RT On DVD

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!

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!


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