RT On DVD

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!

Tuesday, Jan. 04 2011, 04:26 AM

It?s that time of year again, when studios start rereleasing films that have gotten Academy Awards in the past, only this time with shiny new packaging. So yes, if you hit up your local store, you?ll find ?new? editions of movies like The Blind Side, Gone With the Wind, L.A. Confidential, and The Wizard of Oz. For the most part, however, these releases simply rehash bonus material previously available, and aside from the golden packaging, there isn?t much to differentiate them from earlier releases, so we won?t be covering them here. Then there are a lot of other films that are seeing new editions hit the shelves, but again with little to offer as far as actual new content; movies like Ever After, A Walk in the Clouds, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, and Doctor Zhivago. So we won?t be covering those either. Instead, we?ll focus on the brand new releases, and the one or two notable others that?ll be coming to video stores this week. Take a look and see what?s on offer!

Tuesday, Dec. 28 2010, 04:30 AM

Maybe it's because it's the end of the year, and the assumption is that most of the gift-giving is done and over with, but this week brings us precious few choices in home video. First off, we've got the latest George Clooney vehicle, in which he plays a contemplative international operative. Then, we've got the latest in a popular video game-based franchise. To round things out, there are also a couple of poorly reviewed dramas, one starring a former WWE star and one from Joel Schumacher. The majority of the remaining choices are direct-to-dvd releases, so we limited our list to new titles. Have at it, and we'll see you next year!

Tuesday, Dec. 21 2010, 04:19 AM

Unlike last week, when we had a wealth of popular Certified Fresh choices, this week brings a much smaller selection of new releases. Most of them, in fact, are for direct-to-dvd films and bad horror movies you haven't heard of. With that in mind, we bring you the five new releases and one boxset of a popular animated show's parody of the original Star Wars trilogy. It may not be a whole lot to choose from, but there may still be a few things of interest here, so check them out!

Tuesday, Dec. 14 2010, 05:18 AM

This week, we've got a slew of new releases, and for a change, a decent number of them are Certified Fresh! First up, we've got an animated film that surprised critics and audiences, as well as a big budget blockbuster that disappointed most. Then we've got Ben Affleck's latest directorial effort, Zack Snyder's first animated effort, and another collaboration between Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. Then we've got a highly entertaining documentary, the return of an ugly nanny, an indie hit, and collection of American films from Criterion. All in all, it's not a bad week for home video, so check them out!

Tuesday, Dec. 07 2010, 04:18 AM

This week on home video, we've got what many of you have been waiting for. A few hints: it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, it was directed by Christopher Nolan, and you've referenced it at least five times since July when talking about your dreams (even if you didn't like it). Then, we've got the final installment of an animated Dreamworks franchise, a collection of excellent made-for-TV sports documentaries, and a Certified Fresh doc on the war in Afghanistan. Lastly, we've also got a couple of psycho-thrillers that have gotten the Criterion Collection treatment, and one massive collection from one of the major studios. Rest assured that the last item alone will ensure that this week pretty much does have something for everyone, so check out the list!

Tuesday, Nov. 30 2010, 04:18 PM

This week, we've got oodles of mystical, magical mayhem on offer in the home video department. The latest in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga hits the market, alongside a very badly reviewed spoof. Then there's a viking actioner set during the Crusades, and two films from Disney that sort of overlap each other in story, one being a classic animated short and the other being a modern, live-action interpretation of the same. Lastly, we've also got a new rom-com starring Justin Long and Drew Barrymore and an action-comedy with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Most of these hover somewhere in middle-of-the-road territory, but there's some genre fun to be had, so check out the choices and pick accordingly.

Monday, Nov. 22 2010, 03:02 PM

This week on home video, the big item of note also happens to be filled with some of the biggest guys in the movies - literally - as Sylvester Stallone's ode to classic action flicks, The Expendables, hits store shelves everywhere. Then, we've also got the latest movie to rely on Julia Roberts's charm, a puzzling documentary on Joaquin Phoenix's alleged retirement from acting (and subsequent foray into rap), and a Certified Fresh British thriller starring Gemma Arterton. Then we've got a collection of classic cinematic Americana, a legendary sci-fi movie, and the latest Disney film to be let out of the vault. So check out the selection and see if anything makes your stocking-stuffer list.

Tuesday, Nov. 16 2010, 04:45 PM

This week on home video, we've got a big blockbuster, a smaller one, a couple of indie hits, a couple of old classics, and some beloved children's classics. We kick it off with the latest from M. Night Shyamalan, whose recent films have been critical disappointments, and an unconventional family dramedy that's already generating a bit of Oscar buzz. Then we've got an urban comedy with a lesson to teach, a documentary on the "worst movie of all time," and a kids' film with talking animals. In the reissue department, we've got a slick thriller from the '50s, a masterpiece from Charlie Chaplin, and a collection of animated specials from the Peanuts gang. Not a whole lot to jump up and shout about, but definitely a few quality choices, so check them out!

Tuesday, Nov. 09 2010, 05:43 PM

New week, new releases. Last week, hordes of Pixar fans (and their children) were delighted with the release of Toy Story 3; this week, we have another fan favorite, albeit a niche choice that didn't do as well in the theaters. Then we've got another decent kid flick, the latest Adam Sandler comedy, and a "serious" Zac Efron movie. Then we've got complete collections for two staples of '80s reruns (both with unique packaging), a psychological thriller that shocked and confused a lot of people, and a definitive film collection for a legendary director. If anything, we've got variety this week, so keep an eye out for the ones you've been waiting for!

Wednesday, Nov. 03 2010, 05:08 AM

This week, there just weren't very many brand new releases, period. Of course, there is the one big new release that tons of folks have been waiting for (here's a hint: it's a Pixar movie), as well as the home video release for a well-received WWII miniseries, so you can't go wrong with those. But most of this week's heft comes from the new editions (primarily on Blu-Ray) of older films. With that in mind, we've got another award-winning classic war film, a couple of iconic musicals, and a bit of 1980s nostalgia. Check out the full list!

Wednesday, Oct. 27 2010, 09:03 AM

This week on home video, we've got an interesting assortment of titles to present. First off, we've got the requisite new releases, which are comprised of one sequel to a popular novel-based franchise, one poorly reviewed sequel to another popular franchise, and an original indie film that received high marks from critics. Beyond that, we've got some amazing choices in the reissue department; we hope you won't mind a little bit of '80s nostalgia, because we've got one of the most beloved adventure sagas and one of the most beloved sci-fi horror franchises both in complete Blu-Ray sets. Then we have an icon of late night television making his mark, and a couple of Criterion editions that will be popular with relatively specific audiences. Have yourself a gander; I dare you not to like at least one thing on this week's list...


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