RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Warm Bodies and A Good Day to Die Hard

Plus, a road trip comedy, an animated flop, and few worthwhile collections.

This week on home video, we've got one big franchise blockbuster and a Certified Fresh comedy, plus two more big releases that didn't fare so well with critics. On top of that, our reissues this week are fairly impressive, even if a lot of them are films you may already own. See below for this week's ultra-short list.

A Good Day to Die Hard

14%

The original Die Hard is considered by more than a few to be the greatest action film ever made, and when the franchise was brought back to life in 2007 after a 12-year hiatus, many were surprised by how good it was. Unfortunately, this year's follow-up to that film, A Good Day to Die Hard, left most wishing the series would just (ahem) die already. Bruce Willis reprises his role as supercop John McClane, who heads over to Russia after learning his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney) is in trouble with the law. Before father and son are properly reunited, however, they're thrust into the middle of a violent political conspiracy whose agents chase them across Eastern Europe. A Good Day jumps right into the action and rarely lets up, but for the most part, critics found it tiresome and full of predictable clichés. At 15% on the Tomatometer, it's the lowest-rated installment of the franchise, and probably won't do much for anyone looking for a decent story to go along with their explosions.

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Warm Bodies

80%

Over the past several years, romantic comedies have earned a reputation for uninspired cookie-cutter storytelling and vapid, one-dimensional characters, so it's always refreshing to see a new spin on the genre. Warm Bodies, based on the novel by Isaac Marion, comedically explores the post-apocalyptic star-crossed love between a girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer) and a young zombie who goes by "R" (Nicholas Hoult). R and his fellow zombies retain bits of humanity within them, and after being initially drawn to Julie, repeated interactions with her begin to bring him back from the dark side, so to speak. Directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50) and co-starring Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, and Dave Franco, Warm Bodies charmed a good number of critics, who called it surprisingly sweet and praised the cast for immersive performances. Certified Fresh at 80%, this isn't your average rom-com, but it's all the better for it.

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Identity Thief

19%

Jason Bateman hasn't had the best of luck at the multiplex recently, at least in his starring roles, and Melissa McCarthy hasn't fared much better, which is troubling considering how likeable both of them are. Putting them together in Identity Thief, unfortunately, didn't pan out quite the way they'd hoped. Bateman plays Sandy Patterson, unwitting victim of identity fraud when a Florida woman named Diana (McCarthy) assumes "Sandy" is a woman and begins living the lavish life on Sandy's funds. When criminal charges begin showing up on Sandy's record, he drives down to Miami to confront Diana and bring her back to clear his name. As you might expect, both stars do their best with the material they're given here, but they're able to wring precious few laughs from the film's meandering script and plot contrivances. It currently sits at 20% on the Tomatomter, which is a disappointment for all involved.

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Escape From Planet Earth

33%

Rainmaker Entertainment's biggest claims to fame to date are probably the popular Transformers TV series Beast Wars and the number of Barbie-themed movies they've produced for Mattel, but this year they tried their hand at a feature-length animated film with Escape From Planet Earth. Anchored by the voice talents of Brendan Fraser, Ricky Gervais, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry, Sofia Vergara, and more, the film focuses on the efforts of an alien astronaut named Scorch (Fraser) from the planet Baab, who is sent to Earth (the "Dark Planet") to trace the origins of a mysterious SOS call. When Scorch goes missing, his pal Gary (Corddry) mounts a rescue mission; cue lots of fish-out-of-water humor and Area 51-related gags. The animation and artwork is all great to look at, many critic concede, but Escape simply relies on too many elements we've seen before in better movies. At 26%, this might work as a colorful distraction for the kids, but don't expect to be similarly enthralled if you're old enough to vote, and don't expect Rainmaker to be competing with the likes of Pixar or Dreamworks anytime soon.

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Comments

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Warm Bodies is just a funny Twilight. Bring me Batman and Robin on Blu ray!

Jun 3 - 04:50 PM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2 were "funny Twilight". Warm Bodies is a whole different animal (or undead monster).

Batman & Robin has been on Blu-ray since 2010.

Jun 3 - 05:08 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Really? You lie. Robin told me it was 2015. That liar!

Jun 3 - 05:53 PM

Margene  L.

Margene Lewis

Start working at home with Google! It's by-far the best job Ive had. Last Monday I got a new Alfa Romeo from bringing in $7778. I started this 9 months ago and practically straight away started making more than $83 per hour. I work through this link, Mojo50.com

Jun 5 - 05:47 PM

Yoru H.

Yoru Hime

I agree Warm Bodies is a different undead monster. I find it better to watch than Twilight.

Jun 9 - 09:29 PM

Review F.

Review Fiend

Twilight is a unfunny Warm Bodies.

Jun 9 - 05:12 AM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2 were "funny Twilight". Warm Bodies is a whole different animal (or undead monster).

Batman & Robin has been on Blu-ray since 2010.

Jun 3 - 05:08 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Really? You lie. Robin told me it was 2015. That liar!

Jun 3 - 05:53 PM

Margene  L.

Margene Lewis

Start working at home with Google! It's by-far the best job Ive had. Last Monday I got a new Alfa Romeo from bringing in $7778. I started this 9 months ago and practically straight away started making more than $83 per hour. I work through this link, Mojo50.com

Jun 5 - 05:47 PM

Yoru H.

Yoru Hime

I agree Warm Bodies is a different undead monster. I find it better to watch than Twilight.

Jun 9 - 09:29 PM

Kadeem S.

Kadeem Stewart

I certainly don't think "Escape From Planet Earth" isa flop, it's still one of the highest-grossing non-dreamwork, Disney, or Blue Sky movie behind Hoodwinked in 2006. So it's still a great film for the whole family to watch. So I'll rent it.

Identity Thief = I'll buy the movie if critics (including Dumbass Rex Reed) to apologize on saying negative things to Melissa McCarthy's weight. McCarthy, I'll give you a big hug.

A Good Day to Die Hard - Pass. The franchise needs to get a reboot.

Warm Bodies = Buy the movie. If Zombieland or Shaun of the Dead is not worth it for comedy lovers, try this one for size.

Jun 3 - 05:31 PM

Jennifer Reid

Jennifer Reid

NO REBOOTS! All reboots need to die and the only reason they come about is because people are too stupid now days to come up with something of their own.

Jun 5 - 01:29 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Really? You lie. Robin told me it was 2015. That liar!

Jun 3 - 05:53 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

A Good Day to Die Hard felt like straight to DVD movie to begin with.

Hopefully Warm Bodies will be entertaining.

Jun 3 - 06:04 PM

Teddy K.

Ryan Gavetti

Oh yes! The Mad Max Trilogy is released! I'm excited for the newest Mad Max film, so I owe it to myself to get this set and give them all another watch.

Jun 3 - 06:25 PM

Dave J

Dave J

It can also be part of a promotional tactic to the latest "Mad Max" movie that's coming to theatres!

Jun 4 - 12:30 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Warning! WARM BODIES is NOT a parody of TWILIGHT. It's a comedy with satirical humour but the romance is played straight. But it's actually sweet.

I'll give IDENTITY THIEF a chance because it's directed by Seth Gordon. I loved HORRIBLE BOSSES and 4 CHRISTMASES had enough potential.

I'll watch DIE HARD 5 after I catch up with the first 4.

I hated MAD MAX 1 (boring characters and more build-up than needed) & 3 (a re-hash of the 2nd one). I didn't enjoy 2 but it's because I had been turned off by 1, which is why it's on my "Worst good movies" list.

Jun 3 - 06:32 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Mad Max 3 is NOT a rehash of the second one. It's completely unlike the first two films. If anything, 2 is a rehash of 1. Also, you being pro-Identity Thief and anti-Max makes about as much sense as never seeing the first Die Hard.

Jun 3 - 07:16 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

You're right; I was unfair. Only the 2nd act of THUNDERDOME is a rehash of ROAD WARRIOR.

I'm not pre-IDENTITY THIEF because I haven't seen it.

Jun 4 - 09:54 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Vincent. You are failing your movie tests over and over. The Road Warrior is considered by many filmmakers to be a masterpiece. Me thinks you're a younger individual and have been sullied by trash cinema that probably stole from Mad Max in the first place. Sorry about the rant but The Road Warrior is one of my favorite films and the reason the only dog I have and will ever own is a Blue Healer. I didn't cry when Gump talked to Jenny's grave. I didn't cry when Jack died in Titanic. I didn't cry at the end of My Girl. But everytime I see Max's dog shot by that crossbow I well up and through my sobs I blubberingly say to myself, "the final chase scene is coming, the final chase scene is coming. It'll be ok, Dude!"

Jun 4 - 08:04 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually after the recognition of the first two "Mad Max" movies, Warner Brothers Studios decided to help finance George Miller to do the third but with specific conditions, and that is to adapt the movie to a PG-13 rating to draw in more people even thought the first two were given the R rating! I thought it was one of the worst one of the series since the violence had been compromised even though they're some good parts in it!!

Jun 4 - 12:28 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

How is Road Warrior a rehash of Mad Max? Totally different plot structures. The chase in Thunderdome does have a striking similarity to the final chase in Road Warrior, but I don't knock it for it.

Jun 4 - 12:39 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

[Spoilers]It was a totally different movie when MAX arrived at the Thunderdome. But after he meets the kids, the script becomes a copy and paste of ROAD WARRIOR.

Jun 5 - 07:47 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Mad Max motherfucking Trilogy for me, thank you. Been waiting for Thunderdome to come out so I can finally get the box set, and it's coming out tomorrow. Pretty much nothing else is of any interest. John Moore deserves to die hard, and quite painfully. Fucking hack ruined both Die Hard and Max Payne.

Jun 3 - 07:14 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I didn't like Max Payne the video game's story, so I knew it would suck. As for Mad Max, do you think that I could just get 1 & 3 only because 2 was a little...... idk...... been there done that feel.

Jun 4 - 09:15 AM

RT-Ryan

RT-Ryan .

Assuming you're being serious, I believe they're also available separately as individual Blu-ray releases, too.

Jun 4 - 11:40 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I am serious. I preferred 1 & 3. But that trilogy box looks amazing, though. I love metal boxes. Plus, $37 doesn't seem like a rip off.

Jun 4 - 12:07 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Gee, Jay doesn't like the Road Warrior. Taste.

Jun 4 - 12:41 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

How do you know that name?

Jun 4 - 03:10 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Mad Max 3 is NOT a rehash of the second one. It's completely unlike the first two films. If anything, 2 is a rehash of 1. Also, you being pro-Identity Thief and anti-Max makes about as much sense as never seeing the first Die Hard.

Jun 3 - 07:16 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

You're right; I was unfair. Only the 2nd act of THUNDERDOME is a rehash of ROAD WARRIOR.

I'm not pre-IDENTITY THIEF because I haven't seen it.

Jun 4 - 09:54 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Vincent. You are failing your movie tests over and over. The Road Warrior is considered by many filmmakers to be a masterpiece. Me thinks you're a younger individual and have been sullied by trash cinema that probably stole from Mad Max in the first place. Sorry about the rant but The Road Warrior is one of my favorite films and the reason the only dog I have and will ever own is a Blue Healer. I didn't cry when Gump talked to Jenny's grave. I didn't cry when Jack died in Titanic. I didn't cry at the end of My Girl. But everytime I see Max's dog shot by that crossbow I well up and through my sobs I blubberingly say to myself, "the final chase scene is coming, the final chase scene is coming. It'll be ok, Dude!"

Jun 4 - 08:04 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually after the recognition of the first two "Mad Max" movies, Warner Brothers Studios decided to help finance George Miller to do the third but with specific conditions, and that is to adapt the movie to a PG-13 rating to draw in more people even thought the first two were given the R rating! I thought it was one of the worst one of the series since the violence had been compromised even though they're some good parts in it!!

Jun 4 - 12:28 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

How is Road Warrior a rehash of Mad Max? Totally different plot structures. The chase in Thunderdome does have a striking similarity to the final chase in Road Warrior, but I don't knock it for it.

Jun 4 - 12:39 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

[Spoilers]It was a totally different movie when MAX arrived at the Thunderdome. But after he meets the kids, the script becomes a copy and paste of ROAD WARRIOR.

Jun 5 - 07:47 AM

Jon Cox

Jon Cox

maybe I'll buy 'Warm Bodies'
skipping 'Die Hard 5', seriously what happened?

Jun 3 - 09:29 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Only thing I want to see here is "Warm Bodies"; "Good Day to Die Hard" sounded fun until the reviews came in, "Escape from Planet Earth" looked lame from the moment I saw the trailer back in November with "Wreck-It Ralph", and "Identity Thief" I can probably skip as well judging from the reviews.

Jun 3 - 10:36 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Warm Bodies was a good date movie. Enough elements of romance and zombies to satiate both sexes. AGDTDH was terrible and I'm a huge Die Hard fan. I will even defend the 4th film to the end but this one is very sloppy. No plot. Willis is bored and John McClaine is nowhere to be found. AND there's two helicopter action pieces that are nowhere as exciting as any action pieces in 1-3 and a major step back from (IMO) the awesomely over the top F35 vs. Semi truck scene. But if you are a Die Hard fan, you should probably watch it for educational purposes.

Jun 4 - 08:16 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

I've only seen the first Die Hard film (which I really liked), and haven't gotten around to seeing the others, so I'm not really a fan, I just thought the new one would be good, dry-humored entertainment like the first; based on what your description, I'll just skip it.

Jun 4 - 11:45 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

I'd rank the 1, 3, 4, 2, 5. The first four are definately worth the watch, the fifth is barely a Die Hard film at all.

Jun 5 - 12:39 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Knowing this, skip it. I would almost recommend DH 3 before DH 2, but you do what you need, brotha. Either way it seems like you appreciate the first and in the very end thats what matters. Summary: the 5th movie is in another fucking solar system compared to the first.

Jun 5 - 12:39 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I didn't like Max Payne the video game's story, so I knew it would suck. As for Mad Max, do you think that I could just get 1 & 3 only because 2 was a little...... idk...... been there done that feel.

Jun 4 - 09:15 AM

RT-Ryan

RT-Ryan .

Assuming you're being serious, I believe they're also available separately as individual Blu-ray releases, too.

Jun 4 - 11:40 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I am serious. I preferred 1 & 3. But that trilogy box looks amazing, though. I love metal boxes. Plus, $37 doesn't seem like a rip off.

Jun 4 - 12:07 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Gee, Jay doesn't like the Road Warrior. Taste.

Jun 4 - 12:41 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

How do you know that name?

Jun 4 - 03:10 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

You're right; I was unfair. Only the 2nd act of THUNDERDOME is a rehash of ROAD WARRIOR.

I'm not pre-IDENTITY THIEF because I haven't seen it.

Jun 4 - 09:54 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Vincent. You are failing your movie tests over and over. The Road Warrior is considered by many filmmakers to be a masterpiece. Me thinks you're a younger individual and have been sullied by trash cinema that probably stole from Mad Max in the first place. Sorry about the rant but The Road Warrior is one of my favorite films and the reason the only dog I have and will ever own is a Blue Healer. I didn't cry when Gump talked to Jenny's grave. I didn't cry when Jack died in Titanic. I didn't cry at the end of My Girl. But everytime I see Max's dog shot by that crossbow I well up and through my sobs I blubberingly say to myself, "the final chase scene is coming, the final chase scene is coming. It'll be ok, Dude!"

Jun 4 - 08:04 PM

RT-Ryan

RT-Ryan .

Assuming you're being serious, I believe they're also available separately as individual Blu-ray releases, too.

Jun 4 - 11:40 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I am serious. I preferred 1 & 3. But that trilogy box looks amazing, though. I love metal boxes. Plus, $37 doesn't seem like a rip off.

Jun 4 - 12:07 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Gee, Jay doesn't like the Road Warrior. Taste.

Jun 4 - 12:41 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

How do you know that name?

Jun 4 - 03:10 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I am serious. I preferred 1 & 3. But that trilogy box looks amazing, though. I love metal boxes. Plus, $37 doesn't seem like a rip off.

Jun 4 - 12:07 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually after the recognition of the first two "Mad Max" movies, Warner Brothers Studios decided to help finance George Miller to do the third but with specific conditions, and that is to adapt the movie to a PG-13 rating to draw in more people even thought the first two were given the R rating! I thought it was one of the worst one of the series since the violence had been compromised even though they're some good parts in it!!

Jun 4 - 12:28 PM

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