Tuesday, May 17, 2011

NEW ON DVD/BLU-RAY - May. 17, 2011

The Mechanic

Ultra-violent B-style flick, remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson movie, starring Jason Statham as a hitman and Ben Foster as a young apprentice, whose father was killed by Statham's character. Bone crunching violence and big loud explosions ensue in this simple, yet effective movie directed by Simon West ("Con Air", "The General's Daughter"). Both the DVD and Blu-Ray only contain some Deleted Scenes, so, considering the movie is pretty short, don't expect the package to peak your interest. Renting this would prove far more productive.

The Rite

A tense and bleak horror movie starring Anthony Hopkins as a veteran Vatican exorcist, who takes a young rookie priest deeper into the world of casting demons out of humans. Directed by Mikael Hafstrom ("1408"), this is pretty much an exercise in rebaking the "Exorcist" formula in a much blander way. The movie is PG-13, so don't expect gore or cussing. The DVD edition contains Deleted Scenes, while the Blu-Ray adds an Alternate Ending and a Featurette called The Rite: Soldier of God about the movie's real life inspiration for the Hopkins character. Also available as a DVD/Blu-Ray Combo.

The Other Woman

A complex, but flawed drama, about a woman (Natalie Portman) who finds her life drifting out of control after the loss of her new-born baby, which puts even more pressure on her status as a second wife (hence the title). Based on a novel by Ayelet Waldman, clearly a best-seller, but not so well translated into a movie. Portman's effective as always and Lisa Kudrow delivers an excellent supporting performance, but not much else is worth mentioning. Both the DVD and Blu-Ray editions containt no Extras other than a Trailer for the movie. A disappointing movie gets a disappointing release.

Beverly Hills Cop [Blu-Ray]

The hit 1984 action comedy starring Eddie Murphy as a fast-talking rule-breaking cop gets the Blu-Ray treatment. It's almost certain that the next two movies in the series will follow, and since there's supposed to be a remake on the way (directed by Brett Ratner), it might be a good idea to get your hands on this edition, especially if you don't already own the DVD. The Extras include a look into the casting and the music. 

Vanishing on 7th Street

A slick little movie directed by Brad Anderson ("The Machinist", "Trans-Siberian", "Fringe") about a group of people who find themselves to be the only people left on Earth. Cue the creepy shadow creatures and the primal fear effect and you get a pretty effective, if ultimately underwhelming horror. The Special Features featured on both the DVD and Blu-Ray include Alternate Endings, a Making Of and Behind the Scenes Featurettes and a Photo Gallery. 

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