RT On DVD

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

Monday, Nov. 30 2009, 04:36 PM

Pickings are indeed slim this week for new releases on home video. While we have the requisite new releases, which include a couple of major pictures that opened earlier this year (Terminator Salvation and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) and a couple of lesser-known flicks (Paper Heart and A Christmas Tale), the offerings were decidedly lacking in terms of special editions and newly packaged items. As such, we've decided to profile a handful of Blu-Ray reissues of films we already know and love (well, most of us, anyway), like Gremlins, The Mask of Zorro, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Check out our complete list and see what tickles your fancy this week!

Wednesday, Nov. 25 2009, 05:15 PM

This week, two of the year's biggest comedy hits -- 'The Hangover' and 'The Proposal' -- arrive on DVD, we look at the pilot episode of TV favourite 'Glee', and Robert Pattinson is a 'Haunted Airman'.

Monday, Nov. 23 2009, 04:30 AM

This week in home video, we've got a lot of brand new releases paired up with a handful of old classics making their comebacks. Among the choices from the current year's latest releases are the conspiracy theory-themed blockbuster based on Dan Brown's novel of the same name, Angels & Demons, as well as the Judd Apatow film about standup comedy, Funny People, which stars Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen. Then we've got Four Christmases and Shorts to round out the new ones, while titles such as The Monster Squad, Ichi the Killer, and Hogan's Heroes make up some of the other choices. Have a look and see what could be added to your collection this week!


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