RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: World War Z and The Bling Ring

Plus, Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic and a slew of smaller films.

This week on home video, we've got a pair notably different book adaptations (a biopic of Liberace and a zombie outbreak movie), Sofia Coppola's ripped-from-the-headlines crime drama, and a bunch of limited releases you may not have seen. Then, we've got a couple of scary movies ahead of Halloween (more surely to come in subsequent weeks), and two more choices from The Criterion Collection. Read on for the full list:

World War Z

68%

During production of this adaptation of Max Brooks's popular novel, initial reports surfaced that the film version deviated heavily from its source material, which sent fans into a tizzy. Then, when its release date was pushed back to accommodate rewrites and reshoots, most thought it spelled doom for the film; luckily, that turned out not to be the case. Brad Pitt stars as former UN agent Gerry Lane, who's swept -- rather immediately -- into a globetrotting mission to track down the source of a terrifying epidemic that's turning the world's population into zombies. Most critics were pleasantly surprised by World War Z, given its production troubles, and called it a solid thriller with an engaging performance from Pitt, even if the film is unfaithful to the book and a bit uneven. At 67% on the Tomatometer, it doesn't redefine its genre, but it'll make an entertaining action-horror rental.

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Behind the Candelabra

95%

Speaking of troubled productions, prolific auteur Steven Soderbergh had some difficulty finding a studio who would back his Liberace biopic, something he'd spoken to Michael Douglas about as early as 2000, when the pair worked on Traffic together. HBO finally agreed to premiere the film, an adaptation of Scott Thorson's 1988 memoir Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace, and critics say it's a winner. Not so much a traditional biopic, the film depicts an already famous Liberace (Douglas) as he's introduced to a teenaged Thorson (Matt Damon) in 1977, and the two embark on a secret five-year affair before the relationship falls apart. Behind the Candelabra earned Soderbergh some of his best reviews in recent years, landing at a Certified Fresh 94% on the Tomatometer, with critics calling it an honest, brilliantly acted film directed with care and affection.

The Bling Ring

60%

Sofia Coppola has established a reputation for stories infused with melancholy and pathos, so a based-on-true-events crime drama about bored teenagers robbing celebrity homes would seem like an ideal platform for a takedown of vapid pop culture idolatry. It's too bad The Bling Ring didn't quite make a strong enough effort to do so. Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga star as members of a circle of high school friends who make a hobby of breaking and entering into the homes of stars like Orlando Bloom and Paris Hilton and making off with their valuables. They become bolder with each robbery until their carelessness begins to catch up with them. Most critics agreed that the film's topic was timely and, as with all of Coppola's work, it's beautifully shot, but many also felt she touched only lightly upon its central themes, rendering the film's impact almost as shallow as its central characters. The Bling Ring sits just shy of Freshness at 59%, so it's probably still an okay Friday night watch.

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Also available this week:

  • Gimme the Loot (92%), an urban drama about two Bronx teens who spend two days scheming and hustling to raise $500 for a graffiti stunt.
  • Russian import In the Fog (89%), about an innocent rail worker in 1942 suspected of treason who is faced with a grave moral choice when he is stranded alone in the forest with a wounded enemy.
  • The East (74%), starring Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgård in a thriller about a private intelligence officer who goes undercover to infiltrate an anarchist organization.
  • Bless Me, Ultima (71%), an adaptation of the Rudolfo Anaya novel about a boy who is inspired by a mysterious woman with supernatural healing power.
  • Disconnect (67%), starring an ensemble cast -- including Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgård, Andrea Riseborough, and Hope Davis -- in a drama about the perils of an increasingly interconnected world.
  • Drift (28%), starring Sam Worthington in a true story about two surfing brothers in Australia.
  • The Hammer horror film Dracula: Prince of Darkness (83%), starring Christopher Lee, is available in a new Blu-ray.
  • A Collector's Edition Blu-ray of George Romero's Day of the Dead (81%) is available.
  • And lastly, from The Criterion Collection: Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata and Richard Linklater's Slacker are both newly available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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RT-Ryan

RT-Ryan .

I don't know if this is the real Janson Jinnistan, but the forums are not gone. We're doing some site updates, and we're replacing the software. They should be back up in a little while -- tomorrow at the latest.

Sep 16 - 06:33 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The forums are gone right now.

It has been known for sometime that RT wants to get rid of them forums, which is why they are no longer even linked on RT's front page, and just a couple of months ago were removed from the RT Community page. There was a glitch recently which removed an entire 36 hours of forum posts. Even the RT forum moderaters have advised RT users to find other forums to post at because the decision has been made to eliminate the forums. The clock has been ticking.

But more importantly, explain to me how the "traffic" from the forums equals less revenue for the site than any other page? Why has there been this steady drip of ruining the part of the site dedicated to serious film discussion at the expense of the more ludicrous areas? Last year's DKR problems didn't come out of the forums. I have a "Story of Film" thread dedicated to tonight's TCM showing of the documentary of film history, but I can't post because of this BS. What's the purpose of this site if it's not for film discussion? These comments aren't exactly adequete for the purpose. Hell yes I'm real, and I'm hot. This is a bunch of crabshit, and it's clear as shallowscum. You're going to lose dozens of faithful members to other sites if you continue to alienate them.

Sep 16 - 06:55 PM

RT-Ryan

RT-Ryan .

As I mentioned, the forums are inaccessible right now because we're pushing through a major site update on the backend. We're not removing them. There are plans to upgrade the forum software in the next couple of months, because the current forum software (and the servers hosting all of the related content -- which is a LOT) are ancient and reaching the limits of their functionality. To be honest, with the updates we're pushing through right now, and going forward, we're actually hoping to increase community interaction in the forums, but we're still trying to figure out the best way to do that, because yes, for a long time now they have not been a priority. I'm hoping that will change soon, and if you ask any of the moderators, they will tell you that I have always stood behind the forums from day one.

Sep 16 - 07:43 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'm sorry for the outburst, Ryan. It's been very frustrating lately, and I appreciate you taking the time to explain the situation. There have been a lot of rumors that the forums were being shut down, and I overreacted.

Sep 17 - 12:21 PM

RT-Ryan

RT-Ryan .

I don't know if this is the real Janson Jinnistan, but the forums are not gone. We're doing some site updates, and we're replacing the software. They should be back up in a little while -- tomorrow at the latest.

Sep 16 - 06:33 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The forums are gone right now.

It has been known for sometime that RT wants to get rid of them forums, which is why they are no longer even linked on RT's front page, and just a couple of months ago were removed from the RT Community page. There was a glitch recently which removed an entire 36 hours of forum posts. Even the RT forum moderaters have advised RT users to find other forums to post at because the decision has been made to eliminate the forums. The clock has been ticking.

But more importantly, explain to me how the "traffic" from the forums equals less revenue for the site than any other page? Why has there been this steady drip of ruining the part of the site dedicated to serious film discussion at the expense of the more ludicrous areas? Last year's DKR problems didn't come out of the forums. I have a "Story of Film" thread dedicated to tonight's TCM showing of the documentary of film history, but I can't post because of this BS. What's the purpose of this site if it's not for film discussion? These comments aren't exactly adequete for the purpose. Hell yes I'm real, and I'm hot. This is a bunch of crabshit, and it's clear as shallowscum. You're going to lose dozens of faithful members to other sites if you continue to alienate them.

Sep 16 - 06:55 PM

RT-Ryan

RT-Ryan .

As I mentioned, the forums are inaccessible right now because we're pushing through a major site update on the backend. We're not removing them. There are plans to upgrade the forum software in the next couple of months, because the current forum software (and the servers hosting all of the related content -- which is a LOT) are ancient and reaching the limits of their functionality. To be honest, with the updates we're pushing through right now, and going forward, we're actually hoping to increase community interaction in the forums, but we're still trying to figure out the best way to do that, because yes, for a long time now they have not been a priority. I'm hoping that will change soon, and if you ask any of the moderators, they will tell you that I have always stood behind the forums from day one.

Sep 16 - 07:43 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'm sorry for the outburst, Ryan. It's been very frustrating lately, and I appreciate you taking the time to explain the situation. There have been a lot of rumors that the forums were being shut down, and I overreacted.

Sep 17 - 12:21 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The forums are gone right now.

It has been known for sometime that RT wants to get rid of them forums, which is why they are no longer even linked on RT's front page, and just a couple of months ago were removed from the RT Community page. There was a glitch recently which removed an entire 36 hours of forum posts. Even the RT forum moderaters have advised RT users to find other forums to post at because the decision has been made to eliminate the forums. The clock has been ticking.

But more importantly, explain to me how the "traffic" from the forums equals less revenue for the site than any other page? Why has there been this steady drip of ruining the part of the site dedicated to serious film discussion at the expense of the more ludicrous areas? Last year's DKR problems didn't come out of the forums. I have a "Story of Film" thread dedicated to tonight's TCM showing of the documentary of film history, but I can't post because of this BS. What's the purpose of this site if it's not for film discussion? These comments aren't exactly adequete for the purpose. Hell yes I'm real, and I'm hot. This is a bunch of crabshit, and it's clear as shallowscum. You're going to lose dozens of faithful members to other sites if you continue to alienate them.

Sep 16 - 06:55 PM

RT-Ryan

RT-Ryan .

As I mentioned, the forums are inaccessible right now because we're pushing through a major site update on the backend. We're not removing them. There are plans to upgrade the forum software in the next couple of months, because the current forum software (and the servers hosting all of the related content -- which is a LOT) are ancient and reaching the limits of their functionality. To be honest, with the updates we're pushing through right now, and going forward, we're actually hoping to increase community interaction in the forums, but we're still trying to figure out the best way to do that, because yes, for a long time now they have not been a priority. I'm hoping that will change soon, and if you ask any of the moderators, they will tell you that I have always stood behind the forums from day one.

Sep 16 - 07:43 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'm sorry for the outburst, Ryan. It's been very frustrating lately, and I appreciate you taking the time to explain the situation. There have been a lot of rumors that the forums were being shut down, and I overreacted.

Sep 17 - 12:21 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Now I can finally catch Bling Ring. Shame that it had such a small release.

WWZ may be worth renting to see again.

Sep 16 - 07:24 PM

RT-Ryan

RT-Ryan .

As I mentioned, the forums are inaccessible right now because we're pushing through a major site update on the backend. We're not removing them. There are plans to upgrade the forum software in the next couple of months, because the current forum software (and the servers hosting all of the related content -- which is a LOT) are ancient and reaching the limits of their functionality. To be honest, with the updates we're pushing through right now, and going forward, we're actually hoping to increase community interaction in the forums, but we're still trying to figure out the best way to do that, because yes, for a long time now they have not been a priority. I'm hoping that will change soon, and if you ask any of the moderators, they will tell you that I have always stood behind the forums from day one.

Sep 16 - 07:43 PM

Jon Cox

Jon Cox

picking up 'World War Z' and 'The Bling Ring' on Blu-Ray

next week: 'Iron Man 3'!

Sep 16 - 09:04 PM

Ismonov Saadi

Ismonov Saadi

Not a good movie

Sep 17 - 10:41 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

When they say that WORLD WAR Z is uneven, they make it sound like something minor. They tried to cram in all the possible scenarios of zombie movies and disaster movies, so it never feels like I'm watching the same movie. And the climax dissapoints. It's thrilling at times, but overall it's weak.

I've always found Sofia Coppola to be a better director than writer. And now she's making a movie of something that was already adapted into a TV movie of the week. Pass. I'm gonna go with BEHIND THE CANDELABRA.

Sep 17 - 12:16 PM

Dave J

Dave J

That's only a matter of opinion for I felt the ending of "World War Z" was the best thing in the entire movie solely because it's not your typical slam bang ending that's normally expected such as "Armageddon"! Also, people who've seen many zombie films since George Romeo's "Night Of The Living Dead" are quite pleasantly surprise that it didn't have to end so violently as zombie movies are expected to!

Sep 17 - 01:03 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

The trailer showed the Israel scene (the one with the zombie pyramid). I'm pointing that out so that people don't have to worry about spoilers. That scene happened about halfway through. The climax takes place in one building with a few characters. By going from a scene like the former to a scene like the latter (and making it the climax), you lower the stakes and decreases the intensity.

Sep 17 - 02:45 PM

Dave J

Dave J

As I've said, that's your opinion for they're a different set of zombies, who have the ability to climb on top of one another! The intensity you're describing can still be there since we sympathize with only the Pitt character and his family for we want him and his family to survive even it's a small possibility that the lead star can do this without resorting to unnecessary violence which has often been the case for 100% zombie films! Meaning that perhaps you haven't "seen enough" zombie films to appreciate the ending of this one!

Sep 17 - 03:39 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'm sorry for the outburst, Ryan. It's been very frustrating lately, and I appreciate you taking the time to explain the situation. There have been a lot of rumors that the forums were being shut down, and I overreacted.

Sep 17 - 12:21 PM

Dave J

Dave J

That's only a matter of opinion for I felt the ending of "World War Z" was the best thing in the entire movie solely because it's not your typical slam bang ending that's normally expected such as "Armageddon"! Also, people who've seen many zombie films since George Romeo's "Night Of The Living Dead" are quite pleasantly surprise that it didn't have to end so violently as zombie movies are expected to!

Sep 17 - 01:03 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

The trailer showed the Israel scene (the one with the zombie pyramid). I'm pointing that out so that people don't have to worry about spoilers. That scene happened about halfway through. The climax takes place in one building with a few characters. By going from a scene like the former to a scene like the latter (and making it the climax), you lower the stakes and decreases the intensity.

Sep 17 - 02:45 PM

Dave J

Dave J

As I've said, that's your opinion for they're a different set of zombies, who have the ability to climb on top of one another! The intensity you're describing can still be there since we sympathize with only the Pitt character and his family for we want him and his family to survive even it's a small possibility that the lead star can do this without resorting to unnecessary violence which has often been the case for 100% zombie films! Meaning that perhaps you haven't "seen enough" zombie films to appreciate the ending of this one!

Sep 17 - 03:39 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

The trailer showed the Israel scene (the one with the zombie pyramid). I'm pointing that out so that people don't have to worry about spoilers. That scene happened about halfway through. The climax takes place in one building with a few characters. By going from a scene like the former to a scene like the latter (and making it the climax), you lower the stakes and decreases the intensity.

Sep 17 - 02:45 PM

Dave J

Dave J

As I've said, that's your opinion for they're a different set of zombies, who have the ability to climb on top of one another! The intensity you're describing can still be there since we sympathize with only the Pitt character and his family for we want him and his family to survive even it's a small possibility that the lead star can do this without resorting to unnecessary violence which has often been the case for 100% zombie films! Meaning that perhaps you haven't "seen enough" zombie films to appreciate the ending of this one!

Sep 17 - 03:39 PM

Dave J

Dave J

As I've said, that's your opinion for they're a different set of zombies, who have the ability to climb on top of one another! The intensity you're describing can still be there since we sympathize with only the Pitt character and his family for we want him and his family to survive even it's a small possibility that the lead star can do this without resorting to unnecessary violence which has often been the case for 100% zombie films! Meaning that perhaps you haven't "seen enough" zombie films to appreciate the ending of this one!

Sep 17 - 03:39 PM

Kadeem S.

Kadeem Stewart

Although there's no zombies in World War Z but I'll definitely rent it.

I haven't seen The Bling Ring yet, another rent for me.

Can't wait any longer for Iron Man 3 and Fast and Furious 6 to be out next week and the following week!

Sep 17 - 06:24 PM

entis4

irene entis

Angganda talaga ng mga movies yn ang pinaka facorates ko sa lahat.

Sep 18 - 02:17 AM

entis4

irene entis

I love all movies...its so wonderfull

Sep 18 - 02:18 AM

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