RT On DVD

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!

Wednesday, Jul. 06 2011, 11:41 AM

Though we here in the US are celebrating Independence Day today, it seems the home video divisions of the various Hollywood studios decided not to give us much to be excited about this week. There is a shocking dearth of worthwhile releases coming out tomorrow, unless you're into 1980s soap operas (Dynasty), random Blu-ray reissues (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Overboard), or straight-to-video shlock (Bloodrayne: The Third Reich, Ferocious Planet). Thankfully, there are still some decent choices to be had, from Takashi Miike's recent foray into period samurai action to a Blu-ray version of a Wolfgang Peterson classic, so all is not lost. Thankfully, all four of this week's choices are quite highly rated, so here's hoping you'll find one of these worth watching.

Monday, Jun. 27 2011, 02:05 PM

If ever there was a week that we could be accused of toying with your home video expectations, this would be that week. We kick things off with a handful of the most recent releases, including Zack Snyder's steampunk girl power (sort of) film, Nicolas Cage's foray into medieval sorcery, a modern interpretation of Beauty and the Beast, and an ill-conceived action genre mashup. But after that, we present one Certified Fresh drama, a couple of classics on Criterion, and -- wait for it -- the definitive LOTR boxset everyone's been waiting for.

Tuesday, Jun. 21 2011, 04:23 AM

This week on home video, we've got an interesting variety of new releases, ranging from a thought-provoking thriller to a children's film to a historical action-adventure movie. Then, there's also a Certified Fresh comedy that flew under the radar, a Liam Neeson mystery, a quirky indie comedy from a TV star, and a few others, including a new Criterion release. So take a look and decide if any are worthy of your collection.

Tuesday, Jun. 14 2011, 08:38 AM

This week on home video, we've got quite a few new releases, even if they weren't the most critically acclaimed. The biggest new release is probably one of the most disappointing of the bunch: a gritty sci-fi war movie set in the City of Angels that didn't quite live up to its promise. Then we've also go Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke's take on Little Red Riding Hood, the latest goofball comedy from the Farrellys, an American mob story, and a unique angle on a legendary Chinese folk hero. Then, of course, we've also got a couple of Criterion reissues for good measure.

Tuesday, Jun. 07 2011, 04:17 PM

This week on home video, we had, yet again, a whole lot of Blu-Ray reissues and just a handful of new releases. Many of the new BRDs - like The Man Who Would Be King, Vera Cruz, and Happy Gilmore, for example - seemed pretty straightforward, so we're going to keep this one tight and focused. This week, you'll find the latest critically-acclaimed Coen brothers film, a drama about corporate downsizing, an Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston rom-com, and a deadly underwater adventure produced by James Cameron. Then, we've also got Mike Leigh's latest critical darling, and a definitive box set of films depicting the Man of Steel. So click through and check out the full list!

Tuesday, May. 24 2011, 02:11 PM

This week on home video, there isn't a whole lot to choose from in the New Releases department; most of the notable stuff includes collections and re-releases. This latter category is comprised of stuff like Platoon, two Ronald F. Maxwell Civil War films (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals), the Steve McQueen prison break film Papillon, and a couple of classic racing flicks (1966's Grand Prix and 1971's Le Mans), all on Blu-Ray. The brand new releases, however, consist of a teen-with-powers-on-the-run flick and an animated ode to Shakespeare... with garden gnomes. Click through for the full list!

Tuesday, May. 17 2011, 05:54 PM

This week on home video, we've got a decent number of new releases, as well as some noteworthy reissues, which is a nice change from what we've been seeing as of late. The flip side of that is there are a few new selections this week that didn't really do so well from a critical standpoint. With that in mind, we do have some good stuff, including ESPN's documentary film series in its entirety, a kung fu cult favorite and a Paul Newman classic on Blu-Ray, and a new Criterion. So click through and take a look!

Tuesday, May. 10 2011, 02:47 PM

This week on home video, there were a lot of rather random Blu-Ray re-releases peppering the market; stuff like V.I. Warshawski, Equilibrium, My Father the Hero, and Another Stakeout. Luckily, there were enough other decent releases that we didn't have to resort to descriptions of a young Katherine Heigl's swimsuit or Kathleen Turner's aptitude as a private eye. New releases this week include Justin Bieber's own concert/biopic, the Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher rom-com that sounds suspiciously similar to an upcoming Mila Kunis-Justin Timberlake rom-com, and a melodrama that earned Michelle Williams an Oscar nod, among others. Click through for the full list!

Wednesday, May. 04 2011, 11:52 AM

This week on home video, we unfortunately have several Rotten new releases, though at least for one of them, the Rotten Tomatometer was somewhat of a surprise. Who would have thought that pairing up Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen would be a bad idea? Okay, maybe some did; we'll give you that. But beyond that film, we've also got a Vince Vaughn/Kevin James film that came and went pretty quietly, a modern interpretation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility set in East LA, and a quirky rom-com that turned out creepier than anyone imagined. Then we've got a Robert Rodriguez fan-favorite on Blu-Ray for the first time, and Criterion's hi-def version of an Ingmar Bergman classic. Click through for the full list!

Wednesday, Apr. 27 2011, 05:49 AM

It's finally happened: this week on home video, we don't have any notable DVDs of recent films that saw a theatrical release. Sure, there are plenty of standard reissues of movies, like The Crow, Cinema Paradiso, Shakespeare in Love, Amelie, and the Scream movies, but there's nothing particularly special about them. So this week, we've chosen just a handful of the more interesting ones, including Criterion Blu-Ray releases of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Blow Out, as well as a couple of Jodorowsky cult favorites, a couple of recent anime films, an old Bob Dylan documentary on Blu-Ray, and a new BBC nature series. So have a look, and if nothing suits your fancy, you'll just have to wait until next week.

Tuesday, Apr. 19 2011, 12:28 PM

This week on home video, we've got quite a few great films to choose from. Four of the new releases are Certified Fresh, and this year's Best Picture Oscar winner is among them. The others are comprised of a hard-hitting drama that earned Nicole Kidman an Oscar nod of her own, an epic journey through the Siberian wilderness, and Sofia Coppola's latest melancholic tale of relationships. Then, we've got Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen's sequel to his recent martial arts hit and a Jack Black misfire based on a classic novel, as well as the week's new Criterion Collection releases.

Tuesday, Apr. 12 2011, 06:34 AM

This week on home video, we've got the latest installment in a worldwide blockbuster phenomenon and a music-movie misfire to lead off the list. Then, we've also got one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries of the past year and a French film that largely flew under the radar. Following those are a couple of Blu-Ray reissues of note, and we finish things up with a collection of films starring the unmatched duo of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Check out the full list!

Wednesday, Apr. 06 2011, 07:54 AM

This week on home video, there are a lot of HD re-releases of older films, like Arthur (presumably in anticipation of this week's remake), The People vs. Larry Flynt, Much Ado About Nothing, and Mystic Pizza, but they're mostly pretty standard Blu-Ray transfers. Instead we chose to focus on the new releases, like the long-anticipated sequel to Tron, the latest Narnia film, and a little-seen indie rom-com starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. Then, we've also got the third installment of the Focker family follies and a Jack Abramoff biopic, of sorts, as well a Stanley Kubrick-Steven Spielberg collaboration, a critically acclaimed kid flick, and a Martin Scorsese classic on Blu-Ray. Check out the full list now!

Tuesday, Mar. 22 2011, 04:27 PM

This week on home video, we've got a handful of brand new releases, but unfortunately, none of them were very well reviewed. Starting things off is the Angelina Jolie-Johnny Depp teamup of international proportions, followed by the latest Hanna-Barbera cartoon to get the live-action treatment. Then we've got a rom-com love triangle with Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson, and a sci-fi thriller boasting special effects and not much more. Lastly, we end this week's limited selection with one modern classic and one silent film era classic, which should hopefully bring up the Tomatometer average for the releases on hand. So take a look!

Tuesday, Mar. 15 2011, 03:56 PM

This week on home video, we're limited in our selection, but we've managed somehow to narrow it down to some really excellent choices. While Clint Eastwood's latest and the Jason Bateman-Jennifer Aniston rom-com didn't fare so well on the Tomatometer, the rest of the films featured this week have all gotten high praise from the critics. So delve into the list, and hopefully you'll be willing to try out a movie or two you might have otherwise.

Tuesday, Mar. 08 2011, 05:56 PM

This week on home video, we've again got a wide variety of choices for you discriminating movie lovers out there. The highest profile films are comprised of the latest Jackass antics, a Paul Haggis thriller with Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks, and a news satire featuring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, and Diane Keaton. Then, we've got a rollicking satire of Islamic terrorism (you read that right) from the UK, a couple of Asian imports, two critically acclaimed documentaries from 2010, and the latest volume of Mystery Science Theater 3000. So read on and see if there's anything worth picking up for you.

Tuesday, Mar. 01 2011, 04:29 AM

In the wake of the Oscars last night, our top two entries for this week's column feature the co-hosts of the festivities, James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Unfortunately, while Franco's film was a multiple Academy Award nominee (including a Best Actor nod for Franco himself), Hathaway's film... Well, let's just say her film didn't impress critics as much. After that, we've got the latest actioner headlined by Dwayne Johnson, a music doc about one of LA's prominent clubs, a musical featuring Cher and Christina Aguilera, and a certain Disney classic about an orphaned deer. Click through to see what's out!

Tuesday, Feb. 22 2011, 06:20 PM

This week on home video, there's a solid mix of decent films, in both big-budget fare and independent cinema. We kick things off with the Tina Fey/Brad Pitt/Will Ferrell-powered animated 2010 film from Paramount and the Robert Downey Jr.-Zach Galifianakis buddy road trip comedy. Then there are a few highly acclaimed indies, including the winner of the Limited Release and Foreign Film categories of our Golden Tomato Awards, and to round things out, we've got another round of impressive Criterion Collection entries. But this week, we're also including a sentimental favorite of sorts. So have a look!

Wednesday, Feb. 16 2011, 03:42 AM

This week, we are faced once again with a limited selection of worthy choices on home video. Of the four new releases, only one received a wide theatrical run; at least it was a well-reviewed movie. Outside of those four, which also include a Japanese animated film, a documentary, and the latest Woody Allen feature, we have just three others to mention, all with varying degrees of "classic" written all over them. One features a standout Robert Downey Jr. performance, one is a famously controversial Marlon Brando vehicle, and one is a bona fide award-winner from Sidney Lumet. So have a look!


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