June 24, 2011 is a big weekend for Redbox and Netflix DVD/ Blu-ray and OnDemand releases, especially if you like old school movies! Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, January Jones, Anne Heche, John C. Reilly, Carla Gugino, Uma Thurman, Channing Tatum, Jackie Chan and ’90s pop stars Debbie Gibson and Tiffany are coming home, along with Steve McQueen, Cloris Leachman and Michael Caine.
The movies currently ruling the DVD rental battle are recent releases Battle: Los Angeles, True Grit, Just Go With It, Drive Angry 3D, I Am Number Four, No Strings Attached, Gnomeo & Juliet, The Rite, The Dilemma and The Mechanic.
Here’s what’s new at your local or online video store this weekend:
“The film was a Sundance pick and got so much buzz at the festival that it burst on to the scene with a vengeance. The cast is beyond fantastic — Anne Heche, Stephen Root (who I love in anything) and the brilliant John C. Reilly. Here’s the deal. Poor, naive Tom Lippe (Ed Helms) has never left his little town in Wisconsin. His unappreciative dad (Root) sends him off to represent his insurance company at a convention in Cedar Rapids. You know what happens at those things. Conventions bring out the worst in people and when Tom falls in with three con veterans (Heche, Reilly and Isiah Whitlock Jr.), he goes on a Hangover-style adventure. Drugs, sex and booze… Tom is partying like a rock star.”
The Adjustment Bureau:
“Matt Damon stars as politician-on-the-rise David Norris. Impulsive by nature and driven after losing his family, David is on his way to the top. He loses an election because of photos of his butt (yes, it’s timely too) but is expected to go all the way to the Oval Office after a chance meeting with a woman (Emily Blunt) inspires him to make the best speech of his career. David runs into her again on a bus and the two start a romance, though it was never supposed to happen. A group of adjustors are meant to keep them apart and on track for their fates… The Adjustment Bureau is incredibly well thought out and perfectly cast. Damon and Blunt have so much chemistry, the screen practically melts when they look at each other… The adjustors are played by Anthony Mackie, John Slattery and Terence Stamp (among others) and give us just the right amount of ‘company man’ and ‘otherworldly presence.'”
“In Elektra Luxx, Carla Gugino plays a woman who has recently left the adult film industry and seeks to make a better life for herself. She immediately finds work as a sex education teacher at a local community college… Elektra Luxx features an all-star cast including Gugino, Malin Akerman, Emmanuelle Chriqui, new Wonder Woman Adrianne Palicki, Timothy Olyphant and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.”
“In Unknown, Liam Neeson once again gives a performance that would make Jason Bourne sit up and take notice. He’s tough, despite his dilemma. He’s strong. He’s vulnerable. He does many of his own stunts. However, the movie he graces with this performance just doesn’t have the script to support such a gift. Neeson plays Dr. Martin Harris, a man in Berlin with his wife (January Jones) for an environmental conference. He’s about to give a speech and change the world with his discovery. He leaves his briefcase at the airport and leaves his wife at the hotel check-in counter to retrieve it. The taxi, driven by a young immigrant (Diane Kruger), gets into a brutal accident that leaves him in a coma. When he wakes up, someone else is living his life. His wife doesn’t recognize him. Another man (Aidan Quinn) is using his name. He enlists the help of a former spy (the delightfully creepy Bruno Ganz) and the taxi driver to find out what’s going on and get his life back.”
“In The Eagle, Channing Tatum stars as Marcus Aquila, a Roman soldier who tries to restore his father’s good name by going behind Hadrian’s wall with his British slave Esca (Jamie Bell) to retrieve their symbol, the eagle… The Eagle is beautifully shot and one wishes as much attention had been paid to the story… Outside of Bell’s performance and a few well-choreographed fight scenes, The Eagle is almost unwatchable, unless you’re a 13-year-old boy who just wants to see some sword action.”
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules:
The follow-up to Diary of a Wimpy Kid ruled the box office on its release back in March. The tagline previews, “Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) and his older brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick) must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond.” If you have kids the right age, you already know the story and will likely be bringing this one home, eventually.
Retro, indie, TV & more
Also out this weekend are the wedding-crashing romantic comedy Ceremony, starring Uma Thurman, Michael Angarano and Lee Pace; the rom-com HappyThankYouMorePlease, starring Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman and more; Jackie Chan’s The Medallion; the family drama Harvest; the SyFy channel original Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, featuring ’90s pop mavens Debbie Gibson and Tiffany; and dance sequel You Got Served: Beat the World.
Old school movie lovers are in for a treat, with a slew of films relaunching for DVD/Blu-ray, including:
- The re-mastered 1955 crime drama Kiss Me Deadly: The Criterion Collection, starring Ralph Meeker, Cloris Leachman and Robert Aldrich
- Robert Taylor’s 1940 war drama Flight Command
- Glenn Ford’s war comedies Don’t Go Near the Water (1957) and Advance to the Rear (1964)
- The 1956 drama Toward the Unknown
- Steve McQueen’s 1961 comedy Honeymoon Machine
- Oscar-winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard’s 1975 rom-com The Romantic Englishwoman, starring Oscar winners Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson
- Ian McKellen’s 1981 drama about author D.H. Lawrence, Priest of Love; and the 1964 western Rio Conchos.
Documentaries landing include Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders and the “shocking and hilarious” Orgasm Inc: The Strange Science of Female Pleasure.
Releases from the boob tube include The Closer: The Complete Sixth Season, Medium: The Seventh and Final Season, Louie: Season One and from back in the day, Agatha Christie’s Marple: The Complete Series 5.
Next Tuesday, June 28, 2011, Sucker Punch, Season of the Witch, The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy and Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete First Season hit the home theater market.