, it's not Oscar-worthy (except for visuals, maybe), it isn't going to be in the National Film Registry, but it closes out the first phase of the MCU in spectacular fashion, and I'll be watching it again soon (on a BIG screen, a small screen won't do it justice).

Arachnophobia was pretty entertaining when I watched it on Halloween a few years ago.

As for the Bond collection: dang, that has to be the largest number of movies ever sold in one big package. I've seen a couple Bond films ("Goldfinger" and "Moonraker"), but I can pass on the set.

Sep 24 - 08:05 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Anyone else click on "Lone Wolf and Cub" and get sent to "Chico and Rita"?

Sep 24 - 09:31 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Also "Bond 50" goes to the "Lone Wolf and Cub" link

Sep 24 - 09:33 PM

rt-ryan

Ryan Fujitani

Wow... Not sure how that happened, but thanks for spotting it. I've fixed both links.

Sep 25 - 02:18 AM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Also "Bond 50" goes to the "Lone Wolf and Cub" link

Sep 24 - 09:33 PM

rt-ryan

Ryan Fujitani

Wow... Not sure how that happened, but thanks for spotting it. I've fixed both links.

Sep 25 - 02:18 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I actually have a soft spot for Moonraker it's got that awesome 70's camp factor going for it. I find it and all the other Moore Bonds much more tolerable than Timothy Dalton's 80's Bond. Oh, and I like it better than Live and Let Die which only had an awesome theme song and young Jane Seymour going for it. Man with the Golden Gun is probably my favorite Moore Bond.

Sep 24 - 09:33 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

MOONRAKER was the first Bond film I ever saw (sad, I know). That being said, I'd rather watch Bond seduce Dr. Goodhead any day than him driving an invisible car.

Sep 24 - 10:25 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Live and Let Die" also has a great villain in Yaphet Kotto.

Sep 25 - 11:47 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Not one of my favorites. My Bond Villain list would go:

1. Goldfinger
2. Blofeld
3. Scaramanga
4. Jaws
5. Dr. No
6. Alec Trevelyan
7. Le Chifre
8. Largo
9. Major Smythe
10. Maybe Kotto though I loves me some Christopher Walken although A View To a Kill was a weak entry overall. Grace Jones as a Bond Girl? Bleh.

Sep 25 - 05:41 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

@Brother - Bond doesn't care, he's like Kirk, he will bone anything that moves. I wanna see one where he actually schtoops Moneypenny.

Sep 25 - 08:04 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I wanna see one where he wing mans Q and bangs the fat friend. Now thats fighting for queen and country.

Sep 25 - 10:26 PM

Kadeem S.

Kadeem Stewart

Both The Avengers and Resident Evil: Damnation are coming out tomorrow. Look forward to go to Wal-Mart for the midnight launch party for The Avengers.

Sep 24 - 09:55 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Man, those corporations.

Sep 27 - 10:36 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

MOONRAKER was the first Bond film I ever saw (sad, I know). That being said, I'd rather watch Bond seduce Dr. Goodhead any day than him driving an invisible car.

Sep 24 - 10:25 PM

Fred Brooks

Fred Brooks

I'll be at Target and Best Buy this afternoon to scoop up "The Avengers", a fantastic film and the best one i've seen this year so far.

Sep 25 - 01:55 AM

rt-ryan

Ryan Fujitani

Wow... Not sure how that happened, but thanks for spotting it. I've fixed both links.

Sep 25 - 02:18 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Hooray for Avengers on Blu-Ray! I'm stoked for extra's and commentary! If Joss is even as half as entertaining as his Cabin in the woods extras and commentary this is must buy for any fans of the avengers or fans of summer blockbusters done right!

Sep 25 - 08:13 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Live and Let Die" also has a great villain in Yaphet Kotto.

Sep 25 - 11:47 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Not one of my favorites. My Bond Villain list would go:

1. Goldfinger
2. Blofeld
3. Scaramanga
4. Jaws
5. Dr. No
6. Alec Trevelyan
7. Le Chifre
8. Largo
9. Major Smythe
10. Maybe Kotto though I loves me some Christopher Walken although A View To a Kill was a weak entry overall. Grace Jones as a Bond Girl? Bleh.

Sep 25 - 05:41 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

@Brother - Bond doesn't care, he's like Kirk, he will bone anything that moves. I wanna see one where he actually schtoops Moneypenny.

Sep 25 - 08:04 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I wanna see one where he wing mans Q and bangs the fat friend. Now thats fighting for queen and country.

Sep 25 - 10:26 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Don't you get tired of commercials? I can't watch movies on television. I just have no patience for the editing and interruptions.

Sep 25 - 11:48 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I read during commercials. I'm a multitasker. It's easy to do since there are basically only 3 commercials in Japan. They're not distracting at all and the Japanese do their stuff different than ours. Commercials often come at the end of the show before the next one starts, for example, an episode of say Bones lasts about 42 minutes with 18 minutes of commercials before NCIS starts.

Sep 25 - 05:33 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

. . . but then BigBrother, you turn around and vote for the likes of Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney. MITT ROMNEY IS A TOTAL SCHMUCK, don't vote for him (because a guy like Big Brother IS going to vote for Mitt Romney)

Sep 25 - 06:22 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Again, not an Alaskan. Who votes for a Vice President anyway. On second thought go with that logic cause Joe Biden is a definate winner just like Gordon.

Sep 25 - 07:30 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I'm Alaskan and I didn't vote for her. Who cares anyway? She got exposed and has moved into color commentary mode. And I agree with Bigbrother on Biden though, he's a fucking dumbass.

Sep 25 - 10:24 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Out of all the new releases it's obviously going to be "Lonewolf and Cub"!

Sep 25 - 11:56 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Eating Raoul" is hilarious. Poor Paul Bartel. He's from the same social circle of directors as Scorsese, De Palma, John Landis and Joe Dante, but he never realized the same success. His "Cannonball", and of course "Raoul", are both cult classics. Unfortunately, most people know him best as the jewel smuggler in "Usual Suspects" (the one who escapes the flaming police car).

The "Lone Wolf" films are nowhere near as brilliant as the original Koike/Kojima manga, but they're a lot of fun, mostly for the gore and lost limbs. Personally I wish I could just get the first three films separately rather than the whole set. The same with Bond. I'm a Connery purist. There's a handful of others that are decent, but Sean's first four are the real essentials. Mr. Fujitani, I'll assume you're being cute by referring to "Octopussy" as "beloved". The circus scene just might be the single lowest point in the annuls of Bondia.

I'll definitely have to check out Stillman's "Damsels" and "Tall Man" from Pascal Laugier, who also made the polarizing films "Brotherhood of the Wolf" and "Martyrs". It doesn't surprise me that the atmosphere overrules the plot, given that criteria, but I happen to appreciate a director who can handle tone and mood.

Sep 25 - 12:03 PM

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens

uhm... where's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns?

Sep 25 - 03:41 PM

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens

but seriously that's what i'm picking up!

Sep 25 - 03:43 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Good call, I've had mine on pre-order from Amazon for a month now.

Sep 25 - 07:32 PM

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens

but seriously that's what i'm picking up!

Sep 25 - 03:43 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

I already pre-oredered The Avengers Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack at Disney Store and I'm picking it up tomorrow! Can't wait to see it on my Blu-ray! It will look stunning. I'd love to get that Bond 50 box set but I haven't seen all the movies and it's expensive.

Sep 25 - 04:32 PM

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