RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Hunger Games and The Raid

Plus, a couple of solid thrillers and a few great reissues.

There have been a few noteworthy selections on home video in recent weeks, but pickings have been decidedly slim. Luckily, this week promises to be a good one (only one Rotten film on our list), from big blockbusters to arthouse winners. See below for the full list!

The Hunger Games

84%

With the Harry Potter series officially over and the Twilight Saga wrapping things up later this year, The Hunger Games has stepped in to take advantage of the rabid young adult fanbase. Similarly based on a series of wildly popular youth novels, The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a teen living in a dystopian North America who must represent her district in a battle to the death against teens from other districts. Supported by a cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, and more, The Hunger Games mostly lived up to expectations, earning a Certified Fresh 85% from critics, who found it thrilling, well-acted, and true to its source material.

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The Raid: Redemption

85%

Expatriate Welsh director Gareth Evans introduced the world to Iko Uwais and the Indonesian martial art of Silat through his 2009 film Merantau, and he employs both in his follow-up, The Raid: Redemption. Known simply as The Raid in its native Indonesia, the high-powered actioner garnered widespread praise for its ability to draw thrills from an elegantly simple premise: an elite SWAT team attempts to infiltrate an urban highrise occupied entirely by ruthless thugs and murderers in an attempt to reach the top floor and apprehend the crime lord running the show. Certified Fresh at 83% on the Tomatometer, The Raid employs a fast pace to maximize the thrills, and while it may be a bit too intense for some, it should please those looking for bloody fun.

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Kill List

76%

Kill List premiered at SXSW back in 2011, blowing more than a few minds en route to a good amount of positive buzz and an eventual US release in February of this year. Neil Maskell and Michael Smiley play Jay and Gal, respectively, former soldiers-turned-hitmen who decide to take on a few more jobs when Jay starts running out of cash. Things take a turn for the chilling and bizarre, however, when they happen upon a mysterious ceremony in the woods and their lives are put in peril. Equal parts horror and psychological thriller, Kill List earned a Certified Fresh 74% from critics, who largely felt the movie was well made and effectively disturbing, if a little too ambitious and a tad on the violent side.

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The Snowtown Murders

83%

Australia has produced a few fine crime films in recent years (e.g. Animal Kingdom, Red Hill), and the trend continues with The Snowtown Murders. Based on true events, the film centers on Jamie Vlassakis (Lucas Pittaway), a young boy who becomes attached to an older man named John Bunting (Daniel Henshall), later recognized as the ringleader in a series of 11 murders during the 1990s. Critics called the film bleak and brutal but ultimately deemed it a powerful viewing experience. Certified Fresh at 85%, The Snowtown Murders can be tough to watch, but it's a fascinating dramatization that's likely to remain with you after the credits have rolled.

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Hick

5%

If you thought Chloe Moretz wasn't sexualized enough as an 11-year-old in Kick-Ass, wait until you see her as a 13-year-old in Hick. Based on the novel of the same name by Andrea Portes (who also wrote the screenplay), Hick stars Moretz as Luli, a spunky teen from Nebraska who flees her alcoholic parents to hitchhike to Las Vegas, encountering the kinds of quirky side characters one typically expects to find in a road trip movie. The only problem here is that, despite the efforts of a strong cast that includes Eddie Redmayne, Alec Baldwin, Blake Lively, and Juliette Lewis, critics found the film's tone inconsistent, its message muddled, and its story a bit aimless. As such, it's earned that rarest of RT honors: the 0% Tomatometer.

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Jaws

98%

Steven Spielberg's iconic thriller about a killer shark and the men who set out to hunt it down had a lasting effect on the movie industry, both establishing the summer as the season for blockbusters and changing the way movies in general are marketed to the public. And while that's important and all, what really mattered to audiences was that Jaws was fun, exciting, thoroughly engaging, and full of surprises; in other words, pretty much the perfect popcorn flick to see on the big screen with your friends. As part of its ongoing 100th Anniversary, Universal is releasing Jaws on Blu-ray for the first time this week, along with extras that include two feature-length docs about the film's production and its legacy, as well as deleted scenes, a vintage featurette from 1974, and more.

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The Royal Tenenbaums - Criterion Collection Blu-Ray

81%

Before Moonrise Kingdom won the hearts of audiences everywhere, Wes Anderson's most famous work was probably The Royal Tenenbaums, the sad but quite funny chronicle of a troubled family of privilege. Starring Gene Hackman and Anjelica Huston as the elder Tenenbaums and Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, and Gwyneth Paltrow as their emotionally stunted children, The Royal Tenenbaums is equal parts melancholy and optimism as it depicts the efforts of the estranged patriarch to reconnect with his children. Already available in a Criterion DVD, the film gets a Blu-ray release this week with a behind the scenes featurette, several cast interviews, deleted scenes, and original drawings of the Tenenbaum house.

La promesse / Rosetta - Criterion Collection

95%

Two more films from the Criterion Collection are hitting shelves this week, both the work of Belgian filmmakers the Dardenne brothers. First up is La promesse, the understated arthouse drama about a young man coming to terms with his father's shady business practices regarding illegal aliens that put the Dardennes on everyone's radar. Then there's Rosetta, the story of a 17-year-old struggling to hold on to a job in order to support herself and her mother that not only won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1999, but also helped reshape Belgium's public policy regarding minimum wage for employed teens. Both films come with interviews of the directors and the cast and are available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Comments

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Pretty much interested in everything not rhyming with "Younger Names". Well, just joshin'. I'll be seeing that as well, just to get it behind me. Looking most forward to "The Raid" and "Kill List", both of which I've heard nothing but good things about. "Snowtown" looks interesting, but it'll have to take a seat to "Cropsey" and "Home Movie", two other horror films highly recommended recently. Shame about "Hick" which apprently has a great cast wasted. The extras on the Blu-Rays look interesting, with the Dardennes being worth a rental, the Tenenbaum not a remarkable upgrade from what I own, and "Jaws", well hell, it's the WHOLE DAMN THING, folks.

Aug 13 - 06:34 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

The Raid is awesome. Just awesome. It reminded me of the great action flicks that were being pumped out of Asia in the early '90s. I've got Kill List now and am very curious about it since apparently it goes into straigh batshit crazy territory by the end.

Aug 13 - 09:52 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Raid was awesome and Kill List was intriguing but fucking weird, and not necessarily in a good way, I thought.

Aug 14 - 01:00 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I saw the Netflix 10 minute preview of "The Raid" over the weekend (very bad dubbing), and it looked great. One of the best action trailers I've seen. Batshit Crazy Territory is my ideal vacation spot. Looking forward to that.

Aug 14 - 05:43 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

I'm gonna have to rent The Raid just to see how they drew a credible movie from what is essentially an early 90's video game premise. Some interesting stuff out this week. I'm shocked by Hick's score with that cast. I hope this doesn't hurt Chloe Moretz's career because I think she's one of the most if not the most talented young actresses working today. She just needs to learn to stay clear of movie's like this and Dark Shadows. Hopefully this will just be the National Lampoons Senior Trip of her career and she can go on to do bigger and better things.

Aug 13 - 06:42 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

From what I read, it's just back to back action scenes that somehow don't get boring.. interesting to see how they pulled it off. Total Recall was like that but halfway through I was yawning.

Aug 13 - 09:45 PM

King  S.

King Simba

It can be done. When you think about, hasn't that what James Cameron has been doing in a lot of his films?

Aug 14 - 01:00 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

True to some extent but Cameron actually does do a fair job of character development and pacing. His films are not what I would call pure action movies.

Aug 14 - 04:06 PM

King  S.

King Simba

She was doing pretty fine before 2012 rolled in. She was in Hugo in 2011 and Let Me In and Kick Ass in 2010. Hopefully she can bounce back in 2013 (I'm actually looking forward to Carrie just to see her performance).

Aug 14 - 01:06 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

More interested in KICK-ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL, which Universal has set for release next Christmas!

Aug 14 - 01:53 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

At least the kid's balls finally drop.

Aug 14 - 05:43 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Texas Killing Fields" wasn't very good either.

Aug 14 - 05:51 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

However, MARGARET was, thanks for the recommendation. I didn't catch all the operatic/poetic subtext to be found throughout, but Paquin and the rest of the cast were so good it was hard to complain. Loved Broderick's moves for the Tropicana when he's been challenged by student on Shakespeare; the classroom scenes had the odd feel of the opening classroom scenes from like Antonelli's ZABRISKIE POINT. Overall, it was excellent.

Aug 14 - 09:35 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'm glad to hear it. My taste in films doesn't always translate for others.

Aug 16 - 04:44 PM

Bradley J.

Bradley J

The Hunger Games was great so i'll ge that one down the line.

Aug 13 - 06:48 PM

Bay is .001 Nolan

Bay is .001 Nolan

The Hunger Games is a good movie, thanks to Jennifer Lawrence but I think I would have liked it more if I was not familiar to the awesome Battle Royale. The Kill List-- I really liked it and unlike Hunger, I liked it more even if I was familiar to A Serbian Film!!! Need I say more???

Aug 13 - 06:51 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Sorry, but I have to say it: I have had enough of all these BATTLE ROYALE/RUNNING MAN comparisons, I could give a damn less. I liked THE HUNGER GAMES and no, I don't think the author borrowed from BATTLE ROYALE. Hell, variations of this story have been existed before the publication of "The Most Dangerous Game."

Aug 13 - 11:29 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

That doesn't matter. Every story has been done to death. The fact is that BR came first, it was more intense and more violent, something HG was sorely missing. The latter didn't do much to differentiate itself from the former in its fight scenes. They even take place in a jungle so it's impossible not to draw comparisons.

Battle Royale is clearly the better movie.

Aug 14 - 01:07 AM

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens

I'm really tired of this argument... Seriously there both great adaptions.. It's stupid to compare a story that has been done a hundred times before... And saying HG copied because it had a jungle in it is like saying every scifi book and movie that took place on mars copied A Princess of Mars.

Aug 14 - 10:23 AM

Bay is .001 Nolan

Bay is .001 Nolan

Whoa, can we just accept (and not be upset, hence get tired) that some of us liked Battle Royale more regardless of the fact that HG may or may not have borrowed the "BR Act". HG might redeem itself with its intriguing sequel unlike BR anyway. The Raid is really awesome BTW, I like to compare it to some movies but some may get tired of it so I'd rather not. :D

Aug 14 - 11:08 AM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

Whenever you try invent something... someone all ready had that idea. Nothing is ever really original anymore. Whether that bothers you or not is really just about your opinion.

Aug 14 - 11:13 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

If I may may interject, I thought the Hunger Games was one of the most dreadful books I have ever suffered through. However, I really enjoyed the film. Jennifer Lawrence portrayl of Katniss was outstanding. To take such a horribly written character and come out with That is truly the mark of a great artist.

So yeeeaaah. Hunger Games good movie regardless of its source material or other films and books that may seem similar.

Aug 14 - 04:09 PM

Dave J

Dave J

The only thing I'm going to say regarding T.H.G. and B.R. is that if you're an underage "don't" watch B.R. at all because they're some shocking sh-t that should've given it an X rating for it's excessive violence!

Aug 14 - 04:21 PM

sunsaz

Chris Moore

Hunger Games and Jaws this week!

Aug 13 - 07:00 PM

Cinema-Maniac

Caesar Mendez

Definitely getting Jaws, The Raid Redemption, Kill List, The Snowtown Murders, and The Hunger Games. Everything else is a pass. Hick, never heard of it till now, must be worst than I imagine do to the zero.

Aug 13 - 07:31 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

A big HURRAH !!!!! for independents this week.....

Aug 13 - 08:24 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Interested to see The Raid:Redemption, Hunger Games can go blow a fat one.

Aug 13 - 09:44 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

From what I read, it's just back to back action scenes that somehow don't get boring.. interesting to see how they pulled it off. Total Recall was like that but halfway through I was yawning.

Aug 13 - 09:45 PM

King  S.

King Simba

It can be done. When you think about, hasn't that what James Cameron has been doing in a lot of his films?

Aug 14 - 01:00 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

True to some extent but Cameron actually does do a fair job of character development and pacing. His films are not what I would call pure action movies.

Aug 14 - 04:06 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

The Raid is awesome. Just awesome. It reminded me of the great action flicks that were being pumped out of Asia in the early '90s. I've got Kill List now and am very curious about it since apparently it goes into straigh batshit crazy territory by the end.

Aug 13 - 09:52 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Raid was awesome and Kill List was intriguing but fucking weird, and not necessarily in a good way, I thought.

Aug 14 - 01:00 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I saw the Netflix 10 minute preview of "The Raid" over the weekend (very bad dubbing), and it looked great. One of the best action trailers I've seen. Batshit Crazy Territory is my ideal vacation spot. Looking forward to that.

Aug 14 - 05:43 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Ryan, how was Chloe Moretz sexualized in KICK-ASS? You sick bastard, go seek some help, seriously!

Aug 13 - 11:23 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

I agree it wasn't terribly overt, but there was the scene where the kid talks about being in love with her and when reminded that she's like 12 says he'll wait.

Aug 13 - 11:28 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Yeah, but he's a teenager, and there is absolutely no suggestion he was in love with her because of her body. There was nothing sexual at all in what she was doing: she was just KICKING ASS and saved his good friend, and that's what he loved about her. Matthew Vaughn and his wife Jane Goldman wrote the screenplay, and they never sexualize her character anywhere.

Aug 13 - 11:35 PM

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens

I read that when she stuck the gun in the doormans mouth it was supposed it was supposed to symbolize a BJ... But that's the only thing sexual I have heard of

Aug 14 - 10:31 AM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

that is a stretch to say the least.

Aug 14 - 11:14 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

***FACESLAP*** I've seen KICK-ASS many times and I have no idea how someone can view Moretz' doorman kill as being a metaphor for a blowjob. As I said a lot of sick individuals out there...right, Ryan?

Aug 14 - 02:04 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Mark Millar (The Writer of Kick Ass) is one of the sick individuals your referring to right?

Aug 14 - 04:11 PM

Dave J

Dave J

That is what your perception is about her but according to RT it did use the word "if" at the beginning which is not directing this about you or to anybody else perhaps to any underage who watches "R" rated films, and "Kick- Ass" did garner an "R" rating which isn't going sway any underage from seeing it. I mean they're a lot of movies similar to "Lolita" and so forth like "Taxi Driver" and "The Professional" which raises the question are you just being 'politically correct' or are you suggesting that any underage boy are not old enough to have the same kind of testosteromes as other underage kids even though a great percentage of them hit puberty even before they turn into an adult! And Justin Bieber should be the king!

Aug 16 - 01:56 PM

Rybot 2.0

Ryan Fujitani

Don't get me wrong, Christopher; I don't see it either. But there were discussions about it during the time of the movie's release, and I know enough people who felt that she was depicted this way and therefore had a distaste for the movie. Thankfully, I don't know anyone who thought she was depicted this way and ended up liking the movie more for it.

Aug 15 - 10:24 AM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

I agree it wasn't terribly overt, but there was the scene where the kid talks about being in love with her and when reminded that she's like 12 says he'll wait.

Aug 13 - 11:28 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Yeah, but he's a teenager, and there is absolutely no suggestion he was in love with her because of her body. There was nothing sexual at all in what she was doing: she was just KICKING ASS and saved his good friend, and that's what he loved about her. Matthew Vaughn and his wife Jane Goldman wrote the screenplay, and they never sexualize her character anywhere.

Aug 13 - 11:35 PM

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens

I read that when she stuck the gun in the doormans mouth it was supposed it was supposed to symbolize a BJ... But that's the only thing sexual I have heard of

Aug 14 - 10:31 AM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

that is a stretch to say the least.

Aug 14 - 11:14 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

***FACESLAP*** I've seen KICK-ASS many times and I have no idea how someone can view Moretz' doorman kill as being a metaphor for a blowjob. As I said a lot of sick individuals out there...right, Ryan?

Aug 14 - 02:04 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Mark Millar (The Writer of Kick Ass) is one of the sick individuals your referring to right?

Aug 14 - 04:11 PM

Dave J

Dave J

That is what your perception is about her but according to RT it did use the word "if" at the beginning which is not directing this about you or to anybody else perhaps to any underage who watches "R" rated films, and "Kick- Ass" did garner an "R" rating which isn't going sway any underage from seeing it. I mean they're a lot of movies similar to "Lolita" and so forth like "Taxi Driver" and "The Professional" which raises the question are you just being 'politically correct' or are you suggesting that any underage boy are not old enough to have the same kind of testosteromes as other underage kids even though a great percentage of them hit puberty even before they turn into an adult! And Justin Bieber should be the king!

Aug 16 - 01:56 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Sorry, but I have to say it: I have had enough of all these BATTLE ROYALE/RUNNING MAN comparisons, I could give a damn less. I liked THE HUNGER GAMES and no, I don't think the author borrowed from BATTLE ROYALE. Hell, variations of this story have been existed before the publication of "The Most Dangerous Game."

Aug 13 - 11:29 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

That doesn't matter. Every story has been done to death. The fact is that BR came first, it was more intense and more violent, something HG was sorely missing. The latter didn't do much to differentiate itself from the former in its fight scenes. They even take place in a jungle so it's impossible not to draw comparisons.

Battle Royale is clearly the better movie.

Aug 14 - 01:07 AM

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens

I'm really tired of this argument... Seriously there both great adaptions.. It's stupid to compare a story that has been done a hundred times before... And saying HG copied because it had a jungle in it is like saying every scifi book and movie that took place on mars copied A Princess of Mars.

Aug 14 - 10:23 AM

Bay is .001 Nolan

Bay is .001 Nolan

Whoa, can we just accept (and not be upset, hence get tired) that some of us liked Battle Royale more regardless of the fact that HG may or may not have borrowed the "BR Act". HG might redeem itself with its intriguing sequel unlike BR anyway. The Raid is really awesome BTW, I like to compare it to some movies but some may get tired of it so I'd rather not. :D

Aug 14 - 11:08 AM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

Whenever you try invent something... someone all ready had that idea. Nothing is ever really original anymore. Whether that bothers you or not is really just about your opinion.

Aug 14 - 11:13 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

If I may may interject, I thought the Hunger Games was one of the most dreadful books I have ever suffered through. However, I really enjoyed the film. Jennifer Lawrence portrayl of Katniss was outstanding. To take such a horribly written character and come out with That is truly the mark of a great artist.

So yeeeaaah. Hunger Games good movie regardless of its source material or other films and books that may seem similar.

Aug 14 - 04:09 PM

Dave J

Dave J

The only thing I'm going to say regarding T.H.G. and B.R. is that if you're an underage "don't" watch B.R. at all because they're some shocking sh-t that should've given it an X rating for it's excessive violence!

Aug 14 - 04:21 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Yeah, but he's a teenager, and there is absolutely no suggestion he was in love with her because of her body. There was nothing sexual at all in what she was doing: she was just KICKING ASS and saved his good friend, and that's what he loved about her. Matthew Vaughn and his wife Jane Goldman wrote the screenplay, and they never sexualize her character anywhere.

Aug 13 - 11:35 PM

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens

I read that when she stuck the gun in the doormans mouth it was supposed it was supposed to symbolize a BJ... But that's the only thing sexual I have heard of

Aug 14 - 10:31 AM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

that is a stretch to say the least.

Aug 14 - 11:14 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

***FACESLAP*** I've seen KICK-ASS many times and I have no idea how someone can view Moretz' doorman kill as being a metaphor for a blowjob. As I said a lot of sick individuals out there...right, Ryan?

Aug 14 - 02:04 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Mark Millar (The Writer of Kick Ass) is one of the sick individuals your referring to right?

Aug 14 - 04:11 PM

Dave J

Dave J

That is what your perception is about her but according to RT it did use the word "if" at the beginning which is not directing this about you or to anybody else perhaps to any underage who watches "R" rated films, and "Kick- Ass" did garner an "R" rating which isn't going sway any underage from seeing it. I mean they're a lot of movies similar to "Lolita" and so forth like "Taxi Driver" and "The Professional" which raises the question are you just being 'politically correct' or are you suggesting that any underage boy are not old enough to have the same kind of testosteromes as other underage kids even though a great percentage of them hit puberty even before they turn into an adult! And Justin Bieber should be the king!

Aug 16 - 01:56 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Great Week! Already saw Hunger Games in theaters and was not impressed (and yes, no matter how hard many try and deny it, the concept has been done better). Definitely buying "The Raid: Redemption, "Jaws", and "The Royal Tenenbaums", and will probably end up checking out "Kill List" and "The Snowtown Murders". Hick doesn't seem worth it despite the cast, and I have no real interest in the latter Criterion release.

Aug 14 - 12:35 AM

King  S.

King Simba

Yes, yes, yes! Been waiting for Hunger Games to hit shelves for quite some time. It was one of those films that was so good I went out and bought the entire book series after watching it, as well as several other dystopian novels in the same vein (most of which were surisingly good. The trend following Hunger Games of adapting every popular dystopian novel is actually one trend I'm glad to see happen).

Jaws is a classic, but I already have it on DVD and I'm not really sure it needs to be seen in high definition.

Aug 14 - 12:50 AM

King  S.

King Simba

It can be done. When you think about, hasn't that what James Cameron has been doing in a lot of his films?

Aug 14 - 01:00 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

True to some extent but Cameron actually does do a fair job of character development and pacing. His films are not what I would call pure action movies.

Aug 14 - 04:06 PM

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