RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Shame

Plus, an acclaimed doc, a psycho-horror flick, and a Japanese classic.

This week, pickings are slim yet again, but at the very least, most of the choices we do have are pretty good ones. As usual, we will note that there are some other things hitting home video shelves, like Frozen Planet, the BBC nature series by the same guys who brought you the stunning Planet Earth and Life; and a new Criterion of ˇAlambrista!, the 1977 Robert M. Young film about immigration. Aside from those, though, we'll be covering the latest Ethan Hunt adventure, the Michael Fassbender-powered film about sex addiction, a doc about animal orphans, a post-apocalyptic thriller, and a classic from Japanese auteur Yasujiro Ozu. Click through for the full list!

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

93%

The biggest question about the fourth installment in the Mission Impossible franchise was probably whether or not accomplished animation director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) could translate his talents into a live action hit. The answer, as it turns out, is a resounding "yes." Tom Cruise reprises his role as agent Ethan Hunt, who must assemble a new team and go undercover when the Impossible Missions Force is implicated in a terrorist bombing at the Kremlin and subsequently shut down. Supported by a cast that included Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and Paula Patton, Ghost Protocol earned the highest Tomatometer of any Mission: Impossible at a Certified Fresh 93%, with critics calling it stylish, fast-paced and full of gripping set pieces. If you're looking for a fun popcorn movie, you're probably safe here.

Shame

79%

When Sleeping Beauty came out last week, we talked a little bit about erotic drama and mentioned Shame as an example of a success, despite its NC-17 rating. Though the former split critics, the latter had two very important factors in its favor: Michael "he's so good, he's in everything" Fassbender and Best Actress Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan. Fassbender plays Brandon, a successful bachelor with a hidden sex addiction. When his wandering younger sister Sissy (Mulligan) unexpectedly moves in with him, memories of a painful shared childhood force him to confront his condition. Nothing is ever quite spelled out for the audience in Shame, but its two outstanding central performances help make the film a powerful examination of addiction, earning it a Certified Fresh 80% on the Tomatometer. Don't count on this one to be a pick-me-up, but if dark and brooding is what you're after, you'll find what you're looking for.

The Divide

26%

Post-apocalyptic stories are often bleak, touching on the dark places we may explore in dire circumstances. The best movies, however, know to ground such stories in humanity or risk becoming exercises in sheer depravity, and according to most critics, this humanity was missing in The Divide. Set almost entirely in a basement fallout shelter, The Divide follows a group of apartment tenants who find themselves trapped together underground when an unexplained nuclear explosion rocks the city. As the hours grow into days and tensions begin to rise, the motley crew slowly descends into madness, preying upon each other with deadly and disturbing consequences. Director Xavier Gens, who previously explored similarly dark themes in French horror flick Frontiers, allowed his actors to ad lib quite a bit in The Divide, resulting in some real on-set tension that found its way into the film. Unfortunately, critics found little to like in any of the characters, and the escalating physical and sexual brutality simply left a bad taste in many a mouth.

Born to Be Wild

98%

Nature footage is sometimes so spectacular that efforts to build narratives around it can feel tacky or superfluous. Luckily, Born to Be Wild features a built-in story, fascinating and remarkable enough on its own that, even with a brisk 40-minute running time, critics have declared it a triumph. With the aid of voiceover specialist Morgan Freeman, this Certified Fresh documentary focuses on young orangutans and elephants orphaned by human encroachment upon their territories, covering their journey back to the wild through their interactions with the caregivers who nurture them. Critics agree that the combination of the human story here with the charming nature footage makes this a captivating film, and it currently sits at an impressive 98%.

Late Spring - Criterion Collection Blu-Ray

100%

With their stately pacing, measured edits, and subsumed passions, Yasujiro Ozu's films may try the patience of modern filmgoers. But give them time, and they're bound to burrow into your psyche. One of Japan's greatest cinematic stylists, Ozu perfected a kind of minimalist storytelling style that befitted his domestic dramas: the subjects of his films are often families that find themselves butting against tradition and the modern world. One of Ozu's finest works is Late Spring, the tale of a widower who pretends to be engaged so he can convince his lonely daughter to enter into a marriage of her own and leave the family nest. It might not sound like the most dynamic of plotlines, but with Ozu, it's all about the telling, and Late Spring is one of the master's most quietly devastating pictures. A swanky new Criterion Blu-ray disc features a new transfer of the film, plus Wim Wenders' Tokyo-ga, a feature-length documentary portrait of Ozu.

Comments

Alden Welles

Alden Welles

Carey Mulligan actually wasn't nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. The nominees were Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Glenn Close, and Michelle Williams.

Apr 16 - 04:28 PM

Corbin Beckerman

Corbin Beckerman

She got nominated for "An Education" 2 years back

Apr 16 - 04:42 PM

rt-ryan

Ryan Fujitani

Yes, what Corbin said.

Apr 16 - 04:59 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

Like Oscar winner Geena Davis (even though she won it like 20 years ago she is still called that)

Apr 17 - 09:14 PM

Dave J

Dave J

"Late Spring" and "Ghost Protocal"! In regarding Ghost Protocal, *(stop reading because it's to the people who's seen this)* can someone please explain to me why the main bad guy jumped down with the suitcase instead of just throwing it down and at the same time detain Cruise from getting it!

Apr 16 - 04:29 PM

Tyler Madsen

Tyler Madsen

Because just throwing the suitcase would have been much less interesting than a suicidal maniac.

Apr 16 - 04:34 PM

Tyler Madsen

Tyler Madsen

Because just throwing the suitcase would have been much less interesting than a suicidal maniac.

Apr 16 - 04:34 PM

sunsaz

Chris Moore

Got MI4 on the way from Amazon. Definitely need to rent Shame since I missed out on it in theaters.

Apr 16 - 04:41 PM

Corbin Beckerman

Corbin Beckerman

She got nominated for "An Education" 2 years back

Apr 16 - 04:42 PM

rt-ryan

Ryan Fujitani

Yes, what Corbin said.

Apr 16 - 04:59 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

Gonna be all over "Shame" this week!

Apr 16 - 04:45 PM

rt-ryan

Ryan Fujitani

Yes, what Corbin said.

Apr 16 - 04:59 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

If I wasn't already inclined to buy "Last Spring" then the inclusion of the Wim Wenders documentary seals the deal. "Shame" deserves multiple viewings, and I'll need to look deeper at McQueen's dry, disaffected pace. I don't know how well MIGP will translate to the small screen, but it certainly exceeded my expectations on the big one.

Apr 16 - 05:18 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

I'm looking forward to seeing Ghost Protocol again(wish it was IMAX again, of course), and I want to see Shame. I liked Hunger, and I like Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.

Apr 16 - 05:18 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Not a huge Carey Mulligan fan, but Fassbender is always worth the price of admission so I'll give Shame a chance and MIGP was a great surprise. That franchise has gotten better with each movie (#2 being the exception of course).

Apr 16 - 05:51 PM

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Bradly Martin

Carrey Mulligan is Awesome. From An Education, Drive, Never Let me Go! and let's not forget the Best Dr. Who episode of all time (remake series that is) Wheeping Angels!

Apr 16 - 06:12 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

MI4, Shame and Divide, even tho I know the latter will suck. I'm a sucker for Biehn. Shame was fantastic and MI4 was entertaining enough for a popcorn flick.

Apr 16 - 09:18 PM

Justin D.

Justin D.

Surprisingly I didn't like Shame all that much. Fassbender's performance was great but something about the movie didn't click with me.

Apr 17 - 10:06 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

It's a very difficult movie to watch, I admire it a lot more than I like it. But it was fantastic nonetheless.

Apr 17 - 12:14 PM

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