This week in home releases, we have a Bret Easton Ellis adaptation (The Informers, which we present with an exclusive clip), a classy Criterion release (The Last Days of Disco), a complete set of a classic 1980s cartoon (Dungeons & Dragons: The Animated Series), some Stephen King horror that's hitting high-def (Children of the Corn), and shirtless guys beating the stuffing out of each other (Fighting). In other words, there's something for everyone this week. keep reading for a guide your best DVD and Blu-Ray options this week. Movies based on Bret Easton Ellis books are always tough sells in theaters. The author of American Psycho, Less Than Zero, and The Rules of Attraction is adept at creating slick stories of debutantes and libertines behaving very, very badly. The Informers, a seamy, cynical peek into sex and glamor during the 1980s, is no exception.
This week, get your Miley Cyrus fix with Hannah Montana's feature-length trip to the big screen (Hannah Montana The Movie), or do a complete 180-degree turn with the latest Hollywood horror remake (Last House on the Left). Director James Toback goes the documentary route with boxing's Iron Mike (Tyson), while David Lynch's daughter Jennifer continues the family legacy for eccentric thrills (Surveillance, starring Julia Ormond and Bill Pullman). Actress Lori Petty makes her directorial debut with a personal indie drama (The Poker House) while Tilda Swinton turns in a powerhouse performance as an alcoholic kidnapper (Julia). An '80s sci-fi gaming classic makes its way to Blu-ray (The Last Starfighter) and we take a look at a trio of Toho reissues and new TV on DVD inside!
This week we welcome the arrival of a certified modern classic -- Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In, a chilling and beautiful vampire movie turned coming-of-age tale; and one of the most moving love stories in recent memory. Meanwhile, erstwhile comedy writer Richard Curtis (he used to by funny -- ask your grandfather) delivers the waterlogged pirate radio flick, The Boat That Rocked, and erstwhile movie star Renee Zellweger (she used to be, er, something) sinks into the abyss of cliche with New In Town.
You're in for some sweet, sweet movie watching this week, starting with the latest in bromantic comedies (I Love You, Man, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel). Those with a High School Musical fetish should check out Zac Efron's more grown-up vehicle (17 Again), while you twee cineastes have a new reason to worship Zooey Deschanel (Gigantic, also starring Paul Dano). Go European with a few highly rated imports (Oscar nominee The Class; Paris 36; London to Brighton) or go lowbrow with a direct-to-DVD college comedy sequel (Road Trip: Beer Pong). Lastly, check out everyone's favorite heroes on a half-shell (the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25th Anniversary set) and a few sci-fi throwbacks (the retro spoof Alien Trespass; Starman on Blu-ray).
Maxed-out credit card! What's a girl to do? This week, Isla Fisher faces that age-old dilemma in 2009's powerful exploration of retail existentialism, Confessions of Shopaholic -- from director P.J. Hogan (My Best Friend's Wedding), the man often cited as the Tarkovsky of rom-coms. Another poignant social treatise arrives on DVD this week in the form of fat-joke auteur Kevin James' Paul Blart: Mall Cop, an elegant reverie on the economic plight of the working class subversively disguised as a series of cheap-seats pratfalls. Modern cinema at its finest, folks. Plus, Boston Legal comes to an end, releasing Shatner to do more productive things like blog-rant against Star Trek producers and publicly bicker with Mr Sulu.
We know it's shaping up to be quite a disappointing week for DVD, but we promise at least a little light at the end of the tunnel. If fantasy is your thing, you've got the latest family flick from the artist formerly known as The Rock (Race to Witch Mountain), an otherworldly animated flop (Delgo), and Thomas Jane's strange sci-fi actioner based on a role-playing game (Mutant Chronicles). Joe Wright delivers an Oscar would-be (The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.) while the likes of Sienna Miller, Peter Sarsgaard, Forest Whitaker, Dakota Fanning and others languish in poorly-reviewed indie pics (The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Fragments). Only Blu-ray owners truly have something to celebrate (Big Trouble in Little China on Blu-ray)! Read on for more.
If you missed last weekend's Comic-Con (see RT's full coverage here), you're in luck; it's a particularly geeky week for DVD. Kicking things off are Fox's live-action adaptation of one of Japan's best loved mangas (the disappointing adventure Dragonball: Evolution), the fourth in a franchise for car lovers (Fast & Furious, starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker), and DC's latest animated feature (Green Lantern: First Flight). But what could be nerdier than this week's new TV series on DVD? Pick from Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5, Battlestar Galactica The Complete Series, Dr. Who, Torchwood, and Joss Whedon's Dollhouse Season One! Read on.
As the entire combined forces of North American geek culture descend on San Diego's Comic-Con this week, fear not; geekiness galore is to be found in this week's new releases! First up, pick up the eagerly anticipated extended version of a superhero fan favorite (Watchmen: Director's Cut), and watch as Henry Selick brings a Neil Gaiman fairytale to life -- in three dimensions (Coraline)! Sci-fi nerds should like the recut, feature-length pilot of a long-running series (Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods), while French New Wave enthusiasts have a Jean-Luc Godard double feature, courtesy of Criterion (Made in USA, Two or Three Things I Know About Her). Finally, hearken back to the '80s with a hearty, "Yo, Joe!" (GI Joe: Season 1.1).
This week in horror, we've got good news and bad news. Here's the bad news first: The Haunting in Connecticut, a much ballyhooed flick "based on a true story," didn't really happen. The good news? You can find much fresher scares in a newly released Spanish import (2007's REC, which was remade into last year's Quarantine). Also new to shelves is a long-awaited comedy show (The State: The Complete Series), HBO's fabulous, fictionalized Grey Gardens (starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange), Mark Webber's directorial debut (Explicit Ills), and a Sienna Miller-Keira Knightley love triangle (The Edge of Love). And to top it off, a direct-to-DVD bonanza (National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year, the Dennis Quaid vehicle Horsemen, and more)!
This week, we look at the Anne Hathaway's Best Actress-nominated drama Rachel Getting Married, Oliver Stone's tepid take on Dubya, W. and Samuel L. Jackson going psychotic (you know, just for a change) in Lakeview Terrace. Plus, Weeds: Season 3 and The Tudors: Season 2 arrive on DVD.
It's a genre lover's feast this week on DVD, but don't say we didn't warn you about those pesky rotten Tomatometers. First up? Alex Proyas's latest science fiction thriller, starring Nicolas Cage in a doomsday scenario (Knowing). Also new is a would-be franchise about super-powered humans on the lam from shady government types (Push, starring Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning). David S. Goyer tries his hand at an original story, resulting in silly, PG-13 horror (The Unborn), while one of our favorite '90s rappers gives directing a shot (A Day in The Life, filmed entirely in rhyme!). If all else fails, look backward to a handful of older titles getting a shiny new polish (Beau Geste, The Deep on Blu-ray). Dig in!
It's an interesting week for home video, and here's why; we've got new films from a celebrated cinematographer adapting a video game (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li, directed by Andrejz Bartkowiak), a rap-rock front man doing a sensitive coming of age tale (The Education of Charlie Banks, directed by Fred Durst), an action veteran gunning for hire (12 Rounds, directed by Renny Harlin), and, well, Uwe Boll (Tunnel Rats). The week also features a recently unearthed film from comedy director Hal Ashby (Lookin' to Get Out, starring Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie in her first role) and an anthology film dedicated to the city of Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo!, directed by Michel Gondry, Joon-Ho Bong and Leos Carax). Last but not least, The Asylum gives us the highly anticipated sequel to their Transformers knock-off "mockbuster" (Transmorphers: The Fall of Man)!
There's something for everyone this week on DVD, starting with an Oscar-nominated animated documentary (Waltz with Bashir), a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced chick flick (Confessions of a Shopaholic), and a disappointing adaptation of a bestselling family fantasy (Inkheart, starring Brendan Fraser). Foreign film fanatics have a well-received import to watch (Alice's House, from Brazil), while an international cast can't save Steve Martin's latest slapstick (The Pink Panther 2). Criterion releases a French New Wave classic conundrum (Last Year at Marienbad on Blu-ray), Elle Fanning gets a star vehicle (Phoebe in Wonderland), we get twice the Crispin Glover than usual (Simon Says, in which he plays twin psychos), and Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman team up to show that "direct-to-DVD" doesn't always equal terrible (The Code, directed by Mimi Leder).
Are you ready for the return of Jason Voorhees (Marcus Nispel's rebooted Friday the 13th)? What about the latest adventures of Tyler Perry's most popular protagonist (Madea Goes to Jail) or the latest unnecessary direct-to-DVD sequel (The Cell 2)? If you're willing to go outside the mainstream, we've found a few rewarding titles (the Certified Fresh Cherry Blossoms, the documentary biopic Scott Walker 30 Century Man), while a wealth of cinematic enjoyment awaits those with Blu-ray players (Criterion's The Seventh Seal, Ghostbusters' 25th Anniversary Edition, and Lost Seasons 1 & 2). Read on to see what else is hitting shelves this week!
This week on DVD, celebrate the big screen heroics of two former movie heroes (Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino, Harrison Ford in Crossing Over) or watch Clive Owen and Naomi Watts do battle with an evil bank (Tom Tykwer's The International). If comedy is more your style, you can go low-brow (the cheerleading comedy Fired Up!) or worse: direct to DVD (the bowling comedy Strike! starring Tara Reid). Take a gamble on a twisty, stylized thriller about kidnapping and dysfunctional families (Nobel Son, starring Eliza Dushku and Alan Rickman) or take your chances with a critically panned race drama (Spinning into Butter, starring Sarah Jessica Parker). What'll it be?
This week on DVD catch up on a few big flicks you might have missed in theaters, including an Oscar-nominated suburban period piece by Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio), a real-life tale of WWII heroism (Defiance, starring Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber), and a sprawling look at dating and relationships in the age of Facebook (He's Just Not That Into You). If TV's your thing, pick up the latest seasons of your favorite shows (Weeds Season 4, Prison Break Season 4). And if you dare to go direct-to-DVD, plenty of titles await (Spring Breakdown, Anaconda 4, Direct Contact, Silent Venom).
Let's be honest, folks; when the Renee Zellweger - Harry Connick Jr. romantic comedy New In Town is the biggest title in new release, you know it's a direct-to-video kind of week. So why not embrace the DVD movie boom with a Crash-esque LA indie drama (Powder Blue, starring Jessica Biel and Forest Whitaker), a cult film in the making (Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus), an Elmore Leonard adaptation (Killshot, starring Mickey Rourke), or a cutesy romantic comedy about culture clash (Ramen Girl, starring and produced by Brittany Murphy)? High definition owners have a modern sci-fi classic to check out (Children of Men on Blu-ray). Read more inside!
This week we ask if a certain January box office hit about a portly security guard in a shopping mall will continue its reign of success on home video (Paul Blart: Mall Cop), ponder the reasons why Tom Cruise would ever play a German character with his real-life American accent (Valkryie), and dare to don 3D glasses to get limbs flying in our face in the comfort of our own home (My Bloody Valentine 3D). We're also morbidly curious to see erstwhile Jesus Jim Caviezel as an alien among Vikings (Outlander), see our favorite celeb geek cameos in a long-awaited comedy about Star Wars adoration (Fanboys), and get up close and personal with 2008's other vampire-related pop culture phenomenon (True Blood).
This week on DVD, Liam Neeson (you know, the veteran Irish actor who your grandmother thinks looks nice) opens a can of whoop ass on unsuspecting kidnappers, much to our delight (Taken), while Michael Sheen (you know, the esteemed Welsh star of such Oscar contenders as The Queen and Frost/Nixon) plays a medieval werewolf in love in a fantasy-action prequel (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans). Elsewhere, Richard Kelly is chuckling to himself as an unofficial sequel to his cult hit Donnie Darko hits shelves (S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale), A-listers visit the depths of Direct-To-DVD Land, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles squeeze a few bucks from our pocketbooks, and Trekkies get a cornucopia of new nerdy delights.
Award season armchair jockeys should check out a few notable Oscar and Golden Globe contenders this week, including David Fincher's visionary epic film about a man who ages backwards (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and a romantic story for the older set (Last Chance Harvey). If your idea of an indie pixie dream girl is Michelle Williams, watch the remarkable actress in her latest (the micro-budgeted Wendy and Lucy, from the director of Old Joy). Smaller releases this week include a Bollywood kung fu pic (Chandni Chowk to China) and an urban comedy with a sci-fi twist (Frankenhood), though we've got our eye on Amazon's fan-targeted exclusive Twilight Blu-ray set. (The official Twilight charm bracelet -- sweet!) Read on for more.