RT On DVD

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!

Wednesday, Feb. 09 2011, 05:12 AM

This week, we've got a lot of films that did so-so in the theaters, and a couple that fared a little better. None of the choices really outshines the rest, but there is, again, a little something for everybody here (except, maybe, for the kids). If you're looking for some horror, we've got it; if you're looking for a rom-com, we've got it; if you're looking for some indie drama, we've got it; if you're looking for some action, there's some of that too. And, as is more often the case than not, the highest-rated films on this week's list are the rereleases. So have a peek at what's on offer, and maybe you'll find something new to watch.

Monday, Jan. 31 2011, 04:22 PM

This week on home video, our biggest notable release isn't a new one at all. In celebration of the film's 60th anniversary, Disney is releasing the Blu-Ray version of one of its most famous animated classics. Then we've got plenty of new releases, both highly rated and not, to fill out the bill. These range from a probing documentary about the truth behind a celebrated war hero to an alien invasion flick to a few small dramas that might have flown under the mainstream radar. Check the full list to see if anything is worth picking up for you this week!

Tuesday, Jan. 25 2011, 04:33 AM

Every once in a while, we have weeks of RT on DVD that offer a little something for everyone. This might be considered one of those weeks, despite the prevalence of edgy foreign flicks that might only be of interest to a select few. For starters, we've got an inspirational family flick from Disney, a quirky actioner starring older actors, and the latest (and last) entry in a horror franchise. Then there's also the final installment in the saga of Lisbeth Salander, a psychedelic French mind-trip set in Japan, a John Lennon biopic, and a Greek tale about a twisted family. Lastly, there are two more Criterion releases to look for. Click through for the full list!

Tuesday, Jan. 18 2011, 05:04 AM

This week, we've got a wide variety of choices, mostly fresh from the theaters. First up, we've got the winner of the AU Golden Tomato award, a slick little crime thriller that should please most. Then we've also got a highly rated thriller starring Ryan Reynolds, a heist flick with a big cast, a prison showdown between Edward Norton and Robert De Niro, another "is it real or fake" mockumentary about a teen losing his virginity, Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut, and a documentary omnibus film based on a popular nonfiction book. Then, to top it all off, we've got brand spanking new Criterion Collection editions for a couple of classics by Samuel Fuller. So dig in and see if anything tickles your fancy.

Tuesday, Jan. 11 2011, 04:32 AM

This week brings us a few anticipated choices on home video, starting with David Fincher's much talked about biopic of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. It's since been revealed that many of the details in the film may have been fictionalized, but that hasn't detracted from all of the Oscar buzz surrounding it. Then, we also have a surprisingly well-received horror remake by Alexandre Aja, and our last new release brings us a poorly received animated film. Aside from those, there are also a couple of new films getting the Criterion Blu-Ray treatment, a couple of classics getting anniversary editions, and a Sergio Leone drama in hi-def for the first time. Check out what's new this week!


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