RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Oz the Great and Powerful and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Plus, the serious side of Dwayne Johnson, a bizarre indie from Quentin Dupieux, and a Bruce Lee classic.

This week on home video, we've got another trip to Oz, a revisionist take on an old fairy tale, a crime thriller with a message, and a strange journey to find a lost dog. Then, we've got some notable reissues, including a 40th anniversary Blu-ray of a Bruce Lee classic and a handful of animated Disney films. See below for the full list.

Oz the Great and Powerful

59%

Only in this great age of reboots and prequels would one dare to make a film about the events that preceded those of another film that first debuted more than 70 years ago. With Oz the Great and Powerful, Disney and Sam Raimi did just that, telling the story of one Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a carnival con man who is spirited away to the magical land of Oz by a rogue tornado. Upon arrival, Oscar is heralded as a great wizard of prophecy and, with the help of some unlikely allies, sets about ridding Oz of evil, eventually earning his place at the throne where, some years later, a little girl from Kansas would visit. Critics felt Oz the Great and Powerful packed just enough eye-popping visuals and clever nods to the original to keep things interesting; it was always unlikely it would live up to the grandeur of the 1939 film and its source material, but at 60%, it'll probably serve as sufficient family entertainment for an evening.

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

15%

Since fairy tales just aren't edgy enough these days, some folks have set out to make them a bit more palatable to the cool kids; last year Snow White had her day as a warrior, and next week we'll be talking about a giant-slaying Jack. Today, though, we've got an alternate take on the two innocent babes who once found themselves at the mercy of a cannibalistic witch in the woods. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters finds the titular brother and sister duo (Jeremey Renner and Gemma Arterton) all growns up and established as famous vigilantes. Little do they know that a powerful witch named Muriel (Famke Janssen) who knows secrets about their past is targeting them for a powerful ritual that will grant her great power. H&G: Witch Hunters is probably exactly what its director, Tommy Wirkola, wanted it to be -- it's violent and over-the-top -- but that wasn't enough for critics, who found it far too schizophrenic in tone to be effective.

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Snitch

56%

Dwayne Johnson can do brawny action, and he can do broad comedy; can he find similar success in a more thoughtful, subdued thriller? In Snitch, Johnson plays John Matthews, a construction company owner whose son Jason (Rafi Gavron) is set up to take the fall on a drug charge. Knowing his son may not survive the minimum 10-year prison term, John strikes a deal with a US attorney (Susan Sarandon) to go undercover and help bust a dangerous dealer in exchange for a reduced sentence. Snitch sits just shy of Fresh at 58%, but Dwayne Johnson isn't what kept it from getting there; for the most part, critics bought his performance. Where the film fails is in its lackluster storytelling and its inability to balance its too-earnest message with the more typical elements of an action film. Still, 58% isn't a terrible score, so it might be worth checking out.

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Wrong

68%

Director Quentin Dupieux's last film was about an abandoned car tire that comes to life and blows things up via telekinesis to attract the attention of a beautiful woman, so when we say that his latest effort, Wrong, is more "normal," we're being liberal with our diction. Jack Plotnik plays Dolph Springer, an everyman with a bad case of denial... about everything. He's been fired from his job, but he shows up for work every day anyway, sitting in the only office in the building where it rains (or is it even really raining?). When his beloved dog disappears, Dolph set out to find him, meanwhile making attempts to contact him telepathically, and he makes a handful of unusual friends along the way. Dupieux seems to revel in the absurd, and while Wrong's plot takes a lot of strange detours, most critics found the film a clever abstraction. If you don't mind spending some time on a meandering journey with people who also don't seem to mind that it's meandering, or a bit weird, then Wrong might be for you. Below, you can check out an exclusive clip featuring the cast and crew talking about the film:

Also available this week:

  • Dead Man's Burden (76%), starring Clare Bowen in a slow-burning western thriller about a frontier woman and her husband dealing with the sudden reappearance of her brother, whom she presumed dead.
  • As usual, the Criterion Collection has another solid release: Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece Wild Strawberries (94%), about an old professor who contemplates his life in flashbacks and surreal fantasy sequences en route to accept an honorary degree.
  • A newly remastered 40th Anniversary Edition of the Bruce Lee classic Enter the Dragon (95%), which includes much of the content from the previous Blu-ray release, plus some brand new extras.
  • As they've done before, Disney is releasing Blu-ray double packs of some of its "lesser" animated films and their direct-to-DVD sequels, including Lilo and Stitch (86%), The Emperor's New Groove (85%), and Atlantis: The Lost Empire (49%).

Comments

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Wild Strawberries" is one of Bergman's masterpieces, with an excellent performance by Victor Sjostrom. Looking at the two rotten reviews, Bosley Crowther isn't a surprise, probably the very worst film critic in history, an insufferable twit. Christopher Null has less excuse. Of course "Enter the Dragon" has a couple of humorless detractors as well.

I have to admit that "Rubber" was amusing for me. Not memorable (except that turkey) but enjoyable enough. I'll definitely give "Wrong" a look.

Jun 10 - 04:52 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

In the mood for some dumb entertainment. Hansel and Gretel it is.

Jun 10 - 05:05 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Might upgrade with the new Enter the Dragon. Snitch looks like it might be worth a watch I liked The Rundown and Walking Tall and this seems to be in that vein. I'm oddly intrigued by the description of Wrong, kinda sounds like a wonkier version of Office Space.

Jun 10 - 05:10 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I had some problems with it (mainly the supporting performances), but ENTER THE DRAGON is still good.

I felt HANSEL & GRETEL was just average.

Jun 10 - 05:14 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Excuse me , waiter! This plate of dogshit is just average. I would hate to see what you consider bad.

Jun 10 - 05:40 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Favorite Director
M. Night Shyamalan.

Holy fucking shit...

Jun 10 - 05:43 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I haven't seen AFTER EARTH, so maybe that could change. Since you took the time to go to my profile, why don't you go to my Worst Movies list?

Jun 11 - 08:44 AM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

AFTER EARTH doesn't have that many Shyamalan trademarks. The real director is probably Will Smith. This probably makes Shyamalan the modern Roland Joffe (Unbreakable was his Killing Fields, now we are seeing all the Captivity and Super Mario Bros).

Jun 11 - 09:20 AM

Dave J

Dave J

um, just because a user lists a director other users may not have chosen still doesn't mean jack sh-t!

Jun 11 - 02:25 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Um, then why put it out there anyway if it doesn't mean anything or you don't want other people to notice. Val isn't tactful as usual, but M Night is pretty horrible. If this was 2003, it might be legit, but Shaymalan's decade long downward spiral is pretty tough to argue with.

Jun 11 - 07:43 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Yeah, but when you're listing your favorite director(s), you're thinking of their good movies, not their bad ones, and no matter how bad M Night's recent films have been they don't take away from the fact that he directed Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs. It's like if someone lists Ivan Reitman as his favorite director, you can bet he's doing it because of films like Dave and Ghostbusters, not for Evolution or My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

Maybe Vicente is just choosing to ignore Shyamalan's post-Signs films (or simply didn't see them) and remembering him for his good films.

Jun 12 - 02:40 AM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

I actually kinda like Evolution, but you're right sometimes I forget others don't judge movies the way I do. I don't think any of my top 5 current directors have less than 5 good movies and for Shaymalan he hasn't been in contention since the final act of Unbreakable.

Jun 12 - 04:47 AM

Dave J

Dave J

I was gonna take this one step further, but by looking at Vincente's likes and dislikes very carefully, I have to say that you're perfectly spot on!

Jun 13 - 04:05 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Nothing to buy this week, though I suppose I could watch "Oz" again. "Hansel and Gretel" I'll just skip based on the reviews, and not really interested in "Snitch". I like "Lilo & Stitch" and "The Emperor's New Groove" ("Atlantis" is entertaining enough, too IMO), but my parents have all of them on DVD, so I don't need to buy those either.

Jun 10 - 05:29 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

One of the few times I agree with the critics. Oz's score suggests that it was barely worth watching... and I'm here to confirm that indeed it was barely worth watching.

P.s. Fuck Dwayne Johnson.

Jun 10 - 05:39 PM

Kadeem S.

Kadeem Stewart

Enter the Dragon! Now this is the movie I must get. Damn, I miss Bruce Lee.

Jun 10 - 05:39 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Excuse me , waiter! This plate of dogshit is just average. I would hate to see what you consider bad.

Jun 10 - 05:40 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Favorite Director
M. Night Shyamalan.

Holy fucking shit...

Jun 10 - 05:43 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I haven't seen AFTER EARTH, so maybe that could change. Since you took the time to go to my profile, why don't you go to my Worst Movies list?

Jun 11 - 08:44 AM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

AFTER EARTH doesn't have that many Shyamalan trademarks. The real director is probably Will Smith. This probably makes Shyamalan the modern Roland Joffe (Unbreakable was his Killing Fields, now we are seeing all the Captivity and Super Mario Bros).

Jun 11 - 09:20 AM

Dave J

Dave J

um, just because a user lists a director other users may not have chosen still doesn't mean jack sh-t!

Jun 11 - 02:25 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Um, then why put it out there anyway if it doesn't mean anything or you don't want other people to notice. Val isn't tactful as usual, but M Night is pretty horrible. If this was 2003, it might be legit, but Shaymalan's decade long downward spiral is pretty tough to argue with.

Jun 11 - 07:43 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Yeah, but when you're listing your favorite director(s), you're thinking of their good movies, not their bad ones, and no matter how bad M Night's recent films have been they don't take away from the fact that he directed Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs. It's like if someone lists Ivan Reitman as his favorite director, you can bet he's doing it because of films like Dave and Ghostbusters, not for Evolution or My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

Maybe Vicente is just choosing to ignore Shyamalan's post-Signs films (or simply didn't see them) and remembering him for his good films.

Jun 12 - 02:40 AM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

I actually kinda like Evolution, but you're right sometimes I forget others don't judge movies the way I do. I don't think any of my top 5 current directors have less than 5 good movies and for Shaymalan he hasn't been in contention since the final act of Unbreakable.

Jun 12 - 04:47 AM

Dave J

Dave J

I was gonna take this one step further, but by looking at Vincente's likes and dislikes very carefully, I have to say that you're perfectly spot on!

Jun 13 - 04:05 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Favorite Director
M. Night Shyamalan.

Holy fucking shit...

Jun 10 - 05:43 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I haven't seen AFTER EARTH, so maybe that could change. Since you took the time to go to my profile, why don't you go to my Worst Movies list?

Jun 11 - 08:44 AM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

AFTER EARTH doesn't have that many Shyamalan trademarks. The real director is probably Will Smith. This probably makes Shyamalan the modern Roland Joffe (Unbreakable was his Killing Fields, now we are seeing all the Captivity and Super Mario Bros).

Jun 11 - 09:20 AM

Dave J

Dave J

um, just because a user lists a director other users may not have chosen still doesn't mean jack sh-t!

Jun 11 - 02:25 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Um, then why put it out there anyway if it doesn't mean anything or you don't want other people to notice. Val isn't tactful as usual, but M Night is pretty horrible. If this was 2003, it might be legit, but Shaymalan's decade long downward spiral is pretty tough to argue with.

Jun 11 - 07:43 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Yeah, but when you're listing your favorite director(s), you're thinking of their good movies, not their bad ones, and no matter how bad M Night's recent films have been they don't take away from the fact that he directed Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs. It's like if someone lists Ivan Reitman as his favorite director, you can bet he's doing it because of films like Dave and Ghostbusters, not for Evolution or My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

Maybe Vicente is just choosing to ignore Shyamalan's post-Signs films (or simply didn't see them) and remembering him for his good films.

Jun 12 - 02:40 AM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

I actually kinda like Evolution, but you're right sometimes I forget others don't judge movies the way I do. I don't think any of my top 5 current directors have less than 5 good movies and for Shaymalan he hasn't been in contention since the final act of Unbreakable.

Jun 12 - 04:47 AM

Dave J

Dave J

I was gonna take this one step further, but by looking at Vincente's likes and dislikes very carefully, I have to say that you're perfectly spot on!

Jun 13 - 04:05 PM

J.D Dean

J.D Dean

Oz was decent probably wouldn't buy it though I am interested in Enter the Dragon it's about time I see that one I hear it's great. Wrong also looks good.

Jun 10 - 06:21 PM

Sir Phobos

Sir Phobos

Superman..I mean Superman....Superman Superman!!!

Jun 10 - 07:47 PM

Parmafan

Robert Ronny

Are you mad? Lilo and Stitch is lesser Disney Animated feature? Lilo and Stitch is actually one of the most successful animated feature from Disney before they abandon their hand drawn animated feature and go full CGI with Pixar. Do you even know that Lilo and Stitch is so popular its toy line is still selling like crazy all around the world up until today? and it spawn 3 direct to DVD original animated feature and spawn two.. not one. Two TV series! come on man.. do your research..

Jun 10 - 08:35 PM

Val Issa

Val Issa

Maybe I should have read this comment before posting mine, as it's pretty much what I wrote lol =/

Jun 10 - 08:55 PM

rt-ryan

Ryan Fujitani

Hence the quotation marks. I'm not saying it's a bad movie, or that it's not popular, but Lilo & Stitch will never be categorized alongside Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, etc. That's all that was implied with "lesser."

Jun 11 - 11:51 AM

Dave J

Dave J

I guess it's just a matter of opinion since they're so many Disney animations to chose from, and both "The Emperor's New Groove" and "Lilo & Stitch" are probably not among the top 10 favorites!

Jun 11 - 02:30 PM

rt-ryan

Ryan Fujitani

For what it's worth, even my boss teased me about this, so I've gotten my fair share of grief all around for it.

Jun 11 - 05:53 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Lets see Snow White, Cinderella, Fantasia, The Lion King, Alladin, Beauty and the Beast, Pinnochio, Dumbo, Bambi, and Lady and the Tramp...That's ten, yep "lesser" seems legit by Disney standards anyway.

Jun 11 - 07:47 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I don't know. If we're going by rotten tomatoes Lilo and Sitch's score is currently 87% which is pretty close to most of those films you mentioned. Same on IMDB, so calling it a lesser film is pretty subjective.

Personally, I preffered Lilo and Sitch to both Cinderella and Lady and the Tramp, though admittedly I'm not as fond of Disney's 50s films as most. They are all good films, in my opinion, but none of them would really make it into my top ten list of best Disney animated films (and that's excluding the Pixar efforts).

Jun 12 - 02:57 AM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Yeah, could have just as easily went with 101 Dalmations, The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, The Aristocats as a substitute. I'm not sure the T-Meter is the best tool for judging on these things. Look at 99% of the 10 bests they post and they contain at least one or two movies that clearly don't belong.

Jun 12 - 04:51 AM

Dave J

Dave J

It's not going by the "users" ratings- it's going by RT ratings! If majority of the users give higher ratings for some of these Disney animations higer scores than the critics of RT than that would be irrelevant!

Jun 12 - 02:16 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I just looked up the rating for "Lilo And Stitch" and the rating seems to be even worst than I thought for the "audience's" overall score was much worst than the RT critics gave it scoring it with 65%- one user even gave it 50% and said it was "funny"!!!!!!!!

But "The Emperor's New Groove" scored slightly better with 75% for the users rating- so go figure!

Jun 12 - 04:41 PM

Val Issa

Val Issa

I highly doubt Lilo and Stitch is a "lesser" animated film, and I'll say the same with The Emperor's New Groove. Both had unsuccessful theatrical runs, but both were extremely popular after their theatrical life. They're well loved, have spawned TV shows of their own because of their popularity on DVD, Lilo and Stitch has actually spawned Stitch Has a Glitch, Stitch! The Movie, and Leroy and Stitch, and behind Pixars 'Cars' merchandise, is their largest merchandising property (in America, around the world, Stitch is more popular, especially in Japan and other Asian markets).

Jun 10 - 08:54 PM

rt-ryan

Ryan Fujitani

You are not wrong, and that's why I placed "lesser" in quotation marks. See my response to Robert above.

Jun 11 - 11:53 AM

King  S.

King Simba

Actually Lilo and Sitch was pretty succesful in theaters. In fact, up until the release Tangled it was the most successful Disney non-Pixar animated film domestically in their post-Lion King days.

Emperor's New Groove though was a dissapointment, which is surprising as it's the kind of crowd pleasing film that you'd expect people to love (like Shrek). It was really popular once it hit shelves, so maybe Disney just did a poor job marketing it (probably forgetting that they could no longer count on their brand name alone being enough to get people to come see their films).

Jun 12 - 03:41 AM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

That's probably how I'd list Lilo and Stitch actually, Like The Rescuers or Robin Hood a good movie that came from one of the down periods and didn't quite meet the criteria of the studio's best.

Jun 12 - 04:53 AM

Val Issa

Val Issa

Maybe I should have read this comment before posting mine, as it's pretty much what I wrote lol =/

Jun 10 - 08:55 PM

Jon Cox

Jon Cox

just getting 'The Great & Powerful OZ'
skipping everything else

Jun 10 - 09:11 PM

J.D Dean

J.D Dean

Does anyone else hate how Disney puts their movies in a double features so you're forced to buy the crappy sequels. Frankly, I want to buy just Mulan not Mulan and Mulan 2. I think it's a really terrible idea to bundle their good films with their crappy direct to dvd sequels, it's not cool to the consumers who don't want to buy them, but I guess that's not their priority.

Jun 10 - 09:56 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

I find it a sin to NOT have Mulan as one of their Diamond Editions & is reduced to a crappy double feature, while shit like Cars[2] comes in these over-the-top special edition & gift sets!

Jun 11 - 12:12 AM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Bluray.com have separate reviews for the movies in the bundle, so I guess they can probably found sold separately.

Jun 11 - 09:29 AM

J.D Dean

J.D Dean

They probably put them in the double features because they knew no one would buy them if they didn't. But yes I agree Mulan is a great movie that deserved better.

Jun 11 - 03:29 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Yeah, they're just doing it because that's the only way they can sell those sequels. What's funny is that even from a buisness point of view these double feature releases may actually be losing them money, as there are probably a lot of people who would pay for a special edition of Mulan or Emperor's New Groove but won't buy these double features. I mean both Lion King and Beauty and the Beast when they were released on Blu-ray in diamond editions without their sequels ended up becoming some of the biggest sellers of the year (more than most first run releases). Granted, few animated films are as popular as those two are, but still.

Jun 12 - 03:31 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

I find it a sin to NOT have Mulan as one of their Diamond Editions & is reduced to a crappy double feature, while shit like Cars[2] comes in these over-the-top special edition & gift sets!

Jun 11 - 12:12 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I haven't seen AFTER EARTH, so maybe that could change. Since you took the time to go to my profile, why don't you go to my Worst Movies list?

Jun 11 - 08:44 AM

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