RT On DVD

Monday, Feb. 22 2010, 04:30 PM

Last week, we featured a list of new home video releases that only included one Rotten film, which was pretty remarkable. This week, we have another unique situation in that all of the featured releases, except for one, are brand new (i.e. they all came out in 2009). Unfortunately, while a couple of them received high marks, there are a few niche movies that failed to garner very high Tomatometers. That said, if horror-comedy is a favorite genre of yours, you'll find a couple items of interest, and if you're looking to check out a few movies that never made it to your city, well, we've got a few highly regarded smaller flicks on tap as well. Check out the full list.

Monday, Feb. 15 2010, 03:48 PM

Welcome to another week in home video. Many of the films that made big impacts before the winter movie season of 2009 have already found their way to DVD, so there isn't as much out there as one might hope. Nevertheless, we've been able to comb through the list of new releases to find some interesting choices for the discriminating consumer, and we're happy to report that only one of this week's choices has been reviewed as a Rotten film! The biggest (at least, probably best known) release this week is Law Abiding Citizen, starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx, but films like Black Dynamite, Good Hair, and Revanche were all highly regarded films that also hit shelves this week. Have a look at our full list and decide for yourself which might be worth checking out.

Monday, Feb. 08 2010, 04:24 PM

This week on home video, we've got a handful of brand new releases, but once you cycle through those, there isn't much left to be had. Sure, there are a few Blu-Ray reissues, but not too many that folks are chomping at the bit for, so as a result, we dug deep to find a couple of interesting items that may or may not be good conversation pieces. The most prominent release this week is the latest from the Coen brothers, the Oscar-nominated A Serious Man. Then, we've got a few misses with titles like Couples Retreat, Serious Moonlight, and The Time Traveler's Wife. But hopefully our classic collection and off-the-wall wild card choice will be interesting enough to merit a look. See what we've come up with below!

Monday, Feb. 01 2010, 04:45 PM

There are a lot of new releases this week, but only a few of them managed to impress critics or audiences. The biggest one coming out is Ruben Fleischer's debut zombie comedy, Zombieland, which actually did manage to please both the pundits and the moviegoers. Aside from that, the other major releases (Amelia, Love Happens) didn't gain much traction, and instead, a couple of the smaller indies (More Than a Game, House of the Devil) are what shone. Also, if you're into sports, we've got an inspiring hoops doc, and there are a few reissues of classics as well. So dive in and check out the most interesting of this week's releases on home video.

Monday, Jan. 25 2010, 04:52 PM

This week on DVD and Blu-Ray, we've got a lot of new releases - some of them more worthy of mention than others - and a couple of new editions of familiar titles. In addition, we have one very important boxset of Italian cinema that Criterion saw fit to release, much to the joy of film aficionados everywhere. The other notable thing about this week's releases is that many of them are quite Fresh, if not Certified Fresh, with the exception of one or two flops, and one that is sure to divide viewers quite dramatically. So, buckle up your seat belts and dive into our ten picks this week to see which will make it onto your DVD rack, and which will be left to collect dust on the shelves of your nearest retailers.

Thursday, Jan. 21 2010, 12:06 AM

Who's scarier: A spooky orphaned child, the icy editor of 'Vogue', or a bunch of cannibals run amuck in the Tasmanian wilderness? Tune in to this week's RT on DVD for reviews of 'Orphan', 'The September Issue' and Australian film 'Van Diemen's Land'.

Monday, Jan. 18 2010, 06:07 PM

Last week, we thought things might be looking better for home video releases, what with a few of the highest rated films coming out (the Golden Tomato winners for both Best Limited Release and Best Comedy, in fact). Unfortunately, it looks like it might just be business as usual again this week, as we've got a handful of releases that failed to gain much momentum with critics. Having said that, there are still a few noteworthy choices, so let's look ahead with a positive attitude and take a look at what's new on DVD and Blu-Ray. After all, it's only the third week of January!

Wednesday, Jan. 13 2010, 05:06 PM

This week, Pixar's old man in a balloon arrives on DVD, comedienne Charlyne Yi goes in search of love with Michael Cera, and Parker Posey returns.

Monday, Jan. 11 2010, 04:31 PM

Here we are in the second week of 2010, and already things are looking better... at least in terms of home video releases. While we've been suffering from a lack of many great films coming to home audiences in the past several weeks, this week brings us a handful of dandies. Not only do we have one of the highest rated movies of the year, but we've also got a handful of impressive directorial debuts (and one not so impressive one), a horror sequel for the slasher-minded, and the latest from Tyler Perry. Not only that, we've got a couple of Blu-Ray reissues: one classic action flick, and one cinematic masterpiece brought to us in high definition by the good folks at Criterion. Read on to see the choices and see which ones might be worth picking up!

Thursday, Jan. 07 2010, 09:39 AM

Monday, Jan. 04 2010, 05:49 PM

The new year is here, everyone, and with it comes another week of new releases on home video. Many of the most anticipated films have already come out on DVD and/or Blu-Ray, and the few remaining films in that category will be released in the coming weeks. For this week, however, this means our choices are somewhat tame again. For starters, we've got a surprisingly well-received animated children's book adaptation and the last installment (so they say) in a horror franchise, as well as a few indie films that flew beneath the mainstream radar. Then we've got a few Blu-Ray reissues of some beloved older films, and one oddball choice profiling the martial arts antics of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Read on for full details!

Thursday, Dec. 31 2009, 02:29 PM

Monday, Dec. 28 2009, 01:40 PM

Now that Christmas has passed, it's time for you to return all those gifts you didn't really want and pick up something special for yourself. And, unfortunately, though we have a couple of big-ticket items hitting home video shelves this week, the overall selection is once again a little spotty. Many have been waiting for the chance to see the super low-budgeted thriller Paranormal Activity, and now is their chance, as that hits stores today. On top of that, the visually distinctive animated film, 9, also comes out this week, along with the much anticipated (but poorly reviewed) Diablo Cody/Megan Fox movie, Jennifer's Body. Aside from those, we've got a handful of other interesting choices, including a profile of a legendary boxer, one of this season's hottest new TV shows, a wrestler beating up bad guys, and... beer pong? See which of them will make it onto your DVD shelf!

Friday, Dec. 25 2009, 02:42 PM

Sam Raimi returns to his horror roots in Drag Me to Hell, the Wayans surprise us by doing a parody movie (ahem) and Family Guy take on Star Wars, again.

Monday, Dec. 21 2009, 02:25 PM

One would think that the week of Christmas would bring with it a plethora of new releases in home video, but such is unfortunately not quite the case. Though there are a handful of notable releases, such as District 9, (500) Days of Summer, and It Might Get Loud (all Certified Fresh, by the way), and a couple of nice collections for those familiar with classic American movies and classic American television, there wasn't much in the way of "wow factor" this week. Having said that, we've done our best to pick out the choicest of the few morsels we had to choose from, so we hope there'll be something to suit your holiday fancy regardless.

Wednesday, Dec. 16 2009, 02:41 PM

It's a bingo this week with Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' goose stepping onto DVD and Blu-ray, leading -- by a long margin -- the Jack Black-Michael Cera goof-off 'Year One' and Katherine Heigl in 'The Ugly Truth'. Bad movie fans, meanwhile, should have a great time with Nicolas Cage in 'Bangkok Dangerous'.

Monday, Dec. 14 2009, 04:07 PM

This week on home video, we've got a bizarre combination of interests represented by new releases. With the holiday season in full swing, what better gift to give than... a Quentin Tarantino movie? Sure, why not? It got pretty great reviews, and it's the most acclaimed new release on deck this week. But if fantastical, talky, WWII-era war films aren't your thing, then perhaps you'll go for an over-the-top buddy comedy, or maybe a group of talking CGI guinea pigs. Still not your bag? Well, alright, then we've got a collection from a comedy legend, some eccentric animation, a documentary on a winning sports team, and a beloved sci-fi franchise. And, if all else fails, there's always a prosthetic penis to complete the holiday mood.

Wednesday, Dec. 09 2009, 06:19 PM

This week Christian Bale and Sam Worthington wage war on the machines in 'Terminator Salvation' and Henry Selick takes Neil Gaiman's 'Coraline' to marvellous stop-motion heights.

Monday, Dec. 07 2009, 04:18 PM

This week on home video, it's all about Harry Potter. The franchise's sixth installment comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, but that's not all. Warner Home Video is also releasing "Ultimate Editions" of the first two films, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which are jampacked with new special features. But if HP and the gang aren't your thang, then there are several other new releases, from Public Enemies to The Cove, a couple of oldies but goodies, a limited edition box set for a popular TV show, and a workout video (yeah, you read that right). Peruse this week's column and see if you'll be picking up any of these choice selections.

Wednesday, Dec. 02 2009, 04:06 PM


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