RT On DVD

Tuesday, May. 18 2010, 04:13 AM

This week on home video, we've got a couple of big new releases and a few smaller ones. Three of them serve as evidence that having a big name (or two, or three, or a dozen) isn't going to guarantee a great movie, while a couple of this week's selections show how even a minimalist venture can end up strikingly good. Plus, we've got a classic 80s TV series on tap, as well as a classic Creature Feature favorite, and a three-movie collection starring one of American cinema's biggest icons. Read on to find out about all the selections, and hopefully one or two of them will find a new home on your shelf.

Tuesday, May. 11 2010, 03:48 AM

This week on DVD and Blu-ray brings "Edge of Darkness" with Mel Gibson, as well as "Daybreakers" with Ethan Hawke and "Legion" with Paul Bettany. Plus. we've got a dark German serial killer classic, some leg-sweeping fun, and plenty of ribald jokes from Mel Brooks.

Tuesday, May. 04 2010, 05:39 AM

This week on home video, our big new releases are upstaged by the smaller indie films and the old classics being reissued. While Leap Year and Nine underperformed both critically and commercially, a couple of smaller films received higher marks. In addition, some of the classic films we've come to love, including a couple of iconic romances and a gritty interpretation of World War II, get spiffed up for Blu-Ray versions and one fan-friendly package with some great special bonuses. Not really the week to come looking for recent stuff, but if you take a look at the list, you might just find something appealing nonetheless.

Tuesday, Apr. 27 2010, 03:50 AM

Unfortunately, with only two recent wide releases making it onto home video this week, we've once again had to dip into the reissues of previously released films to flesh out our list of choices. The two new releases are, of course, It's Complicated, the Meryl Streep/Alec Baldwin/Steve Martin-powered rom-com, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, the ambitious fantasy film by Terry Gilliam featuring the late Heath Ledger's final screen performance. Aside from those, however, we've also got some new Blu-Ray versions of modern classics, a couple of new Criterion editions, and a beloved BBC series based on a Jane Austen novel. Continue on to read through the full list!

Tuesday, Apr. 20 2010, 04:11 AM

This week on home video, we've finally got a few releases worth cheering about. The headliner is none other than James Cameron's record-breaking mega-blockbuster, Avatar, which probably won't fare quite as well on home video as it did in the theaters, but will probably do gangbusters in DVD sales anyway. Then we've got another couple of Oscar-nominated films in Crazy Heart and The Young Victoria. Follow that up with Peter Jackson's latest effort and a couple of niche items, as well as a handful of classic films in new Criterion Collection editions and on Blu-Ray, and we've got a pretty decent week! Check out the list and see which ones will make it into your library!

Tuesday, Apr. 13 2010, 03:01 PM

Unfortunately for everyone, we have yet another flimsy week on home video. Things will look significantly better next week, and those of you who keep up with these things know what I'm talking about, but we'll save that for publication time. As for this week, with the only new releases being those of little-seen indie films, we decided to headline with a Blu-Ray reissue of a Wes Craven horror classic. That's accompanied by another few Blu-Ray editions of older films, and we finish this week's shorter column with a new box set from the Criterion Collection (we always love those). We've tried to pick the most interesting selections, but there wasn't much to choose from, so we hope these will suffice until next week. Check out what's available and decide which of these will make it into your collection!

Tuesday, Apr. 06 2010, 05:25 AM

What can we say? This isn't a very robust week for home releases on video, so we've done the best we could to come up with some noteworthy (in one way or another) choices. Not all of these are going to be everyone's cup of tea, but there are at least a couple of entries that should be widely appealing, if only for nostalgic purposes. The two selections competing for most interesting this week are a Werner Herzog-Nicolas Cage collaboration that many critics felt was Cage's best performance in years (if not his entire career), while the other is Peter Jackson's epic fantasy trilogy (do we even need to specify it by name?). We made the best of what was out there, so hopefully something here strikes your fancy.

Monday, Mar. 29 2010, 04:42 PM

This week on home video, our choices are headlined by Guy Ritchie's latest film -- a Hollywood reimagining of a classic literary hero -- and a multiple Oscar-nominated British film starring Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan. Those are followed up by a kid-friendly sequel, a dark horror-comedy, and a couple of highly touted documentaries to round out the brand new releases. In the classics/re-issues department, we've got a special edition of a Disney film, a couple of stylishly different crime thrillers, and a complete collection of a classic comedy duo's influential television show. There's some good stuff to be had this week, so check out what's coming and decide what'll go on your wish list.

Tuesday, Mar. 23 2010, 06:35 PM

Coming out this week on home video, we have a couple of multiple-Oscar nominated films (one featuring the winner of the Best Actress award), as well as the usual list of new releases. Luckily, while some of them are Rotten, we don't have any outright stinkers in this week's roundup, which is a refreshing change. Then, we've also got a couple of little-seen films from the international market, as well as a few Blu-Ray reissues of classics, ranging from a couple of Kurosawa essentials to Pixar's perhaps best-loved franchise. So dig in, make your list, and pick these up for your next Friday night.

Tuesday, Mar. 16 2010, 06:09 AM

This week in home video, we've got a slew of brand new releases coming your way. Unfortunately, only a few of them were critical darlings, but the ones that are critic-approved are pretty good ones. Among the new releases are the latest in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, the most recent offering from Disney's traditional animation department, a couple of action flicks that didn't perform as well as they would have liked, a computer animated update of an anime classic, director Pedro Almodovar's latest film, and a boxset of a brutal South Korean trilogy. Dig in, and hopefully there'll be something worth your while this week!

Tuesday, Mar. 09 2010, 06:07 AM

Hot off the Academy Awards celebration that took place just last night in Hollywood, we've got a couple of big releases to talk about this week in home video. The first of these is director Jason Reitman's third feature film, the Best Picture nominated Up in the Air; it didn't take home any awards, but it was one of the most highly regarded films of the year. And then there's Precious, which did in fact take home two Oscars, but which was probably seen by far fewer people. After that, the pickings are slim, but we've managed to weed out a few items to pique your interest. Have a look!

Monday, Mar. 01 2010, 05:30 PM

This week, we've got a few hotly ancitipated releases, ranging from widespread destruction to arthouse children's film to the work of an animation master. On top of that, we've got a few indie gems and a couple of films that are making the jump to Blu-Ray for the very first time. Whether you're a martial arts nut, a child of the 80s, or a mainstream consumer who gobbles down the "popcorn" flicks one right after another, there's probably something here this week that'll suit your fancy. Continue reading to see what's coming out this week.

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.


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