RT On DVD

Monday, Nov. 21 2011, 02:25 PM

This week on home video, we've got an interesting mix of choices, and at least a couple of them may be a bit controversial. As for items we won't be discussing at length: there are new Blu-rays for films like The Three Amigos, Rushmore (the existing Criterion edition), and ESPN's 30 for 30 series (which we covered when it first arrived on DVD). The big titles this week are J.J. Abrams' sci-fi treat, an update on a classic fantasy hero, and the latest of Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids films. Then we've got a French drama centered on the Holocaust experience, a unique look at the Hussein family, a controversial silent film, and a bona fide courtroom classic. Click through for the full list!

Tuesday, Nov. 15 2011, 02:25 PM

One might be inclined to think that the fact we're leading off this week's column with Larry Crowne is an indication of a fairly dry selection of home video choices, but one would be wrong. Granted, most of the noteworthy choices are older films getting the hi-def treatment, but they're great choices nonetheless. We didn't even have time to mention, for example, Blu-ray rereleases of Evil Dead 2 or Metropolis. What we do have this week is a directorial misfire by Tom Hanks (co-starring Julia Roberts), a heartfelt romance starring Ewan McGregor, and a strange indie road film. On top of that, Criterion is releasing new Blu-rays of a Jean Renoir masterpiece and an acclaimed trilogy, and we've got new editions of Infernal Affairs, West Side Story, and My Fair Lady. So, overall, not a terrible week at all!

Tuesday, Nov. 08 2011, 12:50 PM

There are a lot of Blu-ray reissues due out this week, though few of them boast many extras that make them worth mentioning here. These include hi-def versions of The Cannonball Run, Blue Velvet, 1962's Mutiny on the Bounty, Little Big Man, The Fisher King, and, of course, the cult classic Frankenhooker. What we do have this week ranges from epic greatness (the final chapter of the Harry Potter series, an Ingmar Bergman classic, two acclaimed HBO miniseries) to middling mediocrity (the Jason Bateman/Ryan Reynolds body swap movie, a failed Ayn Rand adaptation). In between all of that, we have one curious experiment that sort of defies conventional cinematic definition. So read on for the full list!

Tuesday, Nov. 01 2011, 02:25 PM

This week brings us another handful of interesting releases on home video, with a mixture of Certified Fresh choices and critical duds. Notable "also-ran"s for this week's column include both the 1951 adaptation of A Christmas Story and the 1988 Bill Murray version Scrooged, as well as the Robin Williams Peter Pan tale Hook and a Blu-ray set for the Toy Story trilogy, all ideal for the holidays. George Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind also gets the hi-def treatment, as does the British miniseries Brideshead Revisited. That said, we'll be focusing on the recent Steve Carell/Ryan Gosling romcom, Pixar's most recent sequel, and a Robert Pattinson/Reese Witherspoon drama. Then we've got Errol Morris's latest doc, a faith-based Christmas story, Joel Schumacher's hostage movie, and a creepy silent era classic. See below for the full list!

Tuesday, Oct. 25 2011, 01:40 PM

This turned out to be one of those good weeks on home video, thanks to a few rather notable releases. Criterion is offering some good ones (minor Antonioni film Identification of a Woman, Island of Lost Souls, and a Blu-ray of Dazed and Confused), and giant monster classic Destroy All Monsters gets the Blu-ray treatment. A decent martial arts epic (Shaolin) hits shelves, as well as a Certified Fresh Finnish dark comedy based on an evil Santa Claus (Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale). Aside from those, however, the ones we'll be focusing on include one of Marvel's big summer hits, a reboot of a beloved storybook character, and a British sci-fi hit. Then we've got a quiet dramedy, a controversial shock flick, one of Coppola's classics on Blu-ray, and Spielberg's big dino trilogy. See below for the full list!

Tuesday, Oct. 18 2011, 08:42 AM

The home video release trend as of late has been such that the majority of noteworthy titles have been rereleases of older films, with just a few brand new ones worth even mentioning at all. This week, the trend shifts a bit, with only a handful of notable old films (a Criterion edition of Kaneto Shindo's Kuroneko, new but not particularly special Blu-rays of The Goonies and Cape Fear) and some decent new films. The biggest one, of course, is the latest installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, followed up by the Cameron Diaz/Justin Timberlake school comedy, and a fantasy vacation featuring three young starlets. Then we've got three solid documentaries - one about the newspaper business, one about a hip hop supergroup, and one about a legendary rock band - and Kevin Smith's foray into horror. Click through to see if anything will make it to your shelf this week.

Tuesday, Oct. 11 2011, 07:49 AM

This isn't the best week on home video that we've seen in a while, but it certainly has some variety; it's one of those weeks that probably has a little something for everyone. First off, the two big releases: Ryan Reynolds stars in DC's failed attempt to bring one of its classic heroes to the screen, and Jason Bateman headlines an all-star ensemble cast in silly and slightly raunchy workplace comedy. Then, we've got the much-talked-about new film from Terrence Malick (you know, the one with dinosaurs), and a couple of kid flicks that critics didn't love. Lastly, we've got an acclaimed British road trip comedy starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon and Criterion's latest offering: a classic epic. Click through for the full list!

Tuesday, Oct. 04 2011, 12:13 PM

This week on home video, we've got quite a selection, mostly of hi-def reissues of existing movies, so we've chosen to focus on the big ones that are out for the first time. For those of you who are curious about what we're leaving out, they include new Blu-rays of Cinema Paradiso, Life is Beautiful, Peter Jackson's Dead Alive, Tim Burton's Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, and Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. On top of those, Criterion is also releasing new Blu-rays of Masaki Kobayashi's Harakiri and Pier Paolo Pasolini's controversial film Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom. As far as what we'll be covering in this week's article, we've got the latest in both the Fast and the Furious and Scream franchises, Disneynature's tribute to wild felines, a failed political documentary about Sarah Palin, and a surprise hit British teen comedy. To round things out, we've also got a couple of animated Disney classics on Blu-ray. Click through for the full list!

Tuesday, Sep. 27 2011, 02:10 PM

The home video gods have yet again seen fit only to throw us a few crumbs this week, but, as usual, we'll make the best of it. There are a few notable releases we won't be writing about, like the new Blu-ray of the pitch black high school comedy Heathers (basically the HD version of the 20th High School Reunion edition that came out a couple years ago), and a 3-movie collection of the more recent Gamera films, but not a whole lot else, unless, again, you're into TV. But first off, we've got the latest installment from Michael Bay and his giant robot franchise, which was, at the very least, a little better than the last one. Then, we've got classic Charlton Heston in one of the greatest Hollywood epics of all time, and Kevin Bacon dancing his little tooshie off in a popular '80s teen flick. We round out the week's selections with an earlier Guillermo del Toro thriller and an eerie silent film on Criterion.

Tuesday, Sep. 20 2011, 08:41 AM

Well, after a couple of decent weeks of home video releases, it looks like we've hit another speed bump this week. The biggest release is the hit comedy Bridesmaids, but beyond that, there isn't much to report in terms of brand new releases. We did decide to include on direct-to-video movie, just because the idea of Bruce Willis and 50 Cent doing a film together was sort of amusing. Aside from that, we've got another big Disney classic moving to Blu-ray, an iconic Audrey Hepburn movie, and a couple of films by French New Wave pioneer Claude Chabrol that are getting the Criterion Collection treatment. This week is a bit better for those interested in TV (season collections for shows like Modern Family, both the new and old series of Hawaii Five-O, the miniseries The Kennedys, Law & Order, etc), but overall, there just wasn't a whole lot to choose from.

Tuesday, Sep. 13 2011, 09:08 AM

Well, this turned out to be a pretty incredible week on home video, and that's due in large part to two very big reissues and a couple of rock solid new releases. First up, the first Marvel movie of the year that also sort of kicked off the Summer Movie Season is finally available to take home, and it's accompanied by a concert documentary of a popular late night talk show host and a Best Foreign Film Oscar contender, both Certified Fresh. We've also got a couple of smaller films that didn't do as well and a new Criterion Blu-ray of an indie classic. But the two releases you should be most geeked about are the new Blu-rays for a little movie called Citizen Kane and a modest sci-fi saga known as Star Wars. I hope you kids saved up your allowance.

Tuesday, Sep. 06 2011, 09:59 PM

If you love television, this is a good week on home video for you: box sets for Breaking Bad, Community, Fringe, The Office, Parks and Recreation, and more dropped today. But for those of you looking for your favorite movies, this isn't a bad week so much as one simply lacking a large selection. Almost all the films we cover in today's column are Fresh, but outside of what we've got here, there isn't a whole lot more to cover. What did we decide not to cover? New Blu-rays of Dressed to Kill (we've already got DePalma on the list), The Hills Have Eyes (same with Craven), Hellraiser II, The Caine Mutiny (though Bogie is admittedly awesome in it), and United 93. What did we choose to cover? Read on to find out!

Tuesday, Aug. 30 2011, 09:03 AM

This week on home video, most of the good stuff comes from years past, stretching even as far back as the earliest days of cinema. First off, the stuff we won't be mentioning includes new Blu-ray/3D editions of movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Rio, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Dawn Treader, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, simply because the draw for those is that they're in 3D (hooray?). On top of that, there are also some notable Blu-ray reissues, like Top Gun, Good Will Hunting, and Criterion's Blu-ray of 1969's If. But let's move on to what we are featuring this week: our new releases leave a bit to be desired, unfortunately: Tyler Perry's latest outing as Madea hits shelves, as well as two teen coming-of-age dramas and a thriller/black comedy misfire starring David Hyde Pierce. But beyond that, we've got bona fide classics from the likes of the Coen brothers, Sergei Eisenstein, Jean Vigo, and Jean Cocteau, so hopefully there will be a little something for you movie buffs out there. Click through for the full list!

Tuesday, Aug. 23 2011, 02:57 PM

This week on Home Video, we've got an interesting mix of smaller films -- some good, some not as good -- and thankfully, none of them are outright stinkers. That said, none of them was very widely released, so it's a good week to catch up on those films you may have wanted to see, but weren't able to. First off, there's the latest from Jodie Foster, starring a trouble Mel Gibson, and a well-received indie comedy-horror-mockumentary from Norway. Then, we have a Paul Giamatti dramedy, Morgan Spurlock's documentary on product placement, a heist comedy with Keanu Reeves, and Jason Statham's latest actioner. Lastly, we've got the cult favorite Swingers on Blu-ray and a couple of films from a highly acclaimed Korean director. Click through to read about this week's releases!

Tuesday, Aug. 16 2011, 06:44 AM

This week on home video, we've got a decent number of new releases, but sadly, only one of them is Fresh (hey, at least it's Certified Fresh), while no less than three of them fall below 20% on the Tomatometer. What makes this even more sad is that, among the Rotten choices, we have not only Robert Redford's latest film, but also John Carpenter's first directorial effort since 2001. But if you're looking for a Paul Bettany-powered sci-fi action flick, yet another derivative rom-com, or a poorly crafted CGI fairy tale, you've come to the right place! (Don't worry, both of the Criterion choices this week are solid.)

Tuesday, Aug. 09 2011, 04:06 AM

This week on home video, we've got plenty of new releases and a few notable reissues. Before we get to the recent films available this week, we'll go ahead and let you know that there are Blu-Ray reissues of two teen comedy classics: Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Dazed and Confused. And before we go any further, we'll let you know that, while you can certainly pick up the new Blu-Ray of Dazed and Confused, The Criterion Collection will be releasing their own Blu-Ray edition of the film in October of this year, so you may want to hold out for that. The other notable Blu-Ray release is Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, so if you're a fan of the director or of star Johnny Depp, that might be worth checking out. As far as new films, we've got the latest Simon Pegg/Nick Frost buddy comedy (with Seth Rogen voicing an alien), a stoner adventure comedy, a motion capture kids flick, a Rainn Wilson/Ellen Page superhero satire, a rom-com about class distinctions, and a Michelle Williams-powered Western. Click through for the full list!

Tuesday, Aug. 02 2011, 01:03 PM

It seems like we've been saying this for quite some time now, but yet again, the home video market offers up precious little this week. There are some Blu-ray releases for relatively popular old movies, like the John Cusack comedy Better Off Dead, and then there are a handful of notable reissues for Westerns that have already seen a Blu-ray release (The Magnificent Seven, A Fistful of Dollars). On top of that, there are some lazy two-packs newly available, like Gladiator/Braveheart and Godfather/Godfather II. But we won't go into those, because for all intents and purposes, they're not new releases. Instead, we'll focus on a couple of highly rated animated films (one for kids and one for adults), an inspirational surfing movie, a funny documentary, and a couple of Schwarzenegger classics. Click through for the full list!

Tuesday, Jul. 26 2011, 02:22 PM

This week on home video, the dearth of quality releases continues with just a few notables to mention and some real stinkers peppered throughout. We won't bother to mention the feature adaptation of the video game The King of Fighters (oops, I guess we just did), but we will say that if you're a big John Belushi fan, you might be interested to know that both The Blues Brothers and Animal House debut on Blu-ray this week. Otherwise, we've got Duncan Jones's critically acclaimed follow-up to Moon, a Certified Fresh Dutch film about World War II, a highly unsuccessful comic book adaptation, and more. Click through for the full list!

Wednesday, Jul. 20 2011, 12:21 AM

This week on home video, there isn't a whole lot to choose from again. That is, of course, unless you're interested in a straight-to-video adaptation of the video game Tekken or a Blu-ray reissue of Jean Claude Van Damme's Nowhere to Run. No? We didn't think so. Instead, we bring you the few new releases, including a Bradley Cooper-powered thriller, a throwback to the 1980s, and an acclaimed French comedy, and a few classics, ranging from some of the best cinema India has created to a hood movie that's about more than just the hood. Click through for the full list!

Tuesday, Jul. 12 2011, 12:41 PM

Last week in home video, we only had a handful of releases to talk about, but the good thing was that they were all pretty solid. This week, there's far more to choose from, but thankfully, there also isn't much of a drop in quality. To start things off, we've got the big ones, like the Gore Verbinski-Johnny Depp animated film, the haunted house thriller from the makers of Saw and Paranormal Activity, and a surprisingly solid turn from Matthew McConaughey in a courtroom drama. For the rest, click through to the full article!


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