With the holiday fast approaching, the weekend of Dec. 2 is a virtual Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster and On Demand cable bonanza. Box office kings The Smurfs are now available on DVD/Blu-Ray, along with the hot new releases Friends with Benefits, One Day, Our Idiot Brother and 30 Minutes or Less and a Werner Herzog experience.
The DVDs currently winning the Redbox rental battle are Super 8, Horrible Bosses, Conan the Barbarian, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Bad Teacher, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World, Green Lantern, Bridesmaids, Fast Five and Captain America: The First Avenger.
Looking ahead, summer hit The Help is dropping Tuesday, Dec. 6. Here's a rundown on what DVDs are available where, the weekend of Dec. 2.
Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Hank Azaria star alongside the legendary blue guys in The Smurfs reboot. The animated-meets-live-action hit traveled the globe, riding smurf-stalgia to a $561.5 million dollar box office haul. On Friday, Dec. 2, The Smurfs came out on DVD Blu-ray, armed with family-friendly Smurf-O-Vision: Second Screen Experience. The groundbreaking bonus feature allows users to interact with The Smurfs on their second screen as they sing, dance and do all kinds of smurf-tastic things.
The Smurfs is available on DVD/Blu-Ray at Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster and just about everywhere, as well as most On Demand cable systems.
Friends with Benefits
The premise of this Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis rom-com is pretty self-explanatory: Two young professionals aren't looking for love. They just want physical companionship and there's nothing wrong with that -- right? The chemistry between Timberlake and Kunis is off the charts in this funny Will Gluck (Easy A) comedy, which also stars Patricia Clarkson, Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Emma Stone, Andy Samberg and Richard Jenkins.
We all have that one person -- a friend, an ex -- who sticks with us throughout the years. Timing and circumstance might keep you apart, but for whatever reason, you keep coming back together. Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess' One Day tracks one of those relationships through twenty years, starting with the college graduation in '88 that saw working-class Emma Morley and privileged Dexter Mayhew begin a friendship.
One Day is available via Amazon, Blockbuster, Blockbuster Express and some On Demand cable systems, but doesn't arrive at Redbox or Netflix until Dec. 27.
Every family has one: The sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together. For sisters Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned (Paul Rudd), an erstwhile organic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty of mankind is a less-than-optimum strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence. After Ned's girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters once again come to his rescue.
Our Idiot Brother is available on DVD/Blu-Ray at Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster and just about everywhere, as well as most On Demand cable systems.
Jesse Eisenberg and Parks and Recreation's Aziz Ansari star as unlikely bank robbers in 30 Minutes or Less, a fast-paced black comedy of errors with lots of thrills. "Part of the fun is how these two regular guys got into a Steve McQueen [style] action movie," Eisenberg told SheKnows. "I'm a pizza delivery guy and he's an elementary school teacher and we are thrust into this [situation] where we're forced to rob a bank."
30 Minutes or Less is available on DVD/Blu-Ray at Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster and just about everywhere, as well as most On Demand cable systems.
Tucker & Dale vs Evil
When two best friends (Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk) go on vacation to their dilapidated mountain house, they're mistake for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. One of the students (Katrina Bowden) gets separated from her friends and the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count.
Tucker & Dale vs Evil is available via Amazon, Blockbuster, Netflix and some On Demand cable systems, but doesn't yet have a release date for Redbox or Blockbuster Express.
This breathtaking new 3D documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World, Grizzly Man) follows an expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. A hit at this year's Toronto Film Festival, this unforgettable cinematic experience provides a unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago -- almost twice as old as any previous discovery.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is available via Amazon, Blockbuster and Netflix some On Demand systems, but doesn't have a release date for Redbox or Blockbuster Express.
Netflix and Redbox users will be happy to hear Water for Elephants has finally expanded its DVD release. Beginners also expands to Redbox.
Other fresh DVD/Blu-ray releases include the Freddie Highmore-Emma Roberts coming of age romance The Art of Getting By; 5 Days of War starring Rupert Friend, Val Kilmer and Andy Garcia; the Luke Chisolm golf drama Seven Days in Utopia, starring Lucas Black and Robert Duvall; the family adventure Elephant Boy and the German drama The Wave (Die Welle).
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